Movement for Change Launch Events - ‘Connecting Families – Let’s get started!’
Regional Events for people to come together, socialise and participate, building social contact and connections, and reducing loneliness, social isolation and stigma (by association and by self) felt by many families.
Scottish Families will co-host 10 regional events across Scotland with local community members and organisations in 10 different areas of Scotland. Each event will look to achieve the common objectives as set out above, but each event will be shaped by local partners, families affected and community members.
We hope that these events will begin to shape a new grassroots movement for change, building families’ confidence, skills and relationships. Wider and stronger networks will help build new connections and capacity; share experiences, learning and ideas; and create social change.
We asked families what matters to them and what we could do together about it. Families talked to us about the transformative impact of social contact and connections with others in the same situation:
“Many people are just completely disconnected.”
“People in addiction – including families – their voice is very, very small.”
“[We need] more community spirit being created and more connections between people.”
“We shouldn’t be hidden, we should be visual and vocal.”
“Linking different communities is important, we are the only family support group in the area.”
“At last other people who really understand the kind of stuff you go through when trying to support someone with addiction issues. No one judging you or saying I would do this or you should do that. … Thank goodness we found each other.”
We are aiming to engage 500 people over ten events across Scotland – 50 people per event with approximately 15 families, 20 residents and 15 influencers attending. We are keen to host this event to engage with families who have lived-experience of addiction and those supporting recovery as well as other members of the local community. We would also like to collaborate/build links with key representatives from organisations that are active in the area.
These events have at their heart collaboration from design to delivery. We want the events to be visible in the local community and for everyone involved to benefit from the connection it brings. Would you be willing to partner with us?
And you can see some of the photos from previous events on our twitter feed @ScotFamADrugs and @susiesfad by using the hashtag #connectingfamilies
We’re in the customer vote for a Bags of Help grant from Tesco. It’s a scheme which gives community projects like us grants of up to £4,000 – all raised from the sale of carrier bags in Tesco stores. The public will now vote in store during November and December on who should receive the awards. Please support us in the Alloa store! More info at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
There was a multi-sports competition on the 25th of September held at the Hawkhill Community Centre.The Whins, Hawkhill and Dundas Centres all took part. Everyone had a great day. The 2 Hawkhill teams did well taking the 1st and 2nd trophies and The Whins won 3rd bringing back a trophy to the centre. Lunch was provided by Hawkhill and everyone enjoyed their lunch. Thanks to the Hawkhill staff for doing that.
A thank you to the Disability Sports team for doing the or-
ganising and to The Whins Staff and Dundas Staff for all their help too.
Hawkhill Community Centre will be holding their Annual general meeting in Hawkhill Community Centre at 6:30pm on Wednesday 20th June 2018. All welcome.
A huge thank-you to Declan from Ciara's Cars Alloa for his very generous donation to the Centre. The money will be used to help fund various youth activities.
Our local MP Luke Graham and his team visited the centre today for a spot of gardening. Under Billy's guidance, and with Michael's assistance, the team got stuck in weeding the flower beds and planting seeds in preparation for the better weather.
The first week of the Easter holidays, and the Hawkhill Community Centre youth group set off an adventure to the Great Glen in the beautiful Highlands. The weather was kind(ish), and everyone had a tremendous time.
Special thanks to Clem and Erin at the Great Glen Hostel, all the staff at Active Highs, and to Keith Jack for driving the minibus.
On Wednesday 7th March, DJ Don brought the funk to the Community Centre, as a disco was held to raise funds for the forthcoming kid's trip to the Great Glen.
New children's group Hawkhill Juniors had a visit from Jog Scotland's Jog Scotty.
Jog Scotty introduced the kids to various exercises and games to promote children's keep fit in a fun and creative way.
In the future the group hope to hold more sessions.