Mentor Scotland has been awarded £488,614 by the Big Lottery Investing in Communities fund to continue its work with kinship care families in Scotland. Over the next three years 500 families across three regions will have access to a range of targeted support, and Mentor can expand their work supporting kinship carers for another three years.
We are pleased to announce that Harry Sumnall, Professor of Substance Use at the Centre for Public Health and Liverpool John Moores University, has joined Mentor as our newest Trustee.
The government’s headline Psychoactive Substances Bill attracted criticism earlier this week when it was debated in the House of Lords. Mentor believes that evidence-based drug prevention and education represent the most effective means of ensuring that our children and young people grow up free from the harms of drugs – including NPS. Although the Bill suggests the government share this overall aim, the focus on legislation will likely lead to more resources being channelled into enforcement at a time when we need to improve prevention at a national level.
The Families Together team came together to help a kinship care family who are forced to hurriedly move into a new house in desperate need of refurbishment. In one hectic weekend, the Families Together project manager Liz and Family Support Worker Yvonne rallied the support of the community to enable the family to start their new life with a fresh lick of paint.
Mentor Scotland responds to the youth drinking "scandal" exposed by the Daily Record, revealing that schools in Scotland suspended or expelled two pupils per day in 2013-14, arguing that these reports serve as a timely reminder of the enduring challenge presented by youth alcohol and drug misuse as politicians lay out their election priorities for May.
Mentor has received joint Government funding for the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) for an additional year in order to manage and further develop the repository of impact studies of evidence-based prevention programmes contained within the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT) as part of ADEPIS.
It is the first anniversary of the Self-directed Support (SDS) Act, and SDS Awareness Week 2015 is hosting a range of events throughout Scotland to raise the profile of the new Act. Find out more about how you might benefit from engagement with the SDS Act.
With the publication of the Department for Education document Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools, it is clear that behaviour is increasingly viewed in correlation with improved long-term outcomes for children and young people. Mentor being funded to lead a national randomised controlled trial of The Good Behaviour Game, an evidence-based primary school intervention, is a notable endorsement of the gathering and important interest in prevention and early intervention.