Kinship care

Families Together: DIY SOS

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.

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Mentor News

Mentor: #iwill support youth social action

Mentor is pledging to participate in the #iwill campaign, and calling other organisations to join them in supporting youth social action.

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Mentor News

Mentor Webinar Series

Mentor is offering a series of webinars on topics relating to alcohol and drugs education, prevention and building resilience to risks in children and young people. Here you can view recordings of previous webinars as well as details of upcoming sessions.

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Education

Youth drinking in Scotland: a call to action for educators

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.

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Press Release

Supporting transitions through risk prevention

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.

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News

Scotland: It’s SDS Awareness Week

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.

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Education

The Good Behaviour Game: connecting resilience, mental health and learning behaviours in schools

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.

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Kinship care

Mentor to help develop Early Help Model for kinship care

The Department for Education (DfE) announced the outcome of the VCS National Prospectus 2015-16 on 25 March 2015, which included a proposal for an Early Help Model for Kinship Care, submitted by a consortium of organisations led by Grandparents Plus, with contributions from Mentor, 4Children and the Childhood Bereavement Network (part of the National Children's Bureau).

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Mentor News

Mentor launches Young STAND Awards 2015

Mentor is delighted to launch the third edition of the Young STAND (Scots Tackling Alcohol and Drugs) Awards 2015. Two winning projects will each receive a £1,000 cash prize and mentoring support to develop their projects.

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Kinship care

“All in the same boat” – a snapshot of Families Together

Marion Inglis, a family support worker at Mentor working with kinship carers as part of the Families Together project, shares her experience introducing a recently referred child to our weekly youth group for children in kinship care.

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