Connect, Communicate, Learn, and Thrive Festival

neon coloured lanterns

Summer 2020 is set to be a summer not quite like any summer we have experienced! Scottish Families know the importance that feeling connected has had for families throughout the years and especially this year. As we head into summer we want to continue to bring people all over Scotland together. We are inviting you and your family and friends to our online Summer Festival – #CCLT2020.

At Scottish Families, we have learned that, despite our seemingly never-ending interconnectedness through the worldwide web, the world we actually live in can feel lonely and we can feel disconnected. We want to do everything we can to help people in Scotland to find the connections for them and their loved ones to flourish and thrive wherever you are in Scotland.

Scottish Families support anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use. You can see the breadth of work that we do by reading our latest Impact Report.

Throughout July we are offering a free programme of activities and workshops for everyone in the family including opportunities to learn something new, get crafty and make something fun, attend a wellbeing workshop, join a quiz night and so much more! We have listed the #CCLT2020 sessions we are running below. If you’d like to sign up for a session please use the sign-up links provided.

Also, watch out for other pop up sessions across the month!

Introducing Audio Writing

black headphones lying in scattered colourful confettiThis is a 6-week series of workshops exploring audio writing which will bring people together to learn about the process and develop content to co-create a script/content and a finished audio story.

Audio writing is a great way to create immersive stories using your voice. The idea is to give participants a chance to explore a new way of expressing themselves and to have something to take away with them from the experience.

This series will be delivered across six weeks with two initial information sessions in the two weeks prior to the workshops. All sessions will be delivered online via Zoom call.

Sign-up to Introducing Audio Writing

Stress Less: Learning about Mental Health and Effective Coping Strategies

neon sign saying breathe sitting in grassThis is a two-part workshop exploring stress, wellbeing, and positive coping strategies. The workshop will bring people together to learn, discuss, and explore key ideas and identify ways to keep the family well. Each session will be led by an MBCAP accredited psychotherapist with extensive knowledge and experience in this area.

The aim is to help participants understand common stress responses and how these can impact on wellbeing. Participants will increase their understanding of positive and negative coping strategies and will have access to a full range of supporting resources.

The two-part workshop will be delivered over two weeks. All sessions will be delivered online via Zoom call.

First round of workshops:
Thursday 16th July 4pm-5pm
Thursday 23rd July 4pm-5pm

Second round of workshops:
Thursday 30th July 4pm-5pm
Thursday 6th August 4pm-5pm

Sign-up to Learning about Mental Health and Effective Coping Strategies

Bach Flower Remedies: A Short Course

open book about dr bach flower remediesBach Flower remedies are a set of flower remedies developed by Dr. Bach as a tool that people can use to help them understand and work through different emotions or experiences.

In this interactive online short course, you will learn about how these remedies work, how they might apply to you, and how you can use them in your or your family’s daily lives.

The flower remedies are a safe, gentle, and energetic remedy that works to help balance and soften uncomfortable feelings. They do not dull your senses or eliminate problems, but they can soften feelings to allow you to feel able to manage them better. Each remedy will be described and you will have a worksheet that allows you to choose remedies that feel right for you.

At the end of the fourth session, you will choose the remedies for you, and a free treatment bottle will be made and delivered to you by post. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, and if required, can have a one-to-one session to help you feel confident you have chosen the best remedies for you.

This short course should give you the information and tools that will allow you to feel that you can use the flower remedies for support in the future.

All sessions will be delivered online via Zoom call in a closed group of a maximum of 10 people.

Course Dates:
Monday 13th July 5pm-5:45pm
Wednesday 15th July 6pm-6:45pm
Monday 20th July 5pm-5:45pm
Wednesday 22nd July 6pm-6:45pm

Sign-up to Bach Flower Remedies

Make Do Grow Presents: ‘The Kid’s Tent’ Create Sessions

paints and paint brushes on a block of woodSummer festivals aren’t complete without ‘The Kid’s Tent’ so we’re partnering with the amazing team at Make Do Grow to bring you four arts, crafts, and game sessions for the whole family. The sessions are suited for kids aged 3+ (with adult supervision required).

All of the sessions will reuse scrap and recyclable materials like toilet roll holders, old t-shirts, plastic bottles, and glass jars. When you sign-up for the sessions we will tell you what you need and will post a free craft pack in the post of anything else you need in addition.

We will be hosting the fun creative sessions via Facebook Live including Superheroes, Under the Sea, Sonic versus Mario, and our Family Special session. Each session lasts one hour and includes two different crafts and a game that everyone can play.

Facebook Live Recordings:
Under the Sea – Thursday 16th July
Sonic versus Mario – Saturday 18th July
Family Special – Thursday 23rd July
Superheroes – Saturday 25th July

Session Dates:
Thursday 16th July 2pm-3pm
Saturday 18th July 11am-12pm
Thursday 23rd July 2pm-3pm
Saturday 25th July 11am-12pm

Sign-up to ‘The Kid’s Tent’ Creative Sessions

#VoicesTogether Virtual Choir

a whole group of people singingAfter a successful launch of our Voices Together virtual choir in May 2020, we’ve returned with a bigger and better plan for round two.

We are bringing you a new song to sing from the rooftops to get us all through these times.

The song we’ll be singing is You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King. A timely reminder of the importance of our friends and supporters in difficult times.

Singing workshops will take place on Tuesday 7th July in the evening. The workshops will be led by the amazing vocalist Emilie Boyd.

We will release the final video on our social media channels before the end of July, so watch this space for exciting updates.

See our previous video here.

Unfortunately, the choir is now fully subscribed.

Exploring Stigma and the Power of Kindness

white billboard with community is kindness in red We are hosting two conversations on Stigma and Kindness. These workshops will explore stigma for people who use substances, families and whole communities, and go on to discuss the power of kindness and what we can all do to help reduce the impact of stigma in our society.

The series will be delivered over two weeks. All sessions will be delivered online via Zoom.

Session Dates:
Tuesday 14th July 4pm-4.45pm
Tuesday 21st July 4pm-4.45pm

Sign-up to Exploring Stigma and the Power of Kindness

Love Makes You Family: Special Screening of our New Animation

a heart drawn in white chalk on a benchWe invite you to join us for a special screening of our brand-new animation, ‘Love Makes You Family’.

This online event is an opportunity to have a first look at the new video and participate in a relaxed and reflective discussion about what family means to us and our communities.

Together we will consider how we can celebrate families from all walks of life, structures, and backgrounds to build more inclusive communities.

Screening Date:
Wednesday 29th July 2pm-3pm

Sign-up to Love Makes You Family Special Screening

Introducing Podcasts: Everything You Need to Know About Podcasting

audio recording equipmentHave you ever wondered what it takes you to produce your own podcast series? Wonder no more because Families in Trauma will take you through the whole process. Join us to explore where to start and how to make an impact with your content.

We are offering this chance to come together with other like-minded people to create your own podcasts over four sessions.

We’d also love to help you share your work through our network (optional). Written resources will be provided as part of this course that will be delivered on a Tuesday afternoon (1pm-2.30pm) – first session begins Tuesday 21st July.

Workshop 1 – Podcasting Made Simple
Workshop 2 – 5 Tips on How to Create Your Own Personalised Podcast
Workshop 3 – 5 Tips for Conquering the Technology – Made Easy!
Workshop 4 – Recording a Podcast

Sign-up to Introducing Podcasts: Everything You Need to Know About Podcasting

Communication Workshop

a green speech bubble made out of yellow paper‘My loved one still takes drugs. Nothing has changed in their life with regards to drugs but I have changed the way I communicate with them which has had a positive impact on both of us.’

Do you want to learn some of the tools we have shared with families for better communication? Join us for this two-part series on communication where we will look at how we communicate and realise we are:

  • Not alone in finding communication tricky at times
  • We each have experiences that we can learn from
  • Things can and do improve when we take the time to stop and reflect

These workshops are being held on Zoom in a closed meeting and each workshop can take up to 10 participants.

Session Dates:
Tuesday 21st July 6.30pm-7.45pm
Tuesday 28th July 6.30pm-7.45pm

Additional workshop due to high-interest:
Tuesday 4th August 6.30pm-7.45pm

Sign-up to register for either or both workshops on Communication

JustB Presents ‘The Kid’s Tent’ Story Sessions

storybook lying open on a quilt covered in lightsCome on over to ‘The Kid’s Tent’ to listen to a story from the team at JustB and join in with some activities we can use to help us feel calm and relaxed.

JustB is a business based in the Glasgow area which offers mental and emotional health and wellbeing services for children and adults. It is owned and managed by Claire Gage who is a mum, a wife, and a primary school teacher as well as a relaxation and wellbeing coach. JustB currently offers relaxation and wellbeing sessions and Story Massage classes to schools, groups, families and individuals. JustB hopes that through their services they can help nurture and provide strategies for many people to allow them to grow in confidence, deal effectively with stress and anxiety and look after their own mental health in a more effective way.

So why don’t you take this opportunity to create some space and time out during the busyness of family life this summer?

Story Sessions:
There are three story sessions this July (each lasting 35 minutes).
Monday 20th July 2pm
Friday 24th July at 1.30pm
Monday 27th July at 2pm

Join us by registering here and receive your story session pack in the post with the story to keep! 

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