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Keep Antibiotics Working

It can be really upsetting when your child is sick but antibiotics are not always the answer. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them. This puts you and your family at risk of a more severe or longer illness.

NHSinforms recent campaign ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ looks at the alternative treatments to antibiotics and where to get support.

If you or a family member are feeling unwell, have a cold or flu and you haven’t been prescribed antibiotics, there are some effective self-care ways to help you feel better such as:

  • asking your pharmacist to recommend medicines to help with symptoms or pain
  • getting plenty of rest
  • making sure you or your child drink enough to avoid feeling thirsty

Fever is a sign the body is fighting the infection and usually gets better by itself in most cases. You can use paracetamol if you or your child are uncomfortable as a result of a fever.

If you have a cold or flu, make sure to use a tissue for your nose and wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading your infection to family and friends.

Find out more at the NHSinform website.

Coastwatch Scotland – Polar Plunge Event

The Irvine Unit of Coastwatch Scotland are organising a Polar Plunge Event on Tuesday 1 January 2019 at 11 am, Beach Pavilion, Irvine.

Go along to join in the fun and plunge for the charity of your choice.

£5 registration fee.

Hot soup, tea and coffee for all participants.

For further information call: 01294 271 855.

Anti-Bullying Week 2018

It’s Anti-Bullying Week. As a parent or carer, there are a number of things you can do if your child tells you they’re being bullied, which can help them to feel in control again.
Visit Respect me for information and advice on what to do if your child is being bullied.

Brothers In Arms – Real Men

Brothers in arms Scotland are Scotlands first Men’s Mental Health Charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male.

A video has been produced asking “How many ways are there to be a real man” which explores the reality of life as a man. To view the video click here.

This Weeks’ New Provider On Carena

A warm welcome to our newest providers who have added a profile of their services on Carena. Visit their profile to see what they offer and how they can help you.

Tragic O’Hara is an Artist and Musician with over 14 years worth of experience working with young people, adults with additional support needs and communities. He can provide workshops and projects which cater for all levels of ability.

To publish your service, social or activity group or organisation on Carena, go to the Home Page, click on Register Provider and follow the Carena User Guide.

If you need any assistance please email us at

National Campaign Promoting Foundation Apprenticeships

Today we’re launching a national campaign promoting Foundation Apprenticeships, to support Scottish Government’s commitment to creating 5,000 Foundation Apprenticeship opportunities across Scotland. The campaign will have a key focus on raising parental awareness and will also target young people, employers and teachers.

We will be advertising Foundation Apprenticeships across a wide range of media channels, including TV, radio, social media and print. The initial campaign will run across those media channels for the remainder of November. Further phases of campaign activity will run in the new year around subject choices in January and February with further activity right through to August/September.

The campaign will invite people to visit their page to find out more about what’s available in their area, and ultimately drive expressions of interest which can be followed up locally.


Doing It My Way

Do you have a story you want to tell? Would you like to learn different skills that help you tell it, and be part of a creative, supportive group in your local community?

AIMS Advocacy website (on behalf of the Involved! Group) is launching a new project, ‘Doing It My Way’ that uses drama and creative expression to help you tell your stories your way. We will meet once a week and focus on activities like improvisation and our voice and body as our ‘vehicle’.

You will have a chance to meet other people from your community and learn from theatre makers, writers and performers who work across Scotland in theatre and film.

You will learn techniques for building confidence and expressing yourself, as well as engaging in the process of storytelling which will include deep listening, personal reflection, creative imagery and developing an original piece about your life.

Places are limited, so if you would like to be a part of the group or are interested in finding out more please contact Elena Harris at AIMS Advocacy (01294 608663).

Impact Arts Youth Steering Group

Becoming a Youth Steering Group member requires a minimum commitment of one year from you. During your time on the Youth Steering Group you may have the opportunity to attend project visits, training or events/workshops hosted at a range of Impact Art project sites. If you are under 18 you will need parental permissions for this, and may require a chaperone. Any visits will be organised and paid for by Impact Arts. For the main part, you will work with the rest of the Youth Steering Group through social media platforms.

Becoming a Youth Steering Group member requires commitment, but will give you the opportunity to learn, make new friends, make your voice heard, advocate for other young people and shape projects.

If you have any further questions about what the role will involve, please contact our Programme Managers Jamie Proudfoot or Nicola Wood on 0141 575 3001 or email /

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