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Online Hub Launched For Private Renters

A new online hub has been launched to help renters in Scotland’s private rented sector navigate their rights and responsibilities.

Launched by Shelter Scotland, the Private Renting in Scotland resource comes after a rise in the number of calls to the charity’s helpline from tenants renting from private landlords.

According to Shelter Scotland, 330,000 households currently rent from a private landlord in Scotland – around 85,000 of which contain children.

The charity says it has launched the Private Renting in Scotland online resource because it wants to ensure that tenants have the most up to date and accurate information available to them should they face problems in their tenancies.

You can find out more by visiting Shelter Scotland’s Private Renting Hub.

Sign Language Rolls Out To Third Sector

An online sign language service is celebrating its first anniversary by expanding into the third sector.

Scottish Government-funded contactSCOTLAND, which enables deaf people across Scotland to contact public sector services, is being extended to community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers.

Minister for sport, health improvement and mental health, Jamie Hepburn, confirmed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the service, which is unique in the UK.

He said: “There are estimated to be around 6,500 people living in Scotland who use British Sign Language (BSL) and these people deserve to have the same access to services as everyone else.

The Young Person’s Journey

The Young Person’s Journey is a new, interactive online resource that aims to simplify how the youth and criminal justice system works for under 18s in Scotland.

Developed by CYCJ in partnership with Iriss and in consultation with a multi-disciplinary working group, The Young Person’s Journey takes the form of a clickable ‘map’ that details and explains the entirety of the journey a young person can make from an offence allegedly being committed: routes to court, court processes and sentencing; stages in the journey should a young person be remanded or sentenced to secure care or custody or sentenced to a community disposal; and post-sentence support.

The Young Person’s Journey has been developed in response to a growing awareness that young people are often confused about court processes and the experience of being taken into custody.

Charity Launches Football Network

Scotland’s first ever walking football network has been set up by health charity Paths For All.

The Scottish Walking Football Network brings together five national organisations to support and enable the development of the game across Scotland.

Paths for All, Age Scotland, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Professional Football League Trust have all been brought together.

Walking Football is a slow-paced version of football developed for people over the age of 50. It is similar to the normal game, but with one small difference, there is no running or jogging.

There are already over 45 locations in Scotland already offering the sport and the new network aims to further grow the sport, create links between clubs and signpost people to their nearest team.

Aimed particularly at older men, the sport is seen as a way of tackling both inactivity and social isolation.

If you want to find out more just visit the Paths For All website

Research Study – Have You Felt Down?

The University of Glasgow, in partnership with the Suicidal Behaviour Lab, are interested in hearing from individuals who have experience of coping with suicidal thoughts or feelings.

They would like to invite these individuals to take part in a paid, confidential study that would require them to make one visit to the research facility at Gartnaval Royal Hospital in Glasgow.

Participants should be 18 or over and more men are required in order to maintain a gender balance.

For more information, please contact Karen or Seonaid at 0141 232 2181 or email

Peace of Mind Open Day on Arran

Peace of Mind is holding an information open day in Brodick, Isle of Arran on Wednesday 25 May 2016.

The Peace of Mind Project is an innovative new way of supporting people in receipt of Self-Directed Support to engage with and develop new community connections.

The event is being held at the Ormidale Pavilion, Shore Road, Brodick, from 10am until 2pm and light refreshments will be provided and you can find out more about how you can achieve “Peace of Mind” in your local community.

For more information visit:, email: or call 0845 601 1156.

How Early Years Trauma Affects The Brain

Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist, from U.S.A., is the originator of dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP) and also attachment-focused family therapy. He is an internationally acclaimed therapist and author of ground-breaking books on attachment and emotional recovery.

Dan has integrated recent research in the areas of neurobiology of trauma, early child development and attachment theory, to produce a therapeutic approach that assists professionals and parents/caregivers to understand and effectively support the healing of vulnerable children and young people.

During one of his many trips to Scotland as a guest of Scottish Attachment in Action he recorded this summary of how the brain reacts to trauma and how an understanding of this process is helpful to foster and adoptive parents as well professionals such as residential care workers and teachers. You can watch his video here.

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service in Saltcoats Library

This drop-in service is staffed by Macmillan trained volunteers. It is based at Saltcoats Library and is available on Wednesdays from 10am until 12 noon and Fridays from 11am until 12.30pm.

They offer:

  • Support and information to anyone who has cancer or is a relative, friend or carer
  • Access to counselling
  • A relaxing place to meet others affected by cancer
  • Access to therapies
  • Links to support groups

If you need to talk to somebody out with the drop-in hours, you can contact the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 0000, Monday to Friday, 9am until 8pm.

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