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Aberdeen Kilt Walk – Iska & Chris Birnie

The Kiltwalk’s biggest and best ever year continued with an incredible event in Aberdeen on June 4. 1800 walkers made it the biggest ever Kiltwalk in Aberdeen to date.  Iska and Chris Birnie entered the walk on behalf of St Andrew’s Children’s Society. These Kilted Heroes have raised a massive £739.23 which, along with the fabulous 40% top up donated by The Hunter Foundation and also the proceeds of the charity dinner with President Obama, the final figure is £1,034.92 ...
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Theraplay Training

On Wednesday 6th September, over twenty parents and  social workers attended a Theraplay Traininig Workshop at John's Place. From the post training photo, they had a good time. Theraplay is a key aspect of the SafeBase Parenting Programme available from St Andrew's Children's Society. To find out more, contact Rita Grant on 0131 454 3370 ...
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Teddy Bears Picnic and Storytelling

We had a lovely Teddy Bears Picnic and Storytelling event today.  Some great art work by the children is still  on the path and steps, and is a cheery reminder of simply fun and play.       Ailie our story teller had the children and parents in the palm of her hand, as she told us about sausages, a teddy,   pies, berries,  and a funny little man with a wee green hat and a long beard! That apron of hers is amazing!   The children ( I think they are in practice for the Edinburgh Festival) were well involved, and participated beautifully ...
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Aberdeen Picnic

SACS Aberdeen had our picnic at Aden Country Park on Saturday 29th July, and it actually stayed dry, " woohoo" it was lovely and warm and mosty sunny💥😎, no need for the gazebo, ( the box made a great car track though 🤣 ). We think a great time was had by all, here's a few of the pictures taken of the fun we had on the day. Thanks to all who attended. Christmas party next 😁😍 ...
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Teddy Bears Picnic and Story Telling 2017

Places still available We are delighted to say Ailie Finlay will be coming back to us during the summer holidays with some more of her stories.  Like previous years, we plan to have a choice of times for families to come on the day. The date is Friday 11th August and the two sessions will be at 1pm and 2.45pm. All teddies and their owners are welcome!  Bring your own picnic, we plan to eat in the garden if the weather is good, otherwise it will be an indoor picnic followed by stories. Some of you will know the drill ...
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Theraplay Training

Annie Kierrmar, trainer from the Theraplay Institute Chicago, and Louise Howath from After Adoption Manchester, assisted by Rita Grant of St Andrew’s Children’s Society, delivered Theraplay training to a diverse group of 31 people here at the Society’s Edinburgh office. It was a full five day week programme, focussed on how Theraplay can help create more trusting and secure attachments between children and their care givers. Theraplay is proving to be a significantly positive experience for adopted families. It is no surprise that many social workers, educators, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services workers, and independent therapists are seeking out ...
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Summer Newsletter – May 2017

Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of the St Andrew’s Children’s Society newsletter, Reflections16. In this edition we say a sad farewell to four members of staff, but hello to Milo and Mo, two puppet mice who will be assisting Rita! We introduce you to our new website to be launched in May. We welcome Pascaline Mollard to John’s Place and Scotland’s Adoption Register. Did you know, this is the 95th anniversary of the formation of The Archdiocesan Social Services Committee, the forerunner of St Andrew’s Children’s Society. We are saving our celebrations for our 100th birthday in 2022 – lookout for the special edition of Reflections24! But ...
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Parent & Toddler Theraplay Group

St Andrew’s Children’s Society are pleased to announce we are running another Parent and Child Theraplay© Group in October/November 2017. It will take place on Tuesday mornings. This group is aimed at families with children aged 2-4 years. The group will take place in our offices at 7 John’s Place, Edinburgh, EH6 7EL. The dates are: Tuesday 24th, and 31st October and 7, 14, 21 & 28 November 2017. Arrive 10.00am. Sessions will run from 10.15 until 11.15am. Tea and coffee will be provided after the session. If you would like a place on this group, please let us know, ...
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Newsletter November 2016

In the  the November 2016 edition of the St Andrew’s Adoption & Foster Care newsletter we say a fond farewell to Constance Bartley, retiring after 30 years with St Andrew’s. You may well ask what a photo of a cruise liner is doing on the front of this newsletter. It came from Aberdeen Velga, who cruised on the Reflection earlier this year. The picture of the fireworks comes from the Aberdeen ‘Dads ‘N’ Lads’ group. The gathering of people are SafeBase™ parents who attended our Call-Back session – more inside. The article regarding Trustees in the last edition of Reflections brought some good responses. Potential Trustees and Volunteers, read more ...
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Current vacancies for Volunteers

We regularly have our adopters coming in to share their experiences to Preparation Groups, SafeBase programmes and other support service delivery to new adopters. We would now like to formalise that help by recognising that they are, in fact, volunteers. There are many more ways in which our adopters and foster parents can help us to provide better services by sharing your past experiences, both good and bad with us. This can be by supporting our staff at Preparation courses, SafeBase and Theraplay training for new adopters and other information and training events Another way is to write about your ...
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