Youth Wellbeing Coaching CIC​

Youth Wellbeing Week 8-12th March

We are excited to announce that we are coordinating Youth Wellbeing Week 2021 which has been funded by Youth Scotland. The aim of this event is twofold: to upskill and empower local young people and their parents/carers; and to showcase organisations they can turn to for support. 

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10th March 6-7pm

Q & A workshop with top mind coach, author (and parent of two teenagers) Brian Costello.

Using a powerful blend of humour, psychology, storytelling and both personal and professional insights into the teenage condition, Brian will show you that your child is not broken and everything is not lost. 

Pauline is owner, creator, and life coach at EmotionALL Coaching and Wellbeing.

Following on from a 20 year career as a teacher and school leader, where she primarily worked with children, young people, and families that live with adversity and which impact their daily lives, she moved on to provide a range of emotional support service through her own business.

She is an emotional wellbeing coach, supporting children, young people, and those that care for and educate them. Providing scaffolds and support to work with emotions in healthier, more helpful, and happier ways.

She provides a range of services and can be found on social media and on her website

Teen Event - Your Teen Brain ~ Facts & Feelings

9th March 2-3.30pm

I truly believe that knowledge gives us an opportunity for holding more power. Our teens need to know all about this teen brain journey! With a little bit of hard facts and biology alongside some emotional literacy our teens may have a few ‘a-ha’ moments. Fundamentally we all need to know that our teens are not just big kids, or small versions of adults, they are going through their very own teen brain stage of development and all that comes with this. With this teen brain knowledge comes power, and also that bit of responsibility for looking after it in the healthiest ways possible.

Parent Event ~ Working alongside the Teen Brain

11th March 2-3.30pm

It does seem that our teens were sent to test us, with all their moods and emotions (amongst other things) and there is a certain amount of truth around that! What on earth is going on with that teen brain!

How on earth do we learn to work with this teen brain in more helpful ways?

How do we communicate with our teens without setting off the explosives?

How do we manage our own emotions during all of this?

We will explore the teen brain, and once we recognise that little bit more about all that our Teens is going through, physically and mentally, - the ‘parent operating manual’ may just seem that little easier to read and understand!

At Birkhill House

*this link is pre recorded and will be available all week*

Self-reflection crafting activity to promote positive mental health in young people:

This will involve a video tutorial briefly exploring the issue of self-reflection by providing instructions & proposed

techniques for decorating a mirror. 

Self-reflection points at the start of the video will include the meaning, importance and benefits of the process of self-reflection, namely:

- allowing a person to gain perspective

- encouraging a person to respond more effectively to those around them

- promoting learning and understanding through analysing past experiences

Taking this process into consideration, those undertaking the craft will be encouraged to decorate their mirrors using positive iterations and uplifting imagery.

**the first 10 people to contact us to book a space on this workshop will receive a free craft kit for this activity**

At Birkhill House is a crafting centre and animal assisted therapy unit near Earlston in the Scottish Borders. The overarching objective At Birkhill House is to improve the mental health of residents within the Scottish Borders through caring, creativity and collaboration. Launched in 2019 by Lara Armitage, At Birkhill House places mindfulness, wellness and positive mental health at the core of its two distinct programmes of activity: tuition in modern & traditional crafting alongside the provision of opportunities for Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). Lara's innovative approach to crafting incorporates an interest in upcycling, found materials and repurposed objects with unique, original project ideas and a playful sensitivity to the needs and dynamics of groups of young crafters and individuals looking for a mindful approach to creating. She is passionate about her animals - alpacas, goats, sheep, hens, cats, dogs and other feathered, furry and scale-y friends on their nine-acre smallholding - and is keen to share it.

A Positive Start CIC

Monday 4-5.30pm

STAND -a toolkit for prevention

This is for the adults and is a session exploring behaviours that lead to manipulation, exploitation & coercion and how we might prevent it. 

Friday 1.30-3pm

The Art of Allowing - This is for the younger group and is a Law of Attraction coaching session

Meeting ID: 845 2663 8000

Passcode: 3PvFGr


10th march 5-6pm

The local Therapet team will be hosting a virtual ‘PAWS Against Stress’ session on the 10th March as part of our Youth Wellbeing Week. This will start with a Q&A and then there will be an opportunity to visit individual dogs and their volunteers in break out rooms.

Serendipity Recovery Community Network

12th March 6-7pm

Topic: Mums in Recovery (MiR)

Time: Mar 9, 2021 06:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 818 4763 3509

Females and Mums with substance use experience have a unique set of challenges when attempting sobriety often including low self-esteem, coping skills and interpersonal conflicts that may often impact on accessing recovery or treatment. A factor that can often also impact on a females/mum’s recovery and increase the risk of relapse is stigma and being stereotyped.

Family based interventions using a holistic approach allow dependent children to attend support with their parents specifically with a support plan tailored to meet their needs.

Family plays an important part in the role of recovery for Mums and by encouraging family members to be part if this process using a positive attitude benefits their relationship with their children and families.

Family therapy workshops are designed to break connection issues by allowing everyone a chance to feel heard. It can support family members to understand themselves and each other more effectively working through conflicts in a healthy way.

During Youth Wellbeing Week Serendipity RCN will be hosting a workshop to encourage and support communication and connection between mums and their families, with the aim of improving their psychological heath and helping them to find a better quality of life. 

Wendy Ward

8th march 2-3pm

Youth Wellbeing Week 2021 is being supported by an inspirational and knowledgeable group of organisations and professionals who want to help upskill and empower local young people and parents/carers.

Wendy Ward worked as a specialist mental health youth advisor in England and Wales before moving to The Borders as a Community Artist and where she now works in mental health services. She is currently training as a CBT Therapist and she will be hosting a workshop on the 8th March at 2pm.

*When Emotions Run Wild*

An informal webinar/workshop looking at skills you can use to get through the times when emotions are boiling over. Come prepared to join in 😊

Indigo Counselling and Coaching

Intro to Choice Theory 

Topic: Introduction to Choice Theory by Mark Lafferty @ Indigo Counselling and Coaching

I set up Indigo to help people overcome and recover from addictions and mental health issues. I am what I describe as a lived experience counsellor.

I myself have recovered from complex trauma and addictions. I offer one to one counselling and coaching using an integrative style, based on my training in Choice Theory, Addiction Counselling and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. I also offer training in Choice Theory to individuals and organisations.

In my workshop I will aim to introduce you to the basic concepts of Choice Theory which was developed by psychiatrist Dr. William Glasser in late 1960s America. 

The Benefits of Choice Theory

• To gain control over feelings such as anger, guilt, or depression and choose more positive thinking behaviour.

• To learn specific techniques for resolving conflict—inside oneself or with others. One will recognise that we can only control oneself.

• To become more self-accepting and less critical of others.

• To gain flexibility and recognise more choices and opportunities.

• To gain personal insight into important values for which you have been yearning.

• To learn to identify, “How do I want this situation to unfold?”

• To learn to deal more effectively with complaints.

• To increase happiness and get along better with the people in your life.

I Look forward to seeing you there.

Mark Lafferty