Recently some of the team attended a day’s training at Edinburgh College that allowed us to explore our knowledge of mental health, reflect on how it affects our practice and how we look after our own mental health at work.
Throughout summer we supported 110 children and 75 parents to access our weekly activities with outings to local green spaces, the National Galleries, East Links and the Fringe. Across the 15 different trips we supported children of all ages, with an emphasis on including children under 5 so that families could access a holistic provision during the school holidays.
BWell Together has been running for just over a year now, with our Family wellbeing Practitioners, Abi and Aimee supporting 33 children and their families during that time. BWell Together is made up of a range of partners include Circle, Granton Youth, Intercultural Youth Scotland, Muirhouse Youth Development Project, Pilton Youth and Children’s Project and Wester Hailes Youth Agency.
Seasons for Growth is a programme which helps children and young people understand the experience of change, loss and grief and how these can impact a person's life. Mubarra completed her Seasons for Growth training in September 2022 and is coming to the end of delivering her first Season for Growth group in Pirniehall Primary School in partnership with Ferrywell Youth Project.
We've had a busy first term of 2023, delivering over 260 individual support sessions and 60 group work sessions so far this year. The term has saw our walking group resume, new employability support delivered to parents and Pregnancy Cafe continuing at The Heart of Newhaven.
In a time where resources are limited, and the need of children, young people and families is increasing, working in collaboration with partners is essential. Read on to hear about some recent partnership work we’ve been involved in within North West.
The run up to Christmas has been as busy as ever but it was lovely to take time last week to celebrate with families and Santa at our first big indoor party since the pandemic. Read on to hear more about what's been happening at the project this month.
It’s been an exciting few weeks at the Monday Young Parent’s group. Jay Lafferty from Watch This Space Productions has been working with the parents and sharing her experience of creating short comedy sketches, with great results!
Think you know the story of The Three Little Pigs? Think again! Our after-school group came together over the last few months to form a theatrical troupe: ‘School’s Out!’, in which the players put together a performance of a lively, surprising and rather revolting retelling of one of the world’s best loved fairy tales, according to Roald Dahl.
It's been great to start re-building our groups again in 2022. We are continuing to offer a blend of indoor and outdoor sessions with lots on offer for all ages. Read on to see what's available in February.
It's been great to welcome back families after the holidays to our groups, we've made a few temporary changes to the group work programme so please take a look and let us know if there's anything you would like to come along to.
It has been a hard year for many of the families we support and hard at times for us as an organisation to continually adapt the services we could safely deliver. However, here are some photos from throughout the year highlighting the many great times we've had with families in 2021!
We've got lots coming up before groups finish for the holidays on the 16th of December. Also keep an eye on our social channels for our Christmas advent, which will be giving you ideas of things you and your family can enjoy together in the run up to the holidays.
Starcatchers recently joined Stepping Stones at Granton Community Garden to host a series of weekly sessions aimed at children under 5 and their families. Read on to hear what the session included and what our families gained from coming along.
We've lots going on in September, if you spot anything you might be interested in or support someone who could benefit from coming along just drop us an email at email@example.com.
This week is Maternal Mental Health week, and this year the focus is on Journeys to Recovery. It is always important to speak about your mental health with trusted others, and equally to feel comfortable reaching out to seek further support when you need it. But to allow women to feel comfortable doing this, everyone needs to have an awareness of how mental health can be affected after having a baby, and it is our shared responsibility to ask mothers if they are OK, in a meaningful way.
It has been a particularly tough tome for everyone over the last year, whether you are a new parent or one with a growing family. Either way, it can be difficult to know whether you're doing the best thing for your baby. That's why we've partnered with Parent Club to tell you about their Wellbeing for Wee Ones campaign.
We would like to thank all of the families who have engaged with the service during 2020, it has been great to support so many and to help re-connect children and parents after lockdown. Whilst 2021 will still hold many challenges we hope that there will be many more positives to come. Read on to hear some of the great feedback we've had from families.
We are proud to be working with a range of partners on this Link up Leith project, supported by the Scottish Government funding, Investing in Communities.
Please have a look at what services we are continuing to deliver in the coming weeks as we approach Christmas. We continue to not have access to our main office / landline number so please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any queries. Stepping Stones will be close from 23rd December until 5th January.
Whilst there continues to be restrictions across our communities these latest changes to meeting socially do not apply to services or activities that are already exempt from these restrictions and have been permitted to open subject to their own guidance. Stepping Stones continues to safely offer a wide range of services both face to face and online. Please read on to find out more about our current activities.
It may now be the summer holidays but we are still here providing support and planning activities for local families. Included in our summer activity packs is a treasure hunt which we've planned around North Edinburgh, click on the new tab on our website to find out more. Or read on here to find out about the rest of our summer plans.
Undoubtedly these are challenging times however families across North Edinburgh have been trying to make the most of lock down by enjoying simple things they can do at home with their children. Recently this has included taking part in our kids art competition......
We would like to say a massive thank you to the individual donors and trusts that have donated funds to support our work in the community recently. Stepping Stones continues to support families in a wide variety of ways and we would encourage any families who need extra support during this time to reach out to us.
We understand what a difficult time this is for the families in North Edinburgh and we are continuing to offer whatever support we can to those in need. Please do note that we can not currently pick up calls from our office landline. Any emergency enquiries should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Network of 84 organisations across Edinburgh have organised a campaign called #SideBySideEdin showing how Edinburgh’s charities work with Children, Young People & Families across the city, side by side all public services. We are pleased to be part of this campaign and for parents to have the opportunity to talk about what Stepping Stones means to them.
We are delighted to have been awarded £8695 from the Tampon Tax Community Fund which is run by Foundation Scotland. This funding is vital for us to deliver our Bump Start project which helps support pregnant women and their families.
Last week we took 9 parents and 16 children to the Scout Adventure camp Fordell Firs. This is an extra activity for families to attend and gets their summer holidays off to positive start. The project raises funds to cover all the costs of the trip and it provides great opportunities for families to enjoy time with their children.
We are excited that our work with Stellar Quines Theatre Company is nearing completion. The parents are taking part in a 9 week course which has supported them to explore young motherhood and write pieces which are now being brought to life through short film.
This week we have started peer education training with our young parents. The training takes place ahead of going into Broughton High School to deliver workshops to S3 pupils on the realities of becoming a young parent.
Our introductory group meets twice a week in two different locations within the community. The aim of this group is to introduce families to their peers, build their confidence and reduce the isolation that many families can feel.
If you need more support with establishing healthy sleep routines at home then we run a fortnightly clinic from our base at 9A Pilton Drive North. Our staff are trained as Sleep Counsellors by Sleep Scotland can offer support to families who are struggling with sleep.
Louisa from Bump Start attended the Maternity and Midwifery Festival in November to gain an insight into upcoming changes in midwifery care and hear more about the resources and services that are available for parents.