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Whit’s happening! Issue 4

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First, can I thank my colleague from soapbox design who worked with me till after 4 on a public holiday to make sure we got this issue ready in time, very much appreciated I think when we clap on a Thursday night its worth remembering the many people...
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COVID 19 an Emotional Roller Coaster

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People are complicated and complex; this is why sometimes it can be hard to put our finger on just what exactly it is which is causing the feelings or thoughts we may have at any one time. If we take the individual components of what is getting to us...
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Whit's happening! - issue 3

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COPE Scotland started a wee list initially of things to share with the team, about COVID 19, to share with clients. We decided maybe colleagues and the wider public would find it helpful, so we shared it more widely, people were kind and said it was ...
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Leaders in the Living room

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 And how the rowing boats saved the passengers of the luxury liner the Titanic! Okay, you may be reading this in the afternoon, or evening, whatever time of day, I hope its one which gives you a reason even for a wee minute to smile! When the CO...
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Coping with loss

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COVID19 is taking so much from us. Being able to go to the park and have a picnic when we want to.  Go a run in the car, stop somewhere for lunch.  Be able to open the doors of our wee business it took us 25 years to build. Be able to ...
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Wee tips to cope when life feels strange

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Think it safe to say, most of us recognise life at the moment isn't the way it usually is, at all.  On top of whatever worries or challenges we had before, we now have the challenges COVID19 bring.  Stay at home unless for the following rea...
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What is co-production?

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This is a term we hear often, along with co-design, co-develop, co-deliver and sometimes to make it even more confusing, to different groups and people it can mean different things! One observation the author of this blog often makes, is, ' 'Why does...
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Ever wondered about taking up Yoga? Or Laughter Yoga?

Ever wondered about taking up Yoga? Or Laughter Yoga?
We can all at times think about how active we are, the hobbies we have, whether we want to try something new, New year can be a time when we think about that more than usual; as we plan to get fitter, if this is something which matters to us, or, lea...
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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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Sometimes during the winter when the clocks have changed, we can feel very low in our mood, maybe even depressed, we may find we just don't have much energy at all and that we just can't be bothered.  There is a condition called Seasonal affecti...
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Every life does matter, your life matters

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 The first and most important thing to start this blog with is if you are reading this and thinking of suicide, then please, talk to someone now. These are some numbers which may be useful Useful numbers Alcoholics anonymous T: 0800 9177 650 SOB...
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The power of affirmations on self-talk

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The power of affirmations on self-talk. We shared previously a blog on the power of poetry and affirmations, which included sharing copies of our confidence affirmation cards online. To celebrate the new poet laureate being appointed and also the the...
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What are you saying to yourself, because you are listening

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We often feel hurt or confused by how others have treated us, or things they have said to us. How often do we really pay attention to the things we say to ourselves, because, we are listening. We all have an internal voice, now, it can be kind and co...
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Session 3 creating safe spaces

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Safe Space Workshop Session THREE '' What creates the conditions for safe spaces within groups and why tensions can sometimes arise'' Thank you to everyone who has accessed sessions ONE and TWO of the online training. It's great to know so many peopl...
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The "Coorie" The Scottish Way to Wellbeing with a new video!

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So many people enjoyed this blog so we made a video of  'The Coorie' with Hilda having great fun doing the voice over! View the video Okay some of us; and we know who we are, know we need to exercise more, eat more healthily, get out in the fres...
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Safe Space Workshop Session Two UPDATE

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Thank you to everyone who has accessed session ONE of the training. It's great to know so many people are interested in helping create psychologically safer places in informal and peer-led groups Session TWO and all the sessions can be used in many w...
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Changing the world, one kind & compassionate conversation at a time

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What do we mean by kindness? Do we mean: Consideration, generosity, friendly? Do we mean acts of kindness where maybe we offer assistance to someone, or do a 'good' deed, or do a favour with no thought of reward? 'Too often we underestimate the power...
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Tips for looking after you, when sometimes it is all a bit overwhelming

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Kind people care about other people. Kind people often put the needs of others before themselves, they can see the pain or unhappiness around them and want to try and do something that makes a difference. They don't do it for the glory, accolades or ...
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Things we can do to help build a kinder world?

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Sometimes it can be very overwhelming all the problems we can have as individuals and the pain and suffering we see on the news others are struggling with. Then the additional worry of what is happening to the environment, seeing parents are in tears...
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Safe Space Workshop Session One IMPORTANT

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An introduction to session ONE of the training, more sessions to come . The aim of this FREE online training resource is to share ideas on actions which may help create psychologically safer places in informal and peer-led groups. The resource can be...
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Using the senses to relax

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We have five basic senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch .  The sensing organs associated with each sense send information to the brain to help us understand and perceive the world around us.  We can learn to use our senses to prom...
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Useful/Emergency Contacts

  • Silverline 0800 4 70 80 90
  • Childeline 0800 1111
  • ParentLine 08000 28 22 33
  • Samaritans 116 123
  • Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87
  • NHS 111
  • Gamblers anonymous 0370 050 8881
  • Narcotics anonymous 0300 999 1212
  • Alcoholics anonymous 0800 9177 6506
  • CALM 0800 58 58 58
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