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    CAIR Scotland Showcase - Perth & Kinross

    CAIR Scotland Showcase December 2015


    On the 14th December CAIR Scotland based on Princes Street, Perth showcased some of their past years work.

    Those who attended were able to read case studies, feedback from clients, carers and referrers as well as see photographs of some group work activities.

    The showcase consisted of a whistle stop tour of all the services provided across Perth & Kinross which includes Drug & Alcohol services to both adults and children, SMART Recovery, Group Work and Sexual Health services and Education.

    Presenters included: Mike Burns, CEO; Kirstie Howell, Team Manager, Childrens’ Services; Pauline McIntosh, Team Manager, Adult Services; Charlotte Nairn, Sexual Health & BBV Development worker; Jo West, Head of Education, Balnacraig School; and Ryan McKillop, Peer Educator.

    During the presentation Ryan told the story of his journey with CAIR Scotland which started with him participating in an 8 week education programme called ‘Human MOT’ while he was in second year. Later he met one of our staff again during a drop in and self-referred for one to one support addressing the issues he was having.

    At the beginning of 2015 Ryan began volunteering with us and became a Peer Educator clocking up over 100 hours of volunteering, he was nominated for a Spirit of Youth Award in November and was one of the winners in his category. Having seen huge potential in Ryan we applied to the Rank Foundation’s Gap Scheme and he was successful in securing a place. This means that Ryan will join the team on the 5th January where he will complete his traineeship with CAIR Scotland.

    The next input was from Jo West, Head of Education at Balnacraig who outlined the partnership work undertaken by Balnacraig and CAIR Scotland. Jo introduced the DVD ‘Shadowdrama’ which was created by the CAIR Scotland team and young people from the school. The short film demonstrates some of the dangers of using substances and alcohol  including lowering of inhibitions. The pupils and staff at Balnacraig along with CAIR staff worked hard to create this resource and we were delighted to launch this at our Showcase event. Jo then went on to present the project with a cheque for £250 which had been raised by teachers who completed the three peak challenge.

    The evening was culminated with refreshments and a chance for those attending to speak to the team and find out more about the projects.