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‘No-One Wants Their Child to be Lonely’ : Special Needs Families Reveal Isolation of Lockdown

Local families have revealed the challenges of having a child with additional support needs during lockdown.

Sharon Walters and her sons Craig (12) and Andrew (10) are regular visitors to The Yard in Edinburgh, an award-winning charity offering adventure play services for disabled children, young people and their families. Founded in 1986, The Yard provides child-centred and child-led play services for young people up to the age of 25.

However, since lockdown, The Yard has remained closed to members in general in line with Government regulations, with plans to re-open when it is safe to do so.

The Yard, prior to lockdown

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Arbroath Mental Health Charity Brings Hope in Isolation

An Arbroath mental health charity is distributing arts and crafts boxes to those struggling with isolation during the Covid19 lockdown.

The Hope Box project was created by Dundee charity Front Lounge. After receiving two sample boxes from Front Lounge, Reach Across secured £5,000 from the Resilience Fund, distributed by Foundation Scotland, to tailor the boxes to their specific audiences. Reach Across has now handed almost 50 Hope Boxes to families, young people and other vulnerable people across the town, including residents of St Vigeon’s Care Home.

As well as materials ranging from pens, pastels and paints to canvas, charcoals and disposable cameras, Reach Across have added tailored extras depending on recipients’ hobbies, from knitting and crochet materials to nailcare items!

Stacey Dickinson and Dorothy Paul

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AUTHOR Reveals New Chapter in Design

As society adapts to ‘the new normal’ of working from home, a Scottish interior design company is encouraging people to consider more ‘mindful consumption’ of their interiors.

Launched during London Fashion Week 2017, AUTHOR offers an elegant range of timeless furniture and interior accessories produced sustainably and responsibly by talented artisans and designers across the UK. Liaising with designers directly, founder Jane Adams can offer made-to-order pieces, either unique or tailored to the client.

 

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Blast-Off: Schoolboy’s Creation Selected for New Exhibition

An Angus schoolboy has scooped a starring role in a brand new animation exhibition after taking part in a home learning programme.

Ollie Hay (11), from Tannadice, near Forfar created a time-lapse animation – https://www.graingerpr.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Ollie-Hay-Rocket-Vid-2.avi – in response to Dundee Science Centre’s ‘Space Week’ activities.  Not only did Ollie win a Space science kit bundle for his impressive submission, but was offered the chance to feature in ‘Animation Station’, part of the ‘CONNECT’ development due to be unveiled early 2021.

The Dundee Science Centre activities had been brought to Ollie’s attention by Tannadice Primary School as part of its drive to keep pupils engaged in science learning during lockdown. Grasping the challenge, Ollie turned the family dining room into a workshop / film studio where he created a papier-mâché spaceship, Lego rocket and impressive ‘take-off’ in front of a Lego crowd. Taking photos every few minutes as the Lego spacemen climbed into the rocket and the crowd jostled in anticipation, Ollie created a time-lapse video of around 300 photos, resulting in a stunning animation.

Ollie Hay

 

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Choosing a Nursery – Virtually!

Choosing the best nursery for your child is a huge decision.

In more typical times, parents visit nurseries in person, meet the staff and take a tour of the different spaces, making a decision based on the atmosphere, environment and first impressions.

To ensure that parents can still make an informed decision during lockdown, a Dundee nursery business is launching virtual tours, enabling families to secure their space for the months ahead.Continue Reading

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