Conference and Events

Summer in the City 2016
The Summer in the City Guide 2016 has arrived in Aberdeen and is currently being delivered to all schools and early learning and childcare settings. I have managed to catch sight of a guide and I think it is looking great!

Guides can be picked up at public access points across the City including libraries, sports centres and the customer contact centre at Marischal College. The guide will also be available to download from the Aberdeen City Council and Family Information Service websites very soon.

Please find attached an electronic version of the guide. I would like to thank you for contributing to the guide and responding to my emails so promptly. I hope the children and families in Aberdeen enjoy their Summer by accessing the wonderful and varied activities that you are offering across the City.

Transition Extreme – Extreme Summer
11th / 18th / 25th July & 1st / 8th / 15th August 2016 – Torry Skatepark
Mondays at Torry Skatepark, 6pm – 8pm, Free BMX and Skateboard Coaching Be a TX Daredevil

The ‘Extreme Summer’ Project is operated by Transition Extreme at Torry Skatepark. For the scheduled sessions of the project; coaches employed by Transition Extreme will deliver coaching and mentoring to youths present at the Skatepark at that time.

If the participant is under 16 then their parent or guardian must sign the consent form below on their behalf.
Extreme Summer Consent Form – Torry

Penumbra Aberdeen Nova POWWOW programme
August – September 2016

What is a POWWOW? POWWOWs are workshops on wellbeing. A group of people with a shared interest in a particular area of wellbeing come together to share knowledge and experience. The groups particularly focus on exploring tips, ideas and practical steps that can be taken to improve wellbeing in the chosen area.

Feel Better • Feel Healthier • Work Together Feel in Control • Have Fun • Learn from Others Be more Confident • Do More

What is it About? There are many factors that affect our wellbeing. Our background, experiences, health, mental health, personal safety, opportunities and our relationships with others are just some of the factors that affect our wellbeing. Penumbra seeks to improve wellbeing by focusing on the areas below:

HOME a safe and secure place to live OPPORTUNITY to pursue meaningful leisure, recreation, education and work possibilities PEOPLE as friends, confidantes and supporters EMPOWERMENT fully involved in decisions affecting own life All POWWOWs are linked to some or all of the above.

Save the date – Vulnerable Young People, Sexual Health and Substance Use Conference
Scottish Drugs Forum will hold a landmark conference in Glasgow on the 13th of September 2016. This conference will explore the inter-connected areas of substance use and sexual and reproductive health in vulnerable young people. The conference will feature keynote speakers and interactive workshops and will represent an opportunity to hear and share perspectives on these issues and how they relate to vulnerable young people and on good practice being developed in services.   The conference will explore key issues including –

  • The impacts of adverse childhood events and trauma
  • Gender differences in working with young people
  • Issues around sexual and ethnic identity and disability and engaging with services
  • Working with young people who have been looked after and accommodated and/or been involved in the criminal justice system.

Keynote speakers include – Carole Dearie Centre For Youth and Criminal Justice on working with girls and young women   The conference will be held at the Grand Central Hotel Glasgow, 10.00-16.00 on the 13th of September. Delegate rates £110 and £90 for members of Scottish Drugs Forum   (Please note that SDF membership is free – details of membership available here.
Click here to download the booking form for the event

Recovery Walk Scotland 2016: Save the Date!
Saturday 17th September 2016
The Scottish Recovery Consortium and the Scottish Recovery Walk Council 2016 are pleased to announce that Recovery Walk Scotland 2016 will take place in Falkirk on Saturday 17th September 2016. Subject to approval from Falkirk’s planning committee and community trust, this Recovery Walk will assemble at the world famous Kelpie’s monument in the Helix Park. The Walk will process from the Kelpies through Falkirk Town Centre and finish in Callandar Park where the Recovery festival will be held. Recovery Walk Scotland 2016 Council have begun meeting and this strong group of recovery stakeholders from all over Scotland have set themselves a fundraising target of £25,000 for the event. Also agreed at their first meeting in Falkirk last week was the theme for this years walk and festival. Inspired by the upsurge of recovery activism within HMP Perth and other prisons in Scotland, the Walk Council has decided to adopt the prison recovery slogan “Recovery Comes From Within” as its theme for the whole event. The Council felt as a theme it works for communities in recovery, individuals in recovery and organisations in recovery, so everyone can contribute.

SARN Event – Hold the Date!
27th September 2016 – Aberdeen
Just a note for your diaries. The Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are planning to hold an event in Aberdeen on 27th September (hosted by RGU) between 10am and 1pm (lunch provided). Details and programme still to be confirmed.

Hope for the Future
4th October 2016 – Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People after Sudden and Traumatic Death. The first joint conference from two of the major providers of bereavement support services for children and young people in Grampian – Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland and Grampian Child Bereavement Network. With Keynote Speakers and the following Conference Workshops:-

  • Using Play to Help Bereaved Children
  • Supporting Bereaved Pupils in a School Setting – Moray Project
  • Impact Following Critical Incidents
  • Helping a Child Bereaved by


  • Effective Support for Bereaved Teenagers
  • Memory Work With Very Young Children

The first joint conference from two of the major providers of bereavement support services for children and young people in Grampian

How to Register to Attend:-

Register your place by contacting: or call: 01224 594099

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis

SHAAP and SARN Seminars
from October 2016
Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) have a forthcoming seminar series, with the theme of ‘Alcohol and Health Inequalities’. We’re particularly interested in presentations which provide insights and can stimulate discussion about alcohol and its impact on health inequalities in several contexts, drawing on a range of disciplines and opening up debate about implications for policy and practice. Following the seminars, SHAAP will produce briefing papers, which will aim to capture the main themes and to communicate these to a wider audience. You can access reports from previous seminars here. The 2016-2017 seminars will take place from 12.30–14.00 on the following dates

13th October 2016 • 6th December 2016 • 24th January 2017 • 13th March 2017 • 11th May 2017 • 14th June 2017. If you are interested in presenting your work, please email Eric Carlin, SHAAP Director, at by 22nd August 2016 with a proposal of no more than 300 words.