Here is a picture from our most recent national training cohort of trained facilitators. Welcome to Give us a break! (GUAB), it's great to have yet more incredible enthusiastic trained facilitators who are able to run groups in South Lanarkshire and beyond.
Exciting development: we now have three members of the Families Outside team trained to deliver Give us a break! groups to children and young people who are in the position of having a member of their family imprisoned. Families Outside are a national charity who work to support families affected by imprisonment in Scotland. They have lots of information on their website, which maybe very useful. There is a link to their website on our list of 'Resources' under 'websites'.
It is great to welcome five Macmillan professionals to our team of trained facilitators. Our Macmillan colleagues are piloting a new model of community based groups in Glasgow. We wish them all the very best. If you would like to find out more about these groups, please contact us via the 'contact us' page and we will direct you.
How to register a Give us a break! group
If you would like to register a group you are currently running, or a group that you have just finished, but not notified the Give us a break! team about, please complete the group registration form and return to a member of the GUAB team.
We have been busy carrying out research into the difference GUAB makes to the lives of children and young people. The research has now been finalised and submitted for publication in the next edition of the Bereavement Care journal, which is very exciting. The outcomes of the research are very positive and provides evidence that the GUAB programme has a positive impact on young people in terms of their Sense of Relatedness to others and their potential to cope better with the significant losses in their life. There is also evidence that it encourages optimistic thinking, which fits well with the solution focused approach which underpins the programme.
Meanwhile, we are also in the process of designing some qualitative research to further explore the impact of loss and change on the lives of young people and how GUAB helps them to cope.
Differentiation of current GUAB pack
The team are in the process of differentiating GUAB to make it more accessible to young people with additional support needs, including those on the autistic spectrum. A working party met timely throughout the last academic year and will continue this year. It involves members of the GUAB team, Severe and Complex team within Psychological Service and representatives from many of our specialist provisions throughout the authority. We are hoping to collate resources and pilot the materials with an ASN population and possibly younger children over the coming academic year. The pilot will be fully evaluated which will inform our next steps. Watch this space!