Lothian Self-Management Project
Following the success of ‘Stay Well Lanarkshire’ and ‘Managing Me’ project in West Lothian, Action for Sick Children Scotland is pleased to offer a Lothian based generic self-management project for children and young people with long term health conditions.
Two age specific programmes are available, one for children aged 8 to 11 and one for young people aged 12 to 17 years. Each programme consists of 6 workshops and will focus on increasing mental and physical well-being. It will also look at how young people can manage stress, emotions, friendships, feelings, talking with parents/carers, teachers and health professionals, healthy eating, confidence teachers and health professionals, healthy eating, confidence building and so on.
What is self-management?
- Self-management puts people living with long term conditions in ‘the driving seat’. It supports and encourages people to access information and to develop skills that will enable them to live their lives on their terms.
- Self-management is not a replacement for health or other services.
- It’s about working with people who can provide the right support at the right time to enable individuals to choose how they want to live with a long term condition(s).
- Self-management does not mean having to manage alone without support.
- It enables people to make informed choices about how and when to draw on different kinds of support.
Self-management is a process in which people with long term illnesses are empowered to take charge of their condition and its impact on their quality of life. Self-management is not an individual action, specific treatment or service. It has to be tailored to each person’s needs, circumstances and wishes. It supports people to live full lives while dealing with the reality of living with a long term condition.
For more information on self-management, check out the Alliance website: http://www.alliance-scotland.org.uk/ (was Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland-LTCAS).
What will happen at workshops?
Our project team, Simita Kumar and Dani Cochrane will be providing a programme of self-management workshops (three full days or six half days). The sessions will be directly shaped by the young people participating and will include fun activities such as drumming, dvd production, peer support training and healthy cooking. The following list is not exhaustive and may vary depending on participants but sessions will include
- Understanding self-management and NHS structures
- Understanding and coping with emotion
- Communication: family, friends, health & education professional
- Building Confidence
- Resources needed to self-manage e.g. coping with stress, pain, healthy exercise and food
Dates for the diary
Programme 1 Programme 2 Programme 3* 31st October 2015 13th Feb 2016 16th April 2016 14th November 2015 27th Feb 2016 30th April 2016 28th November 2015 COMPLETED 5th March 2016 19th March 2016 30th March 2016 14th May 2016 28th May 2016 18th June 2016 2nd July 2016 16th July 2016 24th Sept 2016 8th Oct 2016 22nd Oct 2016
3rd Sept 2016
4th June 2016
10th Sept 2016
31st October 2015
13th Feb 2016
16th April 2016
14th November 2015
27th Feb 2016
30th April 2016
28th November 2015
5th March 2016
19th March 2016
30th March 2016
14th May 2016
28th May 2016
18th June 2016
2nd July 2016
16th July 2016
24th Sept 2016
8th Oct 2016
22nd Oct 2016
Programme 3* is designed for Children and Young People aged 8 - 12 years.
Want to know more about the project?
If you are a child/ young person, parent/carer, or work in health, education or the voluntary sector in Lothian and would like more information, email Simita or call on 0131 553 6553 for more information.
Grateful thanks to Project Funders
The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, Lloyds TSB Foundation, Nancy Massie Trust, Ponton House Trust and Woodward Trust