Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Stuck for Summer Things to Do?

Great! It’s summer and you don’t have to worry about getting your children ready for school on time...but you’re left with the hard decision of what to do to keep your kids busy and happy.

The exorbitant cost of days out or trips away, lack of safe places to play or available amenities can leave parents & carers viewing the long summer holiday with much less enthusiasm than the kids.

At With Kids, we have a five week programme set up that runs all the way up to August 6th which involves days out, activities and trips away which will keep the whole family occupied.

We are into our third week, and so far we’ve had a few days out to Pollok and Kelburne parks, as well as the Riverside Museum and the Science Centre. 

They were all really fun trips and we all had a great time, and we were lucky as the weather has been great recently - fantastic! 

Hopefully we’ll get more where that came from in the coming weeks, but hey, this is Scotland and no one knows what the weather is going to be in an hour, let alone a few weeks!

It’s not all fun and games though...well, actually it is, but we have been productive and making things too!

We’ve made awesome puppets, and our own little theatres where everybody performed their own plays. There were so many great stories. 

On Wednesday we made yummy smoothies and healthy fruit kebabs too, which made up for the hotdogs, pizza and popcorn we had whilst watching Brave last week.

And speaking of last week, the aliens landed with our Aliens & Monsters art group where we all made some wild and wacky creatures from space, as well as spaceships! 

If you would like to find out more about the summer programme then please don’t hesitate to ask us. You can get in contact by calling: 0141 550 5770 or you can email us at info@withkids.org.uk.

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Friday, 6 June 2014

The Golf Day Was A Hole Lot Of Fun

Our first golf day was a success, and not only because the weather was great!

The inaugural With Kids Golf Day, the Alan Rough Celebrity AM, took place at Mar Hall Golf Resort and Spa on Thursday 29th May.

We were joined by 72 keen golfers who took to the course and enjoyed a fun day of golf, sun and a great lunch when they came off of the 18th.

A special thanks must go to all who attended and to who gave generously in the raffle and the auction as, all in all, the day raised in excess of £4000.

We would like to thank the following teams for their participation on the day:

  • Fatbuzz 
  • The Forge Shopping Centre 
  • Mark Hamill 
  • Chattelle 
  • WRI Associates 
  • Primestaff 
  • Excel Vending 
  • Barclays 
  • City Legacy 
  • Mearns Castle Golf Academy 
  • Kenny Hailstones. (With Kids Competition Winner) 

We were awarding prizes to the two teams with the highest scores as well as a couple of other competitions because, although it was a day of fun and relaxing golf, everyone loves a bit of healthy competition!

The first prize of a Trespass Golf Bag went to Alan rough’s team, with the second prize of a Gordon White print and golf balls went to members of Cathcart Golf Club, so well done to these two teams.

As we said earlier we held another two small competitions; the Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin, and Kerr Mann was the longest driver who won a Trespass holdall, Mark Hamill being nearest the pin won a Trespass holdall too.

So again, thanks to everyone who came along; it’s always nice to know that you are better than a golf pro as 13 people beat the pro on the 10th hole!

If you want to attend next year’s golf day, or any other With Kids events then keep up to date by giving us a ‘Like’ on Facebook or by following us on Twitter.

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Hour Is Nearly Upon Us!

One of our supporters, Emilie Charlotte, is taking part in a skydive in aid of With Kids.

Here is an update on what is happening with her efforts:

"Hello Peeps!

The time has flown by since my last post about Tiffany & I doing the skydive for With Kids! It is due to happen this Saturday, 31st May. The weather is looking fair enough which is a bonus, as I can’t imagine anything worse than being cancelled & having to go back weeks later! A bit like the dentist, I like to get it out of the way!

I won’t bore you with the fitness regime that I had intended on taking on because I couldn’t be arsed with it in the end. Instead I’ve stuffed my face with salad for the last few weeks, which evens things out somewhat.

Keen to immerse myself in uncomfortable situations, I let Tiffs drag me along to a posh wine-tasting do the other week. We were all given a bit of paper so that we could describe the aroma & taste of each different wine. All my answers just said ‘tastes like wine’, that’s how cultured I am! At least I lasted longer there than at the art gallery do that daughter dragged me to…

For anyone who is still reading by this point, we will keep you all updated via Twitter & Facebook about what is happening on Saturday. We have to arrive for 8.30, earlier if we want the jumps filmed (hell yes, this isn’t going to happen again!) We might be waiting for the weather to clear & might not even jump till 9pm, which is a little daunting! Apart from that, all I know is that we get 20 minutes training just before we board the plane….

Tiffany & I would like to thank everyone who has already donated towards the appeal. We would dearly love to reach our target, so if you haven’t yet donated, then please do here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/withkidsskydive?

Special thanks goes to Suzy Blair from With Kids who has been a great help to me with organising it all, Vanessa Marte who has tirelessly promoted the event via social media & lastly Robert Carlyle for retweeting our link & being our all round inspiration!

Much love, Emilie & Tiffany xx"

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Friday, 9 May 2014

Our Ladies Lunch - May 2014

This Sunday we will be having our ladies lunch at the fantastic 29 Glasgow in Royal Exchange Square in the Supper Club, with a champagne reception in the 29 Apartment.

Joining us at 29 as our compère and our host will be Edward Reid, and Mr. Reid will also be performing for us!

For those of you who don’t know who Edward Reid is, he was a contestant on 2011’s Britain’s Got Talent and sang nursery rhymes and children’s television show themes, but with a twist as he sang them to the tunes of other popular songs. Well, might we add; really well.

As we said previously, he will be acting as our compère between our entertainment - the Jersey Tones and an extra special performance from a few of the children from With Kids, who will be putting on a wee play for us!

The Jersey Tones are a four man tribute act who perform songs sung by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as well as the hits from the five-piece vocal harmony group, the Overtones.

We have heard good things, and they sound amazing so we can’t wait to have them perform for us, and we’ll let the kids surprise you with their play!

In addition to the entertainment, we will have a fabulous raffle and an auction where you will have the chance to win great prizes including an overnight bed and breakfast stay at Mar Hall.

As well as the chance to win something, there will be a guaranteed buy at the Bustle Lingerie pop-up shop;

“All of [their] lingerie comes direct to your door in style and beautifully wrapped! [They also] don't have a high street presence so you can be sure we deliver it at the best price.”

Bustle aren’t the only ones who we have to thank for taking part in the event, we also have a sponsor to remember who we are thankful to have. St. James’s Place Wealth Management, who offer face-to-face wealth management advice, which is tailored to meet your own specific circumstances, are our sponsor for this year’s lunch and we are fortunate to have such a great sponsor.

We would also like to thank the following for donating to With Kids for this event; 29 Glasgow, Dunmore Scotland, Gordon and Marion White, Ashoka Cook School, Celtic FC, De Vere Cameron House, and Munro Opticians.

We are very privileged to have such a great venue, a great host and great entertainment which will make this ladies lunch an event to remember, and we look forward to seeing you there.

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Friday, 25 April 2014

With Kids Golf Day

Are you a keen golfer? If so, why not join us for the celebrity Alan Rough AM Golf Tournament to raise funds for With Kids at the impressive Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort?

Taking place at The Earl of Mar Golf Course on Thursday the 29th May, teams of players, including celebrities such as Derek Johnstone, Frank McAvennie and Alan Rough himself, will compete on the day for both individual and team prizes.

Located just 10 minutes from Glasgow Airport and set within a tranquil 240 acre woodland estate, the course will give you spectacular views of the River Clyde and the Kilpatrick Hills.

The team will consist of four players, or three players and a celebrity, with a full team handicap of up to 18, and the best three net scores for each hole count per team.

The teams will be competing against each other in a Fourball Stableford competition with a 10am tee off, and there will be a range of prizes for the top three teams and individual prizes, including nearest the pin.

Some of the celebrities that will be in attendance at the event include Central FM presenter and Scotland’s most capped goalkeeper Alan Rough, Radio Clyde presenter and former Rangers and Scotland player Derek Johnstone, former SFA referee Willie Young, and football agent and former Celtic, West Ham and Scotland player Frank McAvennie.

Others confirmed for the event are former Aberdeen, Dundee Utd, Rangers and Scotland player Billy Dodds, BBC pundit and former Hibs, Celtic and Scotland player Murdo Macleod, and former boxing champion Ian McLeod.

The price for a team is £500, which includes a round of golf as well as a three course dinner for each team member.

If you would like to take a team for a fun day out, whilst raising vital funds for With Kids, please email events@fatbuzz.com or call Fiona MacDonald on 0141 427 0727.

Fiona will provide you with a form that you will need to fill out, identifying which company you are from, how many people you're playing with, and their handicaps.

Please share this with your friends if you think they would be interested, and remember to keep up-to-date with the day on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Track Henry, the Charity Teddy

Once Upon a Donation

Two lovely fans of Once Upon A Time have come up with a wonderful idea for donating to two charities chosen by OUAT stars Robert Carlyle and Lana Parilla. 

Henry, a very busy and adventure-thirsty little teddy bear will be travelling the world, connecting fans, sharing cultures and raising funds for With Kids and the International Trauma Treatment Program. 

Henry will travel by mail and stay for a week to 10 days so that he can visit his destination properly.  He’ll also bring with him 2 travel books, one for Robert and one for Lana and participants will fill these with pictures and stories of Henry’s tour.

Henry will be raising funds as he travels (even small donations help) and hosts can choose to donate to either (or both) of the charities chosen by Robert Carlyle (With Kids) and Lana Parrilla (International Trauma Treatment Program).

The busy little bear has now been booked up until 2016 and so far has 65 hosts that he’ll be visiting worldwide.

There will be lots of lovely pictures and info showing Henry’s progress on the Tumblr site.  If you’d like to keep up to date, would like Henry to visit or want to find out more then please visit the Once Upon A Donation site on tumblr. 

You can also follow them on twitter @OUaDonation or on Facebook, and you can keep up with Henry’s travels by viewing the map here.

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Caring for Kinship Carers

At With Kids, we offer many different services to accommodate and help struggling families in the more poverty stricken areas of Glasgow and Edinburgh - and one such service is kinship care.

Kinship care is the care of children by people such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends, because their natural parents are unable to care for them. 

The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 emphasises that, if any child cannot be with their parents, connections should be maintained within the family circle if at all possible, and according to Mentor UK, one in 77 children across Scotland grows up in a household with friends or relatives.

The idea for a Kinship Care Group first arose two years ago when a local kinship carer approached us after an activity session, and asked if With Kids could assist her in setting up a local kinship care group as there was a gap in support services to aid local kinship carers.

We agreed, and so the With Kids Kinship Care Group was set up as a friendly, safe place for kinship carers to meet regardless of the legal status of their arrangement.

The group now meets every Wednesday morning, and allows kinship carers to share stories, issues, and worries, and give advice to other kinship carers in a similar position as themselves over a cup of tea or coffee.

The kinship group supports the idea of peer support and learning, where the kinship carers provide each other with emotional, practical and mutual support to alleviate feelings of criticism and isolation, and experiences of little or no practical support in managing the complicated family situations that they deal with.

Some members of the kinship group recently signed up to the Scottish Kinship Care Alliance’s Justice for Kinship Kids campaign, and on the 19th February 2014, they protested outside The Scottish Parliament to urge MSPs to vote for amendments to increase the support available to kinship care families in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill is just one of the common issues that has been discussed by a programme of guest speakers at the With Kids Kinship Care Group, along with issues such as food poverty, fuel poverty, and welfare reform.

These sessions are open to other known kinship carers locally, and any other organisations who want to find out more about kinship care or any common issues that affect children in care.

If you would like more information on kinship care or the With Kids Kinship Care Group, you can contact us at With Kids Edinburgh on 0131 453 6937, With Kids Glasgow on 0141 550 5770 or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

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