Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Outdoors - How do they fit together?

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Friday 22 September 2017 9:30am until 3:00 pm


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Chatelherault Country Park Carlisle Road Hamilton Ml3 7UE

Can the outdoors help us address the issues of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)? We think so and we hope to persuade you likewise.

Join us for a screening of the film Resilience – The biology of stress and the science of hope - with Tina Hendry from Reattach Parenting.

Fresh from a national tour of Scotland with Suzanne Zeedyk, Tina will guide us through an exploration of ACE’s and the effects that they can have on life. We’ll then continue our exploration, through informal workshops, and explore how a variety of practitioners and organisations have used the outdoors successfully to address the effects of ACE’s.

Workshop Leaders

John Deeney works with Phoenix Futures who are a national charity that has worked with individuals, families, prisons and communities over the last 45 years to show that recovery from substance misuse is possible

John pioneered Recovery through Nature in Scotland – a programme that connects people using our services with nature to aid in their recovery. Participants work as a team on practical conservation projects in settings across England and Scotland.

Louise Gough Armstrong – Louise has worked in a variety of Early Years and Primary settings in Glasgow using the outdoors in a variety of ways. Often working in areas of deprivation she has used her Forest School knowledge to work with children, and their families, to help them to promote and encourage self esteem and a sense of wellbeing. Learning how to read their and others feelings and how to develop strategies to manage these. Using the outdoor environment there is no constraints placed upon the group which empowers users to take on their own learning at their pace and by their individual learning style.

Jane Gracie & Jane Lennox – Two experienced South Lanarkshire teachers who have both used the outdoors in a variety of ways. Jane G is based in Lanark Primary School and has used Forest School extensively. She also set up Wild About Lanark a hugely successful adventure into guided outdoor play for people in and around Lanark. Jane L works in Hamilton and has worked hard to source appropriate outdoor space to deliver Forest School and outdoor learning with a variety of age groups.

Alison Motion is the Scotland Director for Grounds for Learning. She has extensive experience of working with children outdoors and has helped develop Grounds for Learning’s range of programmes aimed at getting more people outdoors and growing this beyond establishments by using local greenspace and involving parents in addition to staff.

Margaret Clark is a Senior Health Promotions Officer with NHS Lanarkshire and will be sharing her experiences of how embedding outdoor play into a range of initiatives – such as Book Bug and Play at Home – have benefited both parents and children.


9.30 arrival for 10am start. Lunch provided.

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