ALLIANCE Live weekly round up 21 – 27 May

Type: News Item Date Published: 27th May 2020
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In the last week, we released interviews on intersectionality and COVID-19, student carers and education and the importance of mindfulness.

Getting it right for every child: train the trainer

On Tuesday 2 June, Ronnie Hill from the ALLIANCE provided a train-the-trainer seminar on the GIRFEC approach to members. The purpose of this workshop was to enable a broad range of practitioners from the third sector to deliver information workshops for children and young people or parents and carers to inform them about GIRFEC and what it means for them; to bring GIRFEC to life, to make it real for them.

Intersectionality and COVID-19

Lucy Mulvagh, the ALLIANCE’s Director of Policy and Communications, talks to Anuj Kapilashrami, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Global Health at the Centre for Global Public Health, Queen Mary University of London about intersectionality and the reasons for taking an intersectional approach to COVID-19.

Intersectionality is the interconnected nature of different social categorizations like  ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, and gender, applied to an individual or group to create an overlapping and interdependent system of discrimination or disadvantage.

COVID-19 and responses being taken to it are not having the same impact on everyone, and some individuals and societal groups are disproportionately affected. Anuj talks about why intersectionality is important, rather than focusing on social categorizations in isolation of each other. She makes several recommendations for concrete action to help support an intersectional approach to COVID-19.

Listen to the conversation on Anchor FM (this link will take you away from our website)

Student Carers with Carers Trust Scotland

In this podcast, Carer Voices Project Lead Tommy Whitelaw is joined by Hannah Martin, Research and Engagement Worker at Carers Trust Scotland in conversation on young carers’ experience of education.

The conversation sheds a light on the ongoing research currently being undertaken by Carers Trust Scotland to better understand the experiences and challenges of student carers in higher education and how carers can continue to participate in this engagement while social distancing. The findings of this research will inform their recommendations to improve the educational experience for carers

Listen to the podcast on AnchorFM (this link will take you away from our website).

Mindful walking and mindful eating with Cancer Support Scotland – Wellbeing Wednesday

In this week’s Wellbeing Wednesday, Stephanie Quigley, Lead Complementary Therapist at Cancer Support Scotland provides listeners with an opportunity to focus on their breathing while walking to produce calmness.

Listen to the recording on AnchorFm (this link will take you away from our website).

Upcoming live session:

Getting it right for every child: parental inclusion and children’s wellbeing
Tuesday 2 June 2020 from 10.30-12pm

Ronnie Hill from the ALLIANCE will take a rights based and plain speaking approach to set out how GIRFEC can help children and their families when and if they need it. The session will provide useful resources and tools and is directed at any third sector organisation, parent, carer aiming at giving families a voice in planning for the wellbeing of children.

All members networking events will be conducted via Zoom. You do not need to have a Zoom account or to have downloaded the app to be able to take part. All details to join will be sent in advance.

If you would like to register your place, please confirm via email to

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