GCA Building Positive Pathways
Taster Programme - Week One (11th July to 15th July)
Come along and meet our team and try some of our activities!
Download our taster programme week programme here
Health & Well-Being Café (11.30-12 noon Monday 11th July):
A structured session exploring different health topics. Come along and tell us what health topics you are interested in.
Group Lunch(12-13pm Monday 11th July):
GROUP LUNCH - A healthy lunch as part of the Health and Well-Being Café - come along and enjoy a healthy lunch and find out more about what is on.
Peace and Quiet(2-3pm Tuesday 12th July):
A structured programme, focusing on relaxation and self-care which will run for 6 weeks. Learn ways to relax such as mindfulness and breathing exercises and the benefits of these and explore self-care steps including alternative options to improve your health and wellbeing. Try our taster session to if you would want to sign up.
Acu-Detox (11-12 noon Wednesday 13th July, 20th July):
A relaxation session with small acupuncture pins into ears which balances mental and physical well-being, supporting the cancelling process and improves sleep patterns. This session includes 30 minutes of Qi Gong meditation.
Building Positive Pathways Drop In (12-1pmWednesday 13th July, 20th July):
DROP IN - Come along to the Service Drop In for staff and participants and find more about who we are, what our service offers and how you can get involved.
Stay Safe! (Relapse Prevention) (11-12noon Thursday 14th July):
Come along and find out about our collaborative project aiming to create a board game together around relapse prevention. You can take part in designing the game, creating the rules, you can add your personal stories if you wish. You can learn about yourself and from each other using your creativity. You can sign up for this programme on the taster day or by contacting the Building Positive Pathways Team.
Moving On! (Expressing Movement Session) (2.30-3.30pm Thursday 14th July, 21st July):
This is a weekly rolling session open to all participants, no need to sign up for it. In this group we will examine our body language, gestures and the connection of our natural movements like walking connects with our mind and psychology. It`s a playful session for people who`d like to discover new things and take part in something different, challenging themselves how to communicate without speaking and what is our body telling about us. You do not need any preliminary knowledge to attend the group and we will not use dance techniques at all.
Feel Good Friday (10am-2pm Friday 15th July, 22nd July):
DROP IN – A range of activities for example: reiki, walking group, stress management, resilience, IT skills, peer support and community meal.
Cool, Calm & Collected (10-11am Tuesday 19th July):
An informal group session introducing coping skills including what they are, how to develop them and how to keep them in mind for your day to day activities.
Recycle and (Re)connect! (6-7pm Wednesday 20th July):
DROP IN - This is a craft making session recycling plastic bottles, milk boxes to create decoration items, jewellery etc. offering an informal environment to chat to peers and our team.
Body & Mind (Autogenic Relaxation) (12.30-1.30pm Thursday 21st July):
GROUP SESSION - Take part in relaxation session that focuses on connection between body and mind, learn about your body and stress release. We will use our imagination to learn about ourselves and how do we feel in our body. You do not need any preliminary knowledge to take part in this group. (Please contact the Building Positive Pathways Team to sign up for this session or pop along on the day).
Contact Building Positive Pathways team for further information on our tasters workshops or to sign up for our group work programme
We are looking forward to hear from you!
The Feel Good Friday group offers a range of activities for our service users. These sessions offer peer support, health and nutrition advice, relaxation and range of computer skills. Some of the members attend an acu-detox clinic which runs 3 times per week. This clinic uses Auricular Acupuncture to help balance mental and physical wellbeing. We offer Qi gong and other types of meditation within this group to help relaxation.
Our recent Community work has involved in a women’s group called ‘the wee woman’s group’ in Govan. The group set up a small choir and they have been singing at local events and featured on local radio. The group were involved in a community litter pick recently – they then made sculptures using the rubbish collected with the local community artist. The sculptures they made were a 3D versions of art work contained in our service user written book ‘Singular Voices’ – a powerful book containing stories, poems and art work depicting 5 people’s journeys through recovery.
We recently delivered a pilot programme to the ‘Tomorrow’s women’ service which incorporated a mixture of therapeutic workshops, prevention and education and alcohol and justice work. We are looking into setting up new community groups across the city using volunteers.
GCA Resilient Communities are a key partner supporting the roll out of a number of new campaigns that aim to reduce the number of underage drinkers in Glasgow. These are taking place within Govan, Parkhead and Dumbarton Road Corridor and will run from 6 months from March, June & July respectively
The campaign is a partnership between Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, Glasgow Life, Police Scotland, Licensing Standards, Glasgow Council on Alcohol, Community Safety Glasgow and Clearer Choices Glasgow (part of AddAction).
Specifically targeting people who buy alcohol for young people, the Community Alcohol Campaign involves local agencies, off-licences and the community in a joint effort to tackle underage drinking across the city.
The campaign aims to:
- support local off-sales businesses to comply with the law and feel confident to refuse
- reduce the accessibility of alcohol to under 18s through the promotion of responsible sales
- target ‘agents’ who purchase alcohol on behalf of under 18s
- decrease alcohol related anti-social behaviour
- increase awareness and use of local activities for young people and
- improve community perception of alcohol-related issues.
The campaign follows on from previous similar campaigns in 2009, 2010 and 2012 respectively.
Then it was shown that by preventing access to alcohol, the number of people reported for anti-social behaviour drops. For instance, when the campaign came to Greater Govan in 2009, the community saw anti-social incidences drop from 94 at the beginning of the campaign to 36 at the end.
And the number of people (adults and young people) reported by the Police for drinking in public in the Greater Govan area also dropped from 74 in 2008-2009 to 42 in 2009-2010, a drop of 62%.
GCA Resilient Communities team are taking our whole service to the campaign areas in a concentrated way to further raise awareness of the campaign with the wider community, a recommendation that came from the review undertaken by Judith Harkins in 2014. We will strive to provide:
- Groupwork around alcohol, drugs, resilience or self-esteem for adults, older people and women within the campaign area
- Alcohol Brief Interventions within the campaign area’s
- Training for community based staff and volunteers
We will also strive to include the Ripple ACE volunteers with the community alcohol campaign initiative, utilising their skills and experience within the community.
For more information about community alcohol campaigns please contact the team on 0141 556 6631 or email GCA.Communities@glasgowcouncilonalcohol.org
GCA is delighted to be launching a new service 'Building Positive Pathways' which aims to raise awareness of the impact of adverse childhood experiences. The focus will be on health and wellbeing and supporting survivors to develop healthy coping skills in a safe, supportive environment.
Building Positive Pathways promotes individuals' choices and offers a range of self-directed support for survivors.
- One to One Support for Survivors
- Group Work Programme for Survivors
- Support to Access Other Services for example Counselling, Primary Health Care
- Awareness and Training
Building Positive Pathways will promote partnership working and aims to compliment existing services within Glasgow, supporting the development of trauma informed services. Building Positive Pathways is presently working with a range of partners including NHS GG&C Psychological Trauma Service and is keen to build and develop further partnerships.
To find out more about this service please contact the Building Positive Pathways Team on 0141 353 1800 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download our Health Improvement Programme.
Two weeks of taster workshops will run from 11th July to the 22nd July (Please see the Building Positive Pathways Team for further details).
The full group work programme will begin on Monday 25th July.
Building Postive Pathways
14 North Claremont Street
Tel. 0141 353 1800
National Volunteers’ Week took place this year from the 1st to 12th June to celebrate volunteering. GCA staged a full schedule of events to say thank you for the contribution our volunteers make to GCA all year round. The celebrations commenced with a Conversation Café, where all staff and volunteers were invited to meet the GCA board of directors who are all volunteers.
An exciting range of activities had been organised throughout the week, including DreamCatcher workshops, group Reiki sessions and specific alcohol and drug training sessions to which all volunteers were invited to participate. Beauty therapist students from Glasgow Kelvin College and City of Glasgow College volunteered their time to provide a variety of short pampering treatments such as Indian head massage and neck and shoulder massages for our volunteers!
GCA hosted their annual COSCA graduation ceremony for recent COSCA graduates with a COSCA representative presenting the certificates.
Events also took place within local communities across the city to showcase GCA and the services provided and to encourage local people to volunteer with us.
The culmination of the celebration was a volunteer Open Day at GCA head office to which anyone interested in volunteering was invited to join us . GCA presented all volunteers with a certificate and personalised gift as a thank you for all their dedicated time and hard work at GCA.
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Address inequalities in service provision and enable wider access to services
- Improve alcohol and drug education
- Work alongside partners in the provision of services and education
- Influence the social climate to reduce harmful alcohol consumption
- Health is vital to individuals, family relationships, communities and society
- Everyone has the right to live in safety
- Everyone has the right to be accepted and treated equally
- Everyone should have access to education, information and high quality confidential services
- Services should be client centred, respectful and non-judgemental; their staff and volunteers do not exploit, oppress or cause physical or emotional harm to others