We promote the healthy development of children young people in Forth Valley. We work in partnership with our community planning partners taking a person centred and innovative approach to health, wellbeing and learning.
We have a focus on frontline service delivery, working in education and community settings on the following priorities :
- Health and Well being in Schools
- Social inclusion and reducing the effect of inequality
- Mental Health and Child Protection
- Child Healthy Weight
- Sexual Health
- Reducing Alcohol and related harm
The overarching challenge is to develop new and enhance existing programmes that are meaningful and relevant to young people whilst encompassing existing national priorities.
Max in the Middle
Max in the Middle empathises with and gives voice to the reality of
an 11-year-old ‘stuck in the middle’ of conflicting influences regarding healthy
living. Conceived as a dynamic and experiential week, Primary 6-7 children
spend a week in school preparing and tasting food, being physically active,
reflecting on their experiences, and translating their learning into a drama and
dance based performance in front of their parents and carers.
Now in Year 7 of operation, Max in the Middle will reach over 40 classes in 2014/15. It has been the main vehicle by which Forth Valley has successfuly achieved its Child Healthy Weigh intervention Target from 2008-2011 and 2011-2014 and this places Max in a broader strategic context whilst providing an inspirational benchmark experience for over 4,500 young people.
Max in the Class
Max in the Class is part of the Max programmes that promotes healthy choices in primary schools. This programme involves a one day staff training that uses drama and role play to promote health and well being to upper primary school pupils. After completing the training day the staff member then team teaches the programme with an INTER-ACT worker over 6 one hour lessons in the classroom. Contact INTER-ACT for more information on training dates.
Gone –inter-active cross-curricular alcohol education for S2.
This DVD and flash game resource follows 4 friends as they grow up and change from the first day of high school to the end of S3. This programme challenges them to predict which friend will be gone because of alcohol misuse, by the end of S3.
Gone explores a wide range of health and well being topics including social and emotional and sexual health as well as s*xting. To ask about Gone or arrange training for your staff group contact Mary Scott Watson, the resource and training are free for all Forth Valley establishments.
Feel Think Do
I know that all forms of abuse are wrong and I am developing the skills to keep myself safe and get help if I need it.
Feel Think Do is a DVD personal safety and sexual abuse prevention programme. It has been delivered to primary 6 pupils in the Forth Valley area since 2006.
The programme looks at how we can give children the knowledge and skills to assess risky situations and encourage and support them to seek help from appropriate adults. The programme looks at confidence building and life skills as well as providing children with a vocabulary to help them articulate their worries or fears if they feel unsafe.
The aims of the Feel Think Do programme are:
- To promote confidence and assertiveness in children
- To promote emotional literacy
- To help children undertake risk assessment and understand the nature of risk taking.
- To define sexual abuse for children
- To equip children to keep themselves safe from sexual abuse
- To encourage disclosure if a child feels unsafe
Photostories are resources for young adults with additional support needs. The stories follow four couples in different types of relationships, working through how the relationship develops, getting to know each other, risks and sexual health information.
The stories can either be used online with audio or be printed off as a comic book. Guidance notes are also available to be downloaded for educators/carers to use on an individual basis or within small groups
You can find the Photostory resource on the Central Sexual Health website: http://www.centralsexualhealth.org/professionals/photostories/
Play Mentors- play is our brain’s favourite way of learning
Play Mentors is a new programme piloted in Clackmannashire for S3 girls who may not be thriving in high school. The programme involves a weekend residential, and then work placements in nursery and primary school settings. The group meets once a week during the 10 week programme to study child development and play. Play Mentors culminates in the pupils running a games session for professionals who use play in their work.
Tom manages and leads INTER-ACT. He has operational responsibility for Max in the Middle and leads on the Early Years Collaborative on behalf of FV NHS.
Phone: 01786 457240
Mary Scott Watson
INTER-ACT Education Worker
Mary promotes the delivery of health and well being in educational setting using the arts, creative teaching and learning. INTER-ACT may be able to support an idea you have for delivering a programme using these methods.
Please contact Mary for further information about Max in the Class training, Gone Training, Feel Think Do or the Play Mentor programme.
Health Promotion Services
NHS Forth Valley
Central Stores Department,
Unit 2, Colquhoun Street,
Phone: 01786 433 872
Mobile: 0758 089 8458
INTER-ACT Graphic Designer/Administrator
Shona provides graphic design and digital media expertise for INTER-ACT as well as project administration for INTER-ACT. She also provides graphic design and digital media expertise for the Health Promotion Service and can take on graphic work from the wider NHS Forth Valley community.
Health Promotion Service CSD
Unit 2, Colquhoun St
Phone: 01786 433291