Seasons for Growth in Scotland
Seasons for Growth has been helping children, young people and adults across Scotland since 2001. We now have over 6,000 trained Companions. Last year over 7,000 children and adults attended groups. We hope that the information on these pages will help you to learn more about this award winning programme.
Fischy Music News
Fischy Music are excited to let you know about the launch of Fischy Tunes: a brand new website for children. It has songs, videos and other resources supporting emotional wellbeing. It asks children ‘How do you feel today?’ and lets them choose their response: ‘happy’, ‘sad’, ‘angry’, ‘kind’ or ‘silly’, so they can listen and watch relevant content. http://www.fischytunes.com/
Fischy Music, a registered charity, are currently Crowdfunding to write 10 brand new songs that can bring hope and remind the hundreds of thousands of children of their innate value and that they are not alone. Once created, these songs will appear on Fischy Tunes and Fischy Music Online. If you’ve seen first hand how children benefit from Fischy songs, then please consider supporting them:
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/newfischysongs between 3rd September and 10thOctober and spread the word to your family and friends.
For further information please click Fischy Tunes
Exploring the impact of the Seasons for Growth programme
on Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing and Learning
The promotion of health and wellbeing in schools underpins children and young people’s attainment and achievement which subsequently improves their wellbeing now and in later life. However, significant change and loss experiences such as bereavement and parental separation can impact on children and young people’s health and wellbeing. Supporting children and young people to make sense of their grief reactions can be a key factor in promoting their health and wellbeing.
This research used questionnaires developed by a group of researchers that measured perceptual changes in relation to children’s health and wellbeing over the duration of the eight-week programme and corresponded to the Curriculum for Excellence Health and Wellbeing outcomes. To read the research please click here Seasons for Growth Study Inverclyde 2018
Recent research published in Educational Psychology in Scotland, Winter 2017 looked at the impact of the programme.
Outcomes were measured against the Curriculum for Excellence (health and wellbeing). The study, which included 75 pupil participants, identified many positive outcomes including:
- highly significant improvements reported by pupils, parents and teachers in all health and wellbeing measures
- teachers reported young people able to concentrate more on their learning
- parents / carers reported children being less angry, calmer, happier, more able to concentrate, and making more effort with homework.
- pupils reported an increased sense of belonging and connectedness, emotional literacy, concentration, confidence and relationships. They also said they had fun!
To read the research please click here
Reference: Robertson, N., McPherson, K., Murray, D., Montgomery, A., Shaver, I., and Gardner, A. (2017) Improving health and wellbeing for children and young people who have experienced loss, change and bereavement. Educational Psychology in Scotland, Vol 18 pp 2-5.
Congratulations and thank you to Alison Gardner and all involved in Seasons for Growth in West Dunbartonshire following a Care Inspection:
“While many schools across Scotland run Seasons for Growth groups, the programme in West Dunbartonshire is led strategically, well embedded in primary and secondary schools, and is delivered in other settings. The inspection team viewed it as a model of outstanding and sustainable practice.” (Care Inspectorate (2017), Services for Children & Young People in West Dunbartonshire, p37). Please see West Dunbartonshire Spring Newsletter for further information.