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Parent Sessions to support our children and young people in their online lives

Parent Sessions to support our children and young people in their online lives

Aberdeenshire Council have responded to Parent Councils request to provide sessions looking at the digital world children are growing up in and how to support them with that. They are offering the following sessions which will be run on Teams for any parent who wishes to attend.

Growing up online: Come along to our informative session for parents all about supporting our children in their online lives.  We’ll cover tech trends, digital wellbeing and what to do when things go wrong! 

  • Parents of Secondary age young people: 12th March 6pm – 7pm.
  • Parents of Nursery & Primary children: 13th March 4pm – 5pm.

Both sessions are open to any Aberdeenshire parent.

To join either session please email to get the relevant  meeting link.

Spotlight on PSE

Spotlight on PSE

Here at Alford Academy we have a varied curriculum for PSE (Personal and Social Education). PSE covers aspects of planning for choices and changes, substance misuse, relationships, sexual health and parenthood across S1 to S4.

We work with a number of partners including Skills Development Scotland, Robert Gordon’s University, ALEC, Rape Crisis Grampian, Grampian Fire & Rescue/Coastguard, Alcoholics Anonymous and the Wood Foundation.

Out curriculum is flexible and agile, adaptable when required to meet the needs of our pupils and is taught in a thoughtful & supportive manner by our Guidance Team. Below is an outline of the topics that may be covered across the years:


  • River of Life
  • Road Safety
  • Keeping myself Safe
  • Internet Safety
  • Relationships
  • Diversity
  • Diet, Rest & Sleep
  • Planning for Choice & Changes
  • Substance Misuse


  • Puberty
  • Cyberbullying
  • Keeping Myself Safe
  • Bullying
  • Knife crime
  • Diversity
  • Substance Misuse
  • Planning for Choice & Change


  • Relationships & Sexual Health
  • Parenthood
  • Planning for Choice & Change
  • Substance Misuse


  • Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)
  • Study Skills
SAMH Time for Me – Workshops for Parents and Carers

SAMH Time for Me – Workshops for Parents and Carers

As part of the Time for Me offer, SAMH have been commissioned to deliver one capacity building workshops per month for parents and carers. Each workshop is approximately 90 minutes long with a break around the midway point. There are 4 Free workshops available (see link for registration):

ParentsCarer Workshops Alford, Kemnay, Mintlaw and Turriff


Listening To & Supporting My Child

This workshop has been specifically developed to provide parents and carers with the knowledge and skills to have mental health conversations with their child.

It explores the different stresses that children and young people experience in their lives, and which can impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

The workshop helps parents and carers learn how to start conversations, including finding the right time, place and way to communicate, and how to support their child even when do they do not want to talk about how they are feeling.

Managing My Wellbeing

This course aims to provide adults with an understanding of self-care both for themselves and for the young people in their care.

It introduces mental health and wellbeing and the importance of us looking after it.

Learners are introduced to the many strands of self-care and the SAMH 5 Ways to Better Wellbeing. They are supported to consider what forms of self-care they can introduce into their lives. Learners are invited to take part in guided mindfulness activities.

Mental Health Awareness

This workshop is an introductory session to mental health and wellbeing awareness.

This course aims to provide the adults around CYP with a grounding in mental health awareness. It defines mental health and the mental health continuum, discusses current prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people, explores the two most common mental health problems, addresses mental health stigma and discrimination, and offers self-care tips and techniques that can be used to help manage their own mental health, as well as supporting others.


Understanding & Managing Stress & Anxiety

This course aims to provide the participants with an awareness of stress and anxiety, and introduces tools that they can use to manage these.

It encourages them to consider the worries and stress that young people experience, and how they can develop into anxiety. They are introduced to coping strategies, breathing and grounding activities.

Careers Fair Alford Academy – 15th February 2024

Careers Fair Alford Academy – 15th February 2024


Alford Academy Careers Evening 

After the success of Alford Academy’s careers evening held in March we are organising another to take place on Thursday 15th February 2024 from 6-8pm.  The Careers Evening will be a community event where everyone is welcome to attend.

If you work for a company or organisation who would like to get involved and have a stall at the event please contact Alford Academy.

HWB Family Learning Event : Thursday 16th March

HWB Family Learning Event : Thursday 16th March

On Thursday 16th March we hosted a health and wellbeing family learning event with a focus on supporting our S3-6 young people as they prepare for their SQA exams. Our S3 and S4 MH peer educators shared some information about their role in school and how support can be accessed and then led the groups around four workshops with a focus on :

Resilient thinking skills and strength spotting

Healthy food choices and brain boosting snacks

The importance of sleep and anxiety management

Nutrition and exercise to help your wellbeing

We welcomed the following providers and they delivered their information in a varied and informative manner.

A Shearer – Full Colour Coaching

D Tuckwood and F Burnett – Public Health Team / NHS

T Stoddard – Trainee School Nurse / NHS

Lyndsay Van Der Starre – ElevateUfitness

We will share information from the workshops with you digitally, please look out for an email with the link to the resources.

How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeship – Thursday 9th March

How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeship – Thursday 9th March

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering a national webinar for senior phase pupils, parents and carers on How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeship on the 9th of March.


The session will include a panel discussion with SDS Careers adviser, Apprentice employer and an Apprenticeship offering their experiences and advice.

Join Skills Development Scotland in our webinar for senior pupils, parents and careers on ‘How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeships’ as part of #ScotAppWeek23.

Find out about apprenticeships and get tips on the application process.

Sign up

How to have meaningful career conversations – Webinar Thursday 23rd March

How to have meaningful career conversations – Webinar Thursday 23rd March

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering a national webinar ‘How to have meaningful career conversations’  on Thursday 23 March at 6.30pm.

Parents and carers can join this webinar to hear about the value and benefits of having career conversations and get some practical hints and tips on how to approach these. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

Parents and carers can register for our session here:

Careers Evening – Alford Academy Thursday 2nd March 6-8pm

Careers Evening – Alford Academy Thursday 2nd March 6-8pm

Join us for Alford Careers Evening 2023 

Date – Thursday 2nd March 2023

Time – 6-8PM 

Where – Alford Academy 

All pupils, Parents / Carers, Employers and Community Members are very welcome to this exciting event.

55+ Organisations will be represented from a variety of different sectors.  The event will enable the young people of Alford Academy and their families to see the wide range of opportunities available.  We hope to inspire young people as they consider their future in the world of work.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event.

So far we have the following organisations who will be in attendance – click on their names to find out more about what they do.

If you represent an organisation and would like to sign up please do get in contact –

1.       Aberdeenshire Council – Resourcing Team
2.       Aberdeenshire Council
3.       Aberdeenshire Council – Foundation Apprenticeships
4.       Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
5.       Acumen Financial Planning
6.       Alford Golf Club
7.       Anderson, Anderson & Brown LLP
8.       Armed Forces Careers
9.       Baker Hughes
10.   Boskalis Subsea Services
11.   Bristow Helicopters Limited
12.   Cairngorms National Park Authority
13.   Chloe’s Kitchen Creations
14.   Circle Health Group
15.   CNR International
16.   Co-op
17.   Country Flavours
18.   Countryside Learning Scotland
19.   Dean’s of Huntly Limited
20.   DYW North East
21.   Everlongart and Gift Shop
22.   Expro North Sea Ltd
23.   FES FM
24.   Heriot – Watt University
25.   Inspire PTL
26.   Kirkwood Homes Ltd
27.   MCR Pathways
28.   Mackie’s of Scotland
29.   Morven Vet
30.   NHS Grampian
31.   Nicol of Skene
32.   North East of Scotland College
33.   North Link Ferries
34.   NRC Environmental Services UK Ltd
35.   Peterson UK LTD
36.   Pipeline Technique
37.   Police Scotland
38.   Port of Aberdeen
39.   Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
40.   River Dee Trust
41.   Robert Gordon University
42.   Royal Air Force (RAF)
43.   Royal Navy Careers Service
44.   SaxaVord Spaceport
45.   Scotland’s Rural College – SRUC
46.   Scottish Ambulance Service
47.   Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
48.   Skills Development Scotland
49.   SPE Aberdeen and Energy Institute
50.   Stonehouse Sales and Lettings
51.   Subsea7
52.   TauRx Pharmaceuticals Ltd
53.   Technip FMC
54.   Total Energies
55.   University of Aberdeen
56.   W & W Mackie Ltd
57.   Wood PLC
58.   Young Smile Dental Care


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