Welcome to Day 5 of Bear’s Advent Calendar! Are you ready to #ShareWithBear?
Yesterday, we celebrated our in-person SMS:F2F Programme. For Day 5, Bear wanted to celebrate our online SMS:CONNECT Programme! SMS:CONNECT is a 6 week online programme for children and young people with health conditions living anywhere in Scotland. We run 2 groups: 1 for children aged 9-12, and one for young people aged 13-17.
We meet twice a week, on Monday and Thursday evenings, for 1 hour. Like SMS:F2F, we learn stress-management techniques, relaxation strategies and what our health care rights are – but most importantly, we play lots of games and have fun! The benefit of online is that you can join in from anywhere – even in your pyjamas!
One of the topics we talk about on the programme is our worries surrounding our health – and how to manage them with the help of our friends, family, doctors, nurses, teachers and pets.
We were lucky enough to be invited to Aberdeen to present a spotlight session about SMS:CONNECT at The NHS Scotland Event 2022! It was fantastic to share ideas with health care professionals and have the opportunity to listen to other people’s stories surrounding reform and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here I am on the train!
If you’d like to find out more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the SMS team will be in touch! You can also make a referral online.