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Supporting children and young people  in West Fife

Seal Dunfermline is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation

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What we do

Seal Dunfermline works with children and young people between the ages of 8 and 16 the majority of whom are referred to the project by social work, schools and health professionals. Children are referred for a variety of reasons that fit within our  eligibility criteria.  Regardless of the reasons for attending,  our aim is to promote health and wellbeing by making sure that every child and young person coming to the project feels valued, supported, listened to and understood.  

Attendance at Seal is voluntary.  All group members are involved in drawing up and working towards the achievement of personal goals aimed at building resilience to cope with life's challenges through tapping into character strengths.  These  goals are regularly reviewed by the group member with the support of staff.  While attending Seal regular contact is maintained with parents and carers to discuss progress and any concerns.

The work we do is conducted in small groups each comprising of no more than 8 members.  The membership of each is based on age.  Groups meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays during term-time and also for specific projects during the school summer break.

Much of our work takes place within Seal House, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline. This provides a welcoming environment where children and young people with the support and supervision of a group leader and trained volunteers engage in a range of activities where they are encouraged, supported and nurtured to express themselves appropriately through a range of mediums including art, discussion and purposeful activities. All Seal volunteers and group workers undergo Disclosure Scotland checks and child protection training.

Group evenings provide opportunities for fun, creativity as well as learning and development.  Our volunteers and staff are there to ensure that all group members receive support and encouragement to help  build confidence,  reflect on behaviours and consequences and develop coping skills that can assist social and emotional development.

Our ethos and philosophy is based around prevention and wellbeing and our work is informed by a number of local and national strategies, polices and established practice approaches.  These include GIRFEC, the Scottish Government SHANARRI indicators, Our Minds Matter - A framework to support children and young people’s emotional wellbeing in Fife,  the  Plan 4 Fife 2017-2027 and the Fife Children’s Services Plan 2023-26.  Our work  also supports the aims of The Promise and we share the belief that  children and young people …”grow up loved, safe and respected so that we realise our full potential”.