The rise in drug-related deaths in Scotland has been relentless, with the number of deaths increasing almost every year since the 1990s earning Scotland the title of “drug death capital of the world”. Some 1,264 people died from drug-related causes in 2019—an all-time-high for Scotland, higher than any other European country, and nearly three times that of the UK as a whole. The majority of these deaths are in long term users, generally over the age of 35.Other studies report
This week, Achieve More has joined charities and other public bodies across the country in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week. A campaign to raise awareness and promote positive changes to improve everyone's mental health. Furthermore, the theme of the campaign is a common effort to reconnect with nature and sport. Thanks to our work, we have witnessed the impact in one person's life of regular physical activity and the key role that it can play on early development.
When the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced all Achieve More sessions to stop, we understood that this was an opportunity to offer a wider community support and start initiatives to keep the community engaged with physical activities that allow families to improve their situation. Because of that, we started our partnership with Fontana Fit in March 2020. Sean originally comes from Drumchapel where he faced many of the challenges that Achieve More Scotland participants face on a daily basis, which is
This year has been a tough one all round. For children and young people living under the pandemic has meant a lack of routine, increased social isolation, cyberbullying and higher rates of mental health struggles to name but a few. At the beginning of lockdown we adapted our services in response to those in need of support. In April our food parcel delivery to the community was launched and it’s provided an essential support to families across Glasgow who were going through
Mental health problems can affect the way you think, feel and behave. Some mental health problems are described using words that are in everyday use, for example, ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’. This can make them seem easier to understand, but can also mean people underestimate how serious they can be. A mental health problem feels just as bad, or worse, than any other illness – only you cannot see it. Although mental health problems are very common – affecting one in four people in
This year has been a year like no other. None of us have ever lived through a pandemic, a lockdown and seen so many restrictions imposed on us. We understand why these decisions were taken and we understand that this current situation has left us all with many challenges. We at Achieve More Scotland understand the challenges that you have all faced: Not being able to meet up and socialise with your friends, not being able to participate in sport
As you will be aware, the Prime Minister announced tonight measures which effectively puts our country into a state of lockdown. In order that we adhere with the government measures we sadly require to notify to all of our participants, families and supporters that we have to close all services, including our work in schools and communities until further notice. While it was indicated by the Prime Minister that the restrictions would be in place for 3 weeks initially, it
James has taken the opportunity to spend 8 months in Madrid under the Erasmus+ Programme volunteering for local organisations and getting involved in the community. My name is James McGuire and I live in Glasgow, Scotland. I am 26 years old and I have returned to Madrid after 2 years to undergo a long term European volunteering experience. My first week has been intense and has involved a lot of trips to the bank and also the police station! I lost