Free Equality Training Sessions: Autumn 2013. On offer:
· Understanding Islam and responding to the needs of Muslim Service Users
· Persona Doll Training
· Working with LGBT Families
· Working with Children with disabilities
Understanding Islam and responding to the needs of Muslim service users
16th of September, 9.30am-12.30pm Saltire Rooms, John Muir House, Haddington
A morning seminar delivered by Professor Hugh Goddard, Director of the Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary world at the University of Edinburgh. This seminar is an introductory course in Islam, exploring Islamic belief, practice, history, culture and the demographics of Scotland’s Muslim communities.
Professor Goddard will also be joined by local Muslim community representatives to discuss the realities of living as a Muslim in Scotland today and the various ways in which local authorities can better accommodate the needs of Muslim service-users.
Working with LGBT Families ‘Different Families: Same Love’
1st of October, 2-4pm Adam Conference Room, John Muir House, Haddington
Stonewall’s 2010 research on children with same-sex parents called ‘Different Families: The experiences of children with lesbian and gay parents’, shows that they too can be subjected to homophobic bullying. This session will look at how we can talk about different families, so that all children can be themselves, feel proud to talk about where they come from, and enjoy learning free from fear of bullying.
Including Children with Disabilities
10th of October, 2-4pm Adam Conference Room, John Muir House, Haddington
An opportunity to think more about inclusion and gain practical advice about how you can include children with additional support needs in early years settings. This course is delivered by the East Lothian Council Children’s Services Disability Team.
Persona Doll Training
25th of October Venue to be confirmed
The Persona Doll approach offers an effective, stimulating, non-threatening and enjoyable way to combat discrimination, foster emotional literacy, raise equality issues and empower children at the Foundation Stage and at Key stages one and two. The Dolls and their stories develop children’s ability to empathise, to appreciate that name calling, teasing, exclusion from play and treating other people unfairly causes pain and unhappiness just like hitting, kicking and other physical responses do. Children are encouraged to stand up when they experience or witness unfairness and prejudice. A tall order but if the Dolls are embedded in an anti-discriminatory and culturally appropriate curriculum they are well able to meet the challenge. For more information please visit: http://www.persona-doll-training.org/ukapproach.html
All Courses are FREE of charge and are open to all those working in early years services in East Lothian.
How to Book
To book your place on any of the above courses, please contact Pauline McLaren on 01620 82 9947 or email email@example.com
Please let us know if you have any special requirements that will allow you to fully participate in each session e.g. access requirements.
For more information about any of these courses, please contact Rebecca Spillane, Equalities Officer on 01620 827134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . If there is any training on specific equality issues that you are interested in taking part in, please email email@example.com