My name is David Marshall. I have worked in the care and voluntary sector for 10 years.
I have experience of working in residential childcare setting, the voluntary sector, working with the homeless community, as well as supporting young people dealing with their mental health challenges, addiction, peer support and suicide prevention.
Diploma in Grief and bereavement counselling.
ASIST workshop in Suicide Awareness.
2 half modules in childcare and development.
Bookbug and Its Delivery.
GIRFEC Awareness Training.
Recognising & Resolving Barriers to collaboration.
Facilitating & Managing challenging and difficult behaviour.
Personal Protection Training.
Caring for Vulnerable Children.
Keep Them Safe – Protecting children from child sexual exploitation V2.
An Introduction to GDPR v1.4.
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children & Young Peoples Mental health.
About Edinburgh Play and Wellbeing
Edinburgh Play and Wellbeing has been set up and aim is to offer support for vulnerable people, on an individual person-centred style.
Our Charitable Purpose is to:
• the advancement of mental health education
• the advancement of health mentally as well as physically
• the saving of lives
Where does the Play part come in?
My experience has highlighted that 1 of the best way of communication, esp with those individuals who may not have the necessary skills to communicate as well as they would like, is use play. What I mean by that is, when you google “What does Play mean”, the answer is something along the lines of………………. To engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose. This is the exact reason why I think play is massively important tool to use as a format/hook to engage with people. Play can be delivered in a session with families with kids using toys, can also be used in a way of i.e a walking group, where it brings 2 or more people together, to do something that seems to be somewhat of a distraction but is in fact a tool to enable everyone, in that space, at that time, to relax, be themselves and essentially, over time, allow them to open up, speak about what they want to speak about in an environment where they would normally NOT speak. This has already been seen in the groups where I have been involved in over the past 10 years but mainly, in the recent few months since Edinburgh Play and Wellbeing has been created. The conversations that we have been having is around, anxiety, lockdown, family incl children’s mental health, suicide, grief & bereavement.
Where Does the play part come in?
The wellbeing and play part work hand in hand. Like 1 + 1 = 2.
Please email me on email@example.com
Call me - 07511 533432
Twitter - @edinburgh_play