Following on from last year’s event, CLDF had yet another successful Scotland Family Weekend in March. However, this time there was a slight twist!
Lois- CLDF’s Families Support Officer explains why this years Scotland Weekend was different and the impact this had on the families that attended:
“This was the first time we had a family information event along with our family weekend. We did this because our Scottish families felt that our national conference was too far to travel. Because the children still wanted to have loads of fun, we combined the two events to provide fun activities and a small conference session too. We had three speakers Jenny, the Liver Clinical Nurse Specialist from Glasgow, Alistair a psychotherapist and myself who discussed a range of issues that the families told us they would be keen to learn more about.
“We also had a wellbeing workshop where we learnt some art therapy/ craft communication tools to support children and families in having positive communication and talking and learning about their liver journey
“Whilst the adults took part in information and well-being workshops, the children rode around on Segway’s, and joined in archery, rifle shooting, orienteering, games and swimming!
“To end the perfect weekend, we had a party in the evening, where all the families could come together and have fun!
Kirstin, one of the parents who joined us for the weekend summed up her experience:
“The format of the adult’s section on Saturday with talks on Education – Support – Inspiration were a perfect blend. The kids had a great time and were suitably exhausted from Kids club. There was lots of opportunities to mix and chat with CLDF staff and the other families. The hotel was ideal, and it’s staff were so accommodating and friendly it really felt like a relaxing mini break.
As always we feel stronger after spending time with our amazing liver family (including Team CLDF) which helps boost us in our ongoing journey dealing with liver disease.”
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