Stars from X Factor and Frozen attend vulnerable kids event in Glasgow

John Devlin 29/11/14. GLASGOW. 16TH ANNUAL SCOTTISH MUSIC AWARDS. The Tartan Clefs 2014. Nicolas McDonald with fans.'The awards ceremony on Saturday 29th November, at the Old Fruit Market in Glasgow, and is not only a celebration of the eclectic talent that the Scottish music industry has to offer, but also acts as the main source of funding for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland. The charity, that requires �600,000 a year to operate, uses the unique power of music to improve the lives of over 400 children and adults in Scotland, isolated by life limiting illnesses, disability and trauma including autism, dementia and Down's Syndrome, by enhancing communication, supporting change, and enabling people to live more resourcefully and creatively.
John Devlin 29/11/14. GLASGOW. 16TH ANNUAL SCOTTISH MUSIC AWARDS. The Tartan Clefs 2014. Nicolas McDonald with fans.'The awards ceremony on Saturday 29th November, at the Old Fruit Market in Glasgow, and is not only a celebration of the eclectic talent that the Scottish music industry has to offer, but also acts as the main source of funding for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland. The charity, that requires �600,000 a year to operate, uses the unique power of music to improve the lives of over 400 children and adults in Scotland, isolated by life limiting illnesses, disability and trauma including autism, dementia and Down's Syndrome, by enhancing communication, supporting change, and enabling people to live more resourcefully and creatively.

X Factor star Nicolas McDonald and Elsa from Disney blockbuster Frozen are just two of the attractions lined up to perform at a massive free event for vulnerable children and young people.

The #Engage event, run by the NHSGGC’s Specialist Children’s Services (SCS) in partnership with Yorkhill Children’s Charity, at the Glasgow Science Centre on Monday, 30 November is a large scale engagement event with a range of exhibitions, games and activities.

Young people will be able to speak with professionals from NHSGGC, social work, education services and third sector organisations as well as a host of exhibitors.

Elsa from Frozen will be heating things up at noon with a rendition of Let It Go. She’ll then be available for fans to have their photos taken with her until 1pm.

Nicholas McDonald will perform a string of hits before giving a presentation on his role as an ambassador for Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

High profile attractions also come in the form of Police Scotland mounted officers with four of their finest horses, some of the guide Dogs from Blind Children UK and fire fighters to give tours of a fire engine.

SCS cares for a range of children and young people who have mental health issues or life-long or life limiting health problems.

Stephen McLeod, head of Specialist Children’s Services, NHSGGC, said: “We have designed the #Engage event to bring children, young people and their parents/carers together at one large scale event to involve as many people as possible in the planning of future service improvements.

“The team has lined up a wide range of exciting entertainers, activities, speakers and exhibitions for the day. We have made sure to tailor the event to the interests of young people so we can engage with them as much as possible and make it a day they definitely don’t want to miss.

“It’s important that we listen to young people and learn from them how they feel they can best benefit from our service. The day will give us the opportunity to share a lot of information with young people, but it also promises to be great fun for them.

“It’s important that we continue to increase awareness of our service and reach out to as many vulnerable children and young people across Greater Glasgow & Clyde as possible.”

The #Engage event runs on Monday 30 November between 11am-6.30pm at the Glasgow Science Centre. There will be free access to the science centre as well as free car parking. Further details are available at www.nhsggc.org.uk/scs