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Issue 325 - 21st July 2017

Welcome to issue 325 of CHEX-Point Snippets. As always, this issue contains all the latest news and information relating to community-led health. 
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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


Are you a community-led organisation?

Do you enhance people’s health and wellbeing?

CHEX provides support to a wide network of community-led health initiatives and their public sector partners who are tackling health inequalities in communities across Scotland.  They develop good practice, share information and influence national health and social care policy.

By becoming a member of the CHEX Community-led Health Database your organisations can:

  • Spotlight your work
  • Be easily found by those looking for local community-led health organisations
  • Make links with other organisations doing similar work, from across Scotland
  • Be the first to hear about upcoming events, reports, funding and health & social care policies

The CHEX Community-led Health Database is free to join and has members from across Scotland. You can sign up HERE.

For more information contact

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General Information

Community Choices Scotland
Applications close on 21st July for this £1.5 million fund.

First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund has supported participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland.

For 2017/18, £1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each: 
  • Category one for Public Authorities which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies.
  • Category two for Community Organisations and Community Councils.
The fund aims to support PB activity which will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy. 

Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.

Learn more here.

Sexual orientation health inequality: Evidence from Understanding Society, the UK Longitudinal Household Study
Using data from over 40,000 individuals, this study explores the health inequalities of sexual minority UK adults. Markers of health include physical and mental functioning, minor psychological distress, self-rated health, substance use and disability. 

Overall, heterosexual respondents had the best health while bisexual respondents had the worst. Gay and lesbian respondents reported poorer health than heterosexuals, specifically with regards to mental functioning, distress and illness status. The other and PNS respondents were most similar to each other and generally experienced fewer health inequalities than gay and lesbian respondents; they were less likely to use tobacco or alcohol. In sum, sexual minorities experience health inequality.

More here.

The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index
In 2015, the leaders of 193 governments promised to reduce inequality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without reducing inequality, meeting the SDG to eliminate poverty will be impossible.

The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index uses a new database of indicators covering 152 countries, which measures government action on social spending, tax and labour rights.

This first version of the CRI Index is work in progress, and DFI and Oxfam welcome comments and additions. We find that there is an urgent need for coordinated global investment to significantly improve the data on inequality and policies to reduce it, and much greater concerted action by governments across the world to reduce the gap between rich and poor.

Great Britain comes 17th, with the index noting:

The UK is ranked 17th globally, outscoring poorer countries, many of which lack welfare provision or a basic minimum wage. It does less well when compared to other rich nations, coming 6th out of the G7. Spending on social protection, education and health is below the OECD average. Britain scores well on labour due to the relative strength of its laws protecting women and unions. However these may not benefit workers in the growing gig economy.

More here.

New Scots events
The Scottish Government's first New Scots refugee integration strategy ran from 2014 to 2017.  A final report on the progress made is available online:

The Scottish Government, COSLA and the Scottish Refugee Council are working to develop a new refugee integration strategy for Scotland.  We want to hear the views of a wide range of organisations, groups and individuals with an interest in refugee integration to inform the new strategy.

To do this, we are encouraging people and organisations across Scotland to hold engagement events to talk about what should be in the new strategy.  You can download a facilitation guide to help you plan an event.  

We recommend that you hold your event by 7 September to give enough time to write up and submit your feedback by the engagement close of 15 September. 

More here.

New film on co-production in Scotland
‘Rocky Road’ tells the inside story of how local community activists took over the Community Centre in their ex-mining village Dalmellington.

In this 5-minute film, community activist Sharon Smith and Angela Graham, Senior Estates Surveyor at East Ayrshire Council, take the camera into their own hands, and grill one another about the ups and downs of the process. It’s a revealing conversation.

This video is the first of '100 Stories for Co-production' - an Ingage-led project, supported by the Scottish Co-production Network, aimed at spreading the word about what it really takes for communities and government to work together.

The film highlights the success as well as the challenges of taking a co-production approach and tells the story of the Community Asset Transfer of the local Dalmellington Community Centre.

More here.

A growing epidemic of loneliness
The Scottish public Health Networks latest report on social isolation and loneliness points strongly towards interventions that are community-driven and designed rather than top-down large-population interventions.  (see above!!) We can design neighbourhoods and local arrangements to lower the chances of social isolation.  The potential of local outcome improvement plans in areas that exist against a backdrop of inequalities; having or lacking the means to cope and mitigate the effects of loneliness is all important here.

The Shed Effect
Age Scotland have conducted a report and survey to outline the positive impact that the growing men’s shed movement is having on later life. Men from sheds across Scotland have told their story for The Shed Effect.  The report demonstrates how men’s health and wellbeing has been lifted by getting involved in their local shed which reflect the interests of those that use them.
Men’s sheds are another grassroots movement that galvanises a rich and diverse range of skills, capabilities, experience and motivations to meet people’s own needs.  Learning, recapturing the highlights of working life, and making an active contribution to family and community goes a long way in the Shed Effect.

News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight.
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Cultivating Futures Trellis/Scottish Prison Service Gardening Exhibition 2017: 
To celebrate and support the gardening achievements of prisoners across Scotland.  

Cultivating Futures is a national exhibition of decorative planters and pallets on the theme of the environment, aimed at showcasing the creativity and horticultural skills of individuals in custody across Scotland. This inaugural and innovative event is presented in partnership with Trellis, the national Scottish charity for therapeutic gardening.  

Prisoners in Scottish Prison Service prisons, from Grampian in the north to Dumfries in the south, have developed a range of high quality exhibits using a wide variety of skills gained whilst in custody. These skills include gardening, wood work, metal work, recycling, numeracy and literacy.  Through the Cultivating Futures project,  prisoners have been involved in the planning, design and construction of all exhibits , providing opportunities to  increase their confidence and self-esteem and improving their social and emotional health.

Each of the 10 prisons will display 1 planter and 1 pallet in line with a design drawn up by the Scottish Gardeners Forum. The event will be formally opened on Wednesday 16th August.

More here.

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Consultations and surveys

Glasgow Community Plan
The Consultative Draft of the Glasgow Community Plan has been developed by partners in the city to articulate the priority areas where joint action can make a real difference. Residents are invited to voice their opinions on the plan.

Glasgow Community Planning Partnership brings together public agencies, the third sector and the private sector, to work to improve the city its services and the lives of people who live and work here.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 requires the Partnership to publish a plan that sets out our shared priorities for the city, where we plan to make improvements and over time show that we have made these improvements. This document sets out these priority areas for consultation. The final version of the Glasgow Community Plan will be published in October 2017. Public feedback to the draft will help shape that document.

More here.

Our Natural Health Service
Scottish Natural Heritage is working to better connect the environment and health sectors by developing the concept and practice of a natural health service. HEN would like to hear from you if you know of a local project which improves people's health by being outdoors. Email

Consultation on Draft Guidance for Common Good Property Requirements
The consultation for the draft guidance on Community Empowerment and Common Good Property is open for responses.
This is a consultation on guidance for local authorities on how to fulfil the requirements of Part 8 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, in relation to common good property. The consultation concerns the statutory guidance related to the processes involved.
It asks for views on issues such as timescales, information about assets, local consultation and publicising proposals.
The deadline for responses is Friday 29th September.
More here.

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Top Tips for workers and happiness habits!
As part of Outside the Box's Flourishing Borders project we have put together two sets of top tips. One guide is for people who work with older people in the community and has advice on things like planning your time and using the right language. Our other new resource shares tips for happiness habits with lots of advice on how to stay well.

You can read the workers tips here and the happiness habits tips here

Resources to support Women’s health and wellbeing
Outside the Box has launched two new resources that we think you'll be interested in: 'Tips for Women's Health' and 'Tips for People Working with Vulnerable Women with Complex Needs'. 

These tips recognise that many women with complicated lives are living with additional problems like poor mental health and homelessness, which can make it hard to think about their health and wellbeing. 
We worked with groups of women and their support workers from different backgrounds to explore how they how support each other around issues of health and wellbeing. From these discussions we developed a poster for women and hints and tips for people working with women.
We hope you find these resources useful, and share them around anyone you think may find them helpful!
We'll also be developing our Womens Health and Wellbeing project further, so if you'd like to work with us or have any suggestions, please email

More here

Burden of Disease
The Burden of Disease section of the ScotPHO website has been updated today.
Researchers from NHS Health Scotland and the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland have published new analysis of Scotland’s health. The researchers have used a globally recognised approach, referred to as ‘Burden of Disease’ to quantify the difference between the ideal of living to old age in good health, and the situation where healthy life is shortened by illness, injury, disability and early death. The analysis identifies the most common causes of disease burden in Scotland in 2015.

There's more here and an infographic here

Homelessness and mental ill health in Scotland 
The Mental Welfare Commission published a new report on homelessness and mental ill health, and found a picture of significant needs that were only partially being met.

For this small-scale study, Commission staff spoke to 43 homeless people in two local authority areas - one urban and one rural. The Commission sought to understand how interviewees accessed, and how they experienced, services for homelessness and for mental ill health.

The report includes anonymised comments from interviewees, giving their own views and experiences.

Key findings include:
  • Thirty seven people were registered with a GP, but the Commission heard about significant difficulties getting registered.
  • People who were diagnosed with both mental ill health and addiction issues sometimes had difficulty in getting help.
  • Homelessness services told the Commission that access to psychiatric services was very difficult to arrange, particularly out of hours.
  • On release from prison there is often a delay in accessing medication due to difficulties registering with a GP, and GPs' reluctance to prescribe without input from a hospital consultant.
  • The Commission was told that the benefits system is not set up well for homeless people, and in particular for people with mental health problems.
  • Seventeen of the 43 people spoken to felt they faced discrimination, particularly from private landlords.
More here.

Dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility
Karwai Pun is an interaction designer currently working on Service Optimisation to make existing and new services better for our users. Karwai is part of an accessibility group at Home Office Digital, leading on autism. Together with the team, she’s created these dos and don’ts posters as a way of approaching accessibility from a design perspective.

More here.

What matters to you?
On Tuesday 06 June more than 2,500 teams across 30 countries took part in in 'what matters to you?' day.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published a summary report of activity throughout the day. 

‘What matters to you?’ day aimed to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive health and social care.

Moving from ‘What’s the matter with you?’ to ‘What matters to you?’ conversations can support the development of high quality compassionate support, care or treatment focused on what people really want and need. 

To read the report click here

Scottish Rural Action Plan
A report into the state of local democracy in rural Scotland, and a commitment to extend its campaign for 100% superfast broadband coverage in rural areas are only two of the points set out in the Action Plan, along with a campaign for rural development funding to receive the same commitment from government regarding agriculture funding, and also highlighting the impact of rural transport issues on the rural economy.  Individuals and organisations are being asked to participate in voluntary working groups – interested? Get in touch.

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Absent Friends Small Grants Schemes
A small grants scheme is available to help organisations to participate in To Absent Friends, a people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance, taking place across Scotland from 1-7 November.
To Absent Friends is an annual festival that offers people a chance to celebrate and remember those who have died, through stories, celebrations and acts of reminiscence. In previous years, events at the festival have included concerts, music nights, exhibitions, theatre and spoken word performances, but it is open to anyone to participate in whatever way they feel able.
The festival‘s small grants fund has been set up to support organisations to participate in To Absent Friends, with a particular focus on supporting small organisations to undertake local activities that provide public opportunities for storytelling and/or remembrance of people who have died. The maximum sum available through the programme is £250 and the deadline for applications is 23 August 2017.
Grant applications are welcome from any group that wishes to hold an event for the festival. Approaches to the concept are likely to be varied, and are not restricted to the types of events held in previous years. Creative and innovative ideas are encouraged!
More details on the scheme and information on how to apply is available via the website here or contact Robert Peacock on 0131 272 2735 or

Apply to be a Co-op local cause
To apply to be a Co-op cause you must have a project or event in mind that:

  • takes place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • doesn't have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you're a religious organisation)
  • meets the Co-op's values
  • takes place or will still be running after October 2018
  • benefits your local community
We'll give preference to projects run by small, local organisations. You can't use money from the fund solely to pay for staff salaries or general running costs, or to make a donation to another organisation.

There's more here.

Big Lottery Scotland Funding Leaflet
The Big Lottery Fund Scotland have released their latest funding leaflet, working as a quick reference guide to the funding they offer in Scotland.

They have also released an infograph detailing the typical maximum amount they will award for commonly requested items.
For further information, please visit the Big Lottery Fund Scotland website or their Twitter account.  Alternatively, contact them by phone: 0300 123 7110, or email:

More here.

The Volunteering Support Fund
Grants of between £7,500 and £10,000 are now available to small to medium-sized not-for-profit organisations (with an annual income of under £250,000) working in Scotland.

The Volunteering Support Fund supports organisations to recruit additional volunteers (who will contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project, or extending/expanding an existing one) and improve how volunteers are supported in their role.

Successful applicants will be expected to contribute towards the following outcomes during the 8 month funding period:

  • Increasing the diversity of the third sector’s volunteer pool, especially to include those who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering;
  • Improving opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering;
  • Improving the third sector’s capacity to support, train and deploy volunteers; and
  • Enhancing the services organisations deliver to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.

More here.

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Alliance Data Session
The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (ALLIANCE) have announced that they will be running a Data Session on Friday 11th August, 1:30pm – 3:30pm at Robertson House, 152 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4TB.
This session is open to the whole third sector.  There will be an update on some of the emerging priorities for the Health and Social Care Partnerships in Scotland.
Places are free but limited, so booking is essential.
More here.

Fanning the Flames for the Firestarter Festival 2018
Join us to find out more, ask questions or share ideas about how you might participate in FSF2018. Various dates and locations
CLD Regulations 2018-21
This is an invitation from Education Scotland to take part in one of several consultation sessions taking place in August and September which will help to inform updated national guidance on the Requirements for Community Learning and Development (Scotland) Regulations 2013.

These sessions are open to CLD managers, practitioners and stakeholders from across the public and third sector.
The CLD Regulations place legal requirements on local authorities to work with their partners to secure adequate and efficient CLD provision in their area and publish a CLD plan every three years. Guidance for local authorities and their partners was originally published in 2014 and the first round of three-year CLD plans have covered the period 2015-18. 

The Aspect Review on Community Learning and Development (CLD) Planning, published in April 2017, recommended that Education Scotland should develop updated guidance to support the next phase of CLD planning from 2018-21 in discussion with the CLD sector. These consultation sessions will be an opportunity to shape the content of that guidance. There will also be an opportunity to submit comments and suggestions online from August.

The sessions will take place in Glasgow, Livingston and Dundee:
  • 21 August – The Optima, Glasgow 10:30-12:30 morning session and 1:30-3:30pm afternoon session 
  • 25 August – Endeavour House, Dundee 10:30-12:30  morning session and 1:30-3:30pm afternoon session 
  • 11 September – Denholm House, Livingston 10:30-12:30 morning session and 1:30-3:30pm afternoon session
Spaces are limited and will be offered on a 'first-come, first-served' basis, so please book your place by emailing with your preferred date and time.   

For more email

Preventing and mitigating child poverty
The average child poverty rate across the 32 local authorities in Scotland is 22%, and tackling child poverty is a priority area for the Scottish Government. This event will provide an opportunity for participants to systematically explore the evidence and issues surrounding actions to tackle child poverty.

  • Thu 31 August 2017
  • 12:15 – 17:00 BST
  • Edinburgh

It will launch ‘Tackling child poverty: Actions to prevent and mitigate child poverty at the local level’ an accessible, action-oriented evidence review produced by What Works Scotland’s Evidence Bank.

More here.

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Conferences and seminars

Conference for Young Women
A conference for young women aged 16 - 25 to let us hear what is important to you in Scotland.

  • August 19, 2017, 10.30 – 15.00
  • Hilton Grosvenor Hotel Glasgow, Glasgow

We will have inspirational speakers, followed by lunch and then a workshop session. 

Workshops include:
  • Sexualisation.
  • Healthy Relationships (VAWG, Revenge Porn, Mental Health).
  • Work/Education.
  • Politics, Engagement and Brexit.

Booking here.

Conference: Volunteering- The Golden Thread in Health 
Thursday 14th September 2017
The Golden Jubilee Conference Centre, Clydebank, Glasgow

Voluntary Health Scotland invites you to a free conference on the 14th September in Glasgow. The conference will explore how the NHS, the third sector and other health and social care partners can collaborate to create high- quality impact volunteering that enhances service delivery and patient outcomes.
Conference themes include:

  • The Lampard Report: safety and protection in volunteering
  • Game changing ideas and innovation in volunteering
  • Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme policy review
  • Recruitment, induction and training
  • Cross sectoral partnerships on volunteering
  • Proposed guidance to enhance third sector volunteering in health
  • Beyond the NHS: volunteering in integrated care settings

This conference will be of interest and relevance to: NHS staff including volunteering strategic leads, voluntary services managers, procurement and commissioners; health charities; local third sector interfaces; other volunteer engaging organisations.

More here

Poverty, schools and inequality: reducing the cost of the school day - What Works Scotland
Research shows that charges schools make to parents for uniform, school trips, activities and learning materials impact negatively on the poorest families. This event will

  • share the learning from three reports into the cost of the school day,
  • reflect on how the Pupil Equity Fund has been spent and
  • provide opportunity to consider and discuss how the fund might be used to effectively tackle inequalities and reduce the attainment gap.

Who should attend? Teachers, head-teachers and school staff, local authortiy staff staff with responsibility for education and/or equalities, 3rd sector organisations with an interest in child poverty.

More here.


Strengthening Communities national conference
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is hosting a national Strengthening Communities Conference at Aviemore Highland Resort on 21 and 22 September 2017.

Chaired by Alex Thomson, chief correspondent of Channel 4 news, the conference will provide a platform to share learning, encourage collaboration and strengthen networks. We want to explore approaches to community-led development and discuss the lessons we can learn from successful, resilient communities.

Delegates will also hear about how community development is practised across Scotland and from an international perspective, with speakers including Frank Rennie, professor of sustainable rural development at the University of the Highlands and Islands and Cormac Russell, Managing Director of Nurture Development.

The conference is aimed at communities, community development organisations and practitioners alongside intermediaries, enablers and policy makers from across Scotland. We want to highlight best practice, innovations, and the current and evolving policy and legislative environment, with a focus on maximising impact from an assets and place based approach.

Find out more, including booking information. on HIE's website.


Early bird registration open for the World Community Development Conference
Join IACD’s 65th anniversary conference celebrating community development around the world. This conference will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners to share perspectives on current contexts and challenges for communtiy work.

  • 24 June – International Induction
  • 25, 26, 27 June – Main Conference
  • Maynooth University, Kildare, Ireland
  • Conference Earlybird Fee: €250
  • (available until 17.00 GMT, September 30th 2017

More here.

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SCVO - Various training
Be report writing ready
6/9/17, Edinburgh
SQA Accredited trainer training
12/9/17, Glasgow
Introduction to effective fundraising
14/9/17, Glasgow
Managing Volunteers within Organisations:
03/10/17, Glasgow
Social Media Fundamentals
05/10/17, Glasgow
Beyond the basics: developing your fundraising skills
11/10/17, Glasgow

Putting the social into social media" - expressions of interest for training
Voluntary Arts Scotland are excited to announce their latest project - ‘Putting the social into social media’, which will see them delivering a series of free digital training workshops in the autumn for people aged 50+ who are involved in the running of a creative cultural group or project in Scotland.

To identify who would benefit from this training, and establish what skills people would most like to learn, they are calling for expressions of interest, which involves filling in a short form online or giving them a call on 0131 561 7333. 

All those who get in touch will be invited to attend the training in person or watch it online. They are working with the digital team at Supersize Media, who are experts in this field and will tailor-make the training sessions based on the feedback they receive.

More here.

Fife Council - People Make Places: Opportunities for Community Ownership and Management in Fife
Are you a community group thinking of taking on an asset but not sure how to go about it? Want to get some inspiring ideas? Need some top tips on what you need to think about to make sure you are taking on an asset and not a liability? Then this workshop is for you.

When: 1.30 - 4.30pm, Wednesday 23 August 2017
Where: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

With input from the Community Ownership Support Service the workshop will provide you with an opportunity to look at all these questions, and help work out if community asset transfer is for you.

For further information or to book your place please contact Zahida Ramzan using the contact details provided below.

Phone: 03451 555 555 ext. 441242


ESS: Getting started: Outcomes and Indicators, 31 August 2017, Edinburgh &25 January 2018, Glasgow 
Writing an application for a new project and want to write meaningful outcomes? Want help with setting useful indicators? Or maybe you knew about all this but have got confused!
This stimulating workshop gets you started by explaining what outcomes and indicators are and how they can help you to explain the difference your work makes. It will give you clarity on the building blocks of evaluation and includes lots of time for working on your own projects.

At this workshop you will:

  • Understand the importance of outcomes and indicators
  • Write clear outcomes for your project / organisation
  • Set indicators to help measure whether you are achieving your outcomes

More here.

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Sustrans (Scotland) “I Bike” Volunteers
Volunteers needed to promote cycling and walking with children and young people across Scotland.
The I Bike project aims to promote walking, cycling and scooting to school and equip the future generation with the skills and confidence to continue to travel actively in the years to come.

I Bike volunteers give support our dedicated I Bike officer and school staff to deliver a range of activities aimed at primary and secondary school children and young people, these include; learn to ride sessions, led rides or led walks, Dr Bike sessions, puncture repair workshops or classroom based activities to raise awareness of the benefits of being more active through cycling and walking. 

We are looking for volunteers with time on the hands during the school day who are keen to work with children and young people to support activities in the local area. Cycling experience is not essential but an advantage.  

We are particularly looking for volunteers in Dumfries and Galloway, East Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, Falkirk, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth.
Training and support is provided to all volunteers and agreed expenses reimbursed.  Volunteers are subject to satisfactory PVG check and references.

I Bike is currently working within 14 local authorities in Scotland.  To find out more about I Bike and the areas we are currently working in click here.  

For more information on volunteering opportunities with the I Bike project contact Amanda Mckay or call/text 07748700385

Project Manager - The Central Scotland Green Network Trust
This position offers a fantastic opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced individual to project manage a range of environmental improvement projects (such as habitat enhancements, greenspace creation, woodland planting, creating new and upgrading existing path infrastructure) helping achieve the CSGN Vision to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.

Applications are sought from individuals with a degree in Forestry, Landscape Architecture or another relevant land based qualification who have a track record of managing and overseeing environmental projects. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, be computer literate and preferably confident in using GIS or AutoCAD.

We are looking for an individual who is solution-orientated, motivated by their work and has enthusiasm for improving the environment.
  • Salary: circa £24,000 
  • Status: Full time 
  • Closing date: 25 July 2017
The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) seeks to change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

Evaluation Support Manager - ESS
The post involves designing, managing and delivering programmes about third sector evaluation and evidence in partnership with other organisations. The post also delivers workshops and 1-1 organisational support. You understand the challenges third sector organisations and funders face in measuring the difference they make. You can manage complex programmes and work well with a wide range of people. You have experience of helping people and organisations to learn in fun, accessible and imaginative ways.
  • Salary: £30,710 
  • Status: Full time 
  • Closing date: 14 August 2017
ESS is based in Edinburgh and works with the third sector and funders so they can measure and report on their impact and use learning to improve practice and inform policy. 

More here.

Board Members - Lambhill Stables
Lambhill Stables is a registered charity operating in the North of Glasgow. We are a focal point for our community, providing services and activities across the ages. We currently seek enthusiastic and committed people to join our Board of Trustees to help shape our strategic direction and oversee the delivery of our services.

We are particularly keen to recruit people who will bring knowledge and expertise to the Board in the following areas:
  • HR and/or Solicitor dealing in employment
  • Fundraising and Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Health and Social Care
  • Environment/ Climate change
  • Community Engagement, Empowerment and Development
  • Education, Creative Learning and Arts
  • Experience as Company Secretary
Most importantly, however, you will understand and have knowledge and experience of areas of multiple deprivation, the challenges this brings and the desire to overcome them.

More here.

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Place Standard App
An app for the Place Standard is now available to download for free for Android or Apple smartphones or tablets. This is an important milestone in the development of the Place Standard tool. It is the result of design work by PAS, Scottish Government and Luma 3di Ltd.

The App should increase the accessibility and reach of the tool across many user groups. But in particular for young people, several of whom have contributed during its development. By referring to the App it should be possible to facilitate conversations that will bring together younger and older generations, allowing them to compare viewpoints about the places they inhabit.

This is the first release of the App for public download. We are open to feedback because we intend to make further improvements, so your comments on clarity or usability are welcome. Please email them to

The App has been designed to integrate with the online tool. Groups can use either digital format and the results from both can be collated or analyzed together.

Learn more about the Place Standard here.

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