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Issue 320 -11th May 2017


Welcome to issue 320 of CHEX-Point Snippets. As always, this issue contains all the latest news and information relating to community-led health. If you have any news or updates from your own work locally that you would like mentioned in Snippets please get in touch. Click here if you would like to view this e-bulletin online or read any previous issues of Snippets. 

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Contents

(N.B. click on the heading links below to jump immediately to the relevant section)

CHEX News and General Information

Campaigns
Consultations
Publications
Funding
Events
Conferences and seminars
Training
Vacancies
Websites

CHEX News


Playbusters - Supporting families in the East End of Glasgow
Playbusters is an organisation that does more than its original remit of organising out of school play sessions with families in Glasgow’s East End. Many of their activities attract families from a range of ethnic backgrounds, reflecting the mix of people in their area.
 
One of their significant activities is the homework support role through which they support parents and children in organising time together for not just homework but also a shared meal prepared by the parents while the children work away at their school work. This six-week programme is done in partnership with local schools and funded by the NHS through the Thriving Places initiative.
 
In December last year there was the launch of the Veterans Garden which is being developed by a Steering Group comprising in addition to Playbusters, of Parkhead Housing Association, The Wheatley Group, McTaggart Construction, Glasgow’s Helping Heroes, the local Church and local veterans and is adjacent to the Parkhead Community Garden on the opposite side of the Salvation Army Hall on Tollcross Road.
 
Previous work has included Connecting Generations and currently Playbusters are exploring working with local secondary schools to target closing the gap in attainment. This would be undertaken in collaboration with teachers and the parent’s council of a local school.
 
More recently Playbusters has worked with other local organisations to draw attention to the environmental impact of litter generated in their area by fans making their way to the local football ground for either football matches or big concerts. They have supported young people in the filming of Our Streets in collaboration with Media Co-op, Thriving Places and Parkhead Housing Association.  The making of the film has been as a direct result of the issue being raised by Angela a local resident of Parkhead and all credit to Angela for pursuing many options to engage support locally for the Our Streets film. The film shows the impact these crowd-pulling events have locally.  A second film with S1 pupils from St. Mungo’s Academy is currently underway.
 
In terms of encouraging play itself Playbusters deliver their ‘street play’ programme encouraging use of the outdoors environment for safe play. They are also involved in Community Youth Clubs, through the provision of social, educational, health & wellbeing activities and opportunities to improve their quality of life and promote social inclusion.
 
Their Board of Directors include local people who have brought children to the organisation’s activities now and/or in the past, a Head teacher from a local primary school and representatives from 2 local housing associations.
 
Earlier this year the Board developed its newest business plan prioritising activities under the headings of Health and Wellbeing, Education and Employability. They are keen to expand work on healthy eating with parents and children building on their experience of the shared cooking and eating which has been a key feature of the homework support work.
 
With one part time manager and six sessional workers Playbusters has relatively few resources. However, if the Board has its way and an array of existing funding bids are successful they plan to extend their activities in line with capacity. It is hoped that their future will be secure and they can continue to support the families of the East End in a wide variety of activities.
 
You can contact Playbusters’ Project Manager, Christine McCarron
Tel: 0141 554 0444  email  christine@playbusters.org.uk

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General Information


Consultation Analysis Report: Questionnaire Content of the Scottish Health Survey 
This report analyses the responses received for the consultation on the content of the Scottish Health Survey.

The Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) is an annual, national survey that provides a detailed picture of the health of the Scottish population in private households and is designed to make a major contribution to the monitoring of health in Scotland. It is used by the Scottish Government and other stakeholders for forward planning, identifying gaps in health services provision, and identifying which groups are at particular risk of future ill-health.

More here.

Evaluation of Scotland's Third Sector Interface Network Model and Voluntary Action Scotland
As part of the Scottish Government‟s commitment to developing the role of communities and the Third Sector, it invested in the development of a network of Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) across Scotland.

The aim of this evaluation was two-fold:
  • To evaluate the role, function and effectiveness/impact of the Third Sector Interface network model and Voluntary Action Scotland.
  • To explore with research participants what the future strategic direction and approach to Third Sector support in Scotland should be at the local level. 
Full report here. And there's a summary of recommendations here.


UK foodbank use continues to rise
UK foodbank use continues to rise as new report highlights growing impact of Universal Credit rollout on foodbanks.

UK foodbank use continues to rise according to new data from anti-poverty charity, The Trussell Trust. Between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017, The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network provided 1,182,954 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis compared to 1,109,309 in 2015-16. Of this number, 436,938 went to children. This is a measure of volume rather than unique users, and on average, people needed two foodbank referrals in the last year.* 

Key findings from the report reveal:
  • Foodbanks in areas of full Universal Credit rollout to single people, couples and families, have seen a 16.85% average increase in referrals for emergency food, more than double the national average of 6.64%.
  • The effect of a 6+ week waiting period for a first Universal Credit payment can be serious, leading to foodbank referrals, debt, mental health issues, rent arrears and eviction. These effects can last even after people receive their Universal Credit payments, as bills and debts pile up.
  • People in insecure or seasonal work are particularly affected, suggesting the work incentives in Universal Credit are not yet helping everyone.
More here.


Building a More Equal Scotland: Designing Scotland’s Poverty and Inequality Commission
 In 2015 Oxfam Scotland called for the creation of an Inequality Commission, building on Scotland’s politicians from across all parties stating their support to tackle economic inequality.  The Scottish government has committed to establishing a Poverty and Inequality Commission in 2017–18, but its design will be critical.
 
This report, produced in collaboration with the Fraser of Allander Institute, explores the scale of inequality in Scotland and the drivers behind it. The report examines some, but not all, of the intersecting and overlapping dimensions of economic inequality and poverty – as well as potential policy responses and the powers of the Scottish Parliament.
 
The report then explores lessons from the work of previous commissions and makes a series of recommendations for the Scottish government as it establishes the new Poverty and Inequality Commission.
 
More here.


New Scots strategy final report
The Final Report on the Scottish Government‘s New Scots strategy : Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities 2014 – 2017 highlights progress which has been made to improve support for refugees in Scotland. It includes case studies and examples of specific projects and work which has taken place. It also explores the impact of the humanitarian crisis and Scotland’s response.


Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Report 2017
An update on how the Scottish Government is making progress on incorporating equality across its activities and in delivering on the equality outcomes set in April 2013. 

The report provides an update on how the Scottish Government is making progress in incorporating equality across its activities, both as a policy maker and as an employer. 

It provides summary and detailed tables of employee information and the gender, disability and race pay gaps. In 2013, the Scottish Government set a suite of equality outcomes that it expected to make progress towards by 2017. 

They describe the activities that are underway around these outcomes and the progress that has been made to date.

More here.


New Research Highlights Mental Ill Health Issues In Rural Scotland
Last year, little was known about how people with mental ill health across rural Scotland experience their day to day lives. In August and September 2016, Support in Mind Scotland joined forces with Scotland’s Rural College to carry out a survey which asked people who experience mental ill health what it’s like living in rural Scotland today. Hundreds of people responded from Galloway to Stornaway and Berwick to Lerwick. This survey, for the first time, gave people a voice.

Connecting people in their communities is something that the new National Rural Mental Health Forum is seeking to do. Jim Hume, the convenor/manager of the Forum for Support in Mind Scotland, says:

“Mental ill health can be prevented and can be treated, especially with early intervention. The Forum and its members are keen to take action by raising awareness in rural communities and normalising talking about mental ill health."  

The full survey report is available from SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre . For further questions about the survey findings, please contact Professor Sarah Skerratt.
 

Commission on parliamentary reform
The Scottish Human Rights Commission has responded to the Scottish Parliament's Commission on Parliamentary Reform. In their response, we recommend that the Scottish Parliament should:

  • Further embed a rights based approach in structures and processes to strengthen its effectiveness to deliver the best outcomes for the lives of people in Scotland.
  • Work with international partners to ensure that Scotland learns from developing good practice.
  • Build MSP and staff capacity in relation to human rights to ensure that the Parliament is able to act as a human rights guarantor.
  • Work together with the Commission in accordance with the Belgrade Principles to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights.

See the full list of recommendations in the consultation submission (Word format).

More here.

News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight.
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Campaigns


Mental Health Awareness Week, 8th-14th May 2017
Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. This Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation are going to look at mental health from a new angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, they will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation has hosted Mental Health Awareness Week in the second week of May since 2000. In previous years the week has focused on how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and relationships can impact our mental health. In 2017 the theme will be ‘surviving to thriving’.

There's more information here.


Tobacco-free Scotland Charter
Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Catherine Calderwood, has joined over 130 organisations that have pledged action to help create a tobacco-free Scotland. The Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation inspires organisations to reduce the harm caused by tobacco in their communities.

Pledge your organisation’s support today. Find out more about the Charter http://bit.ly/2nSADBP or contact cbennett@ashscotland.org.uk for more information.


Challenge Poverty Week
We are beginning to plan this year's Challenge Poverty Week.  Challenge Poverty Week runs from the 15th-22nd October and the main aims of the week are to:
  • Highlight the reality of poverty and challenge the stereotypes that about exist about it;
  • Demonstrate what is being done across Scotland to address poverty
  • Increase public support for more action to combat poverty
Last year saw many individuals and organisations from across the third sector and civil society organise their own events and activities to mark the week.

If you or your organisation would like to be involved this year, please contact Rachel Thomson at rachel.thomson@povertyalliance.org.
 

Dementia Awareness Week 2017: 29 May–4 June

Dementia Awareness Week 2017 is fast approaching and Alzheimer Scotland want you to be involved. This year, the focus is on the theme of dementia and friendship. 

More here.


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Consultations and surveys


The Life Changes Trust has launched a survey to find out what people think makes a 'good life' in their later years
What do we understand as a good life in our later years? This is the question central to Life Changes Trust current reseach project with over 30 community researchers across Scotland working to find out what constitutes as a good life and what is needed to achieve this. 

The research project is unique in that it enables people over the age of 50 to to undertake research into the aspirations they - and their peers - have for their own future. Funded by the Life Changes Trust it is a partnership between people over 50 who have been trained as community researchers, the University of Stirling and Age Scotland. 

This project will also explore how quality of life differs for people with a long term condition, like dementia, as well as older people who become carers for a partner, relative or friend. The findings of the project will be used to influence decision makers to imporve policies that support older people as they age.

More here.


A consortium of charities want your views on signage for accessibility
People with communication difficulties don't always get the support they need in the community

It would help if we had a UK symbol for businesses to show that they can support people with communication difficulties.

Have your say here.


A Consultation on the draft Delivery Plan for Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls
In 2016 Scottish Government published a revised version of Equally Safe, Scotland's strategy to eradicate violence against women and girls. The strategy envisions a Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and abuse - and the attitudes that help perpetuate it.

This consultation is on the delivery plan, which sets out the actions undertaken by Scottish Government, COSLA and key partners to make Equally Safe a reality.

More here.


SCDN case studies
The Scottish Community Development Network is keen to promote the positive CD work that is going on across Scotland and we would like to ask our members/contacts to share any areas of work they are involved in that would be insightful and inspiring to others. We would like to be able to promote this work on our website and social media. If you would like to support us with this please just contact me directly at susan.campbell@scdn.org.uk  


Dementia focus groups
Ash Scotland are looking to recruit groups of people in their 40s, 50s and 60s for information discussions about the lifestyle factors which influence dementia risk, and what people can do about them.

There's more information in their flyer here and you can contact mandrews@ashscotland.org.uk for more.


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Publications

Iriss Activity Review 2016/17
Iriss have published our Activity Review 2016/17, which provides a summary of our year's work and details the difference we've made to social services in Scotland. 

They welcome any comments and questions on their work. Many thanks for your support over 2016/17 and we look forward to a productive and positive year ahead.

More here.


Report on GCPH seminar: Lecture 5 - Danny Dorling
Prof Dorling describes the seminar:
"In late 2016 we learnt that life expectancy is no longer rising in Scotland. For the first time since records were published in 1861 life expectancy for both women and men did not rise. After 2012 it appears to stall at 81.1 years for women and 77.1 years for men. This is part of a wider trend seen across the UK, and in the USA, but not in other countries in Europe or elsewhere in the world. There is now mounting evidence of falls in life expectancy taking place for particular groups in our societies. Why have things become worse here?

The talk described recent trends in inequality and health in affluent countries and suggest that the UK and USA have become very unusual compared with global trends - with Scotland suffering as a result. 

More here.


Adult drinking habits in Great Britain: 2005 to 2016
The Office for National Statistics has published its latest report on teetotalism, drinking in the week before interview, frequent drinking and units drunk, including changes in drinking patterns in recent years.

More here.


Outcomes & CO: Conversation openers
Need support to reflect on your views, values and experiences of a personal outcomes approach?

The Outcomes & CO: conversation openers tool has been created to support practitioners and managers across the social services sector to do just this.

It provides a framework for open, honest conversations about personal outcomes. It does this by supporting reflective practice and building common understanding. Outcomes and CO is flexible and can used or adapted for a range of audiences, including health and housing.

More here.


Formula for success
A recent report from the National AIDS Trust (NAT) and Body & Soul, found that mothers living with HIV and on low incomes often go hungry to pay for formula milk.  We contributed evidence to the report and, here, we look at the infant formula projects we run to support new mums, with funding from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and NHS  Lothian.

More here.


Building a new social commons - new paper
The social commons are the means by which we meet basic human needs, and we’re in danger of losing what we’ve taken for granted for decades. We must claim, value and build the social commons for ourselves and future generations.

More here.


Local funding survey report
In this report, SCVO demonstrate the many difficulties and intricacies of local funding for much of the third sector. Most of the funding issues faced by the sector arise whatever type of funding the organisation is seeking: grant funding, a service level agreement, or a contract. Similarly, these issues arise for organisations regardless of whether they are working with local authorities, health boards, or other local or regional public funders.

More here.


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Funding

The Friends Provident Foundation - Building Resilient Economies
The programme aims to build a more resilient, fairer and sustainable economic system. Organisations working within the UK who want to help transform financial systems into ‘engines for social benefit' can apply for up to £200,000 for work lasting up to five years. 

These can be in the form of grants, loans, part loans or underwriting to cover capital or revenue funding, core costs or project costs. Activities funded will fit closely with the aims of the Foundation and deliver one of two key outcomes. These are "System Change" and "Local Economic Resilience". Under ‘Systems change' the Foundation will be looking for strong analysis of the issues and problems to be addressed together with effective methods of delivering policy and corporate behavioural change. 

Activities supported under ‘Local economic resilience' will build on current technologies and approaches with funded projects focussing on building local partnerships, sharing knowledge and complimenting other local initiatives. Interested organisations should submit outline proposals online by 3rd July 2017; suitable applicants will subsequently be invited to prepare full applications.

Next deadline: 3rd July 2017. More here.


Engaging Libraries Programme Opens for Applications
The Carnegie UK Trust has announced that its Engaging Libraries Programme is now open for applications. The programme which is a partnership between the Carnegie UK Trust and the Wellcome Trust offers grants of £5,000 - £15,000 to libraries to deliver creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing. Applicants must be public library services - but the programme has a strong emphasis on collaboration and encourages libraries to think about a broad range of potential partnership opportunities in the delivery of their projects. The Carnegie UK Trust are aiming to support between 8 - 10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018. The closing date for applications is 5pm the 23rd August 2017.

More here.


YouthLink Scotland: CashBack for Creativity Fund Opens for Applications
YouthLink Scotland has launched a £250,000 CashBack for Creativity Open Fund for 2017/18. The Open Fund is a part of the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities programme which reinvests the proceeds of crime back into communities to benefit Scotland's young people. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects providing high quality arts, screen or creative industries activities for young people ages 10-24 years old who face one or more forms of the following disadvantages. Living in areas of deprivation (priority will be given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD); being unemployed, not in education or training; being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending. The deadline for applications is 2nd June 2017

Deadline: 2nd June 2017. More here.


Education Scotland: Food for Thought Education Fund
The Food for Thought Education Fund gives financial support to develop Food and Health as a context for learning. The fund aims to improve practitioner confidence in providing progressive, high quality learning experiences which help to embed food education into the ethos of the establishment. It also provides an opportunity to plan and implement learning experiences which build sustainability and capacity for future development.

Now in its fifth year, the Fund allows Local Authority Schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings to apply for grants of up to £3000 to develop projects that support the aims of the Fund. (Note - ASN establishments in the independent sector are also eligible to apply). Establishments may apply individually or as part of a cluster of schools from their education authority.

It is essential that food based projects include a business or community link. Business in the Community Scotland is a partner in the Food for Thought Fund and can help establishments to find a business/community link if help is required.

More here.


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Power and Accountability
The funding is available to support projects that challenge how power is concentrated, shared and used and how it is changing through globalisation, new technology, new channels of communication, extreme inequality and other factors. Specifically it wants to support people to create a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest. Applications should address the following: Strengthening corporate accountability; Strengthening democratic accountability; Encouraging responsible media. Projects can be UK-based or pan-European.

Next deadline: 4th September 2017. More here.


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Events



Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health – Learning Event, Weds 24 May, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
This event will provide training input, suitable for CPD credits, for health and care professionals working with asylum seekers and refugees.

With the recent publication of the New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland's Communities 2014 - 2017 Final Report the event will also provide an opportunity for those involved in health and care to reflect upon what has been achieved to date, consider the key learning points, and help to shape the next phase of the New Scots health theme.

More here.


EUCDN Practice and Policy exchange: The challenges we face across Europe - Krakow, Poland, Wednesday31st May 2017

Across Europe there is an emergent politics characterised by populism, nationalism and tribalism. All of these characteristics are contrary to the principles and practice of community development; moreover there is an apparent decline in the funding, workforce and influence of community development itself. Community development practitioners and organisations now need to ask some critical questions if we are to succeed in challenging these negative trends. Can we build a stronger national and international voice with a greater impact on policy, government and public opinion? 

The seminar is for practitioners, politicians and others who wish to learn from each others' experience, to identify the key challenges we face and how they could be tackled with community development. From this, we hope to build the case for governments and others to invest in community development as a means of securing a more inclusive, just and sustainable Europe. This will be the first of a series of discussion EuCDN proposes to focus on the key challenges that Europe must address energetically and about which community development workers have something really important to say.

For further information and to secure a place please contact the EuCDN Co-ordinator, Alex Downie, on alexander.downie@btopenworld.com 


Aberdeenshire SCDN Regional Network Event
Places are going fast for our next Regional Network Event in Aberdeenshire. This will take place on Wednesday 21st June in Bennachie Leisure Centre, Insch from 12.30pm to 4.00pm. Lunch will be served from 12.30pm with the event starting at 1.00pm.

We're working in partnership with the Garioch Partnership to host this event and there is the opportunity for local organisations to take a stall at the venue to showcase their work. This free event is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the work of SCDN and for us to hear what the important issues in the Aberdeenshire area are which will be feedback to our national network. We hope to establish a Regional Network as a result of the event to enable practitioners to regularly share their experiences with us.

More here.


Festival Fortnight 2017 programme goes live
Festival Fortnight aims to increase the visibility and participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Scottish sport, provides opportunities to raise awareness of LGBTI issues within sport and creates spaces to examine wider equality, inclusion and human rights issues within the world of sport and physical activity.

More here.


What does equality mean to you?
 The Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) are are putting on an exhibition of photos and podcaststhat showcase the voices of people living in Edinburgh. It will be held at Edinburgh Palette from 17 June until 2 July.
 
We need you to be involved so your voices can be heard! We’ll be taking photos and recording podcasts on Saturday 6 May from 12.00pm until 4.00pm at Volunteer Edinburgh, 222 Leith Walk, EH6 5EQ.


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Conferences and seminars


Scotland Welfare Rights Conference, Friday 19 May 2017, 10am - 4pm, Glasgow
This year sees new child poverty and social security bills coming before the Scottish Parliament – which will have huge significance for all those advising and supporting families.

At the same time the roll out of universal credit and the introduction of a ‘two child limit’ for key benefits are among UK Government reforms and cuts that are radically changing the nature of social security.

CPAG in Scotland’s Welfare Rights 2017 conference will give delegates an opportunity to hear from political leaders, welfare rights experts and academics about the latest developments and the implications for their work.

More here.


Smoke-free Homes Seminar 14 June 2017
A seminar to present some of the learning from the past few years of smoke-free homes work in Scotland. Programme and registration form now available.

  • Wednesday 14th June 2017, 1.30pm to 4.45pm
  • Albany Learning & Conference Centre, Glasgow

Where are we now? The STA Short-life Working Group on SHS in the Home and the STA Research Group have arranged a seminar to present some of the learning from the past few years of smoke-free homes work in Scotland.

More here.
 

Strategic Commissioning Forum
The Alliance's monthly integration forum in January focused on strategic commissioning. On the day you told us that having a similar event in different parts of Scotland would be helpful for you, your colleagues and peers. In response to this we have organised a series of regional events focused on strategic commissioning.

This event is being held in Edinburgh but we are also running the session in:

DUMFRIES - Wednesday 29th March

GLASGOW - Wednesday 5th April

ABERDEEN - Wednesday 26th April

AYR - Thursday 11th May

CLYDEBANK - Wednesday 17th May, and

PERTH  - Wednesday 24th May

Coffee and Tea will be available from 9.30am, and each event runs from 10am until 3pm. The main focus is to provide participants with:-

  • An introduction to strategic commissioning;
  • An overview of how it is being progressed locally, and across Scotland, from a third sector perspective;
  • The opportunitity to discuss their experience of strategic commissioning to date; and
  • A chance to explore and consider what opportunities stratgic commissioning may afford the sector in 2017-18 and how these can be capitalised on

The events are aimed at Third Sector Organisations with an interest in health and social care integration but we have ring-fenced a few places for the representatives of other stakeholder groups on the different integration structures and staff within integrated authorities who think that attending would be useful.

Please advise of any dietary/accessiblity requirements in advance by emailing comms.coordinator@alliance-scotland.org.uk.

For more information, please contact:
Communications Coordinator on 0141 404 0231 or email comms.coordinator@alliance-scotland.org.uk



Making change happen: Using the courts to make rights a reality- 1 June Edinburgh
This will be an informative and inspiring day of speakers and workshops around how your organisation can use the law and the courts to bring about social change.
This event will include:

  • Helpful information and advice from legal experts around possible legal tools and their pros and cons;
  • Learning directly from those with hands-on experience of using the courts to achieve change – the opportunities & challenges of doing so, and their advice to others;
  • Opportunity to discuss, question and influence the future of litigation to make rights a reality in Scotland.
  • If you work in the legal sector, this day will also be an excellent opportunity to network with those in civil society organisations who are looking for legal expertise.

Speakers will include David Hawkins from PILS Northern Ireland and Irene Henery from the EHRC.

More here.


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Training


SISCC: Free CPD opportunity – Tackling Inequalities
The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre, is delighted to announce that as part of the Knowledge into Action at Scale work, the Tackling Inequalities through Health and Social Care Design course will be launched on the 29th of May 2017.

This is a free online course that’s available to staff, volunteers and service users across health and social care organisations and will support personal and professional development across all disciplines.


Creative Therapies Training Workshops 2017
Arts therapies training programmes targeted at social workers, care workers and teaching staff.

More here.


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Vacancies


Health Valleys are looking for new board members
Being a board member in community led health improvement is interesting, challenging
and rewarding. You will be part of an award winning organisation, driving forward our vision for the future. Health affects everyone from all sections in society, however some people are more disadvantaged than others and Healthy Valleys strives to reduce the health inequality gap in South Lanarkshire. Why not be part of something that makes a
positive difference to the quality of life of others?

They are looking for people who have a passion for making a difference, who have skills and experience of Employment Law, Human Resources, Social Enterprise and Funding.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Governing the organisation by establishing broad policies and objectives
  • Selecting, appointing, supporting and reviewing the performance of the Executive Manager
  • Ensuring the availability of adequate financial resources
  • Approving annual budgets
  • Accounting to the stakeholders for the organisation's performance
  • Setting the salaries and compensation of company management
  • Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings
  • Makes serious commitment to participate actively in Board tasks
  • Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time
  • Stays informed about Board related matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports
  • Gets to know other Trustees and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus
  • Is an active participant in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts

If you have the knowledge and experience of one or more of the disciplines above, please download our application pack from the news section on our website www.healthyvalleys.org.uk or contact Executive Manager, Lesley McCranor lesley@healthyvalleys.org.uk to discuss further.


Area Administrator - The Richmond Fellowship Scotland
The Richmond Fellowship Scotland (TRFS) is a leading voluntary organisation, supporting people with a broad range of needs to live in their own homes, as part of their community. They are an organisation driven by strong values and a firm commitment to choice, dignity and social inclusion. 

  • Post: Area Administrator
  • Location: Glenrothes
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Duration: Fixed Term (1 Year)
  • Salary: £15,181 - £17,782 per annum

A full driving licence with access to transport is essential for this role. If you have experience in reception or call handling, good administration skills, IT experience using Microsoft packages and looking to expand on your recruitment experience this could be the opportunity for you. 

Applications must be completed online by close of business on Friday 12 May 2017. A basic disclosure check will be required for this post.

For more information and to download an application pack please visit their website and enter reference number 130 to apply.


Glasgow Life - Senior Arts & Music Manager: Diversity Agent for Change
As Diversity Agent for Change you will:

  • Provide high profile leadership for all aspect of embedding ethnic diversity at the centre of creative and artistic practice and activity.
  • Engage the minority ethnic cultural sector to ascertain need and enable key messages to be communicated more widely
  • Develop and influence programming that represents and raises awareness of diverse work across arts forms
  • Inform and Influence our programmes, platforms and services across the Arts, Music and Cultural Venue Service
  • Develop new and use existing platforms for showcasing, sharing and networking to raise visibility and confidence of the minority ethnic cultural sector
  • Influence/ facilitate inclusive audience development and communication/marketing/PR plans provide strategic responsibility for programming in Glasgow Life and influence programming more widely across Glasgow and Scotland.
  • Monitor / report / evaluate the activity delivered as part of the role as well as the impacts delivered, and oversee the reporting to funding body Creative Scotland and relevant stakeholders 

£39,457.23 - £45,731.58 per year
Location: Tramway Theatre, Glasgow
Closes: Sunday, 14th May 2017

Full details here


Mental Health Engagement Officer - job vacancy at ASH Scotland
Thanks to the success of the IMPACT project on smoking and mental health, ASH Scotland is delighted to announce that we have received one year’s funding for a full-time Mental Health Engagement Officer role based in Edinburgh.  

This new post will be seek to establish and build on links with community-based mental health organisations across the Lothians, and roll out the Guidance pack which has been developed to help support conversations around smoking and tobacco use.  Ideally, the successful applicant will have direct experience of working for or engaging with third-sector mental health services.

For more details about the role, click here.  The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 15th May, with interviews taking place on Tuesday 23rd May.


700 funded job opportunities available through Community Jobs Scotland
Applications are currently being accepted from Scottish charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises interested in creating new funded job opportunities.

Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is a Scottish Government funded programme which offers an exciting introduction to the third sector by creating a wide range of jobs for young people, aged 16 to 29, with a focus on:

  • disabled people
  • care experienced young people
  • carers
  • Armed Forces early service leavers
  • young people with convictions
  • young people on an Activity Agreement

All jobs created must offer at least 25 hours of work per week, be paid at £5.60 per hour or the NMW rate (appropriate to age), and last for at least 52 weeks.

More here.


Inclusion Scotland
Inclusion Scotland are creating and supporting paid internship opportunities for disabled people within areas of public life. This is part of a national programme alongside the SCVO Disability Equality Internship Programme.

As the programme moves from service design to service delivery stage we are looking for someone to join our multi-disciplinary team to lead on 2 projects which will support our Programme Management Office and our Jobcentre Plus Integration and Alignment team. Each of the projects will last for around 6 weeks. 

More here. Closes 22nd May.


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Community Connectors has recently launched a new Facebook page!
For the last 18 months, Community Connectors has been working tirelessly with people in Glasgow aged 60+ to get to the heart of what matters to them as individuals – so that we can help them connect to the kinds of supports and services that really make a difference in their lives.

They think now is the time to start sharing what we know and what better place in this day and age than social media? We want our Facebook page to be a platform to promote our service and the great stories we have to share – but more than that; we want it to be somewhere we can shine a spotlight on some of the phenomenal work being done across the city to help tackle the issues facing older people today. Whether that’s mental health and wellbeing or social isolation and loneliness, we couldn’t do what we do as a service without an invaluable support network of others out there doing what they do.

Find the page here.


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