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Issue 319 - 27th April 2017


Welcome to issue 319 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


Making Connections with Scottish Government
CHEX Network Member Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing Directors (John Cassidy, Julie Fox and Peter Taylor) met with Aileen Campbell, Scottish Government Minister for Public Health & Sport in March 2017 to discuss a proposal for the long-term sustainability of community-led health organisations. 

This is the 2nd such meeting that SCHW Directors have had with the Minister over the last 6 months, at the first meeting Aileen wanted more information and was keen to see community-led health in action.  SCHW organised a visit at Annexe communities in Glasgow for the Minister in March.  The Directors took the opportunity to discuss the benefits of community-led approaches to health improvement and the sustainability challenges for our partner organisations.  SCHW presented their plan for long-term sustainability which will provide core funding to community-led organisations. Learn more here.

Despite positive discussions and an appreciation of the value of community-led approaches to health there is no firm commitment from the Scottish Government about the future sustainability partner organisations.  As always, SCHW Directors will continue to maintain a dialogue with Ministers and civil servants and use every opportunity to promote community-led health improvement.

Making Connections with Northern Ireland
SCHW Director have also been working for over 18 months with colleagues in community-led health organisations in Northern Ireland.  The result of these discussion has led to a successful joint application to the Big Lottery’s ‘Accelerating Ideas’ programme to engage consultants and work with them to develop a joint business plan around Social Prescribing.  It is anticipated that the business plan will provide the information needed to make a larger application to BIG for a joint Northern Ireland (NI)/Scotland Social Prescribing programme.  The programme will support a number of community-led health organisations to test out ways of working regarding Social Prescribing in NI & Scotland and allow shared learning between both. CHEX has a central role in supporting and developing this process.

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General Information


NHS Health Scotland briefing on income, wealth and poverty
In the 8th of a series of inequality briefings, NHS Health Scotland focus on the role of income, wealth and poverty in creating health inequalities, and the evidence for effective actions to reduce health inequalities in this area.

The paper emphasises that income and wealth inequalities are a fundamental cause of health inequalities and also influence other factors such as housing, alcohol use and smoking. As a result, the briefing continues, effective policy to tackle health inequalities will need to redistribute resources through taxation and social policies to address wealth and income inequalities.

Three key actions are suggested by NHS Health Scotland:

  • Make the reduction of income and wealth inequalities the central objective of economic policy.
  • Introduce the living wage to reduce the ratio between the highest and lowest earners and provide greater income security.
  • Ensure tax is more progressive and provide greater resources for redistribution and public services.

Click here to see NHS Health Scotland's latest briefing.

CHEX recently published our own briefing highlighting the impact poverty and current welfare cuts are having on communities and, in turn, community-led health organisations. In Putting the "well" into welfare, we describe how community-led health organisations are increasingly required to support people in crisis and that this has a knock on impact on their ability to carry out developmental work with communties.

Our own recommendation for policy makers - to add to those from NHS Health Scotland - is that communities need to be involved in the decisions affecting them, particularly those communities worst affected by 'austerity'. More investment in communiy-led health will help to insure this.


New survey reveals stresses of life on low pay in Scotland
One in three Scots on low income struggle to put food on the table, according to a survey commissioned by The Poverty Alliance.

The poll shows people are not only skipping meals but also falling behind on bills, rent and mortgage payments, topping up their incomes with credit cards and loans, and borrowing to get by. And for four out of ten of them, financial stress is affecting their work life.

The startling new figures released today reveal that hardship is real among low earning Scots, with many eager to build up savings or just have a day or night out.

The survey showed that 46% of those earning less than £14,000 are so stressed about their finances that it is negatively affecting their work life. More than a third (37%) had fallen behind with household bills in the last year, 34% were regularly skipping meals, 28% had topped up their income with a credit card or loan, and more than one in five (22%) had fallen behind with their rent or mortgage payments.

More here.


SRN: It's all about relationships
The Scottish Recovery Network were involved in an innovative partnership project in Argyll and Bute brought carers and practitioners together to develop and test approaches to improve carer involvement in mental health services.

In October 2013 a group of people got together to discuss how carers could be better involved in mental health services in the area.

What was achieved?
  • Increased recognition amongst NHS staff of the value and benefits of involving carers
  • Better links between NHS services and Carers Centres e.g. in Oban the project has led to the setting up of a carers mental health support group
  • Better mutual understanding between carers and practitioners of the need to work together for their own benefit  and the benefit of people using services
  • A letter with a named nurse is now sent to all carers when someone is admitted to in-patient services 
  • “The letter meant they (carers) feel they are not a nuisance. They feel they are valued and it’s okay to be involved”
This blog details the work carried out. There's also a 5 minute film which highlights the project. 


Participation requests come into effect
Part 3 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, on participation requests, came into force on the 1st April 2017. Community organisations will now be able to make participation requests to public service authorities.

Participation requests provide a mechanism for communities to have a more proactive role in having their voices heard in how services are planned and delivered. By making a participation request, community groups can start a dialogue with a public service provider about issues that are important to them, which should help to improve outcomes.

The statutory guidance for participation requests is available here, which should support community organisations to get started. Further support material to be developed shortly.

SCDC's webpage on the Act is also worth reading for more general information on the Act and links to further reading.


Brexit and Scottish independence: a third sector perspective
SCVO have published a third sector perspective on Brexit and Scottish independence:

"SCVO regards Scottish devolution as a work in progress. As Scotland enters another period of constitutional change, there is an opportunity to explore which powers are needed to tackle the challenges the country faces.
Substantial powers devolved from Westminster ought to allow current and future Scottish Governments to address poverty and inequality and strengthen communities more effectively. 

With substantial powers set to be repatriated from the EU, there is scope for debate about where these powers should rest."

More here.


Online Facilitator and User Survey 
A team led by the University of Dundee (School of Social Sciences), supported by The Scottish Government, is undertaking research into the potentially significant role of facilitation in participatory community design processes, such as charrettes. 

The purpose of this research is to:
  • Develop a broader understanding of the current role, qualities and skills expected from an effective Facilitator operating within Participatory Community Design Processes; and
  • Consider whether the role of the Facilitation Team needs to be adapted or extended to encourage more inclusive and effective decision making, for promoting place based well-being and tackling inequalities.
Within this context ‘participatory design exercises’ are considered to be processes such as charrettes, or any other participatory design approach like design workshops.  This setting would normally form a part of a participative, collaborative co-design process and not simply a one-off consultation or narrow-based engagement. 
 
An online survey with two threads has been devised as a means to capture relevant experience from both event participants and facilitators. 
 
The survey relates to the key themes within the current consultation on the future of the Scottish Planning System (Places, People and Planning), launched in January 2017.
 
Please click the link below to start the survey (by answering all questions as appropriate), which should take about 15 minutes to complete.
 
Take it here.


Asylum seekers housed in the poorest parts of UK
Newly published research has shown asylum seekers are being housed overwhelmingly in the poorest parts of Britain. The findings, described as 'appalling' by an MP, shows Glasgow as the city with the highest number of asylum seekers


News from other networks

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Campaigns


Refugee Festival Scotland 2017
It's less than a month now and we are extremely excited about Refugee Festival Scotland 2017. Whether its arts, cultural, educational, heritage or, sports events you are interested in, we assure you that you will find what amuses you. 
 
This year's festival runs from Tuesday 20 June – Sun 2 July 2017.
#RefugeeFestScot. More here.


Learning Disability Week 2017 - 15th-21st May - Looking back, thinking forward
2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in Scotland. We want to take this opportunity to reflect on how the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland have changed since the launch of Scotland’s first learning disability strategy in 2001. We want to learn lessons from the past, and consider how we can work towards building a better future.

Across the country, we want people, communities and organisations  to reflect on their own histories, and to share their story. By bringing these important stories to the attention of a wider audience, we aim to raise awareness of the issues faced by people with learning disabilities both in Scotland’s past and present.

We’ll be sharing more information about our plans for Learning Disability Week soon. In the meantime, we hope that you’re feeling inspired to get planning!

More here.  


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.

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Consultations and surveys


Social Enterprise Census 2017
The Social Enterprise Census is the national count of social enterprises supported by the Scottish Government and others. 

Evidence gathered will build on the 2015 project and show important shifts in the shape and size of the sector.

As part of this project, Social Value Lab hope to uncover the multitude of community enterprises that make a massive contribution locally but often don’t identify with the term ‘social enterprise’ and therefore tend to fall under the radar in terms of policy and support. Their goal is to give all parts of the sector a voice and demonstrate their contribution.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions we want to hear from you:

  • Does your organisation have social or environmental goals?
  • Are you earning income from selling goods, charging for services, or delivering contracts?
  • Do you aspire to greater financial independence through earned income (reducing reliance on grants)?
  • Do you reinvest your surpluses and retain assets to further your social/environmental goals?
  • Are you operating independently (not as a public body)?

More here.   


Equi-Power survey
Equi-Power is a new group providing horse activities in Central Scotland.  The group os trying to gather the experiences and views of disabled people and their families who participate in equine activities. 


Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCiL) Equality Strategy and Action Planning
GCiL are consulting with organisations about the services and training that they offer.


Police Scotland 2026 Strategic Plan And Consultation
Scotland’s communities continue to diversify and grow, and the needs of people in society are changing. Demands on policing are growing as the world around us changes at rapid pace. In order to meet the evolving needs of all Scotland’s communities we must also continue to change. Our draft strategy sets out why we must change, what will change and how we will make the change happen. Consultation deadline: 8th May.

More here.

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Publications

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 to tell us 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. Those experiencing mental health issues told us that connecting locally is really important, and that ordinary links with people in their community play a key role in helping to overcome stigma, isolation and remoteness.
 
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:
 
“The research findings from the rural mental health survey now give us the evidence to help us tackle mental ill health in rural Scotland. We know that one in four Scots suffer mental ill health at some point in their lives, and now we know that tackling mental ill health in rural Scotland has its own challenges. 

More here.


How to evaluate asset-based approaches in an asset-based way
This paper sets out 10 principles to think about when evaluating asset-based approaches. It is mostly written for people in third sector or community groups who want to use evaluation to improve their practice and report to others but it may also be of interest to funders and policy-makers.   
Principles include:

  • Involve people in evaluation … proportionately
  • Gather evidence where people actually are
  • Keep it simple – Don’t treat communities like a laboratory  
  • More words and stories than numbers
  • Hold the outcomes lightly
  • Be open to the unintended/unknown 
  • Seek different versions of the ‘truth’
  • Build reflection into everyday
  • Respond to different learning styles
  • Don’t be precious about ‘need’

More here.


Poverty in Perspective: A typology of poverty in Scotland
The Scottish Government has published a report that groups Scottish households in poverty into 13 different types. There are several types of families with children, working age households without children, and pensioner households.
The report uses the same methodology that was used for the UK-wide Poverty in Perspective report, conducted by Demos and NatCen in 2012.
The findings show that living on low income is not the same experience for all poor households. Having a more detailed picture of households in poverty can be helpful to policymakers and practitioners who want to address the issues. 

Download the report here.


SCVO Local funding survey
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.

In brief:

  • If the funding situation for the sector continues as at present, much of the sector will be unable to continue its work – leading to a loss for communities and individuals across Scotland and beyond.
  • All local and regional bodies must improve their processes and their funding systems so that the third sector can function to the best of the ability, delivering the aims that its organisations exist for.
  • Currently, much time and energy is expended by organisations on seeking funding to stay afloat. This is time that could be better spent on achieving an organisation’s aims – delivering for communities – were money not an issue.
  • Much funding does not allow for long-term projects or planning, meaning regular stress and upheaval for organisations, communities and individuals.
  • It is not, generally, large pots of money that are required, but rather a change in funding terms and processes – including recognising full projects costs and core costs. Supportive staff at funder organisations can also help here.

More here.


Fife Centre for Equalities Strategic Plan 2017-2020
Fife Centre for Equalities is pleased to share with you our first Strategic Plan.  Many of you have been with us since the start of our journey as a project of Fife Voluntary Action and now as an independent organisation.
 
To help us continue to grow, we would welcome your views about our plan.  We are particular keen to receive your responses to the following four questions:

  1. Does FCE have the right strategic outcomes?  What other outcomes would you suggest?
  2. Has FCE included the right activities?  What other activities would you suggest?
  3. In what way we could work together that will be beneficial to you or your organisation? 
  4. Most importantly, how can we collectively engage all people and organisations in advancing inclusive equality in Fife?

Please share your responses with us before Monday 15 May 2017.  You can submit your responses online on Surveymonkey here.  


Questionnaire Content of the Scottish Health Survey – Consultation Analysis Report April 2017
The Scottish Government opened this consultation in order to seek users' views on the content of the Scottish Health Survey from 2018 onwards (procurement subject to Ministerial approval).

Consultation respondents were asked to provide feedback on any or all of the 29 separate topics included in the survey, as well as suggesting new topics for inclusion. Respondents were also invited to make any further general comments they had on the survey.

More here.


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Funding
 

Comic Relief - #iwill Youth Social Action Fund
Comic Relief has announced that £2.4 million of funding has been made available through the #iwill Youth Social Action Fund.

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, in communities across the UK by 2020.The programme will fund projects to seek out young people and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.
Projects will need to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant' young people in their own community and demonstrate how they will engage those people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action.

The fund will offer grants of up to £150,000 over up to three years (with a maximum of £50,000 per year). The deadline for applications is 2 o'clock on Friday 12 May 2017 for more info click here.


Central Scotland Green Network Trust Community Project Fund 2017 Open for Applications
Funding is available to support small-scale greenspace initiatives and to foster community engagement in maintaining and enhancing the local environment across the Central Scotland Green Network activity area.

The 2017 deadline for applications is 1 May 2017 (12noon). More here.


CashBack for Communities: Youth Work Fund 2017-18
Organisations in Scotland who deliver targeted youth work activity programmes for young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years old have until the 28th April 2017 to apply for a grant from the CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund. The programme aims to build the capacity of young people and the youth work organisations who work to support them.

All proposals must provide diversionary youth work activities for those living in areas of deprivation, those who are unemployed, not in education or training and/or are at risk of being excluded or at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/reoffending. No minimum or maximum grant levels are specified but each local area has its own allocation of funds. Organisations planning to offer opportunities in more than one area you will need to complete a separate application form for each area targeted.

More here.


Funding to Use Digital Technology to Enhance the Environment
O2 has announced that grants of up to £10,000 are available to individuals and teams of UK-based young people aged between the ages of 17 and 24 that use digital technology to make a positive impact on the environment.  O2 - The Environment Now is funded by O2 and the National Lottery, and is part of the Our Bright Future programme. As well as funding the programme also offers mentoring, work experience and insight days with industry professionals to help bring ideas to life. To be eligible the project must have a positive and measurable environmental impact in areas such as; energy efficiency or waste and recycling.  The deadline for applications is the 14th July 2017.

More here.


Community Learning Exchange
Federation of City Farm and Community Garden (FCFCG) members can apply for up to £750 to cover the costs of visiting another project on a learning exchange to support project development and good practice sharing. The host will receive up to £300 to cover their preparation and hosting time. This fund can be used in a number of ways to support your garden to become established or perhaps explore a new direction.

If you'd like to know more or discuss an idea contact


People's Health Trust - Active Communities
Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We're looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. We're also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.  

Applying couldn't be easier. It's an online process with a step by step guide from start to finish. More here.

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Events


Scottish Health Survey event
The Scottish Health Survey team are running a "Listening to local needs" event on Thu 25th May. This is a Public Health Information Network for Scotland (PHINS) local networking event. The key event objectives are to explore local user data needs and dissemination preferences. The event will include discussion workshops as well as some presentations.

More details here.


2nd Annual Ailsa McKay Memorial Lecture
You are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Ailsa McKay Memorial Lecture being held on Thursday 11 May at 5pm in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre, Govan Mbeki Building, Glasgow Caledonian University.

This year’s speaker is Philippe Van Parijs, Professor at the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences of the Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), where he directs the Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics since its creation in 1991. 

Professor Van Parijs' lecture "Basic Income.  A radical proposal for a free society and a sane economy", is based on his latest book.  He will focus on aspects particularly relevant to Ailsa's work and in a Scottish context.

The event will be opened by Maggie Chapman, Co-Convener of the Scottish Green Party, and will be followed by a drinks reception.

More here.
 

Border Crossings: Implications for Civil Society in a 'Dis'-United Kingdom  (May 18, Pearce Institute, Glasgow)
We are witnessing a period of significant change in geo-political relationships, driven in part by the voice of the individual citizen through referenda.  Within the United Kingdom, the notion of unity – and indeed of a kingdom – is being increasingly challenged by the momentum of devolution.  This disunity is also experienced between city and state and between large urban centres and rural areas.  Amongst these divides we are also seeing an upsurge in populist and anti-establishment movements linked to a reactionary politics of identity as citizens respond to failures in social and economic policies, with racism, xenophobia and incivility emerging (JRF, 2016).

This seminar, organised through the Voluntary Sector Studies Network will consider the implications of changing relationships within the UK and in the UK’s relationship with Europe for the third sector and civil society more broadly.

More here.
 

Scottish Health Survey “Listening to local needs” event, 25th May 2017, Glasgow
The Scottish Health Survey team are running a “Listening to local needs” event. This is a Public Health Information Network for Scotland (PHINS) local networking event.   

The key event objectives are to explore:

  1. what local level data is needed,
  2. the easiest ways for stakeholders to get the local Scottish Health Survey information they need.

The event will include discussion workshops as well as some presentations.

The event will take place on Thursday 25th May 2017 (10am to 2.30pm), University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD.

More here.


Making change happen: Using the courts to make rights a reality
1st June, Edinburgh City Chambers
Event by the Human Rights Consortium Scotland & the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 

For more information and to book.


Launch of Propagate
Propagate is a six-month project to embed the use of Iriss tools, particularly co-production tools, to support collaboration and conversation. 

The project will involve delivering a series of workshops to support those working in social services with an interest in gaining skills in facilitation and co-design. 

Josie Vallely, who is leading on the project, believes that tools can open up conversations, address power balances and support people to grow new skills and develop new ideas. Josie worked on the Iriss Pilotlight project, which applied co-production principles in the context of self-directed support.  
  • Propagate workshop, 23 May (Inverness)
  • Propagate workshop, 7 June (Glasgow)
  • Propagate workshop, 16 June (Edinburgh)
Contact Josie Vallely with any questions or queries. 


SCDN Regional Network Event
Free event for CD practitioners across Aberdeenshire
Find out about the work of SCDN
Feed local issues back into the SCDN National Network
Networking opportunities with like-minded people
Lunch provided before the event from 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 21st June 2017, 
  • 12.30pm – 4.00pm
  • Bennachie Leisure Centre, Largie Road Insch, AB52 6LT
More here.


Human Rights Consortium Scotland & the Equality and Human Rights Commission: Making Change Happen: Using the courts to make rights a reality
1st 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.

More here.


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Conferences and seminars


Highland Senior Citizens Network Annual Conference
You are invited to attend the 2017 Annual Conference/AGM of the Highland Senior Citizens Network to be held on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at the Lochardil House Hotel, Stratherrick Road, Inverness IV2 4LF. To book a place at the Conference/AGM please: Telephone 07716884989 / email hscn@hotmail.co.uk


Deaf Sector Partnership BSL National Plan Consultation themed meetings
MENTAL HEALTH – EDINBURGH
Wednesday 10 May 2017
6.00pm-8.00pm
Deaf Action, 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh EH1 3QY
 
JUSTICE – FALKIRK
Friday 12 May 2017
6.00pm-8.00pm
Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Redbrae Road, Camelon FK1 4DD

SPORTS – GLASGOW
Friday 19 May 2017
6.00pm-8.00pm
GCVS The Albany Learning Centre, 44 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6DS 
 
HEALTH – DUNDEE
Wednesday 24 May 2017
6.00pm-8.00pm
Deaf Links / Tayside Deaf Hub, The Old Mill, 23 Brown Street, Dundee DD1 5EF


Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory 2nd national conference, 16th May 2017, Glasgow
The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory is pleased to announce their second national conference, "Integrating evidence, policy and practice". This event will take place on Tuesday 16th May (9am – 3.30pm) in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow and will showcase current evidence on the health and healthcare of people with learning disabilities, exploring the implications for policy makers and practitioners.

Registration for this event is now open and can be made here:

More here.
 

ALLIANCE’s 2017 Annual Conference Change: The Health and Social Care Integration event  Tuesady 30 May in Glasgow
 
Join the ALLIANCE, our members and partners at our 2017 annual conference focused on integration and change.  What kind of change is needed? Where are the examples of change happening for the good? Is it happening fast enough in health and social care? What are the factors that drive the kind of change that makes a positive difference to people’s lives? How can we influence change?

The event will focus on putting people firmly at the centre of decision making and will cover broad areas that affect people’s lives.  The programme and venue will be designed around different zones reflecting many of the key issues that most affect the lives of people who live with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers. 

To book your place, please fill in the conference booking form or call 0141 404 0231 for more details.


RCPE Symposium: Public Health in a changing world
Wednesday 31 May 2017
We live in changing and challenging times. Rapid shifts in global politics are impacting on the UK and on the health of its population. Public health is under the spotlight and needs, more than ever, to rise to these challenges.
This symposium features top international speakers with an exciting programme on:

  • International public health: what can we learn from recent global epidemics and how do we prepare for the next?
  • European public health: what are the impacts of political destabilisation, economic instability and migration?
  • Scottish public health: why do we have excess mortality in the West of Scotland? What should Scotland do to become the healthiest nation in Europe?
  • How we can effect change: via social media, leadership and other tools.

This symposium will be of interest to all practising or studying public or global health, infectious disease and respiratory physicians, as well as general physicians and other healthcare workers who want to learn about the latest developments in exotic communicable diseases, as well as look upstream at determinants of health.

Full programme and on-line registration here.

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Training


Scottish Refugee Council training
Scottish Refugee Council has more than 30 years’ experience working with people from all over the world. Our training courses draw on that expertise to enhance and elevate your knowledge, skills base and help you to do your job better.

Working with Interpreters on Wednesday 31 May 2017 and Integration and Working with Syrian Families on Thursday 1 June 2017.

More here.


WEA Scotland: Conscientious Objection project
Are you interested in the First World War? Would you like to learn more about what happened to the people of Scotland who refused to fight? Can you help WEA Scotland tell the story of conscientious objectors as part of the Centenary of the First World War? 
 
WEA Scotland is launching a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre to explore the legacy of conscientious objectors in Scotland during the First World War and we are looking for people to help us bring this part of Scottish history to light in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow
 
This project will empower learners to uncover the stories of conscientious objectors and explore the impact they had on their families and communities. A key aspect of this project is also to explore how the act of objection shaped the person's life following the war. 
 
This project will seek to develop expertise and confidence on key issues including:
The First World War, the home front and anti-war movement
The exemption and Military Tribunal system
Scottish political and social movements prior to and during the First World War
How to undertake social, family and oral history projects
Please find attached a poster that outlines the project in more detail. 
 
There is limited space in each course, taking place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee so if you are interested to sign up or would like more information please contact Kerrie Hutchison on k.hutchison@wea.org.uk or 01383 510774.


Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation Training 
Stirling Council is hosting SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) training courses on Monday 24 April at Raploch Campus, 1pm to 5pm AND McLaren High School, Thursday 27th April 9am – 1pm

One will have an urban focus and the other rural. The event is free to delegates.
 
Both events can cater for around 35-40 delegates with an emphasis on hands-on data i.e. how to use SIMD data and supplement it with other data e.g. poverty stats.
 
The Council is now offering participation to our partners who will be taken on a first come basis. There are currently places available at both events however more places are available at the rural event at McLaren High.
 
If you would like to reserve a place for one or more delegates, or to discuss further please call Paul McNamara on 01786233020. 
 
If you are not familiar with SIMD you can find out more here


When everything is uncertain, how can we know what to do? Working and leading in complexity for voluntary sector and social change makers
15th and 16th June 2017, Glasgow

Brexit, a general election, a second Independence Referendum, Trump, climate change, austerity. The level of uncertainty we are now working in makes it almost impossible to know which actions to take both within your organisation and working within communities which will be for the best.

We are working in complexity which means the old ways of managing, leading and working are not enough. Instead we must find new ways of working which will enable us to navigate our way through ongoing change.

Join us for 2 day training on 'working and leading in complexity for voluntary sector and social change organisations' where we will offer a foundational understanding of what we mean when talking about working in a complex system and what this means for how to make change happen—within our organisations, in our communities and in our activism. 

We will explore questions

  • When everything is uncertain, how do we know what to do?
  • How can we create strategies which are adaptive, responsive and take us in this direction of what works?
  • How can we create a culture in which it is ok to not know the answer on how to move forward?
  • How can we shift from highlighting only our successes to valuing the learning from failures?

For full details, visit here.


Crowdfunding workshop, 24 May
This training event, brought to you by Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage and delivered by Arts & Business Scotland, will provide a ‘how-to’ guide to crowdfunding for cultural organisations. There are places for arts and heritage organisations to participate in the event which is being delivered by Kirsty Gilchrist of SoLoCo and Lisa Westcott-Wilkins.

More here


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Vacancies


Scottish Rural Action
Scottish Rural Action is seeking volunteers from across Scotland who live rurally and would like to campaign on issues of greatest importance in Scotland, as well as campaigning on issues identified by themselves locally.

For more information, please contact Fiona Thompson, Volunteering & Campaigns Coordinator on fiona@scottishruralparliament.org.uk or phone 079388 907767.


Modern Apprenticeship (Information and Communications)
Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) is offering an exciting Modern Apprenticeship to a Fife young person (aged 16-24) with a disability or long-term health condition, who is interested in media and communications.

  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Salary: Hourly rate: 16-18 years (£4.00/hr), 18-20 years (£5.55/hr), 21-24 years (£6.95/hr)

FCE is a new organisation which aims to build a collective voice to champion equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice. It works with partners to develop inclusive and responsive services for people in Fife.

The Modern Apprenticeship is designed to train you in core skills of business administration whilst providing the opportunity to put your training into practice in a real working environment. At the end of the Apprenticeship you will have a qualification and a range of practical and professional skills in both business administration and communications.

The post holder will support the implementation of FCE’s communication strategy to enhance the public profile of FCE in Fife and beyond, ensuring that FCE’s communications are accessible to a wide range of audiences.

The closing date for applications is Monday 02 May 2017. Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

More here.


Active Communities - Women’ Community Development Worker
35 hours per week - Salary: £27,000 per annum plus expenses, Fixed Term 1 year (secondment would be considered)

Active Communities in partnership with The Robertson Trust wishes to appoint a Women’s Community Development Officer to support the development of a community-led Women Centre in Renfrewshire that will meet the needs and aspirations of all women, girls and families.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Active Communities Team. We are seeking a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual with extensive experience of community development and the ability to collaborate effectively with a range of partners.

The role will involve:

  • creating local interest, building relationships and engaging with the local community  in establishing a community hub for women and girls
  • working with others in designing a plan for a women’s community hub

The successful candidate should have experience of working in community development and should be able to demonstrate:

  • An effective team player who can cope with a diverse workload, changing circumstances and the ability to work unsupervised using their own initiative.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and flexible attitude to tasks

To apply email info@activecommunities.co.uk; telephone 041 258 9923 or download the application  pack from our website www.activecommunities.co.uk. Closing date: Friday 12th May 5.00pm Interviews: 30th May 2017


Youth Worker - Lambhill Stables
Lambhill Stables has been awarded its third year of Climate Challenge Fund support for a continuation project; “Growing together in Greener Lambhill “ . We are now recruiting for this project’s youth worker role.

  • £17,290 pro rata
  • 21 hours per week

Lambhill Stables is a community owned registered charity No SC038504 based in the north of Glasgow. We are a busy community hub offering a range of activities from supported gardening and other outdoor pursuits, to hosting music nights and womens’ groups. 2017 will be our tenth year of operation and will see further development of what we offer. The Climate Challenge Fund project will be a key component of our programme.

The CCF Youth Worker will engage and support young people achieve the aims and outcomes aligned with the project. You will work closely with our existing youth workers and with the other members of the project team.

More 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.

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Websites


Our Democracy – Act as if we own the place
The campaign 'Our Democracy - #ActAsIf ' was recently launched in Glasgow.  You can join and/or follow the initiative via the new website.


New Write to Recovery website launched
With a refreshed look, increased interaction and a specially developed group work section, we are delighted to present the new and improved Write to Recovery website! http://bit.ly/2pVlAHg


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