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Issue 259 - 3rd July 2014

Hello, and welcome to issue 259 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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Sam Jordan
Information and Communications Officer, SCDC


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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars



News from the Network: Paths for All Volunteer Awards 2014
National walking charity Paths for All is thanking volunteers involved in getting Scotland walking everyday by launching their 2014 volunteer awards.

Chief Officer Ian Findlay said: “We train and support volunteers and their projects’ to improve path networks and lead community and workplace health walks. We want volunteers to know they are valued by launching our 2014 volunteer awards during Volunteer’s Week."

There are 5 award categories available and applications are now open:
  • Community Path Volunteer of the Year is for the activist who brings funding and people together to plan new routes, organise path maintenance days or develop promotional materials and leaflets. 
  • Health Walk Volunteer of the Year is for the leader of health walks who welcomes walkers, week in, week out, in rain, hail or sunshine and keeps everyone smiling. 
  • Health Walk Volunteer Group of the Year is for a team of volunteers who work superbly together organising their walking for health programme. 
  • Volunteer Manager of the Year is for the project coordinator that organises celebration events, training days and social activities to keep walking for health volunteers and walkers motivated.
  • Workplace Volunteer of the Year is for an employee or colleague who promotes active travel, organises walking meetings, pedometer challenges and encourages the desk bound to walk at lunchtime. 
Nominations can be made on the Paths For All website. Nominate your volunteers  here by 5pm on Friday 8th August. The awards will be presented at a Parliamentary event in November. All nominees and winners will be invited to this celebration event.  Winners will be presented with a certificate, voucher and commemorative gift. The winning projects volunteers’ will receive £250. All nominees will receive a certificate from Paths for All acknowledging their outstanding contribution to getting Scotland walking everyday.  

Advice regarding using photos found online
SCDC and CHEX are aware that some community groups have recently got into difficulty regarding the use of copyrighted images. This is an area we could all perhaps do with a greater awareness in, at a time when the use of photos and other visual material on websites and social media profiles has become commonplace. It's worth asking ourselves: do we always get adequate permission to use photos we find on the internet, and how do we know we have secured this permission properly?

Helpfully, South Ayrshire Council has issued a set of advice notes for community groups and voluntary organisations using online images along with a template for negotiating permission to use images with a copyright owner. The guidance recommends checking your websites and publications to see if there are copyrighted images and taking action to ensure you have explicit consent to use these.

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General Information

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill - Call for evidence
The Local Government & Regeneration Committee has launched its call for evidence on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, closing on 5 September 2014.

The Committee is keen to hear from local communities and interested bodies on their response to proposals in the Bill.  In particular, if community empowerment will be achieved in decision-making and community control of management of lands and assets. The Committee has also written to the Scottish Government  to seek more information on the Bill’s Policy Memorandum. SCDC’s briefing on proposals for the Bill will shortly be available.  

Understanding Glasgow health and wellbeing profiles
Glasgow Centre for Population Health recently launched its health and wellbeing profiles on the Understanding Glasgow website. This work brings together information from a range of sources to make up 60 profiles covering Glasgow's three Community Health Partnership areas and 56 neighbourhoods across the city.

Each profile has 27 indicators covering population, cultural factors, education, poverty, health and more. The aim was to make this information easily accessible at a neighbourhood level, giving the people who live and work there more information about a range of important issues.

Find out more here, profiles here.

Applications open for town centre regeneration charrettes
The Scottish Government has opened up applications for grants to support community design charrettes as part of support for town centre regeneration. 

Charrettes are an interactive design process in which the public and stakeholders work directly with a specialised design team to generate a specific community vision, usually based around a masterplan.

The total grant available this year is £120,000, with a maximum grant awarded to any one project expected to be in the order of £15,000-£20,000. A closing date of 21 August for a first round of submissions has been set.

The Scottish Government has invited local authorities, community and third sector organisations, and anyone involved with the design, planning or delivery of town centre renewal to submit concise proposals for grant to assist in the cost of a suitable charrette project.

You can find out more information here

Write to Recovery: a creative new way to share stories
The Scottish Recovery Network are thrilled to launch Write to Recovery - a new website that helps people create and publish their stories as a way of promoting and supporting recovery.

More here.

New walking strategy for Scotland
The Scottish Government and COSLA recently launched the 2014 National Walking Strategy to boost physical activity and save lives across the country.

A Working Group made up of members from various organisations across Scotland developed the Strategy’s vision to create a Scotland where everyone benefits from walking as part of their everyday journeys, enjoys walking in the outdoors and where places are well-designed to encourage walking.

Cabinet Secretary for Sport, Shona Robison, said: “There are so many benefits from encouraging people across Scotland to walk more: it can contribute positively to areas such as mental and physical health, climate change, community empowerment, economic development, and tourism."

More here

Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Government has now progressed the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament. The Bill gives local authorities the duty to administer and maintain a welfare fund and give new powers for the scrutiny of council decisions towards claimants. The Bill places the current agreement between councils and the government to maintain the into statutory footing.

Memorandum here, Bill details here.

Latest welfare reform news

With welfare reform continuing to dominate the headlines, CHEX brings you some of the latest news from around Scotland relating to welfare and community-led health:
  • The UK Government's Work and Pension Committee has expressed concern over the focus of DWP work in relation to benefit fraud. It notes that benefit fraud is 0.7% of total UK benefits expenditure, yet tackling this is a major focus for the UK Government. More here.
  • The Guardian: There has been a dramatic increase in demand for food banks and charitable help in the UK, with more than 20m meals provided in 2013 – a 54% increase on the previous year. More here. Full report here.
News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight: 
  • The Scottish Government produce a Commonwealth Games Legacy newsletter which has information of interest to community organisations. You can subscribe here

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Social Enterprise Awards
Are you under 25 and running your own social enterprise? Or do you work with young people to inspire them about businesses with a social mission? The social enterprise awards are back to celebrate the pioneering work of Britain’s growing social enterprise movement and this year they have added a new category - Inspiring Youth enterprise. This award celebrates an exciting youth-led social enterprise or socially enterprising project whose establishment or development has been supported by a school, university, funding body or other organisation.

Both the enterprise and supporting organisation will be recognised as part of this award. Now in their 16th year, the awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the social enterprise sector. 

The awards are open to social enterprises and include specific awards that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for. All categories are open to organisations from england, northern Ireland, Scotland and wales.

More here.

Launch of new national litter strategy for Scotland
The Scottish Government has launched a new campaign aimed at curbing littering across Scotland. With 250 million bits of visible litter, from crisp wrappers to sofas, being dropped every year the new campaign will target the 1 in 5 adults who admit to dropping litter.

The new marketing campaign, which will focus on making littering a socially unacceptable thing to do, along with an increase in fixed penalty fines if caught. This is together with introducing a 5p charge for carrier bags October and continued funding for Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

He said: “Littering and flytipping harm public health and the environment, and cost Scotland at least £53 million each year to tackle – public money that could be better spent on other things. Littering is literally throwing money away, especially when you consider that discarded plastic bottles, aluminium cans and other materials would have been worth an estimated £1.2 million when recycled."

More here.

10,000 mini-strokes could be prevented each year - report 
The Stroke Association has said that thousands of people are treating mini-strokes as 'just a funny turn', leading to fewer people seeking medical attention.

The report notes that 10,000 strokes could be prevented each year, saving the NHS over £200 million. A survey of people who suffered mini-strokes found that 37% thought it was a 'funny turn', 47% didn't consider it an emergency, only 22% experiencing symptoms phoned 999 and 20% went on to have a major stroke. There was also a lack of awareness about the symptoms of mini-strokes and the preventative measures to avoid them in the future.

Andrea Cail, Director Scotland of the Stroke Association, explained: “The greatest risk of having a major stroke is within the first few days after a mini-stroke. However, for many people it doesn’t feel like an emergency because the symptoms are brief or mild. Too many mini-stroke patients delay calling 999 when their symptoms start and instead choose to book a GP appointment or visit their optician for advice because of their visual symptoms.”

You can find out more here.

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Self-Management Week 2014
The ALLIANCE is now promoting this year’s Self Management Week which will take place the week beginning Monday 29th September.

The aim of the week is to promote Self Management throughout Scotland: what it is, how it works in practice and how it benefits those living with long term conditions. Self Management Week 2014 will draw on the My Condition My Terms My Life campaign, the Self Management Impact Fund projects, and other self management work that is happening across the Third Sector, Health and Social Care.

More information here.

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Consultations and surveys

Homelessness: pathways and prevention
IRISS is launching a project - Homelessness: pathways and prevention - that will bring together a range of partners to explore pathways to homelessness, uncover hidden innovations, effective joint working and new ideas, developed in response to recent changes and need in this area.

It aims to highlight the 'who, what, where and when' of preventative approaches and explore improvements and innovations to these (both current and desired).

The project will create a space for partners to come together to share learning and experiences around development and implementation of new approaches to homelessness which will be useful to a wider audience.

IRISS are looking for involvement in this project. More here.

Fife Equalities Steering Group
Fife Voluntary Action is working in partnership with Fife Council and NHS Fife to establish a new Equalities Hub for Fife. This new project is at a very early stage and they are looking for people to join a Steering Group to help shape this new service and ensure it delivers improvements in equality and diversity across Fife.

They will be publishing more information about this new service, through their website and e-mail bulletins over the coming weeks and months. 

The are looking for nominations from people (staff or board members) from third sector organisations who bring an excellent knowledge and expertise in the equalities field (any of the 9 protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010).

To find out more about the Steering Group, or to request a nomination form, please contact Colm Wilson on 01592 760720 or e-mail More info here.


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Annual report - Lochside Neighbourhood Group
Lochside Neighbourhood Group have published their annual report which gives detail to their work over the last year. The Lochside Neighbourhood Group is a community led multi-partnership forum with its roots firmly planted in co-production, partnership working, creative thinking and bringing together a common vision for the improvement of Lochside and its community.

The group has been involved in a wide range of activities, including work with the Scottish Co-production Network, which staff here at CHEX and SCDC manage, including events and a case study which looks at the group and the community development and co-productive approaches it takes in its work.

You can download the report here and the SCN case study here.  

Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls
"Equally Safe" sets out Scotland's strategy to take action on all forms of violence against women and girls. While the overarching aim is to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, it identifies key priority areas. While the strategy sets out some early commitments, it explains how a phased approach will help ensure that the longer-term change is sustained.

More here.

European work with Roma communities
The Inserom project is a Grundtvig Lifelong funded programme. The organizations involved in the project (LDH, AEDH, BEMIS, CHC and APDHA) work closely in the field of Human Rights and Roma communities. 

The Educational Toolkit of INSEROM has two parts: The Reference Book based on legislations, procedures and knowledge related to the discrimination suffered by Roma people who live in Europe and in the participating countries. Secondly, the guidelines will assist community practitioners to develop knowledge, understanding and skills which they can use to support the Roma community building civic competences. 

These guidelines and the Reference Book , will form the basis for ‘human rights’ education and will seek to improve the experience, outcomes and prosperity of the Roma Community by imparting their knowledge of their rights as EU citizens.

More information here

Glasgow poverty panel report
The Poverty Leadership Panel has published its report card for the last year, detailing its work in addressing poverty issues in Glasgow. It is made up of public, private and third sector organisations 

You can read more here

CHEX policy briefing on the integration of health and social care
CHEX has produced a briefing summing up the recently-passed Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill and the implications/opportunities for community-led health.

At the end of February 2014, the Scottish Parliament passed the Bill, which sets out the legislative framework for integrating health and social care in Scotland. This CHEX briefing is intended to summarise the Bill and its implications for community-led health within the context of wider public service reform. Throughout, we highlight the potential interest and role for community-led health organisations.

Click here to download the briefing.

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Awards for all Reopens soon
The Big Lottery's Awards For All funding reopens for applications from the August 4th. It's a broad funding stream which focuses on these outcomes:
  • people have better chances in life
  • communities are safer, stronger and more able to work together to tackle inequalities
  • people have better and more sustainable services and environments
  • people and communities are healthier.
You can find out more here.

New funding available for local groups in Strathclyde
Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.  

People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in Strathclyde – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. 

Using money raised by HealthShine through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde.

The closing date for applications is 1pm on 23 July 2014. Find out more here

Lloyds TSB International Development Grants
Scottish International Development Organisations can now apply for funding through year two of the Scottish Government’s International Development 
Small Grants Programme which has opened today. This will distribute approximately £500,000 to support projects that help some of the world’s 
poorest countries and fit within the Scottish Government’s International Development Policy. Details of the programme and how to apply are now 
available from Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland which is administering it. 

Incorporated not-for-profit organisations which have a presence in Scotland and an annual turnover of less than £150,000 are eligible to apply, and there are three types of grants available: project, feasibility and capacity building. 

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 26th November, with awards being announced in early March 2015. The application form, guidance notes 
and criteria for the programme are all available here

Volant Trust
J K Rowling’s trust awarded grants to charities and projects alleviating social deprivation (particularly women’s and children’s issues) in Scotland and further afield totaling £2,870,290 during 2012/13. 

Apply via Foundation Scotland if you’re seeking a grant of up to £10,000 a year – the next funding round opens on 1st August 2014. Deadline: 27th June 2014. Click here for more information or here to apply.

Tackling Sectarianism Small Grant Programme 
This is a Scottish Government initiative aimed at supporting communities to stimulate local level activity that contributes to tackling Intra-Christian Sectarianism in Scotland. This could be realised through a range of community-led activities that improve Scottish Government's understanding of the sectarian issues faced by communities.

For further information please see Guidance Notes and Application Form below.

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Wellcome Trust - Peoples and Society Awards
 Funding is available under the Wellcome Trust's Peoples and Society Awards for projects that encourage public debate and understanding of biomedical science.
Projects can include:
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Arts projects for various different audiences and age groups
  • Teaching materials or techniques to encourage wider discussions; etc.
The People Awards (up to and including £30,000) are for innovative and creative projects in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland that engage the public with biomedical science and/or the history of medicine. 

Society Awards (above £30,000) can fund the scaling-up of successfully piloted projects or projects that are more ambitious in scale and impact than is possible through a People Award.

For more information, visit the Wellcome Trust website. Deadline: 25 July (People Award) & 3 October 2014 (Society Award).

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust: new programmes
The first deadlines for applications under the new policies will be 18th August (for Northern Ireland, Rights & Justice and Sustainable Future) and 1st September (Peace & Security and Power & Accountability). The Trust will continue its pattern of three grant rounds per year.

For more information, click here.

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Common Weal event - 6 July (Glasgow)
Common Weal are bringing together a diversity of organisations and ideas for a day-long celebration in the Arches in Glasgow. The aim? To unite the energy of those who demand a progressive future for Scotland, where all of us come first.

You can find out more here

'Is Scotland Different?' - 31 July (Glasgow)
The Health and Social Care Academy and the University of the West of Scotland would like to invite you to a seminar with one of Scotland's leading political and polling experts, Professor John Curtice on social attitudes in 21st century Scotland.

This event, held from 6 – 8pm on Thursday 31 July at the Lighthouse in Glasgow will build upon a rich set of insights outlined in Scotland, small country, big ideas, Imagining the Future from the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and many of our 600-plus members.

Professor Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, will help delegates to explore the question ‘Is Scotland different?’ in the context of the referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future in September.  During the session he will consider current trends and social attitudes and how far Scotland may be thought to have a (distinctive) attitude to equality and inclusion - however it is governed in future.

The event will be chaired by ALLIANCE Chief Executive Ian Welsh who will set the context for this event, offering a vision of how we might create a fairer, healthier future.

Whatever the future of Scotland, what matters most is that our citizens and communities are recognised as our biggest asset, both in meeting the challenges we face and in shaping how we do that.

Find out more here.

Equality Advisory Support Service
The EASS is a national helpline which is able to advise individuals on issues relating to discrimination and human rights.
  • 28 August, ACAS Scotland, 151 West George Street, Glasgow 
  • Session 1: 10am - 11am and Session 2: 12 - 1pm 
If you would like to learn more about the EASS and working together to support the people of Scotland please register for one of the slots above by emailing

From users and choosers to makers and shapers: Social Innovation and community development - 7 & 8 of October (Örebro, Sweden)
With this Conference celebrating our 30th anniversary we want to look into the future rather than looking back. We see a number of challenges, such as climate, environment, economy, unemployment, xenophobia and widening gaps between people and communities all over Europe.

The topics of the conference are based on workshops, meetings and dialogues with various student groups as well as NGOs and social
economy networks in out city and region. The outcome of the conference will be used in research study circles in social innovation in
our city and region (approximately ten).

More information here.

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Call for dance groups to join in the Big Dance Weekend - 12 July (Glasgow)
As part of The Big Dance Weekend (12 – 13 July 2014) and to mark the closing of the first ever Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival (10 - 12 July 2014), a major dance commission by internationally renowned choreographer Rafael Bonachela will take place in Buchanan Street, Glasgow.

More info and registration here

Inverclyde Third Sector Forum - Various dates (Various)
I3SF is your opportunity to network with others, find out what is happening, influence decisions and develop partnerships. The dates & times for the next meeting of each of the networks is below. 

Thematic Networks
Aim to develop better partnership working and strategic direction by those working in a particular types of services.
  • Children's Services - 19 August 10am-12pm
  • Older People's Services -  21 August 2pm-4pm
  • Intergenerational - DATE CHANGE: 26 August 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Adult Health Services - 26 August 2pm-4pm 
Practitioner Groups
Are an opportunity to share good practice and find peer support from people who are in a similar position.
  • Accessing Funding - 3 June 2pm-4pm
  • Chief Officers - 8 August 12am-2pm
  • Social Enterprise - 13th August 2pm-4pm
Subscribe to information and updates here.

Multicultural Homecoming 2014 (Various)
BEMIS, in partnership with Visit Scotland and the Scottish Government has launched ‘Multicultural Homecoming 2014’, a programme of events to showcase Scotland’s rich cultural diversity, and a small Grants Programme to help community groups put on local events.

For information click here.

EM3SN Independence Referendum Discussion - 22nd July (Edinburgh)
The Ethnic Minority 3rd Sector Network will follow up our series of white paper conversations earlier this year with an opportunity to discuss the Independence Referendum with representatives of the YES and Better Together campaigns.
The full report of those White Paper conversations can be accessed here

The Edinburgh event will take place as follows: 
  • Tuesday 22nd July, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Tay Room, Strathmore Business Centres
    Scott House
    10 South St Andrew Street
    Edinburgh, EH2 2AZ
Please note that registration is essential for this event as places are limited to venue capacity. To book a place at this event please contact or


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Conferences and seminars

Scottish smoking cessation conference
Scotland’s national smoking cessation conference is a unique opportunity to network with smoking cessation colleagues, hear about the latest developments in smoking cessation and improve practice.

The conference will have an underlying theme of reaching and engaging smokers, particularly in achieving the HEAT target and working in partnership to deliver effective stop smoking services.

The conference planning group would like to invite you to show case your work. They are looking for creative, innovative or challenging practice on how you are reaching and engaging smokers from across Scotland presented in a way that suits you, i.e. a poster, a presentation for 15-20mins, or you may wish to facilitate a workshop for 45mins. 

More information about the conference here. Form for submissions here.

DTA Scotland Annual Conference 2014 - 31 August (Cumbernauld)
This year's DTA Scotland Conference will take place from 31st August/1st September 2014 in the Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld.

The theme of the Conference this year is "Our Communities - Our Future" and the hope is that the usual mix of keynote speakers, informative and inspiring workshops, the specific help available at the one-to-one sessions and the array of support available from the Marketplace stands will help you leave with ideas for helping your organisation.

For more information, click here.

Children in Scotland Annual Conference - 12 November
This conference asks what will we do to make the legislation work well for every child and family? What progress is underway with Public Service Reform, including the impact of improvement approaches, such as the Early Years Collaborative and Education Attainment? Why are we not making the desperately needed progress to reduce poverty and inequality and what is needed to reverse this?

It will look at:
  • Demonstrating the evidence of improvement on our policies and services by highlighting projects with positive impacts across children’s services
  • Investigating the use of evidence to scale up; from excellent individual projects to a sustainable model of improvement at service, local and community level
  • Evidence of improvement of resources as a result of public service reform
  • Pupil and Young people engagement in planning for change
  • Partnership working in implementing the CYP Act
  • Building capacity for parental involvement across Scotland
  • Following the first set of results for the new CfE qualifications is time to revisit our original ambitions for CfE?
  • Young people and the social media era
  • Scottish Childcare reform and supporting men in childcare

More information here

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PHINS Seminar 2014 - 10 October (Glasgow)
This year's PHINS (Public Health Information Network for Scotland) Seminar will take place on Friday 10th October 2014 in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

  • Friday 10th October 2014
  • Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

As in previous years, this event is free of charge. However, spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can register on-line to attend this year's seminar using the link below:

Register for the PHINS Seminar 2014. The full programme is available from the PHINS page of the ScotPHO website.

Annual Public Health Conference - Call for Abstracts 6 / 7 Nov. (Inverness)
The FPH Scottish Conference is an important opportunity for those working across the spectrum of public health to come together in order to provide context for their work, develop new and strengthen existing networks, and gain inspiration.
This year’s themes combine the established domains of public health practice with topic areas which represent extensive challenges and opportunities for a range of other agencies, but in which a strong public health voice is needed. We will hear
from interesting and motivational speakers from a variety of backgrounds, and hold what we are sure will be a lively panel session to get those critical juices flowing.
  • Thursday 6th & 7th November
  • Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Inverness
The organiser are now requesting abstracts for this event. You can find out more at by clicking here.

Scottish Learning Festival 2014: registration open - 24 / 25 Sept. (Glasgow)
The theme of SLF 2014 is raising achievement and attainment for all with a focus on maximising educational outcomes through:
  • early intervention and prevention - for children, young people and adult learners in order to maximise educational outcomes;
  • health and wellbeing - ranging from physical education and sport to the full range of health and wellbeing subjects which are the responsibility of all practitioners;
  • employability skills - to secure a highly educated, well prepared and well-motivated young workforce able to compete in a global market.
Find out more and register here

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MA programme in International Social Work and Community Development - Durham University
This programme is aimed particularly at international or UK students, with an interest in international social work, community development and comparative social policy. The programme will give students advanced knowledge about the theory and practice of social work and community development in an international context. It will encourage students to develop a critical understanding of global social issues (such as social exclusion, poverty and environmental degradation) and relate this knowledge to developments in their own country.

It will also equip students to engage in research and to apply research findings effectively in practice. The programme includes a short placement in a social work agency and the opportunity to carry out research on an aspect of social or community work in the UK.  Those teaching on the programme include leading researchers in this field such as Lena Dominelli and Sarah Banks.

More here

Dementia awareness training
This one day interactive workshop includes an ageing simulation experience and is suitable for all people who come into contact with people with dementia. Whether you are new to dementia care or someone who comes into contact with people with dementia in your everyday activities, this workshop will increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in supporting people to live well with dementia.

More here.

An Introduction to the Autistic Spectrum
The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability invites you to book a place on this new one-day course, which will provide you with an introduction to Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
By the end of this course you will;
  • Understand what is meant by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Understand what is meant by the Triad of Impairments
  • Have an understanding of the effects of each of the triad of impairments on someone with a diagnosis of an ASD
  • Have developed more inclusive communication strategies 
The course will be led by Susan Forrest, who has many years practice experience in autism services with both children and adults, with input from experienced co-facilitators.

Places cost £110 per person (with a discount of £10 per delegate for organisations booking three delegates or more on the same date).
Alternatively we can come to your venue and deliver this course for up to 12 delegates. The cost of this is £900 plus travel and accommodation expenses for the facilitator if appropriate. 
  • Tuesday 9th September 2014 , 9.30am – 4.00pm, 
  • SCLD offices, Merchant Exchange, Glasgow 
To book email or call John Somerville at SCLD on 0141 559 5720.

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Introductory Mental Health Awareness Training from FDAMH
For: Anyone interested in learning more about mental health including local organisations – their staff or volunteers.

Course Content: This 3-hour course introduces the concept of mental health, common mental health problems, discrimination, the importance of awareness in supporting people experiencing reduced wellbeing, and where to seek additional support.

  • Wednesday 16th July 2014, 4-7pm
  • Provider: Falkirk’s Mental Health Association (FDAMH)
  • Venue: Camelon Education Centre, Falkirk
  • Cost per person: £35, group discounts available.
To find out more and book your place click here.

Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability training
  • 8th July 10am – 4pm, Glasgow – Learning Disability awareness
To book, or for more information email: or call John Somerville on 0141 559 5732.

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Volunteers for Festival 2014
Keep Scotland Beautiful is seeking applications from willing volunteers to attend Festival 2014 at Glasgow Green between 23rd July and 3rd August to educate and run activities with festival goers on littering and recycling.

If you missed out on the opportunity to be a clyde-sider this is the perfect opportunity to do your bit when Scotland welcomes the world this summer. Ensure Scotland creates the right impression to leave a golden legacy.
When applying to become a Summer Events Volunteer you can also put yourself forward for selection for volunteering at T in the Park.

Why not apply with a friend and have a summer to remember. If you think that you can help please do not hesitate to apply. All the details can be found here.

Voice of Experience - Development Worker
Based in North Lanarkshire we are seeking a highly motivated individual to promote the involvement and facilitate engagement with older people.
  • Job Title:                   Development Worker
  • Organisation:          Voice of Experience Forum
  • Salary:                       £22,500 pro rata 25 hours
  • Benefits:                   6% Pension Contribution
  • Duration:                   31st March 2016
  • Location:                  North Lanarkshire Wide (Office base – Airdrie)
The Development Worker will be responsible for increasing engagement with older people across North Lanarkshire. This will include implementing a new work stream, VOEF’s New Communications Strategy, as well as supporting existing networks and developing key aspects of area-wide consultation.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of working with and for communities and considerable experience of working at an inter-agency level. A relevant qualification is essential as is knowledge of the policy and legislation for older people. An Enhanced PVG Disclosure is required for this position.

For more information contact Sandra/Maureen on (01236) 758855 or email Closing date is 1st August 2014. Job Description here and application form here.

Community Enterprise - Social Enterprise Development Officer
Community Enterprise is a leader in business support for social enterprise in Scotland.

They now need a skilled, experienced and dynamic individual with significant business planning and communication skills to join our busy Development Team, ensuring effective service to our social enterprise clients.
  • Closing date: 5pm on 4th July 2014
  • Location: West Lothian and Edinburgh with travel across Scotland and the UK
For an Application Pack, contact Bridget Macrae on 01506 862227 or e-mail For further information about the work, or the job, please contact Victoria Pearce on or 01506 862227.

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The Mount Befriending Service - Co-ordinator
You will coordinate the delivery of a Befriending Service by a trained and supported pool of volunteers to around 30 elderly, isolated and housebound people. This is an excellent and innovative community service, which has been operating for over ten years. We work closely with a range of health and social care partners in the statutory and voluntary sector, and you should be familiar with extensive networking and fundraising through applications. An 
  • Closing date for applications is 20/07/14
  • £23,660 (pro rata) based on full time hours 35
  • Up to 20 hours per week, flexibility required.   (2x10 hour posts would be considered)
To request an application pack please phone 0141 649 8800 or leave your name and address on the answering machine. For more information speak to Mhairi or check the website:


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Our Big Box
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