CHEX-Point Newsletter: Issue 51
The latest edition of CHEX-Point Newsletter is here! In issue 51 we bring you stories of community-led initiatives in action from across Scotland.
In this issue have:
- CHEX Manager Susan Paxton introduces issue 51 with some thoughts on where we are with community-led health
- A case study on GAIN - a community-led health project on the Isle of Lewis.
- News from CHEX Network member LGBT Health and Wellbeing on their success over the last year
- A report on the impact of public speaking training on Glasgow Centre for Population Health's GoWell panel members
- An article from CHEX Network member The Breastfeeding Network on the impact their volunteers have on their support services
- CHEX News, reviewing the progress of two community-led health organisations
A big thank you to everyone to helped with the issue - it's great to highlight the progress and achievement of so many excellent community-led health projects from across the country.
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New: Communities Matter training opportunities
Communities Matter is a brand new suite of SCDC training and development support to community organisations and people working with communities across Scotland.
These flexible training courses, across a range of areas, are designed to help you make a greater positive impact on the quality of life within your community, and the communities you work with.
Our training includes:
SCDC's experience stems from working directly with communities, practitioners and policy makers, promoting best practice in engaging with communities. Our staff are highly skilled facilitators with years of experience and will make sure your training remains participative, informative and interesting.
Training can be provided as introductory workshops, in-depth training, practice support, training for trainers and bespoke consultancy or ongoing mentoring support - we're flexible to suit your needs. Our training costs as little as £50 per person, and we're always flexible to ensure we can provide the best value possible.
Find out more about our training and get in touch
Children's hearings and community-led health - discussion event
The Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership has recently published the results of their research to identify what makes a Hearing work well, from the perspective of those who are involved. The Better Hearingsresearch proposes a set of standards for better hearings, developed jointly by children, young people and practitioners.
CHEX has offered to host a discussion with The Children’s Hearing Improvement Partnership to explore how community led organisations and their partners can work together to ensure that the hearings system best meets the needs of children, young people and their carers.
If you would like to find out more about the proposed standards and how you and others in your community might be supported to use them, please email Sam Jordan on email@example.com to indicate your interest in the event by 5pm on 3 February 2017.
A date and venue for the discussion will be confirmed once we know the level of demand
Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act - Summary of progress
After three years in the making, the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act was given royal assent in summer 2015. Over the following year, regulations (additional legislation required to put the Act in place) and statutory guidance (guidance which public authorities must have regard to) was developed.
Now the Act is coming into force and this quick summary should help you to get started on finding out how you can use the Act, whether you are a practitioner or a community member.
Read the summary here.
GCPH: Health and Wellbeing profiles for Children and Young People
The Health and Wellbeing profiles for Children and Young People were published by GCPH in early December. The profiles comprise a broad range of (30+) indicators across different domains (e.g. demography, education and learning, culture and environment, health and wellbeing, etc.) that we know are important for children and young people's health, wellbeing and quality of life. They cover Glasgow as a whole, its 3 localities (North West, North East and South Glasgow) and 56 Glasgow neighbourhoods.
The specific aims of these profiles are to:
View the profiles here. And there's more background here.
- Provide organisations and communities with up-to-date and locally relevant public health intelligence relating to children, their health and their life circumstances across the city;
- Show trends in key indicators;
- Highlight health and socioeconomic inequalities;
- Provide local level information for targeting resources and priority setting.;
- Monitor progress across a range of factors related to children’s health and wellbeing in Glasgow
Feeling the Pinch
Rises in the cost of living will outstrip meagre increases in child benefit by 17 times by 2020, a new report has warned. The End Child Poverty coalition’s Feeling the Pinch report shows reductions in the value of benefits, relative to costs of living, are likely to leave a family with two children living in poverty and leave them worse off by as much as £2,800 per year by 2020, compared to the start of the decade.
A pebble in the pond or igniting the fires of change?
This month's Edinburgh Tenants Assocaition blog comes from our Development Coordintor Clare MacGillivray who talks about our Housing Rights in Practice project and starting the conversation about housing in human rights terms. A film highlighted shows how:
"Housing conditions impact on individuals’ lives; their health, wellbeing and self-esteem."
Aspiring Communities Fund
The Scottish Government, supported by the European Social Fund (ESF), has launched a £18.9 million Aspiring Communities Fund to support the most disadvantaged communities across Scotland to tackle poverty and inequality. This challenge fund is expected to run from January 2017 to December 2018. The aim of this funding is to strengthen communities, increase levels of economic activity, stimulate inclusive growth, and support local service provision and inclusion by:
The fund will be open to applications from community bodies, including community anchor organisations, third sector and other community organisations that are established to promote or improve the interests of communities in an area. A requirement for applicants to clearly demonstrate alignment with local authority and Community Planning Partnership plans will be fundamental.
- Enabling communities to design and establish new or enhanced services addressing poverty and inequalities;
- Supporting new staff posts within community organisations to increase levels of economic activity, local service provision and inclusion, and enhance community resilience; and
- Accelerating the implementation of projects and services delivering longer lasting community-led solutions.
The Scottish Government will be holding several stakeholder events in a number of locations throughout Scotland in February 2017 to provide further information to coincide with launch of the fund. The dates and venues for these events will be published on the Scottish Government website.
What can individuals and organisations do to encourage Kinder Communities?
At the first meeting of partners involved in the Carnegie UK Trust’s Kinder Communities project in November 2016, they discussed what they thought individuals and organisations might do to encourage kinder communities. A downloadable table provides a summary of that discussion. They would welcome thoughts based on your experience, on their Facebook page.
CFHS community cafe visits and network meeting
CFHS is holding two further community café learning visits,, to Open Door Café and Café on the Corner in Edinburgh, both on 24 March. More details available soon.
They are also holding a meeting for community café network/potential network members and supporters on 24 February in the Well Café, Edinburgh.
The meeting will give participants an opportunity to network and share what’s happening in their areas, and discuss if and how we can support them to strengthen or develop their networks.
For more information about these opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
News from other networks
CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight.
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Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities are excited to be launching Scotland’s first national Learning Disability Awards! The Learning Disability Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate, on a national level, the rarely heard stories and achievements of people with learning disabilities and the people who support them. Applications can be submitted from Monday 23rd January to Monday 6th March 2017.
Inequality Is Not Inevitable
The Equality Trust has unveiled its new activist pack ‘Inequality Is Not Inevitable - How you can make the UK a fairer, better society: A Guide for Inequality Activists’. The solution to inequality lies with each and every one of us and this pack is full of ideas on how to maximise our impact.
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Consultations and surveys
Future Governance of the CLD Standards Council: Consultation
The CLD Standards Council (Scotland) was established in 2008 by Scottish Government Ministers as the professional body with responsibility for setting standards in Community Learning and Development. It was assigned to Education Scotland as host agency, but is recognised separately on the basis that it should be one step removed from government. From the beginning, it has been the ambition of those involved to find a practical means of organisational development. The Standards Council has now agreed on a proposal for the way forward. The key features of this are:
- The CLD Standards Council registering as a company limited by guarantee
- A Board of Directors, with the majority elected by and from the registered members
- The Board of Directors taking responsibility for the direction of the organisation within the remit agreed with the Scottish Government.
- The Standards Council, including the staff team of civil servants, to continue to work closely with Education Scotland and the wider Scottish Government.
They are seeking views, by Friday 3rd February 2017, on the draft memorandum and articles of association of the new company.
Call for evidence for destitution inquiry
The Scottish Parliament is calling for evidence as part of its destitution and asylum in Scotland inquiry. The inquiry will look at destitution amongst people with insecure immigration status, including women and children who have been refused asylum.
Evaluation Support Scotland want to hear your views on the services they provide – closing date 3/2/17
Life in Scotland 2017 survey
For young people, aged 13-25 who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and live in Scotland. This survey aims to find an up-to-date, accurate picture of what life is like for young LGBT people in Scotland.
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Effective connections to BME communities Voluntary Arts latest (UK wide) report - 'Open Conversations: Developing strong, effective connections to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities', was developed by its BAME Advisory Panel. This Panel was initiated to help put the organisation on a path to greater diversity in all aspects of its work.
Heritage as a means of community engagement SURF’s Alliance for Action held a shared learning sessions for partners and people living and working in the communities of Govan, Glasgow and Gallatown, Kirkcaldy on ‘Heritage as a means of community engagement’. This report explains the background, context and content of the session and records the learning and outputs achieved
Communicating research effectively – infographic This infographic, produced by the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum (TSRF), will help third sector organisations to communicate their research effectively. It contains guidance, tips and good practice examples.
Disconnected Communities A growing lack of community is costing Scottish society around £731 million every year. The research, commissioned by Eden Project and The Big Lunch, reveals the annual cost to Scotland’s public services of social isolation and disconnected communities. It shows that through isolation, demand on health services is increasing to the tune of £107 million each year while other areas such as policing are costing an extra £12 million. Disconnected communities are also linked to a loss of productivity, with a net cost to the Scottish economy of nearly £252 million every year. The study also reveals that neighbourliness has a huge welfare value to the Scottish people, with over £593 million saved each year because of resources shared and help provided by neighbours who know each other.
The Health & Social Care Alliance Scotland: Annual Report
The Alliance has published its Annual Report which celebrates 10 years of the Alliance and looks at their 'Top 10' achievements in health and social care over the past decade.
You can read the report here.
Religion or Belief: a guide to the law
This guide provides an overview of the protections offered by the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 for people with or without a religion or belief. It answers commonly asked questions such as what is indirect discrimination and can it ever be justified, and how much employers are expected to know about religion or belief in order to fulfil their legal obligations.
This guide is for employers across the private and public sectors.
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Second phase of Dementia Friendly Communities Funding
In 2015, the Life Changes Trust invested £3.4 million in ‘dementia friendly communities’ across Scotland. The difference they can make to the lives of people with dementia and their carers is enormous. They challenge stereotypes, raise awareness and look beyond the dementia to see the person. They ensure that people remain connected to their communities, and reduce isolation and loneliness. The Trust has decided to invest a further £2 million in such communities and is now open for online applications.
£18,000 Website Grants For Charities
The Transform Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 funding round of its Charity Website Grant Programme, which will be providing £18,000 grants to charities to fund the redevelopment of their website. If you are a charity interested in receiving funding to redevelop your website then click here to be taken to the Transform Foundation website for more information on the grant programme and how you can apply.
The Charity Website Grant Programme forms part of their wider efforts to support the charity sector in effectively making the transition from traditional forms of fundraising and service delivery towards more digitally focused models. The 2017 funding round follows the successful pilot funding round in 2016 which funded the development of websites that have already gone on to raise hundreds of thousands pounds online for the successful applicants.
The grant is principally aimed at charities with annual incomes between £500k and £30m, although smaller charities with ambitious plans for digital can also apply. Larger charities will also be considered for specific project or fundraising sites.
Health inequalities funding for third sector initiatives
Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance is inviting applications from third sector organisations for its one-off health inequalities funding programme.
Applications must aim to understand and/or meet the health and wellbeing needs of key groups facing health inequalities. Funds must be used for new or different activity, not to support ‘business as usual’.
be from third sector organisations (community groups, voluntary organisations, charities or social enterprises)
contribute to one or two of the outcomes of Fairer Health for Fife – Fife’s health inequalities strategy 2015-20
target key groups that experience health inequalities
build in effective mechanisms for gathering information about what the funding has been used for and its impact.
Applications for amounts up to a maximum of £5,000 will be considered. Priority will be given to submissions from new applicants, although previous applicants may apply.
To download the application pack please click here. The deadline for applications is Monday 13 February 2017.
Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund
The Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund (FiSCAF) is inviting faith groups to apply for grants of up to £15,000.
The Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund, in partnership with the STV Appeal, is accepting general applications for work with all age groups, with an emphasis on applications from faith groups and associated projects tackling poverty amongst children, young people and families in Scotland.
To be eligible, projects must:
Local faith groups in Scotland that are registered charities with a signed and dated constitution and a bank account can apply.
- Identify a particular need with regards local children and/or young people up to the age of 18 and/or their families;
- Encourage the widest possible participation; and
- Build real and meaningful relationships with the wider community.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Removing Problems
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is interested in funding work which focuses on removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with has a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them is innovative and imaginative and where the grant has a good chance of making a difference.
Applications can be made at any time under the following priority areas:
- Peace and Security
- Power and Accountability
- Rights and Justice
- Sustainable Future and
- Northern Ireland.
- Organisations should be undertaking work at a national level.
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CHEX conference 2017 - save the date!
This will be another vibrant event to bring people working for community led health in Scotland together to talk, learn and share. We’re working on the theme now but are thinking of issues around power and opportunities for empowerment brought about by the Community Empowerment Act and beyond.
- The Community Health Exchange Conference 2017.
- Wednesday 1st March 2017
- The Studio, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow.
You can read about previous conferences here.
Please make a note of the date and look out for more details, programme and booking information soon.
For more information, please email email@example.com or call 0141 248 1924.
‘Film on Fire’ Edinburgh, Monday 30th January 2017
A FREE friendly and enjoyable 90-minute session of viewing, sharing, reflecting, learning, inspiration and surprises. Real-life examples of co-design and co-production in action. Hosted by media co-op and Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance.
Book your place here.
HRCS Members Roundtable Meeting
10am – 12noon on 21st February in The Albany Centre, Glasgow. This roundtable is an opportunity to get updated on progress around human rights in Scotland, to share information on members’ work around human rights and to help shape the HRCS’s work for the coming year. To find out more and to reserve a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinburgh Men’s Group
This is a men’s group open that is open to all men who want to explore their place in the world.
If you are stuck, struggling or looking for new meaning in your life then this may be the first step in your journey towards living the life as the man you want to be.
A contribution towards the cost of renting the room is appreciated.
The dates for the meetings are:
If you want to know more, contact: Francis Watkins, 07712 220282. More info here.
- 24 January
- 21 February
- 21 March
- 18 April
- 16 May
- 13 June
Evaluating Anti-Prejudice Projects
The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights is holding a series of capacity building sessions on evaluating anti-prejudice projects as part of a wider programme of work for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. These sessions will focus on developing effective, proportionate approaches to evaluating anti-prejudice projects or interventions, and will be especially useful for organisations with more limited experience of evaluation. The capacity building sessions will take place on 16th February in Glasgow, 21st February in London and 22nd February in Cardiff.
10 year birthday celebration
The Intergenerational National Network will be ten years old in March this year! We hope that you will join us in a celebration of our anniversary on 21 March in Aberdeen.
We are working on a programme for the day; if you would like to contribute in any way, please get in touch.
I will be back in contact shortly with more details, but, in the meantime, please put this date in your diary.
For more contact email@example.com.
Making Politics Educational – the Role of Community Learning and Development Wednesday 22nd March, 10.30am – 3.30pm (registration from 10am). University of Dundee
Education Scotland invites you to the third in a series of professional learning sessions on Learning for Democracy aimed at community learning and development (CLD) practitioners from across the public, voluntary and community sectors. This session will focus on the demand for learning practical ways in which educational work around political and democratic issues can be developed, looking at examples of what has worked in a range of contexts and settings. It will also help to examine a range of processes and techniques which can be adapted to be used in different places.
There is no cost to attend and places can be booked online. Please register asap as places will be limited.
TSI Moray: Join the Dots - Unleashing the Power of Community – How is it Working For You?
The theme, following on from last year’s successful conference, will be ‘Unleashing the power of community – How is it working for you?’ In the following weeks we will be announcing our Keynote speakers and sending out invitations for you to come and join us at this informative and free day.
Make sure you save the date to network, learn and ‘join the dots’ with other third sector, public and private sector organisations around Moray!
- The Mansfield Hotel
- Wednesday 22nd March 2017.
For more contact Laurag@tsimoray.org.uk.
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Conferences and seminars
CDAS Conference, 7 March
Places are still available for our conference “Making Community Empowerment a Reality: A shared commitment to community development” from 10.30 a.m. (registration from 10) – 3.30 p.m., Tuesday, 7 March, 2017 at St Paul's and St George's Church, 46, York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3RH.
You will have the opportunity to hear from and discuss with people delivering and supporting community action in a wide range of settings, as well as from Martin Cawley, Chief Executive of Big Lottery Fund Scotland. There will also be an opportunity to start your own discussions.
Bookings can be made here at a cost of £50, including light lunch and refreshments. Places are free to community groups with income of less than £50,000 per year, but booking is essential.
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network: Annual gathering 4th February, David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh.
The day will include keynote speeches and workshops such as
- Building regional momentum – learning from Fife CCAN network - and applying it to your region
- Community Energy / Community Enterprise experiences - How we got stuff done - feeding back from existing projects
- Update and consultation - what's going on with policy in 2017?
- Adaptation projects - what are they and support for getting them started
There will also be an Open Space session where you have the choice to bring and discuss the topics most urgent and interesting to you and your group.
GCPH seminar: Dr Daniel Wahl, Consultant and Educator in Regenerative Development, 7 march Glasgow -'Designing Regenerative Cultures - Facilitating the emergence of whole systems health'
In his seminar, Dr. Wahl will explore a whole systems understanding of sustainability and health: the fundamental connection between regenerative cultures, healthy communities and ecosystems and planetary health.
Scotland’s Social Media for Social Good conference returns on 23 March 2017
This full-day event is packed with expert talks and workshops to help your organisation get the most out of social media. The theme for the event is effective campaigning, we’ll be covering:
- How to run an effective Instagram campaign
- How to use digital as a tool for grassroots activism
- Video & audio for powerful storytelling
- Connecting with young people effectively online
and much much more…
Tickets £135 – £150. More here.
CLD Standards Council Annual Conference
Wednesday 29th March, Double Tree by Hilton, Glasgow
Further information to follow in January.
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Scottish Council on Deafness “What are you doing about Human Rights?”
Human Rights training delivered by Carole Ewart will be the first courses in SCoD’s new training programme for 2017.
For more information on the courses and how to book a place, click here.
Child protection for all: an introduction and refresher
Wednesday, 8 February 2017 - Children in Scotland, Edinburgh
Even the most experienced among us will benefit from learning about updated legislation and new practice. This workshop provides an overview of what child protection is, what your individual and organisation's roles and responsibilities are, and what steps to take should you feel a child requires your support.
What is 'child protection'?
- Use the terms 'child abuse', 'harm' and 'significant harm' appropriately
- Identify the indicators of risk
- Recognise what to do if certain situations present themselves
- Signpost others and yourself to where to turn for more information.
Find out more and book a place here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the code CHEX to receive a 20% discount (Note: CHEX does not earn income from you using this discount code).
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LGBT Health and Wellbeing - Development Worker (Mental Health)
LGBT Health and Wellebing are seeking to recruit a qualified motivated, enthusiastic and experienced person to develop and deliver an exciting LGBT Mental Health Project in Glasgow including coordinating a new Counselling Service.
Applicants should be prepared to have a flexible approach to their working week as some evening and weekend work may be required. The postholder will be responsible for all aspects of volunteer counsellor recruitment and management, conduct initial assessments and carry out 1:1 support sessions.
- Salary: £26,043 pro rota
- 18 hours per week
- Funding in place until March 2020
- Location: Glasgow
- Closing date: 30th January, 5pm
Join us if you are passionate about the issues faced by LGBT people in Scotland, are committed to community development, and want to help us to deliver our ambitious vision for LGBT health, wellbeing and equality in Scotland.
Food and Health Development Worker – Edinburgh Community Food
ECF are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated worker to join our team delivering Food and Health work across Edinburgh.
The post involves delivering a programme of food and health training and cooking and nutrition courses, as well as development work to increase access to affordable food and work relating to food poverty issues.
- Salary: £22,851
- Salary info: Permanent. Full time, 35 hours per week
- Closing date: 31/01/17
- Location: Edinburgh
CDAS is seeking an independent consultant to continue to co-ordinate the network, provide a support service and help the Management Group to take forward its strategic priorities.
Details of what we are looking for and how to express an interest by Wednesday, 15 February.
More information here.
LEAP Sports - Project Officer (Communities and Events)
Full time – 37.5 hours per week on a fixed term (3 years) contract. Mainly Monday to Friday but evenings and weekend work will be regularly required.
We are looking for a new Project Officer on a full time basis to help deliver our work across Scotland. Specifically, this person will work with community forums, develop new pathways for LGBTI people into sport, and will coordinate our Festival Fortnight and other events throughout the year.
- Based in Glasgow but travel to other areas of Scotland will be regularly required.
University of Glasgow - Funded PhD studentships: Institute of Health and Wellbeing: CSO/ MRC Social relationships and health improvement
The Social Relationships and Health Improvement programme welcomes applications on any topic related to the influence of relationships (in families, intimate and sexual relationships, or broader friendships/social networks and communities) on health behaviours and inequalities, and the development of relationship-based interventions to improve population health, from candidates interested in qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches. For further information contact email@example.com
- Father-child relationships and children’s well-being
- Evaluating prison services delivered by Early Years Scotland (co-funded by Early Years Scotland, subject to final confirmation) – 3 year funding available
- Abortion in practice: reducing stigma in women’s sexual and reproductive healthcare
- Peer based interventions for young people with serious mental illness to improve physical and mental health
- The importance of social connections and social routines for recovery from drug and alcohol dependence
- Influence of online and offline communities on mental health and wellbeing among young LGBT people
Pilton Community Health Project - Childcare Development Manager
Pilton Community Health Project is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated childcare expert who is ready for the challenge of leading the development of our childcare services.
- Full time @£27032 plus 6% employer contribution to pension scheme. Fixed term contract for 6 months.
- Deadline: midday Monday 20th February
The successful candidate will be dedicated to the provision of affordable, high quality childcare and understand the childcare business. S/he will be an experienced childcare practitioner with strong business sense.
For a job pack please call 0131 551 1671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or download the job pack here http://pchp.org.uk/get-involved/job-opportunities-0
Completed application forms MUST reach us by midday on Monday 20th February to be considered. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
Pollokshileds Trust - Community Development Manager
Pollokshields is a well-established area on Glasgow’s Southside known as the original, the biggest and best preserved planned garden suburb in the UK. However, East Pollokshields & Port Eglinton also figures as an area of need in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
We require the services of a Community Development Manager reporting to the Trustees, on a six-month contract to prepare an Action & Funding Plan for Pollokshields within the South Central area. The post will be based in East Pollokshields with necessary office facilities provided. It is envisaged the CDM will be required to work 2.5-3 days/week at an agreed monthly fee.
The successful candidate will be familiar with community evelopment trusts and the financial and organisational challenges to creation of a self-sustaining Trust capable of enerating income for community redistribution. They will have knowledge of the potential impact of Community Empowerment legislation and in particular forthcoming provisions for community land acquisition and participation requests. Objectives:
- Work closely with Trust management on finalisation of the initial development strategy and plan
- Identification of sources of funds from governmental and charitable sources
- Work closely with landowners to develop identified opportunities
- Identification of novel revenue-generating opportunities
- Liaise with City Council planning & development departments
To apply, send your CV to email@example.com
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Glasgow Disability Alliance have a New Website
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We launched our brand new website, www.gda.scot, just before Christmas: http://gda.scot/our-community/news/2016/12/8/new-beginnings with lots more space for disabled people’s voices and stories, and linking people up with the right services, support and activities.