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Issue 305 - 25th August 2016

Hello, and welcome to issue 305 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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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


Healthy n Happy refurb consultation
CHEX Network member Healthy n Happy has just refurbished Number 18, Farmeloan Road (once the Old East Parish Church) as the brand new community hub for Cambuslang & Rutherglen.

The space is the home for CamGlen Radio and also has two floors of multi-purpose rooms available for hire. What we are really excited about is the fact that we are planning a range of gigs, events and activities for the local community to get involved in and we would really like to hear what you think about that and what you would like to see there.

Please take their survey and have your say:

As a thank you for taking the time to complete the survey you will also be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win up to £50 in vouchers!

Along with that, Healthy n Happy's AGM and annual showcase is taking place on 29th September. he event as always will be open to all members of the public to attend. The day is always good fun and one to be remembered with the everyone involved putting on a great show with previous showcases taking the form of a live radio show and mystery guest appearances.

More here.

Sign up to the CHEX Community-led Health Database
Are you a community-led organisation?Do you enhance people’s health and wellbeing?

If the answer to both these questions is yes then please read on.

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

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

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

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

For more information contact

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General Information

Social Work and Community Development
Social Work and Community Development share many values, but in Scotland nowadays they are often neither practiced nor taught together. CDAS has been exploring the issues that might be involved in bringing them closer together. First we issued a ‘proposal for dialogue’ paper and then invited a number of people from both fields to a ‘conversation’.

This concluded that there was a need for more, wider discussion, so we will be looking at how to facilitate that. A report of the conversation is available here

Mental Health 10 year Strategy - Public Engagement Events
Health Scotland and Young Scot are hosting 4 half day interactive engagement events across Scotland to gather views and help with your own responses to the Scottish Government’s 10 year vision to transform mental health. 

The events will be of interest to those of all ages with lived experience, carers, mental health service users and providers, the Third Sector, NHS Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships, Integrated Joint Boards, COSLA, local authorities, Community Planning Partners, Mental Health Officers, social work service providers and professional bodies.

The Minister for Mental Health will attend a number of these events where possible.

Dates for your diary

  • 30 August - Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
  • 6 September - Discovery Point, Dundee;
  • 13 September - Trades Hall, Merchant City, Glasgow; and
  • 14 September - CoSLA Education Centre, Edinburgh

At the Edinburgh venue, videoconference facilities will be available for those who cannot attend in person.  Please put your request on the booking form.

To register for these events, go to eventbrite weblink:

Further Information

If you have any questions about these events, please email NHS Health Scotland's Mental Health Improvement Team: nhs.healthscotland-MHI@NHS.NET 

SURF Awards 2016
SURF’s annual awards, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, are open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland that are currently in place or that have been completed within two years of the closing date, 19 September 2016. There are five categories of entry:
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Town
  • Large Scale Infrastructure
  • Youth Employability: Removing Barriers
  • Creative Regeneration
  • Community Led Regeneration
More here.

Health Foundation response to childhood obesity plans
The Health Foundation has issued the following statement in response to the UK government’s publication of its childhood obesity plan. 

Dr Jo Bibby, Director of Strategy at the Health Foundation, said:
“The government’s unambitious childhood obesity plan falls short of what is urgently needed to address a crisis which is placing mounting pressure on health and other public services. If unaddressed obesity threatens our economic and social prosperity and the health and happiness of future generations.
“The strategy lacks bold action to tackle the root causes of childhood obesity and help create the supportive environment needed to address it. The scale of the problem demands a society-wide response from all sectors and at all levels. The failure to take tough action on food advertising and promotion is a major gap. This is a missed opportunity to show leadership and do what only governments can do, for which children, their families, the NHS and ultimately the economy will pay the price.”

More here.

Community-Led Approaches to Reducing Poverty   
The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have published a review of ‘the impact of community-led approaches to tackling poverty, focused at the neighbourhood level’. This is the first report to provide a substantial insight into the potential of community-led activities being used as poverty intervention measures more widely, specifically in low income communities. The researchers found a lack of evidence which directly considers the impacts on poverty of these activities, and so they largely theorised on the potential benefits.

SURF has provided a substantial summary of the findings.

Community Development in Scotland: have we lost our way?  
Fiona Ballantyne, Vice-chair of Scottish Community Development Network and Mark Langdon, committee member, have published an article in the latest IACD Practice Insights magazine exploring some of the issues faced by community development practitioners, and highlighting findings from SCDN's report ‘Reality Behind the Rhetoric’ and ways in which SCDN plans to take the issues forward.

More here.

Charter for Involvement video
The National Involvement Network (NIN) is a network of people with learning disabilities who receive support from different organisations across Scotland. In 2015 it published the Charter for Involvement which explains how people want to be more involved in the things that matter in their lives. 

A short animated film has now been produced that aims to let more people know about the Charter. It is a collaborative effort between NIN, ARC Scotland and BOLD Design. 

It can be viewed here.

Putting the Charter into Practice – Evaluation Reports
ARC Scotland has also produced a new report that highlights the main findings from 15 interviews conducted by NIN members with the CEO’s or other senior staff of organisations that made a formal commitment to put the Charter for Involvement into practice.

There are two versions of the report, a full version and a shorter illustrated one. Both can be downloaded from the ARC Scotland web-site here

Hard copies of the reports and further information from Paddy Carstairs –

Alliance integration update spreadsheet
Integration Arrangements Spreadsheet has up-to-date information about the integration arrangements across Scotland.

Diversity Week Fife 2016 - 5 - 11 September
Diversity Week Fife brings together partners from the public, private, and voluntary sector to celebrate the diverse and vibrant communities of Fife, and to raise awareness of equality and inclusion.

Read more here.

News from other networks

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Our Voice Citizens Panel
As part of the emerging Our Voice framework in Scotland, a national Citizens Panel is being established to consult with people on a regular basis (up to 4 times per year).

For a limited time, an opportunity for individuals to join this panel is available.  Panel members will be able to express their views and opinions on a number of issues relating to health and social care.  Participation is entirely voluntary and individuals can choose to opt out at any time.
To register as a panel member, or for further information, please contact the Scottish Health Council by phone: 01786 471550, or email:; alternatively, complete the registration survey online.

Volunteers wanted for Scottish Rural Parliament
Scottish Rural Action are recruiting volunteers to campaign on rural issues and facilitate workshops at the 2016 Scottish Rural Parliament event.

Volunteers will receive professional training in designing and facilitating workshops and making sure every voice is heard, and will be supported every step of the way by the Scottish Rural Parliament staff team.

Apply by 8 September. More here.

Could you be a mental health community champion?
See Me, the campaign to end mental health stigma, is looking to train people to be leaders in changing attitudes. The community champions programme will enable people to make positive changes in their own community, with the support of See Me. 

More here.

Year of Listening 2016
As you may know, 2016 is 'Scotland's Year of Listening', an initiative to promote listening, listening skills and listening organisations for better mental health in Scotland (more info here). As part of the Year of Listening initiative Breathing Space have a free competition for anyone over the age of 16, where they are looking for a photograph, poem or short story which answers the question "What does listening mean to you?".

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Consultations and surveys

Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter - A Consultation
This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter. The Charter was introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. The Charter sets the outcomes and standards that all social landlords should be achieving for their tenants and other customers through their housing activities.The Act requires Ministers to review the Charter standards and outcomes from time to time. The current Charter remains in force until 31st March 2017.

More here.

Government: Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review call for evidence
This call for evidence is aimed at organisations and individuals who have information that is relevant to how the PIP assessment is operating both for new claims and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reassessment claims.

More here.

Consultation on Social Security in Scotland
The Scottish Government have launched a consultation on the future of social security in Scotland. The aim of the consultation is to gather views and inform future decisions including the forthcoming social security bill. The Scottish Government are committed to working with all those with an interest in the area and are seeking views from anyone with an interest in social security in Scotland.

The consultation runs until 28 October 2016. You can find out more information here.

SCVO Local Funding Review 2016
SCVO want to find out about people’s experiences of grant and contract funding from local public bodies (e.g., local authorities). The more information they get, the better they’ll be able to see what has improved and also what still needs to be bettered; this will help them to seek better funding processes for us all and provide evidence to national politicians and councillors about the issues our sector is facing. 

More information here.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Counting the Cost of Poverty
This report aims to illustrate how much poverty across all age groups costs the public purse. A striking finding is that poverty costs the UK economy £78bn a year, that is £1,200 for every person.

More here.

How Good is the Learning and Development in Our Community?
Education Scotland has refreshed its self-evaluation framework for Community Learning and Development practitioners. The new framework replaces How Good is Our Community Learning and Development? (2nd edition) published in 2006. HM Inspectors will use the new framework for inspection and review from September 2016.

More here.

Scoping community links workers
The Scottish Government has commissioned Voluntary Health Scotland to carry out a scoping exercise to inform the development of a national Community Link Workers programme. This is to honour the SNP 2016 election manifesto pledge: ‘Scotland’s most deprived communities need additional support, so we will recruit at least 250 Community Link Workers to work in GP surgeries and direct people to local services and support.’ The study is being conducted by Simon Jaquet Consultancy Services, and VHS is keen to ensure that a comprehensive range of third sector service providers and intermediaries are included in the study.

More here.

How housing can support anti-poverty initiatives  This Institute of Housing briefing takes a look at anti-poverty programmes and initiatives, looking at the reasons why many tenants experience poverty, and why housing organisations are in an ideal position to tackle poverty within their communities. It also features a wide range of practical examples of anti-poverty initiatives from across the UK.

More here.

Scot Gov - Evidence Finder
Scottish Government and its Agencies collect, analyse and publish equality evidence across a wide range of policy areas. Using the Evidence Finder below you can find this evidence in three ways:

  • by equality characteristic – click on the characteristic you are interested in
  • by policy area – click on the name of the policy area you are interested in
  • by policy area and equality characteristic - for example religion and culture, by clicking on the relevant intersection below. 

More here.

Scottish Government: Poverty in Scotland
This report aims to explore what poverty means and hear the voices of those affected.

More here.

Equality and Human Rights Commission: Healing a divided Britain
This report is the biggest ever analysis of existing evidence into race equality in Scotland and focuses on poverty, education, employment, and housing.

More here.

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Scottish Government Charrette Grant Scheme
The Scottish Government has launched a new fund encouraging greater public involvement in the design of places by providing funding for community workshops, or 'charrettes'.

The 2016-17 Design Charrettes Fund, complemented for the first time by the Activating Ideas Fund, makes available a total of £300,000 across the two funds, helping communities across the country to have a say on shaping and planning their town centres and neighbourhoods.

Charrettes enable the community, industry and public bodies to work directly with professional designers and experts to generate a specific vision, masterplan and action plan. The collaborative nature of charrettes allows the wider social and economic issues of the community to be considered alongside physical design issues. 

Both funds are now open for applications with a closing date of Friday 16th September. Full details, including how to apply for funding can be found here.

Lloyds TSB Foundation and Scottish Government: The Children, Young People, Families, Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund
Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to administer and manage the Scottish Government’s Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund (CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund).

Funding information here. There are also a number of information events taking place in August, for more information click here.

Kings Fund: GSK Impact Awards
GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.

More here.

Neighbourhood Health: Aberdeen Health Improvement Fund
The Health Improvement Fund is available to kick start local initiatives to improve health and wellbeing. Up to £2,500 is available to put your idea into action. They are looking for applications that focus on community level projects to prevent ill health.

A community could be an area of Aberdeen, a community of interest, e.g. unpaid carers, a community of staff – you can define the community!

They are looking for projects that will:
  • Inspire members of your community to get involved
  • Meet local needs and reflect local circumstances
  • Are innovative and creative
  • Build social connections across the City
  • Help to make Aberdeen a healthy and happy place for all
Local people, any community group (including informal groups) voluntary or non profit organisations can apply for the funding, but it must benefit people living in Aberdeen.

More here

New Round of Life Changes Trust Funding
The Life Changes Trust is inviting applications from local authorities, community planning partnerships and other area-based partnerships who have a strong commitment to improving outcomes for care experienced young people. Funding of up to £225,000 over three years is available, and applicants are expected to have match funding in place.

A key component of the programme is to give young people the opportunity to have much more of a say in the decisions which affect their lives, individually and collectively. 

More here.

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Intergenerational Learning Event
GWT would like to invite groups and organisations who work with older people, people with disabilities, hearing/sight impairments and/or people from BME/LGBT groups to come along and find out more about our work and how they can go about connecting with new partners to bring together younger and older people.
  • Tuesday 13th September 2016, 11:30am - 2:00pm
  • The Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street, Inverness, IV1 1LS
This session is open to anyone who works with groups which fit with protected characteristics. More here.

Good practice sharing & Trellis AGM - 16 Sept
Join us to meet others interested in therapeutic gardening and share insights, skills and good practice through discussion, networking and garden tours of the Grove Nurseries and  Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's, Robertson Family Roof Garden. 
This event is suitable for anyone wishing to /already supporting people to garden in community, education and health settings. 
  • 16th September 2016, 10:00 am - 16:00pm 
  • Grove Nursery, Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen AB15 3BJ 
Our hosts, Aberdeen City Council's Healthy Minds, is one of several organisations ‘growing people’ through gardening at Grove Nursery. These groups include: Foyer Works, Aberdeen Play Forum, Drugs Action Group, Foyer Impact Group, Aberdeen City Council Countryside Rangers, Woodland Rangers and WEA Reach Out. The gardeners share the plots and polytunnels with 20 bee hives! 

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's, Robertson Family Roof Garden is a designated therapeutic space for patients, designed by award-winning gardener Professor Nigel Dunnett and funded by donations, it contains a water feature and a living wall. 

Attendance is Free. Lunch and Refreshments £10 (Payable on booking). You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch.

Booking here.

Include Me: Connecting People – Changing Lives, Glenrothes, 21/09/16
This event focusses on the provision of Citizen Advocacy services in Fife. Through presentations, information sessions and workshops, the attendees will gain and develop an understanding of the role and remit of Citizen Advocacy.

More here.

International discussions on sustainable development in Glasgow
A date for your diary: The International Association for Community Development (IACD) in partnership with the European Community Development Network (EUCDN) and CDAS is planning a European conference on  8th November in Glasgow to look at Community Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Further details will follow.  The conference will develop core strategies to ensure that: 
  • SDG processes, mechanisms, plans and monitoring procedures at National, European and Global levels reflect and integrate community development values, methodologies and practices
  • Community development practitioners and organisations play a key role as stakeholders and partners in the SDG process.
The EUCDN is celebrating 25 years of community development across Europe. A fuller review of their work, with case studies of community development, will be out soon. Their latest information Bulletin is also available.

Strengthening the Links - 26th October, 9.30am-3.30pm, Edinburgh. This event is aimed at those who have an interest in workforce issues related to health & social care integration including HR/OD and workforce leads across health and social care, including the third and independent sectors. 

More here.

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Conferences and seminars

Development Trusts Association Scotland Annual Conference & AGM 4th/5th September, Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld
The title of the conference this year is: "Climate Change, Localism & Social Justice". 

You can view the full programme and book on the DTA Scotland Website

Include Me: Connecting People – Changing Lives - Glenrothes, 21/09/16
This event focusses on the provision of Citizen Advocacy services in Fife. Through presentations, information sessions and workshops, the attendees will gain and develop an understanding of the role and remit of Citizen Advocacy.

More here.

Mental Health and Social Support: Linking Research and Practice - Free seminar

Voluntary Health Scotland, Support in Mind and The Open University Scotland will jointly host a series of seminars that will focus on mental health and social support.

Wednesday 2 November, The Steeple Church, Dundee 

The first in this series will take place in Dundee on the 2nd of November from 4.30pm- 7pm. A light buffet and refreshments will be available on arrival.

More information here.

Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar - Next steps for mental health in Scotland
With Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, The Scottish Government & Tam Baillie, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland 

Timed to follow the publication of the new mental health strategy - which is expected to focus on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), inequalities, patient rights and services provided by primary care professionals - this seminar will discuss the next steps for mental health services in Scotland.
Delegates will examine key issues relating to the delivery of mental health services, focusing on early intervention and access to appropriate treatment and support.
Thursday, 23rd February 2017. More here.

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Housing benefit problem areas - CPAG
This course looks in detail at a number of common areas of dispute that housing benefit claimants may face and how they can be resolved.

It covers:
  • The claims process, information and evidence
  • Issues related to absence, moving home, two homes and under occupancy
  • Under-occupancy
  • Non-dependant deductions
  • Overpayments
  • Right to reside test for European nationals in housing benefit
  • Appealing housing benefit decisions                               
This course is aimed at advisers with a working knowledge of housing benefit. Those with less experience but who come across these issues in their jobs such as housing staff and support workers should book on Housing benefit and rent arrears.

Course fee: £110 CABx, £130 voluntary organisations, £185 statutory/other organisations. More here.

Drawing Out Ideas with Graphics’  -  A one day course, 8 September 2016, 10 - 4 pm Volunteer Centre, Edinburgh
Do you work with people? Are you a Trainer, Coach, Facilitator or someone who produces/distributes information?

We at KC Associates are excited to share our tried and tested ways to use visuals in your work to bring stories and concepts to life, stimulate the imagination and to interact with and engage people. If this interests you then this course may be just what you are looking for!

£200 per participant inclusive of materials on day and resource pack. You can book through Eventbrite here. You can e mail me on or call me on 0131 466 3309 and I will be happy to answer any questions, help you with booking. 

Intergenerational Training Course for Practitioners
Generations Working Together provides information, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland’s generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together.These training courses will be of interest to those who are keen to embed intergenerational (IG) approaches within their programme of work. On completion participants will understand the true meaning of IG practice, how to bring different generations together and how to plan and evaluate IG specific projects. 

For more information and training dates please visit our website, more training dates will become available over the coming months, for more information please get in touch with 

Health In Mind: Training Calendar
Health In Mind have released their new training calendar
Various locations and dates

View it here.

Joyworks! :Buddha & The Bard - Tuesday Nights 7.30-9.00pm
Feeling stuck? Need a laugh? Join us this new invigorating course! With the help of the words from Buddha & The Bard we'll be inspired into action and have a deeper connection with ourselves and others. How? By playing, creating, sharing and laughing! Together using oodles of games,laughter, relaxation and reflection we'll explore our dreams and uncover the fears that get in the way! 

Feel free to give me a call and hear how this course promises to be cracking fun, shift perspective and help to rejuvenate our lives. Make your inner child jump for joy and secure a place today!

£100. Book here. for more. 

Speaking and Presenting for a Cause - Aberdeen
It’s seldom easy to attract people to your cause. How do people find out about it? Is their impression about your organisation an accurate one? How can people get involved? Why should they invest their time and money in your cause? And why now?
What’s in it for for them? Those are challenging questions. What answers do you have?
  • Wednesday 26 October 2016
  • 9.30-1.15pm
  • £50 (10% discount for ACVO members)
In our session together I’ll teach you tips and techniques about speaking and presenting for your cause. You’ll enhance your personal confidence in giving short presentations, as well as improving your clarity and effectiveness in impromptu situations

More here.

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Community Development Manager (Secondment) - The Gannochy Trust
The Gannochy Trust are seeking an enabler and a facilitator who is passionate about people and communities and who is able to support the potential of individuals and groups, identifying gaps and barriers and supporting tenants, groups and organisations to take action.  

You will have a track record of working in communities to facilitate, encourage, motivate and inspire.  We are seeking an exceptional individual who can work ‘on the ground’ but who can also take that learning and knowledge to a high strategic level.

You will work with the Chief Executive to explore ways of maximising the Trust’s impact, assets and resources to build and invest in opportunities for the benefit of the people of Perth.

Specific duties are likely to include some of the following:
  • Explore a range of participatory opportunities to empower tenants with the aim of increasing community engagement, identifying local assets and supporting and promoting community activism and engagement, particularly with young people
  • Map and quantify voluntary and statutory youth provision within Perth and Kinross 
  • Work with groups and organisations to explore practice, develop new work and communicate and share ideas
  • Identify potential collaborations and partnerships within organisations that work with young people – positive destinations; training and personal development of young people; linkages; identifying and addressing organisational development of lead organisations (and risks to sustainability)
  • Identify gaps where the Trust could add value by investing in local communities
  • Develop project proposals, implementation plans and budgets 
  • Contribute to a clear exit strategy for the secondment – options, proposals, plans, relationships and budgets
  • Develop ways of monitoring and evaluating the impact of the Trust’s Community Development
  • Ensure that throughout the work programmes, a clear audit trail of activities is maintained
  • Seek advice and guidance from professional experts where appropriate
  • Contribute to the preparation and implementation of the Trust’s strategic plan
  • Prepare reports on all aspects of the work
  • Deputise for the CEO as and when required with regard to Community Development
The timescales are as follows:
  • An initial note of interest should be made by emailing me at the address below by 16 September 2016
  • The applicant’s CV and employer’s confirmation should be sent to the Trust’s office by 5.00pm on Wednesday 28 September 2016
  • Interviews will be held during week commencing 10 October 2016
There job description and person specification is available here. The secondment letter is available here, along with background information about this opportunity here

Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation are looking for a two individuals who will bring significant skills and experience in communications and engagement to support the implementation of the In Care Survivor Support Fund Scotland.  

Communication & Engagement Manager
Salary: £37,018 per annum
More here.

Communication & Engagement Officer
Salary: £27,697 per annum
More here

Deadline: Monday 29 August 2016. Location: Glasgow.

3D Drumchapel - Deputy Manager
3D Drumchapel is a local charity that has been making a difference in the lives of children and families for 19 years by providing support, strengthening relationships and empowering families to make positive change.

They are currently looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to fill our vacancy to provide operational and day-to-day management of the project and lead a team of staff delivering children & family services.
  • 28 hours per week
  • Salary £27,252 - £30,589 (pro rata) + 6% pension contribution
Skills & Experience required:
  • Commitment to the values and ethos of 3D Drumchapel
  • Demonstrable record of good working  practice with children & families in a relevant setting
  • Demonstrable leadership skills including inspiring and developing individuals to maximize their capabilities
  • Good analytical mind for developing effective and robust systems and procedures
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a busy environment
Phone 0141-944-5740 or email for an application pack. The pack can also be downloaded from our website –

If you would like to discuss the post or if you would like any further information, please contact Sharon Colvin on 0141-944-5740. Closing date for applications is Friday 2nd September 2016.

Includem - Trusts & Foundation Manager
Includem is a forward thinking organisation with an excellent reputation and a commitment to supporting young people and their families across Scotland through turbulent and chaotic situations in order to achieve better life changes.

To help us achieve our vision we need someone with experience, passion and commitment to research, develop and co-ordinate our funding portfolio to support us to reach more young people and families.

If you would like more information, please telephone our Head Office on 0141 427 0523 to speak Diane Piper who will arrange for a member of the Senior Management Team to give you call   You can apply directly online via the Includem website (

£30k. The closing date is Friday 2nd September 2016 at 12 noon.

Community Development Officer - Glengarry Community Woodlands 
Develop projects in conjunction with the GCW board, in line with project plans, deadlines and budgets. This work will include: co-ordination and driving forward any required planning, fund-raising, research and consultancy work, and agreeing a delivery time-line with the Board of Directors. Projects covered by this post will include:    Assisting with the renovation of the old FCS Depot building Setting up a Forest Classroom Development of a path network to take advantage of the terrain, with wildlife hides and viewpoints. 
  • Salary : £20-24000
  • Invergarry, Lochaber Highlands
  • Status(FT/PT) : Full Time 18 month Contract
This will be a really exciting post for the right applicant to demonstrate their experience, creativity and enthusiasm in our beautiful Glengarry area

In November 2013 an area of mature woodland and old Forestry Depot building, to the west of Invergarry, came on the market under the National Forest Land scheme. A Community Steering Group was formed with the specific purpose of achieving the buyout. The purchase of this woodland, 30 hectares, was completed in December 2015.

More here.

Development Worker – Living in Harmony (Maternity Cover)
Pilton Community Health Project are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced worker to work towards achieving our vision:  Residents of north Edinburgh, no matter where they come from or how long they have lived here, feel safe, welcome and valued in our community and are able to access services. 

This post is funded until end June 2017 by the Scottish Government. We hope to secure funding beyond this date.  
  • 14hrs/week
  • £23,697 pro rata 
  • plus 6% pension contribution
For more information call 0131 551 1671 email: 
or click here.
Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 12 September. The starting date for this post is the week commencing the 31 October 2016.

EHRC: Scotland Committee Members
Being a Scotland Committee Member offers you a unique opportunity to influence and support the equality and human rights agenda in Scotland. This role is about working creatively, as part of the Scottish EHRC Committee, to tackle discrimination and promote human rights in Scotland. At the same time, you will play a major part in ensuring Scotland’s distinct voice informs one of Britain’s most forward thinking organisations.

This is one of the most important and challenging times for us as an organisation. Whether it is the discussion about welfare changes and in-work poverty, devolution, Brexit, how we respond to the refugee crisis, or the prospect of a British Bill of Rights, fairness, dignity and respect are amongst the most hotly-debated issues in our society.

More here.

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New communication tool for Scottish charities   SCVO has created a new website as “a space where good causes and the public can come together, share and learn from each other”. The Good HQ platform is in its beta, pre-launch, phase and feedback on how it works is encouraged.

View it here.

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