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Issue 254 - 10th April 2014

Due to upcoming events there will be a three week break until the next edition of Snippets. The next edition will be published on Thursday 1st May 2014.

Hello, and welcome to issue 254 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 as a PDF 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


New from the Network: "Pilton Community Health Project wins award for work in physical activity"
Pilton Community Health Project, a member of the CHEX Network, has won the prestigious Physical Activity and Health Alliance (PAHA) ‘Community Wide Programme’ award from NHS Scotland for its 'Moving Forward' review.

‘Moving Forward’ used exciting, innovative research techniques to explore how to involve the community in encouraging people to become more active. It found that local people would like to be supported to take part in informal, community led activities in local spaces. 

The report itself was the result of a piece participatory research examining the barriers people faced when taking part in physical activity. The report asks the following questions which were identified as issues through the interviews, listening activities and focus groups with community members:
  • How to reduce anxiety about safety?
  • How to make better use of green-spaces like West Pilton Park and the cycle paths?
  • How to stop people thinking of physical activity as structured activities?
  • How to improve media perceptions of the area?
  • How to change the perceptions that some professionals have about local people in the area?
  • How do we get more people talking to each other?
The report then details each of these main themes and highlights the impact they have on community members as well as the underlying root causes which affect these perceptions - as well as how to address them and increase physical activity as well as positive perceptions of the area.

It concludes that "a community led approach is most likely to resolve some of the issues; they are big themes and local people need to be involved at all levels. This will mean the work will be reactive and will respond to local needs and opportunities, as well as the energy and resources within the community."

Lianne Pipskyj and Clare Symonds, Physical Activity Development Workers at PCHP who co-ordinated the Moving Forward review explained “The value of the work we do is that we do it together, in partnership with other organisations and local people. We have also established a forum which strengthens these relationships, lets us be creative and helps us all improve what we do”

Savita Purran (pictured) who’s been dancing Bollywood for more than 20 years is dancing for joy at the news of the award. Savita is now sharing her skills and enthusiasm by leading her own class in Muirhouse, having been supported and encouraged by the PCHP team. Savita said, “Its excellent news! I have been able to follow my dream of teaching Bollywood which gets people active while having fun.”

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “I’m delighted to congratulate Pilton Community Health Project on their  success in the Physical Activity and Health Alliance Awards (PAHA) 2014. It’s fantastic to know that there is so much innovative and truly deserving work taking place around Scotland to make the nation more active’’.

Download the report here.

A big congratulations to the everyone involved from the CHEX team!

'Communities at the centre' - CHEX National Conference 2014
Community Health Exchange (CHEX) warmly invites your community-led health organisation and a nominated partner from a statutory sector agency to attend our free annual conference.
  • ‘Communities at the Centre – Community Led Health Approaches to Tackling Health Inequalities’
  • 1st May 2014 between 10:30am – 3:30pm, Townhead Village Hall, Glasgow
This event will bring together community-led health organisations from across the country to share experiences and learning around what worked for them and the challenges that remain in tackling health inequalities. 

We are thrilled that people will be attending from Aberdeen, Dundee and the Borders and have invited their public sector partners and colleagues to be involved in the day's events. It's not too late to invite your own public sector colleague so ask them to sign up here

As well as workshops being led by CHEX members, John McCafferty, Senior Development Advisor, South Lanarkshire Council will join Paul Gray, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland in speaking and taking questions around how best statutory and community sectors can work together to tackle health inequalities. 
How to book your place:
To attend, complete your details in the link below:

We will follow up with confirmation and full details soon! To discuss or for assistance with booking please contact David Reilly on 0141 248 1924 or

'Community is the Answer' conference: sponsored places  
The international ‘Community is the answer' conference is taking place here in Glasgow on 9-11th June, 2014 and is organised by the International Association for Community Development (IACD) and the CLD Standards Council for Scotland, with the support of the Scottish Government and other partners (including SCDC, SCDN, CDAS and CLDMS).

Education Scotland are now offering 80 sponsored day places to allow people who would otherwise not be able to attend, such as unwaged or low-income volunteers, to do so. This reduced delegate rate of £35 (otherwise £99 to £125) is inclusive of meals, a conference pack and social events.

To apply individuals are asked to provide a brief statement covering the following:
  • Your current role (especially, for example, as an unwaged or low-income volunteer)
  • The name of any organisation that you are attached to
  • The reason that you are requesting a sponsored place (including what benefit you hope to get for yourself and your community)
  • The day on which you would like to attend (9 June: Health; 10 June: Wealth; 11 June: Power)
Priority will be given to allow as many people as possible to benefit for one day each. But if any places remain, applications for a second day may be considered - if interested please also indicate a second choice of day. 

Please return these to or Community Development Alliance Scotland, 56, Turnberry Road, Glasgow G11 5AP. Applicants will be informed as soon as possible whether they have been allocated a place. Sponsored places will be allocated until all available have been filled.

The conference itself will showcase community-based solutions from Scotland and around the world and allow community members, activists, practitioners, researchers and policymakers to come together and examine what actually matters to people, how to measure it and how to place it at the core of what we do. You can find out more here.

HIIC Tutor Training Dates May 2014
Interested in becoming a HIIC tutor? The next dates for Health Issues In The Community Tutor Training are the 6th & 7th May at the STUC Centre, Glasgow from 9.30am – 4.20pm (both days). Lunch will be served. The 2 day course is for individuals who wish to become HIIC Tutors and costs £300 for those from the statutory sector and £200 for those from the voluntary
The 2 day HIIC Tutor Training course is a credit rated course, 8 points at level 7, and aims to equip participants to deliver Health Issues in the Community training to a wide variety of people in a broad range of settings. As part of the course, and in order to become accredited, you will:
  • Undertake 8-10 hours of practice delivery and provide a briefing note of each session.
  • Submit a 1,500 word reflective account of your experience, within 5 months of undertaking the 2 day course. This will be marked to ensure that prospective tutors have attained a certain standard before they are able to deliver the course.
For more information on the course click here or, to register, please contact Alex on 0141 248 1924 or email

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General Information

Big Lottery fund announces extra £10 million for communities
An additional £10 million has been announced by the Big Lottery Fund through its Community Spaces Scotland scheme to support village halls, arts and sports projects and to develop used land.

Projects from across the country were funded, including a two-year project to develop unused land in Maryhill Glasgow, as well as a grant to develop the Clyde walkway in Govan. Eight community projects were funded in the Highlands local authority, including £247,000 to refurbish the Reiss and Killimster community hall.

You can read the BBC News story here.

Interim Chief Medical Officer announced
After Harry Burns stepped down as Chief Medical Officer earlier this year, Dr Aileen Keel has been appointed as acting Chief Medical Officer. She will hold the post as a national recruitment process for the role will begin over the coming months. 

Dr Keel has held the post of Deputy Chief Medical Officer since 1999, after joining the then Scottish Office Department of Health in 1992.

You can read more here.

Young STAND Awards 2014
Mentor and SCPHRP are delighted to launch the 2nd year of The Young STAND (Scots Tackling Alcohol N Drugs) Awards 2014.

The Young STAND Awards is an innovative awards scheme aimed at recognising and rewarding projects in Scotland that can help prevent children and young people from misusing alcohol and drugs – both now and in their future lives.

Projects might be as diverse as, for example, young people developing their own websites, classroom work in schools, sports schemes, drama or mentoring projects in the community.
  • Awards will be made in two categories:
  • for work in schools
  • for work in the community
All you need to do is fill in the Application Form and return it to us along with any supplementary information that you think will better demonstrate the impact of your work.

This year the winners will receive evaluation support and a £1000 cash prize provided by Mentor following the Awards event on the 10th June at Edinburgh’s prestigious Royal Lyceum Theatre. 

Applications closing date: 18th April 2014 with the awards ceremony taking place on the 10th June 2014. Please read the Guidance notes before completing the form and return all applications to either or

Self Directed Support Act introduced
The Scottish Government’s Self-directed Support Act came into force on 1 April. The Act aims to ensure that people in need of care live fuller, more independent lives with choices over how, where and when their care is provided.  Self-directed Support uses individual budgets to allow people to design their own care packages in conjunction with their care manager, which could mean employing their own support worker, or buying services from organisations that they wish to provide their care. More here.

NHS Dental practices to get defibrillators
As part of a move to increase the survival chances of people who have cardiac arrests, defibrillators will be installed in every NHS dental practice across Scotland. The £1 million Scottish GOvernment scheme aims to increase the 5% of people who survive after having a cardiac arrest in the community.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said: "Every second counts when someone's heart goes into cardiac arrest and having access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death."

More here.

How 'easy read' makes sense of jargon
This article highlights how easy read is provided by an increasing number of companies and public bodies. It turns information into cut-down, plain English with helpful illustrations. The concept was developed as an accessible way of getting need-to-know public information to people with learning difficulties. 

More 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 Scottish Federation of Housing Associations report 'The Real Cost of the Bedroom Tax' highlights the impact of the benefit sanctions are having on vulnerable claimants. It suggests that some people are having their benefits taken away over trivial offences, thus resulting in increased difficulty in affording food, heat and rent. More here.
  • The Guardian reports that a care provider has won more than 100 bedroom tax exemptions after setting up a specialist team to help support and advise its tenants. The welfare project was set up last year to guide Blackwood's tenants, all of whom have disabilities, through the complexities of reforms such as the bedroom tax and universal credit. Over the past year, the Scottish care and housing provider has won 139 bedroom tax exemptions for its tenants, whose disabilities range from physical and learning disabilities to mental health issues. More here.

News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight: 
  • LGBT Health Wellbeing's Village Voices is a monthly newsletter for an update around LGBT issues, events, information and news. It's a useful run down of the things that have been occurring, with a focus on Edinburgh but folks from across Scotland will still find it useful. View and subscribe here.
  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland has an equality law bulletin which provides an update on the legislation and work around equality issues. It's a useful way to digest some of the technical developments in the law, as well as publications and reports. Subscribe here.

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Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony volunteers
People wishing to be involved in Glasgow 2014 opening ceremonies have up until April 18th 2014. Applicants are asked to be between 18 - 45 and will be one of the 3,000 people involve in the ceremony. 

This is the second lot of auditions and the organisers are especially keen in looking for male participants and people under 45. No stage experiences is required just enthusiasm. 

You can find out more here.

South Ayrshire Volunteer Awards - nominations open
Voluntary Action South Ayrshire has announced its South Ayrshire Volunteer Awards on the 5th June 2014 in Ayr Town Hall.

They are asking for nominations for the awards now, which will celebrate volunteers who make a massive difference to the lives of those living in South Ayrshire. There's various award categories open for nomination.:

  • Bronze (1-5 years)
  • Silver (5-10 years)
  • Gold (10-15 years)
  • Lifetime (over 15 years)
  • 200 hour Ascent
  • 500 Hour Ascent
Nomination forms are available in pdf and word format and will be accepted until 28th April. Return to or call (01292) 263626. 

Inclusion Scotland Membership
Inclusion Scotland is Scotland’s leading organisation of disabled people. They aim to draw attention to the physical, social, economic, cultural and attitudinal barriers that affect the everyday lives of disabled people in Scotland.

If you or your organisation would like free membership to Inclusion Scotland or information on joining Contact 100, see their website for more information. Or contact or telephone 0141 559 5007.

Voluntary Arts Week
This year's Voluntary Arts Week will take place from 9 - 18 May, so it's time to start knitting, sewing, crocheting, embroidering, quilting - or whichever craft you choose to express yourself - and displaying it for all to see.
Why not hold a special workshop to create your crafty items - then get together for a secret installation, to surprise people the following morning? (but remember to get permission first!).
Then take lots of photos, so we can help you spread the word via the Voluntary Arts Week website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Consultations and surveys

Mental wellbeing of young people with long term conditions
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) in partnership with Young Scot, Action for Sick Children Scotland, the Alliance and Snook have launched a survey which explores the impact of living with a long term physical condition on young people aged 12 – 18 across Scotland.

The survey will provide a unique opportunity to gather evidence about the mental wellbeing of young people with long term conditions, how their condition affects their mood and the types of wellbeing support young people would like.  The findings of this research will be used to inform a co-production process that will lead to the development of pilot interventions to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people living with long term conditions.

They are keen to ensure that the survey captures a wide range of experiences across a range of long term conditions, including asthma, eczema, MS, epilepsy and others.   We would be grateful therefore if you could help us to distribute this survey to young people you are in touch with who have long term conditions and are aged 12 – 18.  

The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous as we do not ask for participants’ names or contact details.

The survey is accessible here. The survey will be open until Friday 16th May 2014. If you have any questions about the research please contact Hannah Biggs on

Glasgow third sector work patterns and in-work poverty
GCVS is working with Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to conduct important research into the impact of changes in work patterns and in-work poverty on the third sector in Glasgow. 

This confidential third sector workforce survey is being conducted between March and end of July by Rocket Science & Why Research consultants on behalf of the partners.  Its focus is to explore broader trends within the City and highlight the impact on health and wellbeing across the workforce as a whole. The research will not identify specific issues in individual organisations. 

More here.

Carers Legislation Consultation
This consultation sets out the proposals to improve outcomes for carers and young carers across Scotland. It seeks the views of carers, young carers, local authorities, health boards and the Third Sector on proposed legislative measures that will provide further support to carers, young carers and the people they care for (closes on 16th April)

Read the consultation paper here

Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17: Consultation
The Scottish Government is focused on breaking the cycle of disadvantage – where you start in life should not determine where you end up. They want to know what more can be done and how we can work together to end child poverty and are seeking views on their draft strategy, which sets out what action we plan to take from 2014 to 2017 to tackle child poverty (closes on 22nd May).  

Read the consultation paper here.

Equality Organisations and Community Planning Research
If you are an organisation with a particular focus on equality, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership would like to hear your views about how equality interests are represented in Glasgow.  You can visit the survey here.


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Modeling the Effects of Indoor Passive Smoking at Home
This report highlights the effects of indoor passive smoking in the home and work on adults' physical and mental health. By examining data the Scottish Health survey taken between 2008 - 2011 researchers modeled the impact of passive smoking, concluding that being exposed to indoor passive smoking, in particular in more than two places of exposure was "was significantly associated with risks of stroke, angina, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms".
It also notes that  "the cumulative risks also impacted on sleep problems, self-recognition, making decisions, self-confidence, under strain constantly, depressed, happiness and self-worth" and suggests that elimination of passive indoor smoking should be a focus for future public health policy. 

Read the report and abstract here.

A Tale of Two Britains: Inequality in the UK
Income inequality in the UK has grown under successive governments over the past 25 years. Today, the five richest families in the UK are wealthier than the bottom 20 per cent of the entire population. Oxfam is calling for increased revenue raising from companies and individuals who avoid paying taxes, rather than relying on cuts to services that have a disproportionate impact on the poorest in society.

You can download here.

Mental Health Survey of Ethnic Minorities
A survey of 740 Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people experiencing mental health difficulties was conducted during February to March 2013. The sample mostly fell into four groups: people of African, Caribbean, Indian, and Pakistani/Bangladeshi background (from here-on-in referred to as ‘African’, ‘Caribbeans’, ‘Indians’, 'Pakistani/Bangladeshis’ respectively). The survey was conducted both online and face-to-face. All respondents were based in community settings

One of the most startling statistics highlights that 49% of respondents had been diagnosed with depression. You can read the rest of the results here.

Disabled or not disabled: that is not the only question
One of the unique aspects of disability, compared to the other characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010, is that there is often disagreement between the employer and employee about whether the employee is in fact disabled and whether the employer was aware, or should have been aware, that the employee was disabled.  This is because, for an employer to be answerable for alleged disability discrimination, they must have known, or be in a position where they should have known, that the employee is disabled.  An article by Laura Hutchison, Senior Enforcement Officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, considers three disability discrimination cases in 2013. All three have provided further clarity on these preliminary, yet often critical points in disability discrimination claims.

Read more here.

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Active Communities fund
Using money raised by HealthGift and HealthKind through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Perth and Kinross, City of Dundee, Angus, Stirling, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Argyll, Bute, Aberdeen, Highland, Moray, Shetland and Orkney.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.  The projects should take place within a small area for a small group of people, such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.

The closing date for applications is 1pm on 23 April 2014. More here.

Aberdeen City Council’s ‘Made in Aberdeen’
This initiative aims to increase the support for, and profile of, cultural talent in the city.
Five awards of up to £2,000 are available to artists working in any art form, to support the creation, development and/or presentation of new work, to participate in development opportunities such as residencies or training courses, facilitate new collaborations or to support artistic development and experimentation. Applicants must:
  • Be aged 18 years or over
  • Live, work or study in the city of Aberdeen
  • Show outstanding talent and/or potential in any artform (this includes, but is not limited to, the visual and performing arts, music, literature, media and
  • creative industries)
  • Evidence a desire to develop and an ability to reflect upon their practice and personal development
  • Be able to create, develop and/or present a new piece of artistic work
More here. Deadline 30th April 2014.

The Canoe Foundation
This Foundation gives grants of £1,000 to non-profit organisations who work with young people and/or people with disabilities. The project must support or promote paddlesport activities. Deadline is 5th May 2014.
For further information and guidelines click here.

Grocers' Company
The Grocers’ Company Charity provides one off grants of around £2,000 for charities working in the following areas; relief of poverty, youth, the elderly, disabled, medicine and heritage and the arts. Applications are accepted at any time. For further information click here.

Barcapel Foundation
The Barcapel Foundation mainly provides grants to registered charities but do occasionally fund non registered charities and individuals. The foundation awards grants mainly to Scottish charities.
They will support projects in the areas of health, heritage and youth. Deadline for applications is 5th May 2014.
For further information click here.

Creative Breaks Programme 2014
Shared Care Scotland has announced new grants for short breaks are now available for third sector organisations in Scotland.

The purpose of the Creative Breaks Grant Programme is to improve the range, choice and availability of short breaks so that carers and the people they care for have a better quality of life, and feel better supported in their caring relationship.

More details on the Shared Care website. Closing date for applications is Friday, 16th May.

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CCF Funding
The third round of the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) has reopened for applications. CCF aims to support the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to deliver sustainable economic growth and create jobs. The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of Government. Grants of £50,000 and over are available.

For CCF round three, The Big Lottery Fund are looking for fully developed projects that can spend their CCF award by 31st December 2016. It is important for potential applicants to be aware of this requirement. The deadline for applications is 30th April 2014. For more information, click here.

Participatory Research Project: Young people’s access to tobacco via social sources
NHS Lothian in partnership with University of Edinburgh invites expressions of interest from suitable youth-work agencies in Lothian in order to involve groups of local young people aged 12 years upwards in a participatory research project.

The purpose of the project is to investigate young people’s access to tobacco through social sources such as family members, friends and adult (proxy) sales. Using a participatory research approach, youth agencies will engage and support local young people to design and implement a community based intervention or interventions to address the issue.

A total of four youth agencies will be selected to participate in the research project (preferably one from each LA area): each will receive a grant of £15,794 to cover expenses including staff costs.

Deadline 25th April. More here.

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Mid Argyll Health and Wellbeing Network (Lochgilphead)
This is one of the strongest networks in the third sector/ health sectors in the area, with an average attendance of 20 or more. Attendees are regularly polled on what they get out of the network, and they find the quarterly meetings most useful and informative, and the regular bulletins are invaluable.

The network takes a view that it is healthy communities that make people healthy and happy, and so a small fund is offered by the network to local organisations to deliver a wide and impressive array of activities, ranging from soft play for children to a boat trailer for the Challenger Club on Loch Long.

The next Network meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th April from 10:30-12:30 at the Community Centre in Lochgilphead’s Manse Brae.

Crowdfunding event - NESTA (Edinburgh)
Crowdfunding in the UK and Scotland is booming. In 2012, more than $2.7 billion was raised through crowdfunding worldwide – helping to fund more than one million new projects. £200 million was invested through crowdfunding in the UK alone in 2013 with significant potential for further growth.

This panel event will explore the current state of crowdfunding in Scotland and the potential for this new way of financing projects to grow in the future. 
2nd May 2014, The Hub, Castle Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE. More here.

‘Let’s Get Personal’ – Conference on Self Directed Support and BME Communities (Edinburgh)
Presented by MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project) and LCiL (Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living), the day will provide an opportunity to learn from leading practitioners with a mixture of interactive 
workshops and real stories and experiences from BME disabled people.
  • 10.30am - 4.00 pm, 14th May 2014, Edinburgh
For more information please contact Emma-Jane Harrington at MECOPP by email or phone 0131 467 2994.

SCDN Empowered Communities Event  (Dumfries)
This free event is open to anyone with an interest in community development in a paid or unpaid capacity
  • Thursday 15th May 2014, 10.00am – 3.00pm
  • North West Resource Centre, Dumfries DG2 0BX  
 The event will feature:
  • Find out more about the work of SCDN and the Supporting Local Communities Project from our guest speakers
  • Take part in informative and relevant workshops
  • Network with like-minded people
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
You can register for this event here.

FEAT Spring Festival (Glenrothes)
A free family afternoon to celebrate Springtime in Silverburn Park. Interact with Medieval Methil, do some planting with Fife Diet, browse and shop with local artists and crafters, listen to some acoustic music, and simply enjoy the park.
  • When: 12 noon - 4.00pm, Saturday 19 April 2014
  • Where: Silverburn Park, Leven, 6/7 Hanover Court, Glenrothes, KY7 5SB
This event is being organised by Fife Employment Access Trust. For more information phone 01592 759371 or email:

FCFCG, Trellis and Edinburgh and Lothian Greenspace Trust’s Edinburgh Network Meeting (Edinburgh)
This free networking event is a day of two halves visiting and looking at two distinct sites and models of community growing.  We start at 'North Edinburgh Grows’, the new gardening project at North Edinburgh Arts and in the afternoon by prearranged lift share and taxis (provided by FCFCG) we will visit and tour local projects in Granton with Granton Community Gardeners.
  • Tuesday May 13th,
  • North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Rd, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ
The visit will include a tour of the gardens, and a chance to hear the story of how it all came about, how the group organise themselves, and their exciting plans for the future! North Edinburgh arts has a café serving good value hot and cold food or you can bring sandwiches for lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please click here to register and for further information. 

Life Changes Trust Stakeholder Engagement Events 2104 (Various)
The Life Changes Trust is hosting a series of stakeholder and beneficiary information sharing sessions across Scotland during 2014 to discuss regional priorities and opportunites:

Early May 2014, Stirling -  For stakeholders in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk, Clackamannanshire, Stirling and Argyll & Bute.
  • Tuesday 13th May - Dementia Programme
  • Wednesday 14th May - Young Care Leavers Programme
Late May 2014, Aberdeen - For stakeholders in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee, Moray, Perth & Kinross and Aberdeen.
  • Tuesday 27th May - Dementia Programme
  • Wednesday 28th May - Young Care Leavers Programme

More information here.

FCFCG and Trellis South West Scotland Community Garden Network Meeting (Glasgow)
This networking event is a chance to get together with other people who are active in or interested in community gardening. The day will consist of networking, a question and answer session and a tour around the nearby Aldouran Wetland Garden.
  • Wednesday May 14th
  • Leswalt, Stranraer
On the day there will be a chance to learn from experts about wetland habitat management and also about bird related activities that can be carried out with groups of adults and/or children. This event is free but please register to take part - please follow this link for more details and to register.

May’s Feva Forum Exchange (Glasgow)
Food growing - a tool to engage your community and bring people together to celebrate, to learn and to work as a team
  • Wednesday 21 May 2014, 10.00am - 3.30pm – Free event
  • Venue – The Concrete Garden, Possilpark, Glasgow
Forum Exchanges are free half day events facilitated by TCV Scotland for people working and volunteering in environmental and related sectors. Funded by SNH, each themed event provides opportunities for participants (30-40) to learn from each other, share experiences, network and overcome barriers to developing new areas of work. Lunch is provided.

The May Feva Forum Exchange will be co-hosted by FCFCG and the Glasgow Local Food Network and will be held at the Concrete Garden, Glasgow on 21 May 2014.  This event aims to bring together people who would like to use food creatively as a tool to engage communities. The Forum will highlight a range of different ways this can be done by running workshops, show casing and sharing the stories of examples of good practice.

Some of the workshops will be outside so be prepared and wear warm, comfortable clothes and bring water proofs. To book your place click here.

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Climate Challenge Fund Gathering (Glasgow)
The Gathering is an opportunity for communities involved with the CCF, past, present and future to get together and share ideas, learning and their visions for a low carbon Scotland and how they are making it a reality. 
This year there are two events being held on 24 April for which you'll need to register separately. Both are free to attend for community group members in Scotland interested in tackling climate change.

CCF Gathering
  • 24 April 2014, 09:00-16:40
  • Community Central Hall, Maryhill, Glasgow.
Evening Film Showing & Discussion       
  • 24 April 2014, 18:00-21:00,
  • Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. 
The overarching theme of the day is ‘connecting’. Delegates will leave the day equipped with positive climate connections to support them in their climate change action. 

More here.

Co-production in housing (Edinburgh)
This event brings together what Outside the Box have been learning, through projects which are part of the Scottish Government funded Capacity Building programmes to support the development of Self-directed support, about ways to make this support work well for older people, including people who have dementia. They also want to hear what other people are doing in their areas and groups

24 April. More here.

Tobacco & approaches to multiple risk taking behaviours amongst young people
The theme of the next Youth and Tobacco Forum meeting is  ‘approaches to multiple  risk taking behaviours amongst young people.’ This meeting is open to anyone with a remit for young people and tobacco.
  • 28th May, Lynebank Hospital, Dunfermline
Presentations already confirmed for this meeting include:
  • NHS Fife – Hub Drop-In Project
  • Hannah Dale, Health Psychologist -  NHS Fife - Targeting tobacco cessation through multiple risk behaviours in a vulnerable group – looked after young people.
  • Christine Boyle & Natalie Johnstone – NHS Lanarkshire - Tackling smoking prevention with vulnerable young people

Please contact Jennifer Black to register for this meeting ( If you would like to provide an update for this meeting please get in touch.


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Conferences and seminars

The impact of welfare reform on the social services workforce in Scotland (Edinburgh)
IRISS and the CCPS commissioned the research project – supported through the ESRC internship – scheme to examine how the social services workforce, from a range of organisations across Scotland, were being affected by the changes to welfare.
  • Wednesday, 23 April 2014 from 09:30 to 13:00
  • Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Road EH7
As part of the project, we are organising a workshop to discuss the results of the research. We are keen to involve organisations from the voluntary, care and support and housing sector to contribute their experiences and reflect on the outcomes of the research. The results from the workshop will form part of the recommendations that we use to help the sector prepare for the impact of welfare reform.

Full information on the workshop and how to book a place can be found here.

Perth and Kinross Voluntary Sector Conference 2014
The Perth & Kinross Voluntary & Community Sector Conference 2014 is a great opportunity to connect, be inspired, celebrate and help shape our future together. This, our thirteenth conference, will be lucky for all! Independent or not, Scotland is changing and so are our communities in Perth & Kinross. So... what kind of Perth & Kinross do we want to live in? And what is the role of our voluntary and community organisations in making it happen? Taking responsibility for change is the theme of this year's conference. Focus Groups will provide delegates with an opportunity to discuss and take away ideas for how we can turn our hopes and aspirations into reality.
  • Friday 25th April
  • Salutation Hotel, Perth
Full details, including booking information and draft programme can be found on the Voluntary Action Perthshire website here.

Discrimination and the Modern Family – playing catch up?
How well do recent developments in employment law reflect families today? Are fathers adequately protected from discrimination? How will the new rules on Shared Parental Leave work and will they be effective?

This event will also include the Scottish Discrimination Law Association AGM.
  • Wednesday 30th April 2014
  • AGM 9.00-9.30am
  • Seminar registration 9.30-10am
  • Seminar 10am-12.30pm
  • HBJ Gateley, Exchange Tower, 19 Canning St, Edinburgh, EH3 8EH
To register, email 

Third Sector First, Dumfries and Galloway - Spring Conference
Third Sector First, Dumfries and Galloway's TSI, are holding their spring conference on 9th May. This conference will focus on what an enterprising third sector looks like in Dumfries and Galloway and will be of interest to third sector organisations from across the area and beyond.
  • Friday 9th May
  • Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Full information, including how to book, can be found here.

Our Dynamic Earth: Better information, better decisions, better health (Edinbirgh)
  •  27th May 2014
This high level event will bring together health and social care professionals with their peers to share ideas and experiences in public health improvement. It will also feature a range of leading providers looking to work in partnership with public services to develop innovative strategies which will have a real and lasting impact.

More details here.

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Unequal lives, unjust deaths: A programme of health inequalities events (Edinburgh)
Following my email of the 7 March, the first event in the Voluntary Health Scotland Unequal lives, unjust deaths programme is now available to book online.  
  • Venue: Norton Park Conference Centre, Edinburgh
  • Date: Tuesday 13 May 2014
  • Time: 9.00 – 13.30 (including a sandwich lunch)
This free event, held in partnership with Children in Scotland, will focus on health inequalities, children and the early years.  The event will support voluntary health organisations to gain a better understanding of health inequalities, to share learning and experience about the interventions that make a difference, and to encourage and support collaboration and partnership between public and voluntary sectors.

For further information and details of how to book, please visit their website here.

Let’s talk teens (Glasgow)
Book now for this PAS seminar on the information needs of parents of teenagers.
  • 29 April 2014
Parenting Across Scotland plan to launch the findings of research into the information needs of parents of teenagers. Speakers include John Coleman, University of Oxford, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Collaboration on Public Health Research and Policy.

More information about the background to this report and booking here.

ALLIANCE Conference (Edinburgh)
The ALLIANCE and partners, The Joint Improvement Team and NHS Health Scotland, invite you to join our 2014 Annual Conference: Scotland - Small country, big ideas - imagining our future
  • Monday 19 May 2014
  • Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH18 5AY
This full day event is aimed at all those with an interest in shaping Scotland’s health and social care, including: people who access support/services, unpaid carers, third sector, NHS, local authorities, Health and Social Care Partnerships, policy makers, service planners, frontline practitioners, professional bodies.

Register for this event today, book here.

Patient participation and involvement in health care (Glasgow)
In the past decades the position of patients and clients in health care has significantly altered. On an individual level they are supposed to take up an active role in the management of their own health and health care, both within the consultation room and at home. On a collective level, patients and citizens are more and more regarded as important stakeholders.
  • Pre conference Wednesday 19 November 2014 (09:00 - 17:00) 
  • Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
In this pre conference, they would like to share research and best practices regarding patient or citizen participation and involvement in health care, both from the individual and the collective perspective. Keynote speakers from the Netherlands, the UK and Denmark will address these topics.

Booking here.

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Reporting asylum in the media: What you need to know (Glasgow) 
Scottish Refugee Council course to find out how to find the facts you need, understand how the asylum system works and explore how to sensitively achieve the best outcome when interviewing asylum seekers and refugees. Reduced fees available for small voluntary organisations. 
  • 15 April 2014 in Glasgow (9.30 – 1.00) 
For information contact Martha Harding 0141 223 7951 / or click here.

Living Life to the Full: Life skills for distress, low mood, and worry (Edinburgh)
Delivered in partnership with Action on Depression this CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) based life skills course is designed to help participants help themselves by empowering people to understand why they feel as they do and providing an opportunity to learn new ways of improving how they feel. Participants are expected to attend all 6 weeks.
  • Thursdays 6.30-8.30, 10th April- 15th May
Booking Essential, places limited Contact Alison on 0131 652 3283 or email

Health Issues in the Community course (Greenock)
HIIC is a free local course from Your Voice that uses your own experiences as a way to explore issues around your health and that if your community.

It involves lots of talking, some reading, some listening, some thinking and working on a group project. HIIC is made up of taught units that look at a whole range of things that affect our health, our families and our communities.
  • Next course starts Wednesday 16th, 23rd, 30th April and 7th May, from 10am to 1pm. If you're interested, contact Your Voice, 12 Clyde Square Greenock: 01475 728628.
For more information, click here.

Managing Self-harming Behaviours (Various)
This training has been developed utilising professional experience gathered from the delivery and management of services for people who self-harm. In addition, people who self-harm has had an input in the preparation of the materials and are an integral part in the delivery of the training.

More info here.

Relationship Workshop (Edinburgh)
This is a workshop designed to look at difficult relationships. The only person we can change is ourselves; understanding what we bring, can give us power to do things differently. This can improve our connections or help us make choices to break them. We will be examining many types of relationships, family, friends, lovers, colleagues, using creative methods of exploration.
  • 18th May 2014 10.00-4.00pm (Booking essential, places limited)
To find out more or to book call 0131 652 3281 or email

Bereaved by Suicide Group (Falkirk)
The Group welcomes everyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them – family, partner or friend. It is a self-help group which, together with group facilitators and counsellors offers mutual support and understanding.
  • Where: The Victoria Centre
  • Time: 6pm – 8.30pm
  • When:  Last Monday of each Month.
For further information about this group please contact:
Neil Sowerby at, 01324 671 600 Or NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team - 24/7 No. - 07824 460 882 Or  Sandra Campbell on 07947 825 464. 

Mindful Eating Part 1: An introduction to Health at Every Size (Edinburgh)
How can we help children and young people to be competent, confident and healthy individuals?

This workshop introduces the theory on mindful eating as used in a weight neutral approach to nutritional intervention know as Health At Every Size (HAES). HAES practice used a compassion-centred philosophy to help people develop a healthy relationship with food, eating and their bodies.
  • 29/5/2014, full day
Explore the effectiveness and ethics in weight management and learn how teaching body respect can help people make sustainable improvements in health behaviours, while also tackling health inequalities and stigma.

For information, click here. Mindful Eating Part 2: Putting theory into practice, here.

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Free Training: Youth Achievement & Dynamic Youth Awards (Edinburgh)
Do you work with young people on health or social issues? Would you like to get them formally accredited for their work? ASH Scotland is offering FREE induction training on Youth Achievement and Dynamic Youth Awards. The training is open to anyone who works with young people. We would encourage groups to work on tobacco related projects to attend, however, we know tobacco can link to many different topics we would welcome delegates who work with young people on a range of health and social issues.
  • 20th May, ASH Scotland, Edinburgh
The awards are on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and provide a link to meeting the experiences and outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence. To register contact Hazel Cunningham (Development Officer – Young People), and if you have registered already please confirm you are able to attend on 20th May.

Anti Stigma Training: Understanding Mental Health (Renfrewshire)
The Understanding Mental Health half day course complements the MINDSET and Mentally Healthy Workplace online courses. Understanding Mental Health will provide participants with valuable tools to deal with issues they may encounter in their professional and personal lives and reinforce learning, through discussion, questions, exchange of ideas and exploration of practical issues. 

The courses take place across a number of dates. More here.

Scottish Welfare Fund training sessions (Inverclyde)
The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is planning to run information and awareness sessions on the Scottish Welfare Fund in Inverclyde during March/April 2014. The sessions aim to provide frontline staff in support organisations with a clear understanding of the Fund and how to apply. Sessions will last 1 to 1.5 hours for 15 - 25 people. CPAG will organise delivery of the sessions and they are keen for them to take place during March/April 2014. If this is of interest to your organisation please let CVS Inverclyde know as soon as possible by e-mailing Carys with your name, organisation, contact telephone number and email address, or call Carys on 01475 711 733. For more information, click here.

Easy Read Training (Various)
A team of volunteers, including people with a learning disability, are preparing to tour the Borders teaching health and social care workers and volunteers how to produce easy read documents.

The new project, launched by People First Borders, will see the volunteers going out in teams of two to deliver the training, which is free, between now and June.  The project has been funded by the Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPULOs) Programme, run by the Office for Disability Issues.

Training dates and towns are:

  • Tuesday 15 April – 9.30am – 12.30pm at Jedburgh Community & Arts Centre
  • Wednesday 1 May – 1pm – 4pm at Abbey Row Community Centre, Kelso
  • Monday 12 May – 1pm – 4pm at Selkirk Rugby Club
  • Thursday 15 May –1pm – 4pm at The Hive, Galashiels
  • Tuesday 3 June – 1pm – 4pm at Eyemouth Community Centre

Booking for these courses is essential. Contact Ellen De Groot, 01896 757290 or

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Youth Theatre Arts Scotland - Chief Executive Officer (Edinburgh)
Based at Out of the Blue in Edinburgh, this post offers a dynamic and ambitious individual the opportunity to lead an established, forward-thinking and professional youth arts organisation with a national and international profile.
  • Deadline: Friday 11 April 2014
  • Area: Edinburgh
  • Salary: £30,000.
With the recent launch of 'Time to Shine', the Scottish Government’s first ever National Youth Arts Strategy, there has never been a more appealing or rewarding time to be working in Scotland’s youth arts sector. This strategy, along with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland's re-brand in 2013 and a redefined focus of their own strategic direction, brings increased relevance and value to their  work.

The CEO is responsible to Youth Theatre Arts Scotland’s Board of Directors and line manages a core staff team of 3 and temporary project teams of varying sizes. S

To download a Recruitment Pack and Application Form click here. For an informal chat about the post please call Ben Jeffries, Chair, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland on tel: 0131 248 4847.

Your Choice - Independent Advocate (Coatbridge)
The Independent Advocate will work with children and young people who have disability or mental illness, are looked-after, or are involved in child protection processes. The Advocate will work to ensure that rights are met including the right to be listened to in statutory processes. Post requires PVG Scheme Membership, paid for by Your Voice.
  • Salary: £21,457, 35 hours per week
  • Closing date:14 April 2014
More information here.

Central Advocacy Partners - Parents Advocacy Worker (Falkirk)
CAP are currently seeking 3 Parents Advocacy Workers, to work with vulnerable parents whose children are involved in child protection procedures.  The post holders will also support peer advocacy groups.
  • Salary:£25,716, 35 hours per week
  • Closing date:16 April 2014
For an informal discussion, contact Elizabeth Findlay on 01324 633321 and click here for info.

LGBT Health and Wellbeing - Various roles (Glasgow)
LGBT Health and Wellbeing are seeking to recruit effective and motivated workers to play key roles in developing our new service based in Glasgow.  The service will support LGBT people over 50. 

LGBT Health and Wellbeing is a dynamic organisation which works to promote the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland.We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:
Development Worker (Befriending) 
Development Worker (Social Programme) 
  • Salary £23,232 (full time)
Project Assistant
  • Salary £ 18,441 pro rata (18 hours per week)  
For more information about the organisation and an application pack visit their website, call 0131 652 3286 or email Closing date:  12 noon Tuesday 22nd April

The ALLIANCE - Various positions (Glasgow)
Various roles currently available, based in Glasgow. All of them close on the 22nd April, 2014.
  • Network Officer, £26k full time.
  • Development Officer, £26k full time.
  • Grants and Impact Officer, £26k full time
  • Development Officer, £26k full time.
You can find details of these vacancies here.

Creative Scotland - Art Collection Manager (Edinburgh)
The successful applicant will work with the Executive Director to achieve the operational, financial and creative success of the charity. A strong knowledge of modern and contemporary visual art and experience of working within an arts organisation will be mandatory. Additionally, we are looking for someone with:
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and highly competent computer skills in general
  • Experience of working with databases and a good understanding of Adobe Photoshop 
  • Well-developed planning and organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and co-ordinate effectively in order to meet demanding deadlines
  • The ability to work independently and efficiently whilst displaying strong problem solving capabilities. 

Part time 3 days, £12,600. Deadline 24/4. More info here.

Bookbug Assertive Outreach - Steering Group (South Ayrshire)
Do you work with Vulnerable and Deprived Communities?Bookbug are looking to recruit members for their New Steering Group.

For more information on Bookbug - click here. If you are interested please contact

Justices for the Peace (Various)
The Scottish Government is currently running a campaign to recruit a number of Justices of the Peace for the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands.  

A Justice of the Peace is a lay person who hears criminal cases such as theft, assault, breach of the peace and road traffic offences in the local courts.

For information please see  the Justice of the Peace page of the Scottish Government website:

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Experienced Graphic Designer  (Edinburgh)
BOLD is a fully integrated creative agency that employs an innovative approach to brand development and strategic marketing.  Our clients are third sector organisations and social enterprises.  Our portfolio can be seen at 

  • Salary : £24,000 (pro-rata).  
  • Status : Part time (22.5 hrs/wk, for 6 months) or Freelance
  • Benefits : 7.2% pension contribution after 3 month probationary period
  • Location :  Edinburgh and West Lothian, with possible travel throughout Scotland 
  • Closing Date : 5pm on the 21st April 2014

They are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and creative individual to assist the current graphic design team in producing creative and artwork for use in branding projects and websites on behalf of our clients.

To apply for the above position, please send your CV along with a link to your portfolio (if online) to Judith Hutchinson on 01506 862227 or e-mail If you want to discuss this post in more detail, please call John Ayscough on 01506 862227 or 07989952192.

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Your Choice website
The Scottish charity Your Choice is launching a new website to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day for Disabled People. Its aim is to suggest ways that people with a disability can increase their independence and fulfill their potential.

Your Choice provides disabled people, their carers and families with:
  • Information about all possible sources of help 
  • Advice and ongoing support by phone and in person 
  • Help with assessing needs 
  • Signposting to therapists (physiotherapists, cognitive behaviour therapists, speech and language) and to self-management courses and material
  • Signposting to help at home 
  • Help with choosing a suitable care or nursing home 
Your Choice staff all have long-standing personal and professional experience of living with a severe disability and detailed knowledge of the wide range of services and opportunities available – including the barriers to accessing them.

A telephone Information Service is available Monday - Friday 9.15 am – 5 pm with an answer machine at other times. Appointments to visit the charity’s Glasgow office in Maryhill can be made by phone (0141 945 5036) or email:

Renfrewshire 2023
This website supports Renfrewshire’s community plan which is all about planning and achieving what we want for our communities by 2023. It’s about making sure that the services provided by the council, the police, the health service and other public organisations meet the needs of Renfrewshire’s communities, residents and businesses.

View it here.


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