Broomhouse Health Strategy Group
CHEX Community-led Health Database member Broomhouse Health Strategy Group has published their winter newsletter through until Easter this year. It highlights some of the activities on offer, including:
- cooking classes,
- buggy gyms
- the local time bank
- fruit & veg shop
- & more
Broomhouse Strategy Group have been featured in CHEX publications many times before, including as part of a series of learning exchanges between public and voluntary sector organisations from 2012. It was also recently featured as a Spotlight organisation on the Communities Channel Scotland website.
Sign up to the CHEX Community-led Health Database
You can download the flyer here and check out their website, which has lots more information, here.
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 Elspeth.Gracey@scdc.org.uk
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Scotland’s Equality and Human Rights Report Card: “Good progress, work still to do.”
Scotland’s biggest ever study into equality and human rights - published today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) - has revealed mixed results that show improvement for some, but many others are at risk of being left behind.
The report finds that:
- Overall, educational attainment has increased, but some Scots fared worse including disabled pupils, pupils from deprived communities and Gypsy/Travellers. Although women were more likely to hold a degree than men, they were less likely to be in work, and if they were in work they were less likely to hold a senior position.
- Ethnic minorities and disabled people were most likely to be living in relative poverty. People living in deprived areas had lower life expectancy, and some ethnic minority groups – Gypsy/Travellers, and older Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women – reported poorer general health.
- In terms of how safe people felt living in Scotland, both the experience and fear of crime decreased, but some people – disabled people and women– were more likely to feel unsafe being alone after dark.
Volunteering has positive impact on health and wellbeing
Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation (an EU sponsored research collaboration between 11 European institutions led by the University of Heidelberg) has analysed over 800,000 responses to different surveys to inform its report, ‘Welfare impacts of participation‘ and find that volunteering does have a positive impact on health and wellbeing.
Scotland's Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report - 2014/15
Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has used her first annual report to call for a debate among doctors on the subject of realistic medicine.
Dr Catherine Calderwood is encouraging medics to further involve and discuss with their patients what is important for them as individuals – which may be deciding not to have treatment.
It includes a section which focuses on moving away from the 'Doctor knows best' model of healthcare and towards co-produced outcomes and decision making. The report notes that:
"The role of community and third sector organisations and charities have been instrumental in championing policies, meaningful information, advice, advocacy and support for people to be in the driving seat of their care."
Fund to tackle loneliness and isolation
A new Scottish Government fund of £300,000 has been established to help local projects to tackle loneliness and isolation. The Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund is designed to have a preventative impact on people from vulnerable groups who are isolated and lonely. A further £248,000 will be allocated to existing projects such as Age Scotland Community Grants Programme, Befriending Networks and Meal Makers, which encourages people to make an extra meal for a local older person who may need company while they eat.
Publication of 'A National Clinical Strategy for Scotland'
The Scottish Government has today published 'A National Clinical Strategy for Scotland', which aims to sets out a framework for the development of health services across Scotland for the next 10-15 years.
The document gives an evidence-based high level perspective of why change is needed and makes proposals for what direction that change should take, including;
- "planning and delivery of primary care services around individuals and their communities;"
- "planning hospital networks at a national, regional or local level based on a population paradigm;"
- "providing high value, proportionate, effective and sustainable healthcare;"
- and "transformational change supported by investment in e-health and technological advances"
Adult smoking habits in Great Britain, 2014
The Office for National Statistics has published data on the trends of people who smoked in 2014. They found that:
- 19% of adults in Great Britain currently smoke, down from a peak of 46% in 1974 when the series began. Among smokers, the average consumption was 11.4 cigarettes a day – the lowest daily cigarette consumption since the series began, the peak being in 1976 at 16.8 cigarettes a day.
- 20% of men currently smoke – the lowest value since the series began in the 1970s. In 1974, half (51%) of men smoked.
- 17% of women smoke – a slight increase on the previous year. The peak for women was in 1974 at 41%.
- 23% of those with personal annual income up to £9,999 are current smokers, compared with 11% of those whose annual income is £40,000 or more.
- Just over 1 in 10 babies were born to mothers who smoke.
- There are an estimated 2.2 million current e-cigarette users in Great Britain, 4% of the population.
- 74% of former e-cigarette users smoke cigarettes.
- 53% of e-cigarettes users vape as an aid to quit smoking.
- 76% of e-cigarettes users think exposure to non-users has no health impact.
There's more information here.
Curious Communities and Critical Citizens report
The Fred Edwards Trust has produced a report of its activities in 2015, which focused on active citizens and empowered communities. The report explores the potential role of 'popular education' in fostering critical thinking by citizens and community-based organisations.
In September 2015 the Trust joined forces with SCDC to organise a ‘Curious Communities & Critical Citizens' event in Perth. This event gave individual active citizens, community groups and professionals from public and third sector organisations the chance to share their own experiences of education for active citizenship and to learn from those involved in putting popular education into practice both in Scotland and overseas.
Canadian academic, Valerie Tarasuk, delivered a fascinating presentation at the recent 'Food Poverty: Measuring, Monitoring and Making a Difference' event in Edinburgh, organised jointly by the Rowett Institute and NHS Health Scotland.
The presentation is available on the CFHS website here.
Sanctuary, Solidarity and Social Capital: a seminar on supporting refugees through community development, 22 March, Glasgow, UK
From cities to small island communities, Scotland is welcoming Syrian refugees escaping war and persecution. Meanwhile, Glasgow is home to asylum seekers from many parts of the world and at many stages in the process. Thousands of refugees already positively contribute to life in an increasingly diverse Scotland. Local community and faith groups, voluntary organisations, black and minority ethnic communities, and Community Learning and Development services are already involved with this work.
The response from communities across Scotland has been magnificent. Community development is internationally recognised as essential in developing and sustaining this response. It helps particularly by building strong refugee led organisations, supporting solidarity between new and existing communities and influencing policy and implementation. There is a strong existing track record in Scotland to build on. Speakers will include Elaine Connolly, Community Development Team leader, Scottish Refugee Council and Mhoraig Green, Policy Manager, CoSLA Strategic Migration Partnership.
Attendance is free, but advance registration is essential - more here. For more information please contact Peter Taylor, CDAS Policy Consultant on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Latest welfare reform news
News from other networks
- Plans to freeze benefits for four years will hit 7 million children - More here.
CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight.
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About Disabled Access Day
The first Disabled Access Day took place on 17th January 2015, an amazing 261 venues took part across 11 countries. Following on from the success of last year we are arranging the second event which will take place on 12th March 2016 and we hope it will be even bigger and better! More information here.
We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote
We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote is a collaborative campaign that is asking candidates in the upcoming Scottish elections to support three actions that will bring about a transformation of our lives and those of our children. We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote is supported by a wide range of active travel organisations in Scotland but we are keen to reach out to every organisation that understands the need to shift from sedentary travel to more active travel. Public health organisations like the British Lung Foundation are already on board – will you join us too? Through this campaign we want to ensure that everyone is Scotland can understand the benefits of enabling more walking and cycling. We are asking our politicians if they will support the following actions:
- Investment: Provide sustained, long term investment in both cycling and walking, reaching 10% of the transport budget
- Infrastructure: Build and maintain dedicated cycling infrastructure, enabling people aged 8-80 to cycle
- Safety: Promote and deliver safer roads for both walking and cycling
The campaign is being co-ordinated by CTC, the national cycling charity and Pedal on Parliament on behalf of the coalition of supporting groups. More details are on the website.
Year of Young People
2018 will be the Year of Young People, which will celebrate young Scots locally, nationally and globally.
The Year of Young People will be led by young people. To start the journey towards 2018, a steering group of children and young people, supported by Children in Scotland, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot, will be engaging with Scotland’s youth to develop and deliver recommendations to the Scottish Government on what shape the year should take. Discussion Days will take place across Scotland which will see the group listening to children and young people to hear their hopes and aspirations for the Year of Young People in 2018.
Please register to attend a Discussion Day or be kept up-to-date by adding your details to our newsletter mailing list.
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Consultations and surveys
One Digital Project
One digital project Leaders and trustees from the third sector are being invited by SCVO to join the Big Lottery funded One Digital project. In doing so, you’ll be at the cutting edge of digital progress in Scotland. Have a look at these ten reasons to sign up.
More information here.
Creating a Healthier Scotland
Conversation events are taking place across Scotland and you can join the discussions online anytime. We also want to encourage you to have your own conversations and we have produced some background materials that will help.
This material is designed to give you a bit more background on the current situation in Scotland, where there have been successes and some of the long term challenges we face.
The Carnegie UK Trust has launched a new partnership project with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The project will explore the value of everyday relationships and the extent to which they are necessary pre-requisites for other types of community activity, such as volunteering and civic engagement. Following an evidence review, the project will explore and experiment with practical mechanisms for supporting and sustaining everyday relationships.
For further information please contact Carnegie Associate Zoe Ferguson.
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Co-production: Making it happen report
This SCN learning event attracted more than 45 attendees from across sectors to be involved in practical workshops run by the people and organisations who have develop and used tools as part of their work. Colleagues from People Powered Health and Wellbeing, Independent Living in Scotland (ILIS), Governance International, East Dunbartonshire Council, Iriss, NEF and SCDC shared their experiences and expertise with attendees in the full day session.
This report acts as an overview of the day, as well as detailing some of tools and techniques highlighted in the workshops.
Benefit sanctions and mental health
The latest findings from the Scottish Public Health Observatory has highlighted strong trends between levels of sanctions activity and mental health concerns. The report identifies a mixed economic picture and a growing gap between levels of unemployment and actual benefit take up. The UK Government has also published its report on the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy evaluation – Final Report.
The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR): Getting with the Act - Our Human Rights Act
This easy-to-read interactive eBook will help you to understand where our human rights came from, how they're protected by our Human Rights Act, and the difference our Human Rights Act has made in real life in the 15 years that it has been in force.
Community food hubs?
In a short article Nourish Scotland’s Executive Director, Pete Ritchie asks “what can a community development approach bring to tackling big food issues? “ and suggests that current “lively but often quite isolated activity” could “develop into a national network of community food ‘hubs’”.
The Participation Toolkit, now in its third edition, has been compiled to support NHS staff to involve patients, carers and members of the public in their own care and in the design and delivery of local services. It offers a number of tried and tested tools along with some more recently developed approaches.
Implications and opportunities of the Community Empowerment Act for community-led health organisations
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent on 24 July 2015. This CHEX briefing highlights some of the main opportunities and implications that the Act is likely to create for community-led health organisations.
The briefing outlines the provisions in the Act. We then suggest some implications for community-led health organisations.In summary, these include:
Download the CHEX briefing
- Improved partnership working between community-led health organisations and statutory partners.
- Increased ability of community-led health organisations to influence, and contribute to, both the decision making by public authorities and the design and delivery of public services.
- More options when it comes to taking control of local land and buildings.
The CHEX briefing can be read in conjunction with the recent Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) briefing on the Act, which explains the provisions of the Act in more detail.
More Communities at the Centre - case studies of community-led health
CHEX's latest case study publication presents in-depth information of five organisations from the CHEX network.
As well as the narrative of what More Communities at the Centrethese organisations do and the impact they have, CHEX has mapped the activity of each organisation onto the Community-led Health Logic Model.
The five case studies are Collydean Community Connections in Fife, Craigend Resource Centre in Inverclyde, Just Like Us in Glasgow, Old Knock School in the Isle of Lewis and the Ripple Project in Edinburgh. While they have different starting points, a mixture of expertise and experience and varying levels of support, they all have a common goal of involving community members in the health priorities that matter to them. The case studies show the significant contribution each organisation makes to health and wellbeing in their local communities.
Download it here.
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Support in Mind: Creative Fund
Carers can select from three amounts to enable them to choose a realistic activity or short break which will suit their situation. Carers will need a support worker to help them complete applications and should visit the Support in Mind Scotland website to apply or call Barbara Wyness on 0131 662 2284 for more information.
The Ernest Cook Trust
As well as offering a wide-ranging programme of land-based learning for children and young people, the Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts (in the broadest sense), or in science, or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy. A large grants programme for awards of over £4,000 and a small grants programme for awards of under £4,000 operate throughout the year. More info here.
Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Events and Heritage Fund has been created as part of ambitious plans to use culture to transform the area’s future.
It will support Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 by raising ambition, getting people involved in culture and unlocking the area’s creative potential, while building the capacity of the local creative scene.
More info here.
Greggs Foundation – Small Environmental Grants
This is a new programme, funded by the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops, that aims to improve people’s lives by improving their environments. Projects can include purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your local environment. Small grants of up to £2500 and large grants of up to £10,000 are available. You can apply at any time. For further information click here.
Starbucks Youth Action Grants
Provide support and funding to help under 25 year olds not in employment or education to bring their social action project to life. To support young people through their project they will be given access to a specially designed App to keep track of their project milestones and achievements. All workers supporting young people will receive a copy of an employability toolkit to run through employment ready sessions and the QCF Unit Leadership pack. Up to £1,000 with an additional contribution for youth workers support time is available. Deadline is 7th March 2016. For further information click here.
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Learning for Democracy – A community learning and development conversation
Education Scotland, the Workers’ Educational Association, Learning Link Scotland and the University of Edinburgh are working together to offer several conversational events throughout 2016 which will focus on how to develop learning for democracy in community learning and development practice. This first conversation will take place at The Scottish Parliament on Monday 29th February 2016 from 10 am to 3.30 pm.
- Illustrate what we are doing in Scotland to mitigate the impact of austerity, and welfare benefits reform on public health and health inequalities, including the limitations we face and the opportunities we have with further devolved powers.
- Highlight best practice in mitigating the impact of austerity and welfare benefits reform on public health and health inequalities.
- Identify a UK-wide network to maintain dialogue and collaboration on public health, health inequalities and austerity
Speakers include Alex Neil MSP and Professor Sir Michael Marmot President elect of the World Medical Association and Director of the Institute of Health Equity. Wednesday 2nd March, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ
SENSCOT Seminar / AGM
Senscot will be holding its 16th AGM on Friday 4th March in Edinburgh. Prior to the AGM, we will be hosting a discussion session looking at “the implications – challenges, opportunities and risks - for social enterprise and the third sector in playing an increasing role in public service delivery”. Our keynote speaker on the day will be Barry Knight from Centris - the Centre for Research and Innovation in Social Policy Ltd. Barry has, in the past, worked as an advisor to UK Govts on economic development and the third sector.
Friday, 4th March 2016, 10.30am – 1.30pm at The Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh.
Status of Young Women in Scotland
A presentation-consultation event in central Scotland, facilitated by YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement.
This event offers the chance to share positive ideas for supporting the leadership of young women in Scotland in the drive for gender equality.
The empowering vision is of a world where every woman can shape her own life journey and fulfil her potential, where the voices of women are heard, respected and celebrated. The focus is on young women under 30 leading the change. As part of a world-wide movement, YWCA have been involved in “Envisioning 2035” for young women across the globe.
Within this presentation-consultation session. YWCA would like to share the findings of their research into the status of young women in Scotland, raise questions and hear your ideas about what we can all do to strengthen gender equality over the next twenty years.
14th March 12pm – 4pm. Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston, West Lothian .To secure your place, please register here.
Understanding Poverty Seminar: Gender and Poverty
As part of our regular Understanding Poverty Seminar series, the Poverty Alliance and Engender are hold a discussion seminar to look at the relationship between gender and poverty and what some of our priorities should be to address the impact of poverty on different groups.
16th March 2015, 9.30am – 1pm at Glasgow City Halls, Glasgow. More info here.
Workshop on Mental Health, Work and the Economy
This workshop, taking place in Stirling on March 24th, brings together academics across economics, psychology and health disciplines as well as practitioners and policy-makers to examine the emerging literature on mental health, work and the economy.
The workshop will critically address several themes including, but not limited to, the economic determinants of well-being and mental health, the contribution of mental health to life-long economic trajectories, the potential for expansion of the mental health services, and the role of mental health in labour market policy. We hope to have an open workshop with a combination of presentation of academic findings, critical perspectives and discussion of policy implications.
24th March 2016. To register for this workshop please click here.
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Conferences and seminars
Animating Assets with Glasgow Centre for Population Health
Our next #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour will be on Wednesday 2 March, 12.30-1.30pm.
We’ll be hearing about assets-based approaches to health and wellbeing, infographics, social media and more from Rachel Harris and Sheena Fletcher at Glasgow Centre for Population Health, building on their work with Scottish Community Development Centre. Read more about Animating Assets. Check out a selection of GCPH’s excellent infographics below. This will be a fully interactive webinar, with film, a demo of producing elements of an effective infographic, and chat and tweeting. More info here.
Trellis Conference 2016
Celebrate therapeutic gardening and Trellis’ 10th Anniversary with cake and by popular demand, even more workshops, stalls, networking and showcasing of therapeutic gardening in Scotland and abroad this year.
Friday 11 March 2016 from 9:30 to 16:30 at The Bield at Blackruthven, Blackruthven House, Tibbermore, Perth PH1 1PY.
Click this link for the flyer. Booking is essential, please book using the Booking Form and email completed forms to email@example.com or post to Trellis, 40 St John Street, Perth PH1 5SP.
2 Million Expert Voices: Listening, Learning and Leading Change
In this, our 10 year anniversary we will explore how collectively we have can work in partnership achieve greater outcomes for the people of Scotland.
With renewed political energy in Scotland following the 2016 Holyrood election, we’ll look to the future and ways of improving the lives of the two million people across Scotland who are disabled, living with long term conditions and unpaid carers.
Our annual conference will focus on practical ways to hear the voice of lived experience, learn from others about changing support and services for the better and lead from the front in developing new models of care.
Pennie Taylor will chair this event and Cabinet Secretary for Health Wellbeing and Sport will address delegates.
Attend if you have an interest in improving health and social care in Scotland.
Register your place today by downloading the conference booking form and returning to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Welfare reform: ensuring a fairer healthier society
When: Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Where: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ
This event will highlight the risks to public health and health inequalities and share the experience from across the UK of ongoing austerity and in particular the effects of welfare benefits reform.
You can book your place via Eventbrite.
Getting It Right From The Start Training
Values Into Action Scotland (VIAS) are running this FREE training event (being supported by Inclusion Scotland) looking at providing good, positive customer service to people with learning difficulties and people on the autistic spectrum. The event will focus on the outward facing activities of your organisation including website, phone calls, information stands and written information.
Tuesday 9th March 10am - 4pm at Laurieston Hall, Edinburgh. For more information or to book a space contact email@example.com or phone 0141 212 3395.
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training Courses
(2 Full days 09.30 – 4 pm. Suitable for any age and fitness level) (course accredited and certificated by the Global Laughter Yoga University)
The spring courses for 2016 are taking place on
- April 8 & 11 (Friday / Monday) Kirkcaldy
- April 9 & 10 (Sat / Sun) Rosyth
- April 16 & 17 (Sat / Sun) Glenrothes
These courses are for anyone who wishes to improve their physical and mental health – or that of their family, friends, colleagues and community. As a qualified laughter yoga leader you can start your own laughter yoga classes locally or run workshops at work – or simply use the training to enhance your own wellbeing. These courses remain heavily subsidised.
All enquiries please email Aiveen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Deadline Friday 8 March, more info here.
Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian- Chief Executive Officer
Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian is the Third Sector Interface for the West Lothian Council area, tasked with developing, representing and supporting the third sector, social enterprises, volunteering and community planning.
We are seeking a Chief Executive Officer with excellent strategic and organisational skills to play a vital leadership role in working with the Board, staff and stakeholders to develop and implement the Organisation’s vision, mission and strategic aims, develop partnership links and manage the organisation.
Roshni- Relationship Manager
We are a leading organisation focussing on the specific needs of ethnic minorities across Scotland. We are now looking for a Relationship Manager, initially for a fixed term contract of 1 year, to promote our organisation and manage our relationships with Funders, Partners, Local Authority and Third Sector Organisations. This is a 30 hour a week role to allow for a healthier work life balance.
As you will have primary responsibility for relationship management of the organisation, you must have excellent communication and influencing skills, together with experience of managing complex and sensitive relationships across the public sector and third sectors in particular. A background in sales and/or learning and development would be advantageous. It would also be desirable to have a well-established network within the public and/or third sector.
This is a national role based in Glasgow but which will involve an element of travel across Scotland. Closing date March 18, more info here.
Million Miles Project Officer
This is an exciting post to manage operations for the Inverclyde Million Miles Project; an innovative one year programme that encourages people in Inverclyde to walk more and collectively notch up 1,000,000 miles. Amongst other tasks, the successful candidate will market Inverclyde Million Miles to local schools, workplaces and community organisations, as well as across the media and social media. The Project Officer will also be involved in organising 3K to 5k walks for large numbers of people. This is a great opportunity to promote health and fitness to local communities in Inverclyde.
Closing Date: Friday 4 March. Request an application pack by e-mailing email@example.com or phone 01475 711 733.
Easterhouse Citizens Advice Bureau - Cab Manager
Easterhouse CAB seeks an enthusiastic, socially aware Manager to further develop and lead the organisation following the planned retirement of our long serving Manager.
The Management Committee are seeking someone who will ensure the highest quality client focussed advice services and engage with new opportunities to develop and expand the service in line with Glasgow City Council’s strategy for advice provision within the city.
The successful candidate will be a committed leader, with excellent interpersonal skills who will share our values of social justice and have the skills to incorporate them into the service delivery and organisational management. He/she will be a highly motivated individual with proven managerial experience and the ability to work within a challenging environment.
Closing Date: 4th March 2016. For information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cas.org.uk to download an application pack.
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If you are a charity or community group that uses food to support people, you can sign up to FareShare FoodCloud to collect free good quality, surplus food from Tesco stores every day.
Find out more on the FareShare website.
Global Community Development Exchange
The International Association for Community Development plans to establish a Global Community Development Exchange. GCDEX will be an on-line ‘place’, where community development teachers, practitioners and learners can share their teaching and learning approaches, tools and resources. In partnership with the (USA) Community Development Society and Unitec University in Auckland, New Zealand, they plan to develop a free, open source system with low bandwidth to make it accessible to developing states.
Visit the site here.
Equality Online Episode 3
The Scottish legal team is pleased to present the third in our series of four webcasts, equality : online. These webcasts are aimed at providing flexible training to practitioners across Britain who work with legal issues in their day-to-day work. With this training you can watch it at your desk, at a time that suits and as many times as you like.
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