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Issue 262 - 14th August 2014

Due to annual leave there will be a 3 week break in Snippets. Next issue 11/9.

Hello, and welcome to issue 262 of CHEX-Point Snippets. As always, this issue contains all the latest news and information relating to community-led health. If you have any news or updates from your own work locally that you would like mentioned in Snippets please get in touch. Click here if you would like to view this e-bulletin online or read any previous issues of Snippets. 

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Sam Jordan
Information and Communications Officer, SCDC


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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


News from the network: Healthy n Happy First Minister Funding

Earlier this summer network member Healthy n Happy welcomed First Minister Alex Salmond and Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights Shona Robison to their offices in Rutherglen. 

Mr Salmond and Ms Robison announced a £4.48 million investment for projects near Commonwealth Games venues, with Health n Happy being one of the organisations receiving funding.

Health n Happy, working with Clyde Gateway, plan to use the funding to develop new community facilities in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang area. The new venue will focused around the community radio station, with a community consultation taking place and an aim to have a new venue up and running within a year. 

The above video features Healthy n Happy Executive Director Brendan Rooney and Mr Salmond, both talking about the impact the funding will have. 

You can find out more about Health n Happy here.

Have you been involved in participatory budgeting?
Participatory budgeting is recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local requirements. The Scottish Government supports participatory budgeting as an innovative tool for community engagement.

To develop our knowledge of participatory budgeting in Scotland, the Scottish Government is funding a one day learning event, hosted by SCDC, Faith in Community Scotland and The PB Network to learn from those who have previously been involved in participatory budgeting.

In advance of the learning event, we would like to know more about existing and previous participatory budgeting initiatives in Scotland. In view of this, it would be very helpful if you could complete a short survey to help us develop participatory budgeting in Scotland.

More information on the event will be sent in due course, and this survey is an opportunity to indicate your interest in attending.

Take part in the survey here.

General Information

Commission on Local Democracy report
The Commission of Strengthening Local Democracy has published its report on the future of democracy in Scotland.

The report highlights what it sees as the main barriers towards improving local democracy, as well as a series of proposals. The report notes that:

  • 50 years of centralisation has not tackled the biggest problems that Scotland faces
  • For a country with Scotland's relative wealth and strength, the level of inequality today is simply intolerable, and has huge social and financial costs
  • There is a link between the absence of strong local democracy at the moment and the prevalence of inequalities
  • It is communities that empower governments at all levels, not governments that empower people

In response to these challenges, the Commission has suggested a number of measures, including a participatory review of democratic structures, more tax powers for localised councils, a re-investment in community development and a legal obligation for local authorities to support and resource community participation. 

Download the report here.

Awards For All funding announced
Big Lottery has announced its Awards For All funding, with 245 organisations sharing £1.6 million across Scotland. Organisations from across Scotland have been given grants between £500 and £10,000 around subjects relating to health, education, arts, the environment and other community activity.

The full list is available on the Big Lottery website and Awards For All funding opened again on 4th August. You can find out more here.

New webpages to support CPPs in reducing health inequalities
NHS Health Scotland believes that collaborating with local and national partners is essential for reducing health inequalities.   Health inequalities are not inevitable – action at national and local levels can prevent, mitigate and undo them. 

A series of webpages has been created which contain tools, evidence and resources to support those working in a Community Planning Partnership or with other partners at a local level. These are updated regularly. Some of the tools include:
  • Health Inequalities Action Framework which supports planning.
  • Information on local area needs such as community health profiles.
  • Evidence on health inequalities and actions to take on mitigating welfare reform.
Visit to find out more.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill Easy Read
An Easy Read version of the Policy Memorandum for the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill has been published today on the Scottish Government website. The Easy Read has been produced in partnership with the Glasgow Disability Alliance.

The document is available in a pdf format , as well as on the web in a basic text format. Find out more here.

CHEX has also published its consultation document and is looking for information from groups and other interested parties. More here.

Building your personal learning network
This video from IRISS highlights how you can use social media as part of your work. With a focus on health-related staff, it features practical examples of using in a way to help you collate information and find new things - not just a tool for communicating.

It also features advice on what to do if your organisation has policies against social media and why cultural change in is important within organisations wanting to become more active on social media.

You can view the video here.

Inverclyde Radio - Health Matters
Inverclyde Radio has a 'Health Matters' page which features information and features from local Inverclyde health and community organisations, including members of the CHEX Network such as The Breastfeeding Network.

You can listen to recording of interviews and features of various organisations and Inverclyde Radio are interested in any local organisations interesting in talking about their work to get in touch.

Find out more on their website here

The Safer Communities Award 2015
These awards are now accepting applications across its award categories. This year there are four categories that cover a wide spectrum of community safety themes: 
  • Early Intervention and Education: projects should challenge the root cause of a problem and the underlying issues; contribution   to behavioural change to reduce future risk(s) of injury or offending.
  • Innovative Media Campaign: Awarded to a project that can demonstrate an innovative or new media campaign, including the use of social media.  This   project must have; addressed local issues, fostered greater information   sharing and raised public awareness.
  • Strengthening Community Engagement and Resilience: This award recognises the important role local people and communities play in improving their local areas/communities.  This award will be given to a project which can demonstrate an asset based approach to facilitating people and communities to come together.
  • Wider Partnership: This award is open to, and celebrates, partnerships between private sector business, the public sector and/or voluntary sector organisations.  It recognises partnerships that have contributed to making Scotland’s communities safer.
You can find out more and download an application 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:
  • Food bank charity the Trussel Trust is to begin offering debt advice, in an effort to reduce the number of people using high interest payday loans, opening up the services that food banks provide. More here.
  • A Scottish Government report has outlined the impact of welfare reform on disabled people in Scotland. The move to Universal Credit and Personal Independent Payments by the UK government will cost each 100,000 people 'at least £1,120 per year', according to the report. Read the news release here and the full report here.

News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight:
  • What’s going on? is a bimonthly briefing designed to keep you up to date with the latest news and information from across NHS Health Scotland including upcoming events, research, evaluation and publications. Latest issue here, subscribe at:

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Living it Up: There's lots to get involved with this summer
Living it Up is a three year programme working with five local partnerships across Scotland aimed at empowering people to improve their health and well-being. They are currently running their Active Summer campaign

"Keeping active in your community will benefit your physical health, as well as your sense of wellbeing and you may even make some new friends. Living it Up is here to help you find out what’s on, where to go and how to get involved in your local area. 

Whether it's fishing, golf, gardening, dancing, walking, swimming, cycling...or something else, Living it Up has can encourage you to try something new this summer!"

Visit the Active Summer page for more information. 

SURF is currently welcoming applications for the 2014 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration
Each year, SURF and the Scottish Government team up to highlight, share and celebrate success and innovation in efforts to improve the physical, social and/or economic fabric of disadvantaged communities across Scotland through the prestigious SURF Awards process.
This year, there are five categories of entry, which are designed to reflect the full range of regeneration activity. These are: Infrastructure and Social Benefits; Community Led Regeneration; Preparing for Employment; Creative Regeneration; and Town Centre Regeneration.
The application process is free and straightforward and the benefits of SURF Awards recognition include:
  • Demonstrate value to key partners and funders;
  • 15 shortlisted entries will be highlighted in a widely distributed publication
  • The 5 winning initiatives will be showcased throughout 2015 and offered free consultancy support to build on their success
  • A leading Scottish Government Minister will present the SURF Awards at a celebratory presentation dinner event on 02.12.14 in Glasgow
So if you know of a deserving Scottish regeneration project, please consider submitting a nomination before this year’s closing date of Monday 1 September.
The application materials are available on the SURF website here.

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Consultations and surveys

Health Inequalities Evidence - Voluntary Health Scotland
This survey is a crucial part of the research is that being undertaken to gather evidence about the contribution of the voluntary health sector to tackling health inequalities. The survey is open until 29th August.

Take the survey here. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the study please contact Lorraine Simpson

Fife Crisis Guide consultation
Fife Adult Protection Committee (APC), and Fife Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) plan to create a 'Crisis Guide' which can be used at any time of year by people who find themselves in difficult situations, and need advice and support.
They are keen to hear from anyone who has ideas and opinions about what should be included in the Guide. If you would like to put your ideas forward or would like Louise or Shona to speak to your group/organisation about the Guide, please get in touch with them (details below). They would like it to be more than just a list of addresses and websites.  What has helped you survive a crisis?  What could have prevented it from happening?  Do you have a quote or a story about what's helped you?
To give your ideas or suggestions, please get in touch with Shona McEwan (Communications Officer APC) on 03451 55 55 55 ext 442134 or Louise Bowman (ADP) on ext 446104
They wish to ensure the Guide contains info on: (in no particular order of importance)
  • Mental health and wellbeing 
  • loneliness 
  • money (debt advice and welfare reform info) 
  • Food (foodbanks, quick and easy recipies...) 
  • Health 
  • Alcohol and Drugs 
  • Bereavement 
  • Support for victims of abuse 
  • Employment Support 
  • Homelessness 
  • Transport
They look forward to hearing from you, so that they can create a Guide which best suits people's needs.

OSCR consultation
The Scottish Charity Regulator has announced a consultation that outlines proposals on refocusing its approach in regulating Scotland’s 23,500 charities – and wants to hear your views.

The Scottish Charity Regulator is consulting charities and the public on several key proposals:
  • Changes to the reporting mechanisms which reinforce the principles of good governance and a drive to more online services to streamline processes for charities
  • Encouraging transparency and supporting public confidence through the publication of charity annual reports and accounts on the Scottish Charity Register and the creation of a trustee database
  • A new system of Serious Incident Reporting, through which charities must alert us to matters that could damage public trust and confidence in charities.
Read the proposals and give OSCR your views here. The consultation will run for 12 weeks, closing on 24 October 2014.

Simply complete the Respondent Information Form that contains all the consultation questions, and email it back to

CHEX Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill consultation 
Would you like to contribute to the CHEX evidence on the Community Empowerment Bill?  The Bill, published on 12th June has now been introduced and will now undergo the Scottish Parliament legislative process. We have another opportunity to respond to evidence our case for further adjustments.
Many of you engaged with the CHEX consultation when the draft proposals were first announced two years ago and hopefully you will see some of your recommendations reflected in the Bill. You’ll see from SCDC’s briefing there are still a number of areas, especially in relation to proposals for community planning that we keen to address.
  • Download the briefing paper here.
  • Download the response template here.
Please take some time to read the briefing and If you would like to respond to either the 6 broad questions on page 1 of the briefing or more tailored questions related to community-led health on the CHEX template, please send your response
(brief paragraphs, bullet points, tel. message etc.) to or Andrew Paterson Tel 0141 248 1990 before Monday 25th August. 

Drive SCVO
SCVO is consulting their members, the wider third sector and anyone else interested in their work to tell us what they think about what they are doing and their future plans.

You can take the survey here

EHRC survey of religious beliefs
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today launched a major call for evidence.  This aims to collect first hand experiences from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief, or that of other people, may have affected them in the workplace and in using the services and facilities they need in everyday life.
The Commission is particularly  keen to gather as much information as possible from advisers, as well as from individuals, employers, providers of services, religion or belief organisations. The Commission will then use this information to assess how employers and service providers are taking religion or belief into account and what impact this has on individuals.

Find out more here

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Health and wellbeing: responsibility of all
The information in this resource package is intended to help practitioners and establishments develop a shared understanding of health and wellbeing responsibility of all. It aims to help all those working with children and young people in an educational setting to move towards embedding it within their work, to develop a framework to ensure progression in learning and to make the process more manageable.

Find out more here.

People, place and prosperity in the east end of Glasgow
Both Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government have made the east end of Glasgow a particular (though not the only) focus for legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In order to achieve local legacy impacts, preparations for the Games themselves have been integrated with a regeneration strategy for the east end, and developments and other activities in the area have been underway since the award of the Games to Glasgow in 2007.

This report is part of a study, GoWell in the East End, which started in 2012 and is due to continue until 2017. The report examines the likelihood of the Games, and associated regeneration activities, having economic impacts upon the east end in the short-term and the medium- to long-term.

Download the report here

Becoming a Good Food Nation
The Scottish Government has published Becoming a Good Food Nation, a discussion document on the next stage of ‘Recipe for Success’, Scotland’s first National Food and Drink Policy.

‘Whilst there is, as yet no agreed definition of a Good Food Nation, there is consensus on the key concept areas; health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability, local economic prosperity, resilient communities, and fairness in the food chain.’

Download it here.

Welfare reform: The impact on people living with HIV and viral hepatitis
The report from HIV Scotland outlines the effects of welfare reform on people living with HIV and hepatitis in Scotland. It suggests that reforms implemented at the UK level are not appropriate in a Scottish context and are not at all suitable for people with blood borne viruses.

Reforms carried out by the UK Government are "at odds with the national strategies which seek to improve the lives of Scottish people," it says.

It also includes a highly useful list of agencies and advice services related to welfare reform across Scotland. You can download the document here

Could ‘co-design’ help Peckham where community consultation failed?
The Guardian reports on the co-design process being undertaken by Southwark Council on the area around Peckham Rye railway station. Following a consultation that angered many locals, the co-design model has been adopted with the hope of meaningfully engaging the local community who are "experts in knowing how their area works, what it needs, how it needs to be developed.”

More here.

Can a neighbourhood approach to loneliness contribute to people's well-being?
The Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness programme looked at reducing loneliness in four differing areas, working with residents, recruiting community researchers, and in partnership with local organisations. This evaluation highlights its impact on individuals and communities, and lessons for similar programmes.

More here.

Fathers Network Scotland - New National Development Officer
Fathers Network Scotland has hired a new National Development Officer, Nick Thorpe. Here he details his new role the importance of being a father to him. 

Read more here.

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Money Advice Trust – Innovation Grants
A new grants programme is offering small grants to support agencies that provide money and debt advice to individuals and businesses, helping them to help more people, more effectively.

This scheme aims to provide grants of up to £30,000 per year for up to three years and is available to charitable organisations in the UK. 

The Trust is looking for project proposals that demonstrate how they will support people who are in severe financial hardship, who are financially excluded and/or who are hard to reach to:
  • Increase their financial literacy. 
  • To save money.
  • Reduce their debt.
  • Maximise their income. 
  • Access affordable credit and financial services.
Closes 17th August. More here

Cashback for Communities
The CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme supports local volunteer led groups, who may not previously have had access to external funding, to enhance their programmes for young people and get positive projects off the ground.

The closing date for the this round is 1st September.

What is the funding?
  • Up to £1,000 – start up costs of a unit or youth group, particularly in areas of deprivation or need.
  • Up to £2,000 – supporting existing local groups to meet the costs (or part of the costs) of a particular project or programme of activity.
Who can apply? 
  • Local youth groups which meet all the following criteria:
  • Led by volunteers,
  • Have members which include young people aged 10 or over,
  • Based in Scotland
  • A member of one of the six partnership organisations listed above, including Youth Scotland.
More here

Health & Disability funding
The Wolfson Foundation funds improved facilities for a range of organisations delivering excellent care and support for people of all ages with a variety of needs. These facilities tend to focus on enhancing care, providing better opportunities and improving quality of life.

The size of these grants varies from around £15,000 to £100,000. Larger grants are given to key, strategic projects deemed ambitious and well thought-out, with a clear long-term focus.

Find out more here

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Action Research funding
JRF wish to fund two/three projects which will bring together local authorities, communities and other agencies to develop strategic responses to climate change, in areas which are particularly vulnerable, and likely to be disadvantaged by climate impacts.

The aim is to improve local community resilience in different contexts across the UK. We anticipate this may involve:
  • Identifying the issues of concern in the localities in question, in light of the possible consequences of climate change;
  • Facilitation of dialogue and engagement between relevant stakeholders, to identify how to move from a position of vulnerability to resilience and to consider the roles and responsibilities of different parties in achieving this;
  • Supporting the development and delivery of strategic responses, including specific actions which will address climate resilience in equitable ways;
  • A report and evaluation assessing the impact of the work. 
More information here

'First Funding Stop'
Funding Database Glasgow Council for Voluntary Service’s ‘First Funding Stop’ is an extensive searchable database containing a wealth of funding information. View it here.

Climate Challenge Fund 
Community groups interested in applying for Climate Challenge Fund grants need to do so soon in order for their application to be considered in December. The latest deadline is 3rd October, with grants up to £150,000 available.

There's various details, including advice on the applications and submission information, available here.

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CHANGE OF DATE: "SCDN Conference and AGM - The State of Social Justice: Community Development in a post referendum Scotland  This free event will give CD practitioners the opportunity to discuss some of the assumptions that are inherent in most programme developments and practice directives and consider how these policies and practices might affect a post referendum Scotland: 
  • assumptions such as the necessity of austerity measures in a country of considerable wealth
  • that, economic growth is paramount
  • and the desirability of reduction in public services.
Within this environment, where does social justice feature? Social justice is one of the key values which underpin CD practice and yet, many practitioners are expected to work with communities to ‘manage’ socially unjust impacts and programmes which can deepen inequalities.

More information to follow soon about speakers and workshops but in the meantime you can register here.

Places are limited for what is shaping up to be a lively event with lots of opportunities to network and share ideas and we advise early booking to avoid disappointment. 

The Role of Community Assets in Supporting Health and Wellbeing - 20 Aug (Glasgow)
The event will explore the work of ALLIANCE and members’ programmes, operating in the community to nurture, develop and deliver community assets and support better connections between them and formal services.  

This event features input from:
•    Lisa Curtice, People Powered Healthy and Wellbeing 
•    Joy Mitchell, Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust
•    Brian Brown, People Powered Health and Wellbeing
•    Mark Charlton, Links Worker Programme
•    Jane Ankori, ALISS
•    Scott Ogilvie, Post Creative
You can find the agenda for the event here. The event will be followed by a networking lunch from 12.45pm. To register please email

Voluntary sector locality network events (North Lan)
Voluntary North Lanarkshire has a series of voluntary sector locality networking events across the area, covering a wide range of useful topics related to health and communities between August and September
  • Motherwell - 27 August
  • Cumbernauld and North Area - 29 August
  • Wishaw and Shotts - 4 September
  • Bellshill - 9 September
  • Airdrie - 11 September
  • Coatbridge - 17 September
There's specific information on each event available here.

If you would like to attend any of the above Events but have not yet confirmed your attendance, please do so by telephoning Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire on 01236 748011, or e-mailing to book your place(s). Delegate lists will be e-mailed to confirmed attendees in the week of the Events. 

What does a good Scottish democracy look like for women? - 6th Sept (Glasgow)
Less than two weeks before the independence referendum ERS Scotland will present the findings of our Democracy Max inquiry and ask Scottish women to discuss our suggestions for democratic reform, and tell us if they resonate with you and your lived experience. Do you think the ideas we have generated will improve democracy for women?
  • September 6, 2014, 11.00 – 16.00
  • Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow
We'll be discussing local democracy, citizen led decision making, constitutional reform, accountability, empowerment and more. This will be an interactive day of discussion with your sisters. We want to (briefly) share our ideas and then hear your voices.

Find out more here

Evidence Exchange stakeholder meeting - 11 Sept (Glasgow)
Evidence Exchange will seek to identify how we can best share, demand and use evidence across the UK's jurisdictions, social policy areas and sectors. They know the best people to tell us how to achieve the impact we're looking for are the people we're looking to engage and that's you.
  • Glasgow, 11th September 2014
  • 10.00 - 12.00
Interested Alliance members (and non-members!) are welcome. Click here to let us know who you are and that you're interested in attending. 

Further information can be found here

Community Discussion: Ticking the Other Box - 11 Sept (Edinburgh)
The quarterly discussions continue to delve into the topic of labels and the language we use to identify ourselves. Are you always ticking the ‘other’ box on forms and how does this make you feel? What words would you use to define yourself and what labels would you use, if any, to represent you? 
  • Wednesday 11th September, 6.30-9.30pm 
  • (Venue TBC)
Hear guest speakers and have your say in a safe and inclusive space as we explore the true diversity of our community, how labels and language impact us an how organisations like LGBT Health and Wellbeing can continue to promote inclusivity.

Booking is essential, and can be done here. Contact or call 0131 523 1104 for more information.

Welfare Reform, NHS and Health & Social Care - 2 Oct (Edinburgh)
This free event is for all those working in the NHS and health &social care in Scotland. With presentations and discussion led by leading academics, clinicians, frontline staff, service users and policy makers this event will:

Explain why welfare reform continues to be a challenge for the NHS and health & social care organisations.
Illustrate what the Scottish Government, NHS, local authorities and third sector are doing to mitigate the impact of welfare reform on health and health & social care services.
  • Scotland’s 2nd Learning Event - Edinburgh
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm on Thursday, 2nd October 2014
This is a free event and places are limited. To register interest in attending, contact Alison Newman at NHS Health Scotland. Email: Phone: 0141 414 2858

Whose Shoes? Masterclass - 24 Oct (Glasgow)
This is an award-winning and exciting workshop allowing you to 'walk in other people's shoes' through a range of activities and topics.
  • Friday, Oct. 24th
  • 10am Glasgow City, United Kingdom Scotland
This event will give you a chance to hear from Gill of Whose Shoes? and Ken who is living well with dementia, then they will give you the opportunity to try out the approach under the watchful guidance of Gill, Ken and the team. A networking lunch and a chance to talk to Ken, Gill and all the team will also be available. You can find out more about the @WhoseShoes approach here.To find out more about Dementia Scotland Consultancy and Training see here.

You can find out more and book here.

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Powering Ahead: Citizen involvement in the future of public services - 28 Aug (Perth)
Don't miss out on a rare opportunity to be inspired by two leaders in community empowerment from the internationally acclaimed Highlander Center in Appalachia, Tennessee, alma mater of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.
  • Dewars Centre Perth, Thursday 28 August 2014
Pam McMichael and Elandria Williams from Highlander will run two Skilled Citizen masterclasses as part of this unique action learning event for active citizens, third sector organisations and public bodies in Scotland.  
  • How can community members, public sector staff and the third sector genuinely work together as equals, not simply to reshape public services, but to transform our communities?
  • What skills and resources do local people need to be more effective agents for change within their own communities and how can they get them?
  • Do public sector staff have the skills and knowledge they need to work differently with local people?
  • How can the opportunities afforded by major change programmes such as Health & Social Care Integration and Community Empowerment help move Scotland closer to delivering the sort of transformation proposed in the Christie Report?
  • Where can we find the inspiration and enthusiasm that we all need to work together in the long term for communities that are socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable?
These are some of the questions that will be discussed in round table action learning sets at this participatory event that is being organised by the Fred Edwards Trust with the support of the Scottish Community Development Center, PKAVS and Perth & Kinross Council.   

To register, please click here

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Conferences and seminars

Inclusion Institute: Sharing best inclusive practice from around the world - 2 to 4 Sept (Seamill)
Scotland’s Inclusion Institute is taking place on 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 2014 at the Seamill Hydro in Seamill.  The purpose of the event is ‘Sharing best inclusive practice from around the world’ and during the 3 days we will be bringing together a unique group of thinkers and ‘doers’ to create a learning community. There will be daily keynote presentations, workshops led by the presenters and facilitators and time in the evenings for reflection, networking and more learning.

The cost of attending the event is:
  • £330 per person (3 days)
  • £100 for Individuals and family members
  • £275 for In Control Scotland/Altrum/VIAS members
Information on workshops here. Easy Read version of this information here.

Anyone interested in booking a place at this event can book here

Town Centres & Community Development and Engagement - 25 Sept (Edinburgh)
Scotland's Towns are working jointly with Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC), they are delivering a scoping exercise to unpick a number of issues such as: what role do local partnerships see communities playing in local town partnerships; what kind of "communities" are town/town centre partnerships serving; are communities already involved in some partnerships - if so, who is it; if not, what are the barriers/challenges in getting them involved?; are there capacity issues for both communities & local partnerships, that can be supported; if so, what type of support is needed and how best could that be resourced/provided? 

If we find we have a clear agenda and real interest in pursuing specific issues further we will jointly seek to address this in a practical approach.

Find out more here

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

Early Years Policy and Practice Conference - 4 Oct. (Glasgow)
A number of changes have recently had an effect on the early years sector. At the Scottish Pre-School Play Association’s (SPPA) Early Years Conference leading UK early years experts will discuss the changes to policy and the how they impact on practice, and will explore how to enhance the overall experience within early years settings in order to improve children’s learning outcomes.

Workshops include
  • Computers and Technology in Early Years Settings.
  • Improving Practice - Understanding the Early Years Collaborative.
  • Getting off to a Healthy Start – Encouraging Children to have good eating habits.
  • Before they Start School – Start Swimming.
This will be beneficial to anyone who works within the early years sector. Whether you are a decision maker or delivering change on the ground, this conference will be of benefit to you. 

For more information and booking details visit or phone to reserve a place on 0141 221 4148.

CRNS Conference: Too Good To Waste - 23 Oct (Glasgow)
Organisations are invited to join Community Resources Network Scotland at their 10th Anniversary Conference on 23 October 2014 at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow in order to explore together new innovations, best practice, and successful business models that are keeping pace with a new and constantly changing economic landscape – a landscape that is creatively circular rather than linear. 

This conference will:
  • Engage with a network of thought leaders, practitioners, and sector leaders advancing dialogue and collaborative action on waste prevention and reduction.
  • Discuss the emerging circular economy, and the resulting business opportunities.
  • Hear about leading edge - and replicable - successes in the public, private and community sector.
  • Participate in opportunities to advance national, cross-sector, collaboration. 
More information here

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

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Towards a generation free from tobacco - ASH Scotland (TBA)
ASH Scotland has now launched the website for the 2015 Conference: towards a generation free from tobacco. The title refers to our ambition of an “end-game” for tobacco by lowering the smoking prevalence rate to less than 5%. Scotland is one of a growing number of countries setting a clear date to achieve this aim.

This is part of a UK, European and World movement to end the misery and harm caused by tobacco and this event will draw on expertise from many countries to share good practice, promote discussion and debate and shine a light on the actions of the tobacco companies.

Are you interested in:
  • culture change for better health
  • supporting individuals to advocacy and to quit
  • nations in support of a tobacco-free world?
If you are, then you will want to attend this event and consider presenting your own work in tobacco control policy development, research and health improvement. 

Abstract submissions open in September but if you have an idea for a symposium you can submit ideas now. More here

Scottish Accessible Information Forum Conference - 27th Oct (Glasgow)
A conference exploring how we make sure our information is accessible to everyone, particularly disabled people.
  • 27th October 10am – 4pm
  • The Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
You can book your place using the online booking form here. Alternatively please email or telephone 0141 559 5021 for further information and support. 

BFN National Study Day (Glasgow)
The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) National Study Day 2014 will be held at Fifteen Ninety Nine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, St Vincent Street, Glasgow  G2 5RJ on Saturday 4 October 2014 from 10:30 to 17:00 (BST). 

The Speakers confirmed so far for our National Study Day include:
  • Professor Mary Renfrew
  • Dr Margaret McCartney
  • Mary Whitmore
  • Dr Bruce Whyte, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
For further information and booking please click here.

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Free PVG Training course - 20 Aug (Ayr)
Learn everything your organisation needs to know about disclosure and Protecting Vulnrable Groups. VASA guest, Hazel from Disclosure services, will be discussing:
  • When you need PVG
  • Organisational requirements
  • What activities are covered by PVG
  • Application process
  • Opportunity to ask questions to the team that deals with the applications 
  • 20th August, 10am - 1pm 
  • Venue: Business Gateway,
  • Forbes Drive, Heathfield,
  • Ayr, KA8 9FG

To book email

Equalities – from Principles to Practice - September (Edinburgh)
The Third Sector clearly aspires to build a more equal society. We also aim to build and sustain more equal organisations. In this work, the Equality Act 2010 was a key milestone. All of us would benefit from knowing better how to move from the principles in the Act to the practice embedded in our organisations.

Come together with like-minded staff or volunteers from across the Third Sector to engage with a stimulating and thought-provoking sessions – to get you thinking about your practice and how the principles behind the Equality Act 2010 can support and enable best practice in your own organisation.

There are two sessions running aimed at two audiences, full details are available on our course programme: 
  • Friday 12th September – 10am to 1pm – for senior Third Sector staff. More here
  • Tuesday 23rd September – 6pm to 8pm  for volunteer Trustees/Board Members. More here
For further information about either of these events, please contact Julie Anne Hill on 0131 555 9100 or email

An interactive session exploring inequality, how discrimination occurs, and equality in the workplace - 1 Oct (Inverness)
This free training covers the concepts of equality, discrimination and human rights in the workplace. It aims to raise attitudinal awareness, examine ways to break down barriers to equality and diversity and explore how an equality and human rights based approach can improve performance and sustainability.
  • Date: Wednesday 1st October, 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Venue: Fairways House, Fairways Business Park, Inverness, IV2 6AA 
The agenda will cover:
  • What 'equality', 'diversity' and 'human rights' mean, how they connect to each other and why they are important
  • How discrimination can occur, looking at prejudice, assumptions and stereotypes
  • Equality in law, examining the importance, application and relevance of the Equality Act 2010 
More here

NHS Health Scotland Trainer Support programme (Various)
National policy requires everyone to take action to reduce health inequalities. This programme supports you as trainers to: 
  • Discuss policy aimed at reducing health inequalities in relation to your training role
  • Make your training delivery fairer and more inclusive
  • Reflect on and improve your training practice 
All sessions are free of charge. You can pick and choose sessions that are most relevant to you.

Making training fairer
  • The session will take place from 14:00 – 15:00
  • Live online webinar: 26 November 2014
Creating Imaginative Learning 
  • This 3 day course will run from 09:30 – 16:00 each day
  • Perth: 10-12 November 2014
Health inequalities and training             
  • This half day session will take place from 10:00 – 12:30
  • Glasgow: 30 September 2014
  • Edinburgh: 8 October 2014
  • Dundee: 28 October 2014              
Delivering Imaginative Blended Learning 
  • This half day session will take place from 13:30 – 16:00
  • Glasgow: 30 September 2014
  • Edinburgh: 8 October 2014
  • Dundee: 28 October 2014            
Find out more here.

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Samaritans Suicide Awareness and Difficult Contacts support
Samaritans Scotland recently developed two free e-learning modules - on Suicide Awareness and on Supporting Colleagues Following Difficult Contacts.

The first e-module is designed to offer general guidance and information for staff or volunteers who may come into contact with someone who is distressed or suicidal, and to equip them to offer a basic level of support. The module includes signs to look out for, listening skills and key information on how to signpost to appropriate sources of help. The second module is aimed at managers or supervisors, to equip them with the information and skills to support their staff or volunteers in the event of a difficult contact.  

The modules will be useful to a wide range of organisations dealing with clients, customers and service-users across health, employment, debt advice, addiction services, justice, education, community development, housing associations and many other services. 

The modules take approximately 40 minutes to complete online and may fit in well with existing learning and development packages within your organisation.

To access the e-learning modules or if you have any questions, please contact Fiona Barlow via or call 0131 556 7058.

Living Streets Walkable Communities training (Various)
Open to representatives from community organisations, voluntary groups, local authorities, community planning partners, housing associations and others with an interest in improving the local environment for walking,  the training will be hands-on and include a short ‘mini-audit’, with delegates provided resources and materials to support them to undertake effective audits in their own communities.  The sessions are full day, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. 
  • Sept. 22nd – Glasgow, The Albany Centre
  • Sept. 30th – Dundee, Number 10
  • Oct.  28th – East Kilbride, The Village Centre
  • Nov.   4th – Falkirk/Camelon – Forth Valley Sensory Centre
More here.

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LGBT Health Buddies
Are you easy going, a friendly face and able to help people to feel included? Find out about becoming a Buddy!

Buddying is a great volunteering opportunity at LGBT Health. Buddies will be matched up with an LGBT person who has a learning disability and needs a friendly face to feel confident enough to attend our events and activities, across our programme.  This could be our regular social groups, or one off events like the community discussion and winter concert.

Next induction training date towards the end of August. Find out how to get involved by emailing or calling 0131 652 3281.

Poverty Alliance - Administrative Assistant (Glasgow)
An opportunity has arisen at the Poverty Alliance to join a small but busy administrative team. The Poverty Alliance serves a membership of more than 200, runs campaigns, organises events across Scotland, conducts research and works alongside people with experience of poverty. The Administrative Assistant will provide support across the Poverty Alliance’s policy and field work teams, as well as to our projects. 
  • Duration:     Temp, until 31 March 2015, 35hrs
  • Salary:          £15,873 + 6% Pension
They are looking for an individual with a track record in providing administrative support in busy office environments. Experience in event organisation, minute taking, audio typing, handling petty cash are all essential. Whilst the post is currently temporary it is our intention to extend the post if resources allow.

For further details, including a detailed job description and application form, click here. 12 noon, Friday 15 August 2014.

SCCYP - Policy and Parliamentary Officer (Edinburgh)
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People is seeking to appoint a Policy and Parliamentary Officer. This post offers the right candidate the chance to make a real difference to children’s lives in Scotland in a dynamic and fast changing policy environment. 
  • Salary Range (£31,746 - £38,598)
  • Closing date 18 August
You will have a minimum of three years experience of liaising with the Scottish Parliament, along with a good understanding of human rights. You will be a key part of the Policy team within the Commissioner’s office, engaging with politicians and government civil servants as well as helping to develop and formulate policy responses and will support the Commissioner in taking forward his role to promote and safeguard children’s rights in Scotland.

Find out more here

Sport Aberdeen - Active Ageing Development Officer (Aberdeen)
Are you passionate about getting older people physically active? Have you got experience of working with and engaging older adults? If so Sport Aberdeen want to hear from you!
  • Salary: £30,048.51
  • Hours: 37 Hours p/w
  • Contract: Fixed Term [initially 12 months but may be extended]
  • Closing Date: 12 noon 18 August 2014
Sport Aberdeen are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, adaptable and approachable individual as the Active Ageing Officer as part of the Active Lifestyles Team. This is a key appointment to support current activity and develop new opportunities within the Active Ageing Programme which provides a range of activities for older adults to participate in regular, frequent, safe and fun physical activity.

For more details and to apply for this post you can click here

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Home-Start West Lothian - Group Worker 
We are seeking to recruit a part-time Group Worker who will support the current Family Group Worker in the delivery of a range of family activities in our small cluster of Family Support Groups.
  • Part-time: 8 hours a week (term time only: to 31 March 2015)
  • Continuation of post dependant on securing additional funding
  • Car driver essential (with access to a car)
  • Salary 8 hours per week @ £7.50 per hour 
  • (4 hours per day over two days from Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) 
  • Previous experience and a SVQ Level 2 Childcare Learning and Development qualification (or equivalent) is desirable.
The successful applicant will support the Family Group Worker in providing support to families attending the groups and will offer a Programme of activities aimed at enhancing families’ resilience, increasing social networks and encouraging community engagement.

Home-Start West Lothian is committed to offering equal opportunities and safeguarding children. This vacancy is subject to a PVG disclosure check.

Application pack will be sent by e-mail. To request a pack please e-mail Gillian on or telephone 01506 854529.

CAPS - Collective Advocacy Development Worker (Edinburgh)
The post-holder will support and develop our collective advocacy services. You will be working with groups of people who use mental health services in East Lothian and Midlothian, enabling them to give their views, and encourage their involvement in the planning, commissioning and provision of services.
  • part time (22.5 hours a week). 
  • Starting salary £23,232 pro rata at £14,420
More here. Closing date for applications is 5.00pm Monday 18 August.

University of Dundee - Lecturer CLD (Dundee)
Applications are invited for the position of a Lecturer (Early Career) within the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education. The position will teach primarily on the Community Learning and Development Programmes; however the successful applicant will also be able to teach in the social work or professional development programmes.

The successful applicant will work with experienced staff to develop the expertise of students to become confident, competent practitioners predominantly in the areas of CLD and Social Work. Specific areas of responsibility will include lecturing, assessment, professional development, and student guidance and support.

More information here. Closes 21st August. 

International Association for Community Development - Coordinator (Glasgow)
IACD is a global network of community development associations, practitioners and activists who are committed to issues of social justice. It has over 3,000 members and subscribers worldwide.
  • £27,145 to £30,096 Pro Rata
  • The closing date is 20 August 2014.
IACD is seeking to appoint a Coordinator to work 24 hours per week to take forward its role in promoting, networking and supporting community development internationally.

This is a challenging role which will both benefit from experience and provide a unique work experience for the successful applicant. 

Professional support and office accommodation has been offered by the Scottish Community Development Centre, based in central Glasgow.

The Governance Board for IACD is drawn internationally and the successful application will be required to possess good IT skills and be capable of working independently towards agreed objectives.

More information is available here.

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Peer2Peer training website
This is a new European project the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) is involved in along with seven other partners in six countries. Peer2Peer will develop a vocational training course to enable people with lived experience of mental health challenges to get employment as peer support workers. 

Peer2Peer is now up and running and more information can be found on the website including a short video about the project

Find out more here

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