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Issue 255 - 1st May 2014

Hello, and welcome to issue 255 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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You can send information/material for inclusion in CHEX-Point Snippets by sending an email to or phone CHEX on 0141 248 1990. CHEX-Point Snippets is provided by CHEX – Community Health Exchange and this edition was compiled by Sam Jordan. Thanks to all contributors to this edition.

Sam Jordan
Information and Communications Officer, SCDC


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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


New from the Network: "Open Secret winner in GSK IMPACT Awards"

Another fantastic award win for a member of the CHEX network - a huge congratulations!

Open Secret, a community based organisation who provide confidential support to individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by childhood abuse or trauma, is a winner at the GSK IMPACT Awards for 2014.

The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund and now in their seventeenth year, are seen as a mark of achievement in the healthcare charity sector.

Katie Pinnock, Head of UK Charitable Giving at GSK said: ‘Open Secret is successfully tackling some challenging health issues, which people are often afraid to speak about. Its work in prisons is particularly innovative, working with prison staff as well as survivors, and has helped deliver some real outcomes such as improved family relationships and a reduction in self harm. They put the service user at the heart of their work and it shows in their achievements. They are a worthy winner.’

A judging panel of health and charity experts chose the winners. A donation of £30,000 is given to each winner, along with two places on a unique training and development programme and an invitation to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Development Network with its programme of free meetings and events.

Open Secret is the only Scottish winner and joins a list of other community organisations is taking the award. An overall winner being announced at the GSK IMPACT Awards Ceremony on 15th May.

You can find more about Open Secret here. And more about the awards here

CHEX Guide: Social Media for Community-led Health
Today we are launching a CHEX Guide to Social Media for Community-led Health. This guide is in response to the increasingly important contribution social media is having on organisations of all shapes and sizes - and community-led health orgs are no different.
The guide is designed to be a starting point for organisations who want to start using social media to promote the work they're doing, engage with their communities and become more connected. It isn't a step-by-step guide, but will give you the foundations to ensure you're making most of your digital media efforts in your community-led health practice.
We link away to different tools and resources to help you take practical steps and also give you tips and tricks around specific issues such as privacy and what services to use.
You can download it here.

CHEX policy briefing on the integration of health and social care
CHEX has produced a briefing summing up the recently-passed Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill and the implications/opportunities for community-led health.

At the end of February 2014, the Scottish Parliament passed the Bill, which sets out the legislative framework for integrating health and social care in Scotland. This CHEX briefing is intended to summarise the Bill and its implications for community-led health within the context of wider public service reform. Throughout, we highlight the potential interest and role for community-led health organisations.

Click here to download the briefing.

'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.

Last chance: 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

Health charity calls for e-cigarette laws 
The government should regulate the e-cigarette market and look at how the devices are advertised, according to a prominent anti-smoking charity.

Ash Scotland said although it believes e-cigarettes will cause fewer health problems than real cigarettes, they still contain nicotine and so are not completely harmless.

The charity has called for a ban on under-18 age sales, as is being proposed in England and Wales, following a YouGov poll that showed their use in Scotland has increased by over five times in the past four years, from 3% in 2010 to 17% in 2014.

Read more here.

Office for National Statistics report shows Glasgow has the UK's lowest life expectancy
A quarter of boys born in Glasgow between 2010 and 2012 will not live to see their 65th birthday, according to research which shows the city has the lowest life expectancy in Britain.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal public health problems continue to ail Scotland’s largest city, at a time when it is preparing to host the Commonwealth Games. The findings show that only 75 per cent of boys and 85 per cent of girls born in the city will reach their 65th birthday.

More here. ONS report here.

Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries
Glasgow Libraries are working With Macmillan Cancer Support to provide a network of Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Services In local community libraries across the city of Glasgow.

Their Partnership will eventually operate in 33 libraries and 2 leisure centres across the city, providing cancer information, emotional support and access to benefits advice for anyone affected by cancer. 

They can:
  • offer a listening ear, time to talk and meet others affected by cancer
  • help find the information needed on living with all aspects of cancer
  • arrange access to benefits and financial advice by a specialist advisor
  • arrange access to free complementary therapies at the library*
  • arrange access to counseling*
  • offer a relaxing place to meet others affected by cancer
  • guide to good quality internet sites
  • help to access a wide range of other local services from physical activity classes to carers support
*not available in all libraries

They are currently in 20 libraries, please see here for details of active services.
They are able to offer awareness at events, give talks around the aims and objectives of the programme.

If this is something you're interested in hosting please email For further information please call 0141 287 2911 or email

Scottish Recovery Network calls for recovery oriented mental health laws
SRN has submitted our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on proposed new mental health legislation, in which they call for a far greater focus on recovery and strengths rather than a deficits oriented 'clinical' model of mental health. 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.
  • A new report by Oxfam and the New Policy Institute (NPI) shows 82,000 of the poorest families in Scotland have seen their incomes cut over the past three years as the value of benefits has risen below inflation. Oxfam is urging the UK government to determine the absolute minimum level of support so households can avoid being on the breadline. More here.
  • Shelter Scotland's recent briefing analyses local authorities' discretionary housing payment (DHP) spend and considers each local authority's DHP policy.  It recommends that local authorities should publish their DHP policies and when raising awareness of DHP funds, they should ensure they emphasise the fund's role in mitigating all impacts of welfare cuts other than just the under occupancy deduction. More here.

News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight: 
  • The ALLIANCE newsletter gives a useful update to the various work the organisations is carrying out, as well as providing policy updates and context. You can subscribe on their homepage here.

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Be Aware campaign
Turn2us has launched its annual Benefits Awareness Month campaign looking at the problems experienced by people struggling in financial hardship. This year's campaign is called Be Aware and focuses on in-work poverty. As part of the campaign, new research reveals that almost two thirds (63%) of low income working households in Scotland feel their financial situation has worsened in the last year. 

More here.

Keep Volunteering Voluntary
A host organisations have signed up to a new campaign titled "Keep Volunteering Voluntary", aimed at moving against the UK government's Workfare programmes for people who are on benefits. They state: 

"As charities and voluntary organisations we know the value of volunteering. Volunteering means people independently choosing to give their time freely to help others and make the world a better place. Workfare schemes force unemployed people to carry out unpaid work or face benefit sanctions that can cause hardship and destitution.  We believe in keeping volunteering voluntary and will not participate in government workfare schemes.”

You can find out more here.

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Consultations and surveys

SCDN membership survey
The Scottish Community Development Network is currently seeking responses to its membership survey. They are keen to hear the views of those working in community development to help shape the type of service it offers to its members.  

The survey will take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and will help contribute to the network and its future work. They ask that you fill out this survey by 31st May. They are also offering prize draw for £50 vouchers if respondents include their contact details.

You can find out more here and take the survey here.

Scottish Government communications survey
Email updates and newsletters are a practical and convenient way of ensuring that you are aware of what the Scottish Government is doing. Do you agree? Take part in a short online survey that will help shape how communication channels like these may develop in the future.

Take part in the survey here.

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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

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.


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Trauma and recovery: making the links
This article was prompted by a personal narrative shared with SRN by long-term recovery activist Fiona Macdonald. In it she seeks to acknowledge the centrality of trauma awareness to the development of recovery approaches and ask whether it has been unhelpfully downplayed for too long, both in the recovery movement and wider mental health discourse. Fiona’s narrative describes her experience of childhood sexual abuse, which is one of many forms of trauma strongly associated with mental distress

More here.

Impact of welfare reform on social housing tenants and landlords
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation's study highlights the financial and social impact of the reforms on tenants, explores the changing relationship between social landlords and tenants and the types of services provided by housing associations, and investigates whether such welfare reforms will make people more or less dependent on welfare.

More here.

Disabled people 'pay penalty' on everyday costs
Disabled people pay "a financial penalty" on everyday living costs, spending an average of £550 a month extra, according to a report by Scope. They needed specialist equipment and had to pay out for things like taxis instead of public transport, it added.

Disabled people were, on average, £100,000 worse off when it came to pensions and savings, the charity said. 

More here.

See Hear: A strategic framework for meeting the needs of people with a sensory impairment in Scotland
This strategic framework applies to children and adults living with sensory impairment: sensory impairment includes varying degrees of hearing loss, sight loss and loss of both of these senses and can be a recognised sensory impairment; a risk of sensory loss or hidden and untreated sensory loss.
  • 1.1. The seamless provision of assessment, care and support to children and adults with a sensory impairment.
  • 1.2. Children and adults with a sensory impairment should expect the same access to education, employment, healthcare, social care and leisure as everyone else.
  • 1.3. People who have or develop a sensory loss understand what this loss will mean for them.
  • 1.4. People who have or develop a sensory loss are able to access information and be supported to take the maximum possible control over living as independently as possible, while also getting direct assistance when needed: appropriate communication is critical to this.
  • 1.5. Children and young people with a sensory impairment should expect appropriate and timely intervention in the early years and for as long as is required.

More here.

3rd National Co-production Conference report
On April 23rd 2014 the Joint Improvement Team, the Scottish Co-production Network, the ALLIANCE, Skilled Workers, Skilled Citizens invited over 200 guests to to the 3rd National Co-production Conference in Scotland.

The event, held in Pollock Halls in Edinburgh, aimed to build upon the progress that co-production has made in the last year, as well as take the next steps in placing co-production at the forefront of how we work. 

An introduction from Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil MSP and Professor Jim McGoldrick, Chair of the Joint Improvement Team partnership board kicked off a day of workshops, open space discussions and exhibits.

The Scottish Co-production Network (which is hosted by SCDC) has now started writing up all the of speeches, workshops and discussions that happened. This will be an continuously updated page and we'll be adding to it bit by bit over the next few days. 

You can visit the page here

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Pause in Awards for All programme
The Big Lottery Fund in Scotland is running a number of small grants programmes in support of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. As the Games approach, they have been experiencing a high level of demand for activity linked to this wider portfolio. The Big Lottery Fund wants to ensure that organisations all over Scotland are able to build on the legacy of the Games, by focusing their efforts on the 2014 Communities and Celebrate programmes over the next three months. Therefore, Big Lottery Fund shall be pausing applications to Awards for All in Scotland and will not accept new applications to this programme from noon on the 9th of May until noon on the 4th of August.

For more information, click here.

Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund
FiSCAF-Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund works with local faith groups, building hope by providing grants and support in Scotland's most fragile urban and rural communities. Grants of up to £15,000 are available for faith projects that tackle poverty in Scotland's poorest urban and rural communities.

For more information, click here.

Voluntary Action Fund 
The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) has been given approval by the Scottish Government to widen the eligibility criteria and grant size for the Small Grant Programme. For more information, click here.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland Funding Surgeries
Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland are holding funding surgeries across Scotland, which give people, who are applying to them for funding, an opportunity to discuss their application before it is submitted. There are opportunities throughout the year to get face to face support with your application, as well as the option of speaking to someone by phone. There are two surgeries coming up, in Edinburgh on 29th April, or in Glasgow on 13th May. There are also Skype-based surgeries which are open to charities anywhere in Scotland on 7th May and 4th June. For more information, click here

Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund
Deutsche Bank and Foundation Scotland are pleased to announce a small grants fund for 2014. Local voluntary or community groups running projects focusing on young people aged 11-18 years are encouraged to apply for funding, up to a maximum of £5,000. Funding is available to groups based and operating in Glasgow and Edinburgh (and within a 30 mile radius of each city). The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 30th May 2014. For more information, click here.

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CLOSES SOON: 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.

CLOSES SOON: 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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The Poverty Truth Commission: "Turning Up the Volume on Poverty" (Glasgow)
Scotland is one of the richest nations in the world yet many who live here face grinding poverty every day. That is not right and it is damaging for us all. As Scotland prepares to vote on its future this September, we want the voices of people struggling against poverty to be much more effectively heard.
  • 14:00-16:30, Saturday 21st June 2014
  • Woodside Hall, 36 Glenfarg Street, Glasgow, G20 7QF
The Poverty Truth Commission is made up of some of our country's senior leaders and people who experience poverty on a daily basis. Over the last two years, The Poverty Truth Commission has been working on what needs to change.

In the Poverty Truth Commission we believe that too many people are unfairly having their benefits stopped; are forced to resort to foodbanks to avoid hunger; and are being wrongly written off as "scroungers" and "undeserving". Too many people are living in poverty despite being in work. And those who can least afford it are being forced to pay more for food, fuel and financial services.

On the 21st of June, in Glasgow's Woodside Halls, we will present our findings in music, drama, poetry, comedy, interview and film. It will be an event not to be missed.

That afternoon we will also announce the names of our new Commissioners, who will take forward the work, including individuals from the world of media, entertainment, business, academia, faith and politics as well as those who know first-hand what it means to struggle against poverty.

The event is free but registration is required. For further information, please call 0141 248 2911. To attend, please click here.

Reciprocity of Developmental work for BME Communities: A Discussion & Sharing of a Scottish Government Funded Advocacy Project in India (Glasgow)
This is an opportunity to listen to a talk by Mr Praveen Kumar, the acting Country Director for VSO India and the Lead Programme Manager for a Scottish Government funded project, entitled Strengthening Community Action for Better Health and Nutrition (SCAN). The talk will be followed by a round table discussion.

This is an opportunity for third sector and public sector including academics to listen to the points described in the attached brief. This event is being organised in partnership with VSO Scotland. 

There will be a limited number of places available to attend this talk and places will be confirmed on a first come first served basis. 
  • Date: 8th May 2014
  • Time:  2pm -4pm 
  • Venue: REACH Community Health Project
Please email us at with your name, contact number and organisation/institution.

South West Scotland Networking Event  (Leswalt)
This event involves a tour around Aldouran Wetland Garden, Leswalt, near Stranraer, 14th May. Free event (please bring your own lunch).

This is a joint Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and Trellis (supporting health in horticulture) event.

A chance to get together with others who are active with or interested in the many aspects of community gardening, to gain an insight into maintaining a wetland garden environment to encourage wildlife and to hear from a teacher about how best to work with local school groups and how working with a local community garden has benefited the children and worked with the curriculum. In the afternoon there, a practical session with local experts will demonstrate how best to work with groups (all ages) to carry out bird and moth related activities.

For further details, a programme of the day and to register please visit: and scroll down.

"Is reducing health inequality about improving health services, or realising our social and economic rights?" (Glasgow)
Join SCVO and Glasgow Caledonian University for an informed and challenging debate exploring the role of human rights in reducing health inequality.
  • Date: Wednesday 28th May, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Venue: Eden Court Theatre, Bishops Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA
SCVO and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are continuing our series of thought-provoking human rights debates in conjunction with our work-based Masters in Citizenship and Human Rights programme.

In this next debate we will be focusing on health inequality, an area of increasing concern for Scotland with the gap in levels of health and life expectancy between the richest and poorest people in our society continuing to widen.
  • Hear from our debate panellists as they draw on their own views and experiences
  • Consider the role human rights has to play in reducing health inequality
  • Leave with new ideas to reflect on within our organisations
  • Contribute to and inform human rights research and programme development at Glasgow Caledonian University
Places are free but limited.  To book your place visit our online booking form here.

All Creatures Great and Small - the practicalities and benefits of keeping animals on your project  
Joint event with Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, Royal Highland Educational Trust and Care Farming Scotland. 
  • Saturday, 7th June
  • Palacerigg Country Park, Cumbernauld 
This event is for people who are interested in keeping animals within a community setting – be it within a school or a community garden project. It will involve a variety of workshops/case studies including how to link keeping animals with the Curriculum for Excellence, health and safety issues around working with animals, looking after bees and chickens, and how working with animals can benefit vulnerable people. There will be plenty of networking opportunities throughout the day, out of doors opportunities to learn more about a variety of animal habitats and a tour around Palacerigg Country Park to look at the Children’s Farm and rare breeds.  

To book a place and download a programme for the day, please click here. Cost: £20 (FCFFG members), £35 School staff/ teachers and community gardening groups and £60 other organisations. Lunch and refreshments will be provided!

Integrating for Better Outcomes Event (Edinburgh)
On behalf of the National Partners, the Joint Improvement Partnership Board is hosting a national event on 12th June 2014 at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, from 9.30am - 4.30pm. 'Integrating for Better Outcomes' will examine how integration of health and social care will help to deliver better outcomes for all. This is an opportunity to look at how we deliver, share practice and develop peer review and support. For more information, and to register, click here.

CFHS community cafe event (Glasgow)
Community Food and Health (Scotland) is holding a community cafe event in central Glasgow on 26 June from 10.30 am - 3.30 pm.

The event will include opportunities to:
  • find out about  Edinburgh Community Cafes network and how it benefits cafe members
  • find out about the healthyliving award and its benefits
  • meet other community cafes
This free event is open to anyone working in, managing, or supporting a community cafe.

The booking form and further details will circulated soon. For more information in the meantime, please contact Anne,, 0131 314 5428. . 

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‘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:


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Conferences and seminars

Health Promotion Service Health Inequalities Seminars 2013-2014: ‘General Practitioners at the Deep End’ (Edinburgh)
The principal causes of inequalities in health lie outside the health service, which is why policies to prevent health inequalities must address the wider social determinants of health. It is not sufficient, however, to prevent future inequalities in health. It is also necessary to reduce existing inequalities in health, and to prevent them getting wider.
  • Speaker: Dr John Budd 
  • Date: Wednesday 28th May 2014 
  • Time: 1300 – 1430 (1230 coffee; seminar starts 1300 prompt) 
  • Venue: Business Centre, City Chambers, High Street , Edinburgh
General Practitioners at the ‘Deep End’ serve the 100 most deprived general practice populations in Scotland . This seminar will report on activities from General Practitioners at the ‘Deep End’ group and discuss how NHS Scotland could and should address the inverse care law, reducing the consequences of inequalities in health for individual patients and narrowing social differences in life expectancy. 

To book a place at this seminar, please follow the link here. For any further information please contact: 

Fife’s Third Sector Conference - Preparing the Ground (Glenrothes)
Fife's Third Sector Strategy Group and Fife Voluntary Action are pleased to announce a key conference at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes on Tuesday 27th May.
  • When: 09:30 - 16:00, Tuesday 27 May 2014
  • Where: Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
This event will bring together leaders and activists of the third sector in Fife to reflect on the strengths of our sector and prepare for the future in these changing and challenging times. This full-day event will feature a range of keynote speakers, panel question and answers, round-table discussions and networking opportunities.

For more detailed information please view the information sheet and programme. Places are genuinely limited so please book early to avoid disappointment - simply complete the booking form below and return it to us.

More information and booking here

The Children's Mental Health Conference 2014 (Glasgow)
This annual conference on children's mental health, a MUST attend event particularly for those working in education and social care settings. The conference will provide a great opportunity to update knowledge, hear about current developments and best practice, so you can best support children and young people.
  • 28th May 2014
  • Hilton Grosvenor Glasgow
Key Topics To Be Discussed On The Day Include:
  • Supporting children and young people who self harm
  • Children & young peoples relationship with drugs and alcohol 
  • Understanding complexity in maltreated children with psychiatric problems
  • Adhd - fact or fiction? 
  • Building resilience in a technological age
  • Containing trauma, bereavement and loss
  • Healthy body healthy mind: exercise and educational attainment, mental health, and wellbeing 
  • Also including a lively and informative breakout session looking at current digital ideas and products aimed at improving children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. 
Download a Leaflet and Programme here

BHF Supporters Conference (Various)
The British Heart Foundation would like to invite you to their annual Supporters Conference. Their conferences aim to help you learn more about what they're doing in your area in the fight against heart disease. 
  • Antrim, Northern Ireland, 5 June 09:45-15:30. Email to register or for more information. 
  • Cardiff, Wales, 10 June 10:30-15:30. Email to register or for more information.
  • Glasgow, Scotland, 12 June 10:30-15:00. Email to register or for more information. 
Come along for a chance to meet the local team, the Chief Executive and other BHF supporters. You'll hear more about their research and what's coming up in the year ahead. 

Community Development: What Vision for Scotland?
At the moment there is no overview of whether the varied approaches to strengthening communities in Scotland are delivered in a coherent way. There is little explicit recognition in government policy of community development. Yet this can offer a set of unifying principles and objectives. 
  • Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 10.30 am (Registration 10am) - 3.30 pm
  • Scottish Youth Theatre, 105 Brunswick St, Glasgow G1 1TF
  • Free admission subject to demand - advance registration essential
Our organisations are working to establish a national dialogue and work towards a shared vision for community development. At the conference, with the help of a range of speakers and discussions (to be announced later) we will:
  • look at key areas of policy and practice where community development can make a difference 
  • seek a wide range of your views on how this contribution could be recognized and supported.
To register, please click here.
For further information please contact: CDAS: Peter Taylor, 0141 586 7588 SCDN: Susan Campbell, 07738 067 072

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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.

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.

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‘Working Effectively in Partnership Towards Oral Health Improvement’ (Glasgow)
This event is aimed at those with an interest in supporting improvement in oral health while working effectively in partnership with practitioners from other disciplines. The event will combine presentations with workshops, leading to opportunities for discussion and debate. 
  • Friday 20th June 2014
  • Grand Central Hotel, Central Station, Gordon Street, Glasgow
Presentations will raise awareness of a variety of national developments in the field of oral health improvement and showcase illustrations of innovative projects being taken forward by local area partnerships. Workshops and the market place will provide an opportunity for discussion and debate about emerging developments and issues.

Delegates can use the study day as a fantastic opportunity to:
  • share and learn from existing practice 
  • network with like-minded people 
  • hear national updates and the latest developments in the field first hand
Charges for the event are: 
  • £70 for members
  • £85 for non-members
To register for this event please visit click here.

Free Dynamic Youth Awards Training (Edinburgh)
Do you work with young people on health or social issues? Would you like to get them formally accredited for their work?
  • Tuesday 20th May, ASH Scotland, Edinburgh
  • 9.30-4.15pm
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. 

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. Visit Youth Scotland’s website for more information on Dynamic Youth Awards.

More information on the Dynamic Youth Awards here. To register contact Hazel Cunningham (Development Officer – Young People)

Certificate in Counselling Skills Course at Falkirk’s Mental Health Association (Falkrik)
The Certificate in Counselling Skills is for anybody who wants to improve their understanding of other people as well as themselves. Counselling skills can enhance the quality of personal relationships and improve workplace performance. This course is useful and practical, whether you are a professional or volunteer, a carer or helper, a sales person, a parent or a manager or someone wishing to pursue career development. For those wishing to train as a professional counsellor, the Certificate is recommended as a platform for further study e.g. a Diploma in Counselling.
  • Central Falkirk, starting September 2014 and running to June 2015
There is a fee for this course. Spaces are limited so you should apply as soon as possible.
Full details and an application pack can be found hereOr for an informal chat about the course contact Liz Trodden on 01324 671615 or More info here.

My Skills, My Future (Glasgow)
This training is a suite of resources aimed at supporting individuals in identifying the skills they have gained from other experiences out-with formal qualifications.

The resources are aimed primarily at young people who have left, or may be about to leave school with few or no formal qualifications. However, it can also be used with young people who may have been made redundant from their first job, adult returners or the long term unemployed.  For more information on the resources please click here

The SCQFP in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University have developed a one day free workshop for those wishing to use the resources with individuals. The aim of the workshop is to help advisers fully understand the resources and their benefits to individuals. It also offers the chance to try them out through a series of practical activities including benchmarking skills to the SCQF. 
  • Workshop Dates 
  • Monday 19 May 2014 
  • Monday 9 June 2014 
  • Monday 10 November 2014 
  • Thursday 20 January 2015 
Workshops will run from 9.30am to 4pm and will all take place at Glasgow Caledonian University. If you would like to book a place please complete a booking form or if you are unsure as to whether this workshop will meet your needs please contact

CPD training for primary care practitioners
There's still time for GP's, practice nurses and trainees to register for Scottish Recovery Network's compact 2-part introduction to recovery practice. More here.

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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.

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.

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:

  • 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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Closing soon: Job Opportunities at VAS / Improvement Service (Glasgow)
As part of the Community Planning Improvement Programme VAS and the Improvement Service are currently hiring for three new members of staff to work on the programme. The closing date for all positions is 2nd May:
  • Head of Partnership Programmes, VAS
  • Project Manager, Improvement Service
  • Graduate Assistant, improvement Service
Full details on all three roles, including job description, salary, and application forms can be found here.

Call for cooks to prepare lunch menu for The Empire Café, Festival 2014
The Empire Café is a Commonwealth 2014 Cultural Fund project. The café will explore Scotland’s involvement with the North Atlantic Slave trade via tea, coffee, sugar and cotton. It will be based at The Briggait (home of the Merchant's Steeple) in Glasgow’s Merchant City for seven days during the Commonwealth Games (25th July - 1st August).  

They are looking for community cooking groups across the city who are interested in creating the lunch menu that will be served in the Café.  For more information about this opportunity please click here, application forms here. Application forms need to be returned by Wed 7 May 2014.

CFHS - Human rights based approaches to food poverty
CFHS is recruiting people involved in community food initiatives in Scotland to join an enquiry into human rights based approaches to food poverty.

We are looking for people who will be willing to
  • set the agenda for the work
  • engage in positive discussion and debate with others active in the field
  • listen and learn from each other, practioners, researchers and policy makers
  • evaluate the usefulness of these approaches to the current situation in Scotland
  • shape and develop ideas and materials that can be shared with the wider sector
The work will start in the summer with an agenda setting session. What follows will be agreed by group members and may include a short residential session. CFHS have funding to support the enquiry and can pay travel and accommodation costs if required.

If you are interested in being involved, or would like more information- contact

Poverty Alliance - Research Officer, Youth Participation (Glasgow)
An exciting new opportunity has arisen at the Poverty Alliance, working in partnership with Children in Scotland, to carry out a programme of participatory research with young people in Central Scotland. 
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Duration: Fixed term until July 2015, 21 hours per week
  • Salary: AP4, Point 30 £25,716 p.a. + 6% pension (pro-rata)
The research, funded by the Wheatley Group, is intended to identify gaps in current service provision to children and young people and to provide a practical process to allow those young people to co-design services. Ultimately the work will inform Wheatley’s Business Development Plan.

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 25 April 2014. Interview Date: Thursday 8 May 2014
For more information and a job description please click here.     

Poverty Alliance - Research Officer, Food banks (Glasgow)
An opportunity has arisen at the Poverty Alliance to carry out research into the support needs of Emergency Food Aid providers in Scotland. 
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Duration: Temporary, 7 Months, 35 hours per week
  • Salary: AP4, Point 30 £25,716 p.a. + 6% pension (pro-rata)
As the growth in food banks and other forms of emergency food aid continues, there is a need to ensure that those using these services are able to access all of the support they require. This research is intended to better understand what these support requires are and how emergency food aid providers can respond to them.
Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 25 April 2014. Interview Date: Friday 9 May 2014.
For more information and job description click here

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Support A-Z online directory
This is the main Healing the Whole of Me site featuring Forth Valley and National information.

Support A-Z aims to build ‘webs’ of support for a number of Long Term Conditions, lifestyle choices and life-events.  For example, A deals with ‘Abuse’ and D covers ‘Depression’.  One topic might be found under different titles, eg: ‘Abuse’ and ‘Domestic abuse’ link to each other. Use Search to the far right in the menu bar to locate subjects too.

It features a lot of information around a range of subjects and will be a useful resource. More here.

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