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Issue 287 - 15th October 2015


Hello, and welcome to issue 287 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 sam.jordan@scdc.org.uk or phone CHEX on 0141 248 1990. You can also tweet @SCDC_Sam. CHEX-Point Snippets is provided by CHEX – Community Health Exchange and this edition was compiled by Sam Jordan and Ciara Maguire. Thanks to all contributors to this edition.

Contents

(N.B. click on the heading links below to jump immediately to the relevant section)

CHEX News and General Information

Campaigns
Consultations
Publications
Funding
Events
Conferences and seminars
Training
Vacancies
Websites

CHEX News

The unintended consequences from difficult circumstances 
Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide support charity helping the thousands of people waking up to the harsh reality of breast cancer every day. Here Christina Greig, B-Aware Project Manager, speaks about her work.

Last year we developed a new volunteer role, Team B-Aware, designed to share the breast awareness message within local communities through the delivery of a short talk.  

After training the new cohort of volunteers, we connected them with each other through a piece of software – Basecamp. On a practical level, Basecamp allows volunteers to share ideas and information. However what developed beyond that was a new community of support, a network of peers, and best of all, friendships. Volunteers built strong support networks both on and off-line, so that those who live in the same area even started to meet up for coffee and chats.  

A recent post on the site describes one woman’s experience of having a high temperature, being re-admitted to hospital, and her description of being really scared.  Beyond the good wishes, ‘thinking of you’ and ‘get well’ responses, there were lots of comments about other peoples’ experiences, and tips for coping with the nausea and sickness.

This example shows power of these men and women from different corners of Scotland coming together and building communities of interest from their joint experiences. From diverse backgrounds and ages, they identify with each other, see themselves in others, and are empowered through a range of volunteer roles to help others in their own communities.

Find out more about B-Aware here. This article is adapted from issue 49 of CHEX-Point Newsletter


SCDC Appoints New Chair
The Scottish Community Development Centre, which CHEX is a part of, is delighted to announce the appointment of Angela Morgan as Chair of its Board of Trustees.

Angela is well known and respected both in her role as Chief Executive of Includem, a charity which supports young people across Scotland with complex needs and also as member of a number of government policy and strategy groups.

These include the National Youth Justice Strategy Group, the Strategic Group for the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children, and the Children's Hearing Improvement Partnership. She is also a Governor of The Donaldson Trust and School and a Board Member and Treasurer of the Coalition of Care and Support Providers Scotland.

Fiona Garven, SCDC Director, said

"I am so pleased that Angela Morgan is to become our new Chair. She brings wide experience, enthusiasm and shared values to our work.

"Her leadership will be crucial as we move forward to deliver our own strategy in support of our mission to build strong, resilient and healthy communities in Scotland."

Angela Morgan added:

"I am delighted to be joining the centre and look forward to working with them as they develop their strategy and move forward the whole agenda around community development.

"I chose to move from a career in mainstream social work to the third sector because of the opportunities it presents to work in a more focused and flexible way.

"That experience has informed my understanding of the importance of communities to the individuals who live in them - whatever their circumstances or challenges."

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General Information

New website for participatory budgeting in Scotland launches
PB Scotland is a new website for sharing and learning about the great work being done by participatory budgeting (PB) initiatives around Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Government, the website will provide updates on events, policy and resources relevant to PB in Scotland, and profile good examples of PB across the country and beyond.

In a welcome message for the new site, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment, Marco Biagi, said:

"In these times of unprecedented political engagement in Scotland, there are many people who want to participate, but may be uninterested or alienated by traditional consultations [...] I believe that's where PB comes into its own, as it gives people a space to contribute, while also gaining a taste of those other involvements and what they can achieve.

"I hope you find the new website useful as a source of information and a platform to showcase your PB activity, whether already underway or planned for the future. I look forward to being part of it."

Visit PB Scotland at http://pbscotland.scot.

If you are, or have been, involved in PB, please get in touch to tell us about your PB work and help us share it more widely. Anyone interested in PB can also subscribe to our newsletter if you want us to email you with the latest updates.


Indoor smoking campaign launches
The Scottish Government's Take it Right outside campaign is looking to reduce the number of people who smoke indoors with children. 

The Take it Right Outside campaign is warning smokers that opening a window or only smoking in one room is not enough to protect children from harmful chemicals.

In 2014, the Scottish Government announced a new target of reducing the proportion of children being exposed to second-hand smoke from 12 per cent to 6 per cent by 2020 – which would have the potential to protect up to 50,000 children.

Following training from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s health improvement team, the programme workers have been offering nursery parents who smoke Dylos machines to test the PM2.5 levels – harmful fine particles in the air from cigarette smoke – in their home. 

Stepping Stones for Families, a CHEX network member, has been involved in the work, with Family Wellbeing Service Manager Lynda Bathgate saying said: 

“We work in ten nurseries across Glasgow, supporting parents and providing health information on different topics, including second-hand smoke. Introducing the Dylos machines to help measure the harmful particles in the air caused by second-hand smoke has been a real eye opener for a lot of parents, and has helped open up discussions on the practical steps that can be taken to help ensure their home is smoke-free.”

There's more information here.


Scottish Rate of Income Tax - responses
The Scottish Parliament has released the consultation responses for its Scottish Rate of Income Tax consultation. The SRIT is due to be introduced in 2016, and will give the Scottish Parliament powers to adjust all tax bands in Scotland together within a 10% range.

The consultation document features the views of a range of organisations and individuals, as well as organisations working around health and tackling inequalities.

NHS Health Scotland have included a submission (pp. 55), which notes:

"Our modelling suggests that increasing SRIT by 1p would reduce the relative index of inequalities (RII) in all-cause mortality by approximately 0.5%, but would require
the resultant increased revenue to be used for redistribution or to fund effective public services for it to generate a positive impact on mean population mortality. Given that this additional revenue is likely to be used for such purposes, we would therefore support the introduction of SRIT at a rate greater than 10%."

SCVO (pp. 69) submits:

"In terms of the new powers coming to Scotland in 2016, we see that an SRIT rate of 11p will increase an approximate block grant of £30billion by about 1.4%iv, assuming only minor adjustments will be made to the block grant. This money should be spent in a variety of ways that would support the most vulnerable in our society, improve our economy, and help Scotland improve individuals’ health and wellbeing."

"We would like to see these new powers coming to Scotland in 2016 as a way to change the tax conversation, to demonstrate the positive things that tax can bring to society, and to use tax as a way in for people to see and understand what money is spent where."

Read the full document here and view a Scottish Rate of Income Tax Calculator here.
 

AyeMind survey
Can young people use online technologies to improve their mental health and wellbeing? Can youth-related workers use such technologies as part of their range of supports for young people’s mental health and wellbeing? 

Building on the detailed local development work of Project 99 (and its newly created public brand of Aye Mind) they have been successful in building up a wider partnership of agencies and individuals who will be valuable in considering and developing next stage work. 

In addition they have developed a survey monkey to capture wider views from youth related workers. They have adopted this term to take account of the wide range of professions and organisations that come into contact with children and young people, from teachers, social workers, youth workers, to commissioners of services etc. to ensure the toolkit is fit for purpose.

They  would be grateful if you could complete the survey. It should take around 5 - 7 minutes to complete and your contribution will help inform the content of the toolkit design and the wider Aye Mind development.

You can access the survey here.


Deadline extended for Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund
Grants of £300 and £500 are available for small organisations and community groups to hold local events on how to create a fairer Scotland. The closing date for applications is now Monday 16 November.


Challenge Poverty Week - 17-23 October 2015
Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for you to raise you voice against poverty and show what is being done to tackle poverty across. Organisations large and small supported Challenge Poverty Week last year, and we hope even more get behind it this year. 

The main aims of the week are to:

  • Highlight the reality of poverty and challenge the stereotypes about exist about it;
  • Demonstrate what is being done across Scotland to address poverty
  • Increase public support for more action to combat poverty

The Poverty Alliance are encouraging as many groups and individuals to get involved in Challenge Poverty Week by organising activities or taking part in activities organised by others.

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:  News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight.
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Campaigns

Your Invitation to the International Sherpa Union!- Scottish Beginnings
Sherpa Union is an International resilience movement that celebrates our greatest asset, our people! Our world is at a turning point. Few people doubt that we are facing great challenges in how we support and care for ourselves and others, searching for meaning in our lives, work and communities.  Sherpa Union is about bending and then to rebound to face life head on. Founded by Social Care Ideas Factory and supported by Scottish Government, Sherpa has already been embraced in USA, Sweden, Finland and Australia. We are now building Sherpa Union in Scotland!

Find out more.


Black History Month - October 2015
The Coalition for Racial Equality & Rights bring you Glasgow's Black History Month programme for October 2015.

From the official launch on 30th September to the closing party on 31st October, there's something for everyone with over 70 thought provoking, entertaining, moving and inspiring events. Some of these free events could 'sell out' fast - book now to ensure your place.

More here.

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Consultations and surveys

2021 census consultation
National Records Scotland is planning the 2021 Census in Scotland. As part of this, they are now asking their users for their views on the topics to be included on the 2021 Census questionnaire.

Taking part is easy and you can do so online  Background information and guidance, our current proposals and your opportunity to give feedback are all in one place. You can comment on all suggested topics or just one, or tell us what we have missed.

Scotland’s Census 2021 – Topic Consultation outlines National Records Scotland’s initial view of which topics should be included. Participants are advised to read this document before responding to the consultation.

National Records Scotland have organised three topic consultation events in November 2015. These events will be held at the following locations

• Glasgow 17 November 2015
• Aberdeen 19 November 2015
• Edinburgh 24 November 2015

If you would like to attend an event you can do so by clicking on the Eventbrite links above, for more information see the News and Events page

More here.


Rights and Resilience Project launched
Inclusion Scotland has launched an innovative new project to help disabled people and their communities mitigate the negative impacts of welfare reform.

By working in partnership with disabled people and their organisations (DPOs) and linking with organisations providing advice, information and services, the project will co-produce strategies to boost the resilience of disabled people in the face of an increasingly hostile social security system.

How can you get involved?

If you are a disabled person  - get in touch and tell us about your experience of claiming or living on benefits. What challenges have you faced, what or who has helped you, and what support would make a positive difference?

If you are a Disabled People's Organisation (DPO)  - let us know what you are doing to help your members deal with welfare reform, and what would make this job easier. Do you need: Information resources? Training? Useful contacts?

If you provide advice and support around benefits, employability, income maximisation or digital inclusion  -  Are disabled people engaging with your service? We would like you to tell us about the issues you think disabled people are facing and what you might need to better support this group.

If you are an organisation which has resources or ideas you think might help - please tell us about them! E-mail: rosalind@inclusionscotland.org.


Race equality in Scotland - Have your say! New Race Equality Framework for Scotland
CRER is working in partnership with the Scottish Government on the development of a new race equality framework for Scotland. We're consulting stakeholders on how this new framework can best promote race equality and tackle racism from 2016-2030.

More here
 

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Publications

Reducing social isolation across the life course
This new report from the Institute of Health Equity highlights evidence about the importance of good social relationships for health and wellbeing, and discusses what can be done at the local level to reduce social isolation. 

Social isolation is a complex social issue with roots at the societal, community and individual level. While social isolation is more commonly considered to occur in later life, people can be affected by social isolation at any age or stage of life. Reducing social isolation across society will contribute to improving overall health and wellbeing, and to reducing health inequalities. 

Organisations in local areas are well placed to work with individuals and communities to identify who is at risk of social isolation and to engage them in finding solutions. Broader interventions in areas such as transport, housing and the built and natural environment will support the creation of conditions that forge and foster good relationships within society.  
 
Read the report here.


Fairer Scotland - Future Social Security Powers Consultation
Read CPAG in Scotland's response to the Scottish Government's Fairer Scotland consultation which looks at how future social security powers might be used to create a more socially just society.

More here.


Food, poverty and policy: evidence base and knowledge gaps
This conference on food poverty held earlier in the summer in Sheffield has produced a fascinating report highlighting the key outcomes of the event and priorities for research agendas on food, poverty and policy.

The report can be downloaded from Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute here.
 

Good Mental Health For All
NHS Health Scotland has been working with representatives of the National Mental Health Improvement Network on creating a vision for public mental health in Scotland. Good Mental Health for All brings together this vision, and marks the beginning of a collaborative approach to raise the profile and benefits of mental health improvement activity in Scotland. The work focuses on the promotion of mental health and wellbeing, the prevention of mental health problems, and tackling inequalities in mental health. 

More here.


Promoting and protecting human rights in Scotland, Scottish Parliament Elections 2016
The Scottish Human Rights Consortium has published a document detailing the commitments it would like to see from all of Scotland's political parties in their manifestos for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.


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Funding


Community Greenspace Funding
Do you know of a local community greenspace project that would benefit from funding?  If so, then get ready for a new community grant programme! 

The first funding round of the programme opens for applications across Scotland, England and Wales on 19 October and will close on 30 November. This will be your first chance to submit an application for a grant of up to £12,000 to create better and happier places where you live, although there will be two funding rounds per year over the next three years. The grants programme is managed by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland, and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy. More here.


See Me Community Innovation Fund
The See Me Community Innovation Fund has grants of up to £20,000 available for larger pieces of work to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

The funding will be open to Change Networks with more formed and longer term project ideas that are already established or will be established by the start of the project.

Funding will support year-long pieces of work focused on behaviour change within communities that adhere to 'See Me' values and contribute to their national aims and objectives. More info here.
 

Time for Me! Fund for Young Carers
The Time for Me! fund has been introduced to help improve the range of opportunities available for young carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

Staff across services can support young carers to apply for up to £500 to help them follow their interests and take part in activities, events etc.

For more information or an application pack please click here.


Challenge Fund
We are seeking to maintain an environment that promotes cost-effective learning opportunities through the communication of ideas, networking and engagement. We also seek to improve the impact of the learning network ethos, so that information reaches, interests and inspires new audiences.

The Learning Network Challenge Fund will support the learning network model. The fund is oriented towards the achievement of the Scottish Government’s housing and regeneration outcomes:

  • A well-functioning housing system
  • High quality, sustainable homes
  • Homes that meet people's needs
  • People live in socially, physically and economically sustainable communities.
More info here.


CashBack for Communities – Small Grants Scheme
The next closing date for applications to the CashBack for Communities small grants scheme is the 1st December 2015.

Cashback for Communities is a Scottish Government initiative that uses funds recovered from criminal activity to support positive activities for young people. Through the scheme Volunteer lead youth groups in Scotland can apply for funding of up to £2,000 to enhance their programmes for young people and get their projects off the ground. More info here.
 

Grant Seekers
Since launching its inaugural Grants Programme in 2011, the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation has rapidly become regarded as an influential and strategic grantmaker with the funds to make a big impact in the improvement of health of local people.

Over the years, many thousands of people have benefited from the generous donations and bequests made to hospitals and healthcare across Edinburgh and the Lothian region. The Trustees want to continue funding innovative new ideas and projects that will continue to make a difference to people’s health. More info here.
 

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Events
 

The Poverty Alliance- First Annual Challenge Poverty Lecture
With a new round of cuts to social security imminent, endemic levels of child poverty and thousands of people trapped in low paid and insecure employment, the challenge of overcoming poverty is substantial. In the first annual Challenge Poverty lecture Naomi Eisenstadt, the Scottish Government’s new Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, will set out what she sees as some of the most significant problems that need to be addressed in order to make progress on tackling poverty in Scotland.

Thursday 22 October, more info here.

Sustainable Food Cities

Food for Life Scotland is working with the wider UK Sustainable Food Cities Network to support areas to recognise the key role food can play in dealing with some of today's most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges and take joined up action to transform food culture and food systems.

Sustainable Food Cities is an exciting programme which brings together local public agencies, private and third sector organisations and local communities who share a belief in the power of food as a vehicle for driving positive change and who are committed to promoting sustainable food for the benefit of people and the planet. It advocates an integrated, joined up approach to work on food as the best way to create lasting change, and recognises the need to embed this within an area by developing a food partnership and an action plan which reflects the wide range of issues that the food system affects.

Food for Life Scotland will continue to work with partners to support more areas in their aspirations to become a Sustainable Food City. To find out more about how to set up a programme in your area, contact Shruti Jain at sjain@soilassociation.org.

Food for Life Scotland will also be hosting an event on Friday 6 November in the City of Edinburgh where delegates will have the opportunity to find out more about the UK Sustainable Food City Network, the Sustainable Food City approach, and hear from areas that are driving positive food change in their area. To register your interest in attending the event, please contact Shruti. More info here.
 

Shaping Year of the Dad - half day event
Year of the Dad is coming! We would really like you to come to a half day event to help shape it and make it the best year it can be for all dads in Scotland. We will be sharing the plans we have for Year of the Dad and the Fathers Charter. Talking about the opportunities Year of the Dad presents and most importantly finding out how you would like to get involved.

The event will include a networking lunch to give you a chance to meet other like-minded, progressive thinkers who want to lead the way in this culture change.

4 November, more info here.
 

Celebrating Digital in Scotland
You are invited to an evening of celebration for the digital participation movement, in partnership with Digital Leaders and SCVO and sponsored by Sopra Steria, to bring people together to network and share ideas in the beautiful surrounds of Mansfield Traquair.

This event is an opportunity for anyone interested in Scotland's digital future. Guests will hear about the big issues, share their stories about how digital has made a difference for the people they work with, and make new connections.

16 November, for more info email digital@scvo.org.uk.
 

Ensuring Equality and Diversity in your Project with CEMVO
How do you ensure equality and diversity in your projects - from staff to volunteers and participants?  In employing staff and supporting volunteers it’s important to offer equal access to all and encouraging diversity in your project means a more diverse set of experiences and understanding to contribute to your work.  
 
This workshop will help identify some of the issues and challenges faced by individuals from all of the protected characteristic groups. We will be looking at current legislation and the equalities act to ensure inclusivity but beyond this we will also be focusing on cultural differences, languages, rituals, and meeting needs on a practical level.
 
This workshop is run by the Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations.  It is open to members, volunteers and staff of community groups who are taking action on climate change.
 
Inverness – Tuesday 8th December 2015. More info here.
 

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Conferences and seminars

CFHS annual networking conference
The conference will be an opportunity for people to come together, learn from each other and share experience, evidence, hopes and concerns on all aspects of food, inequality and social justice. A day where people can learn and discuss national activity as well as local practice, and that will benefit those involved with any aspect of community food. The programme will focus on the impact community food activity can have on local practice and national policy developments.

Wednesday 28 October 2015 Perth Concert Hall. Register online.


Re-imagining Alcohol in Glasgow's Communities
An informal event organised by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership to stimulate debate leading to a greater community voice on local decisions on the accessibility of alcohol , consider how alcohol affects communities, promote wider understand-ing of available support to communities and identify priorities for action.

Saturday 7 Nov, click here for more info.
 

Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory
The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory team are pleased to invite you to attend our first national conference exploring the role of evidence in health improvement for people with learning disabilities and autism.
We are excited to welcome speakers from Scotland, England and Wales who will talk about how they are working to address the health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities by improving the evidence base for policy and practice.

1 December 2015, more info here.


Adolescent Substance Abuse- Working Effectively with Adolescents
Teenagers in the UK are amongst the heaviest alcohol and drug-users in Europe, the consequences of which are wide ranging and include non-attendance and poor attainment at school, poor health, committing crime to support ‘habits’ and sexual exploitation. In addition to this, many children and young people who live with substance misusing parents and carers are suffering its ill effects.

At this conference, key experts and front line practitioners will update your knowledge and understanding on adolescent substance abuse, evidence based approaches and best practice, so you think in a new way about your work and work more effectively with this population group of young people. The conference will also provide a great opportunity to network with others and gain resources.

Tuesday 8th December 2015, Glasgow. More info here.


Diverse Identities in Sport
This LEAP Sports Scotland conference, will take place in Glasgow on March 4th 2016.

The conference which will focus on issues of inclusion of transgender, intersex, non-binary, genderqueer, asexual and other diverse identities related to gender and sexualities in their intersections with other identities within a sport context, and look at practice and strategies for inclusion. We will look at a range of pathways but will focus primarily on access level, grassroots and recreational sport. More info here.

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Training

Progress in Personalisation: A self-assessment framework, SDS Resource and Training Programme
SCLD announce a new performance improvement resource for service providers! Plus a programme of free training events for organisations wanting to use it.

Progress in Personalisation is a self-assessment framework that helps provider organisations measure the progress they are making towards delivering personalised support.

In the move towards self-directed support, this tool will not only help providers understand their current effectiveness, but also develop an Action Plan to help them improve. It is aimed squarely at supporting organisations both to identify and evidence the impact their service makes to people’s lives.

More info here.
 

GVCS- Measuring and Interpreting Google Analytics
Learn to use the web’s most popular analys tool. Gain the skills to understand and report online marketing and website performance.

This workshop will look at the implementation, tracking and the making sense of Google Analytics. Reporting on stats is only half the job, explaining what's going on is where it's at! Find out about the service’s main feature, from bounce to page view, and what exactly a dip or spike in traffic means.

20 October, more info here.


HIIC Tutor Training Dates October 2015
Interested in becoming a HIIC tutor? The next dates for Health Issues In The Community Tutor Training are the 28th & 29th October 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
sector.
 
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 alex@scdc.org.uk.
 

COSCA-certified Certificate in Counselling Skills
Gain a professionally recognised qualification in Counselling Skills. This training is accredited by COSCA - Scotland's professional body for counselling and psychotherapy

 Four modules, delivered at the Albany Learning and Conference Centre over 20 sessions, from November 2015 to May 2016. More info here.


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Vacancies


Roshni- Family Support Worker (Part Time)
roshni seeks to strengthen our work with vulnerable minority ethnic children and families and recruit a highly motivated and passionate individual to join the roshni team as a Family Support Worker.

The post holder will provide direct one-to-one support to minority ethnic children and families to identify needs, build resilience, and achieve positive outcomes. They will be expected to tailor this support to ensure that it culturally sensitive and can be delivered in the home.

Deadline: 5pm Monday 19th October 2015. More info here.


greenspace Scotland- Community Enabler, Community Enabler Coordinator and Administrator.
greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork UK to deliver a new community greenspace grant programme.

Our new team of Community Enablers are vital to ensuring the successful delivery of this grant programme. Community Enablers have three main roles: supporting successful projects, providing local technical support and working with local stores.

The grant programme covers every local authority area, so we’ll be working in urban and rural areas across Scotland. The Community Enablers and Coordinator will each be responsible for a geographical area: east, west and north Scotland. The post-holders covering the east and west will be based at our office in Stirling. We will consider an alternative base (or home-working) for the post-holder covering the north. Please note extensive travel around Scotland is required for these posts.

Ideal candidates will have a background in greenspace/environmental management and/or community development; experience of providing support to community groups and working in partnership with other organisations; project management and monitoring experience; strong interpersonal and communication skills.

We are also looking to recruit an Administrator to provide admin support for the organisation. More info here.
 

Independent Living Scotland- Project Policy Officer
Are you an experienced Policy Officer, passionate about disabled people’s rights and looking for an exciting opportunity?  You have a good understanding of Scottish policy and social justice for disabled people. You have experience of working with senior strategic stakeholders to make real impact. The ILIS project is hosted by Inclusion Scotland and funded by Scottish Government to make strategic interventions to progress disabled people’s independent living. ILiS is based in Glasgow.

Closing date, 2 November 2015. More info here. 
 

Community Food & Health Worker (Part-time)
The Ripple Project is a busy community organisation delivering a wide range of services aimed at improving health and wellbeing in the Restalrig/Lochend area of Edinburgh.  This is a hands-on role primarily focussed on ensuring the smooth delivery of all aspects of our Hub Grub Community Café, including support and development of our team of café volunteers, as well as the provision of simple, nutritious meals within the café setting for our Lunch Club for older people. There will also be opportunities to develop/support a range of our other community health based initiatives. More info here.

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Websites


Neighbourhood alcohol and tobacco environments in Scotland
The website allows you to map alcohol and tobacco outlet density for small neighbourhoods across Scotland.  You can also map alcohol-related death rates, lung cancer and lung disease death rates, and deprivation.  You can search by town or postcode and our download facility allows you to then download the data for either the whole of Scotland or selected areas.

More here.


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