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Issue 299 - 19th May 2016

Hello, and welcome to issue 299 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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CHEX-Point Newsletter – Issue 50
The latest edition of CHEX-Point Newsletter is here! For 50 issues we have been bringing you a detailed look at how community-led health contributes to strong, empowered and healthy communities.

With our 50th issue we’re looking back at the progress community-led health has made, examining where we are now and then taking look to future opportunities.

In this issue have:

  • An article from former CHEX manager Janet Muir on her perspectives
  • Hilda Campbell from COPE Scotland’s community-led approach
  • A look at our latest case studies: MORE Communities at the Centre
  • A summary of HIIC in 2015
  • An update on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act
  • CHEX News

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General Information

CLD plans 2015-18 - Planning for Change in Scotland's Communities
This report focuses on the plans published under the CLD Regulations in September 2015 and explores the role and impact of proposed CLD provision 2015-18. It considers the distinctive nature of CLD activities and the ways in which these activities contribute to local and national objectives. It is organised under Scotland's National Performance Framework Outcomes.

The report aims to describe the variety of activities planned by the range of CLD providers in each local authority area. It is likely to be of interest to local and national policy makers, those involved in the process in their area and national partners. It offers an indication of the ways in which CLD provision is changing to reflect the national context and will serve as a baseline for future analysis of plans made under the CLD Regulations in coming years.

More here.

'The Economics of prevention'
NHS Health Scotland has produced a briefing which outlines the 'economics of prevention'. It details the role of preventative behaviours (i.e. smoking, drinking) but notes:

"Policies and interventions which directly address the social and economic inequalities that drive health inequalities are likely to be most effective. Examples include the introduction of a living wage, the introduction of higher standards for privately rented accommodation and measures to improve the physical environment.

Evidence from the King’s Fund13 and Public Health England, in collaboration with the Institute for Health Equity, highlights the economic case for investing in programmes tackling the social determinants of health, such as programmes helping people find good jobs and stay in work.

More here.

New book: Asset-based approaches: their rise, role and reality
A new book examines the role and development of asset-based approaches across three key policy areas in Scotland today.

"Asset-based approaches: their rise, role and reality" provides a critical overview of the evidence for asset-based approaches, including the background and rationale for the approach; the current policy, political and economic context; and the implications and opportunities for the workforce.

The book focuses on the role of these approaches across public health, community development and social services - each sharing the fundamental principles of the assets-based approach.

It asks what mean when we use this term, where has it come from, what difference does this way of working make and what does the evidence say so far?

More here.

EU upholds tough rules on tobacco packaging
Rules that will drastically alter cigarette packaging are set to be adopted, after big tobacco firms failed to block new European Union laws.

Europe's highest court upheld a law that will standardise packaging and ban the advertising of e-cigarettes.

Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco (BAT) challenged the proposed legislation. They argued that the European Union was overstepping its authority to direct laws in member states.

Under the new rules health warnings will have to cover 65% of the front and back of cigarette packaging.

More here.

VHS Clear Pathway
Clear Pathway is a collaborative new project that VHS is delivering from May 2016 onwards. It aims to support safe, effective and person centred volunteering in NHS settings, with the focus on volunteers recruited and managed by third sector organisations.

Clear Pathway will strengthen engagement between NHS Boards and the third sector, providing leadership and support for the co-production of clearer processes for partnership working around volunteering. Practical work (from May 2016) includes mapping of existing third sector volunteering and processes in NHS settings, engagement work in selected NHS Board areas, and the development of guidance and case studies.

More here.

Why Mental Health Matters to Scotland’s Future
The Scottish Mental Health Partnership believes it is time for a significant shift in
Scotland’s approach to mental health. This means moving from a system primarily focused
on crisis intervention and maintenance towards prevention of distress and the promotion
of good mental health and wellbeing for everyone in Scotland, by right. 

This report outlines this vision, and the key objectives of a high level commission to discuss mental health in Scotland:
  • To fully understand and map out how mental health promotion, prevention and support and treatment is recognised across the policy mainstream.
  • To undertake a root and branch review of the way all public and third sector services support mental health and wellbeing from the perspective of people using them, drawing on best practice globally to describe a vision of what mental health promotion, prevention and support and treatment services should look like by 2020, and 2030.
More here.

Mary Barbour Award 
The award recognises the contribution women who follow in the footsteps of Mary Barbour make to community campaigning in Glasgow. The recipient of the award will be recognised as making a significant contribution to local community through a specific campaign or various campaigns over a sustained period.

Criteria for nominations:
Nominated candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • The nominee must be a woman.
  • The impact must be felt within the Glasgow City limits.
  • The overall impact the candidate has made must be significant and have basis within a local Glasgow community.
The nomination must be made in written format which clearly demonstrates to the panel the campaign/campaigns involved, the role played by the nominee and the significance of the outcome of the campaign/nominee’s efforts.

Please submit all applications to by Tuesday 31 May 2016.  A decision regarding the recipient of the award will be reached by Thursday 30 June 2016.

First Call for applications to DRILL and new Guidance released
Applications  are open for a new UK-wide programme that will promote innovative approaches to enabling disabled people and those with long term health conditions to fully participate in society and achieve independent living. 
In Scotland, DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) is to be delivered by well-known disabled people’s organisation ‘Inclusion Scotland’. They will be working in partnership with Disability Action Northern Ireland, Disability Rights UK and Disability Wales to deliver the Programme across the UK. 
The programme is fully funded by the Big Lottery Fund to the tune of £5million. It expects to fund around 40 research and pilot projects throughout the UK over the next four years, up to a maximum of £150,000.  

Applications are now invited for grants to carry out research and establish pilot projects on subjects reflecting the priorities of disabled people.  Partnerships, likely to involve combinations of disabled people, their organisations, academics and potentially others, are expected to come together to develop and submit applications and, if funded, deliver their project through a process of co-production. 

There's more here.

'I don't smoke; don't drink. The only thing wrong with me is my health' - new report
A series of interviews with people living in two towns in Ayrshire has highlighted the impact that wider social issues have on people's health - and need for local communities to be at the centre of solutions.

The report from the University of the West of Scotland links the experiences of austerity, de-industrialisation and welfare reform over the last 40 years with people's experiences of ill-health.

It adds further evidence of the need to tackle root causes of poverty and inequality when facing the health issues of deprived communities. It also notes that tendency for public health campaigns, even ones which are well-meaning, to suffer from 'lifestyle drift' where the poor are often blamed for their problems.

The report is based upon the interviews with people living in Kilmarnock and Cumnock, where they told researchers about the issues which they saw affecting their communities - often directly related to government social policies.

Read more here. During April 2016 download the full report for free 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

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Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Week
This year Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place on 16-22 May 2016 and will focus on relationships.

More than healthy diet or exercise, strong social networks improve our mental wellbeing. The week will be about recognising this, and thanking the people that support you, reaching out to those who you can listen to and help, and campaigning to ensure that decision makers start addressing the barriers that stop people forming such important relationships.

There's events and resources available here.

Proud Single Parents campaign targets stereotypes and stigma
One Parent Family Scotland has launched a new campaign to challenge the stereotypes and stigma still too often attached to single parenthood. 

The “Proud Single Parents” campaign aims to challenge prejudice against single parents in the run up to the Scottish election and beyond.

Following the publication of research by GCPH, the Glasgow Lone Parent Development Project was set up to find practical solutions to lone parent poverty in Glasgow. As part of this project OPFS have been consulting single parents across the city about the issues affecting their family lives. Childcare was identified as the biggest barrier to single parents accessing services and employment.

Another significant issue highlighted was the impact of stigma and negative attitudes. As a lot of media coverage relating to single parents focuses on the struggles and negatives, we have launched a social media campaign celebrating the diversity, and positive aspects of being a single parenthood.

More here.

Volunteers' Week 1-12 June
More than 21 million people big difference to individuals and communities every day from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support.

More here.

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Consultations and surveys

Community Empowerment consultations
The Scottish Government has published a series of consultations around the Communtiy Empowerment (Scotland Act):

Right to buy abandoned land
The consultation seeks views on the "abandoned, neglected or detrimental land" aspect of the extended powers given to community organisations.

Asset Transfer consultation
The Asset Transfer Consultation on Draft Regulations seeks your views on the procedures for making and dealing with asset transfer requests - along with the review and appeals process and on the registers of land which relevant authorities must publish. 

Community planning consultation published
The consultation on guidance and draft regulation seeks your views on how community planning should be approached and reviewed in local areas.

In each case there is an online consultation form, along with supporting materials. The consultations are open to any individual or organisation in Scotland. 

All of the consultations are open until mid-June. There's more information on SCDC's dedicated Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act page, here.

Exploring support for a community food network in Glasgow
Glasgow Food Policy Partnership is keen to hear from those working in the community food sector in Glasgow about whether they feel a community food network for the city would be useful and, if so, in what form. If there is support for exploring the possibility further, a small short life group will be established to develop a detailed proposal for a community food network which is suited to Glasgow’s specific needs and circumstances. 

An event is planned for early June and if you are involved in community food activity in Glasgow and would like to participate, please email to express your interest by 9th May. Confirmation of places along with further details about the event will be sent by 20th May.

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER): Call for submissions for Black History Month (BMH) October, 2016 Programme of Events
During BHM, CRER aims to raise awareness of the positive role that Black/Minority Ethnic men and women have played in shaping both Glasgow and Scotland’s history.  CRER, alongside various other groups, organise a diverse range of events, activities and workshops to help promote learning and understanding of Scotland’s ‘hidden’ history to inspire a greater knowledge of the contributions, sacrifices and achievements that have been made throughout the history of Black/Minority Ethnic people in Scotland. It is also an opportunity to apply lessons from the past to build a more inclusive Scotland.  CRER invites you / your organisation to take part in Black History Month 2016.  

Please  email for more information and a Form. Deadline for submitting initial ideas: Friday 8th July 2016

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History, politics and vulnerability: explaining excess mortality
This GCPH et al report discusses the 'Glasgow Effect' - a high level of excess mortality that occurs largely in the west of Scotland. It looks at the research that has been undertaken into this phenomenon, and from a detailed examination of all the available evidence, identifies the most likely underlying causes and, therefore, the most appropriate policy responses. 

As the report makes clear, however, such responses need to be entwined with ever more urgent actions to address the key drivers of overall poor health in the country – poverty and deprivation – and to seek to narrow the widening gaps in income, power, wealth and, therefore, health in Scottish society.

There's an infographic which outlines the report's finding here and you download the full report here.

Advocacy support curbs disability poverty risk
A third sector led project has shown the value of expert support for disabled people and people with long term conditions during assessments for Personal Independence Payment and Work Capability Assessments. 

The Alliance and SIAA attended disability benefit assessments alongside over 600 people with mental health problems, learning disabilities or neurological conditions in four pilot areas across Scotland. 

Many people who received support through the project had previously had poor experiences of assessments which had raised their levels of stress and anxiety about what lay ahead.  

Key findings from the project include that:
  • Independent Advocacy can support people to prepare better for Work Capability Assessments and Personal Independence Payment assessments, speak for themselves and receive a fair outcome.
  • Independent Advocacy helps tackle poverty, and mitigates the health impacts of welfare reform, by supporting people to access the benefits to which they are entitled.
  • Independent Advocacy support cannot be designed out of the process where disability benefit assessments are carried out on a face to face basis.
More here.  

Gender pay inequality reports
Close The Gap: New Gender Pay Gap Statistics paper, which looks at the complexities of measuring and reporting on the pay gap, and Gender Equality Pays report, examining research into the economic impact of tackling women’s economic inequality.

Gender Pay Gap Statistics here and Gender Equality Pays here.

New figures on growing inequality among children in high-income countries
A new UNICEF report presents evidence on how inequality affects children in high-income countries. 

Innocenti Report Card 13, Fairness for Children: A league table of inequality in child well-being in rich countries, ranks 41 EU and OECD countries according to how far children at the bottom of the distribution fall below their peers in the middle. The report looks at bottom end inequality of income, educational achievement, self-reported health and life satisfaction.

More here.

Scotland's Population at its Highest Ever
Scotland’s population continues to rise and reached its highest ever total in 2015.

Statistics published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) show that the estimated population of Scotland was 5,373,000 in mid-2015.

The figures show a rise of 25,400 (0.5 per cent) people since mid-2014.

More here

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Two weeks left to apply for Tesco Bags of Help greenspace funding
The deadline for applications to Tesco Bags of Help is fast approaching - midday on Fri 3 June. This is a fantastic opportunity for community groups and organisations to bag a grant of up to £12,000 for their greenspace project. Funding is available to a wide range of community groups, local authorities and organisations across England, Wales and Scotland and they can apply for grants to improve local green spaces. Successful projects will go forward to a public vote in Tesco stores which will decide whether they receive a grant of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Projects that will get the green light as a result of funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, woodland walks and community gardens.  

Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available online here.

Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund 2016
Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) manages the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund (SIALF) on behalf of the Scottish Government. The aim of the £500,000 one-year Fund is to support community-based projects tackling social isolation. To be eligible organisations should have an annual income of under £250,000. Grants of up to £20,000 are available.

The outcomes for the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund are:

  • An increase in social connectedness of people experiencing disadvantage; and
  • A reduction in the effects of social isolation in people experiencing disadvantage. The deadline for applications is 20 May 2016.

More here.

Funding to Improve Local Communities and Promote Financial Inclusion (Scotland)
The Bank of Scotland Foundation has announced that the next closing dates for its small and medium grant making programmes is the 8th July 2016. The aim of the Foundations grant making is to support projects that improve and develop local communities and promote financial literacy and financial inclusion.

Through the small grants making programme, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available and through the medium grants making programme grants of between £10,001 and £25,000 are available. 

More here.

Community Radio Fund Opens for Applications
Funding is available to not-for-profit radio stations that have a social purpose, and work to involve their target community in running the service. Funding will be available to Community Radio Stations towards their core running costs.

The average grant awarded over the last few years has been in the region if £15,000. The closing date for applications will be 5pm on the 26th May 2016.

More here.

Community Shed Spaces
Volunteer groups across Scotland are being encouraged to apply for a share of a new grant fund to help support the set-up of community shed spaces.

Sheds are community workshop spaces where people can come together to take part in practical skills and activities.

Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available from the fund – with applicants encouraged to apply for some of the tools and equipment they need for their activities or ongoing costs such as help with their rent or insurance.

More here.

Ideas, Innovation, Improvement Grant
Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) and Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSi) have been awarded a limited amount of funding from the Integrated Care Fund for one–off small grants, to a maximum value of £2000, to support Third Sector Initiatives which are aimed at addressing health inequalities.

This small grant could be available to groups who organise activities and opportunities for adults, for example lunch clubs, where the activities and opportunities help to address social isolation and health inequalities. Applications are invited from Third Sector organisations with a maximum income of £50 000.

More here.

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EU Referendum Event - Saturday, 28 May 2016, Glasgow
Speakers will talk about their views on why we should remain or leave the EU.  Information stalls from Stronger In and Vote Leave.  Come with your questions too.  Following the presentations, you will have an opportunity to ask about issues important to you.  To register to email or telephone 0141 339 4797.

Aye Mind Launch - Digital Approaches to Youth Mental Health - Wednesday, 1 June 2016, Glasgow
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Mental Health Improvement Team and partners are pleased to launch the work of our EU-funded Aye Mind project.  GGCNHS worked in collaboration with a consortium of agencies - Young Scot, Snook and Mental Health Foundation.  Aye Mind (previously known as Project 99) adopted a co-production approach, working with groups of young people aged 13-21 to explore experiences of using digital communication technologies and their potential for promoting mental wellbeing. 

Delegates will get the opportunity to gain an overview of these developments, to get "hands-on" experience of the resources and to consider implications for practice and future developments.

More here.

Participatory Budgeting, Democratisation and Open Government: The State of the Art in Europe and the UK - Thursday 2nd June 2016, London
This workshop is dedicated to analysing the state of the art of PB and participatory processes in the United Kingdom and Europe.

After presenting the EMPATIA project, we will explore EMPAVILLE, a role-playing game that uses innovative ICTs to simulate multi-channel (on and offline) Participatory Budgeting.

During the afternoon we will review some of the most interesting developments in Participatory Budgeting in the UK. The newly constituted UK PB Network will be presented after the plenary session, with election of the PB Network committee and launch of the PB Network advisory board.

More here.

International experiences in Participatory Budgeting: A session with Giovanni Allegretti
What Works Scotland is inviting those interested and involved in participatory budgeting to morning session with international PB expert Giovanni Allegretti.
  • Monday 13 June from 11am to 13:00 (tea/coffee served from 10.45am, and lunch after the event at 1pm)
  • Venue: Paterson’s Land - Room 1.26 University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ 
Participatory budgeting (PB) is gaining momentum in Scotland, with new processes developing across the country; over 20 Local Authority Areas undertaking capacity building programmes; and a new commitment in the SNP manifesto for the recent elections: “Setting Councils a target of having at least 1 per cent of their budget subject to Community Choices budgeting. This will be backed by the Community Choices Fund to help public bodies and community groups build on examples of best practice.”

This session provides an opportunity to hear about international PB experiences and how they compare to current developments in Scotland. A chance to discuss the principles and practicalities of PB, including emerging challenges and exciting prospects.

The session will be hosted by Oliver Escobar (WWS), and feature Kathleen Glazik, PB lead at the Scottish Government, who will provide reaction to Giovanni’s presentation as well as reflection about the future of PB in Scotland

This event is free but places are limited.  Please register to book your place here.

Where Community Meets Enterprise - 24 June Edinburgh
This Community Enterprise event will bring together community organisations, funders, policy makers, intermediaries and social enterprises from throughout Scotland to debate and discuss: Where Community Meets Enterprise: the nature and scale of ‘community enterprise’ within Scotland’s growing family of social enterprises - a debate and a celebration.

The event is aimed at community enterprises operating at a local level but also at support providers, policy makers, funders and intermediaries who form the social enterprise and community regeneration eco-system in Scotland. This will happen at a time when the new ambitious social enterprise strategy is being co-produced by the sector and the Scottish Government.

More here.

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Conferences and seminars

Scotland Welfare Rights Conference - 10 June 2016, Glasgow
The pace of change in social security is unrelenting as universal credit rolls out, new powers are devolved to Scotland, wider UK welfare ‘reforms’ continue to impact on families and the Scottish Welfare Fund gains a statutory underpinning.

Book now to hear the latest developments as well as explore how rights to social security can support children’s rights to achieve the goal of ending child poverty.

As the newly elected Scottish Parliament considers how to use its new social security powers, the conference will also hear a range of perspectives on how ‘dignity’ can be built into the social security system at Scottish and UK level.

More here.

Edinburgh Tenants Federation Conference and Annual General Meeting - 18 June, Edinburgh
ETF's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the biggest event of the year for tenants in Edinburgh and this year promises to be no different.  This year will be slightly different as it will include a Conference beforehand and the theme is 'The Big Conversation'.  The meeting will be discussing the changes being made in tenant participation and how the Federation can change with the times? This is an ideal opportunity to come along and chat with other tenants as part of 'The Big Conversation'.  The Conference will take place on Saturday 18th June 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm, Norton Park Conference Centre. Lunch will be provided.

More here.

Alliance annual conference - 23rd May, Glasgow
The Alliance annual conference will focus on practical ways to hear the voice of lived experience, learn from others about changing support and services for the better and lead from the front in developing new models of care.  Partners for the event include Healthcare Improvement Scotland and What Works Scotland. 

Pennie Taylor will chair this event and Cabinet Secretary for Health Wellbeing and Sport will address delegates and Purple Poncho Players will perform on the day.  Speakers at the event include:
  • Judith Robertson, Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Jackie Maceira, Convenor, Scottish Disability Equality Forum
  • Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government 
More here.

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Scottish Women’s Aid: Supporting Transgender People Experiencing Domestic Abuse
Half day training on the 25th May in Edinburgh.

More here.


Online Support and Videos for Carers
Carers Scotland have worked with carers to produce a range of videos designed to empower carers and improve the ways they are supported.  Videos can be accessed via Carers Scotland's Youtube account.

Carers Scotland, as part of Carers UK, provides information, support and advice, as well as training, to carers throughout Scotland.

For further information, please visit the Carers Scotland website.

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Development Worker – Rainbow Families (Glasgow)
Starting Salary: £24,293 pro rata 
Hours: 5 hours
LGBT Health and Wellbeing is a dynamic community development organisation set up in 2003 to promote the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. We are seeking to recruit a Development Worker – Rainbow Families (Glasgow) to play a key role in our organization.  Join us to help us deliver our ambitious vision for LGBT health, wellbeing and equality in Scotland. 

The closing date for applications is 9:00am Wednesday 1st June 2016. Interviews will take place Monday 6th June. More here.

Action for Sick Children Scotland - Development Officer
£23,546 – 24,293 Pro rata (20 hrs pw)
7 wks leave + public holidays (2 years post)
ASCS wants to reach more families, including those who may face barriers engaging with health services. We seek an enthusiastic professional to develop links with agencies/groups, to identify needs with a view to raising awareness of children and young people’s health rights and how to access health services amongst their communities. You will have development or community engagement skills; probably experience working with minority groups. Knowledge of child health helpful. Main location: Edinburgh or Glasgow

Closing date: 6 June. More here.  

Paths for All - Business Manager
Starting salary £35,000 (full time 37 hours per week)
Interviews: 23 June
This is a new and exciting post.  The Business Manager will be a member of Paths for All’s Management Team.  The post holder will lead on financial management, business and partnership development and oversee the work of our corporate services.  We are looking for someone with considerable experience in managing the finances of an organisation, business acumen and managing HR, IT, Administration services.  You should be educated to degree level or equivalent in one of the above disciplines.  A member of a relevant professional body would be advantageous.  

Paths for All - Walking for Health Development Officer (1 full-time and 1 part-time (0.6) post) 
Starting salary £25,000 (full time 37 hour week) 
Interviews: 24 June
These are opportunities to join a small, enthusiastic team at the forefront of physical activity promotion. We are looking for candidates with relevant skills and experience in project and community development and a passion for the benefits of physical activity. The role will involve working with a range of partners to promote and support Walking for Health through a community led approach. It is a varied, exciting and satisfying position with the opportunity to make a real difference to Scotland's health. You should be educated to degree level or equivalent in a related discipline. 

Paths for All - Administrator
Starting salary £15,873 (full time 37 hours per week)
Fixed-term appointment to 31 March 2017, with the possibility of extension
Interviews: 20 June
We are looking for the right person to join our Corporate Services team and provide a comprehensive support service to colleagues.  You will need to be highly organised and flexible and be experienced in the full range of administrative tasks.  You should hold a relevant qualification.

The closing date for all applications is 10 June. More details here.

SAMH - ALBA project co-ordinator
SAMH have secured funding for the next three years to work with our partners in 3 local areas (Fife, Edinburgh and North Ayrshire) on an innovative new intervention that will bolster existing physical activity provisions in these areas with mental health support to enable long-term physical activity behavioural change.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the right candidate to lead of the co-ordination and implementation of partnership working, to champion the development of new peer support provisions and the local networks to support and sustain these.  Ideally the successful candidate will have a knowledge and interest in the role of physical activity in addressing health and social problems as well as an awareness of the significance of mental health challenges and a positive attitude to change, development and partnership working.

More here.

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Inverclyde Life
This websites acts as a central hub for community activity happening in the Inverclyde area. It has details on upcoming events an opportunities for volunteering, as well as a community directory where you can find out more about local groups, organisations and services in your area. 

View the website here.

The ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) programme is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Health and Social Care ALLIANCE Scotland. The programme works closely with existing ALLIANCE programmes, membership and networks as well as public services and communities in Scotland to make information about local sources of support more findable. More here.

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