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Issue 306 - 8th September 2016

Hello, and welcome to issue 306 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 News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


Co-production Week Scotland 2016 - Get involved!
As we build up to the week, we're looking for everyone who is passionate about co-production to get involved in this campaign taking place across Scotland.

There's loads of ways to be part of the week. You could...

Find out more at the Scottish Co-production Network.

Sign up to the CHEX Community-led Health Database
Are you a community-led organisation?Do you enhance people’s health and wellbeing?

If the answer to both these questions is yes then please read on.

CHEX provides support to a wide network of community-led health initiatives and their public sector partners who are tackling health inequalities in communities across Scotland.  They develop good practice, share information and influence national health and social care policy.

By becoming a member of the CHEX Community-led Health Database your organisations can:

  • Spotlight your work
  • Be easily found by those looking for local community-led health organisations
  • Make links with other organisations doing similar work, from across Scotland
  • Be the first to hear about upcoming events, reports, funding and health & social care policies

The CHEX Community-led Health Database is free to join and has members from across Scotland. You can sign up HERE

For more information contact

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General Information

Scottish Government programme for government 16/17
The Scottish Government has outlined its programme for government 2016/17 this week, detailing the following items which may be of interest to those working around health and community development:
  • Child Poverty Bill - The bill will replace the recently repealed sections of the UK Child Poverty Act 2010 concerning targets and strategies in relation to child poverty.
  • Social Security Bill - The bill will take forward the government's priorities for the social security powers that are to be devolved, ahead of the establishment of a new Social Security Agency.
  • Poverty - They will "shortly publish a Fairer Scotland Action Plan bringing together the actions we will take across Government to tackle poverty and inequalities."
  • Baby box - The baby box, a prominent feature of the SNP’s election campaign, will be consulted on this year and rolled out in 2017.
  • Local democracy review -  In 2016-17 the government will "take forward a consultation exercise to find out what electoral reforms Scottish citizens would like to see taken forward in future legislation."
  • Empowerment - Implementing the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, which Act will “provide new rights for communities, place new duties on public sector bodies and reform community planning.”
  • Human rights - Related to the above, the government say they will integrate human rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals within the National Performance Framework.
  • Equalities - They say they will: "establish an Advisory Council on Women and Girls to advise of gender issues" &  "establish an Equality in Sport and Physical Activity Forum and develop a £300,000 Gender Equality in Sport Fund to address the barriers specific to women’s participation." 
Not all of this is new and there will be lots more not included in the document. Sources: BBC News, Commonwheel, A Plan for Scotland.

SIMD 2016
The new Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation has been released, updating the figures from 2012. The SIMD is the Scottish Government's official tool to identify areas of multiple deprivation in Scotland.

The SIMD was developed by splitting Scotland into 6,976 areas, then examining various indicators such as pupil performance, travel times to the GP, crime, unemployment and many others. 

In the guidance for the tool, it says:

"People who use SIMD tell us that being seen to live in a deprived area can be negative in itself. So, to help give a more balanced view, we asked people in deprived areas to tell us more about living and working there, the good and the bad. In every deprived community in Scotland we have visited, we found committed organisations and individuals working hard to make the place they call home better. We’ve included three sets of these local stories."

An important note. Thee tool is effective in highlighting broad statistical trends but does not uncover the wealth of community organisations and contributions of local people living in deprived areas.

View some background info here and the online tool at

IACD Board approves global definition of Community Development
Following consultation with IACD members, presentation and finalisation of the draft text at the July 2016 Minnesota international conference, the IACD Board has approved a new Global Definition of Community Development.

“Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through the organisation, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings“.

More here.

We can solve poverty in the UK - Joseph Rowntree Foundation
JRF’s comprehensive strategy, We can solve poverty in the UK, sets out recommendations on how all of us can act to solve poverty. Their five-point plan to solve poverty in the UK will:
  • Boost incomes and reduce costs;
  • Deliver an effective benefit system;
  • Improve education standards and raise skills;
  • Strengthen families and communities; and
  • Promote long-term economic growth benefiting everyone.
Bringing together the skills and resources of national and local governments, businesses, service providers and citizens, we want to solve poverty in the UK within a generation. Our vision is to make the UK fit for the children starting school this year – so that by the time they enter adulthood in 2030, they will be living in a UK where:
  • No one is ever destitute;
  • Less than one in ten of the population are in poverty at any one time; and
  • Nobody is in poverty for more than two years.
We need a new consensus that poverty in the UK is real, matters to all of us, and can be solved. JRF is calling for a long-term deal between individuals, the state, and business, so that no matter where people live, everyone has the chance of a decent and secure life.

More here.

Scotland's Inclusive Communication Hub
An online Hub, 'Include Us All', has been launched to support anyone with an interest in improving their inclusive communication tools and processes. The concept of Inclusive Information is simple: make everything easy to access, simple to understand and your message will go further. The Hub provides tools and guidance, case studies, details of training and the latest news on Inclusive Communication.

More here..

SRN respond to 10 year vision for mental health in Scotland
Louise Christie, Network Manager for Policy and Development at SRN, shares some early reflections on the Scottish Government’s 10 year vision to transform mental health in Scotland. 

Louise notes:

"The Scottish Recovery Network welcomes the ambition of setting a 10 year vision. What concerns us is the lack of, or at least a lack of clarity of the vision set out in the document. The framework of ‘Start Well, Live Well and Age Well’ and the eight priorities give some indications of what the vision could be but they do not amount to a vision of a mentally healthy Scotland."

More here.

Pulling in different directions?
This report considers the impact of economic recovery and continued changes to social security on health and health inequalities in Scotland and is an update to the baseline report Making a Bad Situation Worse?, published in October 2013. It provides an update on developments in the social security system and changing economic context and monitors relevant changes in population health and health inequalities in Scotland. It also presents findings from a rapid review of the literature to identify whether and which subgroups of the Scottish population have been disproportionately affected by the social security reforms.

More here.

SCVO - Introducing the #RightApproach
SCVO’s new campaign to promote Human Rights in the third sector.

The third sector plays a pivotal role in ensuring the rights set out in the document are realised in practice. Without campaigners holding decision makers to account and ensuring the voices of those in vulnerable situations are heard, basic human rights for many would go unrealised.

Here, Allan Young from SCVO got in touch with Naomi McAuliffe, Amnesty’s Scotland director to discuss all things human rights, from the act under threat to holding Police Scotland’s feet to the fire.

More here.

Decent work for Scotland's low paid workers: a job to be done
Oxfam, University of the West of Scotland and Warwick Institute for Employment Research have launched a wide-ranging research into decent work in Scotland - what it is, and how far Scotland needs to go to achieve it. 

Participants prioritised 26 factors that make for decent work - but when we looked at today's labour market, we found that Scotland is failing to deliver on these priorities for too many people. 
Looking at the top 5 priorities and using the latest data available: 
  • A decent hourly rate - 1 in 5 employees are paid less than the voluntary living wage 
  • Job security - 138,000 employees are on temporary contracts 
  • Paid leave - 118,000 employees do not receive the statutory minimum paid holidays 
  • A safe working environment - 88,000 workers report illness caused or made worse by work in the previous twelve months 
  • A supportive manager - 324,000 adults in work feel their line manager does not support them 
More here.

News from other networks

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ALLIANCE Self Management Week 2016
The week runs from 3rd – 7th October 2016 This year, the theme is ‘Powerful Partnerships'. The Alliance will be asking people: 
  • How can a powerful partnership transform your life and our services?
  • Has a powerful partnership helped you to self manage?
  • How does working in partnership help you and others to self manage?
The Alliance will be holding the annual Self Management Awards on the Tuesday 4th October 2016 at the Garden Lobby, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. The aim of these awards is to highlight good practice and promote a wide range of self management work. This will be a great opportunity to network with others leading the way for self management in Scotland and to raise awareness among MSPs.

Winners, announced on the night, will come from the following categories:
  • Self Management Supporting Health and Social Care Partnership of the Year
  • Self Management Project of the Year
  • Self Management Supporting Community of the Year
  • Best Self Management Resource
  • Shazia Akhtar Individual Transformational Story of the Year
  • Innovative Partnership Idea of the Year
More here

World Mental Health Day
Hosted by the World Federation of Mental Health, is on 10 October each year. A day dedicated to raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity.

More here.

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival
This event is one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature. The annual festival takes place in venues across Scotland from the 10th - 31st October, aiming to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.

More here.

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Consultations and surveys

Mental health in rural Scotland: Survey launched 
National charity Support in Mind Scotland and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has joined forces to run a survey to discover what it’s like to live with mental ill health in the country’s rural areas.

This is the first time such a survey has been carried out, focusing specifically on people’s own experiences throughout rural Scotland.

Rural areas can be idyllic places to live, but it is also the case that people in rural Scotland suffer from mental ill health and the effects of isolation. 

Through this survey, the charity is trying to find out how “rural” affects daily life, including using public transport, accessing services, and being part of small communities. 

Support in Mind Scotland and SRUC are also asking for people’s ideas for rural service delivery and what they want to tell Scotland’s policy-makers.

The survey on living with mental ill health in rural Scotland will run from Thursday 25 August to  Wednesday 21 September. stakeholder bodies. 

You can access it here

Scottish Government: Social Security
This consultation seeks to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016.

More here.

Scottish Parliament: A Scottish approach to taxation call for evidence
The Committee is interested in hearing views on the approaches and principles which should guide the development of a Scottish approach to taxation.

More here.

Scottish Government: Consultation on a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland
The consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for a Child Poverty Bill.

More here.

Mental Health 10 year Strategy - Public Engagement Events
Health Scotland and Young Scot are hosting 4 half day interactive engagement events across Scotland to gather views and help with your own responses to the Scottish Government’s 10 year vision to transform mental health. 

The events will be of interest to those of all ages with lived experience, carers, mental health service users and providers, the Third Sector, NHS Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships, Integrated Joint Boards, COSLA, local authorities, Community Planning Partners, Mental Health Officers, social work service providers and professional bodies.

The Minister for Mental Health will attend a number of these events where possible.

Dates for your diary

  • 30 August - Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
  • 6 September - Discovery Point, Dundee;
  • 13 September - Trades Hall, Merchant City, Glasgow; and
  • 14 September - CoSLA Education Centre, Edinburgh

At the Edinburgh venue, videoconference facilities will be available for those who cannot attend in person.  Please put your request on the booking form.

To register for these events, go to eventbrite weblink:

Further Information

If you have any questions about these events, please email NHS Health Scotland's Mental Health Improvement Team: nhs.healthscotland-MHI@NHS.NET 

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Impact of EU membership on equality and human rights
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has released a series of questions which consider what difference membership of the EU makes to equality and human rights in Britain. 

the questions provide background on the relationship between the UK Human Rights Act and the EU, as well as looking at how the vote to leave the European Union could affect it.

More here.

Causes and motivations of hate crime
Report on hate crime in Great Britain, what causes it and what we know about who commits it.

The report looks at the causes and motivations of hate crime based on the five protected characteristics covered by current hate crime law:

  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • race
  • religion
  • sexual orientation

The report gives an overview of hate crime evidence to inform criminal justice agencies in their approach, with thoughts from the law, policy and social science.

More here.

Paying more to be poor: The poverty premium in energy, telecommunications and finance in Scotland
As Scotland’s consumer champion, Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is driven to identify and mitigate consumer vulnerability through evidence-based advocacy and education. While anyone can be a vulnerable consumer, those on a low income can find themselves particularly susceptible to financial detriment.

More here.

Glasgow City Centre Strategy
Glasgow City Council have appointed a team to prepare the next four City Centre District Regeneration Frameworks, taking forward the objectives set out in the Glasgow City Centre Strategy.

More here.

CPAG - Call for studies
If you, or any of your colleagues, advise families who have been affected by benefit changes, and you think that someone needs to know about their experience, then you might want to get involved in our Early Warning System.
We have collected more than 2000 case studies, but we need to collect more from frontline workers who have face to face contact with families and a real understanding of the impacts of welfare reform on the ground. In return you will receive regular updates about our findings and priority for a number of spaces at our EWS seminars.
Once you are signed up you can enter case studies on to our easy to use, online system. You will be given your own login details and will be able to keep the identity of the family anonymous.
If you would be interested in submitting case studies or have any queries about the EWS please get in touch with: Kirsty McKechnie (Welfare Rights Officer) 0141 611 7091, email:

Health inequalities - a brief guide
Health inequalities are the unjust differences in health and wellbeing that are the result of inequality in individual, social and economic circumstances.
While health in Fife (and in Scotland generally) is improving, long-term health inequalities persist. These can have a knock-on effect on people's ability to get and keep a job, achieve their goals and take part fully in their community. 
This affects us all.

More here.

Smoking attributable deaths in Scotland
This report expands on the smoking attributable deaths analysis produced for the local profiles published by ScotPHO (ScotPHO profiles), focusing specifically on the results by age group and smoking-related diseases, as well as splitting the results by gender. New analyses show trends in smoking attributable deaths for 2003 and 2008-2014.

More here.

The Scottish Refugee Council Guide
This guide is for housing professionals to ensure that all refugees and asylum seekers are treated with dignity and fairness.

Read it here.

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Faiths in Scotland, Community Action Fund Autumn Deadline 30th of September
Since April 2009 the Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund has been supporting local faith groups to tackle poverty in and with their communities.

Their next deadline is the 30th of September, and if you are a faith based organisation engaging in local anti-poverty work, you may be eligible to apply. To find out more about our Small or Major grants scheme check out our website or call Chris on 0141 221 4544.

ScotRail - Community Grants Fund Taking Applications for Autumn Projects
The ScotRail Community Grants Fund provides grants for constituted community groups and charities working in Scotland with an income of no more than £100,000 per year. The funding which is administered by Foundation Scotland can help with the cost of projects which will make a positive difference in their neighbourhoods. The projects should address at least one of the following priorities:
  • Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • Improving literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in primary schools.
  • Improving the community’s environmental impact at a local level.
Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available to cover at least 25% of the total project cost, applicants should be able to demonstrate and provide evidence of need for their project. The next deadline for applications is 30 September 2016.

More here.

No Child Should Go Hungry in the School Holidays
Do you run a holiday club with food? We believe no child should go hungry, and we recognise that for some children during the school holidays there is a vital food provision gap that needs filling. Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 are available now. We are now accepting 150 applications and will meet to make a decision in November 2016.

Please apply online here.

A B Charitable Trust
The AB Charitable Trust is inviting UK registered charities with an income of between £150,000 and £1.5million who are working to combat abuse and violations of human rights and to support the disadvantaged, to apply for grants.

Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £7,500 to £10,000. Charities who work to support refugees and asylum seekers, prisoners, and marginalised groups are encouraged to apply for grants.

The current deadline is 16th September 2016. More here.

Tesco Bags of Help Programme
Tesco Bags of Help Programme has opened for applications from local groups in England, Scotland and Wales. Tesco offers grants through its Bags of Help Programme which is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy

A range of not-for-profit organisations can apply. This includes voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, community interest companies, friends of groups with a constitution, schools, health bodies (Primary Care Trust, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Hospital etc), parish, town and community councils. 

Applications are now open on a rolling basis and will be accepted at any time. 

More here

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The People’s Parish - TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) 
The People’s Parish is a new initiative from TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) which aims to support communities to explore, shape and creatively use their local assets – stories, traditions and history – to say something about themselves to the world and to build up a picture of Scotland in the first part of the 21st century – from its people’s point of view.
  • Date: 2016-09-10 
  • Location : the National Mining Museum, Newtongrange. 
They would like to invite local activists, artists and community organisations to a day to explore how the initiative could work in the fifteen parishes of Midlothian.

The day will be a mix of speakers, hands-on activity with maps, and local song and story from Kirsty Law and Lea Taylor.

Contact : Scottish Storytelling Centre box office (0131 556 9579) Email Address :

The Sound Lab Summer Sessions Showcase Event - 22/9/16
Sound Lab are hosting this local event at Tollcross YMCA, Glasgow.
There's more information here.

Mental health and peer support Seminar
Voluntary Health Scotland together with Support in Mind and The Open University Scotland will host a series of seminars focusing on mental health and peer support.

The first in this series will take place in Dundee on 2nd of November from 4.30pm- 7pm.
Bookings will open shortly.

Email Lauren Blair with any questions or call 0131 474 6189.

Community Development for Sustainable Development: European Conference - Glasgow Scotland, November 8th 2016
This free one-day free conference will help you:
  • Better understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals, their message and process
  • Recognise the contribution CD can make to the achievement of the goals, and what has already been achieved
  • Consider the implications for practice in your own setting
  • Participate in the process of shaping national and local plans and programmes, engaging communities with government and other partners 
  • This conference will share experiences from across Europe and is intended for community development practitioners, agency managers, policy advisers and funders.  
Confirmed contributors:
  • Anastasia Crickley. Vice President and European Director, IACD and Community Work Ireland. 
  • Stuart Hashagen, Chair, European Community Development Network. 
  • Charlie McConnell, Past President, International Association for Community Development. 
  • Kirsten Paaby, Nordic Education Project / EuCDN. 
Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, Scotland, UK G1 1TF 

To book your place:

Please register your interest to attend this free conference with IACD before 1st October.

More here.

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Conferences and seminars

Community Conference - People, Partnerships, Prevention - Wednesday 14 September 2016 – Beacon Arts Centre
The annual conference is the opportunity for local community groups and voluntary organisations to come together to look at how we all contribute to making Inverclyde a great place to live.  This year’s event focuses on the importance of recognising all of our talents together – from the smallest of community groups to the largest national charities.  

You can book online here

The Scottish Land Reform Conference 2016 - What Next for Land Reform? 
In a noteworthy year for land reform, the Scottish Land Reform Conference 2016 will look at where Scotland is heading on its land reform journey. Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform will set out the Scottish Government’s vision going forward. 
  • Date: 2016-09-23 
  • Location : Edinburgh
Delegates will hear views from community landowners, tenant farmers and others on what the land reform agenda means for them. The conference will also look at Scottish land reform from an international, historical and human rights perspective.

More here.

Save the date: Say Women AGM/Conference
Wednesday 28th September 2016 9:30am - 4:30pm
Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle Street, G2 8DL

OPEN DAY - 22nd November 1.30 - 4.30, 
30 BELL ST, G1 1LG
Please let them know if you are interested in coming by calling 0141 552 5803.

GHN - Home conference
Glasgow is considered to have one of the most complex housing systems in the UK. But we also have broadly enough mainstream housing – owned or through the social and private rented sectors – to accommodate everyone. So why are too many people not always getting the accommodation they need? And why are we especially failing those most exposed and disadvantaged by their current circumstances – people sleeping rough, leaving prison, burdened with addiction or braving mental and physical health problems.

The conference will take place on the 4th October 2016 at Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow G2 1DU

More here.

Children in Scotland's Annual Conference 2016
Wellbeing and the world of the child: inspirational thinking for changing lives
Wednesday, 2 November - Thursday, 3 November 2016, Cumbernauld

Children in Scotland's annual conference is the annual flagship event for the children's sector. It provides a unique opportunity for those who work with and for children, young people and their families to meet, network, learn about and debate the key issues facing the sector today. 

The overarching theme of this year's conference will be linked to our vision of securing children's wellbeing and improving their childhoods. 

On day one, we will showcase examples of great practice from North Lanarkshire and around the country. 

Day two will focus on how we 'make it happen' for Scotland's children - how do we tackle bureaucracy, take action and hold ourselves to account in improving our services? 

Find out more and book your place here

Call for Proposals to contribute to the GWT Conference 2017
We invite proposals for presentations and workshops for our next national conference taking place on Wednesday 8th March 2017 in Stirling. The proposals should meet the aims of the conference to share good practice, learn from each other, network, create new ideas for future intergenerational work and demonstrate how to successfully embed and sustain this work. Further details and the Submission Application Form can be found at the following link:

More here.

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CFHS Cooking skills blog
Community Food and Health (Scotland) provides a fortnightly blog about running and evaluating community cooking skills courses. It is based on learning from a cooking skills study group that it currently supports and discusses some of the finer details of running successful activities. Topics include: ideas for developing courses, recent or current research, evaluation, resources, and working with vulnerable groups.
Here’s the link

Training Courses on Drug Awareness
The Scottish Drugs Forum are holding one-day training courses on drug awareness on Friday 30th September 2016 and Tuesday 8th March 2017 at the Camelon Community Centre, 20 Abercrombie Street, Camelon FK1 4HA.
The training aims to increase workers’ drug awareness knowledge and provide an opportunity to explore current and emerging trends with substance use.
More here.

Supporting children and young people with ASD and their families -
Wednesday, 21 September - Dundee

This workshop is run by Children in Scotland in partnership with Barnardo's and facilitated by Steve Sweeney, and is for anybody who works or volunteers with children or young people who have been bereaved.

The workshop provides an introduction to reactions to bereavement, trauma and loss. Some of the key learning outcomes include:
  • Attachment theory including separation distress
  • Psychological adjustment to loss
  • Factors affecting the grieving process
  • Appropriate support to provide by age
Book your space here.

Scotland’s tender training service launches a new programme of free training events for 2016/17
From next month Scottish SMEs and third sector organisations (including supported businesses) will be able to take advantage of a new range of free procurement-related workshops from the Supplier Development Programme. Covering key topics such as Introduction to Tendering, Using Public Contracts Scotland, and completing the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD), the courses will be held across Scotland at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.

In addition to these face-to-face courses, the Programme will also deliver all workshops online via live webinars, which are accessible from a home or office computer.

More here.

Positive Action in Housing: Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
This half- day training covers the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK
  • Glasgow, Tuesday 20/09/16, 17/01/17
  • Dundee, 15/11/16
  • Dumfries, 21/03/17
More here

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Voluntary Action Fund - Marketing and Communications Officer
One of Scotland’s leading independent grant-makers, we are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and experienced marketing and communications professional. Reporting to our Strategic Management Team, your role will be to support the promotion of our organisation and our unique ‘more than just money’ approach to grant-making.
  • Location: Inverkeithing
  • Salary: £28,775 - £30,330 p.a. (pro rata)
  • Hours: 21 hours a week
  • Closing date:    9 September 2016
With strong traditional and digital marketing skills, you will lead on the development and implementation of our marketing and communications plan.

Initially until June 2017, this new role will require strong copywriting, proof-reading, planning, web editing and inter-personal skills, along with attention to detail.

A full Job Description and Person Specification, Application Form and Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form are available on the Voluntary Action Fund website:

Please send your completed Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form electronically to by 9 September 2016.

Glasgow Kelvin College
Glasgow’s newest and most dynamic place of learning is committed to promoting Excellence in learning, supporting Progression opportunities and developing an Enterprising spirit in its students.

The College is seeking to employ additional Community Learning and Development Workers to support its Youth Work and Community Achievement Award programmes

You will be experienced in community learning and development (CLD) roles in adult or youth work settings and able to transfer CLD principles, values and practice from one setting to another.  For the Youth Access programme, the ability to support the creative use of information technology would be advantageous.

More here.

Project Manager - Iriss
Iriss are seeking a Project Manager with excellent facilitation and design skills to join our multi-skilled team for a fixed term post focusing on three existing projects:

Building on Iriss’ existing resources to repurpose tools and create new ones to support the social services workforce.  A key part of the work will involve testing tools with the workforce and devising strategies to embed these ensuring wide uptake and adoption.
Working within a women’s criminal justice service to co-design relational support mechanisms to support female offenders.  A core part of this work will be developing relational tools to support service delivery across Women's Justice Services.
Working with a cluster of partner organisations in Falkirk to support place-based innovation and develop a shared piece of collaborative work. This project aims to explore new kinds of collaborative relationships between people who live and work within a community whilst making practical progress on challenges that are important to people living and working locally. 

£30k, full time, Glasgow. More here.

Development Worker – Living in Harmony (Maternity Cover)
This post is funded until end June 2017 by the Scottish Government. We hope to secure funding beyond this date. 
  • 14hrs/week
  • £23,697 pro rata plus 6% pension contribution
Pilton Community Health Project are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced worker to work towards achieving our vision:  Residents of north Edinburgh, no matter where they come from or how long they have lived here, feel safe, welcome and valued in our community and are able to access services.

Closes 12 Sept. More here.

CEMVO Scotland: EMpowering Women Programme
The project will be delivered through two distinct, but linked strands: Confidence and Wellbeing and Employability Support. 

Confidence and Wellbeing Officer
  • 35 hours per week
  • Salary: £27,000 per annum
Employability Officer
  • Part time (21 hours per week)
  • Salary: £16200 per annum
The successful candidates will be required to work as a team as well as individually to provide tailored support to suit each woman depending on her life journey, circumstances and 

Deadline for applications is 26th September 2016. More here.

Community Development Manager (Secondment) - The Gannochy Trust
The Gannochy Trust are seeking an enabler and a facilitator who is passionate about people and communities and who is able to support the potential of individuals and groups, identifying gaps and barriers and supporting tenants, groups and organisations to take action.  

You will have a track record of working in communities to facilitate, encourage, motivate and inspire.  We are seeking an exceptional individual who can work ‘on the ground’ but who can also take that learning and knowledge to a high strategic level.

You will work with the Chief Executive to explore ways of maximising the Trust’s impact, assets and resources to build and invest in opportunities for the benefit of the people of Perth.

Specific duties are likely to include some of the following:
  • Explore a range of participatory opportunities to empower tenants with the aim of increasing community engagement, identifying local assets and supporting and promoting community activism and engagement, particularly with young people
  • Map and quantify voluntary and statutory youth provision within Perth and Kinross 
  • Work with groups and organisations to explore practice, develop new work and communicate and share ideas
  • Identify potential collaborations and partnerships within organisations that work with young people – positive destinations; training and personal development of young people; linkages; identifying and addressing organisational development of lead organisations (and risks to sustainability)
  • Identify gaps where the Trust could add value by investing in local communities
  • Develop project proposals, implementation plans and budgets 
  • Contribute to a clear exit strategy for the secondment – options, proposals, plans, relationships and budgets
  • Develop ways of monitoring and evaluating the impact of the Trust’s Community Development
  • Ensure that throughout the work programmes, a clear audit trail of activities is maintained
  • Seek advice and guidance from professional experts where appropriate
  • Contribute to the preparation and implementation of the Trust’s strategic plan
  • Prepare reports on all aspects of the work
  • Deputise for the CEO as and when required with regard to Community Development
The timescales are as follows:
  • An initial note of interest should be made by emailing me at the address below by 16 September 2016
  • The applicant’s CV and employer’s confirmation should be sent to the Trust’s office by 5.00pm on Wednesday 28 September 2016
  • Interviews will be held during week commencing 10 October 2016
There job description and person specification is available here. The secondment letter is available here, along with background information about this opportunity here

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