MORE Communities at the Centre - Lunch and Launch
On Wednesday 30th March 2016 colleagues from across the CHEX network came together for a 'lunch and launch' of our latest case studies of community-led health: MORE Communities at the Centre.
The event was a chance for people to hear directly from the people have worked at, volunteered for and used the organisations featured in the publication - each highlighting good practice and valuable lessons about their community-led approaches.
The organisations featured were:
- Collydean Community Connections in Fife
- Craigend Resource Centre in Inverclyde
- Just Like Us in Glasgow
- Old Knock School in the Isle of Lewis
- Ripple Project in Edinburgh
While they have different starting points, a mixture of expertise and experience and varying levels of support, they all have a common goal of involving community members in the health priorities that matter to them. The case studies show the significant contribution each organisation makes to health and wellbeing in their local communities.
It was great to hear the personal insights and stories of the impact that these organisations have had - both on their local communities and people's lives.
Read more here
You can also download the More Communities at the Centre publication here.
News from the Network: FASS
This week we highlight the great work of FASS (Family Addiction Support Service) in Glasgow, a long-time member of the CHEX network.
FASS (Family Addiction Support Service) is a confidential support service for parents and adult family members affected by or concerned about a loved one's drug or alcohol use. It provides support such as counselling, hypnotherapy, holistic therapies, Link Worker support and peer support groups.
The Link Worker support is aimed at Kinship Carers who are the sole carer of a child due to parental addiction.The Link Worker can give advice on supports available to the carer and access respite for Kinship children through Geeza Break. FASS's 21 support groups throughout Glasgow include Bereavement, Family Support and Kinship Groups. In recent years FASS has produced and performed a number of dramas, which have helped to promote better understanding of different perspectives around drug use and how it affects families.
The organisation stems back to the 1980s, when it was first established as "The Glasgow Association of Family Support Groups" by a group of parents in who were concerned by the growing drug problems in Glasgow. Since then countless families and individuals have been supported to cope with the effects and stigma attached to addiction.
In addition to its core staff, FASS has a team of volunteers who man phone lines, maintain the clothing project and are generally the first face that visitors see when they visit FASS. The organisation is governed by a small board of seven with five directors and two advisors. Many of FASS’s volunteers and board members have had personal experience with a loved one's drug or alcohol problem, providing them with an understanding of the issues that arise due to addiction.
See more at www.fassglasgow.org.
This profile originally appeared on Communities Channel Scotland - see http://www.communityscot.org.uk/spotlight/article/fass-glasgow/.
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