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Issue 298 - 28th April 2016

Hello, and welcome to issue 298 of CHEX-Point Snippets. This fortnight's edition is quite a bit shorter than normal since our long standing Snippets editor, Sam, has been 'called away' on paternity leave - We're sure you'll join us in congratulating Sam on his new arrival!

In addition, our Information Communications Assistant, Ciara, has left to start a new job at the excellent organisation Outside the Box. So congratulations and good luck to Ciara in her new job!

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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The next (full length) issue will be published on 12th May 2016. Please send anything you would like to be included before Tuesday 10th May.

You can send information/material for inclusion in CHEX-Point Snippets by sending an email to 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 Andrew Paterson. Thanks to all contributors to this edition.


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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

This profile originally appeared on Communities Channel Scotland - see

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

Want to hear more from CHEX?

'Like' CHEX on Facebook to hear more news and information about community-led health organisations and what CHEX is up to. You can find us here:

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General Information

Big Lottery funding for community-led activity

The Big Lottery Fund in Scotland is currently inviting local community organisations to apply for grants of between £10,000 - £150,000 to improve the places in which they live and the wellbeing of those most in need.

The aim is to fund organisations to deliver work that achieves the following outcomes:

  • Everyone in the community has the opportunity to influence and get involved in community-led activity
  • People in the community are better connected and work together to improve their well-being.

Full details can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website

Participation request consultation, places left in Inverness focus group

A few places are still available at SCDC's focus group on participation requests at the Spectrum Centre, Inverness on the 11th May (2-4pm).

As part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, participation requests provides a process for communities to request to work alongside public sector bodies to improve outcomes, and sets out duties on how public service authorities deal with such requests. They provide an opportunity for communities to set the agenda around how to tackle the needs or issues they have identified, and to become involved in helping to achieve the changes or improvements they are looking for.

Scottish Government regulations will provide more detail about how participation requests will work in practice. Statutory guidance will provide advice about how they should be used by communities and public service authorities. The Scottish Government is now consulting widely on the development of the regulations and statutory guidance. View the Scottish Government consultation here.

In the focus group, SCDC will briefly introduce the context for participation requests and explain the SCDC consultation process. The session will then open up for discussion. 

SCDC has produced a briefing which explains this process in more detail. SCDC will also be supporting the formal Scottish Government consultation by working with a wide range of people from communities of place and interest to inform the draft regulations and the content of the statutory guidance.

Find out more here or go straight to registration

One or two more focus groups are being planned in other parts of Scotland so keep an eye out for them in Snippets.  Alternatively, contact Andrew Paterson -

Access to Politics for Disabled People and Democratic Participation Fund

An election husting event is taking place this Friday (29th April), 12-4pm at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, 81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU.

Organised by Disability History Scotland and Inclusion Scotland, the afternoon offers the opportunity to find out about the advice and support services on offer and a new fund to help disabled people stand for election to their local council in 2017. The event is designed to be much more about the audience than the politicians, as well as about the attitudes of the parties not the sound bite policy answers. 

To book a place and let us know if you have any access needs: Register at Eventbrite: or phone 0131 281 0864.

2016 Safer Communities Awards

The Safer Communities Awards is making one last push to call for nominations for this years awards, with the closing date this Friday (29th April). 

The Safer Communities Awards recognises and rewards excellent and innovative practice across the community safety sector in Scotland.  Whether your project is big or small, local or national, you are invited to consider applying for any award.

In addition to being shortlisted for a Safer Communities Award, your project could be entered in the People’s Choice Award which has a £2,000 prize fund.

Find out 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: 
  • Third Force News reports on Glasgow Disability Alliance's launch of its Holyrood election manifesto, which demands fairer policies around disability and welfare.

News from other networks

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