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Issue 271 - 22nd January 2015

Hello, and welcome to issue 271 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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Sam Jordan
Information and Communications Officer, SCDC


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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


News from the Network: Healthy Valleys’ Grassroots Project - evidence and evaluation

This case study as taken from CHEX-Point Newsletter issue 47. It is part of an article examining the use and importance different kinds of evidence and evaluation in community-led practice. You can download the full issue here.

South Lanarkshire based community-led health organisation, Healthy Valleys, has successfully implemented an evaluation method called Family Impact Star to gather evidence of the impact of their Grassroots Project. The Project supports pregnant women and families with children under five years old who live in rural South Lanarkshire and are in need of extra help.

Healthy Valleys’ Grassroots Project was launched in November 2012 by Aileen Campbell, MSP for Clydesdale and Minister for Children and Young People. The Project is a volunteer-led early intervention programme in which trained volunteers support pregnant women and families with children under 5 years old who need extra help. It is funded by the Big Lottery until March 2015.

The project takes a two-pronged approach to early intervention:
  1. Intensive Parental Support Programme (IPSP) supports pregnant women, dads and other carers in need of support to attend vital antenatal and postnatal appointments. Families benefit from this by being matched to a volunteer who supports their involvement with Grassroots to enable a positive, trusting relationship to form and provide consistency and stability which brings about positive outcomes 
  2. Family Education Support Programme (FESP) offers a range of learning and development opportunities that other services / organisations don’t already offer. 
The Grassroots Project uses an in-house ‘Family Impact Star’ evaluation template to measure a range of things including confidence, parenting skills, wellbeing and community engagement/participation. 

The Family Outcome Star measures individual outcomes such as self-esteem, parenting skills and emotional wellbeing as well as more community focussed outcomes such as a person’s social networks and levels of community engagement and participation. The project works with families to identify scores out of ten for these factors, and uses findings to develop Family Support Plans and to prioritise support. This evaluation is complimented by session records, activity evaluations and case studies.

Family Impact Star has proven to be an extremely useful way of visualising impact on families who take part in the Grassroots Project. By embedding regular evaluation at the core of Grassroots, Healthy Valleys has illustrated that evaluation need not be seen as an ‘add-on’ that distracts from delivering services. Rather, the evaluation, involving planning, reflection and improvement, is a crucial part of the service delivery. 

Read the full article here

Communities Channel Scotland - six months on
Communities Channel Scotland, a website for community groups, has been up and running for half a year since its launch in June 2014.  To mark this, Communities Channel Scotland has provided an update on activity so far, and a reminder to get in touch if you would like your community-led organisation profiled on the site
In the last six months the Communities Channel has:
  • Profiled 46 community organisations (and counting!) from all around Scotland as ‘Spotlights’.  This includes spotlights of many community-led health organisations.
  • Developed 14 case studies of community organisations to help share knowledge about what works.
  • Highlighted and linked to 87 useful resources for community groups to help them know their community, grow in strength and show what they are doing to others.
  • Produced 40 news stories providing groups with useful updates on funding, events, support and new resources
  • Sent out over 125 tweets, including updates from the site and retweeting news from community groups – see @SCDC_Andrew
  • Been viewed by an average of 300 visitors per month.
Communities Channel Scotland provides support to local groups and organisations to grow and connect with each other by sharing the stories and experience of community groups and organisations in their efforts to improve their communities, and by highlighting resources that can help groups in their work.  In addition, the website provides regular news stories on any developments affecting community organisations, whether at a national or local level. 
Please get in touch if you are part of a community organisation and would like the Communities Channel to spotlight your achievements or to highlight any news.   It would also be great to hear people’s views on how they have found using the Communities Channel.  How could it be improved, what is missing and how has it been useful?
Communities Channel Scotland has been developed by CHEX's parent organisation, Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) with funding from the Scottish Government. 
Visit the Communities Channel at

Evidence for Success workshop
CHEX is running a free half-day workshop on using evidence to influence decision makers and funders on Friday 20th February 2015, 1pm-4pm, at SCDC in Glasgow. 

Designed to help community organisations make their case to policy makers and funders, participants will be taken through a number of participatory exercises around themes such as:

  • What evidence will make the best case for your organisation
  • How to use your evidence to influence decisions, attract funding and improve your work
  • Learn how the “Evidence for Success” guide can help you along the ‘using evidence to influence policy and practice’ journey.

The Evidence for Success guide was published last year by the Knowledge Translation Network, which CHEX is a member of.  It is adapted from a workshop delivered last year by the Knowledge Translation Network, also entitled Evidence for Success.

Click here to book a place at the CHEX evidence workshop

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General Information

Eat Better Feel Better campaign launch at Pilton Community Health Project
Earlier this month the Scottish Government launched its Eat Better Feel Better campaign to help improve the eating habits of people in Scotland. The campaign was launched by Public Health Minister Maureen Watt at CHEX Network member Pilton Community Health Project.
Anita Aggarwal, Community Development Manager at Pilton Community Health Project, said:

“It’s great to have a Scottish Government campaign that complements and supports the work that community food and health projects like us are already doing. Pilton has a wealth of local community food projects that link together through the Food for Thought Forum. Because of the dedication and skills of these local residents and agencies, eating well in the area is easier. This campaign should help all these groups reach more local residents.”

A new website – – will provide recipes, tips from parents and healthier offers available from Scotland’s food retailers.

You can read more here.

Civic Scotland open letter to IDS calls for suspension of Universal Credit roll-out
An open letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith MP calls on the UK Government to immediately suspend the roll out of Universal-Credit in Scotland, until the process of legislating for new powers for the Scottish Parliament is complete.

The letter is signed by the leaders of 57 civic organisations from across Scotland – ranging from business and finance to social care and food banks - and housing associations that are due to be part of the next stage of the roll-out of Universal Credit that is scheduled to start in February.

The letter says:

"The sensible way to roll-out Universal Credit in Scotland is to do it once, when the Scotland-specific elements have been carefully planned and incorporated into it. This would avoid wasting precious time and scarce resources, and would protect vulnerable people in our society from bureaucratic change that could wreak havoc."

You can read more here.

'Joined up approach to tackle health inequalities' - report now available for download
In our previous issue we reported on the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee saying that a joined up approach was required to tackle health inequalities in Scotland. The full report is now available to download and features further information on the evidence the committee saw.

You can download it here.

Fuel poverty targets likely to slip, says Scottish Parliament committee
The statutory target to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016 is unlikely to be met according to a report into the Scottish Government’s budget for 2015-16 by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Convener of the Committee Murdo Fraser MSP said: 

“This is concerning for us as a Committee and of course for those currently living with the consequences of fuel poverty. It is clear that responsibility lies both with the UK and Scottish Government, which is why our Committee is requesting an update on progress in order to determine if efforts are stalling.” 

Read more here.

Participatory Budgeting event report
Advancing Participatory Budgeting in Scotland presents the findings of a participatory budgeting learning event which took place on the 15th October 2014 in Glasgow. The event was organised by Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and Faith in Community Scotland, and funded by the Scottish Government’s Community Safety Unit. 

A range of people with experience and an interest in participatory budgeting took part in story dialogue workshops featuring three  Scottish projects, £eith Decides in Edinburgh, Govanhill Baths Community Trust in Glasgow and Coalfields Community Futures, an initiative from Coalfields Regeneration Trust working in former mining areas across Scotland.  The learning from the resulting conversations is brought together in this report, which should be both a helpful resource for anyone developing participatory budgeting, and something to build on further in the wider development of participatory democracy in Scotland. 

Please download the resource here.

New PPHW website
People Powered Health and Wellbeing: shifting the balance of power (PPHW) is a programme led by the Health and Social Care Alliance (the ALLIANCE) with the aim that people are able to influence their own health and wellbeing and contribute to the design, delivery and improvement of support and services, including peer support.  CHEX's parent organisation, Scottish Community Development Centre, is working in partnership with PPHW to introduce health and care teams to community capacity building.

The PPHW team is delighted to announce the launch of their new website at The site explains what PPHW does, how the programme is co-produced with a Reference Group, and its work with partners to spread and develop capacity in co-production approaches. It also features a range of useful resources about co-production and person centred care.

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: 
  • A record number of adults and children relied upon food banks in Scotland in December, according to new figures obtained by the BBC. More here.

News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight:
  • The CDAS Information Bulletin as usual is an excellent source of news, policy and events. You can read it online here.
  • With many of the organisations in the CHEX network providing activities which support good mental wellbeing we thought it would be helpful to provide a link to the Scottish Recovery Network’s useful ebulletin. Read it online here.
  • Evaluation Support Scotland has a newsletter highlighting news, events and information. You can view it here.
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Support in Mind - 1 in 100 Campaign 
Support in Mind Scotland's 1 in 100 campaign is asking people to get involved in 2 important ways: firstly by sharing your experience of living with schizophrenia either as someone with lived experience or as a family member, carer or support by taking part in the Scottish Schizophrenia Survey that aims to gather the views of 100 people to inform policy and service developments in Scotland in 2015; and secondly by helping to raise £10,000 to continue work to support people and to end the stigma of schizophrenia. 

Find out more on the Support in Mind here website or email

Fuel Poverty Campaign: Cut out the Cold
Turn2us has launched a new fuel poverty campaign called 'Cut out the cold', focusing on the problems experienced by low income families living in cold homes, the impact it has on the health and wellbeing of children and the support and information offered by the charity.

To kick-off the campaign Turn2us have released research which has found that over three-quarters of low income families struggled with their energy bills last year. In addition, 75% of families said that cold homes are having a detrimental impact on the health of their children. As a result, families have resorted to cutting back on food, turning their heating off and even using payday loans to try to cover their fuel costs.

You can find more information here.

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Consultations and surveys

Minorities with Disabilities Survey
WSREC and Remploy are undertaking a research piece of work that is looking to understand if there is a need to improve and better support minorities with disabilities access services to help find employment and or training in the Glasgow area.  We need your help!  Could you fill out our survey, if you are: From South Asian background (Indian, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka); Over 16 years of age and of working age; Live in the Glasgow area; Have a physical, mental, sensory and/or learning condition that affects you day to day life.

More here.

Glasgow Caledonian University - Long Term Pain Research Project
Have you experienced pain for over six months?  Do you live in one of the following areas of Glasgow: Shettleston, Govan, Springburn, Maryhill, Milton, Drumchapel, Easterhouse, Possilpark, Castlemilk, Pollok, Gorbals, Parkhead or Bridgeton?

Glasgow Caledonian University may like to speak to you about a study they are planning on the experience of long-term pain conditions. You will be asked to give your opinion on the study in a focus group discussion. 

If you are interested in participating in the focus group discussion, and are aged over 18, please contact Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) on 0141 556 7103 or email:

Focus Group participants wanted
LGBT Health are making an easy read booklet about gender and transgender and are looking for people to attend a focus group. The focus group is for people who like to use easy read information and who are transgender (including people who crossdress but don’t want to change their body permanently), or think they might be transgender, to tell us what they think of our plans.

The focus group is on Wednesday 4th February Arrive, 2.00-4.30pm (arrive from 1.30pm).  The venue will be: Lifecare Centre, Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1JB.

Contact George by 28th January to book a place.  Phone 0131 652 3281 or email

This work is part of LGBT Health’s Learning Disability Project.  You can read more about it here.

Exciting opportunity to innovate with SRN
SRN are delighted to announce the launch of a new initiative designed to create and sustain ideals of recovery focused practice in Scottish mental health.

They are actively seeking partners who want to work co-productively with us and others to help improve personal outcomes. Making Recovery Real is a programme for sustainable change in Scottish mental health services.

Find out more here.

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Fife Health Promotion leaflet
This leaflet provides information on what the Fife Health Promotion Information and Resources Centre  offers and how to access services. 

The Centre is the hub for accessing a wide range of public health, health promotion, health improvement information and resources.

The collection is there to support front line staff with the current challenges of working to reduce health inequalities, the impact of welfare reform and the new health and social care agenda.  Staff are available to provide expert skills and knowledge on accessing evidence based literature and support staff with professional development.

Download it here.

Transition of Health & Social Care Integration - Health Social Enterprise Network
Senscot have published a set of case studies showing benefits of partnership working between social enterprises and health/social work. 

CHEX Network members Healthy n Happy, Healthy Options (Oban) and the Food Train all feature. 

You can read the case studies here

Bridging Culture and Regeneration
With support from the Scottish Government’s Learning Networks Challenge Fund, SURF hosted a gathering of key contacts in the regeneration and arts and culture fields. The seminar included presentations from Prof Deborah Peel of Dundee University on ‘Linking the Evidence’, and from Stewart Murdoch of Dundee City Council on ‘Building on Policy and Practice’.

Please click here to access a report of the seminar and click here to read about SURF’s 2015-17 plans for a ‘Bridging Culture and Regeneration’ activities programme

Volunteering in NHS Scotland Programme
An evaluation of the Volunteering in NHS Scotland Programme has found evidence that volunteering enhances the patient experience and helps to improve the health and wellbeing of volunteers. Volunteering and the positive contribution it makes to the NHS in Scotland is recognised, but greater acceptance of volunteers is needed.

Guide to involving young people in commissioning mental health services
This Guide is aimed at those with a responsibility for commissioning mental health and wellbeing services for young people aged 16-25. 

Although the Right Here programme focused primarily on early intervention in community settings, many of the lessons learnt - that are included in this guide - apply equally to the commissioning of services for more severe conditions. Making Disability Research Work for You: A Community Data Toolkit (Part 2), which completes one of the commitments in the 'Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen - Action Plan'.

Download it here.

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Weavers Company: Weavers Company Benevolent Fund
The Weavers Company provide up to £15,000 for organisations working with children and young people and also offenders and ex-offenders.

Deadline 30/3/15. More here.

Community Trust – Community Grants programme
Postcode Community Trust has launched a Community Grants programme, through which charities can apply for anything between £500 – £20,000 to deliver projects that positively impact on their local community.

Funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, applications for £2,000 or under are open to organisations that are not registered charities (although registered charities may apply for this smaller amount if they wish). Applications for between £2,000 – £20,000 will be open to registered charities only.

The Community Grants Programme will be accepting applications for projects that meets one or more of the following funding themes:
  • Advancement of Community Development
  • Advancement of Health
  • Environmental Improvement
  • All regions in Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply for funding in each funding round. However, only certain areas of England may apply – please see the website below for full details.
For more information on how to apply, visit the Postcode Community Trust website here

PHT Active Communities funding
Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year, that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The projects should take place within a small area for a small group of people such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.

More information here.

Volunteer support grant
Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) is pleased to announce that additional funding has been secured from the Scottish Government for the Volunteering Support Fund. 

The Volunteering Support Grant, which has now run successfully for two years, enables organisations to create new or enhanced volunteering projects that will significantly increase the diversity of their volunteers. Organisations will improve their capacity to support volunteers through opportunities for gaining skills and personal development, and enhance the services they deliver to local communities.

Through the Volunteering Support Grant, organisations may apply for a grant of £10,000, with funding running from 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 27 February 2015.

More information is available here.

Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts Invites Applications to Start Programme
The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts’ Start Programme is accepting applications from not-for-profit organisations in the UK for the academic year 2015-2016.

Applications are currently being accepted from not-for-profit organisations that are not arts venues themselves but can demonstrate a committed partnership with an arts venue that will last throughout the full three years of the project.

Applications should be submitted for activity to be delivered between September 2015 and July 2016. Grants of up to a maximum of £15,000 per project in years one and two and a maximum of £10,500 in year three are available.

More here.

Allander Youth Activities Charitable Trust
The Allander Youth Activities Charitable Trust has small grants available to groups who can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:
  • Does your group want to try a new activity?
  • Does it need some specialised equipment?
  • Is help needed to finance an activity to allow young people to take part?
  • Is your group a registered charity?
Grants awarded generally depend on the number of people taking part and the nature and length of the activity. Typically a grant for an activity could range from £5 to £30 per head, while grants for equipment would reflect the expected use. The total amount is at the discretion of the Trustees but would rarely exceed £1,500.

For more information visit the Allander Trust website here

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Tackling Poverty Together (Various)
The Poverty Alliance has organised 10 regional networking meetings across Scotland to discuss issues of key concern in the fight against poverty.  
The meetings will be small scale, with a maximum of 20 participants, to allow for discussion and debate. We will look at three areas:
  • National Trends: Highlighting key issues and trends in poverty at the national level and policy responses to them;
  • Responding locally: how do these trends reflect locally and what is being done;
  • Priorities for action: a final session will look at key priorities for the local and national levels, and how we can work together to combat poverty
For more information and to book, click here.

Connecting the Connectors - supporting Self-management and Social prescribing for Mental Health - National Event - 4 Feb (Glasgow)
NHS Health Scotland and The Alliance are hosting a national event to share knowledge and practice about self-management and social prescribing for mental health. Partners from across public services and communities have expressed interest in sharing current practice and understanding more about what is available at national and local levels.
  • Wednesday 4th February 2015
  • Hampden Park, Glasgow  
Many are keen to learn from and share experiences and to see how improvements can be made to supporting individuals to access the most appropriate information and support.

For more information on this event click here or contact

Scottish Women's Convention - 50/50 campaign - 7 Feb (Glasgow)
Agnes Tolmie, Chair & Evelyn Fraser, Development Manager invite you to attend 
‘25 Years since the Launch of the 50/50 Campaign’
  • Saturday 7th February 2015
  • Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow, 10.00am until 1.00pm
  • Lunch Provided
If you would like to register please email or telephone 0141 339 4797.

Grounds to Grow - 19 Feb (Glasgow)
Grounds to Grow - growing opportunities with Housing Associations and Community Gardens 19th February, 9.30am - 4pm, Glasgow. 

This one-day event aims to highlight best practice for community gardens working with housing associations.   
For more information and to book your place click here

Glasgow Disability Alliance event – “Meaning of Life” - 19 Feb (Glasgow)
This event is for disabled people who are 50+.  Come along and tell us about the kind of life older disabled people/older people with long term conditions want – what keeps  you happy and well and how do you get more of this?
  • Thursday 19th February 2015 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
For more information and to book a space telephone 0141 556 7103 or email:

Health Inequalities in Scotland-What Role for the Voluntary Health Sector? - 
VHS’s Scottish Parliament Evening Reception - 18 Mar (Edinburgh)

VHS are organising an evening reception at the Scottish Parliament on the 18th of March which is sponsored by Murdo Fraser MSP. This event will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the findings of a report commissioned by VHS and funded by NHS Health Scotland to explore the third sector role in tackling health inequalities. 
  • Scottish Parliament
  • 18th March 2015, 6pm-8pm 
If you are interested in attending or finding out more about the reception, please email: Lauren Blair or call 0131 4746190.

Previously listed

West Lothian Health and Loneliness Roadshow - 28 Jan (Livingstone)
The Health and Loneliness Roadshows 2015 are an exciting new learning opportunity for health and social care professionals. Facilitated by Befriending Networks and funded by the Scottish Government, the Roadshows will offer both practitioners and managers within health and social care services across Scotland the opportunity to explore the latest research on the impact of loneliness on health and, by consequence, on health and social care services.
  • The Pentland Room, St. John’s Hospital, Livingston.  
  • Wednesday 28th January 2015, 12.30pm – 3pm
Roadshows are taking place in all 14 health board areas of Scotland. Dates and venues can be found on the Training and Events section of the Befriending Networks website here

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Conferences and seminars

Poverty and deprivation: Statistics for Action - 10 Feb (Edinburgh)
The Statistics User Forum will be holding a conference on 10 February called 'Poverty and deprivation: Statistics for Action'.  

The event will consider the following questions:
  • How are we doing on statistics about poverty and why is it important to ensure the right statistics are available about poverty related issues?
  • What are the local/devolved administration/UK statistical needs?
  • What information is needed about different groups in society? (To include talks from Child Poverty Action Group, Trussell Trust, New Policy Institute & Age UK)
  • How can the gaps in information or the issues with the statistics currently available be addressed?
  • What priority areas have been identified and what needs to be done to ensure those priorities are given sufficient attention?
More information can be found here.

GCPH Seminar Series 11: Lecture 4 - Land reform as an engine of economic progress - 17 Feb (Glasgow)
Andy Wightman is a writer and researcher on land rights and land reform. His books include Who Owns Scotland (1996), Community Land Rights, A Citizen's Guide (2009) and The Poor Had No Lawyers (2010). He has a particular interest in the relationship between land and property, governance, power and finance and runs the website and popular blog at
  • Tuesday 17th February 2015
  • 4.30 pm – 6.00 pm
  • The Lighthouse
  • 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU
In this talk, Andy will explore the importance of land in the economy and society and argue that reform of land relations needs to be taken seriously as an engine of economic progress.  He will highlight issues of governance, ownership, debt, fiscal responsibility and the wider economic and social impacts of flawed land policies in Scotland, the UK and across the world.

More here

National Community Safety Convention - 3 March (Glasgow)
Bookings are now open for the National Community Safety Convention.  The convention will take place on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.  Registration will open at 08:45 and the convention is due to start at 09:30.

Cost of attending the National Community Safety Convention 2015 is £50 per person.

You can find out more here

Trellis conference 2015 - 12 Mar (Perth)
Treat yourself to a fun and inspirational day out and book a place for the National Trellis Gardening Conference on 12 March 2015. A day full of training workshops, fellow gardeners showcasing their projects, photos and crafts exhibition and a garden tour.

The Trellis Annual Networking Conference provides:
  • professional input from delegates, workshop presenters and keynote speakers
  • networking opportunities - with over 100 delegates attending annually its easy to find many like- minded professionals and new perspectives
  • project showcases, an opportunity to 'show of' your project
  • training workshops, topics ranging from horticulture to therapeutic gardening and more...
  • opportunities to survey opinion from delegates to inform services to the sector
  • sponsorship/advertising opportunities - through donating prizes, renting market stall space and contributing to conference costs
More information here

Inspiration Today: Hope for Tomorrow - one day conference - 16 March (Glasgow)
This one day conference aims to provide encouragement to all those interested in supporting individuals to have more of a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.
The event seeks to gather together real examples of grassroots collaborative action to inspire us; to explore how we can work together at community level to tackle health inequalities and improve health and spiritual wellbeing. The conference will not have speakers; instead Andrew Lyons will be facilitating those attending to participate in discussions and workshops, which explore the potential for new kinds of collaborations at local and national level. 
 This conference is being organised by Faith in Older People, the Health and Social Care Alliance and Animate and is sponsored by NHS Education for Scotland. The event is free but registration is essential. 
To register, please click here.

CDAS Conference open for bookings 
Bookings are now open for Community Development Alliance Scotland’s latest Conference “Active participation in democracy and society – building a strong foundation in communities”

This will be held on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at Townhead Village Hall, Glasgow from 10.30 am to 4 pm (Registration and coffees from 10.00 am). The cost is £30 (£20 for community groups).

There is a ferment of discussion about democracy and empowering citizens at national, local and community levels. But structural reforms alone are unlikely to engage people’s imagination and efforts – unless they are rooted in the way that people act together with others in their communities. Community development work aimed at enabling participation on an equal basis is crucial.

This public conference looks at a wide range of current ideas and developments and asks how we can make sure that they are based in and on communities.

Further information here

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BPD, eating disorders and self-harm - 26 & 27 Jan (Paisley)
Are you supporting someone who uses self-defeating behaviours? Do they attract a BPD diagnosis? Are they using self-injury, drugs/alcohol, sexual exploitation?
Very often BPD, eating disorders, alcohol/drug abuse and selfharm present together. In this workshop you will learn why and what can you do to help.
  • Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th January 2015
  • RAMH 41 Blackstoun Road, Paisley PA3 1LU
More information here.

New Promoting Walking Workshop course 2015
Paths for All are launching a new half day Promoting Walking Workshop course for 2015. This is a half day course for anyone in a paid position who would like to promote walking with the people they work with - their patients, clients and service users. 

There's more information available here.

NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service: Healthcare provision and Dementia - 28 Jan (Edinburgh)
This free seminar will discuss inequalities in healthcare provision for people with dementia. Speakers will include Dr Tom Russ, Alzheimer Scotland Clinical Research Fellow, and University of Edinburgh.

More information here.

Free training: Introduction to Equality in Scotland - 17 Mar (Glasgow)
This Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights training course will help participants to understand key equality concepts and explore how the law protects people from discrimination.
  • Tuesday 17th March 2015, 10am-4.30pm
  • Teacher Building, St. Enoch Square, Glasgow
Places are free for voluntary and community sector workers, staff or board members.
Email Nadia Rafiq for details and a booking form.

CPAG training
Child Poverty Action group has a range of training course planned through to March on issues related to welfare and benefits.

You can view them here



Southside Housing Association - Community Initiatives Manager (Glasgow)
Southside Housing Association Ltd is a charitable, community controlled housing organisation. The Association is also a registered Housing Support provider and supports local communities in its role as a community anchor organisation.
  • Closing date Friday 30 January 2015.
  • EVH Grade 8 (£35,831 - £38,765)
Have you got the skills and experience to help communities thrive? SHA are looking to recruit an exceptional person with at least three years experience in a similar role. You will be educated to degree level, a community development qualification is desirable and be able to lead a range of new initiatives including community centres, community parks, jobs and training initiatives, anti-poverty projects and social enterprises. You will have a track record in developing business plans and attracting funding for new services and be able to work with a range of partner organisations and local community groups.

This is a re-advertisement, previous applicants need not re-apply. More information here

LGBT Youth Scotland - Youth & Community Development Officer (Scottish Borders)
Are you able to inspire and lead a team to deliver high quality services to LGBT young people in the Scottish Borders? Are you passionate about supporting young people and developing communities? 
  • £23-697 - £26,235 pro rata
  • Part-Time, 21hrs per week
  • Fixed Term to 31st March 2016, funding dependent thereafter
Are you skilled, motivated and reliable? You could be the new LGBT Youth Scotland Youth & Community Development Officer working to:
  • Delivery our youth work projects in the area
  • Work in partnership with key stakeholders
  • Develop the service within schools and the community
Closing date for applications: Monday 2nd February 2015 (4pm). Full details here.

Kincardineshire Development Partnership - Rural Development Worker (Stonehaven)
KDP has a job vacancy for a competent, reliable and experienced Rural Development Worker. Based in the Kincardine & Mearns area.

The candidate will be required to assist in the delivery of a number of key projects developed by the partnership in accordance with the strategic priorities, as identified from strategic planning and priorities of the partnership.
  • Salary: Up to £25,000
  • Salary info: Subject to skills and experience. 37 hours per week with flexible working as some evening and weekend work is expected
  • Closing date: 02/02/2015
Candidates will need to have the relevant experience, strong communication skills, good work ethos as flexible working is essential and the ability to work on their own initiative and to meet objectives and deadlines.

Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) is a community-led and community focused independent not-for-profit voluntary organisation. Its objectives are to promote, encourage and enable sustainable community development and economic growth in the area known as Kincardine & Mearns area (K & M area).

More information here.

Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian - Community Empowerment Worker (Midlothian)
SEAM are seeking an experienced individual to engage with individuals, community groups and statutory organisations in parts of Midlothian in order to support greater community involvement in redesign of public services.
  • Salary: £25,716 pro-rata
  • Salary info: 24 hours per week, temporary for 1 year.
  • Closing date: 20/02/2015
The Social Enterprise Alliance for Midlothian is Midlothian’s Local Social Economy Partnership, and was formed in 2005.  It is a partnership of social economy organisations and support/infrastructure agencies including Midlothian Council and Midlothian Voluntary Action. SEAM functions as a subgroup of the Improving Opportunities Midlothian theme of the Community Planning Partnership, and represents the ‘voice’ of the social economy sector within the community planning process.

More here

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Financial Health Service website
Scotland’s Financial Health Service has been launched by the Scottish Government to provide a one-stop portal for people living in Scotland. The SFHS site provides links to a range of organisations offering information and advice on debt, managing money, housing, homelessness and ethical lending. A key part of the new website is a Financial Education module which aims to help people to manage their money to stop any future problems. The website also allows users to search for their local credit unions and find out about the products offered by them, and to search for approved money advisers.

Find out more here.

Community Councils online map
This map details the locations of all of the community councils in Scotland, providing links to further information for each local community council area.

You can view the map here.

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