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Issue 315 - 16 February 2017

Welcome to issue 315 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


News from the Network: Pilton Co-director post
CHEX Network member Pilton Community Health Project have an exciting opportunity for the right individual, to lead PCHP alongside their existing Director; The post is for 21 hours per week. Deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 20th of February and interviews are on the 27th of February.

  • Co-Director
  • FTE £33,364.50 pro rata, plus 6% employer contribution to pension scheme.
  • Deadline: midday Monday 20th February

Pilton Community Health Project is looking for an exceptional individual to work alongside our current director in leading the organisation into the future, this post will be a job share with the current Director, each person would work 21 hours per week with a one day crossover.

For a job pack please call 0131 551 1671 or email or download it here.

Strategic Development Manager – Lothian Community Health Initiatives Forum
CHEX Network Member The Forum seeks a strategic and experienced individual to build on these partnerships at a time of exciting developments in the integration of health and social care, to leverage capacity building opportunities, and to explore new funding sources to expand the work of the Forum.

  • Salary: £31,584 – £34,485 (pro rata) depending on experience
  • Salary info: Part-time, 28 hours per week
  • Closing date: 20/02/17
  • Location: Edinburgh
More here.

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General Information

CHEX briefing on welfare reform
Our latest briefing for the CHEX network, Putting the "well" into welfare, sums up the main changes and issues around welfare reform. It also provides a list of useful resources, both to help people affected by the cuts and to help influence the policies behind them.

Download the briefing here.

Empowerment Act: Draft Guidance for Participation Requests published
The Scottish Government has published the draft guidance for the Participation Request part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act.

Regulations and guidance are needed to fill in the detail of how the participation request mechanism as set out in Part 3 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 will work in practice. A consultation was undertaken in 2016 on draft regulations and guidance.

Scottish Government have been developing the revised regulations and working with a stakeholder group to write the guidance for public service authorities and community participation bodies.

Government expect the regulations to be laid in early 2017 and for the provisions to come into force following the parliamentary process on or around the 1 April 2017.

You can read the current draft Guidance for community participation bodies and public service authorities. It is not expected that the guidance will change significantly from this point but the Scottish Government welcome your comments and questions. You can email them at

View the Draft Participation Request Guidance here

Report analysing responses to the strategy 'Mental Health in Scotland - a 10-year vision'
The Scottish Government have published their summary of the key messages from the analysis of responses to the public engagement exercise about a new Mental Health Strategy for Scotland. A total of 598 responses informed the analysis. The majority of responses (61%) were submitted by individual members of the public. The remaining 39% of responses were submitted by groups or organisations, including health organisations, local authorities, multi-agency partnerships, third sector organisations and service user or carer groups.

Scottish Government Analytical exchange programme 2017
This note invites bids from 3rd sector organisations in Scotland for very short sharp projects (up to 10 person days) where statistical or analytical skills could make a difference to your organisation. The way this would work is individuals or small groups of Scottish Government analysts (one or two people) act as an analytical consultancy to help solve problems in your organisation and would be delivered at no cost to you.
This scheme ran for each of the last five years. In total Scottish Government analysts have supported around 100 projects providing a total of well over 350 days of support to 3rd sector organisations.  Most placements were about either (a) evaluation methodologies – how you measure success (b) bringing together evidence around a subject or (c) data management/making the most of data you collect. However, you have the potential to look at other things, like data visualisation, or how you structure a significant problem.  

Fill in this form and send it to

Research Connecting Communities
A video which talks about community research, and also features the Activate Course highlighting CD principles. 

Jessica Watson looks at a film which set out to find out what difference social research has made to lives of people living in the East End of Glasgow.

The film tells the story of how social research can sit alongside other activities – whether providing the basis of a plan for developing a children’s adventure playground, or through carrying out an investigation in the community as part of a community development course.  

More here.

State of Child Health Report 2017
Inequality has led to child health figures being among the worst in Europe, according to a new report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). The report brings together data on a comprehensive list of 25 measures of the health of UK children, ranging from specific conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, risk factors for poor health such as obesity and a low rate of breastfeeding, to child deaths. “Nearly one in five children in the UK is living in poverty, and inequality is blighting their lives, with those from the most deprived backgrounds experiencing much worse health compared with the most affluent.”

Download it here.

Basic Income: Real Social Security Event in Kelty
Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) attended the Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland (CBINS) in Kelty on 28 January. Fife Council, as follow up of the Fairer Fife Commission, is leading the UK in proposing to run a pilot of the Citizen's Basic Income Scheme.

This scheme would be a radical change from the benefits system we have at the moment and with the Basic Income (or Citizen’s Income, as it is also known), every citizen is given a set amount of money every month. It is non-selective and universal. It is proposed along with tax for the wealthier in society so as to make it redistributive. The scheme would directly tackle poverty and inequality and remove the ‘benefit trap’; it is currently best tested in Finland.

Several ideas were discussed including getting right what values are taught at school; to the future of jobs, ageing populations;  making sure inclusion and accessibility are built-in the environment. We also discussed diversity, e.g. that is not just ‘ok to be different’ but that having diverse communities brings more value to all the people of Scotland.

Find out more by emailing:

PHINS Local Developments in Public Health Information Bulletin – request for submissions
The Public Health Information Network for Scotland (PHINS) was established as part of the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) collaboration to keep public health professionals in Scotland up-to-date with national and local developments in the sphere of public health information via bulletins, email updates and seminars.

The annual PHINS seminar is a very popular event and updates on national developments in public health information are now included within the annual ScotPHO e-Newsletter. However, they are aware that there has been little sharing of information from a local perspective 

They are now planning to re-establish the PHINS bulletin to allow members to share details of their own local projects and events. If, therefore, you would like to include any such details, please complete the attached submission form and email it to They would be grateful if submissions could be made by Friday 3rd March 2017.

Community Development qualifications - mapping
Education Scotland, working with key stakeholders in the Community Development sector, are seeking to produce an overview of the range and take up of Community Development qualifications available in Scotland. The mapping exercise is seeking information on qualifications up to SCQF level 8, and including those which are available to community volunteers and activists.

If you are currently offering any accredited Community Development qualifications, ES would like to ask for your assistance in compiling the overview by completing our online survey.

View the survey here

The closing date is Friday 10th March 2017. Education Scotland are grateful for your assistance with this and will share our findings from the survey with you in due course.

News from other networks

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LGBT History Month - February
LGBT HM is celebrated in February in the UK but our work to educate out prejudice continues throughout the year. Our interactive calendar is also all-year-round so check it out or add an LGBT related event of your own.

The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.
This is done by:
  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities; and
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.
More here.

Young Scot Awards 2017
If you have young people volunteering in your organisation who amaze you with their dedication, energy and enthusiasm, Young Scot would like to hear from you.

The national youth organisation is looking to hear from charities which have young volunteers making a big difference to the work of their organisation for its 2017 awards. The Young Scot Awards aim to highlight the nation’s most inspiring young people and this year once again features a volunteering category.

So, if you have a particularly special volunteer aged between 11 and 26 who selflessly donates their time and energy free of charge, head over to the Young Scot website to submit your nomination.

Nominations close at 12 o'clock on Monday 27 February 2017. More here.

Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities are excited to be launching Scotland’s first national Learning Disability Awards! The Learning Disability Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate, on a national level, the rarely heard stories and achievements of people with learning disabilities and the people who support them. Applications can be submitted from Monday 23rd January to Monday 6th March 2017.

WHO's 'Depression: Let's talk' campaign gains momentum
World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). It provides an opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern. The theme of 2017's World Health Day campaign is depression. The campaign focuses on the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. Read about this year's campaign on the WHO website.

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Consultations and surveys

Community Justice Ayrshire
Community Justice Ayrshire has now published a consultation draft of its first community justice plan.  This Plan can be accessed via the link below – it will run from April 2017 and will be refreshed annually.

The plan is focused on three ambitions - 'Beginnings, Belonging, Belief' and it takes a positive strengths-based approach to change. The proposed Commitments (local, practical actions) in the plan have been informed by two 'Creative Justice' events held in partnership with Centrestage Communities at HMP Kilmarnock and Ardeer Community Centre on 19 and 20 October 2016. 
These events brought together 100 people and partners involved in the justice system, including prisoners, service users and practitioners, followed by a series of action planning workshops for partners.

Any comments you may have on this draft Plan please submit feedback using the feedback sheet provided by Friday, 24 February 2017.  If you could take a  few minutes to complete this and e-mail it back to

LEAP Sports Scotland, Survey
LEAP Sports Scotland is committed to breaking down the structural, social and personal barriers which prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people across the country from accessing, participating and excelling in Scottish sports.

Take the survey here.

Destitution and asylum call for evidence
The Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee is undertaking an inquiry into destitution and asylum and has put out a call for evidence from people seeking asylum and other relevant stakeholders. 
More information is available here and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday 8 March.

Equality and Human Rights Commission: Measurement Framework Consultation: how to measure progress on equality and human rights across Great Britain
EHRC are seeking views on the measurement framework to be used for our ‘state of the nation’ reviews, to measure progress on equality and human rights across Great Britain. Deadline: 21 February 2017

More here.

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Strategy launches in Moray: A shared vision for good mental health
Moray Joint Integration Board launched an ambitious new mental health strategy that places recovery focused principles at the heart of policy and practice.

The new strategy, Good mental health for all in Moray 2016-2026 outlines a 10 year vision to enable people to achieve the best possible mental health and wellbeing. It proposes that a mentally healthy, happy and stigma-free Moray can be in reach by promoting choice and control, developing resilient communities and responsive services.

The strategy takes a holistic approach to supporting good mental health and wellbeing. It recognises that everyone can make a contribution to ensure that the vision is realised in practice.

Read the strategy document on the Moray Council website.

The Cost of Disconnected Communities
A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, on behalf of the Eden Project, estimates that a growing lack of community is costing Scottish society around £731 million each year. It links isolation to demand on services such as health and policing, and to loss of productivity (an estimated net cost to the Scottish economy of nearly £252 million every year). The study also estimates that over £593 million is saved each year because of resources shared and help provided by neighbours who know each other.

Read the report

Being Human: A human rights based approach to health and social care
As public services in Scotland struggle to reform to meet increasing demand with smaller financial resource, human rights offer a fair and consistent basis to guide policy development, service redesign and resource allocation.

More here.

Fun, Food, Folk: The Centrestage approach to dignified food provision
This research report is focused on Centrestage’s distinct food provision programme in some of the most deprived areas of North and East Ayrshire; it describes how Centrestage achieves impact, empowers individuals and communities, and draws lessons to inform policy and practice.

More here.

European Community Development Network: Members Update 10
The European Community Development Network has published its latest Members Update, with pieces about their future plans, sustainable development in Nordic countries, and news from the networks.

You can read it here

NHS Health Scotland: Polishing our Gems – A Call for action on childhood adversity
A range of presentations and films from the ‘Polishing our Gems – A Call for action on childhood adversity’ event are now available online. The resources aim to develop an understanding of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experience’s on people’s lives and on health and wellbeing outcomes on individuals and population health.

More here.

Report highlights older people in Scotland often not getting mental health
support they need

People aged over 65 in Scotland are less likely to receive support for their mental health issues, a project has found.

The Age in Mind project looked at how people aged over 50 are affected by mental health stigma and discrimination. It found that the support people received for their mental health can decrease once they reach 65. Participants in the project say they have less access to psychiatrists and specialist nurses, and worry about losing places at mental health support services.

Respondents also said the chance of being referred for psychological therapies decreases, and for those who develop their condition after the age of 65, benefits designed to compensate for the additional costs relating to living with a disabling condition can also be denied. To access the report please contact Angela Dias, Change Networks Officer at Action in Mind.

The Scottish Tobacco-free Alliance
 People who don’t have a health background often struggle to see why tackling smoking must be an important component of any community plan. The STA has created an easy to read guide outlining the health, economic and community resilience impacts of tackling smoking in our poorest communities.

More here &request a copy from drobertson@ashscotland.orguk .

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European Social Fund(ESF) programme
Three new Challenge funds have been launched under the Stirling Council led European Social Fund(ESF) programme as  the second round call for applications funded in partnership with the European Structural Fund 2014-2020 programme. 
Applications are invited from public and third sector organisations to deliver activity against the undernoted Challenge Funds. A copy of the published advert is attached for your information.
  • A total of £581,500  ESF grant funding is available across the three Challenge Funds to fund a potential £1.45M of projects.
  • Funding through ESF is restricted to a maximum of 40% of eligible expenditure meaning that interested parties have to be able to provide match funding to meet the remaining 60% of eligible expenditure.
  • The Challenge Funds will provide funding opportunity for a period of up to 2 years with a flexible start date but a final end date not exceeding 31st December 2018.
  • Applications close at 2pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017 and a decision will be made in March 2017.  
Application and expressions of interest should be made through the Public Contracts Scotland(PCS) website  where applications forms and guidance documentation are available.  Any proposal received after the time and date stipulated will not be accepted in the locked post-box and cannot therefore be considered.

RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund
The Skills and Opportunities Fund is open until 24th February 2017.
The Royal Bank of Scotland set up the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund in 2015 to support charities, social enterprises, community groups, state funded schools and colleges that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves, skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. RBS have committed £2.5 million to the fund.

More here.

Penumbra Carers Short Breaks
Penumbra carers short breaks funding is available to anyone (aged 16 – 65) who cares for someone with a mental health problem – this might be a relative or friend, who does not get paid for the support or care they provide.

The funding can be used for the carer to have any type of break they wish, such as paying for a gym membership, a hobby or activity class, a beauty treatment or a night away. The main aim is to allow the carer a break from their caring role.
For further information contact Penumbra on 01241 873900 (Angus) & 01382 223487 (Dundee).

Hilden Charitable Fund (UK)
The next closing date for applications to the Hilden Charitable Fund is the 16th March 2017.

Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage and by supporting causes which are less popular. In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that address homelessness; supports asylum seekers and refugees; support community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people 16 - 25; and penal affairs.

The average grant awarded is £5,000 and preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations.

More here.

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HRCS Members Roundtable Meeting
10am – 12noon on 21st February in The Albany Centre, Glasgow.  This roundtable is an opportunity to get updated on progress around human rights in Scotland, to share information on members’ work around human rights and to help shape the HRCS’s work for the coming year. To find out more and to reserve a place, please email

More here.

Glasgow Women’s Library -"Activists Make Archives – as part of LGBT History Month
Glasgow Women's Library, 25th February at 1pm - 3pm, Free .
GWL holds one of the most significant collections of LGBT History in the UK. This new workshop delves into LGBT and feminist histories within the archive, and asks whether radical archiving can still be relevant to LGBTQ people today. Through discussion and creative activities we’ll look at LGBTQ history, and consider how we want our own personal, social and political histories to be preserved, and on what terms. This event is part of LGBT History Month.

More here.

LGBTQI Roller Disco
When: Saturday 4th March, 1-3pm
Where:  ARC, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA
Cost:  £5/3 (pay at the door)
How to book?

Join us for our first ever Glasgow roller disco!  All are welcome for a fun filled afternoon in an inclusive family-friendly space of excitement and laughs.  Experienced instructors will be on hand to help out, so even if you've never skated before this will be a great place to try.  Skates, protective equipment and refreshments will be provided.

Stand Up for Women’s Day
When:  Monday 6th March, doors open at 6pm, Acts 7-9pm
Where:  Siempre Bicycle Cafe, 162 Dumbarton Road, G11 6XE
Booking is essential, you can book your free space HERE
For more information contact:
Join us for an evening of Stand-up comedy to celebrate International Women’s Day later this week.
Cafe open from 6pm, Comedy starts at 7pm.
A few local acts including Leah Kalaitzi and special guest headliner, Bethany Black, will cheer you up on even the murkiest of Mondays.
BSL interpretation provided, level access venue.  This event is for anyone who primarily identifies as a women.  
There are a few open mic slots available - please sign up in advance by contacting Alison:

Making Politics Educational – the Role of Community Learning and Development Wednesday 22nd March, 10.30am – 3.30pm (registration from 10am). University of Dundee

Education Scotland invites you to the third in a series of professional learning sessions on Learning for Democracy aimed at community learning and development (CLD) practitioners from across the public, voluntary and community sectors. This session will focus on the demand for learning practical ways in which educational work around political and democratic issues can be developed, looking at examples of what has worked in a range of contexts and settings. It will also help to examine a range of processes and techniques which can be adapted to be used in different places.
There is no cost to attend and places can be booked online. Please register asap as places will be limited.

Equality and Human Rights Law after Brexit – Monday 13th March 2017, Edinburgh
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is running a free event which is essential for lawyers and academics who are interested in equality and human rights law and in learning how the law may be affected after Brexit.
Our event will discuss what Brexit might mean for equality and human rights in Scotland and how we can secure strong protection for equalities and fundamental rights following Brexit. 
Our panel will cover:
  • What might Brexit mean for equality and human rights in Scotland?
  • How can we secure strong protection for equalities and fundamental rights following Brexit?
  • What opportunities does Brexit present to enhance equality and human rights law?
  • What might the future hold for the Human Rights Act 1998?
The event will take place at The Grassmarket Community Centre, Edinburgh from 09:30 – 13:00 on Monday 13th March 2017.  A buffet lunch will be served.
Please see the attached flyer for booking instructions and more information.
For further information or assistance with booking please contact Kyle Mulholland at or by phone on 0141 228 5925.

TSI Moray: Join the Dots - Unleashing the Power of Community – How is it Working For You?
The theme, following on from last year’s successful conference, will be ‘Unleashing the power of community – How is it working for you?’ In the following weeks we will be announcing our Keynote speakers and sending out invitations for you to come and join us at this informative and free day. 
  • The Mansfield Hotel
  • Wednesday 22nd March 2017. 
Make sure you save the date to network, learn and ‘join the dots’ with other third sector, public and private sector organisations around Moray! 

For more contact

Open Secret's brand launch event - Wellbeing Scotland
Open Secret, a charity supporting survivors of child sexual abuse, invites you to join them as they begin the next step of their journey with the launch of their new brand, Wellbeing Scotland. The event will be held on Monday 27 February 2017 at 1pm at Leapark Hotel, 130 Bo, Grangemouth, FK3 9BX. A free buffet lunch will be provided for all attendees. Please register before attending.

Making the Asset Transfer Process Work  
With the asset transfer section of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 coming into force in January 2017 and new guidance published, how can we make the process work best for both relevant authorities, agencies and community bodies?
Register now to get an update on the latest policy, practice and asset transfer experience.
  • Edinburgh
  • Tue 25th April 2017, 10.00 - 15.00
Quote code CAT20 when booking for 20% off.

More here.

CSGN Forum 2017 - Save the Date
The CSGN Forum 2017 will take place on 15 June 2017 at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh.

Details of speakers will be announced in due course. To be kept up to date with programme details, as well as when booking opens, sign up to their newsletter.

More here.

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Conferences and seminars

CDAS Conference, 7 March
Places are still available for our conference “Making Community Empowerment a Reality: A shared commitment to community development” from 10.30 a.m. (registration from 10) – 3.30 p.m., Tuesday, 7 March, 2017 at St Paul's and St George's Church, 46, York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3RH.

You will have the opportunity to hear from and discuss with people delivering and supporting community action in a wide range of settings, as well as from Martin Cawley, Chief Executive of Big Lottery Fund Scotland. There will also be an opportunity to start your own discussions.

Bookings can be made here at a cost of £50, including light lunch and refreshments. Places are free to community groups with income of less than £50,000 per year, but booking is essential.

Trellis Conference - 11th Trellis Therapeutic Gardening Conference  
Find out how gardening supports health and well-being at the Trellis conference. TV Gardener and Trellis patron Jim McColl, MBE will present one of his much-loved Master Classes.
The conference brings together over 120 delegates and showcases diverse and inspiring therapeutic gardening projects from the Trellis network.

  • Thursday 9th March 2017, 09:30 to 16:30
  • The Bield at Blackruthven, Perth PH1 1PY

Featuring: Horatio's Garden in Scotland (Scottish Spinal Injuries Unit) 
and the Leamy Foundation (supporting a community through gardening in West Dunbartonshire) 

More here.

Community Planning for People & Planet
Would you like to help set the environmental priorities for the four Edinburgh Locality Improvement Plans 2017-2022?  There will be a number of events taking place on the following:

Mental Health and Social Support – Linking Research and Practice: Glasgow
Voluntary Health Scotland, Support in Mind and The Open University Scotland will jointly host a series of seminars that will focus on mental health and social support.

  • 23rd of March from 4.30pm- 7pm.

Social support is the everyday assistance offered by family, friends, neighbours and colleagues, as well as the help offered by many charities and support services. It plays a vital role in maintaining mental health and wellbeing.

Lack of social support is associated with feelings of loneliness and isolation, which have been linked with poorer physical health, reduced life expectancy and a wide range of mental health problems including anxiety and depression.

More here.

Save the date Participatory budgeting and health, 23rd March, Methil, Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance is delighted to launch its new Seminar Series. These regular, free events will present latest evidence on key issues and links to health; highlight work that offers opportunities for learning and replication; and provide a forum for people to network, be inspired and gain fresh perspectives. The first of these will take place at Fife Renewables and Innovation Centre in Methil on the morning of 23rd March. It will focus on participatory budgeting and its implications for health and wellbeing. Further information and booking details will be circulated shortly; or register your interest by emailing

CLD Standards Council Annual Conference
Wednesday 29th March, Double Tree by Hilton, Glasgow
Members' Conference 2017

Conference address: Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
Key sessions: 'Sex, drugs and CLD' and 'Open Space Shape Shifter'

Register here.

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New: Communities Matter training opportunities
Communities Matter is a brand new suite of SCDC training and development support to community organisations and people working with communities across Scotland. 

These flexible training courses, across a range of areas, are designed to help you make a greater positive impact on the quality of life within your community, and the communities you work with.

Our training includes:

SCDC's experience stems from working directly with communities, practitioners and policy makers, promoting best practice in engaging with communities. Our staff are highly skilled facilitators with years of experience and will make sure your training remains participative, informative and interesting.

Training can be provided as introductory workshops, in-depth training, practice support, training for trainers and bespoke consultancy or ongoing mentoring support - we're flexible to suit your needs. Our training costs as little as £50 per person, and we're always flexible to ensure we can provide the best value possible. 

Find out more about our training and get in touch

UnitedMind popular laughter events and courses coming up soon. 
Book online on

  • 18-19 February Certified Laughter Leader Durham
  • 02-03 March Certified Laughter Leader London - 1 space left
  • 19 March Certified Gibberish St Albans
  • 01-02 April Accredited Laughter Therapist St Albans
  • 03-07 April Certified Laughter Teacher St Albans non-residential
  • 10-14 April Certified Laughter Teacher Durham non-residential
  • 20-21 April Certified Laughter Leader London
  • 23 April Certified Laughter Basic Learning St Albans
  • 10-14 July Certified Laughter Teacher Hemel Hempstead residential
  • 04 September Certified Gibberish Durham


Scottish Council on Deafness “What are you doing about Human Rights?”
Human Rights training delivered by Carole Ewart will be the first courses in SCoD’s new training programme for 2017.

For more information on the courses and how to book a place, click here.

Generations Working Together CPD training
Generations Working Together has 3 upcoming training opportunities in Central Scotland, these courses will benefit those running an intergenerational project and wishing to increase their knowledge, and also for those wishing to start and learn the basics of good practice. The day will cover 3 main learning outcomes; What is IG Best Practice, How to Bring Generations Together and Evaluation for IG practice.

The courses include 4hrs CPD accreditation and lunch, with access to a secure trainers section of the website upon completion of the course, all for just £35. For full list of training outcomes and to book please visit our website.

  • Perth - 20th March 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
  • Edinburgh - 23rd March 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
More here.

Talking about cancer: free online cancer awareness course from Cancer Research UK
Runs from Monday 27 February and takes 3 hours, at your own pace. The course is mobile-friendly, so you can take part on any device.

1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. This free online cancer awareness course has proved a huge success in helping build confidence and “know-how” to separate myths from facts and encourage healthy lifestyle changes and spotting cancer early. Join thousands of people worldwide to learn practical skills for having conversations that could help save lives. Watch the course trailer to find out more.

Talking About Cancer is led by our expert trainers Gwen Kaplan and Gill Kilgour, drawing on their years of experience as nurses. You’ll learn through quizzes, articles, interactive discussion and video scenarios demonstrating conversational dos and don’ts. 

Find our more and sign up here. Please do spread the word and encourage your colleagues, professional networks, friends and family to sign up too.

More here.

Weight Reduction Course  (4 weeks)             
Do you want to lose weight or just change your eating habits? Do you need advice from a qualified dietitian? Come along to our free weight reduction course and learn more about healthy eating, food portions, food labels and lots of other information. During the session we will measure your weight and body fat and we will calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI). 
  • Tuesday 21st of February, 4-5pm
  • at Glasgow Club Milton
The course will take place every Tuesday for four weeks. We will require the participants to attend all four weeks. To book call Lizzie on 07432465771 or email

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CVS Inverclyde - Community Transport Facilitator
  • Salary: £24,000 pro rata
  • 28 hours, part Time (0.8FTE) with flexible options available
  • Closing date 6 March 2017
CVS Inverclyde is currently looking to recruit a Community Transport Facilitator, funded by Inverclyde HSCP.  The successful candidate will work with community transport operators and other key stakeholders in Inverclyde to ensure effective collaboration in the design and delivery of community transport services to meet the needs of Inverclyde's people and communities.

More here.

South Seeds - Community Gardening Officer
South Seeds is looking for an enthusiastic person to lead on their community gardening work and develop further community gardening opportunities across the Southside of Glasgow. Have a look at the Community gardening officer – application pack to see if this opportunity is for you.
  • £24,000 pro-rata
  • 30 hours per week
If you would like to apply, complete the South Seeds application form by noon on Monday 20 February and email it to the address in the application pack.

More here.

Outside the Box - two posts
Outside the Box are recruiting 2 part-time Development Workers who will each focus on the new Rural Wisdom project in a local area. We are also recruiting a full-time member of staff to work alongside a range of local groups and projects.

You can find the full details of each post and how to apply in the job descriptions below.

Closing date: 5 p.m. Monday 20th February 2017

Mellow Parenting - Practitioner Support Officer
Looking for a rewarding career? We are currently recruiting for a Practitioner Support Officer to join our Team.

  • £20,097
  • Deadline 17th February

We are seeking someone who has a good understanding of Scotland’s geography and how health, education and the voluntary sectors operate within the framework of early years and infant mental health. The post holder will be a crucial member of the team and be involved in many aspects of the organisation’s work, supporting practitioner growth, our evidence base and organisational development.

More here.

Menu for Change - Oxfam Scotland, the Poverty Alliance, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland and Nourish Scotland
Do you want to be part of an innovative three-year project which has the potential to have major impact on addressing food insecurity in Scotland?

Oxfam Scotland, the Poverty Alliance, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland and Nourish Scotland are recruiting a project team for our new partnership project ‘A Menu for Change’.

Oxfam Scotland:

Project Manger (A Menu for Change Project) 

  • Salary: £32,000 p.a.
  • Hours: 36 per week

Research and Policy Officer (A Menu for Change Project) 

  • Salary: £30,375 p.a.
  • Hours: 36 per week

Project Assistant (A Menu for Change Project) 

  • Salary: £11,400 p.a. (pro rata to £19,000 p.a. full time equivalent)
  • Hours: 21.6 per week

More here.

The Poverty Alliance:

Project Officer (A Menu for Change Project)

  • Salary: £28,000 p.a.
  • Hours: 35 per week

More here.

CPAG in Scotland:

Project Officer (A Menu for Change Project)

  • Salary: £27,852 p.a.
  • (pro rata to £31,466 p.a. full time equivalent)

More here.

Nourish Scotland:

Project Officer (A Menu for Change Project)

  • Salary: £14,000 p.a. (pro rata to £28,000 p.a. full time equivalent)
  • Hours: 18.5 per week

Project Officer (A Menu for Change Project)

  • Salary: £14,000 p.a.
  • (pro rata to £28,000 p.a. full time equivalent)

More here.  

Closing date for applications: Midnight 26th February 2017

Development Worker - Glasgow Homeless Network
You will assist the development and roll out of our 4-Front Learning partnership across the West of Scotland.  This is a personal learning and development programme to support people to sustain their tenancy after a period of homelessness.  This post is Big Lottery funded.  Experience of supporting and involving people in non-traditional learning opportunities an advantage, but other relevant experience will be considered. 

  • 35 hours per week (Monday – Friday)
  • SCP 23-28: £21,457 - £25,074
  • For 12 months in the first instance

You can apply by contacting Janice Higgins for an application pack,
call 0141 420 7272  or  e-mail   

Application packs can be downloaded from our website. Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 22 February 2017

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Glasgow Disability Alliance have a New Website
We launched our brand new website,, just before Christmas: with lots more space for disabled people’s voices and stories, and linking people up with the right services, support and activities.

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