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Issue 281 - 16th July 2015

Hello, and welcome to issue 281 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


CHEX National Event 2015 - report now available

CHEX recently held our national event: ‘Healthy Influences - Community Led Health’s contribution to Scottish policy’ on 4th June. We've written up the conference – including reports, video, pictures and images to give a sense of the great activity and buzz from the day. 

Read the full report here. 

Let’s keep talking
There was a lot of energy to continue working to build our influence as a movement and we are delighted that you have signed up to attend a follow-on session on 27th August.
This will be an opportunity to come together, think about what we want to change and plan some shared actions to increase the influence of community-led health organisations.
We are still organising a venue but the session will be held in central Glasgow, on the morning of 27th August with lunch provided.  

For more information get in touch with

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General Information

Inclusion Scotland Conference and AGM 2015
CHEX hosted a stall at the Inclusion Scotland AGM and conference last week. The event was a chance for Inclusion Scotland members to come together to discuss the progress of the organisation in the past year but also to think about how it can be more influential in highlighting the issues faced by people with disabilities, especially in the current climate of welfare reform and austerity.

Marco Biagi, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment delivered a short speech and took questions in these issues, and also highlighted the Scottish Government's 'Creating a fairer Scotland' campaign and spoke about the newly passed Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. Attendees were keen to highlight the importance of hearing disabled people's voices, especially those who weren't able to attend events such as this and Mr Biagi noted his priority in making it a meaningful engagement of people's views.

In the afternoon workshops people thought about the new devolved powers could be used, and asked:

  • How can we change the Work Programme and Work Choice to make them work for disabled people and improve our employability?
  • How can we reshape disability benefits so that they really support disabled people to participate in Scottish society?
  • How can we make the Scottish Welfare Fund fully accessible to disabled people?

This followed by a Q & A session with an invited Panel - Natalie McGarry MP, Ken Macintosh MSP, Emma Rich (Engender), Prof Nick Watson (Director, What Works Scotland and Centre for Disability Research, Glasgow University).

You can find out more from the day at #ISAGM15 and at

NHS Health Scotland – Non Executive Board Member
NHS Health Scotland is recruiting for Non Executive Board members.  The Health Board especially welcome applications from people with experience of health inequalities and an in-depth understanding of communities experiencing poverty and poor health.

Board members are responsible for governance of the organisation and have a responsibility to formulate strategy, ensure accountability (including financial stewardship) and shape a healthy culture for the Board and the organisation.

Board members should have an ability to bring different perspectives, analyse and review complex information, eight up conflicting issues, make decisions and question and challenge information and people constructively.

The application process will be open from 2 – 24 July 2015.  It is expected that interviews will be held on 8th, 9th and 10th September in Edinburgh. There's more information here

Three-year funding to support front-line community care
The Scottish Government has today announced details of how the Primary Care Fund will be used to support the primary care workforce, including GPs, and improve patient access to these services.

Over the next three years, £50 million will be invested to address immediate workload and recruitment issues, as well as putting in place long-term, sustainable change within primary care.

In addition, £10 million will be invested in primary care mental health services to encourage innovative ways of encouraging better identification and management of patients with mental health needs in the community.

More here

Integration Chief Officer blog
Julie White, Chief Officer for Dumfries and Galloway, talks about their local proposals to integrate the entirety of their acute services alongside primary care, mental health, community-based services and social care services within their Integration Joint Board.

More here.

Peer2Peer Training
CHEX is always keen to highlight good practice in terms of community-led health initiatives. This is a training initiative which the Scottish Recovery Network has been developing both in Scotland and in collaboration with organisations in Europe. 

The basis of the training is that people who have suffered mental ill health and have subsequently recovered are well placed to support others into recovery. To find out more about this work and the available resources including the aptly named Expert by Experience.

Visit the Peer2Peer website here to find out more and read stories from the partner countries and find out more about SRN's work on peer support here.

SCVO Summer 2015 budget review
SCVO has produced a summary and analysis of the UK Government's Summer budget, published the Chancellor last week. It outlines the key areas of interest for community organisations and charities in Scotland. They say:
  • "The Chancellor is cutting, freezing and limiting access to social security. People are effectively deemed to be at fault, when in reality they face significant barriers to finding or progressing in work.
  • In taking forward a ‘conservative’ approach to creating a low tax, low welfare economy, any pretence that the budget was about tackling the deficit has now gone.
  • The affects of the budget will devastate many families and communities – those who have already borne the brunt of previous cuts."
You can read the full briefing here

CPAG response to scrapped child poverty targets
Child Poverty Action Group has responded to the UK Government's move to remove the targets under the Child Poverty Act. Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

“The Government is turning its back on poor children.  Only a year ago, the Secretary of State claimed the child poverty targets would be met but last week’s child poverty statistics showed that absolute child poverty has risen by half a million since 2010 and that progress on relative poverty has stalled.

“Today’s statement isn’t about strengthening efforts to end child poverty but about burying the failure of the Government’s child poverty approach.  And with more cuts coming down the line, child poverty is set to rise. 

“Two thirds of poor children are in working families – it’s unclear whether these children will be counted as poor in the future.

More here

Living Wage Foundation response to National Living Wage
The Living Wage Foundation has responded to the 2015 summer budget by asking whether or not the new 'National Living Wage' (NLW) introduced by the Chancellor is really a 'Living Wage'. Due to be launched next year at £7.20 an hour it currently falls short of the Living Wage Foundation's current figure of £7.85. 

While the LWF is delighted that 2.5 million people will be seeing a significant wage rise in the near future, it notes that "without a change of remit for the Low Pay Commission this is effectively a higher National Minimum Wage and not a Living Wage."

It also asks about the impact it will have on the 2 illion people who are under-25, and will not be eligible for for NLW. They also note the reduction in tax credits and other benefits, and ask whether the NLW will be able to offset this loss.

You can read 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: 
  • The Institute of Fiscal studies has said that it expects the UK Government's changes to welfare will make 13 million families 'significantly worse off'. More here.

News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight
  • Healthy Valleys, featured in CHEX News last issue, have a newsletter which highlight some of the issues their facing as well as the work they're carrying out. It's very good, and you can download it here.
  • This bulletin provides useful information around Health and social care integration, produced by the Scottish Government. You can read the latest issue here.

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Healthy Living Award
Are you interested in meeting the growing public demand for healthy food and promoting your company as a responsible, health-conscious business?

If so, get involved and register for the healthyliving award. It’s a free national award that is open to all types of catering and food service outlets in Scotland. Not only is it free to register, you’ll also receive free, ongoing guidance and support from our team. The healthyliving award criteria are based on the general principles of a healthy balanced diet and have been developed to be in keeping with Scottish Government dietary targets. 

You may already be using healthier ingredients and preparation methods and be on your way to meeting the criteria. So register today, it is good for your customers, good for your staff and good for your business.

You can learn more here.

Forth Valley Advocacy
Forth Valley Advocacy is an independent and free service that works for vulnerable people. They supporting in attending PIP & ESA disability benefit assessments with clients, while offering information and support. They ensure that clients are educated on important aspects of the assessments and that they are supported throughout the process. As an advocacy worker, they can speak during assessments when required, to make sure clients are treated as fairly as possible. They can also prompt clients to mention  any forgotten details of their condition, or speak for them if they find themselves unable to do so for whatever reason. 

A big part of advocacy is allowing clients to explore their options without ever making decisions for them, in order to promote self-determination and empowerment. The service is aimed primarily at Falkirk, there can be exceptions to the broader Forth Valley area.

To find out more contact Ian Dunsmore at

Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (SMHAFF) Writing Awards
The SMHAFF writing competition is now open! Brought to you in partnership with Bipolar Scotland, the competition allows you to enter work into categories including poems, short stories, diary/blog entries, letters and newspaper articles.

Closing date for entries is 31st July 2015. More here

Nominate your outstanding volunteers
Nominate your outstanding volunteers in Paths for All’s volunteer awards by 5pm on Friday 31 July.

The categories are:

  • Community Path Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Path Group of the Year
  • Health Walk Volunteer of the Year
  • Health Walk Volunteer Group of the Year
  • Volunteer Manager of the Year

The winners will be announced at a Parliamentary Event, Celebrating Scotland’s Walking Champions,  on Tuesday 8th September 2015. Winners will be presented with a certificate, voucher and commemorative gift. The winning projects will receive £250. All nominees will receive a certificate acknowledging their contribution to Paths for All’s work. This is a great opportunity to recognise, reward and celebrate the contribution of community and workplace volunteers in Walking for Health and community path projects. 

You can nominate your volunteers online here by 5pm Friday 31 July. For further information email

SeeMe Scotland social media volunteers
SeeMe Scotland are looking for people to become social media volunteers with See Me. If you have an issue around mental health stigma which you want to raise awareness of and debate online then apply to this new volunteer role.

We are really excited to hear what issues people want to tackle and hear some of the imaginative ways social media can be used to do this.

We have more information on the role here.

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Consultations and surveys

Healthcare Improvement Scotland Consultation
Healthcare Improvement Scotland has launched a consultation exercise on the future model for how the quality of healthcare in Scotland is reviewed.
The exercise is supported by a consultation paper that sets out a draft blueprint for ensuring that patients receive high quality healthcare, both now and in the future. 
The consultation paper sets out a vision of more comprehensive assessments of the quality of care, encompassing existing inspections, but also considering areas such as leadership, governance, workforce, safety and the effectiveness of care.
The consultation exercise will consist of a dedicated email address for people to send their views on the consultation paper, plus dedicated focus group meetings across the country.

More information here.

Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF)

SAIF are compiling a library of good news stories and would like to hear from individuals and organisations with experiences to share regarding accessible information. They would also like to find out what kind of support you require so that they can adapt their training, information and support to ensure they meet your needs. Find out more here.

Scottish Rate of Income Tax: Call for Evidence

From 1 April 2016 the Scottish Parliament will have responsibility for a Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT). This new power arises from the Scotland Act 2012 and additional powers in relation to income tax may be devolved following the recommendations of the Smith Commission. Section 26 of the Act provides for the basic rate, higher rate and additional rate of the non-savings income of a Scottish taxpayer to be reduced by 10 percentage points. The Scottish Parliament is then required to set a new SRIT on an annual basis which will apply equally to all of these rates.

It is expected that the Scottish Government will propose its initial SRIT when it publishes its draft budget for 2016-17 in the Autumn. The Committee would, therefore, welcome your views.

The closing date for responses is Friday 28 August 2015.  More information here.

LGBT Health Survey
What is it like to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and living in Fife?  LGBT Health have been funded to find out the health and wellbeing needs of LGBT people living in Fife by the Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Their aim is to provide LGBT people living with the opportunity to share their experiences and express needs, wants and opinions.  This survey is anonymous and confidential and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Access it here.  For more information about the survey or to obtain alternative formats then please contact

Mental health and smoking: a voluntary sector perspective
ASH Scotland, the charity that takes action to reduce the harm caused by tobacco, worked with VHS during April-May 2015 on a topic of mutual interest: mental health. Together, they distributed a survey to seeking organisations' experience and views about smoking  and tobacco-related work. 
This small survey was intended to establish what, if any, smoking- and tobacco-related work has been, is being, or could be done by voluntary health organisations, particularly those involved in supporting people with mental health issues.

Read the survey results here

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Language and public perceptions of health promotion messages
This study outlines the details of language on people's perceptions of health messages. Based on a research in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the study found that: 

"Public perceptions of messages communicating concepts linking health, food and the diet are influenced by terminology, resulting in confusion. To increase individual commitment to change eating habits in the long term, public health campaigns need strengthening, potentially by investing in tailored approaches to meet the needs of defined groups of consumers."

You can read more here

The Role of Advice Services in Health Outcomes
This report shows how the right welfare advice in the  right place produces real benefits  for  patient health, especially where advice  services work directly with the NHS and care providers. It presents clear evidence that early and effective welfare advice provision reduces demand on the NHS.

Read it here

JIT Integration toolkit
This paper and self-evaluation checklist is intended to complement the guidance that will be forthcoming from the Scottish Government over the coming months in regard to the expectations of localities arrangements. It is focused on identifying the key issues that the partnership will want to take into account in the development of their locality arrangements, including consideration of a range of practical matters.

Read the paper here and download the checklist here.

Interpreting in health care
Glasgow university has created a free resource to support teaching and learning about interpreting in health care settings. There are 5 short educational films with supporting material developed through research with interpreters, health care practitioners and migrants about the complexity of intercultural communication in health care. If you would like more information about the research and this educational tool please contact

Impact of the Scottish Welfare Reform Act
This third annual report looks at the first evidence of the effects of Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, the Benefit Cap and the sanctions regime. The Scottish Government’s activity to mitigate the worst impacts of welfare reform is also presented in the report. 

More here

VHS Living the Gap report
VHS’s Living in the Gap report drew attention to a correlation between health inequalities and poor mental health, social isolation and loneliness. It highlighted the significant involvement of our sector in supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing in many communities and population groups. We decided we needed to explore this theme further and called  a focus group meeting on 1st June, to facilitate an exchange of experience, issues and ideas and to begin to scope opportunities for future collaboration. 

They brought together 13 small to medium sized organisations whose work spanned older people, children and young people, people in and leaving prison,  disabled people, and people with mental illness. Discussion explored wide-ranging themes, including the scourge of stigma and the need for greater kindness and connectedness. 

The Key Messages write-up includes ideas for future collaboration and action, and profiles on each participating organisation.

Read Key Messages here.

Collaboration Works - New Film from VAS
As part of Voluntary Action Scotland's 'Collaboration Works' series Voluntary Action Scotland have launched the first of our video case studies. In this video we look at the 'Family Buddies' project in East Ayrshire and the Galashiels Men's Shed, and demonstrate how the TSI has played a central role in bringing together organisations to get these projects off the ground.

You can watch the video here.  

SCVO: Digital participation in action
This short report provides a brief overview of the issues and the key facts and figures for around digital participation for Scotland, along with a progress update on SCVO's work and the fantastic range of community projects and business growth internships that they are backing. It also includes an update on Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter, and some thoughts about what comes next to further scale up and accelerate their work.

More here.

Moving beyond consultation - co-producing with communities
A national Community Planning Partnership Conference ‘Changing Lives, Delivering Success: Ambition into Action’ held in Glasgow on 26 June 2015 featured a Co-production workshop. 

This was a discussion based workshop, based on the premise that working with people and communities in a way which truly is co-produced requires a different approach and mindset.  We asked, how do we move beyond consultation?

The blog post details the workshop. You can view it here

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M&S Energy Community Energy Fund.
If you’re a not for private profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits, this is your chance to try to secure funding! Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, we want to hear from you.

Our funding will be awarded to renewable energy projects in Great Britain who can demonstrate they have the support of their local community.

To take part, simply complete the online application form by Wednesday 29th July. More information here.

Paths For All - Health Walk Grants
Paths for All funds projects in order to improve Scotland's health through the delivery of local Community Health Walk and workplace walking projects.

They invest in community projects which build local capacity, delivering a volunteer led solution to improve physical activity levels.

There are two levels of grant are available:

  •     A Small Grant of up to £5,000.
  •     A Large Grant of up to £30,000

More information here.

Grants for people affected by stroke
The Stroke Association charity currently has grants available. These are grants of up to £300 which the person doesn’t have to pay back.
They are called Life After Stroke grants. They can be used to buy a mobility aid, a respite break, or an item such as a washing machine, tumble dryer or bed.
The application form and application process is very straightforward. It needs to be completed by a professional who works with the person affected by stroke – for example a social worker, money advisor or occupational therapist.

To find out more, call Jen on 0131 555 7253 or email:

Community Innovation Fund
The purpose of the Community Innovation Fund (CIF) is to support the strategic aim of the See Me programme in creating a Scotland where everyone can live without fear or experience of stigma and discrimination in relation to mental health.

The programme’s purpose is to build a movement of people who will effectively tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in Scotland and bring about lasting changes in the behaviour of people and institutions in such a way that the rights of people with mental health problems can be realised in a fulfilling and dignified way.

More information here.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Launches Youth Fund (UK)
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is committed to helping organisations make a positive impact in the lives of young people so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. Not-for-profit organisations working in the youth sector and with young people are eligible to apply. However, the Fund will be restricted to organisations which have the potential to grow their impact by:

  • Replicating a programme or service,
  • Widening the reach of an idea or innovation.
  • Spreading a technology or skill.
  • Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation.

Funding is available to cover the core costs of an organisations work. More information here.

Zero Waste Scotland Litter Prevention Projects
A fund for Third Sector community based litter prevention projects is now open for applications. The grant fund is to support Third Sector organisations to trial community based options for litter prevention activity. Learning captured from the projects funded will contribute to the establishment of best practice for community led approaches, supporting community action at a local level.

For more info click here or contact

Sons of the Rock Society funding
The Sons of the Rock Society has been supporting vulnerable individuals and community groups throughout Stirlingshire and Falkirk for the past 200 years. Small amounts of money can make a difference in a time of crisis.
The Sons of the Rock wish to strengthen their partnership with local organisations, particularly those working within the social care sector, and who are in a position to identify individuals and support their applications for small grants.
More details about what they do and how to apply for grants can be found here.

Community Food and Health (Scotland) - Two Year Development Fund Open to Applications
Community Food and Health (Scotland) (CFHS) offers funding to groups and organisations working with or within Scotland’s low-income communities to improve access to, and take-up of, a healthy, varied and balanced diet.

Two-year development grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to groups and agencies that can develop, recruit for, and complete food and health activities by the end of September 2017.

CFHS prefers to fund community groups, voluntary organisations or social enterprises; but will consider applications from agencies such as the NHS, schools or other local authority organisations if they work closely with community groups.

The deadline for submissions is 7 August 2015 (5pm). More information here.

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Grow In Glenburn Open Day- 25 July 1-3 pm   
Grow in Glenburn invite you to come and see their Community Garden. The open day will feature plants, herbs and vegetables, refreshments, growing tips and a plant stall, as well as a chance to learn more about the history of the garden. There will also be music from Rockus Community Choir. Find out more here.

Alliance health and social care integration event - 29 July, Glasgow
As Health and Social Care Integration becomes a reality across Scotland The Health and Social Care ALLIANCE offer an opportunity for Third Sector Organisations to come together to discuss how the new structures are being implemented locally.

Book one of the remaining free places on the Third Sector Integration Forum, 29 July, Glasgow.

Integration of Health and Social Care Scotland’s Future – Integration Six Months On!  - 11 September (Dundee)         
This event will explore the strategic opportunities and challenges associated with the integration of health and social care, in particular;

  • Identify some of the key opportunities for improving outcomes for people through a more integrated approach; and
  • Consider how some of the key challenges associated with culture and performance can be overcome
There will  be a resource area, and Shona Robison MSP, Paul Gray and Peter Johnston will be speaking.

Inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture and launch of the Social Enterprise Collection- 5 October
The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) would like to invite you to the Inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture and the launch of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland).

The lecture will look at the roots and origins of social enterprise – both in Scotland and internationally - and reflect on where it appears to be heading. This event is also a way of celebrating the end of CBS Network – a not-for-profit company that was formed in 1983 and supported social and community enterprise in Scotland and internationally.

This a free event but please RSVP to ensure your place. More information here.

Researching Marginalized Groups: An International Symposium- 28 October (Paisley)
A unique opportunity to meet, learn from and challenge a panel of international experts in the field of Researching Marginalized Groups.  Ahead of the launch of an innovative and exciting new edited collection of the same name* which focuses on the challenges and complexities of researching marginalized groups, the Symposium will feature presentations on research methods, theory, practice  and analysis, as well as offering ample opportunity for round table discussions.
This event is hosted by internationally renowned ethnographer and criminologist Professor Ross Deuchar in conjunction with the Youth Justice and Crime Prevention Research Group and the Institute for Youth and Community Research at University of the West of Scotland.
More information here.

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Conferences and seminars

Living in the Gap Seminar- 27 August 
Voluntary Health Scotland launched their report ‘Living in the Gap: a voluntary health sector perspective on health inequalities in Scotland’ earlier this year. The report highlighted the strength and vital work contributed by the sector, but also highlighted the need for further recognition.
Our seminar will look to discuss the report findings and the wider issues of health inequalities in Scotland.
More information here.

Autumn Unconference: Making Time to Take Time- 6 September, Crieff
Are you working hard in your community helping make a lower carbon world or building local resilience? Are you looking for inspiration from exciting initiatives across Scotland? Would you like a group of like-minded people to reflect with and learn from? Want to share what you're doing and hear what others are up to? Are you keen to find ways to avoid burnout or just top up your enthusiasm for what you're doing?

For all this and more - join us for a family friendly weekend of workshops, good food and entertainment.

More info here.

GHN Annual Conference: Save the Date - Tuesday 20 October 2015 
This year’s conference will be on the theme of Health and Homelessness. More information will follow soon.

Keep an eye on their website here.

VHS Annual Conference & AGM 'Closing the Gap: Making Health Inequalities Everyone’s Business' - 11 November (Edinburgh)
VHS are delighted to announce the date of our annual conference which will take place on Wednesday the 11th of November. This event will provide a timely opportunity to discuss how we close the health inequalities gap in Scotland. Keynote speaker: Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities & Pensioners’ Rights, Scottish Government

To register your interest in this event, please email Lauren Blair, Programme Engagement Officer or phone: 0131 474 6190.

CFHS annual networking conference 2015
Wednesday 28 October 2015, Perth Concert Hall
This is a national networking conference for those involved with any aspect of community food where people can learn and discuss national activity and local practice with people from all over Scotland.  

It will be an opportunity for people to come together, learn from each other and share experience, evidence, hopes and concerns on all aspects of food, inequality and social justice.

Registration will open in September. For more information, including ways you can be involved, contact

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Learning Disability Awareness
This one day course provides a basic introduction to learning disability. This course has been designed with a group of people who have learning disability or care for someone with a disability so you will be learning from the real experts. Learning disability awareness training explains what it was like in the past for people with learning disabilities and will help you to understand the social model of disability.  You will also learn about the transitions people face in their lives.
By the end of this course you will:
  • Value experiences of people with learning disabilities
  • Appreciate equalities issues
  • Know how to respond to people with learning disabilities
Who should attend this course? Anyone who comes into contact with people with a learning disability as part of their role.

 22 July, 10.00 – 4.00, Glasgow. Cost: £135 per person
To book email: or call John Somerville at SCLD on 0141 559 5732 alternatively you can book online HERE

Mental Health First Aid training
Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) training programme is being rolled out across Scotland by NHS Health Scotland. It teaches the general public, frontline service workers and employees to recognise the signs and symptoms of someone with mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and psychosis, and to help deal with a crisis situation by guiding someone towards professional and other help.

From 09:30 on 20th August 2015- 16:30 on 21st August 2015. Paisley. Cost: £80

Read more here.

FDAMH Certificate in Counselling Skills
The Certificate in Counselling Skills is for anybody who wants to improve their understanding of other people as well as themselves. Counselling skills can enhance the quality of personal relationships and improve workplace performance.

This course is useful and practical, whether you are a professional or volunteer, a carer or helper, a sales person, a parent or a manager or someone wishing to pursue career development.

The next course will commence in August 2015 – applications are now being accepted.

More information here.

Children Poverty Action Group Welfare Rights Training.
The Children Poverty Action Group are running a series of Welfare Rights training courses in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh in August and September. For information on the full range of courses available, as well as dates and prices, click here.



Health All Round- Central, Eastern European and Roma Link worker
£23,850,Part time – 24 hours per week

Health All Round wish to recruit a part time Link-Worker to provide cultural-bridging, advocacy and support for Central, Eastern European and Roma people in Edinburgh.
The post holder will work with Health All Round and other partner agencies to increase the uptake of NHS services by CEE/R communities. The post will also include individual/ group support and input into longer term, strategic planning. Partnership working is key to this role and the post holder will work closely with the NHS Lothian Minority Ethnic Health Inclusion Services (MEHIS).
 For informal queries please telephone Catriona Windle or  Maysoon Sutherland  on  0131 337 1376. Closing date for applications: Friday 24th July (interviews Thursday 30th July 2015)

More information here.

Pilton Community Health Centre- Finance Officer
Starting Salary:  £23,232 pro rata, Part Time 21 Hours

Suitably experienced and enthusiastic Finance Officer required for this well established voluntary organisation.   Working with the management team the Finance Officer will be responsible for a wide range of finance and payroll duties and will be expected to work closely with other staff across the organisation contributing ideas and providing support.

Interviews for this post will take place during w/c 27th July 2015. More information here.

Falkirk Mental Health Association- Administration Officer
£15,743 per annum, Full Time (35 hours/wk)

FDAMH is a well-respected, innovative charity supporting people and families affected by mental ill health.
As a member of the Administration Team you will perform varied administration duties in which you will develop an in-depth understanding of FDAMH’s work and provide essential, valued support to FDAMH and its staff. You will need to be a reliable, responsible, problem-solver with relevant administration experience and be willing to take on the role of Fire Officer and First Aider (training will be provided, if necessary).  Excellent people skills and a friendly manner are essential. You will, at times, be responsible for opening and closing our lovely Centre and will work backshift once a week (Wednesdays to 9.15pm). 

Application Deadline: 27/07/15    Interviews: 04/08/15 (provisional). More information here.


Falkirk’s Mental Health Association- Finance and Administration Manager
£24,000 per annum; Full time (35 hrs/wk); Permanent

FDAMH is a well-respected, innovative charity supporting people and families affected by mental ill health. Due to our continued growth and development, we are seeking someone to fill the new role of Finance and Administration Manager. As a manager, leading a small team, you will be responsible for all aspects of the financial and administrative functions that support the work of FDAMH. You will work closely with the Manager, Fundraiser and the Board of Trustees. You will ensure FDAMH has sound control of its finances and financial reporting; manage the effective operation of the administrative support services within FDAMH and perform additional administrative duties relating to personnel issues. You will be a full or part-qualified accountant with experience of charity accounting.

Application Deadline: 20/07/15    Interviews:  03/08/15. More information here.

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council- IT resource and Administration Officer  
Full Time, £18,000 per annum

Minority Ethnic Employment Training and Support Project is working to deliver an employment and training project which will support people from minority ethnic communities to enhance their prospects within the world of work by targeting people who are economically inactive, with a particular focus on Roma community members, asylum seekers, refugees and minority ethnic individuals who are disabled.  The project aims to work strategically with a range of partners including City Building Glasgow, Cordia, Jobcentres, Jobs and Business Glasgow, local Colleges, training providers, regeneration agencies and local authorities to support the pathways of target beneficiaries through provision of training, work placement and advisory services

More information here.

SURF- Board of Directors
SURF is currently looking for suitable candidates to join its volunteer Board of Directors. They want to further enhance their collective knowledge and experience as they strive to further improve regeneration policy and practice, to the benefit of disadvantaged communities across Scotland.
Present and past SURF Directors say that they find their involvement both interesting and rewarding, as well as being useful in further developing their understanding and contacts across the different aspects of regeneration in Scotland.
The closing date for applications is Thu 23 July. Applications from local authority officials, private & social enterprise sector colleagues and community group volunteers are particularly welcome. More information here.


Broomhouse Health Strategy Group- Volunteer Support Worker
Salary: £21,600 pro rata (SCVO Scale AP3)  18 hours per week

The successful candidate will recruit, train and support volunteers to run our Fruit & Veg Shop, as well as other food & health activities we run. They will be a key member of the staff team managing the running of the Fruit and Veg Shop. 
We are looking for an enthusiastic person with experience in supporting and managing volunteers.  Also with an interest in food and health, and experience in a community development or retail management role.
The closing date for application is 14th August, interviews on 27th August.
For further information visit

Mental Health Network- Peer Volunteers
The Mental Health Network (Greater Glasgow) (MHNGG) are recruiting peer volunteers for an innovative project to increase the number of people with Advance Statements.
 Everyone in Scotland has the right to make an Advance Statement, a powerful tool that helps people share their needs and wishes when subject to mental health law. If you'd like to make a REAL difference by helping people have a stronger voice, improve their mental health treatment and support and better manage a mental health crisis, then MHNGG would love to hear from you.

If you've got lived experience of mental health problems and are interested in getting involved - or know someone who might be - contact Gordon McInnes on 0141 550 8417 or More information here.

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Search for Support
This website enables users to search for providers of Self-directed Support in Scotland. Based on your area, you can view specific organisations and get an idea about the services they provide. 

It also provides useful information around SDS and places to find out more.

You can view it here.

New Online Information Resource for Carers
The re-designed Care Information Scotland website is now available. This new service provides a central point to help guide people through the maze of exisiting resources available and to ensure that they have access to comprehensive, accurate and up to date information, either for themselves, a relative or a friend.

More here

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