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Issue 286 - 1st October 2015


Hello, and welcome to issue 286 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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Contents

(N.B. click on the heading links below to jump immediately to the relevant section)

CHEX News and General Information

Campaigns
Consultations
Publications
Funding
Events
Conferences and seminars
Training
Vacancies
Websites

CHEX News

CHEX Network member DRC Generations blog post
DRC Generations is a unique mentoring, transition support service is based around two key areas of work, raising awareness of substance misuse and their premises supporting young people, their families and the wider community.

DRC Generations have been featured on the Creating a Fairer Scotland blog, highlighting some of their work:

"While DRC Generations has gleaned several awards [including the Queens Award for Volunteering in June 2015 – one of the highest honours that can be given to a community organisation] we are particularly proud of the positive impact of our work on our peer mentors.

The work helps them develop and build crucial skills, letting them flourish into adulthood. Our teenagers are responsible for building high quality partnerships with local groups and schools to build stronger, more resilient, supportive and influential communities."

Read the full blog here.


'Changes' Commonwealth Games funding
CHEX Network members Changes have been awarded grants as part of the Commonwealth Games legacy funding.

The Changes Community Health Project, along with other organisations, received a grant worth up to £70,00 to provide walking, cycling and other healthy recreational activities will benefit people with mental health conditions.

The Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Spirit of 2012. Eleven projects were awarded in total and are spread throughout Scotland working with groups who are most at risk of inactivity, and use physical activity to improve health, wellbeing and social cohesion. 

You can read more here.

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General Information

Scottish Health Survey 2014 results
The Scottish Government has released the 2014 findings of the Scottish Health Survey.

The Scottish Health Survey is commissioned annually to check trends in a wide range of public health measures. The headline findings are:

  • 74 per cent of adults continue to identify their health as good or very good.
  • Both adult obesity and child obesity levels have remained relatively stable since 2008 – 28 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.
  • In 2014 one in five adults (22 per cent) reported that they were current cigarette smokers, down from 28 per cent in 2003.
  • Average weekly alcohol consumption is 13.6 units for men and 7.4 units for women.
  • Twenty per cent of adults drink at harmful or hazardous levels. This has fallen since 2003 but has not changed significantly in recent years.

The survey largely focuses on medical issues related to health, however it includes a section on 'Inequalities in Health Risks' which highlights health issues around groups in high levels of deprivation. It notes:

"Since inequalities in health are seen to be key and have been increasing over time, reducing them is a major cause for concern and of considerable importance in Scotland.

While health in Scotland has steadily improved for most people over the last 50 years, it has not been progressing quickly enough among the most vulnerable groups in society and entrenched inequalities remain."


You can read the summary report here and the further info here.


ONS data shows UK wellbeing rise, but with increasing inequality
The Office for National Statistics has published statistics on personal wellbeing in the UK for 2014/15.

The report notes that the proportion of people giving the highest ratings for life satisfaction, worthwhile and happiness (and a low score for anxiety) has increased significantly over the last year.

However, while people noting the lowest levels on the above factors (and high levels on anxiety) also decreased, they decreased at a lower rate that than people on high ratings increased. They explain:

"This is important because it indicates that while improvements are widespread across the population, they are uneven. The proportion reporting very high personal well-being is growing faster than the proportion reporting low levels is falling. This indicates increasing inequality in personal well-being."

Along with this they has released an interactive map which enables you to view specific area responses, including the movement over time since 2012.

You can read more here


Scottish Parliament Health Committee backs car smoking ban
A proposed law to ban smoking in cars when travelling with someone under 18 has been endorsed by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.

The member’s bill put forward by Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume would see motorists fined £100 for lighting up. It has already been backed by health charities and the Scottish Government.

A similar ban has now come into force in England and Wales. 

More here


Scottish Public bodies & Equalities report
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has published data outlining the performance of Scottish public bodies against their duties under equality laws.

This report focuses on the extent to which 239 listed public bodies were able to report against key equality data and outcomes including:

  • the diversity of their staff composition;
  • how different people who share the same protected characteristic fared in recruitment, development and retention;
  • gender pay gap figures;
  • their progress to date in meeting the equality outcomes they set in 2013.

More here.
 

ACE Guide Launch
SCDC are pleased to announce the launch of our ‘Guide to Achieving Community Empowerment' which is based on our learning from and the contributions of community groups involved in the ACE Programme between 2010 and 2014. 

The ACE (Achieving Community Empowerment) process is intended to help community groups and organisations become more confident, better organised, and more effective in achieving their aims.

The process guides community groups, and those who work with them, through a critical review of their roles, relationships and ambitions so that they can be as effective as possible in achieving their aims and improving their communities. The guide should help community groups take the appropriate steps to become more effective and it should also prove helpful for community workers and others who want to encourage stronger and more active communities.

The guide has been developed as part of the Achieving Community Empowerment (ACE) programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and delivered by the Scottish Community Development Centre and can be downloaded as a PDF here. We have also produced a web version of the Guide, which includes various other resources and can be accessed from the SCDC site at www.scdc.org.uk/ace.   


Aye Mind site
This website work to look at ways we can use the internet, social media and mobile technologies to improve young people's mental health and wellbeing.

Aye Mind draws on emerging evidence from around the world that digital communication tools and resources have great promise in the mental health sphere. The work also aligns with Commitment 6 of the Scottish Mental Health Strategy, which stresses the intention to use new technologies in the improvement of mental health nationwide.

There's lots of useful case studies and resources which cover a range of subject areas. 

You can view the site here.


Working in the third sector: Reality checks!
GCPH has included a blog from Kathleen Caskie, Third Sector Forum Manager, who looks at the challenges facing those working in the third and voluntary sector in Glasgow.

"A recent report, commissioned by the GCPH, highlights that the third sector in Glasgow is employing a highly skilled, professional and committed workforce, an asset that the city should cherish. This can only be good for the vibrancy of the city, and for the lives of people and communities Third Sector staff serve, so there is good news in this report." 

More here


Creating a Fairer Scotland - Planning Events
The Scottish Government is inviting you to have your say on what a Fairer Scotland should look like in 2030, and what should be done to make this vision a reality.

To do this, a series of local Planning Events will be taking place to allow a broadly representative audience to hear, discuss, prioritise and take action on ideas to create a Fairer Scotland. These planning events provide a chance for people to think about and prioritise ideas that will help make Scotland a fairer place to live and make a real impact on Scotland's future.

The priorities that come from these planning events will feed into a final Fairer Scotland Forum in December. The Fairer Scotland Forum will host a broadly representative audience made up of people from across the country who will work with policy makers, experts, and political representatives to create a series of recommendations on how we can all work to create a Fairer Scotland.

The Planning Events will take place on the following dates:

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 for Fiscal Studies says has warned the government it risks worsening inequality during workers’ lifetimes by cutting tax credits and reducing income tax rates for the richest. More here.
  • SCVO's 'Taking it On' bulletin on welfare reform features lot of useful resources. More here.
News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight.
  • Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s ebulletin has useful information around health inequalities in the Fife area. More here.
  • The latest Engage and Inspire from The Alliance includes a link to their new tool to help you track what is happening across the 31 Health and Social Care Partnerships. More here.

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Campaigns

Support Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation
ASH Scotland has developed a new initiative to help deliver a Smoke-free Generation by 2034. Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation is a tool to be used by organisations to encourage, facilitate and celebrate action! If we all work together on this, the children who are just going into nursery school now can be the first generation to grow up free from the harm caused by tobacco.

Show support for the 2034 target by signing the Charter and agreeing how your organisation can help create a tobacco-free generation. The Charter has six key principles that encourage and enable discussion within organisations to examine how their own policy and practice can best contribute to the tobacco-free goal.

Register your interest online, see who has signed up already and read about the good work already underway across the nation: www.ashscotland.org.uk/charter.

For more information contact: Connie Bennett, Development Officer cbennett@ashscotland.org.uk


Get Online Week - 12th-18th October 2015
From 12th-18th October, Get Online Week will return to help show thousands more people how the internet can make their lives a little easier.

Together, we aim to hold hundreds of Get Online Week events in community venues all across the country. In villages halls, community centres, doctors surgeries, jobcentres and more, people will be making life easier by getting online for the first time, and doing more with their skills.

More here.


New website to help co-ordinate Scotland's response to the refugee crisis
A new website has been launched to help co-ordinate Scotland's response to the international refugee crisis.

Minister for Europe and International Development Humza Yousaf made the announcement of the new website following the 2nd meeting of the refugee taskforce. Mr Yousaf said:

"Scotland is firm in its commitment to helping the most vulnerable people in crisis and to accepting our fair share of whatever number of refugees the UK takes.

"We have been overwhelmed with practical offers of support from ordinary people across Scotland – all wanting to help alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable people caught up in this humanitarian emergency.

More here
 

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Consultations and surveys

Scottish parliament Finance Committee consultation on the pace of preventative approaches in public service delivery
The Scottish Parliament Finance Committee is interested in hearing views on the progress being made in reforming Scotland’s public services and delivering the decisive shift towards prevention. It notes that "the Committee has been continually frustrated by the lack of evidence of any large scale shift towards prevention, [...] despite a political consensus in support of a preventative approach."

Among other things it seeks to have inputs around:

  • Why has the progress of reform proposed by the Christie Commission been so slow?
  • What are the main barriers to change and how do we address them in order to accelerate the rate of progress?
  • How do we ensure that the necessary culture change and greater levels of integration takes place?

Closes 30th Oct. More here


Early years and gender stereotyping survey
A group of organisations is exploring approaches to tackling gender stereotyping and gender equality in early years settings. The group includes NHS Health Improvement, respect Me, LGBT Youth Scotland, Men in Childcare, Fathers Network Scotland and Zero Tolerance. Their first step is to run a short survey of projects and organisations in Scotland and the UK which may be doing work to tackle gender stereotyping and gender equality in early years.

More here.


Scottish Parliament Human Rights Act consultation
The Scottish parliament's European and External Relations Committee is seeking responses to its inquiry on the Human Rights Act. The UK government has indicated it will replace the 1998 act with a British Bill of Rights, so the committee is interested in hearing views on the implications that this proposed change could have on Scotland. It notes:

"The written evidence submitted in response to this call for evidence will inform further inquiry work once the UK Government’s more detailed proposals have been made available. 

More here


Community engagement projects around housing
Do you have a project that your organisation is particularly proud of that demonstrates excellent community engagement around housing?

SFHA is co-leading on Action 17 of the Scottish Government's Joint Housing Delivery Plan which aims to learn lessons from the best examples of community engagement about great place-making and developing community capacity.

This is a chance to put your project on the map and promote the principles which made it a success. The SFHA's aim is to identify and document at least four exemplar projects – two rural and two urban – and aims to produce a three-page summary of each example, including some photographs.

Please contact dlockhart@sfha.co.uk or call Donald for a chat on 07887 888337.
 

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Publications

Health and social care integration: Sharing learning across the North Sea
Dr Ailsa Cook, Outcome Focus, Dr Guro Huby, University College Ostfold and Dr Sarah Morton, What Works Scotland reflect on the Scottish and Norwegian approaches to improving public services for people with mental health issues and addictions.

"As is often discussed, Norway and Scotland share many similarities. They are both small nations, with a mix of rural and urban populations and demographic challenges driving the need for change away from acute hospital care towards preventative, community care. Both nations have boundaries between health and social services, though placed in different ways: in Norway the key boundary is between state owned specialist hospital trusts on the one hand, and municipally run primary health and social care services on the other."

Read more at What Works Scotland


Using street audit approaches to determine neighbourhood priorities - GCPH
Street audits are used in a number of ways to evaluate the quality of the built environment and to prioritise streetscape improvements. This briefing paper provides evidence and information on how street audits can be effectively carried out to support community involvement in neighbourhood decision-making.

Lessons from research into the impact of a community street audit undertaken in a Glasgow neighbourhood are presented alongside evidence and examples of similar approaches used elsewhere, including desk-based audits which can be completed using online street imagery. The findings presented and the resources and examples included are intended to aid the future use of street audits for service providers and local groups. 

Read more here.


CPAG report on foodbank use in Scotland
Child Poverty Action Group have launched a report looking at the reasons that food bank use has increased so dramatically in Scotland over the last few years. 'Hard Choices: Reducing the need for food banks in Scotland' looks at the stories of six families accessing food banks in one local authority area in central Scotland. 

The report found that gaps in the social security safety net are the key reason why people in Scotland are turning to food banks - but that action at Scottish and local level could also help families avoid crisis.

More here


Reports highlight financial losses of welfare reform
Sheffield Hallam University has collated four reports on the financial impact of welfare cuts in Scotland at national, regional, local authority and neighbourhood level. The report concludes the changes to be ‘lots of pain for not much gain’. 

More here


NESTA living wage analysis
In this post NESTA have outlined an analysis of the National Living Wage, including the implications it could have for people who will receive the new wage form April 2016.

More here


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Funding


CashBack for Communities – Small Grants Scheme
The next closing date for applications to the CashBack for Communities small grants scheme is the 1st December 2015.

Cashback for Communities is a Scottish Government initiative that uses funds recovered from criminal activity to support positive activities for young people. Through the scheme Volunteer lead youth groups in Scotland can apply for funding of up to £2,000 to enhance their programmes for young people and get their projects off the ground. More info here.


Coalfields Community Challenge-The Coalfields Regeneration Trust
As part of its continuing effort to improve the health and wellbeing of coalfields residents, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is looking to develop ideas that will increase levels of physical activity in the community. The Challenge will give small constituted sports or other groups in eligible coalfield areas the opportunity to fund projects which aim to increase participation in sports or other physical activities. More info here.


Faith in Community Scotland Grants
Faith projects who are tackling poverty can apply to FiSCAF for either a small grant (up to £2,000) or a major grant (up to £15,000) over 2/3 years. We still have a particular emphasis on projects working with children, young people and families (due to our work with the STV Appeal), and a larger proportion of our funds will go towards projects of this nature on this occassion. Our committee are looking for projects who are making a real difference in their local areas to support and encourage. Projects should get in touch even if they’ve never applied for funding before. More info here.


Co-op Local Fund
Co-op Local Fund has over £750,000 up for grabs for local causes or community groups in Scotland you feel passionate about. They could receive anything from £200 to £2,500. The money comes from the 5p we are legally obliged to charge (levy) in Scotland every time someone asks for a single use carrier bag when they shop with us. More info here.
 

Health Inequality Grant Programme 2016/17
Organisations can now apply for grant funding for 2016/17.

All applicants should complete the attached Health Inequalities Grant Programme Application Form. Please refer to the guidance notes attached when completing the form.  Application forms and background information are available to download on the Edinburgh Compact website
 

Nationwide Foundation’s Empty Properties Funding Programme Opens for UK
The Nationwide Foundation has launched a new £1 million empty properties funding programme to bring long-term empty properties back into use for people in housing need in the UK.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply now for funding to turn empty properties into safe, decent homes for people in need and make them available at a rate they can afford.

Organisations can apply for between £100,000 and £175,000 either as grant funding or as social investment or a combination of the two, depending on which is the most appropriate for the scheme. More info here.
 

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Events
 

Unusual Suspects Festival
The Unusual Suspects festival is coming to Glasgow this October 7th - 9th. The festival will comprise of three days of ideas, solutions and debate- all exploring what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how, by working with different people, we can meet some of society's most pressing challenges, together.

The Festival brings together the 'unusual suspects’ from across Scotland and the world- from youth clubs to ex-footballers to think tanks and governments- all to explore how we can work together in new and different ways to create real social change.  The festival want to hear from the ‘unusual suspects’ because they think that talking with someone with a different perspective helps us to imagine new possibilities and develop different outcomes. More info here.


Change and Conflict revisited: Reflections on Community Work in Gorbals and Govanhill during the 1970s
Crossroads are hosting a seminar which will introduce the key ideas and approaches that have informed Crossroads work since the 1970s, and explored in the presenters’ 1983 book, Change and Conflict, and which are still central to the work.

This is the inaugural event in a series of seminars that Crossroads plans to offer over the coming months. They will be of interest to practitioners, students, community organisations and educators interested in adopting a community development approach to practice. More info here.


CVS Falkirk Engagement Event
CVS Falkirk are hosting an engagement event on Monday 19th October from 2-4pm and would love you join us to help us help your community.

CVS believe that communities should be actively involved in decisions that affect them, therefore we need your organisation’s help!
We are taking part in ULab, a new programme stimulating change.  Using it, we aim to bring third sector organisations together to participate in public policy.

We would like to invite you to meet our team and to tell us how we can help support and strengthen your community.  We want to combine our resources, to get your voices heard and influence decision-making.

For further information, please contact Laura on 01324 692 000 or email: laura@cvsfalkirk.org.uk


Fairer Scotland: Planning Event
The Scottish Government is inviting you to have your say on what a Fairer Scotland should look like in 2030, and what should be done to make this vision a reality. In addition to the conversations that are already happening, the Scottish Government wants to work with a broad mix of people across the country to prioritise practical steps that can be taken to create a fairer Scotland.

 Since the Fairer Scotland discussion was launched, a number of Listening events have been held across the country and we have heard from a wide range of people. The next phase is taking these ideas and working with the people of Scotland to shape them into a set of recommendations for how to create a Fairer Scotland.  

As part of this process we are hosting a free planning event at Inverness Leisure, Bught Lane, on Wednesday, 7th October from 12.30pm to 4pm. This event is an opportunity for you to suggest and prioritise the different things the Scottish Government could do to create a fairer Scotland. More info here.
 

GCPH Seminar Series 12
Seminar Series 12, in collaboration with International Futures Forum, will kick off in October with the first lecture being given by Professor Alison Phipps OBE, co-convener of Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network. In December, Professor Ioan Fazey, Chair of Social Dimensions of Environmental Change at the University of Dundee will give the second lecture, and guests already lined up to speak in the new year include, Julia Unwin CBE, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Prof Jeffrey Pleyers, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Université de Louvain (Belgium). More info here.


Third Sector Integration Forum
This forum, facilitated by the Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team, aims to provide a safe space for the 3rd sector to discuss and explore the opportunities and challenges in the emerging integration landscape in Scotland.

The forum meets monthly, meeting alternately in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The meeting has no set agenda, to enable the discussion to be shaped by what is important to participants.

More info here.
 

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Conferences and seminars

Dispatches from the Early Years Collaborative: Improving outcomes for low income pregnant women and children - an update of the Early Years Collaborative
The Early Years Collaborative was launched in October 2012 with the ambition “To make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up, by improving outcomes, and reducing inequalities, for all babies, mothers, fathers and families across Scotland to ensure that all children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed.”

Since The Early Years Collaborative started it has developed over time and grown to look at many areas that are relevant for pre-birth to one year, one year to three years, three to five years, and five to eight years of age. This includes: income maximisation, attachment and child development, developing parental skills, etc.

Within Edinburgh, Dr Graham Mackenzie (Public Health Consultant) has been part of a multidisciplinary approach to improve outcomes of low income pregnant women and children and will update the audience on this interesting area of work.

7 October 2015, more info here.


Independent Living Scotland- Re‐shaping care for Older People and Children, Young People and Families
A comprehensive two-day conference programme, led by thought-leaders and practioners, will offer Scottish healthcare professionals with the chance to network with fellow professionals, update on the issues and challenges they face in their day-to-day lives and gain valuable CPD.

7 and 8 October, more info here.


Glasgow Annual Homelessness Conference
It is well known that homelessness is bad for your health. It often follows other problems or trauma in people’s lives and is especially linked to existing poverty and health inequality. In Glasgow, people who’ve experienced homelessness are also more likely to experience early mortality from specific causes. Life expectancy is significantly lower than even the Glasgow average for both men and women - while survival strategies often pose a further threat to people’s health, safety and security.

The purpose of this year’s conference is to provide an up-to-date overview of health and homelessness and to review what progress we are making in tackling the health inequalities that exist between people who have a home and those that don’t. We want to create 360˚ feedback on key issues, which will shape how we work together in the next phase.

20 October, Glasgow City Chambers. More info here.


6th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty- Towards a Fairer Scotland
The Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty has been organised by the Poverty Alliance since 2010. Over this time the Assemblies have brought together hundreds of people with direct experience of poverty, activists, representatives of community and voluntary organsiations, trade unions, faith groups, researchers, policy makers and politicians. The events have become a become a key forum for discussion around the problems of poverty in Scotland and how they could be more effectively addressed.

This year's Assembly, sponsored by the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland, will again provide an opportunity to discuss, debate and prioritise the actions we need to make a bigger impact on poverty in Scotland. A key focus will be feeding into the development of the Scottish Government's Social Justice Actioon Plan, due to be published in early 2016.

The Assembly will be a mix of inputs from a range of speakers and activists, with plenty of time for discussion and debate.

23 October 2015, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. More info here.


Community Food and Health (Scotland) Annual networking conference 2015
The conference 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. A day where people can learn and discuss national activity as well as local practice and for those involved with any aspect of community food. 
 
The programme will focus on the impact community food activity can have on local practice and national policy developments.  For more information about the programme please see our CFHS website.   

Wednesday 28 October 2015, Perth Concert Hall.


Tackling Domestic Abuse Conference
Following the First Minister’s announcement of £20 million of new funding to combat violence against women and plans to roll out a successfully piloted disclosure scheme nationally, a focus on tackling domestic abuse in Scotland is more pertinent than ever before. Our National Tackling Domestic Abuse Conference is aptly timed to shine a spot light on the most rigorous and effective multi agency response models and to examine a nationally coordinated strategy for tackling cases of domestic abuse.

Bringing together key representatives from police, local authorities, third sector, health, education and central government, this event provides a platform to share best practice in the prevention of domestic abuse, the reform of perpetrators and protection of victims.

Wednesday 28 October, more info here.
 
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Training

HIIC Tutor Training Dates October 2015
Interested in becoming a HIIC tutor? The next dates for Health Issues In The Community Tutor Training are the 28th & 29th October at the STUC Centre, Glasgow from 9.30am – 4.20pm (both days). Lunch will be served. The 2 day course is for individuals who wish to become HIIC Tutors and costs £300 for those from the statutory sector and £200 for those from the voluntary
sector.
 
The 2 day HIIC Tutor Training course is a credit rated course, 8 points at level 7, and aims to equip participants to deliver Health Issues in the Community training to a wide variety of people in a broad range of settings. As part of the course, and in order to become accredited, you will:

  • Undertake 8-10 hours of practice delivery and provide a briefing note of each session.
  • Submit a 1,500 word reflective account of your experience, within 5 months of undertaking the 2 day course. This will be marked to ensure that prospective tutors have attained a certain standard before they are able to deliver the course.

For more information on the course click here or, to register, please contact Alex on 0141 248 1924 or email alex@scdc.org.uk.


Art of Participatory Leadership- Connecting Scotland CIC
This intensive residential training course will develop your skills and expertise in using a range of participatory processes and practices. The aim of this training is to build capacity for community, organisational and business leaders across Scotland and beyond to respond to the increasingly complex challenges we now face.

The training will be led by three renowned and highly experienced leaders in the field of Participatory Leadership , using the practices of the Art of Hosting. Toke Moller, Monica Nissen and Linda Joy Mitchell will be supported by a local team of Scottish practitioners, who are hosting the event.

The training runs from 29 September - 2 October 2015. More info here.


Training for Practitioners
Would you want to have a better understanding about the topics of hate crime and sectarianism?

Would you want to explore the value of non formal education to work on these topics & build empathy within your group?

Would you want to chat to other practitioners making a positive difference in their communities?

Friday 16th October, 10 - 4pm, WSREC (39 Napiershall St, Glasgow, G20 6EZ) More info here.


Scottish Women's Aid- Working With Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse
This session is aimed at workers who have regular contact with children and young people and who are seeking an understanding of how living with domestic
abuse can impact on their lives.  Participants need no prior learning of domestic abuse related issues.

Takes place on 6 Oct 2015, more info here.
 

Developing Your Organisation
This special, five-day course from GCVS uses a variety of learning tools, processes and organisational change theories in a series of modules and coaching sessions. And crucially, over the duration of the learning programme, you will actually work upon an organisational development initiative that is tailored to your own organisation’s needs.

By learning together with other organisations on the programme you will broaden your applied working knowledge about how change happens, as well as creating a network of peers who are sharing the challenge.

The programme takes five days, starting 6 October, spread over the three months. More info here.


Scottish Employment Rights Network in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission: Employment and equality rights update and practical workshops on discrimination claims
Featuring keynote speeches and practical workshops from experts in the field, this conference will develop your knowledge of how best to protect employment and equality rights from first complaint, lodging an Employment Tribunal claim and preparing cases for tribunal.

Monday 5th October 2015, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), Glasgow. More info here.
 

COSCA-certified Certificate in Counselling Skills
Gain a professionally recognised qualification in Counselling Skills. This training is accredited by COSCA - Scotland's professional body for counselling and psychotherapy

 Four modules, delivered at the Albany Learning and Conference Centre over 20 sessions, from November 2015 to May 2016. More info here.


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Vacancies


Lothian Community Health Initiatives' Forum- Part-time Forum Development Worker
Lothian Community Health Initiatives’ Forum (LCHIF) aims to support the work of Community Health Initiatives (CHIs) and community projects right across Edinburgh and the Lothians who use a community development approach to tackle health inequalities. 
 
The Forum Development Worker is one of two staff employed by the LCHIF. The other position, the Strategic Development Manager, has a role to support Community Health Initiatives at a strategic level. The two post holders will work together to support the Forum and its members.

More info here.


LGBT Health and Wellbeing- Development Worker (Glasgow Transgender Support Programme)       
Salary:  £11,848.50 per annum (£23,697 - £26,235 pro-rata) Salary info: 18 hours per week
       
We are seeking to recruit a motivated, enthusiastic and experienced person to develop and deliver the organisation’s Transgender Support Programme in Glasgow.  You will provide 1:1 support, plan and deliver a programme of trans-specific courses, workshops and events and lead on the delivery of a monthly drop-in.
Join us if you are passionate and knowledgeable about the issues faced by LGBT people in Scotland, are committed to community development, and want to help us to deliver our ambitious vision for LGBT health, wellbeing and equality in Scotland.

Closing date: 12/10/15 Location: Glasgow. More info here.
 

University of Glasgow- Lecturer in Community Development and Adult Education

The job purpose is to conduct research of international standard in an area of community development, post-compulsory and adult education; to contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level; to contribute teaching and delivery of the BA in Community Development; to contribute to the development and delivery of the Erasmus Mundus funded International Masters in Adult Education and Social Change; to participate in School administration.

More info here.


University of Glasgow- Senior Lecturer in Community Development and Adult Education
The job purpose is to provide academic leadership by undertaking research of international excellence in line with the School/College research strategy, making a substantial contribution to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and undertaking School, College and, where appropriate, University administrative responsibilities.

More info here.


Whitmuir Community Benefit Society- Community Cook and Food Mentor
Whitmuir Community Benefit Society seek an enthusiastic person to run cooking workshops, food tasters/events. You will help reduce food waste with community and school participants through seasonal cooking, preserving, using leftovers / menu planning. 

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Scotland's Urban Past
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You can find information you need to get involved with Scotland’s Urban Past and start discovering the history of your buildings, your streets, your towns and your cities.

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