News from the Network: Pilton Community Health Project - Positively Diverse
Living in Harmony aims to create a welcoming and inclusive north Edinburgh where services are accessible for all. Through a network of workers and residents it provides opportunities for residents to meet and get to know each other and overcome cultural barriers, and for workers to develop more inclusive practices and services.
In October 2015, our ‘Positively Diverse’ event brought together 55 people living and working in the area. 25 organisations were represented. We wanted to put residents’ experiences firmly at the centre of the event. We have seen that many organisations in the area are keen to invest in social inclusion, but often struggle for time, ideas and resources. The event provided challenging stories from local Black and Minority Ethnic residents and went on to suggest solutions and ideas. We wanted to show organisations simple ways in which they could adapt their work to make it more inclusive.
By the end of the day people were energised and full of ideas. They recognised that making changes in practice to be more inclusive need not be difficult or expensive. The important step is to start now.
Key messages from the day were:
You can download the full report from the event here. For more information about Living in Harmony call Hannah Kitchen on 0131 551 1671, email email@example.com or click here.
- You don’t need to be an expert in all cultures – its ok to ask
- As workers we may not understand the barriers to our services, we need to listen to residents and act on what they tell us
- We have a duty under the Equalities Act to ensure our services are accessible
- We can work together to achieve a more inclusive and welcoming north Edinburgh.
Health All Round: Opportunity to pilot a peer approach to a staff skills audit
Health All Round, a community health initiative in Edinburgh, has asked CHEX to help them look for a partner organisation in Glasgow to do a skills audit with their staff team, with an offer to return the favour!
The team are keen to pilot a peer approach to the staff audit process, thinking that another community led project would be best placed to understand the key strengths and skills for practice in this setting, and that working collaboratively to agree and apply a peer approach would be a valuable learning opportunity for both organisations.
If you are interested in working with Health All Round to do this sometime in the New Year, please contact Susan Paxton at CHEX for further details. firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0141 248 1924.
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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:
News from other networks
Audit Scotland Integration Report
Audit Scotland published their report on Health and Social Care Integration, focused on assessing progress and identifying the potential risks. This is just the start of the process as they plan to undertake a further more comprehensive audit of progress in one to two years’ time and then to audit its impact on around five years’ time.
The report found:
- widespread support for the principles of integration from the individuals and organisations implementing the changes
- Despite this progress, there are significant risks which need to be addressed if integration is to fundamentally change the delivery of health and care services.
- The proposed governance arrangements are complex, with some
- uncertainty about how they will work in practice.
They also set out some recommendations:
- Partners need to set out clearly how governance arrangements will work in practice, particularly when disagreements arise
- Integration authorities need to set out clearly the resources, such as funding and skills, that they need; what success will look like; how they will monitor and publicly report on the impact of their plans
- NHS boards and councils must work with IAs to agree budgets for the new IAs.
The report also notes:
Integration authorities need to shift resources, including the workforce, towards a more preventative and community-based approach. Even more importantly, they must show that this is making a positive impact on service users and improving outcomes.
Read more here.
New fund for local Participatory Budgeting
Communities will be able to vote on how councils spend money through a funding boost of nearly £500,000, Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi has announced.
Thirteen councils will receive a share of the participatory budgeting fund, which will give people the opportunity to decide where investment should be directed in their local community.
The investment will be used to match-fund existing council commitments, provide support for participatory budgeting events, support communities to engage with the process, evaluation and learning.
This will help fund over 50 participatory budgeting projects across Scotland.
Mr Biagi said:
“In these times of unprecedented political engagement in Scotland, there are many people who want to participate, but don’t get involved in traditional consultations. Participatory budgeting gives them a sense of ownership and removes barriers that can often come between them and being involved in local decision making.
“This funding will give people the opportunity to address the issues that are important to their communities.
Integration Joint Boards equality outcomes
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has requested that IJBs publish a set of equality outcomes and a report on mainstreaming the equality duty by 30 April 2016. The Scottish Government’s Roles, Responsibilities and Membership of the Integration Joint Board guidance outlines IJBs duties in relation to the Equality Act 2010. It additionally directs IJBs to the Equality Data Evidence Finder and Equality Evidence Toolkit, developed to help public authorities source supporting evidence to help with their specific reporting duties. The Equality and Human Rights Commission have also extended an offer to work with IJBs and relevant stakeholders to support them in the development of robust equality outcomes.
Scottish Government severe poverty report
The Scottish Government has published a report outlining the levels of severe poverty in Scotland. Severe poverty in Scotland is defined as those living with equivalised household income below 50% of UK median income. In 2013/14, this equated to £227 per week before housing costs (£11,813 per year) and £193 per week after housing costs (£10,071 per year).
They found that:
- In 2013/14, 8 per cent of people in Scotland were in severe poverty before housing costs (BHC), down from 10 per cent the previous year. This decrease reverses the increase seen in 2012/13.
- 430,000 people in Scotland were living in severe poverty (BHC) in 2013/14, 80,000 fewer than the previous year, but 30,000 more than in 2011/12.
- In 2013/14, 7 per cent of children in Scotland were living in severe poverty BHC, down from 10 per cent the previous year and a return to the rate seen in 2011/12.
- 70,000 children were living in severe poverty BHC in 2013/14, 30,000 fewer than the previous year, and the same as in 2011/12.
You can read the full report here.
Asset transfer information
The Scottish Government has uploaded a lot more information about asset transfer on its website. Asset transfer requests are an important aspect of the new Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act - potentially making it easier for community bodies to own, lease or use land and buildings controlled by public agencies.
The section contains:
- a timetable for implementation
- a series of discussion papers which set out what is provided in the Act and what needs to be decided in regulations and guidance
- flowcharts to give an overview of how the process is expected to work.
Read more here. You can also read more about the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act in SCDC's recent briefing, here.
£20 million for Empowering Communities Fund
Communities will be able to tackle poverty and inequalities and take forward regeneration in their areas on their own terms through a £20 million investment.
Funding for the Empowering Communities Fund will be protected in the Draft Budget for 2016- 2017, reinforcing the Scottish Government’s commitment to giving even more power to communities.
To date, hundreds of projects which are making change happen in disadvantaged communities through training, employment, healthy eating and volunteering opportunities have received a boost through the Fund which was established earlier this year.
The Empowering Communities Fund is the overall package of support for programmes such as the People and Communities Fund, Strengthening Communities Programme and Community Ownership Support Service. It provides money to support communities to tackle poverty and inequalities and take forward regeneration in their areas on their own terms
New Big Lottery Scotland funding scheme announced
Big Lottery Scotland opened their new funding offer to applications on Thursday 26th November 2015 with £250M of Lottery funds to commit within Scotland over the next five years.
The Lottery wants to ensure that their funds go towards supporting people and communities most in need across the country and have specifically designed the newly available funding to best achieve that aim.
As a result of this Big Lottery Scotland are, for the first time, asking communities to tell them how their approach to what they want to do is people-led, strengths-based and/or connected. The Lottery is aware that many people experience challenges at some point in their lives and they want to support activity that helps them overcome these difficulties and become more resilient.
Latest welfare reform news
CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight.
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South Ayrshire Volunteer Awards
Submit your nominations for this year's award ceremony. The South Ayrshire Volunteer Awards were launched in 2012 to recognise and reward volunteers over the age of 25 for their invaluable input and hard work within the South Ayrshire community.
Please note we have limited spaces for this event, please submit all nomination by no later than Friday 26th February 2016. You can find the nomination form here.
Agenda for Later Life
Age UK produce Agenda for Later Life, an analysis of what is needed to make the UK a great place to grow older. The report assesses where the organisation are in terms of achieving their own objectives, and how public policy can help them achieve their ambition. You can find the report here.
Scottish Community Alliance- We all need My Place
Why don’t we place more value on good quality, thoughtfully designed public space in this country? The obvious pleasure it gives to those who pass through or live with such places should make it a no-brainer. Spaces like North Edinburgh Grows, last year’s winner of Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Awards. These awards promote and celebrate high quality local design in the hope that it becomes the norm for every community across Scotland. My Place is for local people to nominate local projects they think are the epitome of good design and local conservation. More info here.
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Consultations and surveys
Call for info: Asset based approaches for people with learning disabilities
DMSS Research has been commissioned by the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities to undertake a review of asset based, person centred approaches for people with learning disabilities.
The first stage of this involves a desk based review of relevant literature and other reports and some intelligence gathering interviews with people who have some expertise in this or related fields. DMSS and SCLD are therefore trying to identify people or projects who can provide us with information on:
- The use of asset based approaches involving people with learning disabilities in Scotland
- Any accounts of how these have been implemented in practice and potential learning that can be derived from these
They're interested both in the involvement of people with learning disabilities as part of wider community based approaches as well as any projects that are specific to people with learning disabilities as a community of interest. Co-production initiatives involving people with learning disabilities would also be very relevant. The review is being led by Di McNeish who can be contacted at email@example.com with any relevant information.
Consultation: Equality and Diversity Forum strategy 2016-2019
The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) is consulting its members and stakeholders about our strategy for 2016-2019. They want to hear what all our stakeholders think. Will our proposals help EDF and our members respond to the opportunities and challenges of the current context? Have greater impact? Are we going far enough – for now?
The consultation is open to EDF members, associate members, observers, stakeholder organisations and interested individuals. The survey formally closed on 14 January, however they welcome any further responses before 5pm on Wednesday 27 January 2016.
Moray – Consultation on the draft Strategic Plan started on 1st of December and runs until the 23rd of February. The plan is available on the NHS Grampian website, alongside an online feedback survey. More here.
Perth and Kinross - Consultation on the draft Strategic Plan has started and runs until 25th of January. The plan and a summary are on Perth and Kinross council website, alongside an online feedback survey. More here.
Get your PB activity on the PB Scotland website
PB Scotland is looking to cover 6-8 future PB initiatives, capturing the enthusiasm, innovation and learning and sharing it on the website. We want to attend any live events, interview people involved and record the process using written, audio-visual and social media. This will be brought together on the PB Scotland website to provide an attractive, informative account of the PB process. We may also be able to write up previous PB activity.
To get in touch you can email Andrew Paterson / Sam Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 248 1924. From there we can discuss the best way to record your PB activity.
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Place Standard tool pilot: Case studies
The Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland and NHS Health Scotland have been working in partnership to develop a new Place Standard tool. This is designed to support communities and other sectors to work together to deliver high quality, sustainable places which can help to reduce health inequalities.
To help ensure that the tool is accessible to community groups and meets their needs, the Carnegie UK Trust piloted the tool with three of the winners of their Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing. The case studies of the Place Standard tool pilots in Auchencairn, Greenock and Kirkcaldy outline feedback from the community groups on the content, usability and potential of the tool for the development of local public spaces.
Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland - A Comprehensive Analysis of the 2011 Census
This Scottish Government report brings together analysis previously published to provide a comprehensive and wide ranging evidence base on Scotland’s Gypsy/Travellers. It presents analysis of key areas such as health, education, housing, transport and economic indicators to reveal important information on the lives and life chances of Gypsy/Travellers.
Fife Fairness Matters report
The “Fairness Matters” report released by the Fairer Fife Commission has delivered 40 recommendations in areas such as affordable housing, a living wage and volunteering to partner groups including Fife Council, NHS Fife, the third sector and businesses to eradicate poverty across the region.
Some of the key proposals include an extra one million hours of volunteering a year, investment and support in the local voluntary health sector and a strategic approach by the Third Sector Strategy Group to develop the community and voluntary sector’s role in tackling inequality and promoting fairness.
Collaborating for Community Impact
Voluntary Action Scotland’s latest report examines the local impact made by Scotland’s 32 Third Sector Interfaces. Discussing activity from 2014/15, it demonstrates the scale and scope of TSI work across Scotland.
Delivering Innovation through Research
This publication outlines the Scottish Government’s Health research strategy for the next five years.The need for research around health and social care integration is highlighted.
JRF: Talking about poverty
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation how published a new report assessing how politicians and the media spoke about issues relating to poverty and people living in poverty during the 2015 election campaign, and how accurate these representations were.
This report helps readers to judge:
- whether the public debate during the election campaign accurately reflected the realities and causes of poverty;
- if the presentation by the media and politicians of poverty and welfare reform issues were accurate.
You can read the report online here.
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John Watson’s Trust
John Watson’s Trust awards grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability, or who are socially disadvantaged. Grants are available to individuals or organisations working with eligible children and young people. Although the Trust operates primarily within Edinburgh and the Lothians, grants may be awarded Scotland wide depending on each individual case. John Watson’s Trust is a charity registered in Scotland under charity number SC014004. Our committee meets five times each year and distributes approximately £150,000 annually in grants ranging from £30 to £2,000. More info here.
Grants for improving lives
Grants from £10,000 to £1 million to help people facing challenging circumstances
Many people experience challenges at some point in their lives and we want to support activity that helps them overcome these difficulties and become more resilient.
We want to fund activity that means people:
- are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience
- are able to shape the activities and services they use to better meet their needs
- have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives.
For applications up to £150,000 you only need to fill in a single application form.
If you are applying for between £150,000 and £1 million there is a different form and two stage process.
Find further information here.
To get an application form or to discuss what you're planning, contact our Scotland Advice Team on 0300 123 7110 or email@example.com
Short Breaks Fund
AROUND 100 families caring for adults throughout Scotland are set to benefit from an award of £40,320 made to mental health charity Support in Mind Scotland for 2016.
Carers will be able to select from three amounts to enable them to choose a realistic activity or short break which will suit their situation: £100, £150 or £250. There will be 4 opportunities in 2016 to apply for an award although ALL breaks funds must be taken by the end of September 2016. The four rounds are: 6 January-1 February; 2-30 March; 4 May- 1 June; 6 July-3 August.
Carers will need a support worker to help them complete applications and should visit the Support in Mind Scotland website www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk to apply or call Barbara Wyness on 0131 662 2284 for more information.
New health inequalities programme launched
Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance (FHWA) has limited funding to strengthen work to reduce health inequalities in Fife.
Applications for a one-off grant from FHWA are invited from third sector initiatives aimed at understanding and/or meeting the health and wellbeing needs of key groups.
Applications for amounts up to a maximum of £5,000 will be considered. View the funding programme criteria and priorities, and download the application pack here. The deadline for applications is Friday 12th February 2016.
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Seahorses Swimming Group
Community Social Work: Wanted: Dead or Alive?
Seahorses Swimming is a new swimming club for transgender people in Glasgow.
A pool visit is being organised for interested individuals on 24th January, with the club proper starting on 31st January. If you answered the consultation, you will receive further information very shortly, and if not and you want to go on the mailing list, then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org in the meantime or check out the new Seahorses Swimming Facebook page. The first session will be held on 31st of January at Whitehill Pool in Dennistoun, starting at 5pm.
- Keith Moore-Milne
- Friday 5th February 2016, from 1:30 to 4:30pm
- Venue: The Barn, 37 Abbotsford Place, Glasgow
This event will describe the Community Social Work model used by Glasgow City Council Roma Children and Families Team mostly with Romanian and Slovakian citizens at risk.
The Glasgow City Council Roma Children and Families Team are using a community social work model in Govanhill to work with Roma children and families from central Europe - mostly Romanian and Slovakian citizens who are at risk. The team are using traditional casework and community social work in their day to day practice and they try to link `private troubles' and `public issues', actively attempting to influence the factors that lead to marginalisation. The team will present an overview of the issues for Roma in Europe, Scotland and Glasgow and they will present some case examples of ways that they are working to tackle poverty and social exclusion in Govanhill.
View the event flyer to find out more, or book here.
'People Power: Creating the Conditions for Change'
Monday 29th February 2016
Perth Concert Hall, 10am - 3.30pm
An interactive event to mark the end of the current phase of People Powered Health and Wellbeing, to celebrate with everyone who has been involved and all others with an interest in people influencing their own health and wellbeing and contributing to design and delivery of services.
A range of creative approaches will give you an opportunity to:
- See, hear and experience the learning from the programme;
- Experiment with the approaches and see how you could use them in practice;
- Better understand how we can put people at the centre of health and social care integration.
There will also be table discussions which will give all participants the opportunity to have conversations centred on some particularly timely and topical provocations.
Please make a note of the date and look out for more details, programme and booking information early in the new year. For more information, please email email@example.com or call 0141 404 0231.
Understanding Poverty Seminar: Gender and Poverty
16 March 2016, Glasgow City Halls
As part of our regular Understanding Poverty Seminar series, the Poverty Alliance and Engender are hold a discussion seminar to look at the relationship between gender and poverty and what some of our priorities should be to address the impact of poverty on different groups.
Early registrations are now being taken for this event. For more information click here.
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Conferences and seminars
BB and Young Minds– Mental Health Conference
The BB in partnership with Young Minds are running a series of free conferences to raise awareness of mental health issues and how we can help young people who are suffering or vulnerable.
The conferences will help promote and sign post other organisations and agencies and highlight partnership working. Key speakers in various fields connected to mental health are being invited along and there will be many other partners and organisations in attendance.
16th January 2016 – Edinburgh. To book your space Please contact email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01324 562008
Stirlingshire Third Sector Conference 2016
The Stirlingshire Third Sector Conference will be an excellent opportunity to bring third sector Partners together for a day of workshops, discussions and networking. The theme of the conference is Engagement - Empowerment - Excellence and lively discussions will be taking place around the themes of The Community Empowerment Bill, Health & Social Care and the future of SVE. Workshops, to be confirmed soon, will be covering topics such as Funding, Recruiting Trustees, Social Enterprise, Volunteer Development and Community Planning.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. More info here.
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National Conference to launch Research Report
PKVAS invites you to the launch of the final report of research to identify existing services and gaps in provision for ethnic minority communities in Scotland.
Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service (PKAVS) commissioned the research using a grant from the Big Lottery. They have asked that this be circulated to the NHS. We previously circulated information about the workshops that were a part of this research.
The conference is free, but places must be booked in advance. It takes place in Perth Concert Hall on the 9th of February at 11am-3pm. Alex Neil will be the key note speaker. More info here.
Seminar Series 12: Geoffrey Pleyers 'Mobilising Dissent: Social Activism in a Global Age'
In this lecture Geoffrey Pleyers will address the following question: if we are discontent with the present order of things, particularly the overarching structures and mindset of neoliberal globalisation, how can we become effective agents of change when decisions that matter are as likely to be taken in Washington, New York, Beijing or Brussels as they are in London, Edinburgh or Govan?
Location: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU. See more here.
Digitally Agile Training Course
January to March 2016
This course is for youth workers, adult educators, community workers and other practitioners (paid or voluntary) involved in Community Learning and Development (CLD), wanting to know more about and explore using digital tools in practice.
Perhaps the young people or adults you work with will have received a new device for Christmas, or you are planning your work for the coming year and want to consider how to incorporate digital technology. This course could help you to use digital devices and social media platforms as well as consider how these tools can enhance your practice while using them safely and effectively.
We will use the Digitally Agile National Principles to frame our learning and as a planning tool for youth work, adult learning and community work practice.
The course structure will involve an initial day of face to face training in late January followed by 4-5 weeks of online learning using the website and i-develop (the online CPD platform for CLD). During the training day we will show you how to use the websites.
The course will be delivered in a partnership between YouthLink Scotland, Learning Link Scotland, Scottish Community Development Centre and Glasgow Kelvin College with support from Stay Bright Digital and funding from SCVO Digital Challenge Fund.
More info and sign up here for the course via the training day nearest to you:
Glasgow - Wednesday 20th January 10.30 - 16.00
Aberdeen - Thursday 21st January 11.00 - 16.30
Edinburgh - Friday 29th January 10.30 - 16.00
If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact Liz Green email@example.com 0131 313 2488
A Free Introduction to Nutrition
When: 27th & 28th January 2016 (9:30am-1:00pm)
Where: Cannongate Youth Project – 6 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT
Price: FREE (please note non-attendees will be charged £55)
- Are you interested in food and healthy living?
- Do you feel confused by health and nutrition advice?
- Would you like to know more?
- Whether your interest is professional or personal this course is for you!
Do your official REHIS Food & Health training FOR FREE with Edinburgh Community Food.
For further information please contact Chris Mantle at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0131 467 7326
Positive Change (Stirling)
Your organisation exists to change things for the better; the lives of people in their communities, the places they live, and in a way that has a positive impact on the local and global environment. But how does change happen and what’s your role in it? This workshop will explore this and help you build a plan for change for your organisation.
29th January. More info here.
Reducing Health Inequalities: What Works?
When: 9.15am - 12.30pm, Tuesday 02 February 2016
Where: Lynebank Hospital, Dunfermline, KY11 8JH
Would you like to:
- Improve your understanding of health inequalities and their impact on the population in Fife
- Increase your knowledge of the approaches that are known to be effective in reducing health inequalities
- Consider the practical steps you can take to address inequalities within your own area of work
This practical workshop looks at the current context of health inequalities in Fife and enables participants to explore their role in addressing these. It can also be delivered specifically for your team or service at a time or venue to suit you, and provides a great forum for discussing issues related to poverty and inequality.
This particular event is free to attend, so no payment is required. More info here.
Identifying your Project and Designing your Project (Stirling)
This is a programme of 2 workshops that aims to help you identify and design better projects for your comunity. By signing-up you will be signing up to both days of the programme run on consecutive Fridays.
18th February and 26th February - More info here.
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Health in Mind - Development Worker
Salary info: 18 hours per week. £26,074 pro rata (fixed at point 31 on Health in Mind’s linked scale).
We are seeking a Development Worker, with experience of supporting people living with dementia, to develop and deliver an innovative peer support service within Edinburgh. If you have experience in development work, supporting people living with dementia and their carers, and are passionate about living well with dementia, we’d like to hear from you!
Closing date: 19/01/16. More info here.
Partnership for Change- Development Worker
Salary: £24,000 pro-rata Status: Part time
The Development Worker will promote and facilitate engagement with Community Care Groups (CCG) in North Lanarkshire. This will involve working with established / new groups and developing networks with individuals and groups. The post holder will be enthusiastic, focused and an excellent communicator who is committed to and instrumental in the Partnership for Change meeting its aims and objectives. This post is subject to a PVG Check.
Closing date: 22/01/16. More info here.
Eco-Congregation Scotland- Programme Coordinator
Salary: £20,361 - £22,968
The post holder will support our local networks and local registered eco-congregations; encouraging them to increase their level of practical environmental activity and understanding of environmental issues.
The successful candidate will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate:
The post holder will work from home, so must be located near one of our main network areas and have a driving licence and access to a car.
- Experience in community education, community development, environmental education, development education or a related field.
- Good networking skills.
- Commitment to promoting action on climate change and other environmental issues.
- Experience of working with church congregations ecumenically.
- Ability to work proactively and independently.
Location: Home based with travel Closing date: 27/01/16
Braveheart Trustee Vacancy
The Braveheart Board is currently seeking to recruit Trustees with the relevant experience and skills to ensure the organisation continues to develop and provide high quality services and be sustained long term.
Braveheart is seeking Board members, particularly with a health, volunteer development, community or charity background. The commitment is 4-6 weekly meetings, usually held on a weekday evening, and additional opportunities to serve on working groups.
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NHS Health Scotland’s Virtual Learning Environment
This online space hosts a range of eLearning modules, resources and forums that aim to provide anyone working to reduce health inequalities with the knowledge and skills they need. Visit the site here.
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