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Issue 273 - 19th February 2015

Hello, and welcome to issue 273 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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You can send information/material for inclusion in CHEX-Point Snippets by sending an email to or phone CHEX on 0141 248 1990. You can also tweet @SCDC_Sam. CHEX-Point Snippets is provided by CHEX – Community Health Exchange and this edition was compiled by Sam Jordan. Thanks to all contributors to this edition.

Sam Jordan
Information and Communications Officer, SCDC


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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


News from the Network: COPE's participation in Nursing at the Edge
COPE is a Glasgow-based community anchor organisation and community access mental health service.  It has recently featured prominently in the Royal College of Nursing's Nursing at the Edge initiative.

As part of the Nursing at the Edge work, Pennie Taylor, a well-known health journalist and commentator in Scotland, interviewed nurses working in a range of different settings in various locations across the country, as well as clients and service users with whom they work.

Rebel with a cause profiles Hilda Campbell and the charity she runs, COPE. It describes how COPE is the first point of contact for people with mental health issues and how the organisation builds the capacity of local people to support others in the community. It charts the challenges and successes Hilda has encountered and also provides first-hand accounts of how COPE has been a life-saving resource for people.

COPE is a community anchor organisation and community access mental health service whose focus is on the needs of local people and communities. COPE works in a connected way, employing preventative, community development approaches, to enable people and families overcome or manage the challenges of life which unaddressed can lead to mental illness.

Read more here.

Edinburgh Community Food (ECF)
Edinburgh Community Food (ECF) is a registered Scottish Charity which was established in 1996. ECF tackles health inequalities in low income communities in Edinburgh and has now opened the city’s first healthy food bank.

The food packs provided by ECF are nutritionally balanced and accompanied by recipes and cooking tips. People referred for food help are also supported with free fruit and vegetable vouchers, nutritional information and access to cooking classes.

People in need are referred by partner organisations via online referral system and can collect their food from a number of community fruit and veg co-ops across Edinburgh.
For more information please contact Dagmara at Edinburgh Community Food on 0131 467 7326 or by email: You can download a flyer detailing their work here

CHEX-Point Issue 48 out now - Playing our Part: Increasing participation through community-led health

We've now published the latest edition of CHEX-Point Newsletter - the quarterly magazine that brings you a deep dive into the issues affecting community-led health. We've got some brilliant articles, case studies and updates for you in this edition.

  • Communities at the heart of a healthy democracy - After the referendum, what are opportunities for community-led health?
  • Two articles highlighting the work of organisations PLUS Perth and Kinross and Wester Hailes Health Agency
  • No numbers without stories We look at the some of the work around action research for refugee organisations
  • News from the Network - we open up the pages of CHEX-Point to some of our partners and CHEX Network members.
  • CHEX Conference 2015 – save the date
  • CHEX News - some of things we've been up to

It's a great selection of articles from people across the sector - we hope you enjoy it! You can download the issue here

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General Information

Local Government and Regeneration Committee reports on Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Parliament Local Government and Regeneration Committee has published its Stage 1 Report on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. It notes that the Bill is necessary in order that public agencies listen to and act on the priorities of communities. The Committee also calls for disadvantaged communities to be given proper support to make use of the Bill.

The Committee refers to "principles espoused by the Christie Commission", including participation and building on the assets of people and communities, and highlights the timeliness of the Bill in this regard, stating:

"Much of the Bill, particularly those parts giving rights to communities and groups, has become necessary as a consequence of the failure of public authorities and agencies to listen and to act on communities' priorities and to embrace the principles espoused by the Christie Commission"

You can read in more detail here.

People and Communities fund
The People and Communities Fund, which gives community groups the power to tackle poverty and inequalities in their areas, has been given a £5.6 million funding boost.

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil confirmed community-led regeneration will be given extra support through the People and Communities Fund (PCF), on a visit to the Broomhouse Health Strategy Group in Edinburgh.

The People and Communities Fund will be increased from £9.4 million to £15 million as it benefits from support through the dedicated £10 million funding for Empowering Communities announced by the First Minister last November.

The additional funding will be allocated to a variety of projects, including community groups who are promoting change in disadvantaged communities through training, employment, healthy eating and volunteering opportunities.

Broomhouse Health Strategy Group in Edinburgh were part of the launch of the additional fund  and feature in a Scottish Government video which you can view here.

More here.

CHEX background paper on public health review
In November 2014 the Scottish Government announced it had set up an expert group to review public health in Scotland, with the aim of establishing how public health can best tackle health inequalities. The review group has now produced an engagement paper which gives some background to the review and asks a set of five consultation questions. The deadline for responses is 12 March 2015.

CHEX has written a background paper providing an introduction to the review along with a few starting points for reflection.

We have also created an online survey to allow our network to shape our response to the Public Health Review engagement paper.  Please click here to visit the survey and contribute to the CHEX response by Monday 23rd February 2015.

If you decide to submit your own response to the Public Health Review, CHEX invites you to send us your answers to the engagement questions to inform our own response. To discuss any of the above, please contact Andrew Paterson, CHEX Policy and Research Officer at or on 0141 222 4837.

Adolescent Health Inequalities A Ticking Time Bomb
Widening health inequalities among young people in Europe and North America are storing up huge problems for the future, according to new research by the University of St Andrews, published online today by The Lancet.

The paper claims the impact of childhood and adolescent social inequalities on adult health is being overlooked with potentially devastating consequences.

More here

New Poverty Alliance report shows growing demand for emergency food aid
More than 160 groups and organisations are now providing emergency food aid in Scotland.

The figure is in a new report from the Poverty Alliance which states changes to the social security system and the introduction of sanctions, as well as low pay and insecure work are some of the main factors behind the growing need for emergency food.

The Scottish Government has now provided the Poverty Alliance with £28,941 to carry out further work with emergency food providers.

This will enable the Alliance to work with those providers to take forward research findings and to focus more strongly on the causes of food poverty and work towards ensuring people get the help needed to move them away from reliance on food aid provision.

Director of The Poverty Alliance Peter Kelly said: 

“We need to build on the good work that food aid providers are already doing. Volunteers are providing help to people experiencing real difficulties in often complex circumstances. There is a need to develop partnership working between emergency food aid providers to share ideas, experiences and good practice.

“In the longer term we need to ensure that we are developing policy solutions that address the root causes of food poverty.

More here

Save the date: 4th National Co-production Conference 2015
The Scottish Co-production Network, managed by CHEX parent organisation SCDC, would like to invite you to save the date for the 4th National Co-production Conference for 2015.

  • Tuesday 12th May 2015
  • Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Following the meeting of network members at a conference planning group last month, the Network is really looking forward to bringing more of the ideas and enthusiasm for co-production to the conference this year. 

Final details are currently being finalised, and there will be more information sent out soon to about contributing to and developing the content for the day.

Keep up-to-date on the Scottish Co-production Network website 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: 
  • Oxfam has carried out an investigation into the effectiveness of the post-2012 sanctions regime for Jobseeker's Allowance claimants. This report finds that there is no evidence that increased use of sanctions has decreased unemployment or increased employment.
News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight:
  • The latest CDAS bulletin feature useful information around the latest stages of the community empowerment (Scotland) Bill, along with other useful information. Read it online here
  • NHS Health Scotland's Wellbeing in Sexual Health and HIV ebulletin highlights the latest issues of interest around positive sexual wellbeing. Read it here.

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Plain packaging campaign
ASH Scotland is organising a campaign around plain packaging of cigarettes, with the vote being held in parliament before the election. They say:

The Scottish Government has confirmed it will adopt the regulations if they are passed. The free vote is expected in March.

Please urge your MP to vote in support of this vital health measure, which will protect young people from being hooked into smoking by removing flashy branding and making health warnings more prominent to ensure tobacco packaging is less attractive.

This is the last stage of this campaign – if this vote is passed then standard packs will become law across the UK.

There is a handy template letter to email your MP, along with a link to contact details, on the Smokefree Action Coalition website here.

Stopping HIV Stigma within Healthcare Campaign
A video has been created by Scottish Youth Theatre collaborating with NHS Greater
Glasgow and Clyde and the Brownlee Centre’s HIV Patient Forum to help tackle stigma in healthcare. It is based on the real life experiences and words of people living with HIV and reflects the stigma they can face when attending healthcare services.

View the video here.

Fred Edwards Trust - Boosting People Power in Scotland
Would you like the chance to help boost people power in Scotland? That's the aim of the Fred Edwards Trust Fellowship, which was launched last year. They now need your support to make it happen.

In May, the first two Fellows, Rhionna and Julian, will head out to the Highlander Center in Tennessee, following in the footsteps of inspirational citizen leaders such as Dr Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.

They'll learn from activists trained by Highlander to use environmental laws to fight against the removal of mountain tops in Appalachia. 
  • They'll share knowledge and skills with fellow climate change activists.
  • They'll compare tools and techniques with young people facing unemployment, discrimination and lack of opportunities. 
  • They'll come home to Scotland inspired and ready to inspire others.
  • The Fred Edwards Trust with the Scottish Community Development Centre as partners, will help the Fellows spread the benefits of their experience with citizen groups and community activists around Scotland after they get back and you will have a chance to hear directly from the Fellows at a special event in the autumn. 
Their target is to raise a total of £7,000. You can give directly and can really help by sending the link below to all your own contacts.

Giving is easy - just go to to make your investment in people power in Scotland.

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Consultations and surveys

Work with SRN to help make recovery real
The Scottish Recovery Network are actively seeking partners for an innovative new initiative called Making Recovery Real. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to help improve personal outcomes and achieve sustainable change in Scottish mental health services

More here.

Quick online survey about welfare reform
The Scottish Mental Health Partnership invites people with experience of mental health issues to take a quick online survey about welfare reform

More here.

NHS Health Scotland: Change resources feedback survey
NHS Health Scotland provides three resources free of charge aimed at pregnant women and parent(s) with learning disabilities. There are concerns that pregnant women, parent(s) and staff are not always aware of these resources and where to acquire them.  This survey will help to improve current awareness, wider distribution and use of these resources.

More here.

Equal Opportunities Committee: Age and social Isolation
The Equal Opportunities Committee is looking into issues around age and social isolation and would like to hear your views.

More here.

Workforce Survey
‘Working With Scotland’s Communities’ is a national study to find out more about the diverse range of paid workers and volunteers who provide community learning and development activity across Scotland. An online survey, aimed at all organisations that employ such workers, will go live on Monday 23 February. We will be contacting CDAS members and other Bulletin subscribers soon with more information.

More here.

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London School of Economics and the University of Manchester: The Coalition’s Social Policy Record: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 2010-2015
This paper provides an authoritative and comprehensive analysis of policy, spending, outcomes and trends across nine different areas of UK social policy.

More here

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Who has gained and lost most since 2010?
Aleks Collingwood looks at how people have been affected across different age groups since the Coalition government came into power in May 2010.

More here.

Community Development Journal #50
To mark 50 years of the Community Development Journal Oxford University Press has produced a ‘virtual Issue’ of past “stellar articles”, each nominated by former Editors of the Journal or leading members of its Advisory Boards. These will be freely downloadable for the whole of 2015. Also available is an article on the history of the journal.

More here.

Supported Accommodation & Welfare Reform Briefing | Scotland
The Housing Support Enabling Unit (HSEU) has produced this useful briefing on the way different types of supported accommodation are being impacted by current welfare reform. It sets out the latest exemptions announced by the DWP for supported housing, and explores the way in which future changes in welfare reform, particularly regarding Housing Benefit and Universal Credit, are likely to impact upon supported accommodation.

More here

Adult Learning Project (ALP) Tollcross Co-Investigation 2014-2015 Summary & Report
Between January and December 2014 the Adult Learning Project, based in Tollcross, carried out an extensive piece of community action-research with local residents, organisations and members of ALP.
This was research into 'Life in Tollcross'; 'What's good, what isin't and what would you like to see changed'.  ALP engaged with a process interviewing, then coding and decoding of representations of local issues with people to analyse their own situation locally and propose learning programmes, group and solutions to this.
The results of this are available as a summary and a full report here.


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The Robertson Trust–Legacy 2014 - Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund (Round 2 of Strand 1)
Packages of support worth up to £25,000 are available to help clubs and organisations delivering sport and physical activity in Scottish communities to investigate and progress taking on ownership of and/or developing local facilities. NB Strand 1 will not support general running costs, costs of fundraising, retrospective costs or direct capital costs.

Deadline is 26 February 2015 (expressions of interest). More here

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland – Henry Duncan Awards
Grassroots charities with annual incomes under £500,000 and working with disadvantaged people in Scotland can apply for up to £7,000 for salaries, core costs, running costs and small capital projects such as equipment. Deadline: 23 March 2015. More here.

Henry Smith Charity
This large UK-wide funder makes grants for revenue and capital costs. In 2014, more than 20 grants were awarded in Scotland ranging from £400 to £105,000. Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and to work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation.

The charity’s Main Grants Programme provides grants of £10,000 p.a. or over. Guidelines and application procedures have recently been updated. Categories of support include: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME); Domestic and Sexual Violence; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender; Prostitution and Trafficking. There are no deadlines and it can take up to six months to hear the outcome of your application. The final part of the assessment process involves a visit to meet with staff and volunteers.

Holiday grants for children aged 13 and under to travel outside the children’s immediate locality range from £500 to £2,500. You must apply at least six weeks before your trip takes place.

Apply at any time. More here.

2015 Funding for Orchard Planting
The Tree Council is offering funding through its Orchard Winfalls initiative to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned orchard planting projects during National Tree Week later this year.
Schools and community groups which are charities or other not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply for funds to support projects where the total tree planting costs are between £100 and £700. In order to be eligible for the Orchards Windfalls Fund, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Children under the age of 16 must be actively involved in the planting process.
  • Planting must take place on publicly accessible land, usually in public or charity ownership. 
  • The school or community group must be able to raise 25% of planting costs. 
  • Apple and pear trees on selected root stocks are the only trees eligible for funding.
  • Planting must take place during National Tree Week 2015. 
Eligible costs include the cost of the trees and any reasonable cost of necessary supports and aids: stakes, ties, guards, fertiliser, mulch and soil amelioration (where conditions make this appropriate). The project costs should total at least £100 in order for the application to be considered. National Tree Week takes place during the week of 28 November to 6 December 2015.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2015. Visit The Tree Council website here.

Red Nose Day Community Cash Fund Opens Across Scotland
The Red Nose Day Community Cash Grants scheme has opened, after a two-year hiatus, to applications in Scotland. Comic Relief, Daily Record, Sunday Mail and Foundation Scotland are working together to distribute a £100,000 Red Nose Day Community Cash fund across Scotland.

The funding is aimed at constituted voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, faith organisations and community interest companies that are working to help local people living tough lives.
Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for projects that help people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement.

Examples of eligible activities include:
  • Parent and toddler groups.
  • Dad and lads groups.
  • Youth groups.
  • Elderly groups.
  • Community garden/in bloom groups.
Grants can support a wide range of costs, including running costs, project costs, or equipment. Only groups with an income of £100,000 or less in the previous financial year are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 2 March 2015 (4pm).

More here.

Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Legacy 2014
Sustainable Sports for Communities is a £1m fund which supports the sustainability and capacity of aspiring and existing social enterprises delivering sport and physical activity in communities across Scotland. Funding, through this final round of funding, is available to help clubs and organisations meet the costs of investigating and developing their ideas. This could include:  community consultation and engagement  needs analysis and feasibility study  support with organisational development  technical support in the form of architect/design fees/surveyors costs  legal and financial support The Programme Guidelines are also available on-line and an Expression of Interest form can be obtained by calling Tracy on 0131 603 8285 or Linda on 0141 353 7300. Expression of Interest must be submitted by 26 February 2015, noon.

Full information is also available here.

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Welfare Reform Network Launch Event - 19 Feb, 6pm (Glasgow)
This event explores the practice of benefit sanctioning in Scotland. Benefit sanctions have risen dramatically in recent years and there is a great deal of concern over how sanctions are used and how they affect people subject to them. This event presents recent evidence of sanctioning trends, examines the character and direction of policy change, considers key issues of sanctioning in practice and highlights the impact of sanctions.
  • Thursday 19th February 2015 6pm
  • Lecture Theatre B (Room 412), Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow
This is the launch event of a forming ‘Welfare Reform Network’, led by Dr Sharon Wright and based at Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow. You can register here

Scotland, People and Language Forum Friday - 20th February (Glasgow)
Education Scotland has teamed up with Gathered Together and Bilingualism Matters to put on a free half-day workshop for practitioners from all sectors who deal with language diversity in their work. 

If your work involves promoting language diversity, you work with people whose first language is not English or you would like to share resources, find out about language-based initiatives and discuss the role of language diversity in today’s Scotland, then come and participate in this event .

More here

Improving Physical Health Outcomes of those with Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems - Learning Exchange - 4 Mar (Glasgow)
It is widely acknowledged people who experience mental health problems often have poorer social, educational, health and employment outcomes. Those with severe and enduring mental health problems have significantly poorer physical health with many dying 15 -20 years younger than the average population. A great deal is being done at national and local levels to improve this situation, it is important we build on the good work and redress this stark inequality
The event aims to bring a range of national and local partners together to share knowledge and learning around improving physical health outcomes of those who experience severe and enduring mental health problems
The event will: 
  • Share knowledge and understanding relating to the scale of the issue and the approaches in place to address this 
  • Share what we know of the evidence of effective interventions 
  • Share current and emerging practice including the experience from the tests of change sites established to support the delivery of Commitment 28. 
  • Establish connections across Mental Health Services, Health Promoting Health service, Physical Activity Pathways and wider health improvement activity 
  • Provide an opportunity to network and share experience and learning through facilitated group discussion and a marketplace. 
To register for the Learning Exchange event please click here.
Mental Welfare Commission: Principles and practice awards - 6 Mar (Glasgow)
At this free event you will hear from a wide range of projects that have shown how a commitment to putting the principles of mental health and incapacity law into practice can lead to real change for people in Scotland.

More here

Invitation to participate in Democratic Sector Day
What Works Scotland is delighted to invite you to Democratic Sector Day - an encounter between people working in the public participation sector in Scotland.
  • 10am-4.30pm, 5th March 2015
  • The South Hall at Pollock Halls
  • 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY 
  • Who can participate?
Anyone working in the Democratic Sector in Scotland. That is, organisations, networks and practitioners whose job is to foster and/or enable public participation in policy and decision making, and community engagement in public service design and delivery. This may include practitioners from the public, third and private sector.

What is the purpose of the event?
DSD is a day for participation practitioners to share ideas, projects and ambitions, and hopefully develop a better understanding of this ‘community of practice' in Scotland.The objectives are:
  • Improve our understanding of the Democratic Sector in Scotland: Who is doing what and how?
  • Discover opportunities for collaboration regarding research and practice
More here

'Connecting the Conversation'
IRISS, in partnership with Creative Scotland, is hosting four sessions as part of the Connecting the Conversation series. These conversations are designed to celebrate and connect the practice of artists and practitioners working together in participatory settings.

Conversation 1. The transformational nature of creativity 
A conversation that will be hosted by Vox Liminis, an organisation that harnesses the power of music-making to assist the reintegration of ‘offenders’ within Scotland.

Conversation 2: Effectively engaging with disadvantaged and disengaged communities 
In partnership with The Village Story Telling Centre, this conversation will focus on how to effectively engage with disadvantaged and disengaged communities, and the benefits for communities and individuals when you do. 

Conversation 3: The power of singing 
Our third hosts, Initium Arts will provide an evening of practical skills and tools that help facilitate a vocal workshop in a participatory setting. The focus will be on the benefits, both mentally and physically, that singing in a community context provides.

Conversation 4: Creatively communicating 
In the fourth conversation Initium Arts will use visual art, drama and music to facilitate the open topic of ‘conversations’, focussing on what we hear, what we see, and what we feel during communication.
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Positive Persons' Forum - 21st Feb (Glasgow) 
The Forum brings people with HIV in Scotland together to set the agenda for change in Scotland on HIV issues and inspire one another, uniting our voices so they're heard right across the country by decision makers and service providers.
  • 21st February 2015 10am – 4.30pm
  • Renfield Centre, Glasgow 
For more information and to register visit the HIV Scotland website here

Working together to reduce access to tobacco and e-cigarettes by young people - 11 Mar (Stirling)
Fast Forward, SCOTSS and the STCA are pleased to announce the programme for the Learning Event on No Smoking Day 11 March 2015: Working together to reduce access to tobacco and e-cigarettes by young people.
  • Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling
  • 11 March 2015
Alastair MacKinnon, Chief Executive of Fast Forward will chair a really exciting day of cooperation between those charged with enforcing and observing the law regarding sale of tobacco to young people with those in health, education and communities working towards a smoke-free generation.

As well as updates on what is known about child procurement of tobacco and e-cigarettes there will be an opportunity to learn about innovative action to engage with adults and young people in support of reducing tobacco use by under 18s. In addition there will be a chance to talk through important issues with colleagues working across tobacco control and community education.

If you have not yet registered there is still time. There is a modest charge of £50 to cover the cost of the learning day. 

Registration information here.

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Conferences and seminars

Scottish Council on Deafness Conference - 12 Mar (Glasgow)
Saturday 12th March 2015, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
This will be the first in a series of annual conferences that SCoD is hosting. For more information or to book a place visit or download a flyer here.

Parenting Across Scotland (PAS) Conference - Creating loving relationships - 12 Mar (Dundee)
The Parenting Across Scotland 2015 conference, Creating loving relationships, is focusing on family relationships. The programme will start with the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP, who will address the conference and focus on how the Scottish Government is ensuring that families are supported to give their children the best start in life.

More information here

Research Launch & Briefing: Homelessness and Complex Needs in Glasgow
GHN, in partnership with the Oak Foundation, commissioned an independent review of Glasgow’s homelessness system for people with complex needs.  Undertaken by Anna Evans Housing Consultancy, the research makes a series of recommendations for service improvement based on key stakeholder feedback and a comparison with other UK cities. 
  • 19 March 2015, 1:30-3:30pm
  • Lecture Theatre, Teacher Building, St Enoch Sq
An overarching conclusion of the research was the lack of systematic coordination of services or agreed pathways and a series of practical recommendations were made including a more coordinated city-centre approach, enhanced role of low threshold third sector services and greater consideration of psychologically informed environments.

GHN are delighted to invite you to attend the launch of the research where Anna Evans will outline the detailed research findings.  Building on one of the key recommendations Lee Murphy, Manager of St Mungo’s Broadway’s Life Works Psychotherapy Service in London, will share his experience of developing and delivering Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) in homelessness services.  

Download a flyer here. Book a place by calling 0141 420 7272, e-mail or book online via their website here

Healthcare Improvement Scotland 3rd Annual Research Symposium: Bringing Evidence Together - 26 March (Edinburgh)
The event will celebrate the launch of the Evidence Directorate of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Strategic Alliance between the Health Services Research Unit and the Health Economics Research Unit at University of Aberdeen, and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. More information on this event can be found on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland webpages.

More information here.

Trellis National Conference - 12 Mar (Perth)
The Trellis Therapeutic Gardening Conference will take place this year in the beautiful surroundings of the Bield at Blackruthven in Perth, on Thursday 12th March.
  • Date: Tuesday 12th March 2015
  • Time: 9.30 to 16.00
  • Venue: Bield at Blackruthven, Blackruthven House, Perth PH1 1PY
  • Cost: £50 or £40 for Trellis members (including lunch and refreshments)
The conference is for everyone interested in the benefits of gardening. It’s an interactive event with workshops, garden project showcases and a garden tour of Southton Smallholding a garden maintained by adults with learning disabilities. It’s a unique opportunity to make new contacts and share knowledge and ideas with fellow therapeutic gardeners and health practitioners.

For more information and to book click here

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After the Referendum: The Future for Scottish Social Policy - 25 Feb (Glasgow)
Bringing together stakeholders, policy makers and researchers, the aim of the event is to highlight the contribution Social Policy research can make to the understanding of social policy questions in contemporary Scotland. 
  • Wednesday 25th February
  • Location: Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ
  • Time: 10.30am - 4pm
Given the role of social policy issues in the recent debates over Scottish independence, the day will explore options for Scotland by focusing on the history of Scottish social policy within the context of the UK; examining the role played by social policy questions during and after the independence debates; and asking what lessons can be drawn from continental European experiences for the development of a more devolved approach to social policy in the future. In addition to three introductory talks, the format of the day will encourage discussion and conversation on the topic at hand.

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Open Space on Health Inequalities in Scotland: Emerging Risks and Opportunities for Change - 31 Mar (Edinburgh)
This free, one-day Open Space event organised by members of the Adult Life/Working Age Working Group at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP) aims to bring together people from across academia, healthcare, policy and the non-profit/voluntary sector working in Scotland to help identify emerging inequalities in the nation's health and discuss realistic, yet creative, approaches to addressing these emerging risks. This is not a lecture, seminar or workshop, it's an Open Space. 
  • Details: Free event (registration required), Central Edinburgh (location tbc)
  • 10am-4.30pm, 31st March 2015
They provide the space, the structure and the sandwiches; you bring the burning questions and the ideas. There are no audience members, just participants. For more information please contact

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Permission to Dream 2015
On Wednesday 4th March we will be holding 'Permission to Dream'; an event looking at how Self Directed Support is working for people with mental health problems.
You can view the full programme here- Permission to Dream programme.

In the run up to the event we'll be featuring some special guest blogs on the Getting There website. Anne Connor from Outside the Box has written the first, explaining the concept behind the 'Permission to Dream' logo.
Read it here.

To book your contact

The Art of Participatory Leadership for System Change
How can we together shape the Scotland that is emerging by enhancing the practice of participatory leadership at every level in our society? This will be a small training and we anticipate places to go very fast so please put this date in your diary and contact us to register for your place.
  • 8th - 11th March 2015
  • Comrie Croft
The purpose of this training is to:
  • Support Scotland to be in conversation with itself by offering maps, metho ds, mental models and p ersonal practices for systemic change 
  • Bring people together who are longing to find new ways of working collabratively and connect up the many innovative and diverse initiatives that are already happening in Scotland
  • Move beyond ‘hero’ leadership towards participatory leadership, which involves everyone in the creation of the solution
More information here

Accredited Mental Health First Aid Course

This 2-day course qualifies participants as Mental Health First Aiders, which gives them the skills and confidence to support someone experiencing mental distress and to appropriately signpost to professional and self-help resources. The training is relevant for all communities – military and civilian. 

Just as all organizations are required to have emergency first aiders, so too should they have mental health first aiders. Mental health is as important as physical health. Early help and support for mental illness is very important for recovery. The course also enhances the personal resilience of those taking part. It is also and excellent qualification to have on your CV. CPD certificates available on request. 

Course costs are extremely subsidised currently 
  • Rosyth: Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March 2015 ALMOST FULL
  • Edinburgh: Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 March 2015
  • Inverness: Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 March 2015 ALMOST FULL
  • Glasgow: Tuesday 31 March and Wednesday 1 April 2015 
  • Glasgow:  Friday 24 April and Monday 27 April 2015 
  • Glasgow: Tuesday 12 May and Wednesday 13 May 2015 
  • Edinburgh: Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 May 2015 
For all training courses please contact Aiveen Ryan via email  or call mobile 07796 496322



Partners in Advocacy - Trustees
Partners in Advocacy a major advocacy organisation with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee are looking for Trustees to serve on their Board. If interested please contact the Chair, Jim McAleese on  0141 762 0818 or  07530388769.

The Wee Panel (Glasgow)
The Wee Panel is  a group of local people who have all experienced poverty. They are part of Glasgow’s Poverty Leadership Panel, offering their advice and expertise to the group. If you are interested in volunteering your time on the Wee Panel Download a Wee Flyer here. Please contact David Ramsay at GHN for more information: 0141 420 7272 or  

Community Links - Financial Inclusion Research Officer (South Lanarkshire)
Community Links (South Lanarkshire) is recruiting a Research Officer to carry out focussed research with families, in particular those with money worries.  The post holder will be responsible for carrying out research with the aim to gain a better understanding of their financial concerns and identify related services or support they would wish to engage with.
  • Salary: £25,981
  • Closing date: 02/03/2015
Community Links (South Lanarkshire) deliver innovative and effective consultation services to partner agencies and service providers to involve members of the community in local decisions.  Community Links are an independent community consultation and engagement organisation and are challenged to tackle poverty in local communities; with particular emphasis on areas which fall into the 15% worst deprivation as identified by SIMD.  No other voluntary sector organisation in the local area offer similar services.

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Inclusion Scotland - Finance Officer (Edinburgh)
Following a period of expansion, Inclusion Scotland are looking to recruit a Finance Officer to ensure the sound recording and reporting of our finances, as the organisation continues to develop.
  • Deadline: 10.00am Monday 2nd March
  • Interviews will be held on Tuesday 10th March
The successful candidate will have substantial experience of using Sage to maintain accounts for multiple funding streams, developing and monitoring budgets, operating robust financial systems, financial analysis and reporting to a Board of Directors. S/he will have first rate communication and interpersonal skills, be able to work under pressure to meet deadlines and have personal or professional experience of disability.
You can access the job description and personal specification and application form
For more information please e-mail or phone 0141 559 5025. Inclusion Scotland particularly welcomes applications from disabled people. Please let us know if you need the application pack in another format. 

Paths for All - Grants and Administration officer (Alloa)
Paths for All are looking for the right person to provide a comprehensive support service to a small, enthusiastic staff team based in Alloa and Inverness.
  • Hours: Full time 37 hours per week
  • Salary:  £20,000 per annum
  • Closing Date: Friday 13 March 2015
  • Interviews: Thursday 26 March 2015
This is a varied and interesting position and we require an organised and flexible person experienced in the full range of administrative and communications support duties including database administration, events/conference support, website management and production of promotional materials.  We offer the opportunity to be part of an organisation that recognises staff as our most valued asset.  Attractive employment conditions include a generous contributory pension scheme, annual leave allocation and flexi-time policy.

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Head of the Community Learning and Development Standards Council (Glasgow)
You will provide leadership for the CLDSC and will be responsible for the development and delivery of all strategic, operational and business plans of the CLD Standards Council for Scotland as directed by its Executive Committee.
  • Salary: £53918 - £65347
  • Hours around: 42.00 per week
  • Closing Date    17 March 2015 at midnight
This will be consistent with guidance given by Scottish Government and its agencies. You will have strongly developed leadership and communication skills together with extensive experience of developing policy and delivering strategic business goals in CLD contexts.

For further information and to apply click here


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Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities Network (SOLD) website
The website is for people with learning disabilities, everyone working in the criminal justice system, and the organisations and individuals who work to ensure that people with learning disabilities receive appropriate support. 

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Agora voting
Agora Voting is an open source voting software that is said to allow any organization to carry out secure, flexible, transparent and cost-effective electoral processes.

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