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Issue 270 - 8th January 2015

Hello, and welcome to issue 270 of CHEX-Point Snippets. As always, this issue contains all the latest news and information relating to community-led health. If you have any news or updates from your own work locally that you would like mentioned in Snippets please get in touch. Click here if you would like to view this e-bulletin online or read any previous issues of Snippets. 

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Sam Jordan
Information and Communications Officer, SCDC


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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


HIIC in 2014 and beyond

HIIC logo

The Health Issues in the Community course, managed by CHEX, has been developing substantially over the last year. 2014 saw three Tutor Training Courses delivered, with 21 new tutors, including in Highlands for the first time.

There are now a total of 106 tutors delivering HIIC courses all over Scotland - and last year alone there were 25 new courses registered with 248 students taking part. HIIC has also been introduced as a compulsory part of Modern Apprenticeship scheme for 10 apprentices in NHS Greater Glasgow.

We are currently in discussions with Edinburgh University about a longitudinal evaluation hoping aiming to show the long term impact HIIC has on people's lives. Along with this, we are hoping a HIIC course will soon be run as part of a degree course at a major university in Scotland, with students getting involved in their local community groups.

Finally, a review of the Young People and Schools pack has begun and will be published in February. You can read the existing pack here.

We'll keep you updated on HIIC here in Snippets or find out more by emailing

CHEX policy briefing – Communities at the heart of a healthy democracy
In this briefing, CHEX points to existing opportunities for community-led health organisations arising in the aftermath of September’s Scottish independence referendum and from the growing demand for strengthened participatory democracy.  We call on community-led health organisations and their public sector partners to capitalise on the energy and ideas that have flourished since the 18th September vote, and to use their extensive experience and expertise to help ensure that decentralisation tackles health inequalities. Download the briefing.
The briefing also highlights CHEX’s role in promoting and advocating at all levels for community-led health, and the range of opportunities for our network to get involved.  On this note, CHEX is hosting a planning meeting with members of our network for the CHEX National Conference scheduled for summer 2015. Please contact David Reilly at CHEX on 0141 248 1990 or if you would like to be involved.

Evaluation of the Fife community-led health projects
Reflecting back on 2014, CHEX would like to draw attention to a particularly useful piece of research by the University of Glasgow on six community-led health organisations in Fife.

The research, conducted by the University’s Training & Employment Research Unit, was based on case studies of the following projects known to CHEX: A Healthy Voice; Broomhead Flats Community Health Initiative; Collydean Community Connections; HEAL 2; Real Connections; and Women’s Health Improvement Research (WHIR).

The report, which is available here, uses logic models developed by CHEX and SCDC to explore the process, challenges and benefits of community-led approaches to improving health.  A particular focus of the research is on community engagement and community capacity building, the latter being seen as essential to supporting people “to realise they can have an influence”. Health Issues in the Community (HIIC) is identified as one effective method of building capacity. The research also highlights the importance of agency capacity building, stating that “practitioners found the community-led approach can be ‘challenging’ and different from approaches they may have typically used in the past.”

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General Information

'Joined-up approach' to tackle health inequalities - Health committee
The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee has said that there needs to be a "joined-up approach across a raft of policy areas" to tackle health inequalities in Scotland.

The committee noted that the majority of issues related health inequalities cannot be addressed by the healthcare sector and that income inequality and deprivation are the leading causes. 

The committee also noted findings which suggest that traditional public health campaigns result in a widening of inequality due to disproportionate uptake. It recommended focusing on policy measures such as tax and benefits as well as more collaborative working between agencies.  The importance of increasing social capital through individual and community capacity building was also recognised.

Convener of the Health and Sport Committee, Duncan McNeil MSP said:

“That your income, your education and where you live contribute to how healthy you are is an issue that as a society should bring us significant shame. Since devolution, successive Governments have made this a political priority and invested significant amounts of public money in tackling this complex issue. But sadly none have made any significant difference.

“Often the solution will not be in the health service. Our NHS can offer a sticking plaster, but without a new approach, we will not tackle the root causes of inequality and improve the health outcomes of thousands of people across Scotland.”

Read more here. BBC News report here.

Glasgow sees Third Sector cuts
Glasgow City Council has agreed a series of cuts to local third sector organisations in the city. Millions of pounds will be cut from budgets for organisations working around mental health and housing support services for older people.

Glasgow Association for Mental Health has been the most high profile of the organisations affected, losing 40% of their Council funding. Along with this decision, their service model is planned to be restructured to concentrate on a higher throughput of service users, using short term interventions. 

GCVS reports that:

"Proposals are being worked on that would see Carr Gomm, another mental health charity, realigned to the Community Mental Health Team ‘secondary care level’ provision in Health and Social Work, while GAMH would be positioned alongside Primary Care/GP’s as a service that both Health and Social work can divert service users to."

Further information here.

Scotland's first Minister for Mental Health
A Minister for Mental Health in Scotland has been appointed following Nicola Sturgeon's election as the leader of the SNP and First Minister of the Scottish Government. 

Jamie Hepburn will be taking up the role as Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health and said he was proud to take up the role and that, despite improvements, there was still work to be done.

He said: "In particular, we must continue to work to reduce stigma. It is completely abhorrent that people with mental health problems are still facing discrimination in any form. Through our funding of the See Me programme, and other initiatives, I will make sure that we continue our efforts to stamp out stigma wherever it exists."

Read more here.

Feeding Britain report
This report from the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom highlights the major crisis around food poverty that people are facing across the UK. Highlighting the role of benefit sanctions, commercial and domestic food waste and the increasing scale of the problem, the report makes a series of recommendations around food poverty, with a group of cross-party MPs and church leaders supporting the report.

You can read it here.

Community-led health in the news! 
You might have caught the late night interview last week with John Cassidy, Volunteer Director with ‘Healthy n Happy’, Scottish Communities for Health & Wellbeing and member of CHEX Advisory Committee.

The interview was conducted by Sarah Smith; BBC 2’s Scotland 2014 and highlighted the cause and effects of health inequalities in Scotland. John was interviewed alongside Graham Watt, Professor of general practice and primary care at Glasgow University. 

John did an excellent job of describing the activities involved in community-led health and highlighted its benefits and impacts.  He finished the interview by talking about social prescribing and the opportunities offered to patients in the community.  

The broadcast can still be seen on the iPlayer until Thursday evening, here.

Single Parents Tell How They Still Face Stigma
A poll by One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) has shown that three in four (74%) single parents have experienced stigma in the last two years. The survey by also shows that over three quarters (77%) of single parents believe that stigma against single parents has increased in the media over the last two years and that generally stigma is on the rise (78%).

More here

Scottish Government Welfare and Housing Evidence Portal
The Scottish Government has created an ‘Evidence Portal’ for welfare and housing.  This downloadable document comprehensively lists all research studies and other evidence on how the UK Government’s welfare reforms are impacting on tenants and housing and regeneration policies.  The evidence presented is a reminder of how deep the cuts are, and how financial hardship for already disadvantaged groups is likely to be compounded through reductions to different benefits/welfare and sanctions  for those who cannot afford their payments.  The document also provides information highlighting the challenges faced by local authorities in addressing these issues.  

Access the Evidence Portal here.

Glasgow foodbank locations
GCVS has mapped the local foodbank in Glasgow, providing information on the locations and requirements of the organisations from across the city.

You can download it 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: 
  • New research on the impact of welfare reform on Scottish households has been commissioned by a Scottish Parliament committee for 2015. More here

News from other networks

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  • e-Connect is the Scottish Health Council’s current awareness bulletin which highlights the latest policy and practice, research and resources in the field of participation. You can read the latest issue and subscribe here.

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Disabled Access Day – 17th January 2015
Disabled Access Day is all about getting out there and trying something new. It could be a new cafe or a new cinema! We want people to try places they have never been to. There are also attractions and venues getting involved on the day and showcasing their disabled access.

More here

GWT Recognition Awards
Generations Working Together are pleased to announce that the new Recognition Awards 2015 will be open to nominations from Monday 5th January 2015.
The awards celebrate and recognise the commitment and inspirational involvement of practitioners, volunteers and groups who are involved in intergenerational work across Scotland. 

Nominations will be invited for the following awards:
  • New Intergenerational Project Award (Less than 12 months)
  • Established Intergenerational Project Award (Greater than 1 Year)
  • The Yvonne Coull Local Network Coordinators Award
  • Young Person who has Contributed to Intergenerational Work Award
  • Older Person who has Contributed to Intergenerational Work Award
  • Intergenerational Volunteer Award
Applications are available from the 5th January 2015 and must be completed and returned by 12 noon on Friday 6th February 2015.

Eligible applicants must be from within Scotland and are open to charitable, voluntary and community groups or public/private sector organisations.

An application form and guidance notes can be found at the Generations Working Together Website here.

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Consultations and surveys

Your Say - Personal Independence Payment
The Scottish Parliament's Welfare Reform Committee is offering the opportunity for individuals to share with the Committee their experiences of Personal Independence Payments (PIP). This includes new claimants and those who are changing from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP.

They also wish to hear from individuals and organisations that support PIP claimants. They are keen to learn about any aspect of your experience of PIP including:
  • The PIP claim form
  • The PIP assessment process, including where your assessment was conducted
  • The Department of Work and Pensions decision on your PIP claim and payment of PIP
More information here

Consultation Events - Children and young People Scotland Act
To support the consultation on the Statutory Guidance for Parts 4, 5 and 18 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, to be published in February 2015,  the Scottish Government is holding 3 Regional Events in Glasgow (24 Feb), Perth (16 Mar) and Edinburgh (30 Mar). The events will include:
  • An opportunity to learn more about Named Person, Child’s Plan and Wellbeing;
  • An opportunity to provide feedback on the draft statutory guidance;
  • Share learning and explore the implications of implementing Named Person, Child’s Plan and Wellbeing;
  • A chance to network and share with colleagues from across Scotland.
Register your attendance here.

Health and Social Care Academy survey
The Health and Social Care Academy has been established to support the transformational changes, particularly by focusing on culture, relationships and people as a result of that the integration of health and social care. It offers a safe space for all of us - including people who use services, frontline staff, service and policy planners and leaders - to share learning, inspiration and collectively seek to address some of the challenges in delivering real change.  

Early in 2015 the Academy plans to run an 'Integration Series' of short, early evening events focussing on key themes in relation to integration and they would like to know what you would find helpful.

You can give your views by completing this short survey by Friday 9th Jan. Take the survey here

Consultation on proposed amendments to the National Health Service Central Register (Scotland) Regulations 2006
A consultation on proposed amendments to the National Health Service Central Register (Scotland) Regulations 2006 to allow certain data contained on the register to be shared with certain named bodies.

More here.

Scottish House Conditions Survey - Key Findings 2013
Key indicators from the Scottish House Conditions Survey 2013 collection period, including updated fuel poverty rates, energy efficiency ratings, carbon emissions, Scottish Housing Quality Standard and disrepair

More here

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LGBT Helpline Impact Report
LGBT Health has published its report on the LGBT National Helpline, which provides telephone support to LGBT people around a range of issues

The report outlines the set-up of the service along with the training of the volunteers, along with the impact that the helpline has had on nationally upon those who use it. 

You can read more here.

Places and communities that support and promote good health
This briefing is intended for those working in policy, planning and practice. It forms part of NHS Health Scotland’s Delivery Plan.

It examines the key aspects of wellbeing related to places and communities, noting the importance of local neighbourhood and homes in people's physical and mental health, and the need for empowered communities that can influence their own health and wellbeing.

Read it here

NHSScotland Chief Executive's Annual Report 2013/14
The NHS Scotland Chief Executive's Annual Report 2013/14 presents an assessment of the performance of NHS Scotland in 2013/14 and describes key achievements and challenges.

The Annual Report provides an assessment of the performance of NHS Scotland alongside an explanation of the financial and policy context faced by the NHS in Scotland during the year.

Read the report here.

Update on the FHWA health inequalities funding programme
Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s health inequalities funding programme will end in March 2015. Over three years, the programme will have funded a wide range of initiatives aimed at reducing health inequalities, distributing a total of approximately £1m per annum.

The programme has supported a diverse mix of approaches to tackling health inequalities. Funds have been allocated to:

  • continuing projects which are well established and have been funded for several
  • years, which make a proven difference to tackling health inequalities;
  • strategy groups, which lead on specific themes within health and wellbeing;
  • projects which are specifically exploring community-led approaches to reducing
  • health inequalities; and
  • smaller projects, receiving one-off awards of up to £5,000.

As part of the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of projects, the FHWA Funding Group
has worked to identify useful learning from the experiences of each of these projects. Their most recent report identified the following issues, in relation to reducing health inequalities:

  • the importance of training and capacity building for workers, volunteers and
  • communities
  • the continued importance of partnership working and the strengthening of links
  • between mainstream and voluntary sector services
  • the importance of a flexible approach
  • the importance of taking time and having dedicated resources to build working
  • relationships within communities as part of establishing community led approaches

More information is available here.

Best preventative investments for Scotland – what the evidence and experts say
The aim of this updated paper is to identify the best investments for preventing poor health, reducing ‘failure demand’ and narrowing health inequalities. 

It sets out principles, and several specific areas for action, for policymakers to consider. These go beyond the health and social care sector.

Read more here

2015 UK election briefing - Actions to reduce health inequalities
The briefing by NHS Health Scotland provides recommendations for tackling health inequalities and highlights interventions that are less likely to be effective. It was produced for political policymakers but will be of interest to a wide range of organisations working across all sectors. The briefing will be followed next year with a more in depth exploration of what works to tackle health inequalities ahead of the Scottish elections in 2016.

More here

Going It Alone film
This short film has resulted from a collaboration between OPFS & Glasgow Centre for Population Health. It is one of a series of films in which Glaswegians tell their stories in their own words. It provides a moving account of the life of one lone parent and the child she cares for and portrays how the experience has enriched their lives, despite the significant sacrifices that had to be made and bureaucratic obstacles that have been put in place along the way. 

View Going It Alone here.

Guidance and Advice to support the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014
This guidance is for those involved in the commissioning of health and social care services, and should also be of interest to community-led health organisations.

Read more here

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Creative Place Awards 2015
The Creative Place Awards recognise communities in Scotland where people work together to celebrate and promote their town, village or area through the arts and culture. Cultural organisations, community groups and local authorities can apply for an award of either: £50,000, £100,000, or £125,000 dependent on the category that fits their population size, current levels of activity, the scale of their planned activities and their capacity to deliver.

The deadline for Stage 1 applications is Monday 2nd February 2015. Applicants shortlisted at this stage will then have to submit a full application by Friday 1st May 2015

For further details and to apply please click here

Women's Fund for Scotland - grants of up to £2,000 available
The Women's Fund for Scotland is looking for all charities and community groups helping women to apply for grants worth up to £2,000.

Organisations eligible to apply for funding from the Women’s Fund for Scotland will be working to improve the health, well-being, employability and self-esteem of women across the country. The Fund focuses on four themes, building skills and confidence; improving health and well-being; building social networks and moving on from violence.

The Women's Fund for Scotland is administered by Foundation Scotland and applications should be made via Foundation Scotland's Express Grants programme. Express Grants applications are assessed against the criteria of various funds administered by Foundation Scotland of which the Women's Fund is one. If an application can't be supported by the Women's Fund, there may be another fund it can be matched to.

More information here

Help for Heating Fund
The RSABI “Help for Heating Fund”, launched at the beginning of December 2014, has an initial £30,000 available on a first come, first served basis to provide single grants, each of £300, throughout Scotland – the aim being to alleviate the effect of fuel poverty amongst people who have depended on land-based occupations. RSABI recognises that many rural households will be inadequately heated in the months to come. 

If you are no longer able to work and are worried about keeping your home warm this winter, please call RSABI on 0131 472 4166 for more information or visit their website here.

Streetsmart Funding
Streetsmart aims at helping homeless people make a better life for themselves, focusing on mental and physical health, employability and sustainable independent living.

Grants are given to those who support people through the crucial stages in their progress. Charities can apply for funding  of between £500 and £20,000, depending on the project/service to be funded. 

There is no formal application process, but charities should outline the aims and achievements of the organisation, and explain in detail the specific area of their work in need of financial support.

More here

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The Future of Local Democracy in Scotland - 13 Jan (Glasgow)
The Commission for Local Democracy has joined forces with the Democratic Society to bring you an exciting #PostIndyRef evening of discussion about The Future of Local Democracy in Scotland.  

Following the huge turnout at the Referendum, surging interest in politics, and over 18,000 submissions to the Smith Commission, it’s clear that a new chapter in Scottish democracy is underway.  While much has already been said about what Scotland should look like at the national level, the debate is now turning to what it would take for communities to be at the heart of this democratic evolution.  This informal event is a chance to hear more and to add your own voice to the conversation.
  • When: Tuesday 13th January 2015 at 7pm
  • Where: Sloans, 62 Argyle Arcade, Glasgow, G2 8BG
Speakers include:
  • Cllr David O'Neill: Chair of the Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy in Scotland and President of COSLA
  • Louise Macdonald: Chief Executive of Young Scot and Member of the Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy in Scotland  
  • Sarah Drummond: Managing Director of Snook and founder of Dearest Scotland
Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in the discussion, network, and enjoy some complimentary refreshments.

More here

West Lothian Health and Loneliness Roadshow - 28 Jan (Livingstone)
The Health and Loneliness Roadshows 2015 are an exciting new learning opportunity for health and social care professionals. Facilitated by Befriending Networks and funded by the Scottish Government, the Roadshows will offer both practitioners and managers within health and social care services across Scotland the opportunity to explore the latest research on the impact of loneliness on health and, by consequence, on health and social care services.
  • The Pentland Room, St. John’s Hospital, Livingston.  
  • Wednesday 28th January 2015, 12.30pm – 3pm
These free, CPD-certified lunchtime workshops will also allow participants to discuss the measures which, working in partnership with the voluntary sector, they can adopt to address it within their professional spheres of influence. Representatives of local befriending services will showcase their own work on health and loneliness and there will be a networking half hour at the end of the workshop to get to know more about these services and the potential offered by befriending for enhancing the quality of support available to vulnerable and isolated people within their health board area.

Roadshows are taking place in all 14 health board areas of Scotland. Dates and venues can be found on the Training and Events section of the Befriending Networks website here

Young People’s Innovation Lab – 24 January (Edinburgh)
On Saturday 24th January 2015 the Mental Health Foundation, in partnership with Young Scot, Action for Sick Children Scotland, the Alliance and Snook are running an Innovation Lab for young people aged 12 – 18 living with long term physical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, MS or epilepsy. The Innovation Lab is an exciting opportunity for young people to come together to discuss and creatively develop ideas to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people with long term conditions.

If you know of any young people that would be interested in attending the Innovation Lab, they must register by Wednesday 14th January 2015.

We will be running a second Innovation Lab on Saturday 28th February that will develop some of the ideas generated on 24th January in more detail. If you are interested in attending this event too, please let the Mental Health Foundation know.

More info here

Save the date: Getting There event - Mental Health and self-directed support - 4 Mar (Edinburgh)
Booking information will be available soon via the Getting There website here

Previously listed

Essentials of Asylum
Scottish Refugee Council training to provide information about the UK asylum process, including the difference between an asylum seeker and a refugee, asylum support, and rights and entitlements.
  • 28 January 2015 in Glasgow (9.30 – 1.00)
  • 6 May 2015 in Glasgow (9.30 – 1.00)
For information contact Martha Harding / 0141 223 7951 or click here.

Innovation Lab - 24 Jan (Edinburgh)
If you know of any young people that would be interested in attending the Innovation Lab, they must register by Wednesday 14th January 2015. Please note that one form needs to be completed for person attending.
  • Saturday 24th January 2015 at the Grassmarket Project, Edinburgh from 11am – 3.45pm (refreshments from 10.30am).
If someone would like to attend with the young people they work with then we would be delighted if they would like to register too. Alternatively we can ensure that any young people attending on their own are supported by to do so. We want to make sure that anyone who would like to attend is supported to do so.

The Innovation Lab is an exciting opportunity for young people aged 12-18 with long term conditions to come together to discuss and creatively develop ideas to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people with long term conditions. We will be running a second Innovation Lab on Saturday 28th February that will develop some of the ideas generated on 25th January in more detail. If you are interested in attending this event too, please let them know.

More info here.

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Conferences and seminars

Winter Lecture Series: Can death get any better? (Various)
Marie Curie and the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC) invite you to their winter lecture series in early 2015.  The series will highlight ongoing challenges and unmet needs in death and dying.

In the opening lecture, Dr David Reilly, Director of the Wellness Enhancement Learning Programme, will explore Uniting love and skill in the art of human caring.  The second lecture will feature Dr Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care for NHS England speaking on the subject of Care for older people towards the end of life: tensions and challenges.  The lecture series closes with a lecture on Living and dying in very old age: the limits of choice by Professor Tony Walter, Director of the University of Bath Centre for Death & Society.

Further details of the lectures are below:

1.    Uniting love and skill in the art of human caring - Wednesday 21 January 2015
Dr David Reilly, Director of the Wellness Enhancement Learning and The Healing Shift Programmes
MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh, 6pm

2.    Care for older people towards the end of life: tensions and challenges - Wednesday 25 February 2015
Dr Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care for NHS England
The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 6pm

3.    Living and dying in very old age: the limits of choice - Wednesday 25 March
Professor Tony Walter, Director of the University of Bath Centre for Death & Society.
MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh, 6pm

If you would like further information or to book any of the events in the series please contact

Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability: Welfare Reform – Where are we now? - 27 Jan (Glasgow)
This is an interactive seminar which aims to provide information about the current situation on Welfare Reform; participants will also be shown how to do benefits calculations.

More here

Trellis Therapeutic Gardening Conference - 12 March (Perth)
The conference is for everyone interested in the benefits of gardening. Whether you’re running a gardening project or working at a care home or hospital, at the conference you can share ideas and make contacts, tour a therapeutic garden or join a workshop and brush up your skills.
  • Thursday 12th March 2015, 9.30am to 4pm
  • The Bield at Blackruthven, Blackruthven House, Perth PH1 1PY
More information here. Email or call on 01738624348.

CDAS Conference open for bookings 
Bookings are now open for Community Development Alliance Scotland’s latest Conference “Active participation in democracy and society – building a strong foundation in communities”

This will be held on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at Townhead Village Hall, Glasgow from 10.30 am to 4 pm (Registration and coffees from 10.00 am). The cost is £30 (£20 for community groups).

There is a ferment of discussion about democracy and empowering citizens at national, local and community levels. But structural reforms alone are unlikely to engage people’s imagination and efforts – unless they are rooted in the way that people act together with others in their communities. Community development work aimed at enabling participation on an equal basis is crucial.

This public conference looks at a wide range of current ideas and developments and asks how we can make sure that they are based in and on communities.

Further information here

Opportunity to present: Community health care services: what does good look like?
Community health care services provide vital care out of hospital for millions of people. From children’s services to care for older people and end-of-life support, the community sector plays a key part in meeting the challenges facing our health and care system.
  • Thursday 26 March 2015
  • The King’s Fund, London
There are many examples of good community health care services but too few opportunities for those working in the sector to come together, assess what they are doing, and learn from others. This one-day conference aims to address this by providing a forum for the sharing of good practice in community health care.

They are looking for examples of good practice in community health care services from across the UK to feature at this event. If you're working in a project that fits under one of the categories below then they would like to hear about it.
  • Supporting and encouraging team working: what are you doing to support team working?
  • Quality assurance: how are you using data locally to measure for quality?
  • Working with patients and communities: what are you doing to involve patients and their families and carers and to make your services more person-centred?
  • Partnerships and relationships with other parts of the system: how are you building effective local partnerships across health and social care?
For more information on how you can apply to present at this event please visit or contact The King’s Fund events team at

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Creating Imaginative Learning (Various)
Trainers participating in the 3 day Creating Imaginative Learning course will:
  • Experience a rich and multi-sensory training environment that will engage and inspire
  • Demonstrate an understanding, and commitment to, Creating Imaginative Learning
  • Understand the importance of, and learn how to influence, their own state and that of groups they work with
  • Have a wide range of tools available to you that you can use immediately to create even more imaginative learning in your work
  • Design or re-design a learning intervention using CIL techniques
  • Create tools and activities to apply your learning to the work you do
  • Be even more confident, and prepared, to provide learning sessions, make presentations and run sessions for colleagues and others that they work with
The course is free of charge, but spaces are limited.  Follow the link below to apply to a specific course or register your interest for the waiting list here.
  • 19, 20, 21 January, The Engine Shed, 19 St. Leonard's Lane Edinburgh
  • 11, 12, 13 May, The Robertson Trust, 152 Bath Street, Glasgow
If you have any questions, please email

Learning to Lead in Health 2015
Following a very successful leadership development in 2014 Voluntary Health Scotland are offering senior managers in the voluntary health sector an opportunity to build their leadership and partnership skills. 

The 2015 programme will provide a full action learning programme delivered in 6 days over 4 months in both Edinburgh and Glasgow locations. Learning to Lead programme is fully funded by the Scottish Government and will be delivered in partnership with The Social Enterprise Academy in 2015.
For more information and details on how to apply for the programme click here. Closing date for applications is 23 January 2015. 

Reducing Health Inequalities: What Works (Dunfermline)
This practical workshop will look at the current context of health inequalities in Fife and will enable participants to explore their role in addressing these.

Successful completion of this course will provide a n understanding of health inequalities and their impact on the population in Fife, knowledge of the measures that are know to be effective in reducing health inequalities and you will have considered the practical steps that they can take to address health inequalities within their own area of work.
  • Dates:    Wednesday 4 February 2015
  • Time:    09:30 - 12:30
  • Venue:    Lynebank Hospital, Halbeath, Dunfermline KY11 4UW
This course is open to all NHS, local authority and voluntary sector staff who work to help and support people to explore and resolve issues around reducing health inequalities.

Apply here. Healthy Fife have a range of training courses available here.

Media Training (Edinburgh)
This training is designed to improve communication skills and help create positive media and public interest. You will learn core media processes to help you with communication skills, campaigning and community outreach publications.
  • 5/2/15 10am – 4pm
  • Melting Pot, Edinburgh
Participants will learn how to prepare and package media stories and examine any issues that might arise. You will learn how to communicate your story in a way that sets the media agenda, positively promotes your organisation and improves public relations.

During the day you will look at how to make the media work for you. You will understand how media and journalism can increase the success of a campaign.

More information here

Reducing the Impact of Fuel Poverty on Health (Glenrothes)
The session will provide an insight into fuel poverty and the impact this has on people’s health. Participants will find out how to identify a household in fuel poverty and how to signpost them for further help on a national and local level.
  • Dates:    Tuesday 10 February 2015
  • Time:    10:00 - 13:00
  • Venue:    The Lomond Centre, Woodside Way, Glenrothes KY7 5RA
Successful completion of this course will provide:
  • An increased understanding of the link between fuel poverty and health 
  • Knowledge of the signs of fuel poverty 
  • Awareness of the national and local support for fuel poor households 
  • Confidence to refer service users to national and local agencies for further support.
This course is for anyone working with households in Fife e.g. NHS Fife, Fife Council, private care agencies and the voluntary sector. It is particularly relevant to those who work with groups more vulnerable to fuel poverty i.e. families with children under 16, older people, disabled, single occupancy households, pregnant women and households in rural areas.

Apply here.

Art Workshops offer exclusively for Sheltered Housing Developments and Carers Groups
Art in Healthcare are a national charity offering artwork rental and art workshops. Our vision is for original, contemporary art to be accessible to everyone in care environments for the enhancement of health and wellbeing. Our mission is to work towards this by sourcing, placing and managing art collections, and encouraging creativity to improve the lives of people across Scotland.

They have been running art workshops since 2012, engaging participants from a range of care environments. They work with a dedicated team of professional artists with our workshops aiming to encourage social interaction, raise self-esteem and inspire self-expression.

They currently have an offer exclusively for sheltered housing developments and carers groups with thanks to funding from Age Scotland, as follows:
  • £750 for 10 x 2hr art workshops, all costs included (50% off full cost of £1,500)
There is limited availability so get in touch with Amelia Calvert, Outreach Manager, if you are a potential participant or the manager of a care environment to find out more:  or 0131 555 7638.



Greener Kirkcaldy - Energy Advisor (Kirkcaldy)
Greener Kirkcaldy is a community-led charity that provides information and support to local people about energy and environmental issues. One of our priorities is to help people to save energy and money while staying warm in their homes; they do that through a programme of community engagement, events and home energy advice visits to increase the community’s understanding of home energy use.
  • Status: Part time
  • Closing date: 12/01/2015
They are now seeking an experienced Energy Advisor to work on a sessional basis, making home energy advice visits in south and central Fife as part of our Cosy Kingdom advice team.

More here.

South Lanarkshire Carers Network - Carer Development Officer (Rural Clydesdale)
South Lanarkshire Partnership has well established relationships with local Carers organisations.  The South Lanarkshire Carers Network operate at a strategic level, ensuring that Carers issues are fed into planning processes.
  • Salary info: £24,201 per annum (35 hour week). Funded for 15 months (with potential for renewal).
  • Closing date: 12/01/2015
They are seeking an experienced individual to develop support processes for Carers in community settings and to work within GP Practices to ensure up-to-date Carer information is available.

The candidate must have a total understanding of Carer issues and current Legislation.
The office is based in Hamilton but the successful candidate will be expected to work in the community in rural Clydesdale, therefore a car owner is essential.

More information here

Voluntary Action Fund - Head of Programmes (Inverkeithing)
The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) is an independent grant making body which invests in voluntary and community based organisations across Scotland. In addition to grants we provide support and build social capital which enables organisations to implement projects that make a real difference to people's lives.
  • Salary: £42,000 pro-rata
  • Salary info: 21 hours per week
  • Closing date: 26/01/2015
The Voluntary Action Fund is looking for an exceptional individuals to join our team. The Head of Programmes will be a member of the Strategic Management Team. If you would like an informal chat about the volunteer roles, the Head of Programmes post or the opportunity to become a VAF Trustee please contact the Chief Executive, Keith Wimbles on: 01383 620780
More here.

Maryhill and Possilpark Citizens Advice Bureau - Senior Money Advice Worker (Glasgow)
Maryhill and Possilpark CAB has, in partnership with the North West Glasgow Community Health Partnership, won a grant from the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s Tackling Money Worries Programme to test out approaches in providing targeted, intensive and personalised support to low income families (including kinships carers) with children under 8 or with a disability living in the Possilpark area of Glasgow.
  • Salary: £25,000 - £27,000
  • Closing date: 26/01/2015 
The aim of the support is to enable families to resolve debt and money problems, become more financially resilient and to take steps that could improve their situation.

More information here

LGBT Health volunteering
Have you ever thought about volunteering? LGBT Health's next Volunteer Induction is scheduled for February 2015

Did you know that the staff at LGBT Health and Wellbeing only make up half of the team that brings you services and events throughout the year? They also have a wonderful team of volunteers, who work in a variety of roles to help us make their work a success. 

They are particularly excited about the ‘Buddy’ volunteering opportunities, so if you are easy going, a friendly face and able to help people to feel included, then find out about becoming a Buddy!  

Buddies will be matched up with an LGBT person who has a learning disability and needs a friendly face to feel confident enough to attend their events and activities, across  programme within Edinburgh and the Lothians. Find out how to get involved by emailing or calling 0131 652 3281.

Find out more here

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Spice time credits
Spice is a social enterprise that supports organisations to develop Time Credit system. Started in Wales in 2009 and launched in England in 2011 they work with hundreds of organisations across the UK, supporting thousands of people to give time to their communities and services.

Spice is currently running programmes across the UK with local councils, community development organisations, housing associations, health and social care providers and schools.

More here

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