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Issue 279 - 11th June 2015

Hello, and welcome to issue 279 of CHEX-Point Snippets. As always, this issue contains all the latest news and information relating to community-led health. If you have any news or updates from your own work locally that you would like mentioned in Snippets please get in touch. Click here if you would like to view this e-bulletin online or read any previous issues of Snippets. 

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Sam Jordan
Information and Communications Officer, SCDC


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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


CHEX National Event 2015: Healthy Influences
On Thursday 4th June 2015 CHEX was joined by community-led health organisations and staff from statutory bodies for our annual event in Edinburgh. More than 90 people attended the day which focused around how community-led health can be more influential in affecting policy moving forward. 

It was a brilliant day and it was great to see people sharing their ideas and experiences around how we're collectively making a difference.

We're currently writing the conference report, which we will share in Snippets and on the CHEX website. You can check out some tweets from the day at #CHEX2015.

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General Information

Fund to strengthen communities
The Scottish Government has announced that additional funding will be allocated to the Strengthen Communities programme, giving 26 community-led projects focused on improving their local areas a share of £668,000. 

The Strengthening Communities programme is focused on supporting community organisations to develop their sustainability and resilience. SCDC is a member of the programme board and has led a capacity building programme, Supporting Communities.

This additional funding will help build the capacity of local organisations and allow communities to deliver initiatives which respond to their aspirations. It is part of the extra £10 million announced in the Programme for Government, to give people and communities the powers to address inequalities. This new funding comes on top of the £3 million which was allocated to around 50 projects in April 2014.

More here.

SCDC anti sectarian mentoring/co-inquiry programme
Are you working on an anti sectarian project or hoping to start one up? Would you like the support of a mentor – another person experienced in the anti-sectarianism field and who is currently running a project? 

SCDC's mentoring and co-inquiry project might be of interest to you. Working in the sectarianism field can be tough and that many workers involved in this programme are “lone workers”. Image from Xchange Scotland. This project looks to share learning, experience and practice ideas between projects by providing mentoring support from experienced practitioners combined with opportunities for learning and practice development.

More here

New Scottish Government Permanent Secretary announced
Leslie Evans has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, replacing Sir Peter Housden.

Leslie Evans, currently Director General Learning & Justice in the Scottish Government, will take up the post on July 1, 2015. Sir Peter announced his intention to leave the Scottish Government in January this year, after five years in post.

Leslie joined the Scottish Government in September 2000, and has held a number of posts including Director of Culture, External Affairs and Tourism and Director General Education. Before joining the Scottish Government, she spent 20 years working in local authorities in England and Scotland.

More here

Date set for Stage 3 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Parliament has now set a date for Stage 3 consideration of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill (as amended at Stage 2).

The Bill has been working its way through the Scottish Parliament this year, and is being scrutinised by the Local Government and Regeneration Committee.  The parliament produced a useful briefing on the main changes made to the Bill during its Stage 2 consideration. 

Stage 3 amendments to the Bill will be considered on Wednesday 17 June 2015. The debate and voting on Stage 3 amendments is expected to get underway at about 2.40pm that afternoon. This process is expected to take a few hours and be followed by the final debate on whether Bill, as finally amended at Stage 3, should be passed into law. The final vote on the Bill has been scheduled for 7pm on 17 June, although the this time may be subject to change depending on the number of amendments to be considered. 
Proceedings will be broadcast live on the Parliament online TV channel. If you wish to watch the debate in person, you may book tickets online for the public gallery of the Debating Chamber, or by ringing 0131 348 5200. Tickets are free of charge.  

Welsh ban on e-cigarettes
The Welsh government has moved to introduce a ban on e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces, the Guardian reports.

The Welsh government say that it has a "responsibility to create the conditions which enable people to live healthy lives and avoid preventable harm to their health."

The World Health Organisation is one such organisation which has advised people not to use the e-cigarettes until regulatory bodies confirm their safety. However Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has stated that: "There is evidence that they can be effective in helping smokers’ quit, and little evidence that they are being used by never smokers."

ASH estimates that in 2015 there are approximately 2.6 million e-cigarette users in Great Britain, an increase from 700,000 in 2010.

More here.

Glasgow Game blog
In this blog GCPH's Rachel Harris reflects on the experience of playing the Glasgow Game with a team from the Galgael, as well as the origins and development of the game.

More here

National Review Primary Care Out-of-Hours Services
The National Review Primary Care Out-of-Hours Services announced by the Cabinet Secretary on 30 January is Chaired by Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie.  Members of the Review Group are drawn from key stakeholders groups (including out of hours services, BMA, RCN, Allied Health Professionals, NHS 24, Scottish Ambulance Service, patient representatives and others).

The Review will consider the current delivery landscape and recommend action to ensure primary care out-of-hours services:

  • Are person-centred, sustainable, high quality, safe and effective
  • Provide access to relevant urgent care where needed
  • Deliver the right skill mix of professional support for patients during the out-of-hours period

The review is expected report its recommendations to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport by the end of September.

More here.

Latest welfare reform news

With welfare reform continuing to dominate the headlines, CHEX brings you some of the latest news from around Scotland relating to welfare and community-led health: 
  • A child of parents living apart is ­entitled to a bedroom in each of their homes for visits, the Middlesburgh appeals tribunal ruled. More here
News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight
  • SCVO's welfare reform e-bulletin has lots of useful information this issue. More here.
  • Glasgow Centre for Population Health has some interesting reports and information in this issue. More here.
  • The Scottish Government's health and social care integration newsletter has useful information and links. More here.
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Opportunities to join in The Big Lunch
A project that last year encouraged over 400,000 Scottish people to share lunch with their neighbours has been awarded Scottish Government funding to help more communities be involved in this year’s events.

Big Lunch Scotland will receive almost £50,000 to give communities the chance to apply for a grant that could go towards food, insurance, outdoor games or furniture to host their own get-together.

The Big Lunch is the Eden Project’s annual UK-wide event aimed at building community spirit and getting neighbours talking.

More information is available here.

Alistair Malloy Inspire Awards 2015
Volunteers week was held on 1-7th June, a celebration of the contribution volunteers make across the UK.

To finish off the week, Volunteer Glasgow held the inaugural Alistair Malloy Inspire Awards 2015 on 8th June. The awards were created to remember the inspiring contribution, passions and interests of friend and colleague Alistair Malloy who passed away in March 2014.

There is now a Storyify which collects together the tweets and videos from the day which you can view here

Year of the Dad 2016
Fathers Network Scotland launched 'Year of the Dad' for 2016. The campaign is about celebrating fatherhood and the importance of fathers in child development and parenting.

You can sign up for more information here and read a blog post here.

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Consultations and surveys

Submit your Story of Innovation in Health and Social Care
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) is seeking examples of practice from individuals and organisations to better understand how innovation is enabling health and social care integration.

IRISS will collate these stories to highlight where innovative work is happening, what it has achieved and to promote the use of innovative approaches.

More here.

Are you involved in delivering health, care and support for people across Scotland?
IRISS is working in partnership with The Guardian to try to understand the current experiences, attitudes and outlook of those delivering health, care and support for people across Scotland. They ask folks to complete an online survey which should only takes about 10 minutes to complete.
More here.

Faculty of Public Health conference - call for abstracts
This year’s conference theme is “Securing Scotland’s Health”. By the time of the conference the public health review will be published or be near publication, and the public health community will have spent a significant amount of time over the year reflecting on our roles.

Within and beyond the conference theme the conference organisers particularly welcome abstracts from all specialists, practitioners and researchers demonstrating effective public health.

There's more information here.

Community growing survey
The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) is asking community organisations and individuals to put their allotments, orchards and community gardens on the map by taking part in a short online survey by 30 June 2015.

The information from the survey will be used by the CSGN to further their understanding of the size and distribution of these resources, and campaign for improvements.

More here

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What happened to poverty under the Coalition?
This report presents NPI’s estimates of the latest headline poverty statistics for the United Kingdom, for the financial year ending in March 2015. Starting with the latest published poverty statistics, for 2012/13, we have estimated the combined effects of the changes that have taken place since then in the size and mix of the population, the levels of employment and earnings, as well the value of benefits and tax allowances. The conclusion is clear: poverty in the UK is rising once more; it is rising among all age groups; and it is also deepening.

More here.

Exploring socio-cultural explanations of Glasgow’s ‘excess’ mortality
The health of the population in Glasgow and the surrounding region is known to be poorer than the similar cities of Liverpool and Manchester.

Through interviews with key informants across nine communities across the three cities, GCPH explored aspects of local experience which related to key dimensions of culture and considered the contribution these aspects of life make to health outcomes.

More here

Refugee Peer Education for Health and Wellbeing evaluation report
A new report from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Clyde NE Sector Health Improvement Team and the Scottish Refugee Council gives the background, process and findings from the ‘Refugee Peer Education for Health and Well-being’ programme.

The programme has been developed and piloted by the three organisations above. Two cohorts of refugee Peer Educators and peer groups Report coverwere convened between June 2014 and March 2015, each running for approximately ten weeks.

More here.

NHS Health Scotland, Dementia and Equality Briefing Paper
NHS Health Scotland has produced the EFA Dementia and Equality Briefing Paper which gives an overview of equality issues and dementia. The focus is evidence of effective interventions to raise awareness of dementia among different population groups with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.

More here.

Work programme report - Department of Work and Pensions
The report tracks the Work Programme over several years from its launch in 2011. The present report notes changes in participants’ experiences and perceptions of the programme during this period, which reflect changes in delivery of the programme.

Given the relationship between health, income and work one of the most interesting section is chapter 16, pages 207-211, which find that less than a fifth of participants got financial advice from the Work Programme Providers. However where it was received, it did seem to improve their employment prospects.

More here.

The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 3 Report
The aim of the study is to explore the impact of on-going welfare changes on a range of households in Scotland over time. This report provides the findings from the first three sweeps of interviews, conducted between September 2013 and March 2015. It looks at cumulative impacts over time as well as findings from an in depth module on support accessed by those claiming benefits.

More here.

A review of practical cooking skills activities which focus on promoting an affordable healthy balanced diet for adults, young people and their families within low-income communities in Scotland
In 2014 Community Food and Health Scotland / NHS Health Scotland commissioned a realist review of community cooking skills activities run by community initiatives and agencies. The review planned to explore issues such as how the social circumstances of participants and the approach of the cooking skills activities can affect the outcomes. 

More here.

The continuing financial benefits of advice provision to the common good: the example of the Citizens Advice Service in Scotland
This report examines the economic contribution Citizens Advice has through its service. The report comments on how dealing with debt or benefits issues can stop more costly events such as homelessness, unemployment & family breakdown.  Also looks at how it can improve peoples health and well-being so reduce costs to NHS by reducing illness caused by problems associated with stress and physical ill health.

More here.

Tackling Sectarianism and its Consequences in Scotland - final report
As part of the Scottish Government's commitment to tackling sectarianism the Independent Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland was commissioned in August 2012 to provide independent, impartial advice on the issue and set out actions needed to tackle this issue in a robust and holistic way. 

The advisory group, which SCDC is a member of, has published its final report.

The findings, conclusions and recommendations contained in the report are for a wide variety of organisations across Scotland to consider and respond. One if the report's conclusions states:

"All efforts to address sectarianism in Scotland must be relevant to specifically Scottish circumstances and community experiences aiming to build relationships in communities and institutions and ensure difference is acknowledged, accepted and celebrated."

Download the report here

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See Me Community Innovation Fund
See Me has launched the Community Innovation Fund to end mental health stigma and discrimination in Scotland and enable people who experience mental health problems to lead fulfilled lives. It allocates grants of up to £20,000 to community groups and organisations across three strands: large, local and partnerships.

More here

The Ernest Cook Trust grants programme
The scheme - Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The grants programmes support state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place. Amount – Small grants: Under £4k; Larger grants – over £4k.
Examples - £2,000 to help buy iPads for Key Stage 2 pupils to enhance literacy lessons and cross-curricular work; £7,500 to buy new computers and software for the Learning Support Department. School children joined world-class musicians recently in a creative music project.

Deadline - Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time. The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is 31 July 2015.

More information here.

Community innovation fund
The scheme - The Community Innovation Fund is a £2 million fund which NHS Tayside is making available to groups of people living in communities across the area.

Between £500 and £35,000. More here.

Action Earth
Action Earth is helping to get people and communities busy outdoors.  The campaign has grants to give to groups of volunteers who are carrying out environmental projects in Scotland.
  • Grants from £50 to £250 are available for practical activities that involve volunteers in improving outdoor spaces or creating habitats for wildlife. Grants can be used to purchase plants, tools and materials or to cover volunteer expenses.
  • If your group is volunteering on a Local Nature Reserve we can give you up to £500 for practical work, wildlife recording or educational activities that encourage more people onto the reserve.
The campaign is run by Volunteering Matters (formerly known as CSV) from April to December each year and is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.

If you have any questions
contact Robert Henderson on 0131 622 7766 or

For more information and to apply online click here.

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Citizen Wellbeing Assembly - 25 June (Edinburgh)
Join the Alliance to share your experiences, debate issues, and generate ideas to create a future where we can all enjoy good health and wellbeing across Scotland. 

The Citizen Wellbeing Assembly has been designed to provide a substantial contribution to the Scottish Government’s refresh of the framework around the 2020 Vision.  

The event will have keynote contributions from Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and Professor Sir Harry Burns.
On the day we have arranged a series of debates to help generate discussions as well as an open session to share your views.

More here

Invitation to attend and participate in the inaugural meeting of a new North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Dementia Network - 25 June
Building on excellent recent local voluntary sector activity supporting people with dementia and their carers, North Lanarkshire Partnership Group is launching a new Voluntary Sector Dementia Network to bring together voluntary sector organisations and relevant community partners with an interest in dementia to discuss and share key information and establish partnership links.

As a cross cutting theme potentially affecting all organisations working with the public (and not solely organisations working with older people), North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Partnership Group extends an invitiation for you (and/or your colleagues) to attend the inaugural meeting of the Network. 

More information here.

Psychosis, Rights and Recovery: Tackling the Health Inequalities faced by people living with Schizophrenia and Psychosis - 25th June (Edinburgh)
Amanda Larkin, University of Edinburgh, will present the results of the Scottish Schizophrenia Survey, highlighting stigma surrounding psychosis, a lack of joined up healthcare for people with these difficulties and the poor involvement and support for carers.

This event is for:
  • service users and their family
  • carers
  • health professionals
  • researchers
  • policy-makers

Visit the Eventbrite website to register your place.

Universal Comedy - The Clinic: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-up - 18 Aug (Edinburgh)
Universal Comedy is a Scottish charity which changes lives through comedy. This year they take to the CCA stage in March to showcase the extraordinary comedy talents of people coping with ill health and mental health challenges.

The Clinic promises an evening of outstanding, hilarious and therapeutic comedy, supported by Universal Comedy’s Tutor team of famous stand-up comedians, actors and writers.

More here

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Conferences and seminars

Citizens Participation university conference
The Citizen Participation University conference is taking place over five days from Monday July 6th 2015 at Civil Kollégium, Hungary. 

'CPU 2015 - The Next 25 Years - Walls or bridges for democracy and citizens' participation?' will combine a view of the history with the present and look into the future of the European Democracy and the conditions for citizens' participation. The conference will examine issues such as extremism, the rise of democracy in modern Europe and how we can improve European and global democracies through community interventions, education, new forms of economy, social innovation, building solidarity and influencing of policy. 

A packed schedule over the week provides the opportunity to be involved in workshops, seminars, lectures and discussions from organisations from across Europe and America.

EUCDN, which SCDC is a member of, is involved in this conference along with a number of organisations from across Europe.

You can find out more and register at the bottom of the page here. You can download a pdf of the full programme here.

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

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

Registration will open in September. For more information, contact

Living the Gap seminar - Aug 27 (Glasgow)
Join Voluntary Health Scotland for this free half day seminar ran in partnership with GCVS to discuss health inequalities in Scotland.

Voluntary Health Scotland launched their report ‘Living in the Gap: a voluntary health sector perspective on health inequalities in Scotland’ earlier this year. The report highlighted the strength and vital work contributed by the sector, but also highlighted the need for further recognition.

This seminar will look to discuss the report findings and the wider issues of health inequalities in Scotland. It will also look to discuss support and recognition for the third sector. ‘Living in the gap’ featured case studies which spotlight work currently underway in Scotland. Understanding the lived experience is vital to enable Scotland to close the health inequalities gap. This seminar will include a panel and discussion session with some of the case study organisations.

More here.

Public Health Information Network for Scotland Seminar - 11 Sept (Glasgow)
This year's PHINS (Public Health Information Network for Scotland) Seminar will take place on Friday 11th September 2015, 9am-1pm, in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

As in previous years, this event is free of charge. However, spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The full programme and link to the on-line registration is available from the PHINS page of the ScotPHO website here.

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Income maximisation for carers
Becoming a carer of a disabled person often means a drop in household income. Carers may be thinking of leaving work or trying to combine work with care. This course covers the main benefits available for carers and explains how to maximise income through benefit checks. It will help you support clients in making decisions about what to claim in or out of work.

It looks at:
  • Meeting the conditions for carer’s allowance
  • Income support for carers and help with housing costs
  • The effect of work on benefits for carers
  • Welfare reform and carers – what is changing and when
  • How universal credit will work for carers
17 June 2015 (10am - 4pm), Glasgow. Course fee: £105 CABx, £125 voluntary organisations, £180 statutory/other organisations. More here


Paths for All - Various
Paths for All currently has two posts, both full time.

  • Walking Football Development Officer

PfA are looking for candidates with relevant skills and experience in project and community development to support, promote and develop Walking Football activity in communities across Scotland. You’ll be an advocate for the benefits of physical activity and have a passion for community development work. It is a varied, exciting and satisfying position with the opportunity to make a real difference to the quality of life for people in Scotland.  

  • Dementia Friendly Walking Development Officer

PfA are looking for candidates with relevant skills and experience in project and community development. You’ll also be an advocate for the benefits of physical activity and have a passion for supporting those with dementia and their carers. The role will involve working with a range of partners to create a dementia friendly Walking for Health community in Scotland. 

Both close on 18th June. There's more information here.  

Irvine Housing Association - board members
Irvine HA re looking for Board Members with experience or an interest in community development, health and social care, the legal system or the voluntary sector. If you have a passion for the delivery of quality services that have a positive impact on individuals and the wider community they would love to hear from you.

Closes on 23rd June. More information here

Chair Appointments to NHS Boards
Scottish Ministers want to appoint five new non-executive Chairs to lead the following NHS Boards across Scotland. 

  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Orkney
  • NHS Tayside
  • NHS Health Scotland

You will have the senior level experience required for these significant appointments, which come at an exciting time of transformational change as the NHS in Scotland moves into a new era of integrated health and social care services.  If you have what it takes to fulfil one of these rewarding and challenging roles, we would like to hear from you. 

Closes 26th June. More here.

FDAMH’s Board of Trustees: Finance Director and Other Trustees (Voluntary Roles) 
Falkirk’s Mental Health Association (FDAMH) is an energetic, forward-thinking and highly-regarded charity providing support to 2000 people and families affected by mental health issues every year. They also provide training and other services to the public, businesses, and statutory services. They are looking for a Finance Director to join our Board of Trustees and help FDAMH continue to thrive and develop so that it can carry on supporting the community, promoting recovery and tackling stigma and discrimination.

The Finance Director will lead and guide the finances within the organisation and support the Board to ensure its work is carried out effectively.

More information is here.

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company 
This organisation is  recruiting for a freelance researcher to deliver a project focussed on the barriers faced by young disabled people in accessing the arts in Scotland.

  • Period of engagement: July – November 2015
  • Fee: £4,000 – £4,500 (depending on experience)
  • Deadline for applications: 5pm, 19th June 2015

There's more information here.

Port of Leith Housing Association - board members
Board of Leith HA are now looking to strengthen and diversify the Board in terms of gender, ethnicity and age, and particularly welcome applications from women and members of the community who are under represented.
To ensure the Board maintains a broad mix of skill we are looking to recruit new Board Members who have expertise and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Housing management policy and practice including
  • housing support arrangements;
  • Human resource management;
  • Public relations and marketing;
  • Customer service delivery standards and practice; or
  • Community development and/or representation
  • experience, neighbourhood regeneration and social
  • enterprise/entrepreneurial skills.

For more information about this role and opportunity including a copy of Candidate Brief papers, please visit their website or email Closing date for completed applications is noon on Friday 19th June 2015 with interviews being held during July.

Fathers Network Scotland - Board of Directors
Fathers Network Scotland (FNS) is searching for new Board Directors to contribute to the dynamic and passionate team taking the organisation to the next stage of its development. FNS is a young Scottish Charity (established in 2010) with the aim of becoming the national torchbearer and voice for fathers in Scotland through supporting individuals and organisations to positively engage, support and empower men to become the best fathers they can be. The network is based in Edinburgh but applications and participation from all over Scotland is welcomed.

The Board will be key to the success of Fathers Network Scotland over the next few years. Collectively, its members provide strategic support and guidance for the ongoing development of the organisation. Board Directors are also Trustees of the charity, meaning they are responsible for ensuring it is solvent, well-run and meeting its charitable objectives.

There's more information here

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My Park Scotland
This website acts a directory of all the parks in Scotland, providing information about the activities that facilities of local parks.

More here

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