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Issue 297 - 14th April 2016

Hello, and welcome to issue 297 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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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


News from the Network: The Spark – Relationship Counselling and Support
Relationships are at the very heart of all our lives. Problems in those relationships are a normal part of life too but sometimes it’s hard to solve those issues ourselves. That is where The Spark can help.
The Spark has been providing relationship counselling and support services for 50 years. Their network of professional counsellors across Scotland is ready to help couples, individuals, parents and families make relationships work.
The Spark provides relationship support in 3 ways:

Counselling  offers an impartial, confidential and safe way to work through your problems. Whether individually or as part of a couple, relationship counselling with The Spark can help to address the difficulties you are experiencing. Find out more about counselling.  
For immediate support, The Spark offers a free Relationship Helpline on 0808 802 2088 and free online chat function. These confidential services are managed by their experienced team who will listen to your relationship concerns. Find out more about The Spark’s Relationship Helpline.
Taking the first step – picking up the phone or completing an enquiry form – can be the hardest one. The Spark is here to help you work through the next steps on the path to better, happier relationships.

Sign up to the CHEX Community-led Health Database
Are you a community-led organisation?Do you enhance people’s health and wellbeing?

If the answer to both these questions is yes then please read on.

CHEX provides support to a wide network of community-led health initiatives and their public sector partners who are tackling health inequalities in communities across Scotland.  They develop good practice, share information and influence national health and social care policy.

By becoming a member of the CHEX Community-led Health Database your organisations can:

  • Spotlight your work
  • Be easily found by those looking for local community-led health organisations
  • Make links with other organisations doing similar work, from across Scotland
  • Be the first to hear about upcoming events, reports, funding and health & social care policies

The CHEX Community-led Health Database is free to join and has members from across Scotland. You can sign up HERE

For more information contact

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General Information

'I don't smoke; don't drink. The only thing wrong with me is my health' - new report
A series of interviews with people living in two towns in Ayrshire has highlighted the impact that wider social issues have on people's health - and need for local communities to be at the centre of solutions.

The report from the University of the West of Scotland links the experiences of austerity, de-industrialisation and welfare reform over the last 40 years with people's experiences of ill-health.

It adds further evidence of the need to tackle root causes of poverty and inequality when facing the health issues of deprived communities. It also notes that tendency for public health campaigns, even ones which are well-meaning, to suffer from 'lifestyle drift' where the poor are often blamed for their problems.

The report is based upon the interviews with people living in Kilmarnock and Cumnock, where they told researchers about the issues which they saw affecting their communities - often directly related to government social policies.

Read more here. During April 2016 download the full report for free here.

Public Participation in Decision Making - draft report
The Democratic Society has published a draft paper which outlines methods of implementing the new public participation in decision making power described in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act. 

The paper is a result of an event, hosted by the Scottish Government, which brought together people from Scottish public bodies and civil society (including SCDC). The aim was to develop a list of suggestions and tangible actions to assist the development of the policy.

These suggestions included:
  • There should be a duty for public bodies to enable staff to engage the public in decision making processes; including training, realistic timescales and resources
  • A percentage of public body funding should be assigned to supporting processes for public participation in decision making
  • There should be reserved budget for funding public participation programmes
  • There should be a duty for public bodies to report on the public participation activities they undertake as a result of the Community Empowerment Act
  • The number of physical and digital places where people can come together to participate in decision making should be increased
  • There should be a clear outline of decisions that people can participate in
  • All public bodies should have an accountable senior officer responsible for participation and there should be a non-executive on public body boards appointed as participation champion.
You can download the full draft paper here.

The recommendations in the report will be considered by the Scottish Government and the advisory group for public participation in decision making.

Scottish Government response to poverty report delayed until after election
The official response to poverty tsar Naomi Eisenstadt’s recommendations on tackling inequality in Scotland has been delayed until after the election, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has confirmed.

The 15 recommendations were contained in Eisenstadt’s report ‘Shifting the curve - a report for the First Minister’, which was published on January 20. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said at the time she would respond formally by the end of March.

However, speaking during Holyrood’s welfare hustings , Alex Neil MSP said the government had not had enough time before parliament dissolved, but was treating the report “very seriously”.

More here.

Blog - Coproduction: the buzzword that really works
This blog from Shelter Scotland outlines the work they're doing to involve people in creating services. Shelter Scotland and The Scottish Co-production Network are jointly hosting an event next week - places are now filled up but you can read more here.

"Co-production is about participation, engagement and service user involvement. In my experience, it is about talking to people, finding out what works for them, and then delivering and designing services that meet their needs. From sitting on the management board to planning conferences or designing office spaces, co-production make services, activity and engagement better for the people we work for.

When people are supported to take ownership of the services they receive, when they are listened to, heard and valued, they have more control over their own lives and are more likely to help themselves make positive changes

Read more here.

The Improvement Hub launches
The Improvement Hub (which previously had the working title of the Integrated Improvement Resource) integrates and builds on the combined expertise, resources and best practice of the improvement support of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, the Quality and Efficiency Support Team and the Joint Improvement Team.

This resource will support Health and Social Care Partnerships (which include health, social care, third sector, independent sector and housing organisations) and NHS boards to improve the quality of health and social care services.

More here.

Living Wage #500
The Scottish Living Wage campaign has met its target to sign up more than 500 businesses and organisations by March 2016.

The Accreditation Initiative was first established in April 2014, when only 20 employers in Scotland had signed up.  Since then, around 7,400 Scottish workers have received a pay rise as a result of the their organisation adopting the Living Wage.

SCDC, CHEX's parent organisation, is also an Accredited Employer with the Living Wage Foundation.

More here.

Register to vote
Register by 18 April to vote in the 5 May elections, or by 7 June to vote in the EU referendum on 23 June.

More here.

Participation request consultation, focus groups and SCDC briefing
As part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, participation requests provides a process for communities to request to work alongside public sector bodies to improve outcomes, and sets out duties on how public service authorities deal with such requests. They provide an opportunity for communities to set the agenda around how to tackle the needs or issues they have identified, and to become involved in helping to achieve the changes or improvements they are looking for.

Scottish Government regulations will provide more detail about how participation requests will work in practice. Statutory guidance will provide advice about how they should be used by communities and public service authorities. The Scottish Government is now consulting widely on the development of the regulations and statutory guidance. View the Scottish Government consultation here.

SCDC has produced a briefing which explains this process in more detail. We will also be supporting the formal Scottish Government consultation by working with a wide range of people from communities of place and interest to inform the draft regulations and the content of the statutory guidance.

We will be running a series of focus groups followed by an online survey (later in spring) to gather your views.

Find out 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: 
  • Research by Sheffield Hallam University reveals the uneven  impact that welfare reform will have on people and the places they live in the UK.
News from other networks
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Social Work Solidarity with Refugees
In March 2016 SWAN and the European Association of Schools of Social Work jointly called for a Social Work Day of Solidarity with Refugees. Initially this was listed as 5 June, but after representations from international organisations the action will take part in various countries at some point on the 4, 5 or 6 June.

The call now has the official support of the International Federation of Social Work. The Solidarity day for UK networks is 5 June.

 In the UK the call is supported by: JUC/SWEC (the main organisation of Higher Education course providers), the Association of Professors in Social Work, the Labour Social Work Group, Stand Up To Racism. Any group who wishes to travel with us that day should start its organisation NOW. You will need to raise money for travel and for the channel crossing. You should raise money or gather material aid to take to the camps.

On Sunday 24 April we are joining an event called by Stand Up To Racism/Trade Unionists for Calais. The event is being held at the University of London Student Centre (what used to be called ULU). We will be organising one session at this event - and this will be our main organising event prior to travel. We ask for (at least) 1 or 2 people from each group to join us on the 24 April so we can plan our day of action appropriately. More info here.

Stick Your Labels Campaign
The Stick Your Labels campaign was initially launched in 2010/11 to challenge the stigma of poverty. 

It emerged from a working group set up by the Poverty Alliance, which involved people with direct experience of poverty, who developed a series of statements which the leaders of the five main political parties signed up to.

The aim of the campaign since then has been to highlight the negative impact of attitudes around poverty.

We have launched a short film highlighting the myths about poverty, made with people living on low incomes, and have attempted to keep issues of attitudes in the public eye. For more information, and to watch the film, click here.

#ScotSpirt Family Holiday campaign
As part of VisitScotland’s Spirit of Scotland campaign, businesses including Hilton, Macdonald and Accor Hotels, the Scottish Youth Hostel Association, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Wilderness Scotland, Jacobite Tours, Camera Obscura, Dynamic Earth, The Real Mary King’s Close, City Sightseeing Bus Tours, Natural Retreats, Oban Sealife Centre and Abellio Scotrail will allow almost 100 vulnerable and disadvantaged Scottish families the opportunity to experience more of the Spirit of Scotland for themselves. 

All families must be referred by someone who knows them professionally like a teacher, social worker, health visitor or another charity so please circulate this to your colleagues, contacts and partner organisations as there are some fantastic breaks on offer and we want to make sure that as many families as possible will benefit.

To find out more and apply for a break click here.


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Consultations and surveys

NHS National Service Directory
The re-development of NHS inform has provided the opportunity to ensure that as well as offering a range of population health information, we continue to support individuals to stay well within their local community.  

To this end was are also creating a new Service Directory, which will combine and replace our current Support Service and locations of Care directories to better meet the needs of users.  In partnership Macmillan Cancer Support, NHS Boards and a number of organisational stakeholders including The Alliance and Your Voice Inverclyde,  the project seeks to drive individuals to support services available within their community who can best meet their needs at that point in time.  This includes offering technical solutions to support users  as follows:

  • Web Chat
  • "Click to be contacted" features and 
  • Improved mapping and direction information.

This new directory will contain the quality assured services offered by each Health and Social Care Partnership to maximise the local resource available and work with the information within NHS inform to signpost users.  This includes linking users who are reading relevant content to the services which support that topic or condition.  We are excited by this new development and are encouraged by the support from other NHS boards and partners.

For further information please contact Kevin Hutchison, Macmillan National Information Strategy Manager at or call 07837 094 536.


Police Scotland community policing consultation
Police Scotland has launched a local policing consultation which looks find out the priorities for policing in local communities.

This process takes place each year, but this is the first time the consultation can be completed online. The online consultation is open all year which means you take part when it suits you - as well as giving you the flexibility of being able to re-submit the consultation if your priorities change.

Police Scotland say:

"The public consultation is for you to tell us what is important to you in your community. Your opinion is valued - we need your opinion to inform our policing. Having your say in the decision making process of Police Scotland is a vital tool for residents of Scotland to be able to shape the way their public services should operate.

Everyone's views across Scotland will be taken on board at a national and local level. We want you to help us focus on the priorities that will help communities most. There is no 'one size fits all' approach to local policing and all the needs and wants of individual communities will be considered."

Take the survey here. There's also more info here.

Capability Scotland survey
Capability Scotland has launched a 1 in 4 Poll survey about living with a disability. It looks at disabled people's experiences of using public transport, accessing suitable housing and paying for social care.

The poll provides an opportunity for disabled people and their supporters to have their opinions on these issues heard at a national level. A voice which politicians, the media and the general public cannot ignore.

Please complete the survey and have your views heard.

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Alcohol licensing toolkit - Alcohol Focus Scotland
Alcohol Focus Scotland has developed a toolkit to help people raise concerns about the impact of alcohol in their local community.

Local licensing boards have a duty to take account of the experiences of the people affected by their policies and decisions. This means listening to the views of the constituents they represent as well as front line workers like police, paramedics and doctors who deal with the effects of alcohol day in day out. But the bureaucracy of the licensing system means local residents and community groups can find it difficult to feed in their views.

This toolkit will help people understand and navigate the licensing process, and make sure their voices are heard.

The toolkit is available here and there's a document of key contacts here.

Evaluation Support guide 1.2 Developing a Logic Model 
Evaluation can help you to work out what difference you are making through your services or activities. Evaluation Support Guide 1.1 helps you to clarify your aims, outcomes and activities.

This is a practical guide that focuses on how you put together a basic logic model to help you think about your aims, outcomes and activities. 

More here.

GPS at the Deep End resources and publications
A summary of articles, publications and resources related the Deep End work.

More here.

SCoWR calls on parties to use new powers to create a fairer social security system
The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform published its manifesto in March, and this was sent to all candidates for the upcoming election.

The manifesto sets out SCoWR members’ views of how new social security powers could be used to make progress towards a social security system in line with the principles of adequacy, dignity, simplification and investment.

Key asks in the document include a call for child benefit to be topped up, to overhaul the assessment process for people claiming disability benefits and to use new tax and spending powers to tackle inequality.

You can read the full manifesto here

Supporting Transgender, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Young People in our Services
A Guide to accompany the Policy and Procedures to Prevent and Respond to Bullying and Prejudice.

This guidance offers supportive and practical information to all staff in the City of Edinburgh Council who work with children and young people in order to support young people who are or may be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Read the Guidance in full here.

Shelter Scotland Healthy Homes Project
Shelter Scotland has launched a new Healthy Homes project, looking to highlight links between health, fuel poverty and housing. 
The project aims to help frontline health and social care workers (including those working in the third sector) spot patients or clients who might be struggling to heat their homes, and know where to refer them on for help.  A free fuel poverty e-learning course has been developed, and a specialised hub for online advice for the public is available here.
The project is also exploring other solutions to use the reach of the health sector to make every contact count in reducing fuel poverty and improving health outcomes. 
For more information on the project, to share examples of existing good partnerships, or if you work in health and social care and would benefit from Shelter’s e-learning course, please email Lisa Glass, Partnership Officer for Health or phone: 0344 515 2469.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Budget 2016 submission to the Treasury
Britain has the potential to become a more prosperous country, with economic security for all. This submission from JRF draws on our evidence to make recommendations that can help to achieve this.

More here

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SITA Trust Invites Applications to the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund
SITA Trust has announced two further funding rounds for the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund and invites groups to send in their applications before 25 April 2016. More info here.

Triangle Trust: Funding to Develop the Sustainability of Organisations Working with Unpaid Carers
The Triangle Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Development grants programme is noon on the 28th April 2016.

During this funding round, the Trust will provide grants to not for profit organisations working with unpaid carers, The Trust would like to see applicants use these grants to develop sustainable income sources, so that when the grant comes to end the applicant organisation's income will not be reduced. Grants are available for up to £80,000 over three years with a maximum of £35,000 in year one.

The Trust also holds a separate funding round for organisations working with the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders. This is due to open for applications in October 2016. More info here.

The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund: Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People
The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, we will not fund large organisations. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000.

Next closing date for its grants programme is the 1st August 2016. More info here.

Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland - Catalysts for Change 2 Programme
Building on the success of last year’s successful catalysts for Change Programme, the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) is delighted to announce the launch of this year’s Catalysts for Change 2 Programme.

The focus of the work should be on generating or rehearsing ideas with a particular marginalised group that embraces the integration agenda, contributes to reducing inequalities and/ or empowers individuals, families and groups to improve their health and wellbeing.  The projects must also be able to demonstrate added value in terms of the creative connections that are being generated through the work.  The projects will be small scale, and may involve scoping a need or piloting a new way of working.

The funding call will open on Monday 4th April and close on Monday 6th June. Grants of £5,000 are available.

Projects must be led by a nurse who works in the community and involve a range of others from across agencies and sectors with the skills needed to make a difference.  We would encourage teams to consider involving a team member from a university or practice development team to support the evaluation of the project.  Projects will run for one year from July 2016-July 2017. More info here.

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You Can Make A Difference at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Project Engagement Lead Tommy Whitelaw will deliver Dementia Carer Voices' You Can Make A Difference Campaign to Best Practice in Dementia for Healthcare Support Workers Cohort 4 on the 20th April. Tommy will also facilitate one of the table sessions as part of a six week study course for Healthcare Support Workers

20/04/2016 at 12:00pm. This event is open to all attend. If you'd like to attend please contact for more information. More info here.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015- Important new rights for your community
Locality meetings are being organised across Inverclyde to let you find out more about what the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 says about:

• Community participation in community planning
• New powers for communities to formally request to participate in the planning and delivery of services in their area
• Increased powers for communities to use and control publicly owned buildings for community purposes

The meetings, which are taking place within the newly agreed 'Wellbeing Localities', have been designed to inform people about the recently published regulations, which tell us how the Act will be put into practice, while allowing the opportunity for comment. Discussions will include how everyone can work together to make the most of the opportunities and rights afforded to communities by the Act.

There will also be an opportunity to meet with other groups and organisations active in Inverclyde. If your organisation is a community of interest or Inverclyde-wide, please come along on the date that suits you best- you can see all the dates here.

Festival of Talent - A Celebration of Dads' Inclusion

An Innovative Family Friendly Conference to share experiences and ideas on Dads Inclusion.

  • Creative presentation and discussion of research on dads Inclusion.
  • Lots of fun for all the family: activities, play and a musical show.
  • An opportunity for organisations and individuals working  or with an interest in dads inclusion to showcase their work and share ideas

Opening address by Gary Clapton.

 28th May at Lawfield Primary School, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Registration 9.30am -10am. Programme 10am -2pm.

Understanding the Gap: How research can help us address health inequalities in Scotland
A one day conference to explore what the latest research tells us about health inequalities, including the causes, the lived reality and some potential solutions. The focus will be on exchanging knowledge and building understanding about the role research plays in closing the health inequalities gap. It will provide a platform to discuss new and on-going research that universities, third sector and the NHS are involved in.

This VHS conference, run in partnership with The Open University, will be of interest to anyone working in or with an interest in public health, health improvement, health advocacy, health and social care integration, prevention or health/social policy. We welcome delegates from the third and community sectors, academia, health and social care partnerships, NHS, local authorities and community planning partnerships.

Conference on Wednesday 1st June, Stirling University. Book your place here – registration is free.

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Conferences and seminars

Tracking the impact of welfare reform - dissemination seminars
The Welfare Trackers project operated in Glasgow from April 2014 until October 2015. During this time the project carried out a wide range of activities to engage individuals and organisations that were affected by welfare changes in Glasgow.

These seminars will share the learning and findings from the project to audiences outside of Glasgow. This would enable people working and researching on welfare reform to be better informed about its impact and discuss how they can work together to help mitigate its impact.

They will take place in Dundee, Edinburgh, Dumfries and Inverness.  You can find details about the individual events, and how to book, here.

Alliance 2 Million Expert Voices annual conference
The Alliance 2 Million Expert Voices annual conference will focus on practical ways to hear the voice of lived experience, learn from others about changing support and services for the better and lead from the front in developing new models of care.
We have an exciting line up of speakers to talk about 'Leading Change' including:
  • Judith Robertson, new Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government
  • Jackie Maceira, Convener of the Scottish Disability Equality Forum
The event will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on Monday 23 May 2016. Sign up today.

Alzheimer Scotland's Annual Conference
This year’s innovative conference programme will explore the theme Global to local: research, practice, innovation, via a variety of plenary and parallel sessions, as well as featuring a large dedicated exhibition space.
This is a conference for everyone - from people with dementia  and their carers to academics and health and social care professionals.
Friday 3 June, Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Click here to book and for further information.

Annual Conference: Welfare Rights 2016
The pace of change in social security is unrelenting as universal credit rolls out, new powers are devolved to Scotland, wider UK welfare ‘reforms’ continue to impact on families and the Scottish Welfare Fund gains a statutory underpinning.

Book now to hear the latest developments as well as explore how rights to social security can support children’s rights to achieve the goal of ending child poverty.

As the newly elected Scottish Parliament considers how to use its new social security powers, the conference will also hear a range of perspectives on how ‘dignity’ can be built into the social security system at Scottish and UK level.

Friday 10 June 2016, 10am to 4pm. University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre (Main Entrance), 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1 RD. More info here.
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Fife Voluntary Action- Making Digital Everyday
This course is designed to help organisations to pass the basic digital skills on to their end users.

Places are limited - there are only places for 10 separate third sector organisations (with 2 reps from each organisation) at each of the two training sessions.

Book your places - if your organisation would like the chance to take part in this free training that will help improve your digital skills, please contact us as soon as possible to secure places. Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

When: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Tuesday 10 May 2016 Cost: Free. Read more or book a place

Stand Up Speak Out and Win!

Do you want to be better at public speaking for work or interviews, or do you just need a confidence boost, then this course is for YOU!

  • Improve your public speaking and general communication skills

  • Prepare a number of speeches in quick succession.

  • Benefit because your participation in Speechcraft will also increase your Management and Leadership potential.

The programme is designed for beginners as well as those who wish to improve their presentation skills.
The hands-on speech training programme provides the “how-to” and the practical experience so critical to progress.
An atmosphere of professional and supportive camaraderie makes for a learning environment dedicated to personal improvement.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. More info here.

Measuring the Impact of Volunteering
This course will answer the three questions we get asked whenever people start thinking about measuring the impact of volunteering; why should I measure the impact of volunteering, how exactly do I do it and what should I do with the information once I am finished?

We’ll answer them by looking at why we keep getting asked to measure the impact of volunteering as well as the underlying principles behind it. Then, using examples from across Scotland, we will outline what you can measure. Finally, we will then look at the evaluation process which will help you actually get started. Essentially, the course has been designed to be as practical as possible whilst giving you an overview of what measuring impact is all about.

Wednesday 20th April 2016, 10.30am - 16.30pm, Stirling. More info here.

Fit for Funding
Getting the Edge – How to be attractive to funders:

Aim: To gain the basic skills and knowledge required to be funding ready and learn about the support available


  • Understand the steps required to plan for applying for funding
  • Understand funders’ criteria when identifying potential funders
  • Identify the support available from SVE
  • Identify a variety of funding sources
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Delivered by Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise. Venue: SVE Offices, Livilands Lane, Stirling. Date 27th April 2016 - 10am to 1pm. More info here.

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Methilhill Community Learning Garden - Project Development Worker
Methilhill Community Children's Initiative (MCCI) is a community group and registered charity dedicated to providing clubs, activities and experiences to our local children, young people and their families.

They are currently recruiting for a Project Development Worker. The Charlie's Shed development worker's role will be diverse and include an investigation into the financial viability of proposed activities, the development of a skills building course for disengaged young people. Also the delivery of workshops and the development of a community café.

The development worker will be supported in the delivery of activities by 2 part-time sessional workers. A full job description can be requested from by contacting Shirley Faichney by e-mail:

Pilton Community Health Project- Women Supporting Women Development Worker
We are seeking to recruit a proactive, motivated and dynamic Development Worker to deliver and develop both individual and community group work programmes for women and at times, their children who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence and emotional distress.

A relevant professional qualification is required (e.g. social work, community education, counselling, health, nursing or other relevant vocational qualification) with a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience of applicable work.

This post is subject to PVG Disclosure. Women only need apply. This post is covered by a Genuine Occupational Requirement (Schedule 9; Equality Act 2010).

Closing date: 9am Monday, 25th of April 2016. For more information and a job pack vall us on 0131 551 1671 Email Website

Befriending Coordinator (Glasgow/Edinburgh)- LGBT Health and Wellbeing
Join us for an exciting time of expansion. Join us if you are passionate about the issues faced by LGBT people in Scotland, are committed to community development, and want to help us to deliver our ambitious vision for LGBT health, wellbeing and equality in Scotland.
The post holder will be part of our exciting LGBT Age Scotland project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.  LGBT Age Scotland aims to address the barriers, marginalisation, social isolation and inequalities experienced by LGBT people (50+).
The post holder will be responsible for delivering the Befriending Project in Greater Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians.  The post holder can be based in our offices in Glasgow or Edinburgh, but it is expected that they will work at least 2 days per week in each office, with one day remaining flexible.  As such, regular travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh will be required.
Closing date: 03/05/16. More info here.

Home-Start West Lothian Volunteers
Looking to gain skills in a family support environment?  Many of our volunteers go on to secure employment in the Social Care sector, or attend College or University to study.  Volunteering with Home-Start West Lothian will enhance your skills and give you a really valuable experience.
Our Volunteers are keen to give back to their communities because they know how life-changing having a supportive ‘buddy’ is.  It’s empowering and it’s good for the soul!
We are recruiting Volunteers to join our 60-strong team to help make a real difference to a young local family. Our next  Volunteer Training Course starts week beginning 9 May (date to be confirmed) and will take place in our offices at Fairbairn Road, Livingston.  The 8-week training course (3 hours each week) covers many interesting topics. All expenses paid. It's fun, interesting and it’s accredited through West Lothian College. (accreditation is optional – we know it’s not for everyone J)

If you are interested in volunteering for Home-Start West Lothian, or would like to chat about the role, please call 01506 415755 and speak to Carol-Anne or e-mail for an application pack.
Note: Membership of the PVG Scheme and two satisfactory references are required.

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The ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) programme is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Health and Social Care ALLIANCE Scotland. The programme works closely with existing ALLIANCE programmes, membership and networks as well as public services and communities in Scotland to make information about local sources of support more findable. More here.

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