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Issue 283 - 13th August 2015

Hello, and welcome to issue 283 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: PLUS Perth and Kinross – Towards our Vision 
“Our vision is for a world of wellbeing where people experiencing mental distress are fairly treated with compassion, understanding and respect, and can follow their hopes and dreams wherever they lead.”   

PLUS Perth and Kinross, a member-led organisation works towards this vision on a daily basis. Located in the heart of Perth its members are people who are recovering from mental health issues. By meeting and working together they provide mutual support and are working to improve the conditions of others with similar experiences throughout Perth and Kinross. 

PLUS started in 2002 when policy drivers encouraged the setting up service-user involvement groups to influence and improve mental health services. PLUS’s ambition was to go beyond this. The organisation wanted to ensure that at all times people brought their own experience, expertise and voice to influence the issues and conditions that cause and affect poor mental health.

The organisation's core values promote personal and collective empowerment, whereby people recognise and use their contribution to not only improve their own wellbeing, but also improve the lives of others. The methods create positive opportunities for people to realise their own potential. A good example is ‘Horner’s Plot’ a community garden cultivated with enthusiasm by committed volunteers to create a space for not only growing vegetables and flowers, but also socialising, enjoying tranquillity, having good fun and sharing in a sense of achievement.

PLUS deliberately refers to its members as co-producers of services. Responses to invitations for involvement in shaping public services are met with clarity about bringing expertise and experience along with the requirement to be viewed as equal partners.

The future brings its own challenge in constantly reassessing need, investing in volunteers, building the organisation and movement, but PLUS has faced these challenges for many years and has confidence in its values and the value it brings to mental health improvement.

You can read more in issue 48 of CHEX-Point Newsletter here.

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General Information

Funding for community-led projects
Eight community led projects from across Scotland are sharing in grants worth £3.8 million from the BIG Lottery's Investing in Communities programme. Among them are two volunteering befriending projects for older people in the Highlands and Orkney, an additional needs school in Glasgow and an employment initiative giving deaf adults in the east of Scotland the skills and confidence to enter the job market.

More here

The Next Piece? Co-production and Homelessness Services
This is the report from the SHIEN National Conference held in March 2015 in Glasgow. People with lived experience, policy makers, frontline staff, academics, volunteers and community members from across Scotland came together to talk about co-production in homelessness services. 

Read the report here

Growing our: influence - How community-led health makes an impact on inequalities 
CHEX has published the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter. In this issue we’re looking at different ways community-led health can be more influential in addressing the issues that communities face across Scotland. In this issue:

You can download the latest issue here.

Building community capacity
OPM, an independent, employee-owned research organisation and consultancy have published a blog post which looks at how best to grow community capacity and engage communities.

"How do we grow more engaged communities? How do we utilise the ideas, the skills and energy in our towns, villages and neighbourhoods in ways that make people’s lives better – and which enable our limited public finances to stretch that bit further? How do we open up different sorts of conversations and relationships between citizens and agencies, and how do we sustain those? How can councils help to surface and support the capacity around us?"

It includes some interesting perspectives and is well worth a read- find the full blog post here.

Scottish Welfare Fund stats
Nearly 151,000 households have been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund, since the scheme began in April 2013. During the first two years of operation, around £65 million has been allocated and statistics showed that of nearly 151,000 households helped to 31 March 2015, 82,000 were single people and 49,000 were families with children.

More here

Rights for Life: what next? - #RightsForLife
The Rights for Life conference in June was a fantastic success. Hundreds of people took part in wide-ranging conversations about mental health and human rights. There's a wealth of content now online and more information about how we want to keep the momentum going, including opportunities for getting involved.

More here

Charrette mainstreaming programme 2015-16
The Scottish Government today announced that the Charrette Mainstreaming programme will continue for 2015-16. Funding for the programme has been increased this year to encourage even more communities across the country to have a say on shaping and planning their town centres and neighbourhoods. 

The focus of the 2015-16 charrette programme is on 3 key areas:

  • Projects that link community planning and spatial planning processes
  • Charrette projects commissioned directly by communities
  • Linkages between town centre action plans and community plans

The programme also encourages projects applying to the charrette fund to consider the delivery of charrette outcomes. Linkages with other participatory democracy initiatives - such as participatory budgeting - are encouraged. The scheme is now open to applications and full details, including how to apply for funding can be found 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 shows that one in six jobseekers have been sanctioned by the JC+, research has shown.
News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight
  • Newsletters from IRISS have useful and interesting resources, which you can find here.

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SURF Awards 2015
SURF is currently welcoming applications to the 2015 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.
Each year, SURF and the Scottish Government team up to highlight, share and celebrate success and innovation in efforts to improve the physical, social and/or economic fabric of disadvantaged communities across Scotland through the prestigious SURF Awards.
This year, there are five categories of entry, which are designed to reflect the full range of regeneration activity. These are: Scotland’s Most Improved Town, Large Scale Infrastructure, Employability, Creative Regeneration and Community Led Regeneration.
The application process is free and straightforward and the benefits of SURF Awards recognition include:

  • Demonstrate value to key partners and funders;
  • Shortlisted entries will be highlighted in a widely distributed publication
  • The winning initiatives will be showcased throughout 2015/16 and offered free consultancy support to build on their success
  • A leading Scottish Government Minister will present the SURF Awards at a celebratory presentation dinner event on 10.12.15 in Glasgow

So if you know of a deserving Scottish regeneration project, please consider submitting a nomination before this year’s closing date of Monday 14th September.
The application materials are available on the SURF website at the following link:

Suicide Prevention Week 7 - 11 September 2015
National Suicide Prevention Week seeks to reduce the stigma that surrounds suicide. Two people die from suicide every day in Scotland and encouraging people to talk openly about the subject without fear of being judged is key to reducing this number. The ‘Read between the lines’ campaign will be used to raise awareness of the issue, which calls on everyone to be alert to the warning signs of suicide in their friends, family and workmates.

More here.

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Consultations and surveys

The British Red Cross and Community Resilience
The Red Cross Resilience Project Team will be delivering ‘Community Resilience’ sessions within local communities across Scotland as part of a pan-European initiative. The purpose of the sessions is to find out how communities feel about resilience and to try and raise awareness of how communities can best bounce back from disruption.  It will be an excellent opportunity for views, experience and learning to be shared. The session will include various group discussions about your community’s readiness for an emergency or disruption and will use different practical approaches to look at these in more detail. Each session will be approximately 3 to 4 hours (including breaks) and refreshments will be provided. 

If you are a community organisation or know of a community organisation who would like to be involved, to find out more contact David Karikas, Project Manager, 01463 796 615 or 07710 733 154 by 4 September 2015.

New CFHS cooking skills study group
Would you like to take part in a new CFHS cooking skills study group?
The group will work together over the course of 18 months to discuss and critically appraise the approaches they use in their cooking skills courses, carry out thorough evaluation and analyse the results. The group will focus on and compare two popular course activities; eating a meal together at the end of a cooking session; or ensuring that participants have made a meal to take home with them.

Each organisation will be able to apply for up to £1500 to contribute to the costs of being involved in the group. The closing date for applications is Friday 28 August.
More information and details of how to apply are available on the CFHS website.

More here.

Women Employability Support and Social Security survey
The Scottish Women's Convention is conducting initial research into some of the areas which will be discussed on the day.  

The Scottish Government are currently consulting on employability support (ie the support offered to those who are looking for work).  The SWC would like to speak with women who have experience of the Work Programme and/ or Work Choice.  We would also like to find out what barriers unemployed women face and what support they need.

View the survey here.

SCVO Fundraising review
SCVO has launched an informal review of fundraising in Scotland to help improve public trust in the third sector. Make sure you have your say in our short online survey. It takes just 3 minutes.

They want to gather a wide range of views from third sector staff and volunteers, including fundraisers, as well as from the general public, and anyone else with an interest.

More here.

Gender Action Plan consultation
An individual’s gender should not determine their life’s course, but too often at the moment it does, with early life experiences differing for boys and girls in fundamental ways that go on to determine outcomes and earnings. As part of our ambitions to ensure equality lies at the heart of Scotland’s education system, the SFC is developing a gender action plan, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Please use our online form to help us on a broad range of questions, responding by 17th August. More here.

Glasgow Action on Benefits project
Do you:
  • Have something to say about benefits but feel like no one listens?
  • Want to take action to help people using the benefit system?
  • Want to work towards equality and fairness for everyone?
More here.

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New case study on the CFHS website
CFHS has just added a new case study to its website that tells the story of a Borders-wide project,  ‘A Healthier Me’, which has been successful in getting all learning disability services in the area working together to improve the health of people with learning disabilities.

More here

Re-imagining Community Planning in Scotland: A Vision from the Third Sector
In December 2014, TSI representatives gathered for a two-day Forum to review evidence and deliberate on the future of Community Planning(CP). They started by outlining broad ideas, values and principles to guide their deliberations, and agreed that the overarching aim is to achieve ‘better outcomes, better lives’, with particular focus on tackling inequalities. Forum participants then mapped problems and barriers that stand in the way. 

This report summarises the discussion. More here

Alcohol pricing and purchasing among heavy drinkers in Edinburgh and Glasgow
This report examines the effects of minimum prices for alcohol in the central belt. It found that: 

  • The key factors influencing harm were amount of alcohol consumed, deprivation and smoking.  Among women, the ‘Glasgow effect’ was visible, with those living in Glasgow experiencing greater health harms despite comparable consumption.
  • MUP would immediately remove access to products that are key to maintaining high levels of consumption among the heaviest drinkers in the population; however, policymakers will need to be sensitive to the unexpected or potentially risky consequences that may arise from the policy, at least in the short term.

More here

Poverty Leadership Annual Report 2014-15 | Glasgow
The Poverty Leadership Panel (PLP) and its achievements detailed in this year’s report is a key part of Glasgow's response to poverty.

More here

National Research into the unmet needs of ethnic minority communities in Scotland
PKAVS Minority Communities Hub (MEAD) based in Perth & Kinross supported by a National Research Steering Group  and funded by the Big Lottery through Great Ideas is exploring the unmet needs of ethnic minority communities in Scotland. We are interested in the views of anyone that supports, delivers services for, represents, works with or has a research or policy role connected to ethnic minority populations in Scotland.  

More here.

IRISS On… Place-based working
IRISS have published a new publication which explores the potential for a place-based approach to enable effective work with people and communities to improve their health and wellbeing through asset-based, locally embedded, cross-sector working.

Policy and legislative developments in Scotland are increasingly placing priority on collaborative working between people who provide services and those who use them. This aims to enable people to exercise choice and exert greater control over the types of support needed for better personal health and wellbeing outcomes by engaging services with the flexibility and scope for innovation.

More here.

LGBT Age - Impact Report
This report aims to share the learning from the LGBT Age Capacity Building Project, which was set up in response to the barriers that older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face in accessing services. It was funded by Reshaping Care for Older People’s Innovation Fund.

More here

Happiness Habits for Older People - Outside the Box
For Mental Health Awareness Week 2015, Outside the Box decided to raise awareness about mental well-being among older people through the Wisdom in Practice project. They wanted to show that there is good support if you ask, and that there are things people can do to look after their own mental health and well-being. Their starting point came from the Mental Health Foundation’s publication, ‘Ten ways to look after your mental health’. They wanted to find out how advice like this could work for older people. They also wanted to hear directly from older people about their own ‘happiness habits’. They have now put together a short report from all the information they gathered.

More here.

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Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a grant making registered charity which was established primarily to aid the research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability by making grants to voluntary organisations working in this field.

More info here.

Rosa’s FGM Small Grants Programme Opens for Fifth and Final Round
The final round of Rosa’s Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Small Grants Fund has opened to applications in the UK.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations across the UK. For Round Five, Rosa will exclusively support applications from organisations within the following two categories:

- Those engaging with and providing support to newly arrived communities.
- Previous recipients of Rosa’s FGM Small Grants to help them to continue their work beyond the life of the programme and to become sustainable.

The fifth and final round will close to applications on 14 September 2015 (5pm). More info here.

Inter Faith Youth Trust Small Grants Programme
Grants are available for organisations involved in inter faith projects for young people that take place in the UK during Inter Faith Week.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2015. More info here.

Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (ALEC) Funds
The Scottish Government has launched web pages for the new Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (ALEC) Funds.

Guidance for the Funds and the Application Form can be downloaded. The closing date for both Funds is 30th September 2015 at 12 noon.

More here.

Community Food Fund
The closing date for applications for the next round of the Community Food Fund is 3 September.

Community food initiatives that want to celebrate and promote local food through running events or linking with local producers are welcome to apply. Applicants can apply for up to £25,000. The fund closes in March 2016.

More here

Grab a Grant for Autumn! 
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. 
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 T: 0131 622 7766 or
More information here.

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Glasgow Pride Breakfast
Saturday 22 August, 9:30 – 11:30 
LGBT Age, T-Time Glasgow & LGBT Health and Wellbeing are hosting our first Glasgow Pride Breakfast.  Join us for delicious food, live entertainment and friendly chat on the morning of Pride.  Kick-start your Pride celebrations at this family-friendly event for the LGBTQI community and friends.  

The aim of the breakfast is to provide a safe, inclusive space to celebrate and to build our sense of community.   You are welcome to come alone, with groups, families and friends.  If you are unsure about attending and would feel more able to attend with a buddy, give us a ring to discuss.  

The Calton Centre is just around the corner from Glasgow Green, so for those that want to join the march, we can leave together after breakfast.  

Please book early to avoid disappointment here. More info on Facebook here.

Health & Social Care Integration Event
28th August, Glasgow
This event will give you vital information about the joining up of health and social care services. The event will be a chance to: • Hear about the vision and plan for joining health and social care services • Talk to agencies to tell them about the real life experiences of disabled people • Share your experience and give suggestions about how services should be delivered in the face of increasing needs and reduced resources Outline of the day • PPP Drama performance • Keynote speakers from Health & Social Care • Discussion groups • Fun activities in the afternoon This is a free all day event (9.30am - 4pm) for disabled people of all ages. Lunch, transport and personal assistance provided if needed.

More here

Addictions Drop-in for Women in Glasgow
Tea in the Pot is running a Pilot Project drop-in starting Wednesday 5th August from 7pm till 9pm in their room within the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Road.

More here

We're here too (Falkirk)
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at Falkirk Town Hall
There are some older people who feel they are no longer part of their community, and who feel their views don't matter. However there are many examples of older people with higher support needs being part of shaping and contributing to the services they use.

In 2014 Outside the Box and Scottish Care held a series of events called We're Here Too, to bring together people who want to see more opportunities for all older people to be able to participate in the issues that interest them. 
With presentations from 
  • Building Community Capacity in Highland Perthshire, PKVAS & Heartland Befriending*
  • Keyring Chain Reaction Project, Newcastle
To find additional information and to book your place, click here.

Scottish Women's convention Roadshows
Come along and talk to us. Topics for discussion include employment, education and welfare reform. 
  • Benbecula 
    Saturday 1st August 10.30am - 1pm
    Dark Island Hotel
    Liniclate, Isle of Benbecula, HS7 5PJ
  • Nairn 
    Tuesday 18th August 10.30am - 1pm 
    Nairn Community & Arts Centre, King Street
    Nairn, IV12 4BQ
  • Ullapool
    Thursday 20th August 10.30am - 1pm
    The Ceilidh Place, 14 West Argyle Street
    Ullapool, Ross-shire, IV26 2TY
  • Hamilton 
    Thursday 1st October (Location TBC) 
To register for any of these roadshows please email or call 0141 339 4797.

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Conferences and seminars

Equality & Human Rights in Scotland
20th August, Edinburgh, 6 – 7.30pm
The Independence referendum sparked an upsurge in democratic active citizenship. In today’s conversation we will evaluate the settings and future aspirations of the equality and human rights agenda in Scotland in this politically fertile environment. Does the forthcoming ‘Scotland Bill’ reflect the aspirations of the nation? What can we do now and where do we want to go? With guest speakers: Roza Salih (Human Rights Activist / Glasgow Girl); Diego Quiroz-Onate (Head of Policy, Scottish Human Rights Commission); Tommy Sheppard MP (SNP, Edinburgh East); Carole Ewart (Human Rights Consortium Scotland)

More here

Scottish Communities CAN Autumn Unconference
4-6 September 2015 at Comrie Croft
Scottish Communities CAN and Transition Scotland are pooling resources to offer a family-friendly weekend event, for people in Scotland involved in community groups taking action on climate change.

An unconference is a conference organised, structured and led by the people attending it. Instead of passive listening, all attendees and organisers are encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure for attendees

More here.

Promoting the ‘human’ in human rights
10 Sept, Glasgow
Are we putting too much emphasis on ‘rights’ when we discuss or legislate on ‘human rights’? Professor Fineman believes we are, and argues that we should look more closely at the ‘human’ aspects of ‘human rights’.

At this seminar, which will be held on Thursday, 10 September at the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living, Professor Fineman will explain how her ‘universal vulnerability’ theory could frame arguments to rebut neoliberal emphasis on 'personal responsibility' and 'individual liberty'. There will be three, five-minute responses from: 

  • The Disabled People’s Independent Living Movement in Scotland
  • The Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research at the University of Glasgow

More here

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum
11 Sept, Edinburgh
The Forum will host a full day event on the 11 September 2015 in Edinburgh to start brokering those relationships. This is the second of its kind!  Come along and share your successes and challenges from experience.

Find out what will happen at the Research Forum's event with academics on 11 September 2015 in Edinburgh, by downloading the programme.  The event is designed to be practical and participative, maximising opportunities for participants to share experiences and engage in discussion. Spaces are limited so book yours by Friday, 5 September.

More here

Closing the Gap: Making Health Inequalities Everyone's Business
Wed, 11th Nov, Edinburgh
Keynote Speaker: Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities & Pensioners’ Rights, Scottish Government 

Voluntary Health Scotland are pleased to announce the date of our annual conference and AGM which will take place in Edinburgh on Wednesday the 11th of November. They will bring together key people from across Scotland to discuss how we tackle health inequalities and how we work collaboratively to close the widening gap.Register your interest and be the first to be notified when bookings are open. 

Contact Lauren Blair, More here.

Autism 2015: An Annual One Day Conference
Tuesday 24th November 2015 – Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow
Knowledge Updates, Good Practice & Practical Strategies for those Working with Children and Young People with ASD. Speakers include:  

  • Dr Luke Beardon, Senior Lecturer in Autism, Sheffield Hallam University 
  • Dr Andrew Curran, Paediatric Neurologist, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
  • Rita Jordan, Emeritus Professor in Autism Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Dean Beadle, journalist, speaker and successful adult with Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Ruth Fidler, Education Consultant (Complex autism, interactive approaches and emotional well being)

For further information and a leaflet please see: or Tel 0141 638 4098.

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Walk at Work Training
Walk at Work training is a one day course aimed at getting your staff and colleagues more active by starting a workplace walking project. This training will provide key staff with the essential knowledge, skills and ideas to develop and deliver a successful workplace walking project. 
It is essential that delegates have discussed developing a workplace walking project with line management and have support to take this forward before attending the course. 
Tuesday 8 September 2015, Glasgow.
To book a place on this FREE COURSE please contact Mariam Abbas- Tel: 0141 201 4860 E:

Facilitation Training - Lee O'Brien Solvent Trust (LOST)
The Lee O'Brien Solvent Trust are holding a half-day facilitation workshop on how to run a group session.
Course Content:
  • How to deal with groups;
  • How to co-ordinate a meeting or training session;
  • How to overcome the difficult participant.
Sunday 06 September 2015, Leven. To book a place please telephone Stuart Pearson on 01333 424555 or e-mail

Mental Health First Aid Training
Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) training programme is being rolled out across Scotland by NHS Health Scotland. It teaches the general public, frontline service workers and employees to recognise the signs and symptoms of someone with mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and psychosis, and to help deal with a crisis situation by guiding someone towards professional and other help.
From 09:30 on 20 August 2015 to 16:30 on 21 August 2015, Paisley.  More info here.

Networks Approach Training
The Rock Trust is offering a development opportunity - Networks Approach Training. This is a full day of training aimed at professionals and volunteers who support individuals experiencing isolation, loneliness and vulnerability due to a lack of positive relationships in their lives.
The training will look at the importance of supportive relationships in allowing individuals to make positive steps forward, how they can develop positive relationships and improve social skills. The training will also discuss ways for your service to imbed support networks into you practice.
1 September, Rosyth. More info here.
Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees
The essential course for everyone who is or considering becoming a Trustee. Even if you've been a Trustee for years this course will have something for you - helping you comply with legislation and be effective in your role. Specifically it covers:
  • What Trustees do (and what they don't)
  • Legal context of being a Trustee
  • Putting that into practice.
Monday, August 17th, 2015. More info here.

Cooking courses for carers
The Children’s Food Trust is running free, hands-on, two-day cookery courses for carers in the Glasgow and Edinburgh area this autumn.

The training is for any registered foster carers, kinship carers or staff who work in a residential children’s home or who work closely with Looked After Children.

More information is available on their website.

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ASSIST and Domestic Abuse Services: Administration Assistant
£15,868.46 - £18,325.54 per year

ASSIST and Domestic Abuse Services, the specialist domestic abuse support and advocacy project, works closely with statutory and voluntary services to deliver a pro-active, rapid and stream-lined response to those affected by domestic abuse. Working in close partnership with Police Scotland to a model that balances risk and safety, ASSIST’s ethos of placing the client at the centre of any intervention is crucial.
The main purpose of the Administration Assistant role is to provide administrative support, as required, to the team.
More information here.

TARA Service- Development Officer
£25,535.70 - £30,066.56 per year

An opportunity has arisen within the service supporting women who have been trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation, the TARA Service, for a Development Officer
The postholder will be responsible for:
• Liaising and advocating with a range of referral agencies including Police Scotland and Home Office Visas and Immigration Service
• Conducting risk and needs assessment and implementing an individual care plan
• Provide support to vulnerable women from a wide variety of ethnicities and nationalities
• Delivering training, awareness raising and advice to other agencies/organisations to assist them to identify and support women who have experienced trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation
More info here.

The Daffodil Club- Elderly Care Development Worker

St George's & St Peter's Community Association is a registered charity based in Easterhouse, Glasgow.  For almost 25 years we have operated a community facility which delivers activities for older people and children. The Daffodil Club for the elderly supports older people in Easterhouse to reduce their social isolation and increase their independence.

The post holder undertake a wide variety of tasks that sustain high quality support and care to our elderly service users.  To respond flexibly to the individual needs of the elderly people in our project.  To assist in the implementation of our business plan in order to meet targets, outcomes and aspirations as agreed with the project manager.  To support the project manager in supervising volunteers and in project management and administration.

Closing date: 28/08/15.  More info here.

Action for Sick Children Scotland- Project Assistant
£18,810 pro-rata, 10 hrs pw for 10 months (October to July 2016)

Do you have experience in working with groups of children and young people? Do you bring fun and creativity to these activities?

Enthusiastic Assistant is needed for Lothian Self management project, supporting delivery of our workshop programme of confidence boosting activities to children and young people with long term health conditions. You will assist the Project Officer to promote, set up and deliver workshops. Health, education, youth or play work experience, excellent communication skills, flexible approach essential. Access to car desirable. PVG check required.

More info here, or email; Tel: 0131 553 6553

Closing date: 3 September Interviews: 10 September

Bowel Cancer UK Awareness Volunteers
Bowel Cancer (or colectoral or colon cancer) is Scotland’s second biggest cancer killer.  Our research shows a lack of awareness of the disease, delays in diagnosis and gaps in information, particularly for young people.  Bowel Cancer UK Awareness Volunteers can be located anywhere in Scotland, are people of all ages and are a valuable asset to our organisation.  All volunteers expenses are covered and are fully supported and trained.  If you would like to help others, are up for a challenge and have experience of bowel cancer, please get in touch. More info here.

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Building Healthier and Happier Communities
Building Healthier and Happier Communities is a national programme, delivered locally. Charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes already make significant impacts in areas like early intervention, prevention and care and support for people with complex and multiple conditions – and with the right support, there is scope for them to make even more of a difference.

This website provides information about the programme. More here.

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