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Issue 284 - 3rd September 2015

Hello, and welcome to issue 284 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


It takes more than legislation to address discrimination
This is the clear message from two recent publications. In Scotland The Scottish LGBT Equality Report published by Scotland’s national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) charity The Equality Network, documents the experiences of over a thousand people. And Stonewall publish Unhealthy Attitudes which examines the views of staff working in the health and social care sectors.

The Scottish report refers to the changes in recent legislation including the
Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014, showing how far we have come in the thirty-five years since Scotland decriminalised homosexuality in 1980. However the report’s findings provide a sobering reality check in terms of the discrimination still experienced by many today.

“The experiences outlined in this report reveal the stark reality of  the inequalities that LGBT people still experience in modern Scotland, from verbal, physical and sexual abuse, to discrimination and less favourable treatment in Scottish workplaces and in public and commercial services.”….. “almost half of respondents having faced an incident of discrimination in the last month.”
The report also provides a raft of recommendations which can be applied to a range of settings including the workplace, health and social care, education and policing and justice.
The findings of the Scottish research are echoed in the Stonewall report based on a YouGov research survey of 3,001 health and social care workers across Britain. They found that 10% of health and social care workers directly involved in patient care have witnessed colleagues expressing the belief that lesbian, gay and bisexual people can be ‘cured’; a figure that rises to 22% for healthcare workers in London.
Workplace bullying was also found with three in five (60%) staff directly involved in patient care, who have heard discriminatory remarks about lesbian, gay and bisexual people,  but do not report it and a quarter (26%) of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff said they have personally experienced homophobic or biphobic bullying from colleagues.
As the Scottish report, concludes:

“If we are serious about creating a fair and equal society for everyone in Scotland, then this report shows that we cannot afford to become complacent or lose sight of the huge barriers that still remain to full equality for LGBT people.”

HIIC Tutor Training Dates October 2015
Interested in becoming a HIIC tutor? The next dates for Health Issues In The Community Tutor Training are the 28th & 29th October at the STUC Centre, Glasgow from 9.30am – 4.20pm (both days). Lunch will be served. The 2 day course is for individuals who wish to become HIIC Tutors and costs £300 for those from the statutory sector and £200 for those from the voluntary
The 2 day HIIC Tutor Training course is a credit rated course, 8 points at level 7, and aims to equip participants to deliver Health Issues in the Community training to a wide variety of people in a broad range of settings. As part of the course, and in order to become accredited, you will:

  • Undertake 8-10 hours of practice delivery and provide a briefing note of each session.
  • Submit a 1,500 word reflective account of your experience, within 5 months of undertaking the 2 day course. This will be marked to ensure that prospective tutors have attained a certain standard before they are able to deliver the course.

For more information on the course click here or, to register, please contact Alex on 0141 248 1924 or email

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General Information

National discussions on a fairer and healthier Scotland
This summer the Scottish Government has begun several national conversations about what Scotland should look like in 2030.
Creating a Fairer Scotland and Creating a Healthier Scotland are both part of these national conversations and are opportunities for people living in Scotland to tell the Scottish Government about the issues and solutions in creating a fairer and healthier Scotland.
Creating a Fairer Scotland is about capturing views, ideas and concerns around social justice, poverty and inequality and how can Scotland can become a fairer and more equal place to live. You can find out more at
Creating a Healthier Scotland is about how we can improve the health and wellbeing of people in Scotland and the role and that our health and social care services should play in this. You can find out more at
As part of these conversations the Scottish Government is organising several discussion and planning events which will be a chance for people to contribute their ideas and experiences. There's more information about some of these here. There will also be opportunities to add your thoughts via social media
@scotgovfairer and @ scotgovhealth.
There will be overlap across these two areas, but the Scottish Government aims to draw the outcomes of both discussions to form an action plan which will be published in the new year.
CHEX & SCDC will continue to highlight these campaigns going forward, along with any other opportunities for communities to contribute their views.

Creating a Fairer Scotland - Planning Events
The Scottish Government is inviting you to have your say on what a Fairer Scotland should look like in 2030, and what should be done to make this vision a reality.

To do this, a series of local Planning Events will be taking place to allow a broadly representative audience to hear, discuss, prioritise and take action on ideas to create a Fairer Scotland. These planning events provide a chance for people to think about and prioritise ideas that will help make Scotland a fairer place to live and make a real impact on Scotland's future.

The priorities that come from these planning events will feed into a final Fairer Scotland Forum in December. The Fairer Scotland Forum will host a broadly representative audience made up of people from across the country who will work with policy makers, experts, and political representatives to create a series of recommendations on how we can all work to create a Fairer Scotland.

The Planning Events will take place on the following dates:

More here.

Work, wages and wellbeing in the Scottish labour market
SCVO has produced a report which examines the link between work and wellbeing in Scotland. The report finds that the rise of low quality, low pay jobs have a number of harmful effects on health inequalities and people's wellbeing.

They also highlight actions that can be taken at a policy level to improve the situation, including addressing gender inequality as well as employability and social security.

More here.

Oxfam Gender and Development
Oxfam have produced the latest issue Gender & Development which takes an international view around the issues related to gender inequality and poverty.

It includes articles which cover a spectrum related issues, including those related to the importance of grassroots organisation in affecting policy, the link between women's health, food, wider health determinants and articles which explore the gender dimensions related to the growing inequality we see across the world.

All the articles are here. Background here.

See Me: Scottish Parliament Mental Health Summit
See Me have written about their involvement in the Scottish Parliament's Mental Health Summit. They said:

"In the lead up to the event we asked all of you what you thought the issues were in mental health care in the NHS.

We raised many of these points, including problems when presenting at A and E, how to achieve culture change in the NHS, some of the difficulties children and young people face and the poor track record of public sector in successfully engaging with the community and people with lived experience.

There was a lot of debate about health inequalities and the fact that people often face multiple issues; poverty, social isolation as well as physical illness and that can make getting appropriate help much harder. Points were raised that community facilities being withdrawn will only make this worse.

Good examples of services being developed in partnership with the community were talked about and the importance of learning from these good examples when working through integration of health and social care."

More here.

Programme for Government 2015-16
The Scottish Government has launched its Programme for Government, which includes sections on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, participatory budgeting, funding, housing as well as and democratic renewal. 

You can read the community section here and the overall programme here.

Curious Communities & Critical Citizens - Event
The Fred Edwards Trust and the Scottish Community Development Centre are hosting a Curious Communities event in Perth on Wednesday 30th September 2015.

The main aim of the event is to provide a space in which community activists, staff from third sector organisations and colleagues from across the public sector can consider the role of community-based learning in tackling the pressing democratic, social and environmental issues that concern us all. 

Fiona Garven, Director of SCDC, will chair the day. She will introduce a strong line-up of contributors from Scotland, Canada and the USA, to inject skills, insight and inspiration into our round table discussions. 

Financial support from Perth & Kinross Council and from Scottish Government has enable us to waive the registration fee for unpaid/voluntary community activists and we have tried to keep fees for other participants as low as possible.  Some funding may be available to assist with travel expenses for unpaid participants travelling to Perth from outside the area.

More here

The Alliance Engage and Inspire
The latest issue of the Alliance's Engage and Inspire is focused on developments in relation to health and social care integration but you will also find some information about policy and practice developments more generally, useful resources and interesting events that are on the horizon.

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: 
  • More than 2,300 died after fit for work assessment - DWP figures. More here.
News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight
  • The See Me Update features lots of useful information related to mental health. You can sign up here.

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Challenge Poverty Week - 17-23 October 2015
More than 900,000 people in Scotland live in low income households. In a rich country like ours this is unnecessary and unacceptable.

Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for you to raise you voice against poverty and show what is being done to tackle poverty across. Organisations large and small supported Challenge Poverty Week last year, and we hope even more get behind it this year. 

The main aims of the week are to:

  • Highlight the reality of poverty and challenge the stereotypes about exist about it;
  • Demonstrate what is being done across Scotland to address poverty
  • Increase public support for more action to combat poverty 

The Poverty Alliance are encouraging as many groups and individuals to get involved in Challenge Poverty Week by organising activities or taking part in activities organised by others. These pages will help you to do that.

More here

People like YOU will end mental health stigma and discrimination
See Me's latest campaign is looking at ways in which we can start to tackle every day stigma, in places like the home, in work or with friends and family.
They spoke to people about what would help them and how to open up conversations on mental health.
See Me have offered suggestions for opening up conversations to parents, to teenagers, to those wanting to speak to someone they know is struggling and different approaches in the workplace.
You can tell them what action you are doing to tackle stigma using #seemeactions.

You can see the videos here.

Core funding and free training for health charities - 2016 GSK IMPACT Awards
GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.
Closing date: 25 September 2015. To apply or to view winners’ films click here.

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Consultations and surveys

IRISS is currently looking for partners to work with them in developing a shared piece of collaborative work around the social justice, values and community empowerment:

"The relationships between decision makers, citizens and communities are currently being redefined in Scotland. We are in the grip of an exciting debate about social justice, values and community empowerment. 

Against this backdrop, ‘asset-based' and ‘place-based' approaches signal a new way of doing things that are focused on collaborative and mutually beneficial engagement with people and communities. This aspiration is great, but the practice is challenging.

IRISS is looking for a cluster of partners in a single locality to develop a shared piece of collaborative work. Over three years we'll use our joint experience, passion and expertise to explore new kinds of collaborative relationships between people who live and work within a community. We will work together to co-design responses to make progress on local challenges that are important to you."

 There's more information and contact details here.

Mental Health Strategy - Initial Survey for Members 
Supporting in Mind Scotland have produced a survey around the Mental Health Strategy 2012-15 and the upcoming renewal that the Scottish Government has signalled it will carry out.

This survey is the first stage of their work on the new strategy – it’s designed to gather very initial thoughts from you and other members/service users. Over the coming months, they will carry out discussion groups across all the service areas – listening to your concerns and your views on how things should change. 

More here

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NHS HS submission on work and health
NHS Health Scotland have produced a submission to the Scottish Parliament which highlights the importance of social security benefits in mitigating the negative effects of poverty on health outcomes.

It examines the role of work in addressing health issues and cites research from ScotPHO which states:

  • A modest (10%) increase in the value of Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA), would result in 26,000 fewer ‘years of life lost’, 17,000 fewer hospitalisations and make a substantial impact on reducing health inequalities in Scotland.
  • Increasing the National Minimum Wage to £7.20 per hour is estimated to result in 77,000 years of life gained and prevent 56,000 hospitalisations among the Scottish population
  • A 10% rise in the value of the Working Tax Credit would result in more than 8,000 fewer years of life lost and 5,700 fewer hospitalisations
  • 50,000 extra jobs, targeted to the most deprived quintile in Scotland, would be likely to produce 29,000 fewer years of life lost and 1,100 fewer hospitalisations

More here.

Evaluation of Women's Community Justice Centres
Over 2013-15, the Scottish Government provided time-limited funding to 16 projects across Scotland to establish new and develop existing community services for women who offend.

A national evaluation examined how these services were implemented and to what extent they contributed towards positive outcomes for women (associated with reduced reoffending). This national evaluation was completed at the end of May 2015. It was undertaken by Ruth Dryden and Colleen Souness, former Associates at IRISS. 

The evaluation has been published on the Scottish Government website along with research findings. More here

A route map to an Enabling State
Carnegie UK has published a report which examines the steps need to move towards an 'enabling state':

It has been increasingly apparent that traditional models of public service delivery can not solve our most complex social problems. In recent years we have seen policymakers and politicians take a growing interest in’ bottom up’ ways of working that give citizens and communities more control. A new more responsive and engaged type of state is emerging which we have described as an ‘Enabling State’. 

Read more here.

IACD: Practice Insights
The International Association for Community Development has produced an issue of Practice Insights, highlighting its 'Community is the Answer' conference held earlier in the year.

It features a run down of the three day conference and highlights the contributions, activity and outcomes of the conference. CHEX along with Active Communities was pleased to facilitate one of the workshops on ‘Health’ day.

You can read more here.

Scotland's changing population
National Records for Scotland has released the latest information related to Scotland's population. Some of its key finding are that:

  • The estimated population of Scotland on 30 June 2014 was 5,347,600, the highest ever recorded.
  • Life expectancy in Scotland has improved greatly over the last 30 years. Life expectancy of those born around 2013 is now 77.1 years for males and 81.1 years for females.
  • There were 1,152 alcohol-related deaths in 2014, an increase of 52 (5 per cent) compared with 2013;
  • There were 696 probable suicides in 2014, 99 (12 per cent) fewer than in the previous year.

More here.

Welfare Reform Sanctions - Midlothian Financial Inclusion Network
This report examines how social security sanctions are operating in Midlothian. Feedback from advice agencies and local councillors throughout Midlothian and work with other organisations identified important issues and concerns around Welfare Reform and Sanctions.

It features details of the effects on services and claimants. More here.  

Social reporting: a primer
IRISS have developed a  guide for social reporting - where people use social media to report events and other discussions in real time. 

You can read it here

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Voluntary Action Fund- Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund
This fund aims to create opportunities for the widest possible range of voices to be heard but is aimed primarily at organisations with an annual income of under £25,000, to enable grassroots groups to have their say. To ensure your voice is heard and to share your views and ideas, why not organise your own event?
Grants of up to £300 (or exceptionally up to £500 for a larger event) are available to support an event or engagement activity with a group of five or more people. Applications can be submitted to VAF at any time from now until the deadline of 12th October 2015, with engagement activities being carried out by 16th October. More info here.

Town Centre Communities Capital Fund
The £1.7m Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is available to support enterprising, community-led projects which help to deliver town centre regeneration priorities in a local area. Community organisations are invited to bid for pots of between £20k and £150k capital funding to support projects which are in line with the key themes set out in Scotland's Town Centre Action Plan.

The Scottish Government is keen to see communities step forward with their ideas. Deadline for applications is midnight, 29 September.

There's more information on the fund here, and background on the Town Centre Action plans here.

RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund
The Skills and Opportunities fund is committing £2.5m to fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland. The focus for this funding is to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves; skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. We believe that helping people gain such skills and access opportunities to learn can help turn their lives around and build better communities for everyone; when we build stronger communities, we all grow.

More information here.

Youth Partnership Funding
UK organisations and/or groups of young people active in youth work can apply for funding for funding from Erasmus+ to develop partnership based activities for the benefit of young people. Projects can last between six months and three years, and organisations can apply for funding to support a combination of activities that create, develop, test and embed innovative approaches in youth work, including: new ways to build young people's key competences, basic skills or language and IT skills; new ways to build capacity and professionalise or modernise youth work; new youth work approaches particularly to tackle social exclusion and early school leaving; and/or to develop innovative approaches to youth work.

The deadline for applications is 11am on 1st October 2015. More info here.

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund: Funding for Research and Projects that Address Learning Disabilities
The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability. The Trust consider under learning disability the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism. In this area, they consider projects concerning children or adults. The type of activities currently funded include capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools; employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture; play schemes and play therapy schemes; day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs; support for families, including respite schemes; independent living schemes; support in the community schemes; and Snoezelen rooms.

More information here.

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UNESCO International Literacy Day
Following the success of last year’s network of networks’ celebration of UNESCO  International Literacy Day  Education Scotland invite you to celebrate on Tuesday September 8th at Glasgow Science Centre from 10.00am until 3.30pm.
This year’s theme is Literacy and Sustainable Societies.  See the UNESCO info graphic about Literacy and Sustainable Development . The keynote speakers are Dr Alasdair Allan Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, and Heather Reid OBE CPhys, FinstP (Heather the Weather).
Participants will have the opportunity to  attend a morning and an afternoon seminar as well as to explore the science centre. Places are limited so register  here now .

Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust 11th Annual General Meeting
The 11th DRCET AGM will be held on Thursday 17 September at Yoker Community Campus and you are invited to join us.

Our AGM is a great opportunity to hear about all the work that we have been involved with over the past year as well as to meet up with friends old and new! We will celebrate our projects and achievements, hear from some of our partners and discuss the environmental issues that are of interest and concern for you and your community. There will be a small buffet lunch and refreshments available! For more info please contact Neil Lovelock, DRCET Project Manager on 0141 433 0427.

Curious Communities & Critical Citizens: Programme update
The Fred Edwards Trust and the Scottish Community Development Centre are hosting a Curious Communities event in Perth on Wednesday 30th September 2015.
The main aim of the event is to provide a space in which community activists, staff from third sector organisations and colleagues from across the public sector can consider the role of community-based learning in tackling the pressing democratic, social and environmental issues that concern us all.

Fiona Garven, Director of SCDC, will chair the day. She will introduce a strong line-up of contributors from Scotland, Canada and the USA, to inject skills, insight and inspiration into our round table discussions.
Financial support from Perth & Kinross Council and from Scottish Government has enable us to waive the registration fee for unpaid/voluntary community activists and we have tried to keep fees for other participants as low as possible.  Some funding may be available to assist with travel expenses for unpaid participants travelling to Perth from outside the area.

There's more information and booking available here.

Inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture and launch of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland)
On behalf of Glasgow Caledonian University and the CBS Network, it is my great pleasure to invite you to the inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture.  Willy Roe, who is Chair of the British Council on Scotland has agreed to give the lecture which will look at social and community enterprise - its origins in Scotland and its future potential.

The event will take place at the Deeprose Lecture Theatre on the Glasgow Caledonian University campus, from 6.15pm on Monday 5th October. For more info, and to register, click here.

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Conferences and seminars

Inclusive Communication Conference
Want to know more about Inclusive Communication? Don't forget to book your FREE place for this exciting one day conference focusing on how to get it right when communicating with those who have the 'quieter' voices in our society.

The conference will start with an introduction from Mr Marco Biagi MSP, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment, and we'll then enjoy a host of inspiring speakers and workshops. This event will help you understand the barriers experienced by people with extra communication needs, and more importantly give you the tools to address them.

Monday 07 September, 9:30am-4:30p. Lochgelly Centre, Fife. More info here.

Social Services Expo 2015
The Social Services Expo will see people from across Europe coming to Edinburgh to keep up-to-date on the latest developments in social work and care, network with other professionals, and explore new resources, suppliers and products to improve service delivery.

There will be up to 60 exhibitors from organisations from across the UK. The Social Services Expo is free to attend and will be open from 9.30am – 5.00pm on 7th and 8th September. More info here.

Citizenship and Identity in the UK 2015 and beyond
Following the democratic success of both the Scottish Referendum 2014 and UK General Election of 2015 and leading into the devolved elections of 2016 BEMIS Scotland in conjunction with Swansea University ‘European Institute of Identities’ and GRAMNet (Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network) seek to evaluate and consider this upsurge in diverse, participative democratic citizenship and its impact on the broad themes of Identity and citizenship.

Monday 14 September. More info here.

SCDN Conference and AGM - Revolution or Bust: How can CD reclaim value based practice?
 The Scottish Community Development Network conference and AGM will take place this year on Thursday 1st October from 10am - 4pm at Townhead Village Hall, 60 St Mungo Avenue, Glasgow G4 0PL. 
Confirmed speakers include Dave Beck, Lecturer in Community Development at Glasgow University and Amal Azzudin, Glasgow Girls Activist and Gary Fraser from the University of Edinburgh. There will also be opportunities to take part in SCDN lead workshops to explore the issues CD practitioners (paid and unpaid) are experiencing and draw together ways of overcoming these. Our AGM will take place after the conference.

More here.

Conference: People making a difference in communities
What Works Scotland is delighted to invite you to this one-day conference featuring leading scholars from Denmark, Netherlands, England and Scotland. They will be sharing and discussing their research, which focuses on ‘people who make a difference in communities’. The conference will be an opportunity to explore this international research with a range of practitioners from the public and third sectors, local communities and academia.

The focus for the day is on the ‘people’ (rather than the ‘structures’) who are driving a range of topical policy areas on the ground, including community engagement, partnerships, collaborative governance, neighbourhood management and community action. The speakers are leading researchers in this field, with years of experience learning and working with community and neighbourhood practitioners. The purpose of the conference is to explore how this research on ‘exemplary practitioners’ may contribute to generate debate and ideas to inform practice in communities and shape future research.

2nd October 2015, 9.30am – 4pm. More info here.

Participatory Budgeting UK National Conference (and UnConference)
The Participatory Budgeting UK National Conference will be taking place on Monday 26th October 2015 in Birmingham.

The event will feature:

  • Stimulating high profile speakers such as Giovanni Allegretti and Prof Graham Smith. There will also be a presentation by Kathleen Glazik, policy officer from the Scottish Government Community Empowerment Unit, who we hope will be introducing a specially recorded video message from Marco Biagi MSP, Scotland Government Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment.
  • Learn about what is happening in the world of PB ... internationally, at the national level and within your community.
  • Workshops to build learning on a wide range of topics. From digital engagement to new models of policing and on delivering wellbeing, all delivered by leading practitioners including DEMSOC, Caroline Latta, Paul Twivy and Dr Andrew Fisher.
  • PB ‘Unconference'... the open space afternoon where through free flowing debate and deliberation you tackle the issues that matter to you. Facilitated by experts in creating dynamic learning communities.
The event aims to facilitate the spreading best of practise and the building a stronger PB Network, able to influence and accelerate the cause of citizen empowerment and open government.
More information and booking here.

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Free LGBT Capacity Training Available for Mental Health Organisations
As a result of stigma and discrimination, evidence shows that suicidal behaviour is 3 times more prevalent among lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people when compared to the general population; this rises to 8 times among transgender people.  Self-harm is 8 times more prevalent among LGB people; rising to 20 times among transgender people.  Despite some successes in formal equality, LGBT continue to face discrimination and barriers when accessing mainstream mental health services.

Building on the work of our national mental health demonstration project, LGBT Health and Well Being are funded by the Scottish Government to support mental health organisations or providers to strengthen their LGBT inclusive practice.  The Mental Health Capacity project supports mainstream mental health service providers to become more culturally competent in meeting the needs of LGBT people who use their services.

We are currently in the process of identifying organisations & service providers to take part in the project.   For questions, more information, or to register interest in taking part contact Kelly Minio-Paluello: or call 0141 271 2330. More info here.

Developing Your Organisation
This special, five-day course from GCVS uses a variety of learning tools, processes and organisational change theories in a series of modules and coaching sessions. And crucially, over the duration of the learning programme, you will actually work upon an organisational development initiative that is tailored to your own organisation’s needs.

By learning together with other organisations on the programme you will broaden your applied working knowledge about how change happens, as well as creating a network of peers who are sharing the challenge.

The programme takes five days, starting 6 October, spread over the three months. More info here.

Walkable Communities Workshops
Living Streets Scotland will be delivering a series of workshops this Autumn as part of our Paths for All and Scottish Government funded ‘Walkable Communities’ programme. The workshops are open to community groups and organisations, local authority, and other community planning partners and are an opportunity to share experience and learning in developing and delivering effective interventions that enable and encourage more people to walk more often as part of every day journeys, with all the health, social and economic benefits increased walking rates provide. More information here.

Scottish Women's Aid- Working With Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse
This session is aimed at workers who have regular contact with children and young people and who are seeking an understanding of how living with domestic
abuse can impact on their lives.  Participants need no prior learning of domestic abuse related issues.

 Takes place on 6 Oct 2015, more info here.

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Alcohol Focus Scotland- Part time Office Administrator
Salary £18.5K pro rata (20 hours over 5 days per week)

Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) is Scotland’s national  alcohol charity, working to reduce harm to individuals, families and communities throughout Scotland. AFS wishes to recruit a part time administrator to provide administrative support across all aspects of the organisation’s work.   

Closing date for applications: Noon, 11th September 2015 with interviews on 24th September 2015. More information here.

Chief Executive Officer Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian (VSGWL)
We are recruiting a Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation, which is the Third Sector Interface (TSI) within West Lothian, working closely with our member groups and in partnership with national statutory and voluntary agencies.

The CEO will lead on the development of strategies and plans to achieve the key strands of a TSI in the West Lothian Council area. You will be a confident and influential leader with the skills to promote and deliver our mission and vision. The ability to represent our members and act as ambassador for the sector is important to us as is the ability to lead and inspire our staff team.

Download: CEO Job Description and Application Form

Please return completed application, equal opportunities and rehabilitation of offender’s forms to by 17.00 on 11th September 2015

Mental Health Foundation- Grants Manager
£29,441-£30,786 per annum. Full Time, 35 hours per week

The Mental Health Foundation are looking for a Grants Manager to be responsible for the grants application and grants management for the work of the Foundation in Scotland.

Closing date: 10am, Monday 14th September 2015. Interview date: Wednesday 23rd September 2015. More info here.

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company- Finance and Administration Officer
We are looking for an experienced Finance Worker and Administrator with knowledge of Scottish theatre, arts funding in Scotland and with an understanding of the social model of disability.

Closing Date: 14th September 2015 at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 23rd September.

For the full Job and Person Specification and to find out how to apply please download this document or click here.

WEA Scotland- Learning and Development Worker
Starting Salary £23,145 (pro-rata); 14 hours per week

The post holder will facilitate and a co-ordinate the ESOL Providers Group and provide workforce development through a range of online, face-to-face and blended learning CPD training opportunities to ensure an effective link between ESOL community and college course ESOL tutors.
The post holder will co-ordinate and co-deliver ESOL courses and keep up to date with ESOL developments and practice. The post will be based in the WEA office in Inverness, David Whyte House, 57 Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1DR.  PVG Scheme membership is desirable.

Email  or telephone 0131 226 3456. Closing date Monday, 14th September 2015. More info here.

Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET)- Board Members
Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET), a West of Glasgow environmental charity is recruiting Board members. If you would be interested in becoming part of this thriving environmental organisation you can find out more here.

If you have any questions relating to this then please call Neil Lovelock, Project Manager on 0141 433 0427, 07943 957061 or email


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SG Consultation Hub
The Scottish Government has a website dedicated to all open and closed consultations that it currently runs. You search for specific topics or themes and respond directly to consultations online.

More here.

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