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Issue 261 - 31st July 2014

Hello, and welcome to issue 261 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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You can send information/material for inclusion in CHEX-Point Snippets by sending an email to or phone CHEX on 0141 248 1990. CHEX-Point Snippets is provided by CHEX – Community Health Exchange and this edition was compiled by Sam Jordan. Thanks to all contributors to this edition.

Sam Jordan
Information and Communications Officer, SCDC


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CHEX News and General Information

Conferences and seminars


News from the Network: Eat Well Play Well, Dundee

Eat Well Play Well engages with families with 0-5 years from community and voluntary organisations. The programme is about building capacity by training the community leaders of the groups to take the programme forward.  The aim of the programme is to achieve people with healthy weights in Dundee and reduce the health risks such as heart disease and type 2 Diabetes.

A multi-agency approach to addressing the issue of healthy weight has been established in Dundee. It brought together the expertise between NHS Tayside, Dundee Healthy Living Initiative and Leisure and Culture Dundee. 

Eat Well Play Well was created to promote healthy eating and physical activity into one programme using community development approaches. The programme is fun with parents and children getting involved together in cookery, healthy eating messages and play with all the family. 

14 separate voluntary and community groups have taken part in Eat Well Play Well sessions and activity events. The next part of the programme is to support the group leaders to continue the programme with ongoing support to access funding and provide a network to bring the community groups together to share knowledge and skills.

“We encourage families to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle through cooking ideas, healthy eating information and physical activity,” said John Cairney of Leisure and Culture Dundee. “The activities during the sessions are fun, active and inspiring.” 

Eat Well Play Well has connected with people by working with existing community groups and spreading positive messages after which word-of-mouth and social media encouraged others to put forward their  group to get involved.

“What we get back is a real sense of job satisfaction,” said Lauren Catto of Dundee Health Living Initiative. “Families tell us about the food they’ve been making at home, meals which are healthier and the children have helped to prepare.” 

The programme needs a diverse range of different partners to work with and train to use the Eat Well Play Well programme in their local communities. So far all involved have been delighted at the great response they have already seen from the community organisations. 

For more information contact the Beverley Black at the Mitchell Street Centre on 01382 435824. 

NEW: CHEX Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill consultation 
Would you like to contribute to the CHEX evidence on the Community Empowerment Bill?  The Bill, published on 12th June has now been introduced and will now undergo the Scottish Parliament legislative process. We have another opportunity to respond to evidence our case for further adjustments.
Many of you engaged with the CHEX consultation when the draft proposals were first announced two years ago and hopefully you will see some of your recommendations reflected in the Bill. You’ll see from SCDC’s briefing there are still a number of areas, especially in relation to proposals for community planning that we keen to address.
  • Download the briefing paper here.

  • Download the response template here.

Please take some time to read the briefing and If you would like to respond to either the 6 broad questions on page 1 of the briefing or more tailored questions related to community-led health on the CHEX template, please send your response
(brief paragraphs, bullet points, tel. message etc.) to or Andrew Paterson Tel 0141 248 1990 before
Monday 25th August


General Information

SURF is currently welcoming applications for the 2014 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 process.
This year, there are five categories of entry, which are designed to reflect the full range of regeneration activity. These are: Infrastructure and Social Benefits; Community Led Regeneration; Preparing for Employment; Creative Regeneration; and Town Centre Regeneration.
The application process is free and straightforward and the benefits of SURF Awards recognition include:
  • Demonstrate value to key partners and funders;
  • 15 shortlisted entries will be highlighted in a widely distributed publication
  • The 5 winning initiatives will be showcased throughout 2015 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 02.12.14 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 1 September.
The application materials are available on the SURF website here

Faith in Throughcare award
Faith In Communities Scotland has been awarded more than £900,000 from the Big Lottery to develop its Faith in Throughcare programme which supports people returning from short-term prison sentences. 

The programme enables individuals to have support from train volunteers and a network of local community organisations across East Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Glasgow and Dundee. Faith in Communities Scotland says:

"By building the capacity of existing local groups, the project aims to build a strong neighbourhood infrastructure where communities are able to welcome back people who have previously been in prison – sometimes on several occasions – helping them not only stay away from prison in future, but also supporting them in using their skills and talents to contribute meaningfully and positively to the life of the local community."

You can find out more here.

CFHS research project on practical cooking skills activities
Community Food and Health  Scotland (CFHS) is commissioning research to explore the immediate or short-term impact that cookery activities can have on participants. CFHS is looking for information from you about what you have done and the difference it has made.

Please see the CFHS website for details of the information CFHS is looking for or contact The closing date for receiving this information is Friday 29 August.

Help find Scotland's 'missing million' voters
Third Force News has an article from Martin Sime, chief exec of SCVO, speaking about the 'missing million' who will not vote in Scotland's upcoming independence referendum and the roles voluntary organisations have in encouraging registration. 

He notes that non-voting is highest in disadvantaged communities and that there is evidence from other countries that local community groups can encourage turn-out and political discourse.

"So let’s build on the interest generated by the referendum to make sure that our politics are as inclusive as the can be," he says. "Let’s demand that our politicians reach out to people and communities to draw them into politics, and not just to support a party ticket but to have a say and to make a difference."

You can read the article here

Unique Scottish Disability Directory launches
UPDATE have announced the launch of their unique and comprehensive Scottish Disability Directory. The SDD is the only directory of its kind in Scotland. The touch of a button provides access to info on thousands of disability organisations and support groups, both local and national.  

This reliable, easy to use and regularly updated resource contains a wealth of information (including info on small local groups that do not have an internet presence). 

Access to the directory is free, and available to all: disabled people, carers, professionals, disability organisations and anyone with an interest in disability issues.

Find out more here

'Spirit Level' documentary
A documentary examining the effects of inequality across the world is seeking funding to release the film. 'The Spirit Level' features interviews with leading experts and personal stories from people across the globe to see how income disparity impacts the world and the people, rich and poor, who live in it.

The film is based on the best selling book 'The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better' by Richard G Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, who argue that inequality is the root cause to many of the social consequences, from physical and mental health to social mobility and community life, that we experience.

Currently, the film has raised £24,737 of its £60,000 goal - which will be enough to finish the final editing and distribution of the film. They aim to release the film in early 2015.

They have produced a trailer which gives a taste of the documentary and you can find out more about funding the film here.

Latest welfare reform news

With welfare reform continuing to dominate the headlines, CHEX brings you some of the latest news from around Scotland relating to welfare and community-led health:
  • New figures show the number of women, disabled people and lone parents in Scotland having benefits sanctioned has almost doubled in the past four years. BBC News has more here
  • Scot Gov statistics show that, in its first year, some local authorities turned down 67% of applicants while others managed to give support to nearly everyone who asked for it. Grants totalling £29 million were handed out by the fund in 2013-14, amounting to 88% of the £33 million available. Read more here

News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight:
  • The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance is a useful bulletin of information for advocacy related subjects. It provides especially useful info on welfare reform and various consultations that are currently open. Published weekly. Latest edition here.

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JRF - Does Universal Credit make work pay?
This video from Joseph Rowntree foundations examines the UK government's Universal Credit policy which is currently being implemented. It explains that while Universal Credit can help increase family budgets, it also notes that an increase in hours combined with the high cost of childcare means that UC doesn't always make things better.

You can watch it here

ALLIANCE Self-Management Awards - Closes tomorrow!
Nominations are open for Scotland’s fourth self management awards. These awards celebrate and reward good practice in self management from a range of innovative work from all over the country. Showcase the work of your organisation, project or an individual who goes the extra mile to support people to self manage.
The categories this year are:
  • Self Management Project of the Year
  • Self Management Champion of the Year
  • Self Management Partnership of the Year (voluntary organisation and NHS/Council/Private Sector Organisation)
  • Best Self Management Resource
  • Self Management Supporting Health Board of the Year
  • Outstanding Volunteering Achievement of the Year (person/project)
Apply nowThe closing date for the awards is 1 August 2014.  Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Scottish Parliament on 1 October during Self Management Week 2014.

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Consultations and surveys

Call for proposals - Community Development – expressions of interest
This is for a proposed book, to be edited by Gary Craig and others, on ‘race’, ethnicity and community development for the series Rethinking Community Development, to be published by The Policy Press, a leading UK social and public policy publisher.

At this stage, the title has been accepted as part of the series, and they are seeking short expressions of interest (100 words) to contribute chapters. 

More information here.  

Do you run practical cooking skills activities for adults or young people?
If your answer is yes, Community Food and Health Scotland is looking for your help. Hundreds of groups and agencies across Scotland run cooking activities each year for people in low-income communities. 

However, there is actually very little publically available evidence about what difference these make. CFHS is commissioning research to explore the immediate or short-term impact that cookery activities can have on participants. We are looking for information from you about what you have done and the difference it has made.

Please see the CFHS website for details of the information we are looking for or contact The closing date for receiving this information is Friday 29 August.

NHS Scotland: ‘Your care experience’
This survey asks questions revolving around how mental health services have changed over the last 10 years in your area.  You will need the code: AAMH02 to start the questionnaire. 

Take the survey here.

Fife only: FVA survey on third sector groups
This survey is for organisations operating in Fife. Fife Voluntary Action is looking to gather a more information on what kind of organisations are operating. FVA say that not enough is known about our sector, nor is there a comprehensive, up to date, directory of organisations to which anyone can go to find out about the work and scope of the contribution the sector make to  communities. 

More information here. Survey here.  

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Research on welfare reform impact on third sector care and support services
IRISS, in partnership with Coalition of Care and Support Providers (CCPS), commissioned research to understand how Scotland’s third sector care and support workforce is being affected by the welfare reforms introduced in 2012.

The report entitled, The impact of welfare reform on third sector care and support services in Scotland, focuses on how welfare reform is affecting service demand and delivery of third sector social care and support services including: the impact on staff roles, welfare and wellbeing; and the impact on staff training needs.

Read the report here

Scottish Government: ‘Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics 2013-14’
The report seeks to outline the main facts and figures surrounding the Scottish Welfare Fund; including the profiles of the applicants, the number of applications as well as the reasons the fund was sought, among other things.

Read it here

JRF: Employment, Pay and Poverty: Evidence and policy review
This is new report, written by researchers working for Policy Studies Institute and Coventry University, examines the relationship between employment, pay and poverty. It is one of a number of evidence reviews commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to support its development of an anti-poverty strategy for the UK.

Read the report here.

MAPS to Wellbeing: New services commences
Earlier this month, Health in Mind launched a new project called My Assets and Personal Strengths (or MAPS). This new project will help individuals self-manage their mental wellbeing. The groups will make use of a tool called a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). A WRAP looks at factors that can promote and protect wellbeing, and those that can help when things get difficult. Each member of the group makes a personal plan to support their own wellbeing.

Find out more here

Experience Lab information
Want to try out a new way of interacting and working, in a safe space, with no repercussions? If so, you may be interested in experience labs. Experience labs are often used by services to test out and think about new interactions and how these interactions are experienced.

IRISS has experience of running labs to explore how people can engage differently with one another, to reflect on how the experience made them feel, and what they may do differently as a result. They believe this methodology offers social services an opportunity to accelerate changes in the way people work together.

IRISS have 'how to' guide on running an experience lab, and provided two case studies - Working with outcomes: the practitioner experience and Exploring roles and boundaries: the prison and prison officer experience, which share the learning from each lab. 

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UK Government – Big Energy Saving Network
This is a £1 million programme of training, support and grant funding for eligible third sector organisations and community groups to deliver an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focused on helping them reduce their energy costs through assisted action on tariffs, switching and the take up of energy efficiency offers.

Grants are £5,000 per Network “Champion” – these can be located anywhere in Great Britain. Deadline is 8th August 2014. Click here for more.

Support for evaluation available - CFHS
It is still possible to apply for support with evaluation if you work with older people to eat well or address long term issues of food poverty.  We can offer up to £1000 to help you with the evaluation of your work through the Evaluating Impact Development funding (there is no longer a deadline for this) or you could apply for a Learning Account to build your skills and invest £500 in your evaluation activities.  

Find out more here. Closes 22/08/14. 

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland – Action Research Awards
£80,000 is available annually to fund research into patient care/health improvement – priority will be given to non-medical health professionals and those operating outside recognised research centres.

Deadline is 25th August 2014. For more, click here.

New funding programme for community cafes 
CFHS has launched a new funding programme for community cafes. Groups of community cafes working together can apply for up to £1000  to meet the costs of setting up a community café network or run joint promotional activities.

Find out more about here

Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust is an independent grant making trust that has awarded 20 grants in Scotland in 2012/13, worth £1,145,500. In the first nine months of 2013/14, it awarded 17 grants in Scotland totalling £762,121.

The Trust recently made some changes to their guidelines but what they can fund and their application process has not changed. The trust particularly wants to support smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people at the margins of society. 

They are looking for:
  • A focus on encouraging inclusion, connection and integration
  • Organisations which are embedded in their community whether a local area or a ‘community of interest’
  • Organisations which can demonstrate that they listen to and are responsive to their users
For more click here.

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Building Healthier and Happier Communities
SCVO has funding available as part of their tailored support programme for Building Healthier and Happier Communities. The programme is supporting the third sector to play a full part in health and social care integration in East Dunbartonshire.
Funding support is for third sector organisations (community groups, charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations) with the ambition to build healthier and happier communities in East Dunbartonshire. 

If you are interested in receiving support to take forward a new idea or make a change that will have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of your local East Dunbartonshire community, now is the time to submit your Expression of Interest

For everything you need to know, including whether you're eligible and how to submit your expression of Interest, please read the Guidance notes

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National Care Standards (Various)
A new consultation document on the review of National Care Standards has been published by the Scottish Government, here
The Scottish Government is keen to hear from the people who use care services, either directly or via a family member. Age Scotland and the ALLIANCE are working with the Government to host a series of ‘Have your Say’ events across the country, taking place in:
  • Dundee (Cairn Centre) Tuesday 5 August, 11am – 3pm
  • Glasgow (the ALLIANCE offices) Monday 11 August, 10am – 2pm
  • Ayrshire (Broomlands and Bourteehill Age Concern) Tuesday 19 August, 11am – 3pm
  • Dumfries (Cairndale Hotel) Wednesday 27 August, 11am – 3pm
To book a place please email the ALLIANCE at: or telephone 0141 404 0231. You can also submit your views by completing the Scottish Government’s short online survey here

Scottish Disability Equality Forum 12th August (Alloa)
Scottish Disability Equality Forum are running a series of information events across Scotland over the coming months, beginning with Glasgow, Aberdeen and Alloa. 

The aim of the events is to reach disabled people who may not necessarily engage on policy issues which affect them, but would like to know how to have their voice heard. 

Programme Outline 
  • About the Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) 
  • Transport 
  • Employment 
  • Community Empowerment 
  • Have your say on Disability in Scotland 
The local Roadshow will take place on August 12th 2014 from 1pm-3pm at The E-Centre, Cooperage Way, Alloa FK1 03L.

For other venues and to book your free place please contact Morven Brooks

Personal Independence Payment - A consultation event - 19 Aug (Edinburgh)
Are you disabled or have a long term condition and have experience of making a claim for the benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

Grapevine, part of the Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) in partnership with the National Disabled Peoples network Inclusion Scotland want to give people who have been affected by PIP the opportunity to feed their views and experiences into this process at a consultation event.
  • Tuesday 19th of August 2014 10.30am – 3.00pm (lunch included)
  • Conference Hall, Norton Park Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY
Spaces are limited so please get in touch with Kirstie at LCiL on 0131 475 2370 / email: or Ian Sneddon at Inclusion Scotland on 0131 281 0867 / email: to book your place. 

Universal Comedy Fringe performances - 19th Aug (Edinburgh)
Universal Comedy is a small charity helping people with long term ill-health through comedy workshops. Their courses help people to regain their confidence, self-esteem and teach them new skills as well as promoting their health and well-being. 
  • 19th August 1.45-2.45pm
  • Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh
  • Tickets £5.50 / £4.50 concessions, available from the box office on 0131 622 6552 or
Join them for an hour of spectacular comedy created and performed by our Comedy Course Graduates and supported by Universal Comedy’s famous comedians Raymond Mearns and Viv Gee.

For more information contact Universal Comedy on 0141 564 1200 or email You can visit their website here

Human rights approaches to food poverty - 20 Aug 
Community Food and Health Scotland note that the second meeting of this group will be on 20 August. 

Duncan Wilson from the Scottish Human Rights Commission will speak on the Scottish National Action Plan for Human Rights and how this links to the 'right to food'.

New members welcome - for further details contact

Powering Ahead: Citizen involvement in the future of public services (Perth)
Don't miss out on a rare opportunity to be inspired by two leaders in community empowerment from the internationally acclaimed Highlander Center in Appalachia, Tennessee, alma mater of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.
  • Dewars Centre Perth, Thursday 28 August 2014
Pam McMichael and Elandria Williams from Highlander will run two Skilled Citizen masterclasses as part of this unique action learning event for active citizens, third sector organisations and public bodies in Scotland.  
  • How can community members, public sector staff and the third sector genuinely work together as equals, not simply to reshape public services, but to transform our communities?
  • What skills and resources do local people need to be more effective agents for change within their own communities and how can they get them?
  • Do public sector staff have the skills and knowledge they need to work differently with local people?
  • How can the opportunities afforded by major change programmes such as Health & Social Care Integration and Community Empowerment help move Scotland closer to delivering the sort of transformation proposed in the Christie Report?
  • Where can we find the inspiration and enthusiasm that we all need to work together in the long term for communities that are socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable?
These are some of the questions that will be discussed in round table action learning sets at this participatory event that is being organised by the Fred Edwards Trust with the support of the Scottish Community Development Center, PKAVS and Perth & Kinross Council.   

To register, please click here

Creating Better Health & Wellbeing: Community organisations and researchers learning together - #CreateHealth2014 (Glasgow)
This one-day networking and learning event organised by members of the Adult Life/Working Age Working Group at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP) aims to help bring academic researchers and community projects together to discuss methods and experiences of improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities in Scotland.
  • Free Event
  • 3rd September 2014, St Mungo’s Museum, Glasgow.
  • 09:45 - 15:30
The main objectives for the day are:
  • Showcasing some on-the-ground work
  • Improving understanding between community organisations and researchers
  • Increasing the likelihood of future connections between academia and community organisations
The discussions and outcomes of the event will be recorded with the aid of a graphic recorder and will be disseminated to policy, practice, research and the general public. Please join us for what promises to be an exciting and vibrant discussion between community organisations and researchers. There is limited capacity for this event and registration is required. 

To see the full programme and to register, please click here. And for more information about SCPHRP and the Working Groups please click here.

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Conferences and seminars

Towards a generation free from tobacco - ASH Scotland (TBA)
ASH Scotland has now launched the website for the 2015 Conference: towards a generation free from tobacco. The title refers to our ambition of an “end-game” for tobacco by lowering the smoking prevalence rate to less than 5%. Scotland is one of a growing number of countries setting a clear date to achieve this aim.

This is part of a UK, European and World movement to end the misery and harm caused by tobacco and this event will draw on expertise from many countries to share good practice, promote discussion and debate and shine a light on the actions of the tobacco companies.

Are you interested in:
  • culture change for better health
  • supporting individuals to advocacy and to quit
  • nations in support of a tobacco-free world?
If you are, then you will want to attend this event and consider presenting your own work in tobacco control policy development, research and health improvement. 

Abstract submissions open in September but if you have an idea for a symposium you can submit ideas now. More here

The Internet: A Human Right? (Edinburgh)
The internet has unleashed the power of information, for good or ill. Society cannot function without it. Yet two thirds of the world’s population and almost one in six people in Scotland have never used the internet. Should no one be excluded? Or do we need a right to remain offline?
  • 4 August 15.30pm – 16.30pm
  • Stand in the Square (St Andrews Square, Fringe Festival Venue 372)
Full information or to book a place, click here

Scottish Accessible Information Forum Conference - 27th Oct (Glasgow)
A conference exploring how we make sure our information is accessible to everyone, particularly disabled people.
  • 27th October 10am – 4pm
  • The Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
You can book your place using the online booking form here. Alternatively please email or telephone 0141 559 5021 for further information and support. 

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SCDN Conference and AGM - 21 Aug (Perth)
"The State of Social Justice – Community Development in a post referendum Scotland."
  • Thursday 21st August, 10.30am – 3.00pm (Registration from 10.00am)
  • Grampian Hotel Perth PH2 8EH    
Speakers & informative workshops on social justice. Lunch and refreshments provided. SCDN AGM taking place after the conference. Cost:
  • Unwaged - free  
  • Members - £15
  • Non-members - £25
  • Non-members wishing to take out membership of SCDN - £25 which will include membership until December 15
Register at:   

Unequal Lives, Unjust Deaths: Vulnerable Adults  (Edinburgh)
In partnership with the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum and Support in Mind Scotland, Voluntary Health Scotland is delivering a seminar to consider health inequalities and vulnerable adults.
  • Thursday 21st August, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH7 5QY 
This is the third event in the unequal lives, unjust deaths series examining how the voluntary sector can collaborate to tackle health inequalities across the life course.
This free event will look at health inequalities and vulnerable adults – focusing on health outcomes for adults with poor mental health, those facing social isolation, homelessness or addictions, or those involved in the criminal justice system.

To register for this free event click here.

BFN National Study Day (Glasgow)
The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) National Study Day 2014 will be held at Fifteen Ninety Nine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, St Vincent Street, Glasgow  G2 5RJ on Saturday 4 October 2014 from 10:30 to 17:00 (BST). 

The Speakers confirmed so far for our National Study Day include:
  • Professor Mary Renfrew
  • Dr Margaret McCartney
  • Mary Whitmore
  • Dr Bruce Whyte, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
For further information and booking please click here.

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Introduction to Intellectual Property workshops (Various)
Social Firms Scotland is running a series of workshops on intellectual property, with the aim of giving attendees an understanding of IP, how to use it within your organisation.
  • Edinburgh - 14th Aug
  • Aberdeen, 2nd Sept
  • Glasgow 4th Sept
This will be useful for people who are planning to launch a new product or service, those who buy in services (designers etc.), those who are planning new branding and those who generate income from delivering training. 

This workshop is free to SFS members and £40 to non-members. For more information contact or call 0131 225 4178.

Samaritans Suicide Awareness and Difficult Contacts support
Samaritans Scotland recently developed two free e-learning modules - on Suicide Awareness and on Supporting Colleagues Following Difficult Contacts.

The first e-module is designed to offer general guidance and information for staff or volunteers who may come into contact with someone who is distressed or suicidal, and to equip them to offer a basic level of support. The module includes signs to look out for, listening skills and key information on how to signpost to appropriate sources of help. The second module is aimed at managers or supervisors, to equip them with the information and skills to support their staff or volunteers in the event of a difficult contact.  

The modules will be useful to a wide range of organisations dealing with clients, customers and service-users across health, employment, debt advice, addiction services, justice, education, community development, housing associations and many other services. 

The modules take approximately 40 minutes to complete online and may fit in well with existing learning and development packages within your organisation.

To access the e-learning modules or if you have any questions, please contact Fiona Barlow via or call 0131 556 7058.

Community capacity building - Strengthening our communities (South Ayrshire)
Due to the success of the Strengthening our Communities programme, Voluntary Action South Ayrshire and South Ayrshire Council will be providing further training dates.
  • Tuesday 26th August 2014 
  • Tuesday 21st October 2014
Venues flexible to needs of Groups. Please register your interest now by e-mailing More information here

Creative skills for Early Years practitioners 2014 / 2015 (Various)
Funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, this programme offers a range of training sessions from artists, including theoretical as well as practical sessions. The programme is for practitioners working across the Early Years sector, including staff in nursery and family centre settings, health workers, childminders, and out-of-school and play workers

Training will enable practitioners to understand and use their own creative and artistic capabilities to support the delivery of positive creative experiences with young children. Art forms will include drama, dance and movement, music, storytelling and puppetry.

Find out more here.

Living Streets Walkable Communities training (Various)
Open to representatives from community organisations, voluntary groups, local authorities, community planning partners, housing associations and others with an interest in improving the local environment for walking,  the training will be hands-on and include a short ‘mini-audit’, with delegates provided resources and materials to support them to undertake effective audits in their own communities.  The sessions are full day, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. 
  • Sept. 22nd – Glasgow, The Albany Centre
  • Sept. 30th – Dundee, Number 10
  • Oct.  28th – East Kilbride, The Village Centre
  • Nov.   4th – Falkirk/Camelon – Forth Valley Sensory Centre
More here.

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Scottish Recovery Network - Administrator (Glasgow)
SRN want to hire a full-time Administrator to support the team in their Glasgow office. The SRN Administrator is responsible for a varied range of activities, including office administration, support with SRN events, communications, IT and finance. 
  • Salary: £15,782 to £17,175
  • Working Hours: 36.25 hours per week (Full time)
  • Closing date: 11 August 2014 @ 12 noon

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Macmillan - Associate Macmillan Involvement Support (Home based or Aberdeen)
Macmillan Cancer Support continues to develop high quality cancer services in conjunction with partners in Health, Social, Voluntary and charitable organisations. Our Involvement Co-ordinators are needed to support people affected by cancer in influencing policy and service delivery, acting as a resource for self help and support groups and driving our inclusion and diversity agenda.
  • Salary: £26,000
  • Region: Scotland
  • Job Category: Macmillan Services
  • Department: Celtic Nations Cancer Services
As a support to the Macmillan Involvement Coordinator in Scotland, you will play an integral part in ensuring the voice of those affected by cancer will be heard across the North of the country.  You’ll be putting your excellent communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills into play to influence and inform your target audience. Your drive and knowledge of how the health and social care sector is structured will enable you to implement a person centred approach via the involvement of others. 

Someone who thrives on engaging with different communities to promote the developing support and involvement offerings, your success in the role will be built on your experience in working with groups and volunteers in a community based setting, development of community partnerships and working as member of a high quality services team across - Grampian, Tayside, Highland and the western isles as well as Orkney and Shetland.

More information here. Closing date 11th Aug. Interview date: 19th August 2014, Aberdeen.

Home-Start West Lothian - Group Worker 
We are seeking to recruit a part-time Group Worker who will support the current Family Group Worker in the delivery of a range of family activities in our small cluster of Family Support Groups.
  • Part-time: 8 hours a week (term time only: to 31 March 2015)
  • Continuation of post dependant on securing additional funding
  • Car driver essential (with access to a car)
  • Salary 8 hours per week @ £7.50 per hour 
  • (4 hours per day over two days from Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) 
  • Previous experience and a SVQ Level 2 Childcare Learning and Development qualification (or equivalent) is desirable.
The successful applicant will support the Family Group Worker in providing support to families attending the groups and will offer a Programme of activities aimed at enhancing families’ resilience, increasing social networks and encouraging community engagement.

Home-Start West Lothian is committed to offering equal opportunities and safeguarding children. This vacancy is subject to a PVG disclosure check.

Application pack will be sent by e-mail. To request a pack please e-mail Gillian on or telephone 01506 854529.

CAPS - Collective Advocacy Development Worker (Edinburgh)
The post-holder will support and develop our collective advocacy services. You will be working with groups of people who use mental health services in East Lothian and Midlothian, enabling them to give their views, and encourage their involvement in the planning, commissioning and provision of services.

part time (22.5 hours a week). 
Starting salary £23,232 pro rata at £14,420

More here. Closing date for applications is 5.00pm Monday 18 August.

FEAT - Two positions (Glenrothes)
This role is to give advice and support to people with mental health problems in Fife who want to gain and sustain employment.
Assisting in the delivery of a range of FEAT projects delivering training to the client group and mental health awareness training to other agencies.
  • Part-Time Trainer/Life Coach
  • 21 hours per week - £24,675 per annum, pro rata
  • Fixed term to 31 March 2015
The successful candidate will be a self-starter, articulate negotiator and have a good understanding of the issues faced by people with mental health problems who are seeking work. Experience of delivering services to people with mental health problems, or of providing supported employment or vocational guidance is essential. Candidates will be required to undergo a PVG check.

They are also seeking a Clerical Assistant/Receptionist for 35 hours per week until 31 March 2015.
  • Clerical Assistant/Receptionist
  • 35 hours per week – national minimum wage
  • Fixed term to 31 March 2015
The successful candidate will be a self-starter, have a commitment to high standards of work and be supportive of FEAT’s values and aims.

More information for both positions here. The closing date for applications is 8th August 2014 and interviews are to be held on 22nd August 2014.

University of Dundee - Lecturer CLD (Dundee)
Applications are invited for the position of a Lecturer (Early Career) within the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education. The position will teach primarily on the Community Learning and Development Programmes; however the successful applicant will also be able to teach in the social work or professional development programmes.

The successful applicant will work with experienced staff to develop the expertise of students to become confident, competent practitioners predominantly in the areas of CLD and Social Work. Specific areas of responsibility will include lecturing, assessment, professional development, and student guidance and support.

More information here. Closes 21st August. 

Previously listed

International Association for Community Development - Coordinator (Glasgow)
IACD is a global network of community development associations, practitioners and activists who are committed to issues of social justice. It has over 3,000 members and subscribers worldwide.
  • £27,145 to £30,096 Pro Rata
  • The closing date is 20 August 2014.
IACD is seeking to appoint a Coordinator to work 24 hours per week to take forward its role in promoting, networking and supporting community development internationally.

This is a challenging role which will both benefit from experience and provide a unique work experience for the successful applicant. 

Professional support and office accommodation has been offered by the Scottish Community Development Centre, based in central Glasgow.

The Governance Board for IACD is drawn internationally and the successful application will be required to possess good IT skills and be capable of working independently towards agreed objectives.

More information is available here.

RCAHMS, Urban Past - Various roles (Edinburgh)
Applications are invited for seven fixed term appointments within the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
  • Project Manager: £30,800–£35,821 (Fixed Term Appointment 60 months)
Project Team: £23,800–£28,432 (Fixed Term Appointment 58 months)
  • Audience Development Officer
  • Digital Resources Officer
  • Events and Communications Officer
  • Learning Officer
  • Training Officer (x2)
The posts will work on a major new project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to support communities across Scotland to actively explore the rich architectural, social and personal histories of their towns and cities and how they have changed over time.  It aims to develop at least 60 local projects to investigate record, engage with and celebrate the heritage of Scotland’s towns and cities. Closing date 4/8/14.

More here.

Voice of Experience - Development Worker (Airdrie)
Based in North Lanarkshire we are seeking a highly motivated individual to promote the involvement and facilitate engagement with older people.
  • Job Title:                   Development Worker
  • Organisation:          Voice of Experience Forum
  • Salary:                       £22,500 pro rata 25 hours
  • Benefits:                   6% Pension Contribution
  • Duration:                   31st March 2016
  • Location:                  North Lanarkshire Wide (Office base – Airdrie)
The Development Worker will be responsible for increasing engagement with older people across North Lanarkshire. This will include implementing a new work stream, VOEF’s New Communications Strategy, as well as supporting existing networks and developing key aspects of area-wide consultation.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of working with and for communities and considerable experience of working at an inter-agency level. A relevant qualification is essential as is knowledge of the policy and legislation for older people. An Enhanced PVG Disclosure is required for this position.

For more information contact Sandra/Maureen on (01236) 758855 or email Closing date is 1st August 2014. Job Description here and application form here.                  


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