News from the Network: Healthy n Happy Annual Report 2016
CHEX network member Healthy n Happy have published their Annual Report for 2015/2016 is now available for download. Its filled with loads of great information on the organisation including a double page spread for each of their work streams.
It includes some headline stats about the impact of their work:
Which is all pretty amazing! You can read the full report here and learn more about Healthy n Happy on their website, here.
- 239 people enhanced their bonds and relations shios with family members
- 1265 people chose activities that generate positive health, wellbeing and quality of life, with 310 people developing a proactive outlook, able to manage stress and long term health conditions
- 1047 people increased their knowledge and understanding of health issues and healthy living options
- 132 people engaged in a leadership role in their neighbourhood, working together to identify local priorities and take collective action
- 6876 people know more about opportunities within the communityand how they can participate
- 2785 people celebrated together in over 250 events
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Review of NHS targets and Indicators, and National Outcome Indicators
CHEX notes with interest that Sir Harry Burns will lead the review of NHS targets and Indicators as well as the review of National Outcome Indicators we are told that he is keen for the work of the review group to be a collective effort and plans to create a mechanism that will enable people to contribute to its thinking. So we look forward to finding out what those processes will be and ensuring that we keep you posted about how you can become involved. The review is due to produce a report by the end of the financial year. Some of his ideas can be seen in this collection of presentations, starting from slide 100. The preceding slides provide some insight into the issues of interest to Integrated Joint Boards of Health and Social Care Partnerships.
NHS Participation Toolkit
The Participation Toolkit, now in its third edition, has been compiled to support NHS staff to involve patients, carers and members of the public in their own care and in the design and delivery of local services. It offers a number of tried and tested tools along with some more recently developed approaches.
NHS Boards need to ensure that people have a say in decisions about their care and in the development of local health services. It is one of the commitments set out in the Scottish Government's Better Health, Better Care: Action Plan (2007) to develop a “mutual NHS” where health services meet the needs and preferences of individuals
The Participation Standard measures three things:
The updated Participation Toolkit is available here.
- How well NHS Boards focus on the patient –people should be involved in discussions about their own treatment and care; information about treatments and local health services should be available and easily accessible; people should be treated with dignity and respect; carers should be supported; and people should be encouraged and helped to give feedback or make complaints about services.
- How well NHS Boards involve the public –people should be well informed about local healthcare services; supported to get involved in making decisions about changes to services; and told how their views have been taken into account.
- How NHS Boards take responsibility for ensuring they involve the public – NHS Boards should make sure their decisions take account of the views of the public; and should encourage their own members of staff to involve the public in their work.
Child Poverty Action Group Scotland
Further to the information in a previous edition of snippets about Employment Support Allowance and other welfare benefits we wanted to make readers of snippets aware of Child Poverty Action Group Scotland who can offer advice and training to frontline staff and so we thought their website might be of interest.
View it here.
The latest Health and Wellbeing Profiles
Many organisations will be interested in having the most up to date information from independent sources of the health and wellbeing profile for their local authority area. Always useful for tracking local changes and when setting our work in context in reports and funding applications.
The most recent profiles reflect a ‘snapshot’ taken on 25th February this year are now available via the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) site here.
Community Choices Fund recipients announced
The Scottish Government has announced which community organisations and local authorities have been successful in applying for funding to distribute through participatory budgeting processes.
Participatory budgeting involves members of the community deciding through a voting process how to spend a budget - normally public sector funds. See the PB Scotland website for more.
The £1.5m Community Choices Fund is targeted at work in deprived areas, and for the first time community groups as well as public authorities, including local authorities, were able to apply for funding to organise their own Community Choices budgeting events.
The fund received well over 100 applications with 16 successful community projects and 12 public authorities spanning the breadth of Scotland.
Scottish Government releases Fairer Scotland Action Plan following national conversation
The Scottish Government has published its Fairer Scotland Action Plan, highlighting how it intends to tackle inequality over the next 14 years.
Through the the Fairer Scotland national conversation earlier in the year, the government compiled the ideas and thoughts through a series of online engagements and events. This report takes some of those ideas, as well previously announced initiatives from the Scottish Government.
Through the themes of ending child poverty, ensuring a strong start for all young people, fairer working lives and a thriving third age, the report outlines 50 ways these issues can be addressed.
A new £29 million fund to aims to enable 'communities and the third sector to design, test and deliver new approaches to tackling poverty and improving lives.'
You can read the full report here and the press release here.
Near final guidance published on community planning section of Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act
The Scottish Government has published a near final draft guidance and regulation for the community planning section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
Since the Act was passed in June 2015, the government has been consulting around the regulation and statutory guidance required to enable the provisions to come into force.
Following this consultation, they have published this near final guidance and regulation to help support those who wish to take part in community planning.
Smoking in cars ban to begin in December in Scotland
Smoking in cars with children will be against the law from December, according to a report in The Herald.
News from other networks
CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight.
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World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day took place on 10th October 2016
WMHD was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. The theme chosen for this year’s World Mental Health Day, covers “Psychological First Aid”.
Loads took place across Scotland, with Support in Mind Scotland highlighting some of the activity here.
Challenge Poverty Week 2016
Challenge Poverty Week took place 16-22 October 2016
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 was opportunity for you to raise you voice against poverty and show what is being done to tackle poverty across Scotland. Organisations large and small supported Challenge Poverty Week.
The main aims of the week are to:
Read more here.
- Highlight the reality of poverty and challenge the stereotypes that about exist about it;
- Demonstrate what is being done across Scotland to address poverty
- Increase public support for more action to combat poverty
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Consultations and surveys
Scottish health-related fuel poverty schemes
EAS and Shelter Scotland would like to invite you to take part in our “Scottish health-related fuel poverty schemes” survey.
This survey will look at uniquely Scottish schemes so that we will be able to draw up a Scottish catalogue of health-related fuel poverty schemes. Personal data such as your name and email address will be treated in confidence and not shared with anyone outside EAS or Shelter Scotland. If you would like further information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions which hopefully will give you the answer you need.
Please forward this email to a colleague if you think they would be better placed to answer these questions. We would be grateful if you could spare some time to complete our survey by Friday 11 November. Your input will be appreciated.
We will let respondents know when the catalogue has been published. For more, click here.
Suite of resources created and visit to Parliament
SCVO's #RightApproach campaign has now released a suite of blogs and podcasts detailing human rights work within the sector. We also recently held a drop-in session. To submit a case study, blog, record a short podcast, or for more information, please email.
ScotPHO Deprivation profiles
NHS Health Scotland are currently evaluating the ScotPHO deprivation profiles (aand are seeking feedback from anyone who has considered using them. In particular, we are interested in the thoughts of those who have been involved in developing or reporting on SOAs and LOIPs in their local area. Questions:
Responses should be sent by email to Gerry McCartney (email@example.com) by 11th November 2016.
- How have you used the deprivation profiles since they were published? If so, what did you use them for, and if not, why not?
- What have you found most useful about the deprivation profiles?
- What have you found least useful about the deprivation profiles?
- Are the Slope Index of Inequality (SII) and Relative Index of Inequality (RII) useful for you at local authority and health board level, and why?
- Are there alternative measures of inequality that you would like us to produce?
- Is there anything you would like us to change about the range of indicators for which we produce the deprivation profiles?
- Would you be happy to discuss this further?
Community Link Worker Survey deadline extended to Monday 31st October
Voluntary Health Scotland's scoping exercise on Community Link Workers has generated such interest that we have now extended the deadline for responses to our survey.If you are a charity, social enterprise, community organisation or TSI involved in community link working and haven’t yet responded, now is your chance!We are particularly keen to hear from the third sector in Shetland, Orkney, Moray and Argyll and Bute.
This work will help inform the Scottish Government’s plans to create an additional 250 Community Link Workers.
Don’t worry if you can’t answer all the questions, just answer what you can – any information is useful. Remember to respond by Monday 31st October.
Choose the survey you want to respond to:
Read more here.
Scottish Government: Social Security
This consultation seeks to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016.
Deadline 28/10/16. More here.
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Community Development Practice Community Development Practice is a web-based publication of the US Community Development Society. It presents innovative approaches, tools, and techniques that can be readily applied by community development practitioners, applied researchers and prac-academics. Its current issue looks at ‘A Refreshed Community Development Practice’
Consulting on consultations
We are Snook and the Democratic Society have carried out a consultation on how government could use their online resources to help improve consultations run by public bodies. They believe that there should be a much wider range of techniques used than the currently dominant survey-based method: “methodologies such as ideation and deliberative discussion are increasingly being used ... around the world”.
Their recommendations include that the Government Digital Service should “create and open and extensible infrastructure for consultation into which consultation tools from in-house or external developers can be plugged”
Kinder Communities: The power of everyday relationships
This discussion paper explores the evidence on the impact of everyday relationships and kindness on individual and societal wellbeing.
"There is a body of evidence that consistently shows that positive relationships and kindness are at the very heart of our wellbeing. In this discussion paper Carnegie Associate Zoe Ferguson starts a process to engage directly with people who want to inject kindness back into their work and communities. This discussion paper explores the evidence on the impact of everyday relationships and kindness on individual and societal wellbeing, and community empowerment and develops a theory of change."
Scottish Government: Dignity: Ending Hunger Together in Scotland
The previous Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights, Alex Neil MSP, invited Martin Johnstone, Secretary of the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council, to chair an independent short life working group on food poverty to consider the issues and make recommendations to the Scottish Government on future actions.
The report sets out evidence and recommendations from the first six months’ work of the Independent Working Group on Food Poverty.
You can read the group's report in full here.
Review of participatory budgeting in Scotland
What Works Scotland has published a review of participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland, based on an analysis of existing evidence about the PB processes that have taken place in Scotland up until June 2016.
The review examines the growth and development of the 1st Generation of PB in Scotland in order to generate insight to support the strategic and operational leadership and delivery of future PB.
Grant making through Participatory Budgeting: A ‘How To’ Guide for Community Led Organisations and community engagement workers.
Launched in September 2016, this guide was written by PB Partners, at the request of the Scottish Government, to support the £2m Community Choices programme.
Specifically written with community led organisations in mind but also useful for front line workers or local authorities starting out on using Participatory Budgeting (PB) it condenses PB Partners learning from over 15 years of doing PB in the UK.
Health expectancies at birth and at age 65 in the UK, based on 2011 Census health and disability prevalence data: 2010 to 2012
Estimates of health state life expectancies for the UK, its constituent countries and their sub-national areas using 2011 Census health and disability prevalence data.
- In 2010 to 2012, newborn males and females in the UK could expect to live 78.8 years and 82.6 years respectively.
- If surviving to age 65, men and women could expect to live a further 18.3 years and 20.8 years respectively, of which around half would be in “Very good or good” health (9.1 years and 9.6 years respectively).
- Men and women at age 65 in Scotland could expect to live the longest in “Very good or good” health (9.3 years and 10.2 years respectively) even though their life expectancies were the shortest (76.5 years and 80.7 years respectively).
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Community Capacity and Resilience Fund
The Community Capacity and Resilience Fund is provided by the Scottish Government and administered by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). Funding is available for awards of up to £5000 to projects which help to mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative impact on communities. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2016 (5pm). After a first run in 2015, the amount available has been doubled for 2016 to £333,000.
Second phase of Dementia Friendly Communities funding
In 2015 the Life Changes Trust invested £3.4 million in dementia friendly communities across Scotland. Their monitoring shows that “the difference they can make to the lives of people with dementia and their carers is enormous. They challenge stereotypes, raise awareness and look beyond the dementia to see the person. They ensure that people remain connected to their communities, and reduce isolation and loneliness”.
The Trust has decided to invest a further £2 million in such communities. They will open for online applications from 17 January 2017, but are open now for questions and clarification.
NFU Mutual Charitable Trust
NFU Mutual’s Charitable Trust is currently accepting applications from charitable groups and organisations in the UK. NFU Mutual is providing of up to £30,000 to registered charitable organisations based and working within the UK that are seeking funding for charitable initiatives in the areas of education, research, social welfare and poverty relief.
The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas. The deadline for applications is 28 October 2016.
Climate Challenge Fund Round (Scotland)
The Climate Challenge Fund has reopened to applications in Scotland. The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) helps community groups in Scotland to develop and implement projects that will reduce the environmental impact of their community through reducing carbon emissions.
Grants of up to £150,000 per project are available. Previous projects have included energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste.
There are two different deadlines for applications:
Community-led organisations currently in receipt of a CCF grant must have submitted a completed application by 16 December 2016.
All other community-led organisations must have submitted an Expression of Interest by 28 October 2016 and a completed application by 16 December 2016.
Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund Invites GB Applications
The Greggs Foundation offers grants to not-for-profit organisations based in local communities in England, Scotland and Wales to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of their local communities.
The Greggs Foundation's Community Projects Fund provides grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales for projects or for providing equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities.
The deadline for applications is 3 March 2017. For further information see here.
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Scotland Welcomes Refugees – Impact and Next Steps
Wednesday 2 November, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
The conference will mark the beginning of a process to develop the next phase of 'New Scots'. The current strategy will end in March 2017, and a new strategy will be developed to build on the progress made by New Scots and to expand its scope fully across Scotland.
The conference will bring together representatives of national and local government, the third sector, community groups, refugees and asylum seekers working towards integration in Scotland to share practice, highlight successes and challenges and identify priorities for the next phase of the ‘New Scots’ strategy. There will be an opportunity to hear about integration from national and local perspectives, and a number of practice examples will be presented.
CFHS learning exchange: community cooking skills courses
Thursday 10 November, 10:30 - 3:30
Come and hear about our cooking skills work, learn from your colleagues and share your ideas. This whole day event will give you the opportunity to: meet your colleagues from across Scotland commissioning or running cooking courses; pick up a copy of our new guide: What’s cooking in Scotland? Part three; and discuss and take part in activities that will help you critically appraise your courses.
Learning through stories – Co-production Week Scotland Learning Event
Tuesday 15th November, 09.30 – 1.30
Taking place during Co-production Week Scotland, this event will invite participants to explore what can be learned through stories of co-production, and think about how personal and community stories are at the heart of the approach.
Scottish Co-production Network members from Dundee will share their own experiences, and demonstrate some creative ways that people have come together to shape activities and support for their communities, including:
Learn more and register your interest here.
- Making Recovery Real in Dundee
We're Here Too - Outside the Box
From belly dancing to seeing family, at Outside the Box we believe that older people should be able to do the things they love.
We are organising a series of events called We’re Here Too which bring together people who want to see more opportunities for all older people to be able to participate in the issues that interest them. Whether you are an older person yourself, someone who works or volunteers with older people or you have an older friend or relative you would like to see more opportunities for, this event is for you.
This year we will be having discussions around 3 themes at our events:
Dates and locations for the events are as follows:
- Building stronger links between people living in care homes and other supported settings and people in their local communities
- Keeping active
- What works for older people in BME communities. Come along to the event that is convenient for you from 10am – 3.30pm. Tea, coffee, cake and lunch will be provided.
We now have programmes for the events, along with lots of other information, on our website here. To book your place, or to find out more, contact Alice on 0141 419 0451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 15th November Forth Valley Sensory Centre Falkirk
- 2nd December Smithton Free Church, Inverness
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Conferences and seminars
QMeN International Conference on Rediscovering Inequalities - Edinburgh, 26-27th October 2016.
The full conference programme is now available to view.
This 2-day interdisciplinary conference in Edinburgh will hear from internationally renowned speakers including:
The conference will also be joined by an expert panel of policy representatives including Scottish Parliament, Inspiring Scotland and Oxfam UK.
Visit the conference website for more information
Scotland's first dementia conference led by dementia friendly communities
For the first time in Scotland, a conference about dementia has been hosted and run by people living with dementia and the communities that support them.
The event took place on World Alzheimer’s Day - 21st September, 2016 - and showcased 13 dementia friendly communities. Watch 'Communities & Dementia' film.
Children in Scotland's Annual Conference 2016: Wellbeing and the world of the child: inspirational thinking for changing lives
Wednesday, 2 November - Thursday, 3 November 2016, Cumbernauld
Children in Scotland's annual conference is the annual flagship event for the children's sector. It provides a unique opportunity for those who work with and for children, young people and their families to meet, network, learn about and debate the key issues facing the sector today.
The overarching theme of this year's conference will be linked to our vision of securing children's wellbeing and improving their childhoods. On day one, we will showcase examples of great practice from North Lanarkshire and around the country.
Day two will focus on how we 'make it happen' for Scotland's children - how do we tackle bureaucracy, take action and hold ourselves to account in improving our services?
Find out more and book your place here.
EVOC conference & AGM - 8 Nov
It's five years since Campbell Christie challenged us all to do things differently. Have we gone beyond the rhetoric? What have we collectively, as a sector and as individual organisations, done to drive change?
In this conference EVOC is creating the space to have an honest conversation about our role in turning the vision of the Christie Commission into reality.
VHS Annual Conference & AGM, Thursday 24 November 2016, Edinburgh
Loneliness - A Threat to Scotland’s Health: Working Together to Combat Isolation VHS’s Annual Conference and AGM examines the damage that protracted loneliness causes to both physical and mental health, asks what difference a national strategy can make, and explores a range of third sector interventions making a difference on the ground.
- Conference Chair - Carolyn Sawers, Head of Policy and Learning Scotland, Big Lottery Fund
- Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
- Dr Andrew Fraser, Director of Public Health Science, NHS Health Scotland
- Professor Thomas Scharf, Professor of Gerontology, University of Newcastle
- James Jopling, Executive Director for Scotland, Samaritans
- Pete White, Chief Executive, Positive Prison? Positive Futures
- Marie Hayes, Operations Director, British Red Cross
- Mark Hazelwood, Chief Executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
- Paul Okroj, Head of Volunteering, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
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Positive Action in Housing: Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
This half- day training covers the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. The course will explore how the asylum system operates and you will be briefed on the process involved in making a claim for asylum. The course will also explore the barriers faced by both refugees and asylum seekers and you will learn more about their respective entitlement to services.
- Glasgow, Tuesday 17/01/17
- Dundee, 15/11/16
- Dumfries, 21/03/17
Aberdeen: A Critical Path to a Successful Event – Good, Bad or Downright Ugly
This popular workshop is intended to provide a tool for those who want to make a success of their events – whatever success means to them.
Critical path planning focuses on what you want to achieve as a team and provides the tools for planning and managing the process both well-ahead and minute-by-minute.
Raising the Issue of Second Hand Smoke/Protection of Children 8th Nov, Kinghorn
This training aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to actively support parents/carers to reduce children’s exposure to second hand tobacco smoke.
On completion of this course, participants will have:
- Gained knowledge and awareness of the national “Second Hand Smoke” campaign;
- An increased knowledge in how to define second hand smoke and understand its effects on children’s health;
- The ability to explore common beliefs around second hand smoke exposure;
- The skills to discuss the benefits of having a smoke free home and car;
- Learned how to assess the occurrence of children’s exposure to second hand smoke; and
- The ability to explore hints and tips on creating a smoke free home and car.
- This course would suit anyone who is in a position to support parents/carers to reduce children’s exposure to second hand smoke such as health visitors, midwives, nursery staff, school nurses, early years/family support workers, social workers and youth workers.
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Life Changes Trust - Senior Funding Officer
The Life Changes Trust wishes to appoint a very experienced Senior Funding Officer to support funding management within the Trust’s People Affected by Dementia Programme.
Significant experience in the management of high quality funding administration (e.g. grants and/or social investment loans) is essential.
- Salary: £28,000 - £32,000
- Status: Full time
The ideal candidate will be efficient, polite, self-motivated with strong initiative and able to communicate clearly and effectively. A solid team player, you will have a positive personality and a desire to learn. Previous experience of working in a very busy office environment is essential.
LGBT Health and Wellbeing - Development Worker - LGBT Self Management Project
Closing Date for applications is Tuesday 1st November at 5pm
We are seeking to recruit a motivated, enthusiastic and experienced person to develop and deliver the exciting new LGBT Self Management Project in Glasgow. You will work closely with community members and partners to deliver a programme of workshops, events and peer support groups aimed at empowering and supporting LGBT people with mental health needs.
Join us if you are passionate about the issues faced by LGBT people in Scotland, are committed to community development, and want to help us to deliver our ambitious vision for LGBT health, wellbeing and equality in Scotland.
- £26,043 - £28,527 pro-rata
- 28 hours per week
- Closing date: 01/11/16
An application pack can be downloaded here.
RNIB - Support Worker
Do you have great all round communication skills, enthusiasm and thrive in a busy environment? Do you have a "can do" attitude and want to work with adults who have a learning disability and sight loss? Do you enjoy the challenge of working within a changing environment where you can make a difference?
If so, RNIB have an exciting opportunity for you to be part of the their Scotland Visual Impairment and Learning Disability/Complex Needs Services (VILD). RNIB offer unique, personalised care and support services for people with sight loss. Working with VILD you will learn how to identify hidden sight loss. You will be involved in helping the customer to create their own individual service design; you will support and encourage development of choice, control and confidence.
This position will require someone with strong values in providing intellectual, emotional, social, personal and physical support. You will enable people to develop new skills and attend activities of their choice including, baking, sensory interaction, walking, music, art, bowling, cinema etc.
Development Officer - East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action
EDVA are looking for an enthusiastic, approachable and pro-active individual to join our team who embodies a strong commitment to excellence, inclusion, community empowerment and equal opportunities. As part of the team, the successful candidate will contribute to our endeavours of strengthen the connectivity, quality, capacity and resilience of East Dunbartonshire’s third sector, volunteering, social economy and community engagement.
If you have the experience, skills, values and drive to be a key part of our team to make a positive difference for East Dunbartonshire’s Third Sector and volunteering they want to hear from you.
- Salary: £20,750
- Status: Full time
- Closing date: 31/10/16
Pilton Community Health Project- Administrative Officer
PCHP are seeking to recruit a proactive and dynamic administrative officer to provide a warm and welcoming reception for visitors to PCHP and to provide administrative and secretarial support within the organisation as described in the job description.
- Salary: £18,809 pro-rata
- Salary info: 28hrs per week
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Global Community Development Exchange The International Association for Community Development, with American and Australian partners, has established the Global Community Development Exchange. This is a place where community development teachers, practitioners and learners can share their teaching and learning approaches, tools and resources. Although planned as a private site with content only available to members of the exchange, at the moment the ‘vault’ of material is open to all and you will only need to register if you want to deposit material – which people are urged to do.
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