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Issue 257 - 29th May 2014

Hello, and welcome to issue 257 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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The next issue will be published on Thursday 12th June, 2014. Please send anything you would like to be included before Tuesday 10th June.

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


New from the Network: "Lambhill Stables"

In this week's feature we're highlighting an extract from our most recent CHEX-Point Newsletter. David Cruickshank from Lambhill Stables Community Development Trust talks about the work he carries out.

Despite not having health in its title or an overt health strategy, Lambhill Stables Community Development Trust has improved the health of many people in the Lambhill, Cadder, Possil, Maryhill and Milton areas of North Glasgow. The organisation reaches out and engages with people who traditionally would not access health services. While its approach emphasises the inclusion of everyone, people who are isolated due to mental illness, disability and addiction have positively responded and got involved! The involvement has been life changing for these people and life enhancing for the wider community. 

An active membership of 250 local residents have used their knowledge and experience to transfer derelict property and brown field sites into thriving community facilities. A community hub in a refurbished B-listed building renovated from a derelict shell, a thriving community garden and local allotments from vacant land are just two of these major impacts. At the heart of this transformation are positive opportunities for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage to have a better quality of life - all through involvement in community activity and volunteering or training and employment.

Since initiation of the organisation in 2007, management, staff and volunteers learnt that ‘hands on’ work and engaging community members in the natural environment offers participants a sense of purpose, and increases physical and mental wellbeing. And for some people this provides a diversionary path away from drug addiction and anti-social behaviour towards new skills, increased confidence and, ultimately, employment or other positive destinations. The staff create opportunities for development through varied activities e.g. working alongside 75 volunteers every week in therapeutic gardening, cookery, walking, cycling, canoeing, heritage, and arts and crafts. 12 local schools participate in the schools programme and over 670 people took part in the very popular drop-in activities programme. The youngest participants are nursery school children and the oldest volunteer is 91 years-old.

The following comments testify to the difference that the Stables are making to people’s lives:

“I volunteer at the Stables. It is a friendly, creative place. I and many others are gaining skills, confidence, environmental awareness– It is bringing a community together to make life better for everyone.” Agnes

“This is an inclusive and inspiring place where mentally ill people are accepted.” Raymund

 “Lambhill Stables has had such a positive impact on the surrounding communities and our school! “ Cheryl

To read the rest of the article and this issue, click here.

CHEX-Point Editorial Board
Following our most recent issue, CHEX are inviting applications to join the CHEX-Point Editorial Board. CHEX-Point is our quarterly newsletter which goes out to over 1500 readers across Scotland. The Editorial Board meets quarterly to decide on content for the CHEX-Point Newsletter. 

As the Newsletter profiles good practice and policy issues the Board reflects a mixture of interests in health improvement and community development.  Editions of CHEX-Point may reflect a single theme or cover a range of topics, identified by the Board.  Articles are written by organisations from the CHEX network and a range of different health agencies. Our readership of approximately 1500 people typically includes community-led health initiatives, voluntary organisations, NHS staff, local authorities, researchers and interested individuals. Read CHEX-Point here.

We want to hear your great ideas for the newsletter and help us ensure we cover the issues you are interested in as our network. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Editorial Board then please get in touch with

Supporting Trans Parents within a clinical setting
This case study primarily written by Runima Kakati from the Sandyford Clinic highlights the conditions that a clinical setting can provide to support Trans Parents in coming together to meet their own needs.  

Download the case study here

CHEX policy briefing on the integration of health and social care
CHEX has produced a briefing summing up the recently-passed Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill and the implications/opportunities for community-led health.

At the end of February 2014, the Scottish Parliament passed the Bill, which sets out the legislative framework for integrating health and social care in Scotland. This CHEX briefing is intended to summarise the Bill and its implications for community-led health within the context of wider public service reform. Throughout, we highlight the potential interest and role for community-led health organisations.

Click here to download the briefing.

Communities at the Centre' case studies
Following on the national conference CHEX launched a new publication at its national event ‘Community at the Centre’ on 1st May. The resource demonstrates the work of community-led health organisations on local health outcomes.

It features five case studies of community-led health organisations and highlights the activities, processes and outcomes involved in community development, community leadership, partnership working, long term sustainability and tackling health inequalities.

The five community-led organisations, Burnfoot Community Hub, Borders, Health All Round, Lothian, PAGES, Aberdeenshire, North Coast Connection, Highland and Stepping Stone, West Dunbartonshire (featured above) respond to a range of local health priorities from transforming a local pub into a local hub and building mental health wellbeing to strengthening social cohesion and community empowerment.

The publication was well received and hard copies will be distributed to key decision makers and community-led health organisations.

You can download the case study in PDF format here

Supporting Communities
SCDC is pleased to offer our expanded package of community capacity building support, Supporting Communities, to even more community organisations. The support is intended to enable community organisations (at all levels and stages) to improve their effectiveness and influence over the community needs and priorities that they are involved in tackling.

In particular, the support package is designed for groups that are operating in areas of disadvantage or that are facing high levels of exclusion or disadvantage, and/or have a commitment to tackling disadvantage or inequalities. We are also interested in working with groups who are going through a period of transition or change within their organisation, and are motivated to work with others and share their own experiences and learning.

SCDC has started working with 31 groups who applied to the programme since we first announced it in late 2013. These include community organisations from across Scotland doing a wide range of activities and with a diverse spectrum of support needs. For example, we are currently supporting Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust to communicate their work and message to the wider community and other agencies. In March, we assisted Thrumster Park Regeneration Fund to engage with local people and identify their priorities. We are also helping to build the capacity of the newly recruited board of the Scottish-wide Sierra Leone Support Association.

Please visit the Supporting Communities webpage on our website for more information or contact Alex MacDonald on 0141 248 1924 or email  You can also download the flyer here.

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General Information

National Volunteers Week
National Volunteers Week takes place from 1st - 7th June, marking the 30th anniversary of the week. Various events are being organised across Scotland the the rest of the UK. A digital resource pack is available to download here

From showcasing the different volunteering roles on offer, taster sessions and team challenges with new partners, to volunteer recruitment events, awards ceremonies and launching new volunteering campaigns, events take place throughout the country

You can find out about local events here

The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study
The Scottish Government has released a report highlighting the impact of welfare reform in Scotland. Based on a series of interview from earlier in the year, this report examines 43 individuals claiming benefits from various locations and their current circumstances. The report highlights the difficulty claimants face in relation to accessing clear information, working with Jobcentre staff as well as having to make difficult choices about which essential household expenses to prioritise. Along with this the report highlighted the increased stigma related to people claiming benefits along with the moving of people form disability-related benefits to Jobseekers Allowance. 

You can read the report, including its recommendations, here

Getting Your Head Around Brain Injury
The Journey was produced in 2008 by the Brain Injury Experience Network (BIEN) and had great feedback. This led to making a DVD to share their experiences and stories, showing they are still progressing in their lives, expanding and hopefully sharing information about brain injury with more people. 

You can find out more by going to the Outside the Box website which has a report from the project as well as a trailer to the film:

Football Community Project
United Glasgow Football Club was originally set up, in 2011, as a 5-a-side team to provide access to structured football to asylum seekers and refugees. Since its creation, the club has grown to become an established Sunday League team complete with management committee and written constitution, and also runs a Womens 5-a-side team. United Glasgow FC have also undertaken community projects to use football to educate people about various forms of discrimination, and to continue to make football accessible and affordable for everyone.
Their latest community project, made possible by a grant from Awards for All Scotland, is a 7-a-side league where players will be allocated into teams by their postcode. This will mean that your team is made up of players from your local area.

For more information click here.

Scottish independence referendum: Easy Read versions
Learning Disability Alliance Scotland has produced Easy Read versions of arguments for and against Scottish independence. You can find out more here and download the Yes document here and the No document here.

Scottish Welfare Fund - review
The review explores how well the interim arrangements of the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) have worked, from the perspectives of applicants to the SWF and the third sector organisations supporting them. It also provides recommendations for the remainder of the interim period and for the permanent arrangements.

Download the report 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:
  • The Scottish Welfare Reform Advisory Service offers information and advice surrounding benefits, housing and debt. Support is provided by Shelter and Child Poverty Action Group. You can find more here
  • On Third Force News Steven McAvoy, Enable welfare rights adviser, recounts an incident that highlights why benefits sanctions don't save money or help people find work. More here.
News from other networks

CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight: 
  • Glasgow Disability Alliance Older People Update provides a useful on their work and information around older people with disabilities. You can view the latest issue and subscribe here

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Dementia Scotland Awards
These awards provide an opportunity for professionals and communities, who are committed to enhancing the health, well being and experience of people with dementia and their families, to have their work recognised and promoted.

The award scheme will help showcase the creativity, innovation and dedication that makes a real difference to the daily lives of people with dementia and their families. It aims to demonstrate clearly how, across Scotland, policy is being sustainably put into best shared practice.

You can find more and make a submission (until 5pm 13/6) here.

Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards
Are you a Scottish Top Employer for Working Families?Working Families in partnership with Parenting Across Scotland, Fathers Network Scotland and Carers Scotland are proud to introduce the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards designed to promote a Family Friendly Scotland in the field of employment. The awards are your chance to tell us about what you do to develop and support flexible and family-friendly working in your organisation.  It's free to enter the Scottish Awards and the winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony in Scotland in the Autumn. Application has been designed for busy senior leaders and consists of 5 short questions and 1 case study.

More about the Scottish award categories and eligibility. Entry closes on 23rd June 2014. More here.

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Consultations and surveys

Winning for Inverclyde Older People
CVS Inverclyde is promoting collaboration between partner organisations to offer increased opportunity for older people in Inverclyde to live at home, with better social connections and relationships, through receipt of funding from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland and other funders.
Are there activities which you currently provide which meet these criteria? Have your existing projects or activities demonstrated that there are gaps which you would like to fill with a new project or service if funding was available?  Or have you a bright and bold idea which would improve the life of older people in Inverclyde?

More information here.

Your Say: Call for views on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
The Welfare Reform Committee is launching a call for views through its ‘Your Say’ initiative which will be focussing on Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The Committee wishes to gain a greater understanding of people’s experiences of the PIP process which has recently been implemented in many parts of Scotland.

Find out more here.


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Reducing health inequalities and improving health: What councillors can do to make a difference
This report is aimed at councillors to highlight their role in reducing health inequalities, improving health in a fairer way and protecting health. It makes specific connections between this and councillors' different roles in community leadership; partnership working; their constituency/representational role; policymaking, scrutiny role and their responsibilities for the council as a large and complex corporate body.

It provides practical examples and details the importance of understanding the needs of the community and utilising their assets. Download it here.

Health Inequalities Action Framework
NHS Health Scotland has published its Health Inequalities Action Framework. This provides a generic approach for partnerships to address health inequalities using common theories and indicators of progress. Its main principle is that the reducing health inequalities requires action on the social determinants of health. 

The Health Inequalities Action Framework takes the planner through a process of considering these principles in relation to their own topic, strategy or work programme using a series of questions.

You can download the framework here.

Scottish Health Council: The Participation Toolkit.
Now in its third edition, this toolkit 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. 

You can download it here.

CHEX Guide: Social Media for Community-led Health
This guide is in response to the increasingly important contribution social media is having on organisations of all shapes and sizes - and community-led health orgs are no different.
The guide is designed to be a starting point for organisations who want to start using social media to promote the work they're doing, engage with their communities and become more connected. It isn't a step-by-step guide, but will give you the foundations to ensure you're making most of your digital media efforts in your community-led health practice.
You can download it here.

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Renfrewshire graduate employment funding
Did you know Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce is currently offering you £1500 when you employ a graduate in a new role within your organisation?

This incentive will end on 31st May 2014 so please don't miss out on your chance to apply. Whether you have someone in mind for the job or need help with the recruitment process we can help. 

Already recruited? If you have employed a graduate/HND level since end of August 2013 you can make a retrospective claim and apply for funding/access a fully funded package of post-recruitment support. Terms and conditions do apply:
  • Graduate must be under 30yrs old & qualified to Degree/HND Level
  • New position must be a permanent one & pertain to graduate level
  • Salary minimum of £14k (full time or pro-rata part time)
  • Business has less than 150 employees
Applying for this funding is simple and straightforward and if you fulfil the eligibility criteria above, then please email Bob Grant at or telephone 0141 847 5455 for the relevant forms.

Accessing Funding Network (Inverclyde)
You are invited to the next meeting of the Accessing Funding Network.  This network will be of interest to anyone who: 
  • is currently developing a funding application 
  • is looking for funding for their project 
  • is interested in developing partnerships to apply for funding 
Details of meeting:  
  • Date:   Tuesday 3rd June
  • Time:   2pm - 4pm
  • Place:  CVS Inverclyde 
Please let us know if you will be attending by emailing

BEMIS - Heritage Lottery Fund event
Heritage Lottery Fund are keen to fund projects with the diverse ethnic and cultural minority communities of Scotland.
  • Tuesday 3rd June: 11am – 1pm
  • Scottish Youth Theatre. Glasgow.
Heritage can be about your culture and traditions, your community’s memories and stories, and your environment – whether it’s the buildings around you or the natural spaces you visit. It’s about you and what’s important to your communities.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gives grants to projects that provide lasting benefits to heritage, people and communities. If you are interested in finding out more about heritage projects, and how to apply for HLF grants to run your own heritage projects, then please come along to this event.  In this two hour session, we will explore what heritage means, ways to explore and engage other people in this heritage, and how we can begin to pull that together into a funding application.

For more information and to bool email

Comic Relief UK Grant Making
In the UK, Comic Relief funds work that aims to achieve at least one of their five themes. We do this by supporting organisations with the people, ideas and ability to tackle complex problems and create positive social change across the UK. Young people and older people are important to us, as are others who face disadvantage, particularly in areas with high levels of deprivation. They also welcome proposals from projects that use sport to transform lives.

Their UK grants team follows a flexible and responsive funding strategy, allowing organisations to select the approaches they feel are most effective in tackling pressing issues.

More here

BEMIS: Homecoming Scotland 2014
“Homecoming Scotland 2014” is a Scottish Government initiative run by Visit Scotland to promote Scotland internationally, and to celebrate both the country’s heritage and the diverse communities that live here. “Homecoming” includes a wide range of events and activities in each of the following categories:
  • sports, including the Commonwealth Games, and various outdoor activities;
  • the Commonwealth, history, and the Scottish diaspora;
  • music, arts, dance, architecture and design, literature, digital media, fashion and textiles;
  • whisky and food festivals;
  • the natural and historic environments, and wildlife
BEMIS is organising events and grants related to this theme. You can find out more here

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Community Jobs Scotland
Community Jobs Scotland is again open for applications from third sector employers.  Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) aims to create 1,400 jobs to support young unemployed people by the end of March 2015.   CJS is a Scottish Government funded programme that:- 
  • supports young unemployed people to develop the skills required to enable them to enter sustainable employment
  • supports the development of third sector organisations
Since starting in 2011 Community Jobs Scotland has created 4550 jobs providing meaningful paid employment in the third sector. 

More here.

Positive Moves in the Workplace
The Positive Moves in the Workplace is a Big Lottery Funded programme which aims to support BME participants to improve their confidence, communication skills, ability to deal with conflict, problem solving skills and their assertiveness whilst being supported to plan their career and realise opportunities for progression.

Alongside this, employers will be assisted to develop equalities policies and best practice and be better able to support BME staff in their progression.  We will be assessing Applications for our next intake from the 1st of June 2014.

CSV’s Action Earth 
This campaign is helping to get people and communities busy outdoors. We have grants to give to groups of volunteers who are carrying out environmental projects in Scotland. The campaign runs from April to February each year.
  • Grants from £50 to £250 are available for practical activities that involve volunteers in improving outdoor spaces or creating habitats for wildlife. Grants can be used to purchase plants, tools and materials or to cover volunteer expenses. 
  • If your group is volunteering on a Local Nature Reserve we can give you up to £500 for practical work, wildlife recording or educational activities that encourage more people onto the reserve.
If you have any questions contact Robert Henderson at or call 0131 222 9083 / 622 7766. For more information and to apply online, click here.

£2m Funding for Vulnerable Young People
The Scottish Government has announced that CashBack for Communities funding of more than £2m will be used to create life-changing opportunities for vulnerable young people in Scotland. 

The money, which is confiscated from criminals, will be distributed by YouthLink Scotland to projects that assist vulnerable young people in Scotland to a more positive future, by offering skills, activities and training and a place to turn to when experiencing difficulties with their lives.  

More information here.

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True cost accounting: how can we pay for sustainable food? - 4 June (Edinburgh)
The drive for cheap food commodities pushes the food production system into damaging the  ecosystems on which future productivity depends. This damage is not factored in to the cost of food  but is passed on to the general public (pollution, health problems, flooding) or to our children (loss of species, loss of fish stocks, soil degradation, climate change).  If we think the price of sustainable food is high today, it's a bargain compared to the price of unsustainable food tomorrow.
  • Edinburgh
  • 4th June
  • Organised by Nourish Scotland and the Sustainable Food Trust
This one day conference brings together food producers, researchers, policymakers, non government organisations and engaged citizens to share knowledge about the 'externalities' of the current  food system and to share ideas about how food policy in Scotland could make sustainable food production and consumption mainstream.

Confirmed speakers include Patrick Holden, founder and director of the Sustainable Food Trust; Professor Mark Sutton, lead author of the European Nitrogen Assessment; Simon Crichton, Triodos Bank; Jo Hunt, Knockfarrel Organics.  The event is chaired by journalist Alex Renton

More here.

Art in Healthcare seek new care environments to receive art workshops (Edinburgh)
Art in Healthcare are proud to announce the start of another year of exciting art workshops as they continue to grow and develop their successful outreach programme. We are looking for new care environments interested in our art workshops to start as soon as possible! What’s more, with thanks to funding from a variety of sources we can offer a limited number of ‘trial series’ of six workshops for the cost of just two. 

Each two hour workshop is action-packed with fun and creativity and all materials are provided. Led by a professional and enthusiastic artist, experienced in working within care environments, our creative learning experiences encourage social interaction, build self-esteem and develop new skills for all participants.  

Take a peek at the Outreach Programme section on our website and note the Programme Resources tab where you’ll find a Flier, FAQs and examples of Past Projects. If you are interested in the free art workshops then please complete the Questionnaire and return to Amelia Calvert, Outreach Manager. , Tel:  0131 555 7638, 32-36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

Write to Recovery official launch: Book your place! - 11 June (Edinbirgh)
Join the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) for the official launch of their new story-sharing website Write to Recovery. SRN have designed the website to support people affected by mental health problems on their journeys of recovery.
  • Scottish Story-telling Centre, Edinburgh
  • Wednesday 11th June 2014, 10am-2pm
It provides tools and inspiration to help write and share personal stories of lived experience. More information on how to book your free place can be found here 
(places will be given on a first come, first serve basis).

Achieving Impact with Community Benefit – 19 June 2014 (Lochgilphead)
Argyll and Bute Council in partnership with Foundation Scotland are hosting the above seminar which is focused on community councils and community groups which receive, or are likely to receive in the future, community benefit funds from renewable energy developments.  The programme for the day includes sessions on the policy picture, how funds are managed and where the money is going and can be viewed here.
Before the event commences at 10 am and during the lunch break we will be hosting a market place event in a side room which will enable those attending to speak directly to organisations such as Scottish Community Development Centre which may be able to provide them with advice and assistance. You are invited to take a space at the market place which should offer an excellent opportunity for you to meet community representatives from across Argyll and Bute. 
Spaces are limited to a maximum of 14 tables and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. To book your table space, please confirm your attendance before 29 May 2014. Please also confirm your requirements in relation to equipment such as chairs, access to power supplies etc.
We will make space for those attending the market place to sit in on the presentation sessions however if you wish to participate as a delegate please email Rosalind Becroft - – to book a place.

Unequal lives, unjust deaths; Transitions - 24 June (Glasgow)
Health inequalities are differences in health status and outcomes between different groups of people. People who are living with social, economic, physical, or political disadvantages are more likely to experience ill-health and to die earlier.  People suffering from ill-health in turn have an increased likelihood of staying or becoming disadvantaged because of the multiple ways adverse health affects their lives.

Throughout 2014, we will be holding the following 4 events to examine how the voluntary sector can collaborate to tackle health inequalities. Each event will support voluntary health organisations to gain a better understanding of health inequalities, to share learning and experience about the interventions that make a difference, and to encourage and support collaboration and partnership between public and voluntary sectors.

24 June 2014 – Health inequalities and transitions, in partnership with the Scottish Transitions Forum – from youth to adulthood, focusing on young people, who for reasons of disability or other social circumstances, face inequalities in the transition from youth to adulthood.

Click here for more information and to book.

EM3SN Independence Referendum Discussion - 22nd July (Edinburgh)
The Ethnic Minority 3rd Sector Network will follow up our series of white paper conversations earlier this year with an opportunity to discuss the Independence Referendum with representatives of the YES and Better Together campaigns.
The full report of those White Paper conversations can be accessed here

The Edinburgh event will take place as follows: 
  • Tuesday 22nd July, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Tay Room, Strathmore Business Centres
    Scott House
    10 South St Andrew Street
    Edinburgh, EH2 2AZ
Please note that registration is essential for this event as places are limited to venue capacity. To book a place at this event please contact or


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Conferences and seminars

Angus Third Sector Conference‘Equally Local’ - 6 June (Monifieth)
There are now only a few places left for this full-day, free event. This conference follows on from our last dialogue event which took place in November 2012 and will be important in building a strong mutuality between the Third Sector, Community Planning and Government priorities. 
  • On: Friday 6th June 2014
  • Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm (Registration 9am – 9.30am)
  • At: David Lloyd Leisure, Ethiebeaton Park, Monifieth, DD5 4HB
The content of the conference will focus on Early Years, Civic Health & Community Empowerment and Re-shaping Care. Speakers on the day will include:
  • Sir Peter Housden - Permanent Secretary for the Scottish Government
  • Lesley McLay - Chief Executive Officer, NHS Tayside
  • Margo Williamson - Strategic Director – People, Angus Council
  • Eric Knox, Tayside Council on Alcohol
  • Gary Malone – Chief Executive Officer, Voluntary Action Angus
If you would like to attend please contact 01241 875525 or email

Annual Public Health Conference - Call for Abstracts 6 / 7 Nov. (Inverness)
The FPH Scottish Conference is an important opportunity for those working across the spectrum of public health to come together in order to provide context for their work, develop new and strengthen existing networks, and gain inspiration.
This year’s themes combine the established domains of public health practice with topic areas which represent extensive challenges and opportunities for a range of other agencies, but in which a strong public health voice is needed. We will hear
from interesting and motivational speakers from a variety of backgrounds, and hold what we are sure will be a lively panel session to get those critical juices flowing.
  • Thursday 6th & 7th November
  • Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Inverness
The organiser are now requesting abstracts for this event. You can find out more at by clicking here.

Scottish Learning Festival 2014: registration open - 24 / 25 Sept. (Glasgow)
The theme of SLF 2014 is raising achievement and attainment for all with a focus on maximising educational outcomes through:
  • early intervention and prevention - for children, young people and adult learners in order to maximise educational outcomes;
  • health and wellbeing - ranging from physical education and sport to the full range of health and wellbeing subjects which are the responsibility of all practitioners;
  • employability skills - to secure a highly educated, well prepared and well-motivated young workforce able to compete in a global market.
Find out more and register here

Scottish Welfare Rights Conference - 13 June (Glasgow)
The CPAG Scotland Annual Conference is a must attend event for all those interested in welfare rights and social security in Scotland. Workshops will look at a wide range of issues including the bedroom tax, sanctions, tribunals and many others. 
  • 13 June 2014
  • Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow
For more information and to book a place click here.

Community Development: What Vision for Scotland?
At the moment there is no overview of whether the varied approaches to strengthening communities in Scotland are delivered in a coherent way. There is little explicit recognition in government policy of community development. Yet this can offer a set of unifying principles and objectives. 
  • Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 10.30 am (Registration 10am) - 3.30 pm
  • Scottish Youth Theatre, 105 Brunswick St, Glasgow G1 1TF
  • Free admission subject to demand - advance registration essential
Our organisations are working to establish a national dialogue and work towards a shared vision for community development. At the conference, with the help of a range of speakers and discussions (to be announced later) we will:
  • look at key areas of policy and practice where community development can make a difference 
  • seek a wide range of your views on how this contribution could be recognized and supported.
To register, please click here.
For further information please contact: CDAS: Peter Taylor, 0141 586 7588 SCDN: Susan Campbell, 07738 067 072

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Scottish Disability Golf - First Swing Clinics 2014
Free Golf lessons, tuition and practice for anyone of any age, with disabilities The SDGP has already held three First Swing Clinics at various venues across Scotland and England in 2014 and are now pleased to announce that an additional five Clinics have been arranged for disabled people and their carers/coaches.
The dates are as follows:
  • Thursday 12 June - Loch view Golf Course Lanarkshire 10:00
  • Monday 23 June - Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course Scottish Borders 10:00
  • Thursday 14 August - Turriff Golf Club Aberdeenshire 10:30
  • Monday 1 September - Murrayshall Hotel & Golf Course Perth
  • Tuesday 7 October - St Andrews Fife.
There will be other events arranged throughout the season, so please keep an eye on their website here.

All Creatures Great and Small - the practicalities and benefits of keeping animals on your project
This exciting event will involve a variety of workshops and case studies including how to link keeping animals with the Curriculum for Excellence, Health and Safety issues around working with animals, looking after bees and chickens, and how working with animals can benefit vulnerable people.
  • Saturday 7th June
  • Palacerigg Country Park, Cumbernauld
  • Cost: £20 (FCFFG members), £35 School staff/ teachers and community gardening groups and £60 other organisations. Lunch is provided.
There will be plenty of networking opportunities throughout the day and a tour around Palacerigg Country Park to look at the Children’s Farm and rare breeds. To book a place please click here  or get in touch with 0131 623 7058.

Emotional CPR training
PLUS Perth and Kinross are offering "Emotional CPR" training across a two day course. Emotional CPR (eCPR) is an educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple steps: connecting, empowering and revitalising.
  • Venue: St Mary’s Monastery
  • Kinnoull Hill, Perth
  • Dates: Day 1—Saturday 14th June
  • Day 2—Sunday 15th June
  • Times: 10am—5pm
  • Cost: Waged £80, Unwaged £40
For more download this flyer or contact 01738 626242 or

Getting to Grips With Graphic Facilitation (Edinburgh)
Animate is pleased to bring Helen Wilson of 'Envision' to Scotland to deliver a graphic facilitation course. The course will cover:
  • What is graphoc facilitation? Why and when to use it
  • Tools and techniques 
  • Building your own repertoire of grpahics
  • Opportunities to practice using graphoc in a stimulatin and fun training environment. 
  • When: 17th June, 10AM - 4.30PM
  • Where: Almond Room, Wighton House, The Thistle Foundation, Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh EH16 4EA
  • Cost £110 + VAT
For more information email You can also download a flyer here

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Certificate in Counselling Skills Course at Falkirk’s Mental Health Association (Falkrik)
The Certificate in Counselling Skills is for anybody who wants to improve their understanding of other people as well as themselves. Counselling skills can enhance the quality of personal relationships and improve workplace performance. This course is useful and practical, whether you are a professional or volunteer, a carer or helper, a sales person, a parent or a manager or someone wishing to pursue career development. For those wishing to train as a professional counsellor, the Certificate is recommended as a platform for further study e.g. a Diploma in Counselling.
  • Central Falkirk, starting September 2014 and running to June 2015
There is a fee for this course. Spaces are limited so you should apply as soon as possible.
Full details and an application pack can be found hereOr for an informal chat about the course contact Liz Trodden on 01324 671615 or More info here.

My Skills, My Future (Glasgow)
This training is a suite of resources aimed at supporting individuals in identifying the skills they have gained from other experiences out-with formal qualifications.

The resources are aimed primarily at young people who have left, or may be about to leave school with few or no formal qualifications. However, it can also be used with young people who may have been made redundant from their first job, adult returners or the long term unemployed.  For more information on the resources please click here

The SCQFP in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University have developed a one day free workshop for those wishing to use the resources with individuals. The aim of the workshop is to help advisers fully understand the resources and their benefits to individuals. It also offers the chance to try them out through a series of practical activities including benchmarking skills to the SCQF. 
  • Workshop Dates 
  • Monday 9 June 2014 
  • Monday 10 November 2014 
  • Thursday 20 January 2015 
Workshops will run from 9.30am to 4pm and will all take place at Glasgow Caledonian University. If you would like to book a place please complete a booking form or if you are unsure as to whether this workshop will meet your needs please contact

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Learning & Development Adviser - NHS Health Scotland
This is a national learning and development post where the post holder will work closely with stakeholders across the public sector and with the voluntary, community and private sectors. These include educational institutions, professional bodies, training providers and agencies with a role in health inequalities and health improvement (for example Community Planning Partnerships). The post holder will provide strategic direction for learning and workforce development to support NHS Health Scotland’s core health inequalities programmes. 

As part of a professional learning team, the post holder will lead, manage and develop high quality learning and development programmes and ensure that existing learning resources are up-to-date and appropriate to the emerging needs of inequalities groups and local partnerships. 

For further information and a full application pack click here. They welcome applicants from the full range of sectors outlined above.  The closing date is 4 June 2014.

Community Engagement Executive - Resilient Scotland (Edinburgh or Glasgow)
Resilient Scotland provide social investment to enterprising community organisations ambitious to achieve sustainability and generate positive outcomes for local people across 13 local authorities.
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Salary: £28,488
The Community Engagement Executive will develop and implement a portfolio of community based investment and development support activity for Resilient Scotland Ltd.
You will also be responsible for delivering a range of community engagement work with Foundation Scotland’s Community Engagement team, whose main focus is to design and deliver community benefit funds linked to commercial wind farms. Please note that secondments will be considered.

More information here.

Investment Manager - Resilient Scotland (Glasgow or Edinburgh)
Resilient Scotland Ltd invests in areas affected by long term economic decline. Established with a £15M endowment from the Big Lottery Fund, Resilient Scotland provides social investment to enterprising community organisations ambitious to achieve sustainability and generate positive outcomes for local people.
  • Fixed Term – 1 year
  • 21 hours per week
  • Salary: £36,846 pro-rata
We are looking for an Investment Manager to lead on the development of potential business and the appraisal of loan applications. You will be responsible for managing the entire portfolio of investments made by Resilient Scotland. A key area of responsibility will be to make investment recommendations to decision-making panels, outlining the associated risks and social impact. 

Method of Application: To apply, email a CV and cover letter to demonstrating your fit to the role profile and person specification, which can be found on our website or requested through emailing Closing Date: 12pm, Wednesday 11th June. Interviews are expected to be held: Monday, 23rd June at our Edinburgh offices.

More information here.

Advisory Group Members - 'see me' 
'see me’, Scotland’s national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination, is seeking  6 volunteer members for the programme’s new Advisory Group and is specifically looking for people with lived experience of mental health problems or experience of caring for someone with mental health problems.

Group members will contribute their expertise to the overall direction of the programme as well as providing links to key audiences.  They will play the role of a critical friend, and provide feedback to the programme lead partners, management and funders on the direction and performance of the programme. 

The Advisory Group will meet a minimum of four times yearly and will include the Programme Management team (The Programme Director and senior representatives from the delivery partners MHF and SAMH).  The Advisory Group will not have a formal governance role – that remit sits with the management team, but will provide essential checks and balances for the decision-making and the direction of the programme. 

These are not paid positions but all reasonable expenses, incurred in the work of the Advisory Group, will be reimbursed by ‘see me’.

More details here.

Engagement & Communications Worker – Voice of Experience Forum (Airdrie)
Based in North Lanarkshire we are seeking a highly motivated individual to promote the involvement and facilitate engagement with older people.
  • Salary: £20,388 pro rata 28 hours
  • Benefits: 6% Pension Contribution
  • Duration: 31st March 2016
The Engagement & Communications 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. To receive an application form or for more information contact Sandra/Maureen on (01236) 758855 or email Closing date is 13th June 2014.

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CFHS - Human rights based approaches to food poverty
CFHS is recruiting people involved in community food initiatives in Scotland to join an enquiry into human rights based approaches to food poverty.

We are looking for people who will be willing to
  • set the agenda for the work
  • engage in positive discussion and debate with others active in the field
  • listen and learn from each other, practioners, researchers and policy makers
  • evaluate the usefulness of these approaches to the current situation in Scotland
  • shape and develop ideas and materials that can be shared with the wider sector
The work will start in the summer with an agenda setting session. What follows will be agreed by group members and may include a short residential session. CFHS have funding to support the enquiry and can pay travel and accommodation costs if required.

If you are interested in being involved, or would like more information- contact


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Your Voice Our Vision
This site provides a platform for discussion on how the Big Lottery Fund should provide funding to communities from across the UK. They are seeking views in the following areas: 
  • "Vibrant Communities: How can we grow social capital and help communities to make the most of their strengths and talents?
  • Addressing Disadvantage:  What can we do to support people living in poverty to achieve a better quality of life? How do we address increasing demand for help in difficult times?
  • Working Together: Tell us how we can best work with others to make a difference. How can we share our information, learning and resources for the benefit of others?
  • Stronger Sector: How can we best support the development of a stronger voluntary, community and social enterprise sector?"
You can find out more here.

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