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The Community Learning Exchange, hosted by Scottish Community Alliance.
The Community Learning Exchange newsletter on the 'news' page. which includes good examples, provides details of the excellent Community Learning Exchange Programme. The programme once again provides financial support for host organisations and visiting organisations who want to share good practice and expertise. For the links go to Updates
“New SCHW Organisations”
There are over 70 community led organisations that make up SCHW. SCHW is very interested in community led health and wellbeing improvement organisations that would be interested in becoming part of SCHW If you are or know of an organisation which might be interested in becoming part of SCHW please contact for further information.
The Social Prescribing Project
SCHW and the Health Living Centre Alliance (HLCA) in Northern Ireland have submitted a joint bid to the Big Lottery Fund UK for a major project to accelerate the use of social prescribing across both countries. The project will involve 10 SCHW organisations in Scotland and 10 HLCs in Northern Ireland in the first phase. Further phases will depend on making a positive and persuasive case backed by evidence of its impact on individuals, local communities, local authorities, NHS trusts and the Scottish Government (Read Here)
Views of local people on Social Prescribing
As part of the SCHW/HLCA Social Prescribing Project the views of local people in the 8 communities engaged in the project were gathered through one to one discussions and in small focus groups. The report on the views can be accessed here. Some quotes from the people in the communities are presented in the Updates page(Read Here)
“Inequality is Not Inevitable – A guide for Inequality Activists” by The Equality Trust 2016. This helpful, practical report is full of excellent information and ideas on lobbying decision makers, including templates for letters and useful sources of information as well as tips on writing press releases and “pitching your story” and good reasons for joining the Equality trust. Worth a read. Access at www.equalitytrust.org.uk
Realising the Value : Ten key actions to put people and communities at the heart
of health and well-
The Emerging Future
An offer to the Scottish Government from Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing. Read Here
Important for SCHW Members
It is important when a case is being made to the Scottish Government and or to other
funders that we provide evidence of the amazing resource Scotland has in its community-
Saving Money by doing the right thing" is an excellent report by Locality', a nationwide network of community enterprises, development trusts, settlements and social action centres. Read Here
The Emerging Future:
SCHW is delighted to present a detailed offer to help the Scottish Government. We have a vision and a firm determination to see Scotland at the top of European health league tables with communities placed central to this transformation and we believe this transition has already started. Change for the good is happening in Scotland and the Scottish Government and Scotland can be leading the way in Europe and in the UK and we are offering to help.
Over the past 4 years many SCHW organisations have been visited by academics, policy
makers and practitioners interested in our approaches to mental health and health
Featured Organisation: Health in Mind
Health in Mind is a charity promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland. We do this by providing a wide range of services to support people to make a positive difference to their lives. We work with around 3,000 people every year, helping them live the lives they want to live.
We work in Edinburgh, Mid, East and West Lothian and the Scottish Borders. We also have some Scotland wide services. You can read more about our Mission and the services we offer by following the link here: Health in Mind
At Health in Mind our mission is to promote tolerance and greater understanding of mental health issues and we do this by:
At Health in Mind our vision is of supportive communities where all people:
At Health in Mind, we treat people with respect, integrity and compassion at all
times. We work with people in a person-
Our approach is inclusive and we are keen to break down the barriers which prevent some people from accessing resources that could improve their mental health and wellbeing. At Health in Mind, we are passionate about realising the potential of the people using our services; our staff and our volunteers. Health in Mind has around 120 members of staff and around 150 volunteers at any one time and are proud to hold the Investing in Volunteers Award and the Investors in People accreditation.
‘SCHW response to the ‘Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness and Building Stronger Social Connections’ draft strategy’
1, Loneliness and isolation are both the direct and the root cause of many health problems. A community based approach to improving health and wellbeing uses overcoming isolation as one of its main means of achieving better outcomes for people. Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing member organisations have great experience of tackling them. Most of our wide range of activities and projects include reducing isolation and building social connections as a key component. (see q7).
We offer activities and experiences which are often in themselves healthy for mind and/or body. But it is the impact of getting involved with others, supporting each other, and deciding on future activities which is often crucial to their success.
Community based approaches always aim to a have a flexibility in response to individual
and group needs and wishes which enables this important sense of control and agency.
We typically offer opportunities for informal drop-
We are also often a first point of contact for primary health care and other social
services seeking solutions for issues faced by isolated people. Over the next few
years we plan to deliver a major programme developing community-
You can read more here: Questions and the Answers
‘Knowledge is Power” The report of a survey carried out by the Scottish Community Development Centre and the Poverty Alliance.
The full report and the executive summary can be accessed on the SCDC website
The following are from the Introduction to the report in the Executive Summary: and the “What now? section of the report.
The power of community-
From June 2016 to October 2017, SCDC and the Poverty Alliance worked alongside ten
community organisations from across Scotland to identify what a support resource,
designed for communities to undertake their own action research processes, would
look like. Together we identified what impacts community-
To help this work to continue, participants called for the following actions to be taken forward:
• The establishment of a new cross sector alliance to co-
• The creation of a locus for access to practical resources, and for centralising research evidence
• The development of a cohort of skilled practitioners and trainers in action research, drawn from community organisation’s across Scotland
• The establishment of a fund for communities to pay for participation costs associated with their inquiries
• The development of a peer-
The creation of spaces and opportunities for communities and decision makers to share and deliberate research findings as a way of informing local actions and national priorities. Read the Full Report Here
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