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For more information on the Scottish Communities for Health & Wellbeing and what we do in your area get in touch with us using the contact form Here
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 85 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
Northern Ireland’s Healthy Living Centre Alliance (HLCA) and Scottish Communities
for Health and Wellbeing (SCHW) have come together as a partnership to deliver the
Social Prescribing Project. SCHW and HCLA each represents a network of community-
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
A Blueprint for Improving
Health and Wellbeing.
SCHW is currently developing a “blueprint” for embedding community led approaches
to health and well-
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
We are definitely at the forefront in many ways; however, we have a long way to go to truly reduce inequalities and poverty and to establish a healthier and fairer society. SCHW can help. Read Here
Featured Organisation: South East Area Lifestyle Community Health Project (SEAL)
SEAL is based in Gorbals, Glasgow and covers south east Glasgow. SEAL works to reduce
inequalities and ensure equal access to a healthy lifestyle for all residents who
are disadvantaged in south Glasgow. This community led organisation encourages active
participation, by those socially excluded, in activities that will have a positive
impact on their health and well-
SEAL have a partnership agreement in place with local primary and secondary schools which highlights that young people working in communities helps break down barriers and changes perceptions of young people within communities. Working within communities at grass roots, highlights there is hope for families and young people to obtain real employment and help communities to become empowered to make changes to family life.
We tackle low self-
SEAL uses a variety of stress management techniques to prevent illness and addiction
and respond effectively to referrals from GP, Social Work, addiction projects, self-
SEAL supports, and is an advocate for, community development and community led approaches to health improvement ie the social model of health. We offer alternatives to health generation including a range of therapies, social prescribing and encouraging and supporting volunteering. We work with local people to tackle local issues and grow and develop a community’s main asset, its people.
‘SCHW response to the ‘Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness and Building Stronger Social Connections’
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
First past the post
Transforming Lives Project
Re Connect Group
Free and affordable access to a healthy lifestyle