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The Alliance of Community-led Health Improvement Organisations

Latest Updates

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 admin@schw.co.uk 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-led health organisations working to deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes with and for local people. (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


A Blueprint for Improving

Health and Wellbeing.

SCHW is currently developing a “blueprint” for embedding community led approaches to health and well-being into national strategies and budgets for health improvement. Over the last few months members of the SCHW Board have been talking with key individuals in Scotland about the most effective approaches to developing and presenting our blueprint.  Early in the process we revisited some of the statements from the Scottish Government and others about the importance of community led approaches to improving health and well-being. Some of these comments are included in the Updates page of the website. The messages are clear what is needed now is some action to make the difference.


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-led health improvement organisations.

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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 improvement, community-led dimensions and volunteering. Representatives from Canada, Denmark, Northern Ireland to name but a few and we have established a longer term relationship with them.

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-being, using a community development approach. SEAL’s aim is to encourage active participation, by those socially excluded, in activities that will have a positive impact on their health and well-being, through using a community development approach. We make available alternative therapies, support groups and workshops, we also have volunteering and gardening opportunities that enable individuals to put structure and meaning back in their lives, we have found this to be invaluable for improving mental health.  We build on the resilience of young people in the community, giving them opportunities for employment, work experience, student placement and skills training enabling them to become more confident and ultimately champions for their communities.


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-esteem, that in some cases leads to addictions of either prescribed medication or narcotics, by using drama as a tool for building confidence, reducing isolation and empowering communities to tackle problems for themselves. SEAL also highlights experiences of good models of community development work and give volunteers, young people skills and training plus a referral system that will open up pathways for employment, further training or education.


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-referrals and drug and alcohol forums. Staff in SEAL work closely with the CHP and CHP addictions team. We cover the South of Glasgow and have developed new partnerships that work together to build on capacity building programmes and activities that develop people’s skills and encourage people to take control of their lives with the support of mentoring and buddying systems.


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-in and socialisation combined with more structured programmes of activity, learning or therapy.

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-led social prescribing which should develop the capacity of the health, care and community sectors to work together and should demonstrate the effectiveness of them doing so.

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Transforming Lives Project

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Transforming Lives

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