The Alliance of Community-led Health Improvement Organisations

NHS can’t fix the health gap between rich and poor.

Call for more investment in voluntary and community health initiatives to counter Scotland's health inequality 7th January 2015 by Susan Smith. Read More

"Saving Money by doing the right thing"

"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.  It offers a refreshingly alternative and compelling argument and guide to the ways in which public services need to change (at no additional cost!) to provide more effective support for improving health and wellbeing. A key theme of the argument is that services are 'local by default'. The case studies of individuals situations are excellent This is well worth the time invested in reading its 50 pages.

Community Learning Exchange

The Community Learning Exchange, hosted by Scottish Community Alliance, is now into its second year of funding. 98 applications have been supported so far, with 145 organisations benefiting.

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. This comes highly recommended. Read More.

Realising the Value : Ten key actions to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing (November 2016)

It is not often that a report comes along that makes sense in the real world and clearly values the work of community led health and well-being improvement organisations. This is a good reference report to support funding applications with good references and good use of evidence to support arguments and to support good practice in communities. Even better it is supported by the NHS in England.

Try this..."Person and community-centred ways of working need to become widely understood and valued as core to the whole health and care system, not just 'nice to have'. They need to be woven into not just the infrastructure of the system but also the culture of how things are done".

This report is full of good stuff. Give it a read along with "Saving money by doing the right thing' by Locality. Read Here

Outline of an Offer to the Scottish Goverment

Transforming the Impact – a report on the Self Management IMPACT Fund 2013-2016

This useful publication by the Health and Social Care Alliance includes many examples of good practice from around Scotland. It also highlights some critical themes for SCHW organisations including the often overlooked theme of ‘the importance of local information and support’. SCHW contributed one of the case studies for the report based on the very successful “Out and About’ project in which a consortium of 5 SCHW organisations were involved. Access the full report here.

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Views of local people on Social Prescribing

The following comments are a selection of those made by local people in the communities that will be engaged in the SCHW/HLCA Social Prescribing Project.  The full report on the views of local people produced to support the SCHW/HLCA Social Prescribing Project can be accessed here.