Health & Wellbeing Newsletter – June 2019

Welcome to June’s Health & Wellbeing Newsletter.

Senscot will be submitting a response to the Scottish Government’s current consultation on the new national public health body ‘Public Health Scotland’.  We encourage SEN members to engage in the public health reform programme and welcome you to share your thoughts to inform Senscot’s consultation response. The consultation runs until 8th July.

Some useful background documents include:

  • The latest CHEX Briefing which provides an excellent introduction to public health reform & the role of community led health.
  • Recent presentation from Public Health Reform team at VHS Sounding Board session.
  • Senscot Briefing Paper on Social Enterprise: Creating Wellbeing in Communities

Best wishes,
Mary Sinclair (Health SEN Coordinator)
Learning & Knowledge Exchange Opportunities
Mental Health & Wellbeing and EmployabilityJoint Thematic SEN discussion (Wednesday 26th June, Kirkcaldy)
In response to recent work carried out by Fife Voluntary Action on mental health & employability, in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Fife SEN, we’re hosting an informal discussion exploring how to create a supportive workplace that meets the interests and needs of people who face significant barriers to employment. Register / find out more.

Community Learning Exchange – Unity (Thursday 27th June, Glasgow) FULLY BOOKED
An opportunity to learn about the purpose that community cafes play in the work of Unity, from their Glasgow city centre Spoon Café to the smaller Sparks Café operating from a local church.

Social Enterprise & Community Cafés – Joint Thematic SEN discussion (Glasgow, Wednesday 10th July)
Senscot is working with NHS Health Scotland to explore what role community café activity plays within social enterprise, examine issues around sustainability and consider different business models. Register here / more info .

Intergenerational National Network (Thursday 5th September, Dunblane)
This next meeting will focus on how to create an intergenerational dementia friendly community; the challenges and lessons learnt. Contact Pat for more info.

Aberdeen Community Food Network  
A great opportunity for local community food organisations, including community cafes, to engage and share learning. For more info check out their Facebook page or contact Dave.

Gaining Ground – Highland & Moray Social Crofting Network
The project will run until the end of May 2020 and is based on the idea of Social Crofting/Smallholding, the concept of green care i.e. the promotion of social, mental and physical well-being through working of the land. The project will be aimed at both crofters and smallholders living in the Highland and Moray regions, some of whom have expressed an interest in developing a formal network. More info.

Member News
Saje Scotland have new Freedom Hub Cafes taking place in July & August. These are available for women who have experienced domestic abuse or controlling relationships. More info .

Urban Roots is carrying out research on behalf of the Scottish Government on organisations responding to food insecurity across Scotland. If your social enterprise provides free or subsidised to households experiencing, or at risk of experiencing food insecurity, please get in touch.  More info.

Punjabi Junction is hosting a Fundraiser Clear Out at their cafe on Saturday 22nd June from 12pm – 5pm. We will be offering cafe materials from cutlery to tables and chairs, table vases to crockery. All available for small donations, separately or in bulk. Items must be collected by Saturday 29th June. Perfect for anyone who is opening a new cafe, looking to expand or replace their current items. Contact Sinata for more info.

Morton in the Community are opening the stadium to provide a place for men aged 16+ to feel included and have the opportunity to talk, recognising that the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 years in the UK is suicide.  More info.

National Roll Out of Access to Sanitary Products Pilot Programme
This first in the world successful pilot programme in now being rolled out across Scotland. Read more about CFINE’s involvement and their call out for more local partners.  More info.

Summer special! 20% off Scottish Mental Health First Aid
School may be on break but there are plenty opportunities to keep learning! MHScot Workplace Wellbeing, Scotland’s leading provider of Scottish Mental Health First Aid, is excited to offer 20% off on our summer open courses. Book July or August course here and use the code SUMMER20 to claim your discount.

Kaleyard’s latest community activity read about their most recent community activity with different age groups in Glasgow.

National Activity

NHS Health Scotland launch The Place Standard tool.
The aim of The Place Standard tool is to enable communities, public agencies, the third sector and others to find aspects of a place that need to be targeted to improve people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life.

New Research to Improve Understanding of Self Directed Support  
The ALLIANCE and Self Directed Support Scotland, want to hear about your experiences of SDS.  Read more and check out the survey.

Voluntary Health Scotland on Understanding the Good Food Nation Bill.
VHS’s briefing helps unpick what a whole systems approach to food might look like and what this means for the third sector. Read here.

Nourish Scotland’s Making a Living from Local Food programme is organising a gathering for early-stage small local food producers from across Scotland on Food as a Relationship. The day will include tours, workshops, speakers, lunch and a panel discussion. (Thursday 11th July, 10am-4.30pm, Whitmuir Community Farm) More info.

In food bank Britain, how can Scotland best run holiday clubs?  Check out this latest blog from CFHS’s Fran Eatwell Roberts.

The Scottish Digital Health and Care Learning Network Day.  (Monday 24th June, Glasgow) This is an opportunity for staff (from all sectors) with a shared interest in how digital tools can be used to support service delivery.   More info.

Strategies & Consultations

The Scottish Government has commissioned an independent review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act in Scotland and has published its stage 1 report.  You can read the here .

Tender & Funding Opportunities
Go to P4P for current tender opportunities or future opportunities and Public Contracts Scotland to check these out. Some examples include: 

Check out Senscot Noticeboard for the latest Funding Opportunities, including: