Health & Wellbeing Newsletter – July 2019

Welcome to July’s Health & Wellbeing Newsletter.

Hope everyone’s managing to fit in some summer activities.

Weekday Wow Factor and Lingo Flamingo CIC have certainly embraced the summer months as they get their jam making project up and running. Great to see this fantastic collaborative working that emerged from their Dragon’s Den win at a previous Senscot conference.

Best wishes,
Mary Sinclair (Health SEN Coordinator)

Learning & Knowledge Exchange Opportunities

Social Enterprise & Community Café Activity  
Following a series of SEN meetings in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Scottish Borders, Senscot is developing a publication on the challenges overcome and lessons learned in community cafe activity. Please get in touch by Wednesday 31st July if you would like to contribute.

Culture & Health
The Cultural and Health SENs have been linking up over the summer to explore activity and opportunities. Starting with an informative trip to Birks Cinema last month, we’re also planning Community Learning Exchanges to Project Ability and Reachout With Arts in Mind and a joint thematic SEN meeting. If you’re interested in getting involved in this work please get in touch with Sarah or myself.

Social Enterprise Activity in Relation to Problem Drug Use
Following the news last week that Scotland has the highest drug death in the EU, we’re interested to find out the breadth of activity going on throughout the SENs in relation to this. We’d like to hear what support you offer people facing addiction and recovery, the number of beneficiaries you’ve supported, and also any experience you’ve had of tendering for public health services in this area. We hope this will be a good opportunity to highlight both the valuable work of SEN members and the challenges they face. Contact Eddie for more information.

Woodside Pantry Visit
We’re delighted to be connecting with CFINE to arrange a study visit to Woodside Pantry to learn about their approach to tackling food poverty, especially with the news of a second pantry opening in Aberdeen. Get in touch if interested in the visit.

Mapping Physical Activity in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Locality Physical Activity Alliance are currently mapping physical activity across the city. A great opportunity for SEN members to promote themselves. More info here.

Member News

Equi-power celebrate an impressive year of achievements. Read more.

Mindswell are now offering SQA qualification support worker training, providing the opportunity to learn about boundaries, trauma, recovery and much more. More info.

Feel the Warmth has entered its next phase of development to turn their innovative powered kidney warmer device for older people into a ‘smart belt’. Read more.

New SEN member Wildside Adventures is a social enterprise dedicated to practical action with children, the environment and community greenspace. Here’s just one example of their amazing activities.

Macrobert Arts Centre will be piloting new project Into Film later this year, with the project aiming to support isolated student on University of Stirling campus. More info.

Morton in the Community recently launched Team Talk which allows them to open us the home of Greenock Morton FC, Cappielow Park, to provide a space for men aged 16+ to feel included and have the opportunity to talk. Read more.

Weekday Wow Factor
Check out Weekday Wow Factor’s Facebook page to see what exciting things they’ve been up to over the past few weeks, including a photo opportunity with man of the moment Lewis Capaldi.

Talking Mats is 21
Talking Mats are hosting celebration on 15th August to mark turning 21. The morning session is aimed at experienced Talking Mats Practitioners and the afternoon session will be more informal, with an opportunity to engage with some of their partners and see how Talking Mats is used. More info here.

National Activity

Petition: Protect everyone’s right to food
Nourish, alongside Scottish Food Coalition partners, have launched a parliamentary petition to make the right to food part of law so that the Scottish Government must act to ensure everyone has access to high quality, nutritious and sustainable food that is produced in a way that is fair to people, animals and the environment. Find out more here.

VHS Annual Conference: Realising the Right to Health – Tue 17th September 2019
What do we understand by the Right to Health? What efforts are being made to make the Right a reality? What does all this mean in practice for our work as people and organisations working to tackle health inequalities and enable a healthier, fairer Scotland?  This year’s Annual Conference will explore these important questions. Register here.

Save the Date: Community Food Health Scotland Conference – Mon 4th November 2019
The annual CFHS networking conference ‘Priceless’ will take place at COSLA Conference Centre in Edinburgh. More details available soon.

Strategies & Consultations

Good Food Strategy for South Lanarkshire
South Lanarkshire Council is preparing a Good Food Strategy that will set out actions for the development of healthy, fair and sustainable food systems. A Food Partnership has also been established to engage with the community to advance this objective. For more info or if you want to be involved, check out the council’s website or contact Hélène.

Parliament Enquiry on Social Prescribing
Any social enterprises involved in social prescribing should be aware that a new Scottish Parliament inquiry is seeking views on the matter. The Health & Sport Committee will consider social prescribing with a specific focus on sport and physical activity. The call for evidence closes 30th August. Find out more.

Public Health Scotland Consultation Responses

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:

Improving Understanding of Autism in Scotland Fund (Closing date 19th August)