Health & Wellbeing Newsletter – September 2019

Welcome to September’s Health & Wellbeing Newsletter.

Our SE Conference, in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance, will be taking place on 25th/26th November 2019 – again at the Westerwood Hotel. Neil McInroy (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) will be one of our keynote speakers, with the 2-day event focusing on community wealth and wellbeing, exploring the opportunities and challenges for local social/community enterprises. More info here.  

Best wishes,
Mary Sinclair (Health SEN Coordinator)

Learning & Knowledge Exchange Opportunities
Social Enterprise & Community Café Activity 
We’ve now produced the initial paper – Social Enterprise and Community Café Activity – that will lay the foundation for peer-to-peer learning through a series of further publications. Each publication will focus on a specific scenario, such as setting up a community café from scratch or bringing in an external provider to run a community café on existing premises – all drawing on the experience of SEN members who will outline the opportunities and potential pitfalls of each scenario. Thanks to all the SEN members who have contributed so far. If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch.
Woodside Pantry Community Learning Exchange (Monday 30th September)
There are still some places left to join the study visit to Woodside Pantry in Aberdeen later this month.  This provides a fantastic opportunity to learn about CFINE’s approach to tackling food poverty and hear about the second pantry they will be opening in the city. Register here.

Reachout With Arts in Mind Community Learning Exchange (Thursday 26th September)
As part of our work in bringing the Cultural and Health SENs together to explore the positive impact that involvement in cultural and arts activity has in improving health and wellbeing, we have arranged another fantastic community learning exchange, this time to Reachout With Arts in Mind in Clackmannanshire.  Register here.

Briefing Paper on Culture and Health & Wellbeing
We intend to produce a publication on this later in the year. This will be informed by discussion emerging from recent study visits, SEN meetings, the Joint Cultural and Health Roundtable and the forthcoming CPG on Culture (8th Oct) that will focus on ‘Collaborate Culture: Meeting the challenges of person-centred healthcare’.  If you are interested in this publication, please get in touch.
Intergenerational National Network
The next two meetings will take place in November and will provide an excellent opportunity to hear about some the great intergenerational work going on with the hosts and other network members. For more info email Pat or call her on 07557 766779.

  • Wed 20th Nov hosted by Greenock Morton Community Trust
  • Mon 25th Nov hosted by Edinburgh Science Festival

Social Enterprise Academy’s Strategic Partnership Fund
This offers affordable learning and development for Scotland’s communities. With partnership working at the heart of their approach, the Social Enterprise Academy will work in collaboration with you to ensure that their programmes are tailored to your organisation’s needs, so you can continue delivering impact and contributing to social change. For more information email Olga or call her on 0141 243 2670.

Member News
Progrez are inviting folks along totheir Blooming Great Tea Party at Petershill Park this Saturday afternoon, which includes a fantastic sounding Beat the Goalie!

Mid Argyll Community Pool have just launched a new programme of Healthy Walks in partnership with Paths for Life, including the fabulous Crinan Strollers. Read more.

Scotland All Strong have worked with Perth Autism Support to design a new fitness programme to build fitness, confidence and self-esteem for young adults. Read more.

You Can Cook has added another feather to their cap in launching a new book for growers in Scotland. Find out more and check out their fabby new website.   

Breadshare wins people’s choice favourite local bakery award from Port of Leith Housing Association’s Big Bake Off earlier in the month.  Read more.
Fablevision are the Scottish partner in Memory of Water – an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of community development and urban planning.  Read more.

Recovery Enterprises were one of the lead organisations in A Matter of Life and Death, an event aiming to pave the way for ‘radical change’ to attitudes and policy on drug use. Read article.   
Talking Mats recently launched the report on an exciting new health and housing project they are part of. The project looked at whether the Digital Talking Mat App could improve health and housing outcomes for social housing tenants.

Edinburgh Food Social succeeded in crowdfunding over £20k last month, working to share the value of local, seasonal food with young people and communities across Edinburgh. The money will support EFS’ move into a permanent home within the Edinburgh Palette’ Stanley Street Project with a base in Leith in the meantime. Find out more about their public facing cookery classes, dinners and much more here.

Check out current vacancies withSEN members Good Morning Service (Telephone Befriender) and Healthy n Happy (Transforming Lives Worker) in social enterprise jobs page.

Gutted that summer seems to be well and truly over? Well, how about escaping those autumn blues by joining Lingo Flamingo‘s language classes in Shawlands. Whether it’s a taste of la dolce vita that you’re looking for with Italian or the chance to vives la vida española with Spanish, they have classes for everyone. Sign up now for their September semester and you’ll not only be improving your linguistic and cultural ability, but you’ll also be supporting those living with dementia, as all profits go towards providing brain-boosting language classes for older adults in care homes across Scotland #goodforthebrain #goodforthebanter “

Trust Rugby International talk about their involvement in the European Rugby Tournament that celebrates sport, inclusivity and diversity. Read more.

Equi Power – Help put them in with a chance of £100k funding boost before voting closes on 27th September. Read more.

TAG held a sponsored walk, centred around the Oor Wullie statues in Glasgow and finishing at The People’s Palace and raised £650 for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

National Activity
Social Enterprise in Scotland 2019 Census
The third comprehensive account of social enterprise activity in Scotland is now available. The reports, researched and produced by Social Value Lab are available here.

Annual Community Food Health Scotland Networking conference
The annual CFHS networking conference ‘Priceless’ will take place at COSLA Conference Centre in Edinburgh on Monday 4th November.  Register here.

Nourish 2019 Conference (21st/22nd November)
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
Strategies & Consultations
Programme for Government

Tender & Funding Opportunities
Go to Partnership for Procurement (P4P) and Public Contracts Scotlandto check current and forthcoming tender opportunities. Some examples include:

The purpose of this PIN is to invite interested providers to a supplier event to discuss the Thrive Edinburgh Strategy for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Deadline date: 30-Sep-19

Check outSenscot Noticeboardfor the latest Funding Opportunities, including:

  • The Big Climate Conversation Community Fund

National Lottery Community Fund