Social Enterprise Health & Wellbeing Newsletter – May 2020

Thanks to everyone who participated in SE RESET earlier this month.   The sheer volume of participants from right across the country reflects a genuine appetite to share and learn from one another. The honesty and openness with which people contributed on the current challenges around COVID19 and plans for moving forward was truly inspiring and encouraging.

We’re in the process of collating the messages, feedback and ideas emerging from all the sessions and hope to be able to share this with you next week, however you can now view draft summaries of both the Health SEN session and Future Mental Health & Wellbeing Needs sessions.

Best wishes,



Member News

The Libertie Project in Inverness has been busy putting together their Covid-19 response and are now sending out their first Creative Wellbeing Packs. These are aimed at improving mental wellbeing, with packs specifically designed for families, adults and people in prison, with Digital Contact Boxes for households in hardship also available. All packs include a DIY Self Care Guide. Referrals from eligible organisations/individuals are open throughout the Highlands. More info.

Healthy Valleys have pulled together an inspiring and encouraging overview on what they’ve achieved over the last few weeks. Check out their COVID Newsletter that highlights their initial response to support their community during this crisis including organising and delivering precooked meals, health and wellbeing packs, fresh food baskets and so much more.

Talking Mats has been working hard to ensure people can still have effective conversations remotely, with this being crucial during lockdown with the continued need for some groups of people to shield themselves.  Using the digital Talking Mats on remote sharing platforms makes these effective conversations possible. Check out more information on their digital offer to support you to do this and their reduced price of their online training course here. Book your place now to start your course on the 16th June!

Potential in Me CIC are a team of qualified life coaches and workshop facilitators who support young people and the adults in their lives. They have secured funding to deliver their online Connected Families programme free for parents and carers with children 8 years plus. The 3 themes running through the programme include: understanding ourselves and each other better; enhancing communication and connection as a family; increasing compassion, resourcefulness and resilience. The overall intention of their programmes is to create more connected families and brighter futures for everyone. They are looking to develop relationships with more referral partners so if you are interested in finding out more please email Scott or call him on 07740461926.

All Strong Scotland CIC are shortly launching a community support app dedicated to the self-management of mental wellbeing in a safe community platform, with a particular focus on physical activity and peer exchange. Find out more about this new exciting new development and their call for content here.

For Moray Wellbeing Hub the theme of Kindness has been very strong over the many weeks of lockdown. Champions have supported one another daily with calls or online chats, partner organisations have reached out to offer support with funding applications and ideas. Recognising that it’s still tough for many of us, they are keen to highlight the ongoing importance of always aiming to practice self-kindness and challenge stigma of mental health. They are also keen to promote the Discover Pathways which now includes all pathways to mental health for adults, young people, families and children at one central address. Check out the Hub’s latest activity flier.

Thriving Survivors recently launched a brand-new service – Digital Survival Packs. Each of the free packs contain a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, 12mth Internet connection, Complete how to guide, Access to online training and a Thriving Survivors Study pack. Eligible applicants were required to have a shielded letter or be living with someone who has one, have suffered a traumatic experience in the past and commit to a monthly mentoring session with Thriving Survivors.  To find out about this and their online training courses and mentoring sessions, including the relaunch of their Discovering Me programme on a digital platform check out their website.

Greenock Morton Community Trust have recently shared an article on their mental health project ‘Team Talk’. One year on from opening Cappielow to provide a safe space for males aged 16+ to have a chance to talk and feel included, they are delighted to still be offering the same space. Although over the past 8 weeks this has taken a different format it’s still equally as important due to current lockdown measures. Check out this great article that reflects on the past year and shares feedback from participants.

Outfit Moray and Bike Revolution have lots going on at the moment, including free bike hire, servicing and repairs from key workers and delivering cycling sessions to the children of key workers in the local school hubs. Find out more about this and their other lockdown related work in their latest update.

Trust Rugby International (tri) have the goal of bringing together diverse individuals and communities by using the game of rugby in all its forms.  Normally offering face to face delivery, they launched a new online programme called tri Active.  It’s designed to encourage physical activity and reduce social isolation for people with disabilities.  Find out more and join in here.

CFINE have just launched the ‘Vegaroonitoon’ – or ‘Veg around the town’ fruit and vegetable box delivery scheme on Monday this week. The fresh and affordable produce boxes are available in four different sizes. CFINE delivers orders directly to customers’ doors around Aberdeen using the enterprise’s eco-friendly fleet, four electric cargo bikes and CFINE’s new hydrogen car, wherever possible. Read more.

The Advisory Group have successfully secured funding to deliver their Game Changers programme which is aimed at adults with learning disabilities and are rolling this out across Glasgow from the 1st June.  The focus of the programme is to improve access to sporting resources and increase participation in physical activity and enable athletes with disabilities to progress further in their sport of choice. More info.

Glasgow Community Food Network has 6 job vacancies as part of our COVID supporting communities project. More info here.

Good for Ewe are keen to hear from other organisations who are running allotments or growing groups to learn about best practice in relation to communal toilets during the current crisis and in looking ahead to the coming months, as there seems to be conflicting advice on this. Please contact Chris if you have information to share on this


Other News

Supporting Communities Safely (Developed by SCDC and Public Health Scotland)

This new free online resource has been published to support community organisations to carry out their vital work safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. It includes a range of practical information and advice, including:

–          How to safely promote an organisation’s services

–          Keeping volunteers safe and fit to provide services

–          How to get help with complex care needs

–          Safely collecting and delivering items

–          How to cook and transport hot meals


Rising Food Insecurity in times of COVID-19 (June 4th, 1pm-2.30pm)  Register here.

This online event is a partnership between Public Health Scotland Food Insecurity Working Group and Voluntary Health Scotland, and they are keen to hear from social enterprise active in this area to identify:

–          Who the vulnerable groups are?

–          What is working to tackle both the pre-existing food insecurities in Scotland and those that have come to light due to COVID-19

–          What long term actions are required to mitigate food insecurity?


Mapping Organisations Responding to Food Insecurity in Scotland (Scottish Government Publication, 7th May 2020)

Research commissioned by the Scottish Government to provide a snapshot of where and how organisations are responding to food insecurity.

The Scottish Cancer Coalition’s listing of support for people with a cancer diagnosis during COVID-19 is currently being hosted by Voluntary Health Scotland and can be viewed here.


Covid-19: A Pandemic in the Age of Inequality  Check out the latest blog from Kiren Zubairi (VHS) about inequality and Covid-19.

Would you benefit from support to gain greater clarity, focus and insight into how you can lead and manage during this challenging time?

The Social Enterprise Academy are offering Peer Response Groups and One to One Coaching Sessions with the safe space you need to help you move forward.  No cost, all social enterprise, third sector and community leaders in Scotland welcome.


Covid-19 Funding & Support

The Senscot Resources Webpage has key information and signposting for Social Enterprise.  With new resources coming out every day, we are updating this regularly.

The key resource for the whole third sector is SCVO’s Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub.

For more information on thematic support you can check out the Health SEN or Community Food SEN pages.