What is “Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing”?

About SCHW

Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing is an organisation which grew out of the Scottish Healthy Living Centre Alliance and is dedicated to promoting and delivering health improvements and reducing health inequalities in many of Scotland’s communities in most need.

Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing is 74 community-led organisations operating and delivering services and activities day-in-day-out to individuals and groups from early years to senior citizens. The organisations deliver, in creative and responsive ways, to over 300,000 people who are experiencing difficulties which give rise to serious health and wellbeing challenges and who want to bring about major improvements their lives.

Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing is made up of organisations which are embedded in their communities, have established trust and respect and which are governed by boards of local people in their community.

Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing is made up of organisations which, in their communities, employ over 500 staff, engage over 3,000 volunteers and reach over 300,000 Scottish people every year.

Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation which is governed by a Board of Directors who are all volunteers and come from the 74 organisations. The central co-ordination involves minimal overheads and bureaucracy. The overriding focus is on delivering outcomes for people in communities.
Board of Directors

John Cassidy: Chairman (Director)

John has a background in education and is now a volunteer director of SCHW, Healthy and Happy Community Development Trust which is a community led health and wellbeing organisation which operates in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas of South Lanarkshire and Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire. (VASLan), the third sector interface in South Lanarkshire. As a director of SCHW John has led consortium bids for funding and has been directly involved in planning and taking part in meetings with Government minsters and officials to promote SCHW’s offer to the Scottish government to support the government in investing in community led health and wellbeing improvement as an integral part of national strategies on health and wellbeing. SCHW has attracted over £7m directly into SCHW organisations and their communities since it was formed in 2008.

June Vallance: Treasurer (Director)

June is Manager of Getting Better Together (Shotts Healthy Living Centre); June joined the organisation in February 2002 and brought with her a vast amount of experience working with communities. June joined the project in the early stages and was instrumental along with the interim management committee in securing Big Lottery funding. Getting Better Together has grown in size and delivers a variety of Health Improvement programmes. June has also established a successful social enterprise arm of the organisation. June has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years and previously helped establish holiday respite for special needs children in Falkirk before joining GBT. June is also Vice Chair of VANL, the Third Sector Interface in North Lanarkshire and represents the Third Sector on the North Lanarkshire Partnership Board and the Operating Management Group for NHS Lanarkshire North CHP.

Carol Biggin: Secretary (Director) (background info to follow)


Julie Fox: Annexe Communities

Lesley McCranor: Healthy Valleys

John Cassidy: Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust

Maruska Greenwood: LGBT

Thomesena Lockhead: BHC in Dumfries and Galloway

Paul McGregor: BHC in Dumfries and Galloway

Peter Taylor: Annexe Communities