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Latest Updates

Tampon Tax Fund Bid

SCHW has submitted an exciting bid to the Tampon Tax Fund, The bid comes from a SCHW consortium of 8 SCHW organisations.  It builds on previously successful bids to the Health and Social Care Alliance and the Scottish Government.  The project is called ‘Winning for Women’ and focuses on creating opportunities to improve the mental health and wellbeing of women and girls in disadvantaged communities. (Read Here)

The Social Prescribing Project

SCHW and the Health Living Centre Alliance (HLCA) in Northern Ireland have submitted a joint bid to the Big Lottery Fund UK for a major project to accelerate the use of social prescribing across both countries.  The project will involve 10 SCHW organisations in Scotland and 10 HLCs in Northern Ireland in the first phase. Further phases will depend on making a positive and persuasive case backed by evidence of its impact on individuals, local communities, local authorities, NHS trusts and the Scottish Government  (Read Here)

Views of local people on Social Prescribing

As part of the SCHW/HLCA Social Prescribing Project the views of local people in the 8 communities engaged in the project were gathered through one to one discussions and in small focus groups. The report on the views can be accessed here.  Some quotes from the people in the communities are presented in the Updates page(Read Here)

“Inequality is Not Inevitable – A guide for Inequality Activists” by The Equality Trust 2016. This helpful, practical report is full of excellent information and ideas on lobbying decision makers, including templates for letters and useful sources of information as well as tips on writing press releases and “pitching your story” and good reasons for joining the Equality trust. Worth a read. Access at

Realising the Value : Ten key actions to put people and communities at the heart of health and well-being (November 2016) Read Here

The Community Learning Exchange, hosted by Scottish Community Alliance.

The Community Learning Exchange newsletter on the 'news' page. which includes good examples, provides details of the excellent Community Learning Exchange Programme. The programme once again provides financial support for host organisations and visiting organisations who want to share good practice and expertise. This comes highly recommended. Read Here

Asset based Approaches (New Book)

An excellent new book : “Asset based approaches: Their Rise, Role and Reality (Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care) has recently, May 2016, been published and provides very useful material and arguments on the role of community-led approaches to health improvement.  Link Here

The Emerging Future

An offer to the Scottish Government from Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing. Read Here

Important for SCHW Members

It is important when a case is being made to the Scottish Government band or to other funders that we provide evidence of the amazing resource Scotland has in its community-led health improvement organisations.

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Saving Money by doing the right thing" is an excellent report by  Locality', a nationwide network of community enterprises, development trusts, settlements and social action centres. Read Here

The Emerging Future:

SCHW is delighted to present a detailed offer to help the Scottish Government. We have a vision and a firm determination to see Scotland at the top of European health league tables with communities placed central to this transformation and we believe this transition has already started. Change for the good is happening in Scotland and the Scottish Government and Scotland can be leading the way in Europe and in the UK and we are offering to help.

Over the past 4 years many SCHW organisations have been visited by academics, policy makers and practitioners interested in our approaches to mental health and health improvement, community-led dimensions and volunteering. Representatives from Canada, Denmark, Northern Ireland to name but a few and we have established a longer term relationship with them. We are definitely at the forefront in many ways; however, we have a long way to go to truly reduce inequalities and poverty and to establish a healthier and fairer society. SCHW can help. Read Here

Featured Organisation: Healthy Valleys


Healthy Valleys’ Development Workers summarised their project activities throughout the last year and the audience watched three film clips on topics such as adverse childhood experiences, social prescribing and isolation and loneliness. Former employee, Alison

Taylor had people working out making armchair aerobics fun! Val De Souza, Director of South Lanarkshire’s Health and Social Care, gave an informative talk on her role and how the voluntary sectors plays a major part in early intervention, prevention and community empowerment.

Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

Healthy Valleys prides itself in supporting and training its valuable band of volunteers. We have a high retention rate but with approximately 36% of our volunteers gaining employment over the last three years, we have vacant support roles covering a variety of activities to help people improve their health and well-being. Early January saw a recruitment drive in Lesmahagow, Carluke, Biggar and Lanark and we are pleased to report that a few people are currently going through the recruitment pathway and will deliver much needed services to support older people back into the community, families through pregnancy and early years, programmes to help others keep fit and healthy and to manage their stress – to name but a few. We look forward to strengthening our existing volunteer base.

The services that Healthy Valleys delivers throughout rural South Lanarkshire have been recognised by various people and we are happy to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards (Community Impact category) 2018. It’s a major achievement being in the final running and if we win, that’s a bonus.  

Another piece of good news is that we have been nominated by an external agency to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. Healthy Valleys will know on 2 June 2018 whether or not we have achieved this accolade.

With the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers and staff at Healthy Valleys, we continue to go from strength to strength. We are highly focused on our core strategy – innovative approaches to health improvement, early intervention and prevention, community engagement and empowerment, highly motivated and caring workforce, operational excellence delivering optimum value for money.

Healthy Valleys,

Lockhart Community Hub

c/o Lockhart Hospital

Whitelees Road Lanark

ML11 7RX

Tel:- 01555 662496   Contact Name: Lesley McCranor, Executive Manager

Key Facts on Mental Health

A useful summary of data on mental health has been published by the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO). Here are some examples,

Key facts

9% of adults had two or more symptoms of depression or anxiety in 2012- 2013.

 The economic costs of mental health are substantial, amounting to approximately £10.8bn in 2009-2010, a 25% increase from 2004-2005 (£8.6bn).

 People with mental illness die up to 20 years younger than their peers, primarily due to serious physical health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

 Approximately 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime and at any one time approximately 1 in 6 people have a mental health problem.

You can read more data on mental health here on the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) website.

Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027

Notes from the Scottish Government briefing

“The Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy takes a health promoting and preventative approach and sets out a range of commitments around

 more accessible child and adolescent mental health

 improved responses to common mental health problems

 integrated community, inpatient and crisis mental health services.

The ambition is to create the best social circumstances possible and improve the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. This cannot be achieved solely by the NHS. Community Planning Partnerships, Integrated Joint Boards, third sector organisations, people with lived experience and their families and carers will also play a key role. Such partnerships can assist by working together to take action to reduce mental health inequalities, both as part of prevention and as part of service provision.

The Scottish Government has developed a framework with priorities to transform mental health in Scotland over the next 10 years.

You can read the current mental health strategy on the Scottish Government’s website.”

Read the 2017-2027 Mental Health Strategy

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