VHS was commissioned in July 2016 by the Scottish Government to conduct a scoping exercise to identify the number and range of Link Worker initiatives in primary care settings currently being delivered by the third sector across Scotland. The purpose of the exercise was to help inform the Scottish … [Read more...] about Gold Star Exemplars: Third sector approaches to Community Link Working across Scotland
As our new Helpline moves into its sixth month of operation, call trends are confirming an issue we’ve been hearing about for some time – that some older people are so desperately lonely that they’d rather put up with harm or abuse than risk losing contact with the abuser. We know that it can be … [Read more...] about Lesley’s Blog: Is loneliness among older people putting them at risk of harm and abuse?
Recently I was delighted to give the opening address at the Scottish Government's stakeholder event on developing a National Strategy to Tackle Social Isolation and Loneliness. Here's a summary of what I said - and if you're interested in reading my presentation in full and seeing the Scottish … [Read more...] about Claire’s blog: A National Strategy to Tackle Social Isolation and Loneliness
VHS have been working with Glasgow Caledonian University lecturer Brian Smith and his students, who worked in 4 teams to address the following brief for VHS: “Design a business to business social marketing strategy that identifies the nature and increases the awareness of the issues of … [Read more...] about How Can Social Marketing Help Us Develop a Strategic Approach to Loneliness?
“I am very keen to keep on prodding out to the community. We look like a secret service building or prison, but we are actually quite nice and if you would like a cup of coffee come in and see us. So we are working away at that level. It is a hard slog."So said Jim, a 75 year old gay man with … [Read more...] about Claire’s blog: Loneliness is a hard slog so let’s tackle it together
The next meeting for the Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 15th June 2017 in Committee Room 3.The topic of this meeting is Health Inequalities and Prison. At this meeting MSPs will also consider applications from a number of … [Read more...] about Health Inequalities Cross Party Group: June Meeting
The next meeting for the Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 30th March 2017 in Committee Room 6.At this meeting the Group will consider the built environment, housing and the relationship with health inequalities. Confirmed to speak … [Read more...] about Health Inequalities Cross Party Group Meeting: March 2017
VHS recently contributed to an Engender round table exploring health inequalities as they affect women.Engender is a feminist organisation working to address women’s inequality in Scotland. They are developing a Gender Matters Roadmap to set out concrete steps for advancing women’s equality … [Read more...] about Gender and health inequalities
Loneliness can affect anyone, and this is also true for children and young people even when they spend much of their day in amongst their peers. The busy, noisy and lively environment of a school can be the very place where a child feels most alone. When parents and carers contact Mindroom for … [Read more...] about Dinah’s blog: Learning difficulties and loneliness for children, young people and families