We have some exciting developments taking place between Autumn 2016 and Summer 2017. Keep an eye out for new posts on all of these.
Project: Clear Pathway is exploring how the third sector deploys volunteers in NHS settings. The outcome will be guidance and case studies to aid volunteering partnerships between health boards and third sector. Read more.
Scoping: Community Link Workers in the Third Sector is a mapping exercise of current provision. The outcome will be a report to inform the Scottish Government’s development of a national Community Link Workers Programme.
Mental health: Through our partnership with Support in Mind Scotland and The Open University we will share evidence about the role of social support in mental illness, with three seminars (Dundee, Glasgow and Oban) and a conference (Stirling, 1st June 2017).
Loneliness: VHS’s contribution to the shaping of the Scottish Government’s Social Isolation Strategy starts with our conference on Loneliness: A Threat to Scotland’s Health (Edinburgh, 24th November 2017).
Health Inequalities: As Secretariat for the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities we will support the Group to hold three substantive meetings between January and June 2017.
Integration: Our round table in Spring 2017 will continue the conversations we have facilitated between Audit Scotland and the third sector about measuring what matters in health and social care integration.
The Scottish Government has commissioned VHS to carry out a scoping exercise to inform the development of a national Community Link Workers programme. This is to honour the SNP 2016 election manifesto pledge: ‘Scotland’s most deprived communities need …