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Food Matters

This new resource from the Care Inspectorate highlights examples of good practice from across the early learning and childcare (ELC) sector in Scotland,  celebrating the many ways in which ECL settings are supporting children to have positive eating experiences and enjoy well-balanced, nutritious food.  This resource complements, and should be used alongside, NHS Health Scotland’s Setting the Table, the nutritional …

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Social prescribing: redefining health and social care

A new CHEX briefing explores the role social prescribing could play in redefining the health and social care model in Scotland. Social prescribing is a method of working with people to identify non-medical, community-based, sources of support for them. This includes things like outdoor activity exercise programmes or social clubs – services often delivered by …

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Social Enterprise: Creating Wellbeing in Communities

This latest in the series of Senscot briefings is now available to download from its website This Briefing aims to demonstrate the existing contribution of social enterprise in improving health and wellbeing through social and community activities. It also outlines the potential for social enterprise to collaborate with public, private and third sector partners to …

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New financial inclusion referral pathway resources

NHS Health Scotland has recently published new resources to help NHS Boards, Local Authorities, Money and Welfare advice services and other Community Planning Partners develop and improve financial inclusion referral pathways between health and money and welfare advice services. The new guidance includes information on: what financial inclusion referral pathways are, how they can help …

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A Connected Scotland: Scottish Government strategy for tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

Scotland has become one of the first countries in the world to develop a national strategy to deal with social isolation. To kick start the strategy, Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie said the strategy would be backed by £1 million over the next two years to support and expand innovative projects and …

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London Food Strategy

The London Food Strategy was developed by the Greater London Authority (GLA) on behalf of the Mayor of London and in partnership with the London Food Board. Following a full consultation process, the final Strategy was launched on 10 December. The Strategy is available to download here.

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Food poverty inequalities briefing

NHS Health Scotland has just published its latest health inequalities briefing on food poverty, complementing the pages on the same subject that are available on its website  www.healthscotland.scot

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Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy

This report has been  written by Carnegie Fellow, Julia Unwin CBE, and informed by a series of roundtables and events across the UK. This report brings together all that Carnegie have learnt over the last two years. It acknowledges the strong arguments against kindness, but argues that the great public policy challenges of our time demand …

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One piece of the puzzle? What SCDC is learning about participation requests

Participation requests are a way for people to have their say about what improvements they would like to see made to public services they use. Community groups in Scotland have been able to make them since April 2017, when they were introduced as part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act. The briefing highlights that more information and …

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A seat at the table

There is increasing interest in the commencement of the official consultation around a Good Food Nation Bill. Watch out for details.

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