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Principles for Community Empowerment

This new publication from Audit Scotland aims to raise awareness of community empowerment and promote a shared understanding across scrutiny bodies to support high-quality scrutiny of community empowerment. Available to download from

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Our Future in the Land

In this final report, the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission sets out radical and practical ways for policymakers, business and communities to respond to the challenges to the future of food and farming and to people’s health and wellbeing. Report and summary documents available to download from the RSA website.  

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Rethinking Food Policy: A Fresh Approach to Policy and Practice

The Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London has published the first two briefs in its new series on Rethinking Food Policy: A Fresh Approach to Policy and Practice. The first brief “Tackling food systems challenges: the role of food policy” provides a new, simple definition of food policy, sets up the historical …

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All you need to know about public health reform

Our colleagues at CHEX have produced a new briefing, Public Knowledge: an introduction to public health reform and the role of community-led health. The briefing sets out the basics of public health and public health reform, noting that the process so far has put a strong emphasis on community and community-led approaches, and seeks to …

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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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