Podcast: Creative Competition 2016 – Maureen

Meet some of our Creative Competition entrants:

In the first of a series of Creative Competition themed podcasts, we meet Maureen as she shares her poem ‘Scotland’s Unpaid Carers – A (Scottie) Dogs Life?’, her entry to to the Creative Competition 2016, Voices of the Experts.

Maureen talks about her involvement with Renfrewshire Carers Centre, and the source of support it has been to her in her role as an unpaid carer for her husband. Re-discovering her creative talents through the centre’s arts and crafts group, Maureen crafts beautiful felt Scottie dogs, paints and has taken up writing poetry again. Utilising her creativity has been a helpful outlet and as Maureen describes ‘therapeutic’.

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Scottie Dogs made by Maureen at the Renfrewshire Carers Centre
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Maureen with one of her paintings

Voice of Experts

I was delighted to be invited to the ALLIANCE’s annual conference celebrating the 10th birthday of this tremendous organisation. As a representative for The Spark Counselling – a leading third sector provider of counselling and relationship support services – we recognise the vital importance of the ALLIANCE. Shaping and influencing the agenda for those with disabilities, those with long term conditions and their unpaid carers has never been so critical in Scotland. Read More “Voice of Experts”

We’re Recruiting for a Development Manager

The Health and Social Care Academy (part of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland) is a dynamic programme of activity designed to support transformation in health and social care. All Academy activities will have innovation and lived experience at its heart.  The Development Manager will lead the Academy’s workplan creating a learning and development space for those engaged in delivering health and social care, and developing funding streams for future work.  Over the last year the First Minister hosted the Academy’s inaugural lecture, the Academy coordinated a think tank of cross sector leaders on creating wellbeing and produced policy papers on delivering new models of care.  This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in developing the scope, profile and future funding of Academy related activity and make a difference to the future of health and social care in Scotland.

We are therefore recruiting for the following new post:

Job Title:      Academy Development Manager
Hours:           Full-time, 35 hours per week
Salary:           in the region of £31,000 per annum, depending on experience
Term:             Fixed term contract till March 2018
Location:      Glasgow city centre

For further information visit the ALLIANCE website

National Conversation on a Healthier Scotland – Midlothian

Cafe Connect host the National Conversation for a Healthier Scotland

Tuesday 26 January 2.30pm – 4pm (tea, coffee and chat from 2pm)
@ Dalkeith Older People’s Welfare Hall, St Andrew’s Street, Dalkeith

Forward MID and The ALLIANCE would like to invite you to come to Cafe Connect and join in with a Conversation Café hosted in partnership with the Health and Social Care Academy.

The conversation café is an opportunity for citizens to engage with each other and share their views on:

  • What is needed to help you live well in the future?
  • What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?

The café will provide an opportunity for conversations around health and wellbeing and the future of health and social care in Scotland.

The ALLIANCE is working with Scottish Government to ensure that all voices are heard, especially seldom heard voices and those of people with lived experience. Your views matter and are important to this national conversation.

Café Connect is a vibrant community café run by Forward Mid. It gives disabled people a chance to meet up to talk and listen. Café Connect is a great place to find out useful information about a whole range of relevant supports and services; Welfare Reform, Access Issues, Self- Directed Support; a friendly gathering where everyone is welcome; a place where you can listen in, share your story, or just turn up for a coffee, tea and cake on the house!

Please help us share details of this event.  If you are interested in attending, contact us by calling 0141 404 0231, emailing Laura.McCulloch@alliance-scotland.org.uk or just turn up on the day, everyone is very welcome.

National Conversation on a healthier Scotland – Moray

The ALLIANCE and Moray Third Sector Interface would like to invite you to a Conversation Café hosted in partnership with the Health and Social Care Academy.

This pop up café will be held in The Inkwell, Francis Place, Elgin on Wednesday 16th December 2015, at 9.30am – 12.30pm.

The conversation café is an opportunity for citizens to engage with each other and share their views on:

  • What is needed to help you live well in the future?
  • What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?

Following the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement at our recent Citizen Wellbeing Assembly of a National Conversation on creating a healthier Scotland, the café will provide an opportunity for constructive conversations around health and wellbeing which will form part of a dialogue on the future of health and social care in Scotland.

The ALLIANCE is committed to working with Scottish Government to ensure that all voices are heard, especially seldom heard voices and those of people with lived experience. Your views matter and are key to the conversation. This is the first of a series of events across Scotland to give a voice to those who use support and services.

To register for the event please click here. Or for more information please email academy@alliance-scotland.org.uk or call 0141 404 0231.

National Conversation on a healthier Scotland – East Lothian

The ALLIANCE and STRiVE would like to invite you to a Conversation Café hosted in partnership with the Health and Social Care Academy.

This pop up café will be held in the Eskmills Function Suite (Musselburgh) on 07.12.2015, 12:30-16:00 (Arrival/Registration: 12:30pm, Event Start:1pm).

The conversation café is an opportunity for citizens to engage with each other and share their views on:

  • What is needed to help you live well in the future?
  • What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?

Following the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement at our recent Citizen Wellbeing Assembly of a National Conversation on creating a healthier Scotland, the café will provide an opportunity for constructive conversations around health and wellbeing which will form part of a dialogue on the future of health and social care in Scotland.

The ALLIANCE is committed to working with Scottish Government to ensure that all voices are heard, especially seldom heard voices and those of people with lived experience. Your views matter and are key to the conversation. This is the first of a series of events across Scotland to give a voice to those who use support and services.

To register you place please click here or for more information email academy@alliance-scotland.org.uk.

National Conversation on a healthier Scotland – East Ayrshire

The ALLIANCE and East Ayrshire Third Sector Interface would like to invite you to a Conversation Café hosted in partnership with the Health and Social Care Academy.

This pop up café will be held in the Grand Hall, 9 Green St, Kilmarnock KA1 3BN on Friday 4th December 2015, at 10am-12.30pm.

The conversation café is an opportunity for citizens to engage with each other and share their views on:

  • What is needed to help you live well in the future?
  • What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?

Following the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement at our recent Citizen Wellbeing Assembly of a National Conversation on creating a healthier Scotland, the café will provide an opportunity for constructive conversations around health and wellbeing which will form part of a dialogue on the future of health and social care in Scotland.

The ALLIANCE is committed to working with Scottish Government to ensure that all voices are heard, especially seldom heard voices and those of people with lived experience. Your views matter and are key to the conversation. This is the first of a series of events across Scotland to give a voice to those who use support and services.

Please register to attend on Eventbrite or call 0141 404 0231.

It’s nice to know that I have online friends that I can talk to

The use of social media around mental health

Social media is a widely used platform in today’s society. It is a tool used for communication, but it can also be used to provide support and guidance to one another. Social media has evolved from being just a communicative tool – it has become something that we go to when we need support. This may have happened for different reasons – because of the government cuts to vital mental health services, because services aren’t readily available or accessible or it may be because people don’t know that they are out there. Despite this, social media has become a platform for support, which I think is a step in the right direction, as a young person and as someone with mental health problems.

Read More “It’s nice to know that I have online friends that I can talk to”

National Conversation on a Healthier Scotland – Angus

The ALLIANCE and Voluntary Action Angus would like to invite you to a Conversation Café hosted in partnership with the Health and Social Care Academy.

This pop up café will be held at the Reid Hall, Castle Street, Forfar DD8 3AE on Wednesday 2 December 2015, 11.00am – 1.30pm.

The conversation café is an opportunity for citizens to engage with each other and share their views on:

  • What is needed to help you live well in the future?
  • What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?

Following the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement at our recent Citizen Wellbeing Assembly of a National Conversation on creating a healthier Scotland, the café will provide an opportunity for constructive conversations around health and wellbeing which will form part of a dialogue on the future of health and social care in Scotland.

The ALLIANCE is committed to working with Scottish Government to ensure that all voices are heard, especially seldom heard voices and those of people with lived experience. Your views matter and are key to the conversation. This is the first of a series of events across Scotland to give a voice to those who use support and services.

To register for the event please click here. 

Please help us share details of this event.  If you have any questions please call 0141 404 0231

National Conversation on a healthier Scotland – Fife

The ALLIANCE and Fife Voluntary Action would like to invite you to a Conversation Café hosted in partnership with the Health and Social Care Academy.

This pop up café will be held at New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy on 3 December 2015. The event will begin with anetworking lunch at 12.15pm followed by the Conversation Café from 1pm – 3.30pm.

The conversation café is an opportunity for citizens to engage with each other and share their views on:

  • What is needed to help you live well in the future?
  • What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?

Following the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement at our recent Citizen Wellbeing Assembly of a National Conversation on creating a healthier Scotland, the café will provide an opportunity for constructive conversations around health and wellbeing which will form part of a dialogue on the future of health and social care in Scotland.

The ALLIANCE is committed to working with Scottish Government to ensure that all voices are heard, especially seldom heard voices and those of people with lived experience. Your views matter and are key to the conversation. This is the first of a series of events across Scotland to give a voice to those who use support and services.

To register for the event please click here or email academy@alliance-scotland.org.uk for more information.