Health and Loneliness Roadshows 2015

Research shows that loneliness has a similar negative effect on health as smoking
15 cigarettes a day – and is more detrimental than obesity.
It is also recognised as a major factor contributing to health inequalities.
The impact of loneliness on health and social care services is massive yet there is
still no clear strategy in place to tackle it effectively.
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Chance to be heard

Scots who spent time in institutional care as children can have their experiences heard and acknowledged by taking part in the National Confidential Forum.

The independent body is inviting participants from across Scotland to come forward and share their experiences, whatever they are, in a safe and non-judgemental setting.

The testimonies of participants will help the Forum understand what happened to children in the past and show what can be done to make things safer for children in care, today and in the future.

Project manager, Ben Lukins, said, "If you have been in institutional care as a child in Scotland, this is your chance to be heard.


Local grant making trust, the Inverclyde Community Fund (ICF), has awarded funds to the Inverclyde Anti Knife Group (IAKG) to cover the costs of a new marketing roller banner, which will be used by the group to raise its profile at future events.

The ICF awards grants of up to £500 to help small voluntary organisations, community groups and charities get their great ideas off the ground, to improve the lives of people and their local communities in Inverclyde. The IAKG has been granted £154 to purchase the banner in time for its next event, Build a Cairn and Barbecue, on Sunday 31 May from 6pm to 9.30pm at the Beacon Bistro. The event, which will bring together those affected by knife crime and help to further raise the group's profile, will invite people to write their loved one's name on a stone to be placed within the cairn.

The Scottish Government - Local Bootcamp Training

Scottish government logo 150pxThe Scottish Government wants to make Scotland the best place to grow up and evidence tells us that investing in the early years of a child's life helps stop serious difficulties developing later on. The health and lifestyle of parents and families and what happens before birth and during childhood can have a huge impact on the rest of our lives.

By supporting parents and providing a range of services that increase family stability, children are more likely to perform better at school, become more resilient in their response to challenge and develop into healthy adults. Improving the early years' experience is key to addressing some of our most entrenched problems – such as poverty, poor health, poor attainment and anti-social behaviour.

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