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Health and Wellbeing Grant Makes a Difference

The grant fund is a small pot of money that helps people to run health improvement projects. Last year we carried out a review, with the help of the Social Value Lab, to see what difference the grant fund makes in Argyll and Bute. People told us they really valued the grant fund and that it makes a big difference in our communities, for example, the Fund has achieved a great number of outcomes. In total 33 different were identified, including:

· Transfer of skills and knowledge.

· Activities for young people and elderly people.

· Increase in confidence of the beneficiaries.

· Reduced isolation / increased social interaction.

· Increased the fitness of the participants.

· Improved mental health.

Other key points from the study include:

  • The majority of the grant fund (81%) went to third sector organisations, including a significant number of grassroots voluntary organisations.
  • The fund had a positive effect on the sustainability of the groups: it increased capacity to deliver services and activities in the  future; improved their reputation; allowed them to recruit and develop volunteers; provided facilities and equipment needed to establish services and activities; and opened up access to additional grant funding.
  • The fund was very well received by its stakeholders with various aspects of the fund and the application process rated an average of 8 out of 10.
  • The fund plays a pivotal role in addressing health inequalities, access to local services and reducing rural isolation.
  • The fund is seen to deliver essential resources for grassroots organisations, for many of whom it is the only realistic source of funding.
  • The public meetings to decide grant allocations add value to the fund.
  • The role of the Network Coordinators has been valuable and well appreciated.
  • The fund helps build capacity of the local voluntary sector.
  • The fund is pivotal to the success of the Local Health and Wellbeing Networks.

To read the full report click here.

Health and Wellbeing Fund Evaluation Report Final 081014

Breathing Space Day – 1st Feb 2015

Breathing Space Day encourages everyone in Scotland to take some time out to look after their mental wellbeing. For 2015 our theme is ‘Stay Connected’ and promotes the benefits of keeping in touch with friends, family and loved ones. Maintaining and building social connections in your life can increase feelings of self-worth, happiness and self-confidence. If you would like to organise an event for Breathing Space Day, contact us to order support materials (Breathing Space posters, pens and pocketcards). If you require emotional support, speak to our Advisors on 0800 83 85 87.

Physical Activity Strategy

Partners involved in health in Argyll and Bute launch a new strategy to increase levels of physical activity.

There is something that everyone can do that will have a lasting positive impact on their health; this is taking 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. Physical activity is free and can help people to: Continue reading

Start The Conversation

The “Start the Conversation” campaign, is being launched across Argyll and Bute to raise awareness of the importance of having a Power of Attorney granted to a trusted relative or friend.

This campaign is a partnership between NHS Highland, Argyll and Bute Council, and the Third Sector Partnership. Continue reading