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Mental Health Awareness Week in Argyll and Bute

Good mental health helps us flourish and positive relationships can play a part in this with research highlighting that positive relationships can help us to stay well and recover from illness. With mental health problems being one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide it suggests we should be taking steps to improve our mental wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness week this year is focusing upon relationships. Good relationships help us live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems. Fewer relationships can contribute to loneliness. Research suggests that 31% of people feel lonely sometimes and the negative effect of loneliness has health consequences such as higher blood pressure, depression and higher rates of mortality.

The Mental Health Foundation believes that we cannot flourish as individuals or communities without strong relationships. Action we can take is to invest in our relationships – make time to spend with family and friends, really listen and engage with things they talk about. Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers produced a short video for Scotlands Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2015 which highlights the importance of talking and listening. The film, Talking is Power can be viewed along with two other films developed by young people and the Choose Life Project, on NHS Highlands Facebook page.

Notes to Editors: Mental Health Awareness Week runs from the 16th May to the 22nd May and focuses on relationships. The Mental Health Foundation leads on this event: for more information about the event go to: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week.

There will be various awareness raising activities happening around Argyll and Bute such as promotion of some recent work developed by Choose Life (the suicide prevention project in Argyll and Bute), and young people in Oban and Tarbet High Schools. These short films discuss feelings which can precede common mental health issues, http://www.tigershark.tv/tarbert and talking about self harm http://www.tigershark.tv/selfharming or on the NHS Highland Facebook page. In addition, the Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers have also developed a short film which promotes the value of talking in building and maintaining relationships. It can be viewed at: http://www.tigershark.tv/talking.

Health & Wellbeing Fund 2016-17

Argyll and Bute CHP is delighted to announce that it is continuing to fund local health and wellbeing initiatives.Despite ongoing pressure on health budgets a total of £66,700 will be distributed as follows:

Bute:  £5,843, Cowal: £12,569, Helensburgh: £16,347, Islay & Jura: £3,019,  Kintyre: £6,650, Mid Argyll: £7,069, Mull, Coll & Tiree: £3,159, Oban Lorn and Inner Isles: £12,044

This funding is for activities to improve the health of the population such as increasing participation in physical activity opportunities, creating opportunities for older people to socialise with each and health fairs in local communities. Priority will be given to initiatives that can demonstrate they are reducing health inequalities, that means focusing on the people who are most in need, for example deprived communities likely to experience poor health.

Funding is accessed via the Local Health and Wellbeing Network by completing an application form

HWF Application Form 2016-2017

HWF Application Pack 2016-2017

For more information please contact your local Health and Wellbeing Network coordinator.


 

 

 

Social Enterprise in Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute Social Enterprise Network previously gathered feedback and undertook survey analysis with members over the past 8 years.  This year, it was possible to build on this work by making links with the national social enterprise census.  The Social Value Lab were engaged to undertake further research and analysis to produce a report mapping social enterprise in Argyll and Bute showing that 45% of the local social enterprises address health and wellbeing. The report provides robust information to assist the newly merged TSI, partner organisations and agencies to support the growth and development of social enterprise in Argyll and Bute and to work with enterprises to continue to develop and deliver innovative solutions to issues and aspirations in the communities of Argyll.

To see the full report click here: ABSEN Social Enterprise Mapping Report

Health and Wellbeing Partnership Annual Report

The Health and Wellbeing Partnership had a busy year during 2014 – 2015. The following report lists some of the highlights, including:

  • An external evaluation of the Health and Wellbeing Grant Fund;
  • Grants awarded during 2014 – 2015;
  • The new Physical Activity Position Statement for Argyll and Bute.

The Partnership is always on the look out for new members and if you have an interest in promoting health please email – alison.mcgrory@nhs.net

Final HWBP Annual Report 2014-15JC

Integrated Care Fund Closing Dates for Bids

Localities in Argyll and Bute are working hard on their priorities for spending the Integrated Care Fund. Closing dates are coming up as follows:

Oban, Lorn and the Isles – 17 July

Helensburgh – 1 August

Cowal and Bute – 14 August

MAKI – 14 August

Details on how to apply for funding can be found in the guidance pack:

ICF_Guidance_and_Application_Pack_for_localities_version_111

The Integrated Care Fund (ICF) is Scottish Government funding for the next 3 years. This year we have £1.84 million for Argyll and Bute to be spent in the following ways:

  • To sustain the good work achieved from Reshaping Care for Older People
  • To focus on the prevention of ill health
  • To improve the health of all adults living with more than one long term health condition.

£800,000 of this fund is being made available to spend in partnership in the 4 locality areas of Argyll and Bute.

 

Integrated Care Fund

FUNDING FOR HEALTH AND CARE IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES 

The Integrated Care Fund (ICF) is Scottish Government funding for the next 3 years. This year we have £1.84 million for Argyll and Bute to be spent in the following ways:

  • To sustain the good work achieved from Reshaping Care for Older People
  • To focus on the prevention of ill health
  • To improve the health of all adults living with more than one long term health condition.

£800,000 of this fund is being made available to spend in partnership in the 4 locality areas of Argyll and Bute. This fund is in the process of being launched in localities so keep an eye on the livingwell website for more information on how it can help you achieve your health improvement outcomes:

http://livingwellinargyllandbute.co.uk/

Final ICF Guidance and Application Pack for localities version 9 15-05-15

Health Fund up for Grabs!

Argyll and Bute CHP is delighted to announce that it is continuing to fund local health and wellbeing initiatives. Despite ongoing pressure on health budgets a total of £66,700 will be distributed as follows:

Bute:  £5,900, Cowal: £11,555, Helensburgh: £16,416, Islay & Jura: £3,156,  Kintyre £6,502, Mid Argyll: £7,511, Mull, Coll & Tiree: £3,504, Oban Lorn and Inner Isles: £12,256

This funding is for activities to improve the health of the population such as increasing participation in physical activity opportunities, creating opportunities for older people to socialise with each and health fairs in local communities. Priority will be given to initiatives that can demonstrate they are reducing health inequalities, that means focusing on the people who are most in need, for example deprived communities likely to experience poor health.

Funding is accessed via the Local Health and Wellbeing Network by completing an application form.

HWF Application form 2015-16

HWF Application Pack 2015-16

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