Network Oban Lorn and the Inner Isles


The purpose of the network is to develop local partnership working and planning for health improvement activity in the Oban Lorn and Inner Isles area.   Our network has representation from public sector,  business and voluntary sector.

We meet on a regular basis throughout the year with short meeting  ( max 2 hours) to inform, share and learn from each other to  support our communities in OLI.


Vacancy – Post of Co ordinator Oban Lorn and inner Isles.   Any group wishing to take on this  roll please contact Alison Hardman on   for more details

FAREWELL –  Thank you to all who have supported me as co ordinator over the last 14 years!   My email olihwn ….address is now closed.     Eleanor x

PB OBAN – Feb 2019

Thank you to all who took part in our Participatory Budgeting event – what a great night.  Not only did 2 groups go away with the funds they requested but all others got a small amount towards their activity.

Have your say in community spending……..

Oban, Lorn and the Inner isles Health and Wellbeing Network is inviting local community groups to get involved in a project that could benefit them by £2,000.

The network has already given out  £17,000 of funding through its usual grant programme this year.  Now a pilot project is to be set up that will allow communities to vote for the projects that they would like to receive funding.

Chair of the network, Eleanor Mackinnon, said: “This is about exploring how we can involve communities better – letting them make the final decision about where funding goes within their local community.

Although we can only fund a few projects, we want to create a fun atmosphere on the day.  Rather than groups competing with each other, it’s an opportunity for them to get together and share the hard work that they’re doing and make links with other groups who are working in the health and wellbeing field”.

The community vote day will be held in Oban on  February 4th and any eligible projects that aren’t successful in public vote will automatically be taken forward  to first round of funds in the Spring. Subject to the network receiving continued funding.

Although projects will have to meet the aims of the Health and wellbeing Fund, which has a particular focus  this year on increasing physical activity, and enrich the lives of people with long term health conditions  we are very aware of all the great ideas out there that have not yet come forward through the normal route of application.   This is an ideal opportunity to access funds to bring your idea to fruition.

To find out more about the fund or request an application form contact Eleanor by emailing:    or download and complete application form below


OLI HWN Local Plan 2018-19 May 2018

OBAN ….Scotland’s first health town. 


Do you have a small project that “fits the bill” which could assist  to  meet  the Joint Health Improvement Plan Priorities?     Join the network and help us achieve our aims and objectives

The local network devolved budget of £17000 is now closed for 2018.

 Applications  of up to £2000 are invited  from  groups, organisations, public sector or individuals who are able to  demonstrate  the activity proposed will support our local action plan delivery. This year funding should have an emphasis on  increasing physical activity and supporting people to live better lives with long term health conditions. 


Thurs 16th August 2018.  – 9.30- 11.30

Wed  5th Sept 2018  –  9.30 – 11.30

Wed 7th November ( tbc) 9.30

Funding  applications  deadline dates  2018-19 –

Closing dates round 1 applications – 19th July

Closing date round 2  applications  – 24th Aug

Closing date round 3 applications –  12th October

Have got a project that would benefit from  a helping hand? 

Please email the co ordinator for advice and guidance.

Last year OLIHWN  funded projects throughout the Oban Lorn and Inner Isles area which   helped young and old, from  support services to young people ,homeless,  training to build community capacity, outdoor activities and much much more.

The funding  has supported  projects  which  have a  focus on wellness instead of illness to  improve the health of the population.  Priority  given to initiatives that  demonstrated reducing health inequalities, breaking  down barriers to participation and  which was able to   demonstrate how the planned project  supported delivery  of our four  Health Improvement Plan  Priorities :

  • Theme 1 – Getting the best start in life
  • Theme 2 – Working to ensure fairness
  • Theme 3 – Connecting people with support in their community
  • Theme 4 – Focusing on Wellness not illness


Joint Health Improvement Plan

Contact your local co ordinator   for further guidance

Previous meeting minutes can be found on our Members information page