New Capacity Growth Grants for Community Link Working launched

Argyll & Bute HSCP have launched Capacity Growth Grants to fund Third Sector organisations who currently deliver services/support to adults over the age of 18 living in Argyll and Bute, to increase their capacity to be in a position to support the future Community Link Worker (CLW) service.

A CLW works with an individual to identify underlying causes and stressors in their life, which are having a negative impact on their health. The aim is to support people in taking control over their own health and wellbeing, and includes referring them to community services which can support them in doing so.

A healthy and vibrant Third Sector plays a vital role in supporting CLW objectives. Argyll and Bute HSCP are looking to award Capacity Growth Grants to Third Sector partners across Argyll and Bute to build capacity for supporting CLW by developing sustainable services which CLW are able to refer individuals into.

Capacity growth activities are those which build an organisation’s resources to deliver the range, volume and quality of services required for successful CLW, and the potential to extend the reach or variety of these services. These will be services which also benefit the wider community in line with CLW outcomes.

For further information go to our funding page here.

LIVING WELL GRANTS – Applications now closed

Please note that year 2 of the Living Well (Self Management) grant process has now closed and all grants allocated.  For further information see our press release –

Argyll & Bute HSCP have launched year 2 of the Living Well (Self Management grants) to fund Third Sector organisations, who currently deliver services/support to adults over the age of 18 living in Argyll and Bute. Grant applications are invited from third sector organisations that can support us to deliver on the Living Well Strategy priorities listed below. Bids must provide measurable value, lasting change and positive impact on the lives of people living in Argyll and Bute. We are looking to fund applications which meet one or more of these:

This year in particularly we are keen to focus on supporting people who may be at higher risk of developing health conditions or who may struggling to manage their health and well being due to the Current pandemic.


Managing fatigue


Increasing Physical activity opportunities particularly post Lock down/Covid


Prevention of diabetes (healthy weight)

Particularly motivational opportunities to support people to maintain a healthy weight

Supporting emotional and mental well being of people living in our communities

We are looking for creative and Covid compliant activities to support 1 or more of our priorities listed above. Please note your application can support 1 or more of the priorities. We would welcome partnership bids. We would particularly welcome bids where organisations work together to deliver key outcomes across Argyll & Bute. This funding stream is targeted at adults over 18 but we will consider bids that also include young people as part of the overall service/project.

Activities should be

  • Enabling
  • Improve health and well being
  • Motivational
  • Compliant with any existing government Covid 19 guidanceA single application process opens on Monday 24th of August 2020 and closes at midnight on the 11th of October 2020. Maximum amount available for 1 single application is £20,000 divided into 2 tranches, November 2020 and March 2020
  • Application documents

The Living Well Grant application form  

Living Well Guidance document 

All applicants must read the Guidance document before completing the application form All applications must be returned to by midnight on 11th October 2020



Coronavirus Caring for People Helpline Service

Please note that the information below has been updated to reflect changes to the Caring for People Helpline.  Please visit the link below for up-to-date information on where to access support if required.

A dedicated helpline has been set up for people across Argyll and Bute who may need help during the coronavirus outbreak. The Caring for People helpline brings together partner agencies and covers a wide range of issues including help for those who are experiencing difficulties accessing food or prescriptions, business advice including access to grants and anyone who has financial or personal concerns.

Please visit the link below for more information


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Public Health team is working with Argyll and Bute HSCP and Argyll and Bute Council’s Community Development Team to provide support for communities around coronavirus efforts.  Please see the Updates for Communities webpage for more information and for any further COVID-19 community support updates:

Coronavirus – updates for Communities on Covid-19

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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The HSCP Public Health team have compiled a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for adult health and social care services. The JSNA takes a systematic approach and includes consideration of the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. It aims to identify health and social care needs of the population of Argyll and Bute. The JSNA will be used to inform the HSCP strategic commissioning plan and a copy of the plan can be found here :- Argyll and Bute HSCP JSNA – adults 2019

Health and Wellbeing Network Review

The Health and Wellbeing Networks (HWNs) review was undertaken as part of the ongoing review of engagement structures in Argyll and Bute. This paper summarises the current status of the HWNs, the public understanding of the HWNs, the advantages and limitations of this model and the Recommendations for the way forward.

The review included: two surveys, of HWN members and Senior Managers; semi-structured interviews with HWN coordinators; and a joint consultation day with HWN coordinators and the Health Improvement team.

The Summary report can be found here :- HWN Review Summary Report February 2020

Coaching Network development day – 17th February 2020

Our Living Well strategy launched last year and a key outcome is ensuring our staff are able and motivated to support the people that they see to live well.

Coaching networks play an important role in this by supporting staff to develop the skills they need to help self management, health behaviour change and deliver person-centred care. If you work in health, social care or the 3rd sector, we are looking for your input on how best to develop a coaching network for Argyll and Bute.

Come along to our Coaching Network development day in Inveraray on 17th February to help shape an Argyll and Bute coaching network. You can register for this event here:

For more information about the event please contact Jenny Dryden, Health Improvement Team, on or 01546 790 043.

Coaching development day

Review of the Partnership Approach to Health and Wellbeing in Argyll and Bute

The Community Plan sets out how partners in Argyll and Bute can come together to improve our local communities. There is a health and wellbeing outcome in this plan which states:

Outcome 5 – enable people to lead active, healthier and more independent lives

More information on Argyll and Bute’s Community Plan can be found here –

During 2019 a comprehensive review took place into the existing approaches used and how these could be improved. This review included:

This activity has culminated in the following new plan for Outcome 5:

1. Branding and promotion of Argyll and Bute’s natural assets (in order to increase physical activity levels).
2. Valuing the environment and the benefits of the environment to people living in Argyll and Bute (in order to link to the CPP agenda to address climate change).
3. Promote the self-management of long term health conditions

For more information contact:

Alison McGrory

Health Improvement Principal, Argyll & Bute HSCP



Have you done your ABI training?

Many of us enjoy alcohol at times of celebration and when spending time with family and friends. In moderation this is not a problem, however alcohol consumption in the UK has increased significantly over the last two decades, as have related deaths and disease. Women’s alcohol use has increased and people are presenting with alcohol problems at a much younger age.

In January 2016 the UK Chief Medical Officers released new guidance on alcohol consumption for both men and women. The guidelines for both men and women state:

  • You are safest not to drink regularly more than 14 units per week, to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level
  • If you do drink as much as 14 units over week, it is best to spread this evenly over 3 days or more.
  • If you have one or two heavy drinking sessions a week, you increase your risks of death from long term illnesses and from accidents and injuries.
  • The risk of developing a range of illnesses (including, for example, cancers of the mouth, throat and breast) increases with any amount you drink on a regular basis.
  • If you wish to cut down the amount you’re drinking, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.

The Scottish Government has introduced a number of initiatives in recent years to support a change in behaviour around drinking alcohol in Scotland. These include the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing, changes to Licensing Policy and roll out of the Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABI) programme. Many staff within the Health and Social Care Partnership and our partners throughout Argyll & Bute have already started to deliver ABIs, however more work needs to be done in order to help reduce the impact alcohol is having on our population.

Alcohol Brief Interventions are a simple way of supporting people who are currently drinking a bit more than is healthy to reduce their alcohol intake. National guidance on ABIs can be found here:

Each ABI takes about 5-10 minutes and can be carried out by any trained member of staff. The training is easy and can be completed online. You can get free ABI online training via: Argyll and Bute Alcohol & Drug Partnership has also introduced a simple, interactive method to record and report delivery through the use of scratch cards.

Please contact the Alcohol & Drug Partnership Support Team for information on how to access this training, or for scratch cards and other resources: ADP Support Team on 01546 604948 or email us at

You may also find that taking part in health behaviour change training can help you deliver Alcohol Brief Interventions. Information on the health behaviour change training provided by the Public Health team can be found here: