Tackling Fuel Poverty Together: Free Training Event

The Community Liaison and Partnership Team at Home Energy Scotland is running two free training and networking events which are designed to bring together individuals and organisations committed to tackling fuel poverty.

The training will provide an insight into the causes and effects of fuel poverty as well as the support available from Home Energy Scotland to tackle this issue. More information on the course content, dates of training and venue can be found here tackling fuel poverty together training.

For further information about these training events, please call Dagmara Opilka on 0131 468 8682 or email dagmara.opilka@se.homeenergyscotland.org



PlayTalkRead has developed 30 different fun activities for parents to try as part of the #30daysofplay campaign.

During the month of November, they will be offering families in Scotland the opportunity to win a family photo-shoot up to the value of £1000 by sharing a photo of themselves and their child participating in one of our suggest activities via our social media channels.

For more information on the campaign visit http://playtalkread.scot/30daysofplay or read through the playtalkread social media kit.

Support from the Start / Pennypit Family Worker

Support from the Start / Pennypit Family Worker (for Preston, Seton, Gosford ward)

Salary – £25.549

Location – Pennypit Community Development Trust, Prestonpans

Hours – 35 hours – Flexibility will be required

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and families?

We are seeking to appoint a Family Worker who will be dedicated to help children and families in the communities of Prestonpans, Port Seton, Cockenzie and Longniddry (PSG) to get the best start in life. Continue reading “Support from the Start / Pennypit Family Worker”

B-Aware: Breast Cancer Awareness Talks

b-awareBreast Cancer Care is the UK’s leading provider of information, practical assistance and emotional support for anyone affected by breast cancer.

At Breast Cancer Care, we promote the importance of early detection of breast cancer and provide accurate answers to questions about breast health. We believe that up-to-date information, based on clinical evidence, builds confidence and helps people take control of their health.

The aim of the talks is to allow attendees to discuss breast awareness in a relaxed and interactive way, address barriers to the message and debunk myths. We find that what mostly stops people from being breast aware is not knowing what to do or look for and the fear of what they might find.

Talks cover the following:

  • What breast awareness is and why it is important,
  • Identifying the range of things that can be normal in our breasts,
  • Knowing what changes to look and feel for,
  • Gaining confidence in knowing what to do next,
  • Importance of the screening programme,
  • Main risk factors
  • Q&As

For more information and to view the full poster click here.


Bookbug For The Home – Executive Summary

scottish-book-trustAttached here you will find an electronic version of the Bookbug Outreach evaluation summary and you can read the updated evaluation pages online. These not only contain the summary, infographics and full year four report but also some fantastic case studies on the different ways Bookbug can be utilised in the community.

Scottish Book Trust delivers other programmes alongside Bookbug. For more information on how they change lives through reading and writing, please see the annual report for 2015/16.

Introduction to Sexual Health & Wellbeing

NHS LothianOn Thursday 20th October, NHS Lothian will be running an ‘Introduction to Sexual Health and Wellbeing’ course at Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh.

The aim of the course is to introduce basic information about relationships, sexual health and wellbeing, and to provide a space for participants to consider the wider influences on sexual health. Across Lothian great importance is placed upon the need for people to receive consistent messages about sexual health and wellbeing. This course is underpinned by a clear value base and the Lothian key messages.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain:

  • an improved understanding of the holistic nature of sexual health
  • an increased understanding of the role of positive relationships
  • an increased understanding of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • increased knowledge of the different types of contraception available
  • increased knowledge of how to raise the issue of sexual health and relationships
  • increased awareness of current legislation relating to sexual health.

This course is aimed at people working with any age group in the statutory or voluntary sector who require some basic information on sexual health and wellbeing to help them work more effectively in their current post or volunteering role, or those who require a refresher course to update their knowledge.

If you would like to register for a place please use this link before the deadline on Friday 7th October