This month, Jenny Lester, Communications and Marketing Assistant at VHS, met with Rebecca Haack, the Operations Director, and Healthy n Happy. The community development trust work towards healthy and happy living in Cambuslang and Rutherglen by providing opportunities for people to actively improve … [Read more...] about Spotlight on Healthy n Happy
ROAR is a charity that provides preventative health and wellbeing clubs and community based projects for older adults. Their latest campaign #staymobilestayconnected has engaged and empowered older people in Renfrewshire to take the lead in a film making project. The six short films written, filmed, … [Read more...] about #StayMobileStayConnected
TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) was established in the 1950s and, as the name will suggest, has been involved in getting people outdoors and contributing to the conservation of their local greenspaces ever since. What might be a bit more of a surprise, but answers straight away why we are … [Read more...] about Dom’s blog: what’s a conservation organisation doing in VHS?
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life.” Dame Cicely Saunders, the Founder of the modern hospice movement, knew the importance of person-centred care before it started to gain the real social and political traction that it has today. Too often, professionals see … [Read more...] about Susan’s Blog: You Matter
“Isolation is my problem. When I am in pain I avoid contact with people. This makes me depressed, which locks me in to a cycle of pain. Also tiredness makes me unable to cope with day to day chores. I then feel worthless. This prolonged bad, wet, windy weather has chained me to my home. This has … [Read more...] about Maureen’s blog: Arthritis and Mental Health
This is the question that the Scottish Government is asking in its new draft strategy on tackling loneliness and social isolation in Scotland. A Connected Scotland is the first government strategy, globally, aimed at tackling loneliness and social isolation and paving the way for a more connected … [Read more...] about How do we enable a more connected Scotland?
We are all ageing. With 8% of our population over 75 years old, it is unsurprising that on a daily basis in the media there are stories about the increase in the number of older people and the concerns about by whom, how and with what resources they will be cared for. Longevity brings the need for … [Read more...] about Maureen’s Blog: See me for who I am
This month, Jenny Lester, Communications and Marketing Assistant at VHS, met with Helen Scammel, co-director, at Pilton Community Health Project. PCHP uses a social model of health and works using a community development approach to tackle ill health in the area. Helen and I met in one of their … [Read more...] about Spotlight on Pilton Community Health Project
A conference on human rights in medicine at the Royal College of Physicians on 20th November 2017 gave me a lot of food for thought. Overall the Conference underpinned the efforts that VHS and others are making in Scotland to address inequalities in health, set within the context of the declaration … [Read more...] about Norman’s blog: Human Rights in Medicine – Myth and Reality
On the importance of social connectedness for mental health and wellbeing Mental Health has been a taboo for a long time. It is encouraging to see the topic going up the agenda and becoming a subject of lively conversation, not just amongst professionals but with family and friends too. It is … [Read more...] about Marie-Amélie’s blog: Because we’re only human after all