Following the launch of our Living in the Gap report on Wednesday the 18th of March, an evening reception for VHS was held in the Scottish Parliament to discuss the findings and recommendations. The event was hosted by Murdo Fraser MSP and featured an overview of the report from Claire Stevens, … [Read more...] about Living in the Gap Parliamentary Event
Following February's VHS Sounding Board on the Public Health Review, we have now submitted our response to the Review Engagement Paper. The key points made in our response are: In order to tackle (health) inequalities in Scotland, public health needs to be understood as a joint endeavour between … [Read more...] about Public Health Review: VHS response to Review Engagement Paper
In November 2014, Scottish Ministers asked for a review to be undertaken of public health in Scotland. A review group was established and met for the first time in December 2014. The group meets monthly. VHS is a member of the group and is represented by Grant Sugden, CEO of Waverley Care. The … [Read more...] about Public Health Review
New materials are available from NHS Health Scotland to help you understand and tackle health inequalities: Actions to reduce health inequalities In summary: 2015 UK Election Briefing: Aimed at politicians and policy makers, this makes recommendations for tackling health inequalities. Informing … [Read more...] about Latest thinking on actions to reduce health inequalities
Recipe for Success, Scotland’s first National Food and Drink Policy was launched in 2009. Scottish Government are now seeking views on their discussion document to build on this work and to help Scotland become a Good Food Nation. They propose a vision that by 2025, people from every walk of life, … [Read more...] about Becoming a good food nation?
On 13 October 2014, Voluntary Health Scotland and Age Scotland jointly delivered the last seminar in the Unequal Lives, Unjust Deaths series of events to consider health inequalities and later life. The event focused on health inequalities and later life, examining later life poverty and low … [Read more...] about Unequal Lives – Later Life
This month James Evans, VHS Health Inequalities Volunteer, met with Martin Coyle from Kingsway Court Health and Wellbeing Centre in Glasgow. Kingsway Court is a housing scheme consisting of six 20 storey tower blocks in Scotstoun. They were built in 1962 by Wimpey and are now run by Glasgow Housing … [Read more...] about Kingsway Court Health and Wellbeing Centre
On 24 June 2014, Voluntary Health Scotland and the Scottish Transitions Forum jointly delivered the second seminar in the Unequal Lives, Unjust Deaths series of events, examining health inequalities across the life course and the voluntary sector contribution to reducing, preventing and reversing … [Read more...] about Unequal Lives – Transitions
Voluntary Health Scotland is an increasingly active member of this important Cross Party Group. It aims to raise awareness of the causes of health inequalities amongst parliamentarians, promote evidence based legislation, policy and actions that reduce health inequalities – and avoid … [Read more...] about Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities
Tackling Health Inequalities Together! Policy makers often ask us for evidence to show the impact of the work of the voluntary sector. We know that there is a lot of exceptional work in the voluntary sector to tackle health inequalities and that you are making a real difference to people’s … [Read more...] about Join our Health Inequalities Project!