South Ayrshire Council: Positive Attitudes to Alcohol Peer Education

Positive Attitudes to Alcohol is about young people leading learning to tackle Scotland’s relationship with alcohol.  S6 pupils, following intensive training, deliver a 4-week PSE programme to all S1 pupils on Positive Attitudes to Alcohol. This very successful work has changed the attitudes of young people. They have reported significant learning on the subject and built resilience to deal with peer pressure. Through maintaining a record of their learning, the S6 peer educators receive a Platinum Youth Achievement Award. The S1 pupils are fully engaged with the programme and have reported their knowledge and attitudes to alcohol have improved and that their confidence and resilience for dealing with peer pressure has been built. They particularly enjoy being taught by the S6 pupils as they feel they can relate to them better.

Through partnership working and training, multi agency employees who are engaging with young people in a range of settings, are delivering consistent messages.

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West Lothian Council: Community Food and Nutrition Skills

The Certificate in Community Food and Nutrition Skills (CFNS) is a modular course designed and developed to meet an identified need for an in house training programme that can provide basic knowledge in food and nutrition.  The course is aimed at staff working in communities and can be tailored to specific population groups or service areas. It is delivered through West Lothian’ Health Improvement Team and is used to train tutors for the get cooking project and staff and volunteers throughout West Lothian whose jobs may involve or require food skills or basic knowledge of nutrition. It is supported by the British Dietetic Association and is credited rated at level 6 through the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

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West Lothian Council, Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Lothian: Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service: Carmondean Connected

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service at Carmondean Connected, West Lothian, is a tripartite approach to providing cancer information and support in the community setting of a library.  The three main partners: West Lothian Council, Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Health Service created this innovative service which formally opened on 16th September 2009.  Further partnership has enhanced the service and developed with the Advice Shop with Macmillan funded financial advice workers visiting Carmondean Connected; and Council Information Service staff visiting the Macmillan Centre at St John’s Hospital

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Renfrewshire Council: Underage Sales Prevention Strategy

Every year, smoking kills around 600 people in Renfrewshire. The health statistics for young people and smoking are particularly harrowing with a child who starts smoking aged 14 or younger 5 times more likely to die of lung cancer than someone who starts age 24 or older.  The Underage Sales Prevention Strategy aims to reduce the sale of age-restricted products, particularly tobacco, to young people in Renfrewshire. The long term outcome of the strategy is to protect the health and wellbeing of our young people, and to reduce anti-social behaviour associated with the misuse of age-restricted products. In the last 3 years we have achieved excellent results with significant reduction in test purchase failures rates from 81% in October 2007 to 18.75% during 09-10. The strategy has also attracted significant publicity and resulted in a trader in Renfrewshire receiving the largest court fine in Scotland of £2000 for selling cigarettes to minors.

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Aberdeenshire Council: Go For It

The Local Transport Strategy of Aberdeenshire Council has active travel and road safety education at its core. The Single Outcome Agreement for Aberdeenshire Council has targets to increase the number of children walking or cycling to school. The GO FOR IT initiative was developed in 2007 by the Aberdeenshire Active Travel Working Group to extend the impact of Walk to School Weeks (WTSW) in order to achieve long term behavioural changes. The scheme is adapted from one developed by Highland Council but has been expanded to be fully inclusive to cyclists, school transport and special needs pupils as well as being applicable to all schools, irrespective of size or location.  It is seen as a good starting point for schools who may feel daunted by travel plans.  The scheme provides year-round incentives for active travel.  The GO FOR IT concept is simple. Pupils collect a tick or stamp for every active travel trip they make to/from school. Up to a maximum of 2 ticks/stamps per day. When a pupil has collected enough ticks they earn a reward card to redeem against a sponsor funded reward. Since GO FOR IT works on trust, pupils and parents are encouraged to be honest about their travel, giving pupils increased moral and personal responsibility.  Now into it’s fourth year GO FOR IT has become almost self sustaining, with sponsors still donating free sessions as rewards, and cards being reused over and over, there is little costs involved in keeping the scheme running.

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Inverclyde Council: Mental Health First Aiders

This project is an innovative initiative which promotes positive health and well-being, supports staff with mental health problems in the workplace and reduces barriers to recruiting staff with mental health problems by establishing a reputation as a caring employer.

Inverclyde has the highest incidence of young male suicides in the West of Scotland and linked to that are high depression levels in both men and women. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will need support in their lifetime to deal with mental health issues. Taking cognisance of these issues, their impact on its workforce and the effect of absenteeism of the efficiency of the service delivery, Inverclyde Council introduced Mental Health First Aiders into the organisation in September 2009.

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East Ayrshire Council: MEND Programme

In 2008 East Ayrshire Council’s Recreation Partnership Service recognised that many children and young people required more intensive support to improve their health and wellbeing.  After thorough research, East Ayrshire Council became the first local Authority in Scotland to implement MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!) which is an evidence based and outcome driven programme to improve the health of children who are above their ideal weight. The MEND programmes within East Ayrshire have far exceeded all expectations. The much hoped for physiological improvements for participants, including decreased Body Mass Index and waist circumference along with increased time spent in physical activity and increased days per week that children were participating in more than 60 minutes of moderate activity have been achieved across the board. Nutritional scores also highlighted significant improvements in dietary habits. However, it is the wider social benefits of the MEND Programme that have made the greatest immediate impact and these have been achieved as a result of East Ayrshire’s unique approach which goes beyond the standard interventions for treatment and prevention of overweight or obesity in children.

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