Winners in this category reflect the key role that councils and their partners have in tackling inequalities and improving health and wellbeing. Whilst improving the health of the general population is important, this category is also about targeting interventions towards vulnerable individuals, groups or communities. The awards recognise innovative approaches that improve pathways into, through, between and out of a range of local public services, particularly for people who are most at risk of poor health and wellbeing. These include addressing the mainstreaming of preventative activities, partnerships with relevant agencies and local communities, or projects that are building capacity for the health and care agenda, including links to appropriate planning and budgeting arrangements. To be successful , the winners have described specific aims and how these are being addressed through community involvement, effective partnership working and innovation.

 

Dundee Alcohol and Drugs Partnership – Community Hub @ Boots
The Community Hub @ Boots is a multi-agency virtual team which takes a collaborative approach to the needs of individuals, families and communities affected by substance misuse. The process of recovery from addiction requires a range of services, skills and approaches which can be ineffective if provided in isolation and without co-ordination. The Hub at Boots pharmacy in Dundees Albert Street brings together NHS, Council, voluntary and private services in the heart of a community to offer easily accessible services at one location, offering initial assessment and access to a wide range of additional services, including services for children and families, housing and benefits, harm reduction and support to access GPs and recovery groups. Team members were required to change their approach to work, learn new skills and respond to unfamiliar situations and, despite many challenges, have remained very committed to this innovative way of working.

Download the full application: Community Hub

Highland Community Planning Partnership – CPP – Tackling inequalities of Care Experienced Young People
CEYP  Care Experienced Young People, CPP  Community Planning Partnership, CEDA Care Experienced Development Assistants
To address the inequalities, improve outcomes and wellbeing of Care Experienced Young People: Highland Care & Learning has employed 11 CEYP through its Family Firm Scheme as Development Assistants.  These young people are working to: raise the profile of CEYP and improve outcomes in both Highland and across Scotland.  This project has created opportunities for CEYP to improve their own employability skills, raise their confidence, self-esteem, wellbeing and work directly with strategic and operational leads across Highlands CPP to improve outcomes for their peers.  This scheme also leads to employment and further education possibilities.  We developed and deliver in partnership with Who Cares? Scotland, Barnardos Springboard and other 3rd sector and statutory services.

Download the full application: Tackling inequalities of Care Experienced Young People

North Ayrshire Council – Stop Now And Plan ( SNAP )
Health and Social Care and Education partners have been working together since the summer of 2013 to plan and effectively implement the Canadian Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) programme.  SNAP supports North Ayrshire Councils early intervention agenda, working to reduce the numbers of children on Supervision Orders (SO) and keep disruptive and aggressive 8-11 year old children in mainstream schools. Children and their parents or carers attend an intensive 13 week cognitive behaviour therapy programme which aims to increase childrens resilience and ability to manage their emotions more effectively, whilst parents further develop and improve their parenting skills. The programme operates via group work sessions for single sex groups as well as individual sessions with young people and parents. Research conducted in North Ayrshire suggests that, to date, the SNAP programme has been successful in effecting positive mental health and behavioural change with participants. Strong effective partnerships have also been developed with partner agencies and service users.

Download the full application: SNAP

Perth & Kinross Council – Supporting parents to improve childrens outcomes (Incredible Years Pre School Parenting Programme)
Parents play the major role in supporting the development of their child, particularly in the pre-school years. This project took a data-led, evidence-based approach to identify needs of children, then set out to strengthen the skills and confidence of a group of parents struggling with managing a key aspect of healthy child development, their childs behaviour.  Research tells us that unless addressed early behavioural problems place young children at high risk of underachievement, school non-attendance, drug abuse, delinquency and being involved in violence in later life (Moffitt, 1993; Tremblay et al., 1996).  Therefore the Community Planning Partnership (CPP) agreed to commission delivery of the Incredible Years Pre-school Parenting (IY) Programme supported by an ambitious implementation plan to make the programme available to every eligible family.  The IY Programme is an evidence-based, skills-focused behavioural intervention for parents of children aged between 3 and 6 years, who are demonstrating behavioural or conduct disorder problems.  The group work programme is an early intervention approach aimed at addressing needs before they impact negatively on a childs school readiness and social relationships.
Eighteen IY groups have been completed since March 2014 and a further twelve groups are currently being delivered.  A significant improvement in the behaviour of the children of the families involved in the groups has been measured. In particular, 76% of the families who completed questionnaires about their childs behaviour before and after completion of the group, identified a reduction in behaviour concerns.  The quality of delivery of the programme by the group leaders resulted in 85% of parents who enrolled in the current cohort of groups remaining engaged after 6 weeks. Feedback from the parents engaged has strongly endorsed the programme and describe the significant, positive impact it has had on the parents approach to parenting, their childs behaviour and relationships within their family.

Download the full application: Incredible Early Years

West Dunbartonshire Council – Challenging Attitudes and Improving Learning
Vale of Leven Academy (VOLA) Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI+) Committee is a pupil led group which is transforming the culture of the school to be inclusive, and focused on positive outcomes for all to achieve the school vision of ‘Achieving Together. The initiative is based on intervention at secondary school level which previously had never been tried. The group provides advice and support in a key developmental phase of a childs life. The work has made the learning environment more inclusive; it provides training on LGBTI+ to probationary teachers and support and advice for parents so that all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, have a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. The work is constantly reviewed and challenged to ensure it is effective and has been recognised nationally as delivering the very best of LGBTI+ work at school level in Scotland.

Download the full application: Challenging Attitudes and Improving Learning

West Lothian Council – Supporting People with Hearing Loss: Community Access to Hearing Aid Batteries Lothian Integrated Project
Under the auspices of the Physical and Complex Disability Programme Board a sub-group was established to take forward Scottish Governments See Hear Strategy for people with visual and/ or hearing loss. Following extensive consultation and engagement with service users, the need to access hearing aid batteries easily and locally was identified as a top priority for service delivery, particularly as hearing loss affects 1 in 6 people in the population, 70% of those over 70.

NHS Lothian, the third sector, City of Edinburgh, East, West and Midlothian councils have co-produced a new service at minimal cost, utilising existing resources. Hearing aid batteries are now distributed from libraries, health centres and other non-medical venues across Lothian.  This effective, co-produced and preventive system change has provided increased accessibility, greater flexibility and responsiveness and the delivery of a more person-centred and personalised service.

Download the full application: Hearing Loss

West Lothian Council- West Lothian Faith Handbook
The West Lothian Faith Group has developed a Faith Handbook to create a deeper understanding of the needs and influences of faith communities and enhance engagement with local faith groups. By promoting inclusion and focusing on equality of opportunity, this will ensure more effective engagement between staff and customers and improve how services are delivered. The Faith Handbook will also ensure that members of the community have an understanding of the particular needs of their neighbours and colleagues and employers have a better understanding of their employees needs, all of which will support inclusion within the community and workplace. Evidence has shown that the handbook is being used across the Community Planning Partnership (CPP) and the community, for example in schools across West Lothian, and has already positively increased knowledge and understanding of particular social and personal needs of faith communities.  The Faith Handbook is the first known local document of its kind in Scotland and is seen as a best practice example for raising awareness of the needs of faith communities.

Download the full application: Faith Handbook