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.


Aberdeenshire Council- Project AMAL
The Amal Project began in October 2016 as a community development group supporting the collective voice for Syrian New Scots resettled in Aberdeenshire. The resettlement team at the council worked with families to lift their confidence as well as their spirits whilst helping up-skill our new residents. The result is that this group has created a new concept of collective action to improve the quality of their lives and engender community integration and ownership. What makes the Amal Project different is that it has gone one step beyond, fully recognising Syrian New Scots as an asset and positive contributors to their community rather than simply the benefactors of services and charity.

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Aberdeenshire Council- CPP – Choose Life  
Choose Life North East Scotland Suicide Prevention campaign is a truly partnership approach to reduce the number of suicides in the area. This campaign has touched many people across the area, reducing the suicide rates by a staggering 29% in 2016. The start of 2017 saw a further reduction and it is hoped the downward trend can continue. We have seen people download the new app in their thousands, and truly engage with the digital campaign in a way which demonstrates that a real difference can be made. With a focus on this digital approach we are helping those in our communities at their most vulnerable.

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Dumfries and Galloway Council – Let’s Motivate
The benefits of physical activity in older adults is well established, despite this; inactivity prevalence is highest at this life stage in Scotland. Projects enabling older adults to be more physically active improve health/wellbeing and contribute to national health and social care outcomes. Let’s Motivate (LM) is an evidenced based physical activity (PA) training programme targeted at older adult settings including care homes. Training is provided free enabling the older adult workforce to embed regular PA opportunities within their settings. Over 40 settings and 1,000 participants have benefitted from LM in Dumfries and Galloway (D&G). Research findings demonstrate that LM has increased workforce confidence/competence for PA while benefiting participant physical/social/mental wellbeing.

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Fife Council – Fife Council Air Quality Strategy 
Air pollution in the UK is a “public health emergency” (House Of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, 2016). Ill health caused by air pollution is a health inequalities issue because it affects the more vulnerable members of the population disproportionately (people who are very young, elderly, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and those living in urban areas and deprived circumstances). Fife Council is working with numerous key partners to progress an air quality strategy for 2015-2020 which seeks to build on the extensive work that the Council is already undertaking to improve air quality across Fife. Since its inception, the strategy has delivered on a number of action plan measures designed to improve local air quality and the strategy has recently been recognised as an example of “best practice” by the Scottish Government and Defra in the field of local air quality management (Scottish Government/Defra Appraisal Report, July 2016)..

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Glasgow City Council- Affordable Warmth in Glasgow

Glasgow’s Affordable Warmth Team delivers the largest area based energy efficiency programme for fuel poor households in Scotland and proactively joins up different funding streams to maximise the outcomes for the areas involved. The outcomes of the project include aesthetic improvements to the estates, building repairs, more energy efficient buildings, more stable communities, increased property values and lower turnover rates.  Between 2013 and 2017, the Affordable Warmth Team assisted 10,305 residents to improve and insulate their homes. This has helped directly improve the lives of approximately 25,763 Glaswegians, saved over 506,033 tonnes of lifetime carbon (tc) and potentially saved households approximately £20m on their fuel bills over a 25 years period (equivalent to £800k per annum). Residents regularly report that their homes are warmer following insulation works and are already noticing a difference in their heating bills, which is the principle aim of the programme.

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Midlothian Council – Pathways to Success – The use of CBT in ‘closing the gap’

The Pathways to Success delivery of school-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is to provide responsive support to young people with ‘mild’ to ‘moderate’ Mental Health issues, trying to catch them early. Increasing non-attendance and disengagement from school (through high-level discussions at school meetings and an increased number of referrals for non-school engagement) was, at times, down to low-mood, stress, anxiety and self-harming – which often resulted in a waiting list for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, sometimes surpassing 12 months. Our service supports Social, Emotional and Behavioural needs but found this issue to be the biggest gap to close.

Through the delivery model, the CBT intervention, in session 2016-17 supported 30 young people through direct 1:1, and around 80 YP receiving group work support. In 2015-16 CBT supported 44 Young people for 1:1 and 60 YP for group work, most of whom indicated an increase or improvement in their behaviours. If the CBT intervention was refined, as highlighted in our School Improvement Plan (‘MOVING FORWARD’ at the bottom of the application), it could potentially support 150 young people across Midlothian Council (each year) with either direct Therapeutic Intervention, or awareness raising and ‘sign-posting’ through the delivery of workshops to school pupils/ staff. The reason we have been delivering excellence is due to the successes we have had and the credibility of our intervention (NICE- National Institute for Health and care Excellence – recommends CBT for treatment of anxiety and depression/low mood and many other conditions)

In light of the success, staff have indicated an increased interest in training for CBT and we have 2 members of staff signed up for this years’ training course, allowing us to deliver more training and increased amount of support/applied approaches to the whole authority.

Download the full application: Closing the Gap


The Highland Council, High Life Highland, University of Stirling, NHS Highland- Exercise Referral Among Breast Cancer Survivors

People with breast cancer who are physically active after treatment reduce their risk of dying of the disease by about 30% and improve their quality of life compared to those who are inactive. Yet, most people with breast cancer are insufficiently active to reap the health benefits. In order to help, this project provided the opportunity for people with breast cancer in Highland to be referred to a specialist exercise instructor to undertake a FREE 12 week individually tailored exercise programme. Phase 1 of the project ran from 2015-2016 and Phase 2 (including a ‘phone’ element) is running from 2016-2017. The project is being evaluated by researchers based at Inverness campus, University of Stirling. The project is delivering excellence as it is providing an innovative new approach to supporting people with cancer to improve their health and wellbeing through using community leisure facilities, delivering clear results from the start of the programme through to the end not only in terms of physical health improvements but also by way of creating opportunities for people to make new friends, reducing social isolation in their local communities.

Download the full application:  Lets Motivate