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Senior Citizens Open Day 2018

Sport for All this May/June

Accessible sports for pupils with ASN, running for 4 weeks. Info on poster below:

EDVA: April E-Bulletin

You can access the EDVA E-Bulletin below:

Minimum pricing for alcohol from 1st May 2018

East Dunbartonshire Joint Health Improvement Plan 2018-2021

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) are pleased to share the Joint Health Improvement Plan:

The East Dunbartonshire J-HIP 2018 – 2021 has been informed through engagement with residents, service users, patients, carers, local communities and partners in East Dunbartonshire Council, NHS GGC and the third sector.

The Draft Plan identifies 5 areas for action in East Dunbartonshire that can develop opportunities for individuals, families and communities to be involved in improving their own health and wellbeing:

  • Tobacco prevention, cessation and control
  • Obesity and physical activity
  • Alcohol drug intervention and awareness
  • Positive mental health and capacity building, and
  • Healthy environment

The J-HIP will be led, supported and monitored by the HSCP Health Improvement Team on behalf of the Community Planning Partners who are now seeking your views during this formal consultation stage so they can reflect the views of residents, stakeholder organisations and local communities.

The consultation period is open until the 13 April 2018.

Please send all comments to:

David Radford

Health Improvement & Inequalities Manager

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership

10 Saramago Street

Kirkintilloch

G66 3BF

Email: david.radford@ggc.scot.nhs.scot.uk

The Scottish Gov is looking for your views on the new Suicide Prevention Action Plan

The Scottish Government is seeking to get your views on the new Suicide Prevention Action Plan

The engagement paper was published on 8 March 2018; and interested parties and individuals are now invited to respond formally to the themes and draft actions on suicide prevention over a 7 week period from to 30 April 2018.

You can view the action plan below.

 

Interested parties can click on this link;

https://consult.gov.scot/mental-health-unit/suicide-prevention/

The link will also allow you to access a list of public engagement events organised by NHS Health Scotland and also to complete the electronic consultation.

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Festival of Celebration – Autism & Mental Health

Celebrating the artistic achievements of people with autism, learning disability and mental health issues and the organisations that support them, we are pleased to announce our Festival of Celebration in the run-up to Autism Awareness Week 2018.

Most people are aware of the benefits of taking part in artistic and musical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Come and help us celebrate the work of local artists, performers and musicians.

Thursday 22nd March, 5:00pm -7:30pm:
Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie
Festival Launch

Friday 23rd March, 10:00am – 7:30pm
Kirkintilloch Town Hall
Creative activity and good mental health-
Discussion and briefing by leading music & health practitioner
Gigs and Exhibition

Saturday 24th March, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Kirkintilloch Town Hall
A full day of concerts and performances by local groups and artists.

More details to follow. To register your interest, contact:
George or Ashleigh on 0141 578 2142, or alternatively email :
george.burt@eastdunbarton.gov.uk
ashleigh.grant-ng@eastdunbarton.gov.uk
or visit the ED Autism Facebook page

Phantom Debt Fraud Alert – January 2018 

Information  from East Dunbartonshire HSCP about ‘phantom debt’ fraud

Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a ‘phantom’ debt.  The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent.

The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales.  These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess.

To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity website

 

Protect Yourself:

  • Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
  • If you receive a visit from a bailiff, they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest possible opportunity.  Ask to see their identity card which they must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and identity number.
  • They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt and endorsed with a court seal.  If you work for a business and receive a call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first.
  • Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt is non-existent.  Exercise caution believing someone is genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
  • Double check with the court, company or public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt.
  • Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. Take five and listen to your instincts.  If you know you have a debt, keep in regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any repayments or arrears.

Health & Social Care Partnership Draft Strategic Plan 2018/21

The East Dunbartonshire HSCP consulted on the Draft Strategic Plan between August and October 2017 and is looking for your views during the next consultation phase.

The content of the draft has been informed through engagement events with staff, service users, patients, carers, local communities and partners in the Council, NHS and third sector.

The HSCP are now seeking your views during this formal consultation stage in order to develop the plan and truly reflect the views of our residents, stakeholder organisations and local communities.

You can view the Strategic Plan here:

This consultation period is open until the 9th February 2018.

Please send all comments to:

Sandra Cairney

Head of Strategy, Planning, and Health Improvement

East Dunbartonshire HSCP

10 Saramago Street

Kirkintilloch

G66 3BF

sandra.cairney@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

The Scottish Government plans to create a new strategy to combat social isolation and loneliness. 

‘In the last Parliamentary term, the Scottish Government welcomed The Equal Opportunities Committee report on Social Isolation which was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The committee found that social isolation and loneliness was a problem in Scotland, and recommended that the Government developed a national strategy to tackle it.

Social Isolation and loneliness is an issue that can affect anyone at any age or stage of their lives. Feelings of loneliness have been demonstrated to have wide ranging consequences for those effected. and has been shown to lead to depression across all ages, as well as cognitive decline and dementia in older people. There is also the potential for serious physical health implications which have been compared to those of obesity or smoking.

We want a Scotland where individuals and communities are more connected and everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, status, circumstances or identity. We see the role of communities as vital in achieving this goal, and have already began to empower them to make decisions that help them address their unique priorities. Because communities are so central to tackling this problem, it is important that the people who live in them get to have their say.

We want to hear a wide range of opinions and views from Scotland’s diverse people directly. Although we are arranging a number of engagements up and down the country, we recognise that people who might have an important point to make may not be able to attend.’

Consultation available here

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