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Consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council: Strengthening people’s voices in health and social care

The consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council is now underway and is being led by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.  This follows a reflective exercise undertaken by the Chair of the Scottish Health Council, Pam Whittle CBE, earlier this year.  It is well-recognised that services can only improve when they are informed and shaped by people who use those services, their families and carers, and local communities.  Whilst there has been progress made in engaging people, we believe there is more that can be done to improve people’s experience of engagement, whether at individual, community or national level, and to demonstrate more clearly the difference that their engagement has made.

Champions South African Theatre group

Young South Africans from the professional theatre group, Champions, are bringing their touring show to the UK and the first stop is Dumfries and Galloway.

Champions Tale will premier at the Wigtown Book Festival on Sunday. It will also be performed at The FullertonTheatre in Castle Douglas on October 13 and at The Usual Place cafe in Dumfries the following night at 7.30pm. The visit is down to Kirkcudbright’s Emma Picken who co-founded a South African and Scottish charity, BE United, in 2013.

Champions founder Tinkler Delwa is looking forward to visiting Dumfries and Galloway. He says: “My dream is to engage with each and every community around Emma Picken and Boysie Gumede and tell the real life of South African people and also learn about other cultures.“

iConnect Dumfries (SPAEN) opens at the Hub on Friars Vennel

iConnect Dumfries, part of the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN) charity group, opened in The Hub on Friars Vennel recently offering people with disabilities, long-term illness or health conditions advice and support.

The services help users pay personal assistants among other functions.

HALO to screen 'Land of Mine' with Introduction and Questions at Robert Burns Theatre

Oscar-nominated film Land of Mine is showing at a special screening at the Robert Burns Cinema in Dumfries on September 21, in association with Thornhill-base charity The HALO Trust.

Major General, James Cowan, chief executive of HALO will introduce the Danish-made film and answer questions about the impact of landmines in the 21st century.

Land of Mine tells the story of a group of young German prisoners of war made to clear a beach of thousands of mines at the end of WW2.

Beat the Street for Blood Bikes

Beat box beepers in Dumfries can collectively help the region’s Blood Bikes to a £1,000 windfall if they clock up 130,000 miles over the next few weeks.

Niall Norbury, of Intelligent Health which is organising Dumfries Beat The Street for the council, said: “If players travel 130,000 miles before the end of the game on October 11, we will donate £1,000 to Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes – a local charity led by volunteers who transport medical supplies across south west Scotland.”

 

Free Sling Hire with Slinging Around, for babies who missed boxes

Slinging Around is offering a free stretchy sling hire to all parents of babies aged up to 12 weeks who missed out on the new baby boxes, funded by the National Lottery initiative Our Place.

The team of volunteers are trained in babywearing – how to wear your baby in a sling or carrier – and are specialists in fitting to individual needs