Social Enterprise Stories

Supported Route to Employment, Published on Oct 24, 2017

Based on text by Michael Roy, lecturer in Social Business at Glasgow Caledonian University, Mhairi Robertson and Paul Bristow have created a Social Enterprise Story of supporting a person with Mental Health problems into work, in comic form 

A short story exploring the positive impacts of social enterprise activity on health. Text by Dr Michael Roy. Artwork by Mhairi Robertson. Script by Paul Bristow.

Scottish Eating Disorder Online Peer Support

Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, has teamed up with NHS Lothian to deliver online peer support for young people and their parents/carers nationwide across the whole of Scotland, thanks to funding from the Technology Enabled Care Grant from the Scottish Government. 

Am I eligible to provide peer support?
'I have been in recovery for at least 2 yearsand I am aged between 18 –35 years old' OR; 'I have provided support for a young personwith an eating disorder aged up to 25 years old Providing one-to-one email support'.

You will provide “buddy” based emails to either young people with an eating disorder or to parents/carers of young people who have an eating disorder. You will receive formal training from Beat, consisting of boundaries in communication, active listening skills based on motivational interviewing principles, and safeguarding policies and practices. You will be supported by Beat, with all emails moderated, to ensure all online communication is helpful and safe.
For further information, please email:

Non-Executive Chairs for NHS Boards

Scottish Ministers want to appoint four new non-executive Chairs to the following NHS Boards:

  • NHS Shetland
  • Scottish Ambulance Service
  • Golden Jubilee Foundation
  • NHS Education for Scotland

We want to hear from people with the senior level experience required for these significant appointments. You do not need to be an expert in health and/or social care. We are looking for people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds.

Compass Self Directed Support Brokerage Launches

Live the Life You Create, Compass SDS Brokerage can:

  • Help you choose the support which best suits your needs and then make the arrangements for you, based on what matters to you and what you need, what you want to change, and what you want to achieve.
  • Support you to manage your payments, or manage payments on your behalf.
  • Help you identify and make use of circles of support in your community.
  • Manage P.A. timesheets and payroll on your behalf.
  • Support you to Live The Life You Create.

Transform Scotland - Transport

Transform Scotland (Edinburgh) – has launched a new campaign looking for ideas to transform transport in Scotland. The 20 best ideas will be selected by a judging panel made up of experts from business, academia and the third sector. These ideas will be presented to the Scottish Government to inform its plans and help to create a sustainable transport system in Scotland. Submit an idea by 1 Dec.

Community Empowerment Allotment Guidance - consultation

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, was brought forward with the aim of empowering our communities by boosting the rights of community bodies and placing new duties and functions on public sector authorities.
The implementatio of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 will help empower communities across Scotland and will increase access to land for food growing purposes, be that on allotments or any other Grow-Your-Own initiatives.