Discover the Third Sector

Improving health and wellbeing in Scotland: Supporting better partnership across the third and statutory sectors

This online resource has been set up to help partnership working between the statutory and third sectors. It is part of a range of work being driven by the Quality Alliance Board to build closer relationships across sectors to help improve health and social care, produce better outcomes for individuals and families, support co-production, person-centredness and preventative approaches.

The resource is run by a small core team from across the third and statutory sectors, co-ordinated by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government.

We hope you find the information here useful and that you can use this interactive online space to upload information, share ideas and make connections across sectors.

If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas about this resource please do post them here.

Latest Updates

Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance Case Studies

Posted on | October 9, 2014 | No Comments

Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s e-bulletin for September 2014 showcases six community-led projects from across Fife.

Read the bulletin

Co-designing a pathway to self-directed support for people who have mental health problems

Posted on | September 30, 2014 | No Comments

This case study has been produced by the Scottish Co-production Network, Scottish Community Development Centre, Pilotlight, IRISS and the ALLIANCE as part of the People Powered Health and Wellbeing programme.  This case study looks at the process of developing pathways and briefs for SDS with input from providers and those who use SDS and their carers.

Read the report

Find out more about Pilotlight

Understanding Glasgow – The Glasgow Indicators Project

Posted on | August 26, 2014 | No Comments

Understanding Glasgow is a web resource which looks at issues of importance to Glasgow’s population including health, poverty, education and environment.  The website makes comparisons both within the city and with other cities.

This YouTube video gives an overview of the project and some of it’s findings.

Visit the website here. 

Purchasing from the Third Sector in Scotland

Posted on | August 20, 2014 | No Comments

Below is a link to a summary of the Ready for Business research report Purchasing from the Third Sector in Scotland.  This study explores the extent to which councils in Scotland are doing business with Third Sector suppliers.  The research draws together the evidence relating to procurement spend on the Third Sector by five of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

This summary report has been written by Lorne Berkley, Development Officer (Policy) from the Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team at the ALLIANCE.  Read the summary report.

Read the original report.

The Key to Partnership Working…

Posted on | August 19, 2014 | No Comments

In this Third Force News article Angela Morgan explains why learning to trust potential partners is essential for the development of strong third sector services. 
Read the article.

Self-Management Journey – Case Study

Posted on | August 19, 2014 | No Comments

This is Helen Rice’s self management story.  Helen was one of the winners at the ALLIANCE’s Self Management Awards in 2013.

Read about her self management journey on how she went from a hospital bed to triathlon glory.

Aberdeen City Befriending Partnership for Older People

Posted on | August 11, 2014 | No Comments

Aberdeen City Befriending Partnership is an innovative partnership responsible for delivering a city wide befriending service for people aged 55+ to help them achieve a good quality of life and give them the added confidence they need to remain independent in their own home.

It is a partnership of 6 well-established third sector organisations:

This case study reflects on partners’ experiences of developing a joint service and what this has taught them:

Aberdeen City Befriending Partnership case study

For more information about the Befriending Partnership see:

Why you should be using social media – a guide for community-led health

Posted on | July 29, 2014 | No Comments

Engaging with individuals and communities is a key element of community-led approaches.  There are lots of ways that organisations do this and social media has become an important tool to help inform, empower and communicate.  It’s a great way to widely engage people quickly and cheaply and can be utilised for a number of different uses: from consultation or spreading information to creating online spaces for groups to share learning, ideas and to engage in dialogue.

CHEX have produced this helpful guide to help you with some of the things to think about when starting to use social media in your community-led health practice – as well as to address concerns and worries that people often have.  They have got lots of interesting, useful tools and sources of information to get you Twittering, messaging and applying filters to your photos in no time!

CHEX Guide – Social Media for CLH (2)

Evidencing Community-Led Health

Posted on | July 28, 2014 | No Comments

The case for community-led health has been accepted and now reflected in many policy and practice arenas.  Four years ago many community-led health organisations participated in the Scottish Government’s national programme Healthy Communities: Meeting the Shared Challenge.  While the programme focussed primarily on capacity building of public sector agencies and community and voluntary sector organisations, it also produced case studies demonstrating the impact of community-led health approaches.

This paper from CHEX and SCDC – see link below – includes five case studies,  and returns to the themes of those original case studies; poverty and inequality, community leadership and inclusive practice.  In keeping with the current context, new themes emerge such as asset transfer and co-production.  The case studies capture the story, analysis and findings that demonstrate that the community-led health approach is particularly effective in sustaining the motivation and energy of local people in affecting positive health outcomes.  Significantly, it is an approach that leads to development of positive change in the lives of individuals and within the lives of their communities.

The five case studies have different starting points and are located in different settings – some with community members coming together around a need or issue and others through the intervention of a community health project or NHS and Local Authority intervention.  They all reflect the enthusiasm, stamina and skills of communities to get involved and work to build neighbourhoods of social networks, positive opportunities and good health.

Communities at the Centre – Case Studies

Review of the National Care Standards – Have Your Say

Posted on | July 16, 2014 | No Comments

Social care is an integral part of many people’s lives.  The National Care Standards were created in 2002 by the Scottish Government to give those accessing care a definitive list of what they should expect. The twenty three original care standards were developed with the underlying principles of dignity, privacy, choice and safety in mind.

However, whilst the principles remain intact, the changes to the way that care services are planned, delivered and scrutinised means it is necessary for the Government to review the standards.

The Scottish Government is keen to hear from the people who use care services, either directly or via a family member. This summer is your chance to have a say in the new Care Standards that are being developed, to ensure they are robust enough to maintain the highest possible standards of care for all in Scotland.

Age Scotland and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland are working with the Government to host a series of ‘Have your Say’ events across the country. The consultations will focus on;

  • Whether there should be overarching human right based standards that apply to all health and social care settings
  • Whether there should be a reduction in the number of sets of standards we have, with core standards developed that apply to all service types
  • How the standards should be written and who should write them
  • How the National Care Standards should be used.

Events will take place in;

  • Edinburgh (Norton Park Conference Centre) Thursday 31 July, 11am – 3pm
  • Dundee (Cairn Centre) Tuesday 5 August, 11am – 3pm
  • Glasgow (Health and Social Care ALLIANCE) Monday 11 August, 10am – 2pm
  • Ayrshire (Broomlands and Bourteehill Age Concern) Tuesday 19 August, 10am – 2pm
  • Dumfries (Cairndale Hotel) Wednesday 27 August, 11am – 3pm

Lunch will be provided. Everyone is welcome, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

For more information contact Christopher Doyle at or call 0141 404 0231.

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