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The Big Lottery – New Funding Open

The Big Lottery is opening their new funding offer to applications. They have £250M of life changing Lottery funds to commit in Scotland over the next five years and  want to ensure that Lottery funds support people and communities most in need across the country so they have designed their new funding here in Scotland to achieve that aim.

For the first time they are asking communities to tell them how their approach to what they want to do is people-led, strengths-based and/or connected. New funding will focus on working with groups that are improving lives.

For more information on The Big Lottery’s new plans, eligibility and how to apply please go to their website or you can email them at


When You Are Ill Know Who Turn To

As part of the ‘When You are ill know who to turn to’ campaign, watch this short video, giving advice on visiting your NHS Minor Ailments Service available from community pharmacies (see; covering conditions such as eczema, upset stomach, indigestion, migraine and cystitis.

Transgender Inclusion Within Alcohol And Drug Services Research

The Scottish Transgender Alliance are conducting some research in partnership with North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership to inform work on projects relating to transgender inclusion within recovery and addiction services. The survey is open to all transgender people in Scotland. They use trans as an umbrella term for all people whose gender identity or gender expression is different to the one assigned to them at birth, including trans men, trans women, non-binary people, and cross dressing people. If you want to take part please click here.

London Man Wins Trip To Space, Dedicates It To Mental Illness

A young man who won a trip in to space, dedicates the journey to:”every young boy, girl, man, woman who sits in their bedroom crying and you don’t know why, everyone who avoids mirrors because they don’t like what they look like”.

He went to add; “I want to tell you, if you are suffering from mental health it is absolutely fine. Welcome to the club, there are seven billion of us.”

You can read more of the story, here.


Boxing Day Dip for CLIC Sargent

Don’t sit at home in the warm watching  the TV on Boxing Day, get dressed up and go for a dip, all in the aid of CLIC Sargent, Prestwick.

This year the dip will take place at 2pm on Saturday 26 December 2015 and CLIC Sargent are looking for as many people as possible who are up for a laugh to register and take part.

You can register here.

Dry January?

Find out why a month off alcohol could help you reduced blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of several life-threatening diseases, while at the same time help you to lose weight and sleep and concentrate better.

Find out more, here.

Talking Openly About Children’s Grief

One in 29 children the in the UK under 16 years old will suffer the death of a parent, putting that into context, that’s one child in every average-sized classroom in the country.

Bereavement is devastating at any age, but for a child it is beyond tragic and truly unimaginable. The emotions experienced by a child are deeply confusing and the affects can be life-altering and long-lasting. So leading bereavement charity, Grief Encounter, in association with Childhood Bereavement Network and Highmark Caring Place, has launched the UK’s first annual Children’s Grief Awareness Week which runs until Wednesday 25 November 2015.

To find out more, click here.

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