Promoting Youth Employability and Rights Conference (Glasgow)

This free conference takes place on Tuesday 21st February 2012, 09:30-15:30 at the STUC Centre in Glasgow, and is a partnership conference between BEMIS, the Scottish Refugee Council, the Scottish Trades Union Congress / One Workplace Equal Rights (STUC), the Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO) Scotland, and the Scottish Inter Faith Council.  The conference has the following aims:

  • Raise awareness of employability opportunities, equality and rights for youth and potential employers
  • Provide a platform to address gaps in support of youth employment
  • Empower and present new opportunities in education, skills and build links with different sectors and industry in employment and help youth to exercise their right in breaking barriers and discrimination in the job market
  • Seek to develop a charter on supporting youth employment as well as engaging potential employers with regards to opportunities and responsibilities

Details of speakers and a full programme will be available in January 2012.

To register interest in attending, please send your details (name, organisation, email address and telephone number) to:  or contact Tanveer Parnez, BEMIS, Centrum Building, 38 Queen Street, Glasgow G1 3DX, 0141 548 8047 / Fax: 0141 548 8284

Children and Young people’s Mental Health Indicators

NHS Health Scotland has launched a new set of indicators for the mental health of children and young people in Scotland.  Updated every four years, the profile aims to provide a greater understanding of the current and changing picture of mental health within this population and the factors that influence it.

A briefing which contains the indicators is available from the Health Scotland website The indicators were launched at an event on 25th November at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The presentations are available here, and videos of the presentations will be added to this webpage shortly as will the final report from the project.


Notes from Community Development Alliance Scotland (CDAS) Conference available

Presentations and reports from the CDAS Conference held on 22 November 2011 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh are now available to download.  The conference was entitled “Community Development: at the centre of the action”, and presentations were given by Alan Johnston, Deputy Director, Public Bodies and Public Service Reform, Scottish Government, Gerry McLaughlin, CEO, NHS Health Scotland and Gabriel Chanan, PACES (Public Agency and Community Empowerment Strategies).  Powerpoint slides from these presentations, as well as notes from conference workshops can be accessed here.

New Better Community Engagement resources available

The Scottish Government has made available learning and training resources produced as part of the Better Community Engagement (BCE) programme which SCDC helped to deliver nationally.  These include practical materials, training guides and resource packs based on the local BCE demonstration projects which were delivered through the programme. 

The programme was based on the Better Community Engagement Framework (Learning Connections, Communities Scotland, 2007) which sets out a framework of competences designed to enable the planning of learning in community engagement and was developed to build the capacity of practitioners in community engagement.

The aims of the programme were to:

  • establish one or more working models of effective learning for community engagement across Scotland
  • evidence how structured learning could impact or improve community engagement practice
  • provide an evidence base for future development of learning for community engagement

Examples of the kind of resources available include training material for community and voluntary groups, templates for needs assessments, training for trainers and a guide to better engagement between public agencies and faith communities.  These, and many other resources, can be downloaded from the Better Community Engagement section of the Scottish Government website.  Click here to find out more about the background to SCDC’s involvement in the programme.