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Seven nurse-led projects chosen to get grants from Scottish community health charity

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A programme aimed at reducing health inequalities in communities across Scotland will be providing funding of more than £30,000 to seven new projects, it was announced today.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland offers grants of up to £5,000 for nurse-led projects each year under its 2017 Catalysts for Change initiative.

“We have selected a wonderfully diverse group of projects to take part in the programme”

Clare Cable

They will usually be small scale, and may involve “scoping a need or piloting a new way of working”, said the institute, of the kind of projects it normally funded under the scheme.

Moving into the third year of running the programme, QNIS said it would support seven community nurses to run short, innovative development pieces of work, focused on addressing inequalities.

Those selected include a group who will run nature walks to improve wellbeing, a scheme to raise awareness of breastfeeding in an area where rates are low, and an inner-city partnership that will find and refurbish premises as a meeting place for men to share and learn new skills.

The teams will be supported through the programme with workshops and the development of a network of action-orientated practitioners.

Clare Cable, QNIS chief executive and nurse director, said: “We have selected a wonderfully diverse group of projects to take part in the programme for 2017, who will work alongside a wide range of third sector organisations and other people.

“They all have at their core an aspiration to change and improve the health and wellbeing of the people their services reach, and these exceptionally motivated groups are committed to making a real difference,” she said.

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“We are excited to watch where the journey will take these projects and we are ready to support them as they become real catalysts in their own communities,” she added.

A total of £32,500 is being given to the projects in communities across Scotland, including the Parkhead and Govan areas of Glasgow, Falkirk, Ayrshire, the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh.

To qualify for funding, the projects must be led by a nurse who works in the community and involve a range of others from across agencies and sectors with the skills needed to make a difference.

More information on the projects chosen to receive funding from the QNIS is included below.

The winning nurse-led community projects

Govan Men’s Shed – A core group of men will set up the Men’s Shed with the help of the practice nurse and Community Development Officer (CDW). This would involve finding premises, applying for funding / raising money, refurbishing the premises and setting up a committee for the general running of the shed. It will provide a dedicated, friendly and welcoming meeting place for men to share and learn skills, or redevelop old skills, construct items, use tools, relax and make friends.

Nature Walks for Wellbeing – The project is an exciting new outdoor nature therapy programme aimed at people of all ages in and around Falkirk to bring together clinical staff with the people they are supporting in an outdoors, relaxed setting.

Working with children and young people - A community approach to understanding and valuing breastfeeding and early nutrition – This project will engage with children and young people in Ayrshire to increase awareness and normalise breastfeeding by using short, age-appropriate interactive learning sessions. It will also use the local Breastfeed Happily Here scheme to start conversations about breastfeeding in community spaces.

Promoting Blood Borne Virus Wellness within Police Custody Suites – The project aims are to provide an-opt out testing system with instant results for Hepatitis C Virus for those identified “at risk” within police custody in Edinburgh. Working collaboratively with police custody nurses, community nurses and hospital nurses to identify and support those most at risk and in need of Blood Borne Virus intervention through the patient pathway.

How Community Nurses Support Self-Management – Understanding how to maximise the impact of Scottish community nurses in enabling people with long term conditions experiencing depression and/or anxiety to self-manage their health.

Working together to promote resilience and enhance informal carers’ well-being in Tweeddale – This project will encourage a co-productive approach between informal carers of people with dementia, the community nursing team and third sector to work together to identify and address carers’ needs, with the intention of promoting health and wellbeing.

Get Moving! – This project will offer patients a more accessible walking group led by practice staff. It will leave from the medical practice in the east end of Glasgow, giving patients the opportunity to exercise in familiar surroundings with people they already know and trust.

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