For decades, and despite millions of pounds of investment, Governments and public agencies have struggled to change the experience of many people living in Scotlandâ€™s most disadvantaged communities. Problems of low life expectancy, low levels of employment and educational attainment persist. Link Up set-out to prove that creating the right conditions for change and theRead More
Focusing on some of Scotlandâ€™s most deprived communities, Link Up is making a significant contribution to the delivery of the Scottish Governmentâ€™s commitment to reduce health inequalities and improve health by: 1. Addressing the social determinants of health, widely recognised as key to addressing health inequalities and setting foundations for positive change 2. Growing individualsâ€™Read More
Link Up is making a significant contribution to the delivery of Scottish Governmentâ€™s Justice Strategy by: â€˘ Addressing the psycho-social factors that can cause individual criminal activity or increase the risk of unintentional harm. â€˘ Giving individuals the support, confidence and skills to choose alternative life-courses. â€˘ Building social connections & community trust, making peopleRead More
For people to thrive, three things really matter: supportive relationships, confidence and self-esteem.Â Seven years of Inspiring Scotlandâ€™s Link Up programme has demonstrated beyond doubt that these three things are not only fundamental human needs essential for individual wellbeing, they are the foundations on which individuals and communities can change things for the better. Find outRead More
This evaluation of Link Up by ODS Consulting has found that Inspiring Scotland has successfully delivered its asset-building approach in ten communities in Scotland. There is clear evidence that this has had significant positive personal impacts for those residents who have been actively involved in these communities.Read More
Link Up looks at how strengthening social networks and facilitating opportunities for people to help each other through an activity, builds trust. It also explores how supporting others through these activities increases the confidence and capacity of individuals to seek solutions to their own problems instead of outsourcing their needs to external organisations.Read More
In 2014, independent evaluator Matrix was commissioned to undertake a preliminary examination of the monetary value of the impact of the Link Up programme established by Inspiring Scotland. This reportÂ does not provide a full cost benefit analysis rather, it gives an indication of the potential economic value of a still-evolving programme.Read More
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