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June has been a buzz of action and learning! This month’s newsletter shares our summer updates, and tools for community inclusion, digital access and sparking different conversations.
We have news on dementia-friendly community, care system futures and using local media for learning and equality! And we've included lots more interesting resources and opportunities to explore.
Community Solutions shared learning

Our new Community Solutions reports share learning from work with Nesta, SENScot, Healthcare Improvement Scotland's ihub, and people across Scotland. These reports focus on finding local support and creative ways to share experiences and impacts of support.

Our latest blogs share our conversation on Human Rights and Social Care - and how to start different conversations with people you know.

COMING SOON: New Community Solutions flash reports, sharing key learning and actions from the Power in Our Communities events.

Age-friendly, dementia-friendly spaces

Our new project Linking Local has started building dementia-friendly local connections in rural places. Watch their new video or follow the Linking Local facebook for more news!

We look forward to using the Accessible Gardening Tips for Older People from Garden Buddies. It's a perfect time to get out in the garden, or local community growing space!

New webinar recordings

For inclusive community inspiration, Rural Wisdom have been holding Conversation Starter events - you can watch the recent conversation with the Older People's Commissioner for Wales here.

Watch the latest INN (Intergenerational National Network) meeting hosted by PAS, on how community-led and multi-generational activities can contribute to the wellbeing economy.

Scottish Rural Action have shared the recording and summary from our joint session on Social Care at the Scottish Rural Parliament 2021. 

New Scots' culture in community news

The Moments of Freedom group in Clydebank are creating sessions to share cultural understanding and help communities appreciate and welcome New Scots. To invite local people to add their ideas and get involved, Moments of Freedom wrote a news story - shared through the Clydesider community magazine! Take a look on p.17.

How-to videos for digital connection

The Digital Buddies videos explain tools like email, apps and Zoom.

We have BSL versions coming soon - as well as a new guide for anyone supporting people to learn digital skills and get connected.

Networks of LGBTQ+ knowledge

We're creating a new newsletter for our work around LGBTQ+ community, wellbeing and support - including the LGBTQ+ perinatal mental health support project. You can email to sign up.

And check out our recent blog reflecting on LGBTQ+ inclusion at work.

Families connecting: inclusion tips

As the sun comes out, many families want to join local groups and build connections. With the Families Wellbeing groups' learning we created two new guides to make it easier!

Read and download 'How to join or start a buggy walk'.
Read and download the new Tips for inclusive family groups guide.

We also have resources for LGBTQ+ families and organisations supporting them, and resources for family wellbeing in Covid19.

Resources we're finding helpful
Here are some resources we've found inspiring and useful lately.

Ihub and others have created a new ebook on Human Learning Systems approaches. Brilliant resource if you'd like to find out what Human Learning Systems are all about, and how to work with them.

We recommend CHEX's helpful summary of our report with ihub and Nesta, about the different roles community organisations can play in supporting health and wellbeing. Read their summary here.

Iriss's insight report on learning around SDS is a useful look at 10 years of SDS strategic development - significant for everyone shaping change.

Scottish Care' Coileanadh report shares key themes coming out of community conversations about the future landscape of social care.

Close the Gap's recent reports on gendered labour inequalities, care and Covid-19 will be useful for everyone working to build equal workplaces.

For people interested in developing local community ownership, Community Shares Scotland's website has lots of resources to use.

For getting out and about, Paths For All have useful information for finding accessible, step-free and dementia-friendly walks in your area. 

To learn new digital skills, or support someone else's learning, Connecting Scotland has helpful tutorials including device accessibility.

Scottish Recovery Network's new peer-support video shares Scott's story - we love to see participatory media in action!

Cyber Scotland has shared a new advice guide on digital safety, aimed at parents and carers of children.

Digishift's recordings on YouTube are giving us a chance to catch up on brilliant digital sessions we missed! 

And to relax in fast-changing times, Clear Your Head shares calming tips.

Upcoming events and training
Here are some opportunities for learning and community-building.

The Centre for Ageing Better have some interesting events coming up. We're interested in the 'Digital Skills to Connect' webinar on the 8th July and the 'Putting Age in the Frame' event on disrupting age-negative imagery with more positive, realistic representations.

Luminate's LGBTI+ social meet-up on July 18th looks great - and their 'Creative Ageing in a Pandemic' guide shares lots of practical learning around older people's digital arts inclusion.

Though Pride Month is coming to an end, you could still plan a Pride Picnic to connect your local community.

The Scotland Loves Local awards are now open for nominations - a lovely chance to highlight what people are up to across Scotland!

The John Smith Centre is hosting the new Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme. Watch their video about the Emerging Leaders programme, and how the application process works.

HRCS are asking civil society organisations to fill in their 15 minute survey, to find out more about how organisations use human rights in their work and what resources would help. 

And finally - Glasgow Women's Library's summer programme is live!

Watch our short Impact video to find out more about what we do.
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