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  • Voluntary Health Scotland Annual Conference and AGM 2018

    Created: 26/09/2018

    When: 9.30am to 4.00pm, Tuesday 20 November 2018
    Where: John McIntyre Conference Centre, The University of Edinburgh , 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY
    This event is being organised by Voluntary Health Scotland

    It is too late to book a place for this particular session, sorry about that.

    Secure your place at Get The Picture: Culture, Health and Wellbeing – Voluntary Health Scotland's 2018 conference, taking place in Edinburgh’s John McIntyre conference centre. This is your opportunity to join with health charities, other voluntary and community health organisations, health boards, health and social care partnerships, local authorities, culture trusts and arts organisations in a timely exploration of the relationship between culture, health and wellbeing.

    Click here to book your place and to find out more. 

    Confirmed contributors:

    Professor Sir Harry Burns – Director of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde

    John Ennis – founder of Gayfield Creative Spaces and Our Linen Stories

    Brian Daniels – playwright and actor, presenting “Hello My Name Is…..”

    Leonie Bell – Paisley Partnership Strategic Lead, Renfrewshire Council

    Margaret O’Connor – Chief Executive, Art in Healthcare

    Pauline Craig – Head of Population Health, NHS Health Scotland

    Toni Giugliano -Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Mental Health Foundation

    Mark Hazelwood – Chief Executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

    Val Munro MBE –  Trustee of North Edinburgh Arts, actor and writer

    Claire Stevens – Chief Executive, VHS

    Why attend?

    Engagement with culture has tangible effects on people’s health. It supports individuals to thrive, and can aid recovery, shorten the length of hospital stay and reduce reliance on GP visits and medication. It encourages people to learn and gets people actively involved in their community. However, the health benefits of cultural interventions are still not well understood in clinical or community settings, and health inequalities and disability limit access and participation. There is a need for more joined up working at the strategic policy level across government, local authorities, third sector, health boards, health and social care partnerships and cultural agencies. Help explore these issues, celebrate what works well already – and spark some new inspiration and creativity.

    Click here to view the full day Conference Agenda. 


    Contact: Lauren Blair
    E-mail: [email protected]


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