Knowledge is power but sharing is even more powerful

CHEX visit to Wester Hailes reflects the power of shared learning.

Elspeth Gracey

Back in November 2017 we held our Annual National Conference in Edinburgh. Following a presentation from one of our key speakers, Linda Arthur of Wester Hailes Health Agency, several people expressed an interest in visiting the centre to see Integration of a community-led health initiative with statutory Health and Social Care services.

On August 8th the organisation was celebrating 20 years of working in Wester Hailes and we were invited to take people along to their open day.

Five people from community and voluntary sector organisations were joined by one person from Scottish Government and another from an energy trust to see what happens in Wester Hailes and consider what the benefits would be for their own organisations or implications for their roles.

This small but enthusiastic group met with Linda Arthur, manager of the Health Agency, at the start of our visit. Linda gave a history of the organisation and identified key points which makes the inclusion of the organisation within the Healthy Living Centre so successful. 

Read more about our visit here.

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CHEX is short for Community Health Exchange. We promote and support community-led health where people identify the issues that are important to them and organise to take collective action to address these issues and improve their health. 

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