CHEX: Rights into Reality 2019 - Workshops

More than 100 attendees will be joining the CHEX team to explore how community-led health organisations can use human rights in their work improving health, addressing inequalities and making a difference to communities across Scotland.

We've got some great workshops lined up for the day - you can read all about them here.

Morning workshops

Workshop 1:  Disabled People's Right in Highlands: A Social Model for Change

The new Scottish landscape of legislation arising from the Christie Commission (Community Empowerment, Health and Social Care Integration, Participatory Budgeting) drives approaches towards localisation. But, what happens to disabled people's rights under a localisation agenda when the implementation of national legislation at a local level fails to protect the human rights of disabled people?  The workshop will discuss how the Inclusion Scotland Highland Localisation and Empowerment Project developed the leadership of disabled people to:

  • Create a 'Social Model for Change' based on a human rights-based approach.
  • Identify the barriers and solutions to our right to civic participation and access to health and social care.
  • Co-produces the solutions with people who respect, promote and fulfil our human rights.
  • Explores the potential of Public Health Reform to create a human rights framework integrating community empowerment and health and social care.

Workshop 2: A human rights-based approach to ending mental health discrimination    

Wendy Halliday, Assistant Director of SeeMe will share learning from See Me’s approach to human rights - what’s worked so far, what’s happening now and their plans for the future.   

Workshop 3: Housing, Human Rights and Health: taking a rights-based approach to campaigning for improved housing in Leith

Heather Ford from West Cromwell Street, Persevere & Citadel Courts Residents Association (WPCRA) was one of a group of tenants who took a rights-based approach to campaigning for improved housing in Leith, Edinburgh.

The group based their case to City of Edinburgh Council on the right to adequate housing. Their campaign continues, but Heather can already point to the benefits the work has had, including improved health outcomes.

In this workshop, Heather will introduce the work of WPCRA, which will lead into a discussion about what community-led health organisations can learn from this approach.

Workshop 4: Healing Neighbourhoods: Freedom from Torture Scotland

Freedom from Torture have combined a community development and human rights-based approach to empowering torture survivors. Ahlam Souidi will tell us her story of how, through a ‘Healing Neighbourhood’ project of community activities that support recovery, they have been promoting equality while enhancing the democratic participation and human rights protection of survivors. We will use this to start a broader discussion of “How we can use human rights in our work to improve health and address inequalities”.

Afternoon workshops

Workshop 1: Social Prescribing ‘The right thing to do’

An introduction to community-led health approaches to social prescribing in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Hear from Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing.

Workshop 2: A play, nae pie or a pint: Health issues in the Community

Come and join the Douglas HIIC group as they perform their powerful play “She Died Waiting”. Hear all about how the play came into being and the impact that doing HIIC has had on their lives. We will then discuss how you could use HIIC in your community setting and how HIIC could be used to promote/deliver a rights-based approach to working in communities.

Meeting at Douglas Community Centre, the women, aged from 17 to 60, have completed Part 1 of Health Issues in the Community. The course aims to develop students understanding of the range of factors that affect their health and the health of their communities. The course introduces concepts around the Social Model of Health. It pulls on people’s experiential learning and explores how issues around poverty, inequality and social justice can be addressed collectively using community development approaches.

Workshop 3: Right to Food

This workshop will highlight current national and local initiatives and provide opportunities for discussion on the right to food in your work.

Workshop 4: The relationship between ‘power’ and health: sharing learning about empowerment as a public health intervention – learning from Wales and Scotland

Public Health Wales (PHW) has worked with others to develop a set of Principles of Community Engagement for Empowerment.  The principles aim to guide effective community engagement practice in Wales. Carol Owen from PHW will introduce the Principles, their background and what they aim to achieve. She will focus on different forms of power that exist and describe how the Principles help us to think about the role of power in determining health and how that plays out in our practice

Andrew Paterson from CHEX will then briefly introduce the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act with examples of how it has been used in the context of community-led health. This will set up a discussion about power and participation. There will be a chance for participants to reflect on what has been happening in Wales and Scotland and what we can learn from one another

Make sure to follow the activity using #RightsIntoReality and @CHEX_Org.

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