Evidence shows that being employed can contribute to improved outcomes for individuals. Working with a wide range of people also offers employers benefits including making a difference, resolving skills shortages, reducing recruitment costs and increasing staff retention.
There are many people across Aberdeen that you could offer a helping hand to get back into employment. Click on the groups of people below listed below to read our project charters and find out more.
Find out more about how this contributes to our Local Outcome Improvement Plan.
Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) are working in Partnership with Community Planning Aberdeen to make food boxes available to the local community to help people access healthier food and build their confidence to cook healthy meals. For further information go to https://www.cfine.org/
Naloxone is a medication that counters the effects of opioid overdose. Reaching people who are not in contact with established treatment services requires us to work with organisations and services which are not drug treatment service, but which are in contact with affected individuals. If you are in a setting where people who are at high risk of overdose may attend, please contact us to find out about your local overdose champion or to discuss how you could become one. Read the project charter to find out more about how this contributes to the Local Outcome Improvement Plan.
Business can have a particularly strong role to play in preventing and combatting stigma associated with our most vulnerable groups. People can be labelled, stereotyped and discriminated against because of their circumstances or background which can cause adverse mental health impacts and result in unequal treatment in the workplace and employment.
We want to work with businesses to improve understanding of the dangers of exclusion and stigmatisation and help companies ensure their policies have no potentially negative impacts. There are also additional actions companies can take to ensure their workers, customers, communities and the general public feel supported. Find out more about how this contributes to our Local Outcome Improvement Plan.
At least 1 in 6 workers in the UK experience mental health problems including, anxiety and depression, but due to the stigma surrounding mental health they don’t feel comfortable to talk about it to their colleagues or managers. This can come at a cost of £30 million in lost production, absence and recruitment each year to employers. Training a number of your workforce to become Mental Health First Aider’s can therefore be hugely beneficial.
Staff with good mental health, at all levels of your business, are more likely to perform well, have reduced absence and be more engaging with their work and their colleagues. Having a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace can highlight the company’s commitment to supporting employees when they need help and by raising awareness, you can help reduce the negative stigma that surrounds mental health.
For further information go to http://www.afas.co.uk/index.php/courses/mental-health-first-aid
Find out more about how this contributes to the Local Outcome Improvement Plan.
Evidence in Aberdeen and elsewhere in the UK shows that participation by people with long term conditions in a wide range of organised and informal activities can improve wellbeing and reduce unplanned hospital admissions.
Increasing uptake in activities which support individuals to better manage their own long-term condition and increase their quality of life. and healthy life expectancy. Could your business support, organise, promote activities for people with long term conditions in your workforce and in communities?
Excess weight increases the risk of ill-health and premature death. This is not solely about individual willpower. It is about the food environment (e.g. what’s affordable, what’s available, what’s convenient, what’s possible (to buy, to prepare) and the physical exercise environment
(e.g. perceived costs (money, time), perceived safety) against the context of modern living. High prices, rising bills, long working hours, exhaustion, stress, mental ill health, isolation, travel distances – a wide range of obstacles exist to eating well and participating in forms of pleasurable physical activity.
There is significant evidence that working with local communities plays a big part in changing people’s attitudes, behaviours and ultimately their health outcomes with regard to healthy weight. Our ambitions for transformation involve multi-agency support for behaviour change at both individual and community level.
Smoking continues to be the greatest preventable cause of ill-health and death in Scotland. It causes around 1 in 5 of all deaths, remains the most significant cause of preventable cancer and contributes to much of Scotland’s cardiovascular and pulmonary health problems.
In order to reduce the harms from tobacco smoking we need to work together to create a smoke free generation. That means creating environments where young people do not want to smoke, and they don’t see adults smoking. Our focus is on prevention and early intervention to help support young people and young adults to choose not to start smoking or to quit smoking. Businesses can influence this agenda by working with us to shift attitudes and behaviours so that ‘not smoking’ becomes the normal thing to do.