NHS Grampian and the Public Sector Equality Duty

NHS Grampian has published its Mainstreaming Report January 2017: What NHS Grampian has done in the period April 2015 to March 2017 to make the Public Sector Equality Duty an integral part of the way it functions.  Read the Report here.

Change Justice Fairness

Click here for a research report on  ‘Change, Justice and Fairness – Why should we have to move everywhere and everything because of him?’

Co-produced by the Community Research Team: Janice Burns, Tracy Forrester, Karin Johnstone, Lee-anne MacLeod, Marion McDonald, Catherine Todd and Scottish Women’s Aid: Jo Ozga and Cheryl Stewart.


Scottish Women’s Aid- Census

On Thursday, 17 September 2015, Women’s Aid groups across Scotland took part in the annual 24 hour census to identify how many women, children and young people were supported on that day, in refuge or through outreach and on-call support services. Women’s Aid groups provide a range of services that are tailored to meet the individual safety and support needs of women, children, and young people throughout Scotland who experience domestic abuse.

Click here to see leaflet for results,

Research to identify the needs of minority ethnic communities in Scotland and their ability to address those needs

Please find attached summary of some of the discussions on 23rd November 2015. These workshop notes are being shared in advance of the detailed, comprehensive presentation of research findings in the final report due to be published in January 2016, followed by the national conference in Perth in February 2016.

Aberdeen workshop summary

Re-thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple

This is the 2nd report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare looking at the medium and long term options for welfare in an independent Scotland.

Government’s response to the welfare report.

ADAPT (Anti-Discriminatory Awareness Practice Training)

ADAPT- a new book and community toolkit published by GREC: Grampian Regional Equality Council.

The preeminent collection of resources in Scotland specifically addressing offending behaviour where prejudice/hate crime is a factor. Contains information and 44 practical Resource Exercises.

An innovative Resource that blends criminal justice theory and grassroots work. ADAPT will help prevent racial hate crimes/prejudice incidents positively change behaviour/attitudes and make our local communities better, safer places for everyone.

Please click here to download free copy of the toolkit.

Gypsy Travellers in Aberdeenshire

During summer 2012 Iain and Nicole Gildea visited unofficial Traveller encampments across Aberdeenshire, alongside a GREC and NHS Scotland health engagement project. They met Travellers from all over the U.K. visiting Aberdeenshire in the summer months for work and to meet up with family and friends. Using cameras and audio recorders they worked with Travellers young and old to record their lives and their thoughts about Travelling in the 21st century and in the North East of Scotland.

The images in the book are a mixture of photographs taken by young Travellers to reflect their lives on the road, alongside those taken by Iain and Nicole. These are paired with excerpts from a series of audio interviews with Travelling people and facts about Travellers in Scotland. No profit is being made from this publication and it is available to purchase here at cost if you would like to buy a copy – prices cover the cost of printing and postage only. Or if you’d like a free PDF version of the booklet please email

The book can be accessed from

Outreach Newsletter – 2nd Edition

Welcome to the second edition of Outreach– a newsletter for local communities across Scotland highlighting the role of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in promoting equality as Scotland’s public prosecution service and also in our role as a public sector employer.

We very much appreciated the feedback we received on our first edition and have tried to incorporate your suggestions into the current edition. We continue to welcome your views and suggestions on the content of this edition and on whether it has improved your understanding of the work carried out by COPFS.

I hope you enjoy the current newsletter and I look forward to receiving your comments which should be e-mailed to

Welfare Reform – Free Online Training

Please find below a link to a free e-learning course through Community Planning Aberdeen regarding welfare reform which provides:

•           An understanding of the key welfare reforms
•           The timeline for the changes
•           The impact of welfare reform on the citizens of Aberdeen.

This may be helpful in work you undertake/contact you have with people potentially affected by the reforms. The unquestionable benefit of this course is that you can do it in your time, when it suits you best.

Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights

Scotland needs a National Action Plan for Human Rights. Over the past three years, the Scottish Human Rights Commission has researched the realisation of human rights in Scotland in comparison with international standards. The research report, called Getting it Right? Human Rights in Scotland, reveals that whilst Scotland has made notable progress, it can do better. In order to access full list of documents go to this website.