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Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme expands into seventh town
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Susan Rintoul in DalkeithDalkeith has become the seventh Project Town to join the Shaping Places for Wellbeing programme.

The Midlothian town has joined the programme with Susan Rintoul (previously Project Officer on the Programme) appointed as Project Lead.

The Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme, which runs until March 2024, is jointly delivered by the Improvement Service (IS) and Public Health Scotland (PHS) along with the relevant local authority and NHS local board for each Town.

The overall ambition of the programme is to improve Scotland’s wellbeing and reduce inequalities through enabling partnership-based system-wide action at a local level.

It supports local authorities, health boards, and their partners to deliver on the range of national ambitions including 20-minute neighbourhoods, the review of Scotland’s Town Centre Action Plan and Scotland’s Public Health Priorities. The programme is anchored in supporting action to deliver the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes.

Irene Beautyman, Programme Lead, said:

“The Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme began working with a handful of towns and it’s fantastic to see new Project Towns joining and opening themselves up to the opportunities this programme brings.

"As part of our work to support delivering system change, we always intended to expand the number of Project Towns to include those we currently mentor. Dalkeith was one of our Mentor Towns so we are delighted to have them on board!”

Community Link Leads on board

The Shaping Places for Wellbeing programme has also welcomed four new Community Link Leads to work in the different Project Towns. They are (pictured below (L-R)):
  • Geraldine Donnan - Community Link Lead for Clydebank
  • Sarah Rodway-Swanson - Community Link Lead for Alloa
  • Becky Hothersall - Community Link Lead for Dunoon
  • Andrew Whittet - Community Link Lead for Rutherglen
The Community Link Leads will be working in their Project Towns connecting with third sector organisations and community groups and supporting with the ongoing qualitative and quantitative data gathering related to key inequalities to identify demographics most impacted. It's great to have them on board.

You can find out more about the Shaping Places for Wellbeing programme and the Project Towns on the programme pages or follow it on Twitter @Place4Wellbeing.

The 4 new Community Link Leads