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Equally Well Training 2019

Health Inequalities and Prevention training session

In 2015, Dundee Partnership commissioned a report on prevention through Integrated Care Funds, which resulted in the production of the “It’s My Job” toolkit. The toolkit focuses on primary and secondary aspects of prevention and promotes processes that are consistent with the roll out of social prescribing. The report strongly recommends that prevention is seen as relevant and important in the context of all staff roles, and is prioritised across services. This half day training session supports frontline staff to use the toolkit as a practical aid to identify how health inequalities and deprivation may affect their client groups and in what ways, explore to what extent they are adopting preventative approaches already and to recognise how they may be able to build on these to support clients further. The training session aims to support participants to:

  • Recognise vulnerable and at-risk individuals
  • Have a positive, exploratory conversation to identify the factors affecting them
  • Signpost people to supportive services and activities that could help

Dates for the open sessions held in Mitchell Street Centre, Mitchell Street Dundee, DD2 2LJ:

Friday 25th January 9.30-12.30

Thursday 31st January 1.15-4.15pm

Thursday 14th February 9.30-12.30

Wednesday 27th February 1.15-4.15

Tuesday 5th march 9.30-12.30

Thurs 21st March 1.15-4.15

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This training can be also taken out directly to teams, please contact above to discuss.


Poverty Sensitive Practice

Background and context

The Dundee Partnership Fairness Strategy challenges poverty and promotes social inclusion. It was developed in response to rising levels of income inequality, child poverty and fuel poverty and aims to pursue fairness by ensuring that every person and every family in the city has a fair household income, someone to turn to, and hope for the future. Factors such as Welfare Reform, unemployment, skills and employability, childcare, and poor mental/ physical health impact on levels of poverty in Dundee. Recent changes due to Welfare Reform in particular have brought new challenges and require different ways of thinking to support people into employment and enable them to survive and thrive on a limited income.

The Poverty and Stigma session aims to explore with participants the experience of people living in poverty so that they begin to make the link between how services are delivered and feelings of stigma and exclusion. For service users, these feelings may impact on the accessibility of services or feelings of being judged for requiring services. Tackling stigma is consistent with the direction being taken at local and national levels to mitigate the effects of Welfare Reform, increase fairness, reduce inequalities, ensure person-centred asset based approaches, and improve mental health and wellbeing.

Learning outcomes

As part of the implementation of Dundee’s Fairness Strategy, Equally Well and the Welfare Rights Team have developed a new training session that aims to:

  • Raise awareness of poverty, including in-work poverty
  • Reduce the stigma associated with living in poverty
  • Support poverty and inequalities sensitive practice
  • Raise awareness of how to signpost people in poverty to sources of support


Location: Comm Room 2, 14 City Square, 9.15-12.45am


22nd Jan

19th Feb

12th March

23rd April

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Mind Yer Heid Plus

Mind Yer Heid Plus is a full day session aimed at a wide range of service providers and frontline staff from mainstream and voluntary sector services that impact on the health and wellbeing of Dundee’s citizens, such as housing, social work, health, mental health, leisure, communities, financial inclusion, community safety, criminal justice and many more. The morning section focuses on increasing participants understanding of mental wellbeing and health inequalities whilst the afternoon section focuses on supporting use of motivational interviewing techniques helping participants to consider how they can improve their interactions with people who are disadvantaged. The learning outcomes for this session are to:

Raise awareness and develop understanding on:

  • What mental wellbeing and health inequalities mean
  • The influences on mental wellbeing and health inequalities
  • How to signpost to other support to improve mental wellbeing

Introduce skills in:

  • Listening and addressing barriers to listening
  • Asking open questions
  • Providing compassionate and respectful responses
  • Moving service users forward in a positive way
  • Working with resistance

Location: Mitchell Street Centre, Mitchell Street, Dundee, DD2 2LJ

Time 9.15-4.15


Tues 12th Feb

Tues 19th March

Wed 8th May

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The Substance Use, Stigma and Supporting Recovery awareness sessions

Part of the Recovery Friendly Dundee initiative which aims to tackle stigma surrounding substance misuse and raise awareness of the links between health inequalities and substance misuse.

These awareness sessions facilitate a shared learning experience and are aimed at service providers. We can also provide tailored sessions to local community groups and volunteers. Contact us for more information.

These sessions are specifically for those who provide services in Dundee and the content of the sessions is in line with this focus. We welcome attendance from those out with Dundee but ask that you contact us in advance of making a booking if this is the case.

Location: Mitchell Street Centre, Mitchell Street, Dundee, DD2 2LJ


15th March, 9.30-12.30

9th May 1.30-4.30

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