Taking action on smoking and health
ASH Scotland has recently developed links with Comas, a social innovation charity based in Edinburgh which uses community development approaches. The Comas community have a complex range of issues (mental health, social problems, recovery from addiction) and we are currently supporting them to explore their relationship with smoking and tobacco.
So far, we have delivered a one-day training course for Comas staff and volunteers which provided participants with the basic level of knowledge and skills required when delivering stop-smoking support. The training also began to address and question the complex relationship the community currently has with smoking and tobacco use, which resulted in staff recognising the need for cultural change.
Comas took the learning from this training and started a stop-smoking group for people already involved with one of their projects, 20 More, which looks to increase household income by £20 per week. You can read about their progress in the case study provided by one of their project workers.
By building on these new links and fledgling work, we aim to empower the community to make informed choices and long-lasting health behaviour changes and ultimately share this learning with other groups and communities facing similar challenges.
To find out more about this work, please contact Mary-Grace Burinski via email: MBurinski@ashscotland.org.uk or by telephone: 0131 220 9482.
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
ASH Scotland acknowledges with thanks the support of the British Heart Foundation and the Scottish Government in developing our website.