Be heard
We know that the voices of therapeutic gardeners are important in shaping and informing Scottish society so we've picked out a few Consultations and Bills that may be relevant to you.
Why not respond to one of those consultations listed below. Send your comments to or respond directly to the consultation and let us know you have.  


SAMH are seeking views on NHS Mental Health Services
SAMH have put out a call for views on NHS Mental Health services as part of their response to the Health and Sport Committee’s consultation on Clinical Governance.
Clinical governance refers to the systems in place to ensure NHS accountability and the continual improvement of care and safety. The findings from the committee’s inquiry  will be used to push the government and NHS for positive change to how the health service is working.
SAMH will be responding and would like as many voices and experiences of people using or who have used NHS mental health services to be heard as possible. Beyond the committee’s inquiry they will use views gathered to help us campaign for NHS mental health services that are based on fairness, respect, quality and choice.
Resond to SAMH via their survey at

Community Enterprise: Social Prescribing in the Third Sector
Despite a strategic commitment nationally towards preventative spend and community led health, and a focus on the benefits of collaboration and partnership working between the third sector and the public sector, the way health and well-being is achieved for our communities has not changed much.  To challenge this, the Accelerating Ideas programme at the UK Big Lottery is considering investing in a method that will create a culture change in health, and fundamentally shift activity, (and potentially budgets), away from the NHS and statutory providers and towards communities.
Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs and other health professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services usually in the third, charity or social enterprise sectors.  Social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health and links “medical” process into a more social model of health and well-being.
Right now a feasibility is underway to scope out the establishment of a Social Prescribing Network across the North of Ireland and Scotland to roll out the idea, extending take up and impact.  A partnership of the Healthy Living Centre Alliance (HLCA) and Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing (SCHW) in Northern Ireland and Scotland (respectively) have commissioned a consortia of Community Enterprise and Scottish Community Development Centre to investigate this model.   As part of the research, there is a need to consider what the appetite for such a model could look like in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Click here for the survey



The Scottish Government is seeking  your views on the new Mental Health Strategy...
You are invited to give your views on:
a) our priorities for transforming mental health in Scotland;
b) the early actions we propose to take to deliver this transformation; and
c) how we should measure success over the 10 year period.
The paper can be viewed and downloaded at the Scottish Government’s Citizen Space website
The deadline for responses is Friday 16 September
There will also be some public events over the summer to talk about the new Strategy.

The events will be of interest to those of all ages with lived experience, carers, mental health service users and providers, the Third Sector, NHS Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships, Integrated Joint Boards,  COSLA, local authorities, Community Planning Partners, Mental Health Officers, social work service providers and professional bodies. 


Pre - 2016 Consultations and subsequent strategies

Learning Disability Strategy
National News The ‘Keys to life’ is the new learning disability strategy for Scotland. It was launched
on Thursday 13th June at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. You can download copies of the new strategy from the Scottish Government website.
Full version:
Easy read version:

The same as you? Government Strategy for People with Learning Disabilities
 The Scottish Government evaluation team has now gathered evidence using face-to-face interviews with people with learning disabilities and family carers about their lives,  see the report published in  May 2012 at
The easy read version is available her

The Dementia Strategy 2013-16 Proposal Paper has now been published.
Read it online at Scottish Government web pages

Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy for Scotland: 2012-15
Thank you to all in the Trellis network who contributed to the SG Mental Health Strategy 2012-15. The new strategy has been published. The link below provides a copy of the Scottish Government’s new mental health strategy.

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill
was published in March 2013 and is available to download from the
Scottish Parliament website.
Details of the Scottish Government self-directed support strategy can be found here
For more information on self-directed support see the Self-direct Support Scotland web pages at
Further information is available on the Providers and Personalisation website  

Self-directed Support (Direct Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 
A consultation on  the Draft Self-directed Support (Direct Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 focussing on on how self-directed suport will be paid is open until 10th July 2013. A guide to the bill published by The ALLIANCE is available here
Click on this link to the Easy Read Guide to the Social Care(self-directed Support) Act 2012 from the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland.
Find it the bill at the Scottish Government webpages

Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill
An Easy Read summary analysis was published 11th february 2013 of all 447 responses to the Scottish Government’s recent exploratory consultation on ideas for the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill, fousing on the ideas discussed in the Easy Read summary consultation paper. Read it at
If anyone would like to contact the Community Empowerment Unit - please email them at

Scottish Biodiversity Strategy
An analysis of responses to the Scottish Government's consultation on the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity was published 11th January 2013.
A Consultation on the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity: An Analysis of Consultation Responses can be viewed at 
Chapter 3 of the consultation paper focused on the role of the natural world in improving our physical and mental health and well-being.







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