Health and Wellbeing

  • Using a social action approach to investigate young people’s access to tobacco via social sources for University of Edinburgh/NHS Lothian (2016) Local youth programmes used a social action model to address how young people access tobacco from social sources. TASC’s role was to get alongside practitioners and young people to record and review their work, exploring the use of social action as well as tobacco prevention issues. The evaluation saw TASC work with commissioners to ascertain the value of the approach on this issue. Download the pdf HERE
  • The Alcohol Truth Project for Alcohol Focus Scotland (2014/15) TASC worked with AFS designing and facilitating this approach to learning about social media, online marketing and alcohol harm. In the context of increased online literacy, participating young people, 16 years old, produced their own social media messages about our society’s relationship with alcohol.  More HERE
  • Community engagement within an HIV Needs Assessment and Involving Clinical Staff in an HIV Needs Assessment for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lothian (2012-2013) Gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men are the community group most at risk of acquiring HIV in Scotland. TASC have designed and facilitated a community engagement process branded as FAQ Scotland, engaging with men online and via telephone interviews to ascertain views and experiences on sex, relationships and sexual health. TASC also facilitated a second strand of work within the Needs Assessment by interviewing clinical staff across both Health Boards involved in service delivery. This project is on-going more at http://www.faqscotland.co.uk

  • An evaluation of the Rory Learning Resource for Alcohol Focus Scotland (2012) Rory is a storybook to help children understand parental alcohol misuse. This learning resource helps those who work with children to understand the impact that alcohol misuse can have on a child within the family setting. To evaluate the resource TASC observed classroom delivery and teacher training and interviewed teachers and managers within West Lothian and Glasgow City. Findings have informed development of the resource.
  • The Fife, Regeneration Health and Wellbeing Study (2006-08). This 2 year study, using action research approaches, saw TASC design and facilitate the engagement of partnerships of a local person and a local worker, located in targeted regeneration areas in Fife, who over the course of the study explored aspects of health and wellbeing; addressing issues as diverse as determinants of health, aspirations for their communities, the characteristics of helping professionals, the importance of places and spaces and money and managing financially. A real success of the project has been the visual posters we used to report back to participants and the web based dedicated study site at:
    http://www.healthyhappyfife.co.uk
  • Non-attendance and attrition from specialist clinical HIV services in Scotland NHS Health Scotland (2011)
    A significant number of individuals living with HIV do not enter or sustain their connection with specialist clinical services; this is of concern because outcomes for these individuals will be compromised. The research engaged with professionals and with people living with HIV to ascertain what the barriers and issues are which impact upon engagement with specialist clinical services. The findings support HIV clinical services and HIV voluntary sector agencies to improve access, uptake and retention in specialist clinical services. A full report, summary report and briefing paper are available HERE
  • Making their way in the world: A study into the health and social care needs of children and young people looked after at home or in kinship care NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (2008) The study was concerned with scoping out the health needs of children and young people living in West Glasgow CHCP, aged 8 to 16 years, who are looked after at home with their parents or are in kinship care. The study identified gaps and barriers to providing early intervention and preventative services and provided recommendations for future service delivery. The study engaged with professional staff, with children and young people and with parents and kinship carers.
    Main report: HERE
    Summary report: HERE
    A review of Policy and Literature: HERE