Local support for Health and Wellbeing

Local support for Health and Wellbeing

Local support for Health and Wellbeing


Local support and information on Health and Wellbeing.

Some Information and support from the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership Health Improvement Team on Health and Wellbeing issues to better support ethnically diverse people in Renfrewshire are outlined below


  1. Perinatal Mental Health

The following relates to Perinatal Mental Health (PNMH) which refers to mental health during pregnancy and after the baby is born. During this period new and expectant parents (mums, dads, partners’) can experience issues with their mental health. This includes mental illness existing before pregnancy, as well as illnesses that develop for the first time, or are greatly exacerbated in the perinatal period. These illnesses can be mild, moderate or severe, requiring different kinds of care or treatment. 

These supports are for those who may need translation or cultural supports around this time:

In English -

  • Promoting insight and understanding of BAME and PNMH. Enhancing knowledge and practice around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.  Communicating with Diverse Communities: Tips Cards
  • Amma Birth Companions: provide perinatal support to women and birthing people facing barriers like poverty, isolation, or language. Will birth companion, support pre and post birth.
  • Saheliya: a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black,  minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+). 
  • Awareness of the different faiths and implications for new and expectant parents.  Interfaith Scotland: a guide to faith communities in Scotland


  1. Financial Inequalities

The following relates to financial supports and can be used for a broad range of support –

Council for Ethnic Minority Organisations (CEMVO)

CEMVO have a Financial Capability programme which will support people from Ethnic Minority Groups with their finances and develop their money management skills. The programme will be delivered across Scotland and they have developed local links to the main advice partners so if participants need Money Advice she can support them to do this with trusted partners. The support is delivered in workshops and on a one to one basis.

You can read more about it and refer people to the programme here Financial Capability Programme – CEMVO Scotland 

Similarly CEMVO run the Steps into Employment support for women. It was set up to support those communities hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Steps into Employment programme works across Scotland providing support to ethnic minority women focusing on Reinvent, Recharge, Retrain by guiding women into employment and developing careers.

The programme will deliver employability support in groups and individuals, CV writing, job applications, interview techniques and supporting placements for volunteering. The programme will also deliver various trainings for building confidence


Renfrewshire Money Advice

Locally both Advice Works and Renfrewshire Citizens Advice will support with financial issues, debt, benefits and fuel supports. They will bring in translation supports 

- Citizens Advice Scotland help with a range of supports including financial, advocacy, your rights and many other matters -

Web: (this links to their contact page)

Or Call: 0141 889 2121

- Advice Works - to refer about money, benefits, debt or a range of financial supports call or email a brief description of support required and any language supports - 0300 300 1238 or

Social Security Scotland


Below are the benefits that Social Security Scotland provide –


  1. Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment
  2. Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment
  3. Best Start Grant School Age Payment 
  4. Best Start Foods
  5. Carer’s Allowance Supplement
  6. Job Start Payment
  7. Child Disability Payment
  8. Child Winter Heating Assistance
  9. Funeral Support Payment
  10. Scottish Child Payment
  11. Young Carer Grant
  12. Adult Disability Payment


On the left hand side of this webpage page under filters all materials relating to Social Security Scotland benefits can be accessed here in 16 different languages



If an applicant has a disability they can get support from VoiceAbility who are contracted by the Scottish Government to advocate for people who are applying for Social Security Scotland benefits who have a disability/support need.  They will work alongside existing supports for the person and they do both instructed advocacy and can support with non-instructed advocacy where needed. 

Please also see the web link: VoiceAbility | Support to access benefits in Scotland

Referrals and enquiries 0300 303 1660 | |


  1. Health and Covid-19 Vaccine information

NHSGGC have produced videos in a number of languages aimed at encouraging the uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine in communities where this is likely to be low. They are in line with Scottish Government information and are tailored to reflect the specific concerns raised.

Please use and share these links where possible –

















Health Information Online 

This NHS Inform (Scotland) page directs to multiple languages and formats for multiple health information sources including British Sign Language, Easy Read and translations. The topics include Covid19, Illnesses and Conditions, Health Rights, Healthy Living and other associated health information -  Translations (

  1. Mental Health

There is a multilingual mental health support resource which was developed during the pandemic. This resource is a double sided A5 leaflet in 5 languages which can be printed or sent electronically. Electronic copies of these 5 resources are attached to this email.  Hard copies are also available at RAMH office but can also be delivered to a venue if required.


  1. Weight Management

The weight management service is universal however, those from ethic minority groups have different referral criteria due to higher risk of diabetes. Patients with South Asian/Chinese/Middle Eastern Ethnicity have a lower BMI threshold and can be referred with a BMI of >27.5 rather than >30 or with a BMI of >22.5 rather than >25 with one or more comorbidities and at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.


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