NHS Health Scotland

NHS Health Scotland is a national Health Board working with public, private and third sectors to reduce health inequalities and improve health.

Our vision

Our vision is a Scotland in which all of our people and communities have a fair share of the opportunities, resources and confidence to live longer, healthier lives.


Healthier Scotland

Helping people to improve their health, especially in disadvantaged communities, ensuring better, local and faster access to health care.

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Sustinable Scotland Network

The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) works to improve Scottish public sector performance on sustainability and climate change. The Network is supported and coordinated by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity that enables action on sustainable development by working with organisations and communities to change behaviour to reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact.

SSN is funded by the Scottish Government to work with the 151 public sector organisations who have been identified as Major Players. These include Scotland's 32 local authorities, 25 colleges, 19 universities, 14 regional NHS boards, 5 Special NHS Boards, and many other bodies including Scottish Water, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Historic Environment Scotland.

The purpose of SSN is to:

  •  Improve public sector performance on sustainability and climate change
  •  Facilitate members to share information and good practice
  •  Provide information and support on relevant policy areas

The network currently has over 300 individual members, all of whom work in climate change, sustainability or energy.

The SSN Steering Group is made up of 14 of our members and meets regularly to advise the SSN staff team and contribute to the development of the Network’s work programme.

Eat Better, Feel Better

Meet Scotland's Healthy Helpers: the unsung family food heroes who are making a real difference to their family's diet and lifestyle. Find out their top tips for getting their kids to eat healthily and favourite family recipes.

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Association for Nutrition

The Association for Nutrition (AfN) defines and advances standards of evidence-based practice across the field of nutrition and at all levels within the workforce. We protect and benefit the public by:

  • Championing Registered Nutritionists whose entry onto the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) is an assurance that they meet our rigorous standards of competence and professionalism.

  • Recognising high quality, relevant nutrition training through our Degree Programme Accreditation, CPD Endorsement and Certification schemes.

  • Raising our profile to protect the public and raise demand for, and recognition of, the contribution of Registered Nutritionists and the wider workforce in nutrition.

Our Charitable Objects Are:

  • To promote the health of the public by the promotion and maintenance of high standards of practice among and the regulation of nutritionists;

  • To advance the study and practice of nutritional science and medicine;

  • To advance the education of the public and to promote research for the public benefit in the field of nutrition, health and allied subjects.

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland, often referred to by the acronym REHIS®, is an independent, self-financing registered Scottish charity (Number SC009406) whose main objectives are for the benefit of the community to promote the advancement of Environmental Health by:

  1. stimulating general interest in and disseminating knowledge concerning Environmental Health;

  2. promoting education and training in matters relating to Environmental Health; and

  3. maintaining, by examination or otherwise, high standards of professional practice and conduct on the part of Environmental Health Officers in Scotland.

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 1983 to give effect to the amalgamation of The Royal Sanitary Association of Scotland (founded 1875) and The Scottish Institute of Environmental Health (founded 1891). The Institute was Incorporated by Royal Charter in 2001, following which the Company was wound up.

Home Energy Scotland

Home Energy Scotland help by giving free advice on having a warmer home. They help with advice and grants:

  • Warmer Homes Scotland - Warmer Homes Scotland helps vulnerable people make their homes warmer with energy saving measures.

  • Loan Scheme - Interest free, unsecured loans to help you with warmer home improvements.

  • Area Based - Support for home energy measures based on your postcode.

  • Renewable Loans Scheme - Interest-free loans for installing domestic renewable energy technology.

  • Feed In Tariffs - Support for installing renewable technology and contributing to the National Grid.

  • Renewable Heat Incentive - Financial support for seven years to subsidise the costs of installing renewable technologies in your home.


Cenex was established in 2005 as the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies. 

Today Cenex operates as an independent not-for-profit consultancy specialising in the delivery of projects, supporting innovation and market development, focused on low carbon vehicles and associated energy infrastructure.

Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.  

We're here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.


Sustrans makes smarter travel choices possible, desirable and inevitable.

We’re a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

We work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.

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Scottish Grocers' Federation

SGF is the national trade association for the convenience store industry in Scotland. It is the authoritative voice for the industry to both policy makers and the media.

The Federation's key activities are:

  • Lobbying

  • Communicaton

  • Networking

  • Advice

The SGF brings together retailers throughout Scotland, from most of the Scottish Co-operative, SPAR, Nisa, Keystore, Costcutter, Martin McColl, Premier, Day Todays and local independents.

Our members providea wide selection of products and services throughout Scotland's cities, local town centre, rural and island communities. There are just over 5,500 convenience stores throughout Scotland, with annual sales in excess of £3.7 billion. The sector directly empolys over 42,000 people. Each independent convenience store also reinvests hundreds of thousands of pounds each year back into the local economy by providing local jobs, using local services and local suppliers.

SGF promotes responsible community retailing and works with the Government and the media to encourage a greater understanding of the contribution convenience retailers make to Scotland’s communities.

Retrofit Scotland

Retrofit Scotland is a collaboration of organisations which has emerged from the 2020 Built Environment Subgroup to provide information on refurbishment projects, best practice, modelling and assessment tools, and finance mechanisms.

The main orginisations involved in this project include:

Retrofit Scotland’s members are actively involved in the research and implementation of retrofit projects throughout Scotland and are committed to the successful development of Scotland’s National Retrofit Programme.

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Scottish Communities Climate Action Network

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network is a grassroots network of community groups that are taking action on climate change. As a ‘community of communities’ we provide a shared vision and voice for our members and work to address barriers and challenges so as to enable communities to shape their own low-carbon future and promote local resilience and wellbeing.

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government's agency for a region which extends from Shetland to Argyll, and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray. With a unique remit integrating economic and community development , HIE aims to improve regional growth, increase  competitiveness and build a fairer society.

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We're the place to come to for know-how about therapeutic gardening, the art of using gardening to help people take care of their physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

We support a network of over 300 therapeutic gardening projects in Scotland so they can share skills, good practice and get connected.

Trellis runs training workshops and an information service, and we can visit you to give help and advice. We support research and development in therapeutic gardening. And we make sure that the voice of our network is heard by policy makers.

We bring people together. Come and join us, we're here to help you.

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.

They have 160 experts working around the world from offices in the UK, China, South Africa, Mexico and the US and their mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. Their experts, drawn from a range of backgrounds and nationalities, can help your organisation tackle climate change by reducing your carbon emissions and identifying growth and revenue opportunities through resource reduction initiatives, cost-saving strategies and the adoption of resource-efficient technologies.  For more information please visit:


Heads of Planning Scotland (HoPS) is the representative organisation for senior planning officers from Scotland’s local authorities, national park authorities and strategic development planning authorities.

The purpose of HoPS is to:

  • Promote the profile of public sector land use planning
  • Support and promote excellence in planning leadership
  • Ensure the delivery of a culture of continuous improvement in planning authorities, and
  • Provide advocacy and coordination to ensure that planning authorities are properly resources to deliver quality outcomes.

HoPS has an Executive Committee which oversees its activities, supported by four sub-committees (Development Management; Development Planning; Performance & Practice; Energy & Resources).


REAP (Rural Environmental Action Plan) is an environmental and sustainable development charity based in Keith in the North East of Scotland. Established in October 1997 as a Community Service Volunteers (CSV) project, REAP became an independent, local charity and company limited by guarantee in 2007.

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our work is becoming ever more critical against a global backdrop of rising population, climate change and unprecedented pressure on the world's land, water, energy and raw materials. For this reason, we're working to create a more circular economy where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible.

Our Resource Efficient Scotland programme helps the public and private sector reduce costs by implementing resource efficiencies in energy, water, raw materials and waste management. Whilst our consumer campaign, Recycle for Scotland aims to increase recycling, repair and re-use in Scotland as well as promoting ways people can reduce the amount they use. Zero Waste Scotland also manages the Love Food Hate Waste campaign within Scotland, which aims to save people money through providing hints, tips and recipes to help avoid food waste.


This all contributes to the Scottish Government's circular economy strategy and the EU's Europe 2020 growth strategy.

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Doctorpreneurs is the global community for doctors, medical students and individuals interested in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship.

We are a social enterprise committed to transforming healthcare, run by a team of dedicated doctors and medical students. With healthcare facing unprecedented challenges globally, we believe that the wealth of talent within the system will be key to driving radical change.

Our mission is to provide the next generation of medical entrepreneurs with the insight, network and opportunities to lead innovative improvement in healthcare. We inspire healthcare professionals and students to think creatively and embrace principles of innovation and entrepreneurship to improve healthcare; we connect our members with a network to help them learn and grow; and we accelerate members’ entrepreneurial journey through providing access to exciting opportunities.

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