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Keeping Perth and Kinross Well Connected with ALISS

Written by: Jane Ankori, ALISS team, the ALLIANCE

Published: 21/10/2014

Today sees the launch of an exciting new online community resource for Perth and Kinross which aims to keep local people Well Connected.

Built using the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)’s ALISS Programme engine, tools and support, the resource allows people to search for useful community support and also to contribute information about local community assets in the Perth and Kinross area.

The ALLIANCE’s work with individuals with long term conditions, their carers and health and social care professionals, has indicated that information about local sources of support can be been hard to find, maintain and share – meaning that people often don’t benefit from what is available.

The ALLIANCE’s ALISS Programme, engine and tools have been co-designed to address this issue – providing community development and data gathering support as well as technical tools, to help communities to collectively gather and share information about assets.

Gathering asset information: Map it!

Produced by the Perth and Kinross Change Fund Partnership, the Well Connected toolkit has been developed from the ALISS Asset Mapping pack,  which offers communities a free set of tools to help them work together to identify, gather and maintain information about their own assets using ALISS. Available on the ALISS resource page for free download, the mapping pack can be used and adapted by any community seeking to collect and share information about its assets.

Sharing information about assets quickly and easily: ALISS it!

Once information about assets has been mapped and indexed within ALISS, it can be searched for and displayed via any website using the free ALISS search box tool.

An example of this can be seen on the Perth and Kinross Council Well Connected page at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/wellconnected. This search is provided and powered by ALISS and allows the general public to search for local sources of support from the Perth and Kinross Council website.  To get your own free search box, simply contact us at aliss@alliance-scotland.org.uk.

I’m very much looking forward to the launch of Well Connected today by the Council’s Lifelong Learning Convener, Councillor Bob Band, along with representatives from the Council, NHS Tayside and PKAVS. Photos to follow!

I’m also delighted that the ALISS tools and approach, produced with people with long term conditions and funded by the Scottish Government, are being used to foster health and wellbeing within our communities in Scotland.

If you are interested in getting involved in growing Well Connected Perth and Kinross please contact Well-Connected@pkavs.org.uk

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