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Mind the Health Gap

Mind the Health Gap is a year-long project developed by Greater Govanhill and The Ferret. The aim is to understand health inequalities in the country and how we solve them.

The project began with a community listening project in Govanhill to better understand how people were being affected by the growing divide in health between different sections of Scottish society. Using these prompts, the Ferret then conducted Scotland-wide investigations into some of the issues uncovered.

Partners then reported on solutions to these issues, from within Govanhill, across Scotland and further afield.

As part of this project, Scottish Beacon partners have shared stories about how the communities they serve are developing solutions to mitigate the damaging effects of health inequalities at different levels.

The Mind the Health Gap project is funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the Solutions Journalism Accelerator. This fund is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Project Articles

Jen Stout. Photo: Polygon

‘Warmth and determination’: Jen’s masterful reports from inside Ukraine now available as a book

When a young local journalist fulfilled her lifelong dream of living and working in Russia, …

Samira and Thaveshni from Kairos Kitchen doing some cooking

Kairos Kitchen: a healing space for migrant women in Paisley

How a cookery group helps Black, Asian, minority ethnic and migrant women to build friendships, …

Lynn Cleal was awarded OBE for her work as chair of the St John Scotland Public Access Defibrillator Scheme, which was inspired by the Garelochhead and Rosneath Peninsula group.

How a group of residents became lifesavers for one peninsula

When ambulance cover for a community in Argyll and Bute was cut back, a group …

An illustration about period poverty showing three ladies;two having access to period products and one not

Just how effective is Scotland’s free period products policy?

Free period products have been part of Scotland’s legislation since 2021 through The Period Products …

Sanday Men’s Shed AGM | Photo by Sanday Men’s Shed | Licensed for use on Scottish Beacon | All rights reserved

Orkney Men’s Sheds: Strengthening the bonds of fellowship

Men’s Sheds have become something of a phenomenon, spreading across the UK as an answer …

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Amma Birth Companions: providing vital support to women in need

Amma Birth Companions are a Glasgow-based charity who provide support to women, many of whom …

Illustration of women with lots of thoughts

How Community Outreach is Working to Improve Uptake of Cervical Screenings

Cervical screenings in Govanhill are low among certain groups of women; we explored why this …

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Food bank use in West Dunbartonshire | Photo by Caroline Finn

Rising Food Bank Use Across Scotland’s Communities

The Trussell Trust charity recently revealed that they had distributed 128,490 emergency food parcels in ...

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