Community groups in Renfrewshire are invited to apply for funding and a package of tailored support to improve the mental, physical and financial wellbeing of people they work with by addressing the harms caused by smoking.

As part of its initiative encouraging support for Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation by 2034 health charity ASH Scotland is offering community groups a small grant of £500 to cover salary, travel or material costs associated with engaging people in their community about the harms caused by tobacco.

Organisations whose applications are successful are required to sign up to the Charter and pledge three actions that they will take to improve the wellbeing of people they work with by addressing smoking. Some of the most common pledges include:

  • Creating a smoke-free environment
  • Equipping young people to make confident and responsible decisions on smoking, health and wellbeing
  • Incorporating tobacco education or stop smoking support and resources into programmes and events
  • Directing people to their local Quit Your Way service delivered by the NHS.

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “We particularly encourage pledges to tackle smoking and applications for a Charter small grant from organisations in areas of multiple deprivation which support people facing the greatest challenges to good health, including those experiencing poverty, mental health problems, homelessness, young carers, or people who are care experienced.”

For details about how to apply for the tailored support and small grant before the Monday 20 February 2023 deadline, visit the small grants section on ASH Scotland’s website here or email:

ASH Scotland encourages anyone in Renfrewshire aiming to give up smoking to contact their local stop smoking service, community pharmacy or call Quit Your Way Scotland on 0800 848484 or visit Quit Your Way Scotland.

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By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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