The Nominations are in…..South West Community Rail Partnership celebrate work!
14th June 2017   •   Posted in Uncategorised

The South West Community Rail Partnership are thrilled to announce that not only one, but two of our working projects have been nominated for a Community Rail Award 2017, ‘The Right Routes to Health Programme’ and the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’. The awards are hosted by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships.

In late 2016 South West Community Rail Partnership in partnership with the Health and Social Care Alliance (Scotland), a surgery piloting the ‘House of Care’ system, a specialist Type 2 Diabetes  nurse, South West Community Cycles and Urban Roots came together to create a new community health initiative, ‘The Right Routes to Health Programme’.  The initiative provides supported health walks, lead cycle rides and educational nutrition and cookery skills classes for those diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

The aim of the Right Routes to Health Programme is to develop a person centred care approach for people currently living with the long term condition, Type 2 Diabetes and who are already engaged in the House of Care pathway. With the support of local resources, we have created a complimentary, bespoke programme designed to improve health and wellbeing for people living with type 2 diabetes. We really want to support people who would benefit from improved control of their diabetes and who currently see a Practice Nurse for this support. In relation to what it feels like to have Type 2 diabetes, some of the effects are: excessive thirst, frequent or increased urination, especially at night, excessive hunger, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, sores or cuts that won’t heal. The team of supportive professionals around his initiative understand that a very supportive, direct and understanding approach is needed, especially in relation to vulnerable people with Diabetes Type 2 trying out new physical activities and educational sessions.

It is known that 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise, 5 days per week can help reduce the risk or effects of Diabetes type2, Heart Disease, some Cancers, Fatigue and Depression. Other benefits of regular physical activity include Increased self-confidence, lowered stress levels, improved energy levels, improved sleeping and overall enhanced wellbeing and Lifestyle.

The participants, explore walks around Crossmyloof, Pollokshaws West, Nitshill, Priesthill and Darnley and Barrhead Railway stations and cycles in and around Pollok Park and South West Glasgow. At times the group will explore the outdoors and travel to their starting point by train with support from the SWCRP at all times.

If you are interested in taking part in the programme please register your interest with Theresa  or call on 0141 632 7155, we are hoping to expand and open up the refferal process to other surgeries and community members in the future.



The Teddy Bears Picnic’ was an event in partnership with ScotRail, RSNO and PIE. A team from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra came along to a Parents and toddler group at the project Positively Including Everyone, in Kennishead along the South West Community Rail Partnership line, to play some wonderful musc and tell a story about the Teddy Bears Picnic. The children took part in some interactive story telling and music based therapy to explore the wonder of the storys magical surroundings with a live soundtrack! Comments from the day ‘I can believe how engrossed he (child) was, he just loved it, im sure he will remember that forever’

Please take a look at more photographs from the day here :