This internship will be hosted within the newly established Communities team which sits alongside the Wellbeing and the Social Determinants Teams in the Wellbeing and Prevention Unit. This is a particularly busy and exciting time for the team as we work with partners to develop a transformational vision for communities mental wellbeing and prevention within the Scottish Government and more widely.
Specifically the intern will assist with drawing together the evidence to support long term action to address the underlying causes of mental ill health and set in place the conditions through which communities can keep well and thrive.
Key tasks might include one or more of the following to be determined based on emerging priorities at the time:
- Assessing existing evidence on the social determinants of mental wellbeing within communities (such as in relation to employment, poverty, education, culture and green space)
- Collating evidence on best practice approaches within community settings to addressing underlying causes, across the UK and internationally
- Taking account of emerging evidence from community fund initiatives and in particular the test of change models
- Working creatively with the team to present findings to the fund national delivery group, Scottish Government and across sectors to inform and influence long term transformational change
The project will provide a great opportunity to be involved in the analysis and reporting of the wider dimensions of mental wellbeing and an introduction to government analytical and policy processes, strategic planning and working across a range of policy teams, interests and stakeholders.