‘Round table' sessions were an opportunity to share different approaches and perspectives from people actively making things happen in the city: from voluntary organisations who provide meals to the city’s children during school holidays to web developers working with the NHS, to food producers. in these quick-fire sessions - approaches were shared, discussions started and connections made. The overwhelming takeaway was that connecting up the great initiatives already underway can make positive change happen.

Our Round Table hosts were: 

Dundee International Women’s Centre


Healthy eating and exercise programmes presented by Fatima Ramzan


DIWC addresses the needs of women, with an emphasis on those from black and ethnic minority communities: we work to promote and create learning opportunities for women to gain the confidence, life skills, education and employability skills. Our healthy eating and exercise programmes demonstrate behaviour and cultural change is possible in the right conditions.

Twitter: @DIWC1969 

Marion Logan


Senior Advisor, Learning & Organisational Development, Dundee Health & Social Care Partnership and Dundee Voluntary Action


Marion has a wealth of experience of working with people and developing responses to issues such as drug & alcohol use, employment and service re-design. Her experiences have taught her the importance of honesty and integrity when having conversations around behavior change. Marion is a driving force behind Lochee Community Hub which provides a friendly, welcoming space for the whole community. People can walk in and access support from a range of services on either an appointment or drop-in basis.

Twitter: @MarionLogan


SM Nutrition and Health: Bump, Baby and Beyond


Weight Management, Nutrition Analysis, Recipe Meal Planning, Cooking Skills and Training.

Dundee based nutrition consultancy is run by Sarah Ellis-Martin, RNutr Public Health Nutritionist. 


Sarah specialises in maternal and infant nutrition, health & well-being - creating bespoke face to face training and engaging short videos on instagram and Facebook to support families to prepare affordable, nutritious meals from fresh ingredients.



Dundee Healthy Living Initiative


Team Leader: Robin Falconer

Senior manager: Sheila Allan


Dundee Healthy Living Initiative (DHLI) is part of a wider Community Health Inequalities Team, which includes Equally Well, Sources of Support social prescribing scheme, Keep Well and the Health and Homeless Outreach Team. The DHLI aims to provide capacity building support to local people and practitioners to develop activities that will improve health and wellbeing and tackle health inequalities. The DHLI works in identified areas of deprivation and with specific groups of people at higher risk of poor health. Activities include short health walks, health checks, cooking on a budget classes and training sessions to raise awareness of health inequalities and help tackle stigma. 


The Food Life


Anne Thomson

The Food Life is a non-profit Community Benefit Society bringing together food businesses, community groups, public sector and voluntary sector, producers and eaters in Angus and Dundee to work together to improve the Food System. We believe in collaboration to keep more of our food local. We run events and other networking activities and aim to make access & availability of local good food easier by reducing waste at all levels, more sustainable production and making quality food important in our lives.



Twitter: @thefoodlife__   



Healthy Meetings 


Scottish Cancer Prevention Network (SCPN)

Dr Maureen Macleod


It can be a challenge to attain your daily healthy eating plans, activity goals and smart thinking when you are attending meetings where lunch and snacks are provided.


The SCPN has developed a score card, which focuses on ten examples of good practice for healthy meetings. The brief checklist helps meeting organisers consider how to support good habits through healthy menus, activity and movement breaks and arrange meetings in places that are well served by public transport.


Twitter: @thescpn



Green Health Partnership 


Mary Colvin, senior practitioner in Public Health with NHS Tayside 


Mary recently initiated an event in Dundee to discuss the value of the city’s green and open spaces to the health and wellbeing of the community and how increasing the use of these spaces can improve the health of the population.


The event brought together representatives with a specific interest in developing a local Green Health Partnership from health and social care, the voluntary sector, academics and local and national government. The aim was to create the conditions to maximise the use of green space for health improvement in Dundee.





Richard Messitt, Co-Founder


Healthcare apps are changing the way we interact with our doctors, our pharmacists, and ourselves. From apps that allow patients to set up appointments and fill out paperwork in advance to calorie and step trackers, healthcare, well-being and fitness has the potential to be revolutionised through mobile technology.


Zudu are a Dundee based technology company who have developed Apps for NHS Tayside including the CCard Condom Card App, the NPS hub to tackle legal high abuse in the city and the redesign of the Sexual Health & BBV website!

Twitter: @ZuduDigital



UNESCO Dundee City of Design


Annie Marrs


Dundee has been named the UK's first City of Design by the United Nations. The city has been recognised by UNESCO for its diverse contributions to fields including medical research, comics and video games.

Dundee’s design priorities include: using design as a cornerstone in addressing both social inequalities and opportunities that exist in the city; focusing on social design, redesigning public service and community engagement; and fostering public discourse on the place and contribution of design in contemporary society.

Twitter: @designdundee



Rod Mountain


NHS Tayside


Rod is an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon who has worked for the NHS in Edinburgh and Dundee for the past 30 years. He is a keen advocate of collaborative working and has brought together healthcare and design in many different settings. He is an Associate with Open Change and has run workshops on empathy with a wide range of audiences and introduced service safaris to medical staff, managers and students at Ninewells Hospital. 


Twitter: @RodneyMountain

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