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The Organisation

Our Vision

Welcome to a Scotland where people with our conditions can live their lives well. Full lives, with the right support, at the right time and right place. A place where you can shape your future and live the life you want to lead.

Our Mission

Welcome to a community where people can support each other, secure the expert help they need and collectively advocate for the care that matters to them. Welcome to the charity that never underestimates the power of a cup of tea, a conversation started, a recovery begun.

Why us?

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland understands and respects the views and experiences of people with some of Scotland’s most prevalent long-term health conditions. We know that the true power of living the life you want to lead is in people and communities coming together. We are in the business of ensuring people with our conditions have that space and support as anything else is unacceptable to us. Our history and experience provides an evidenced and solid backdrop to face the current challenges of living with our conditions in Scotland in the 21st century.

As we have evolved, from our beginning as an organisation focused on eradicating tuberculosis, to our current form, so too have the hopes and fears of people living with our conditions. We have a ‘power of three’ effect emanating from the three condition areas we work in – and that power comes from the voice and experience of our people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions.

We want to help people breathe better. We want people’s hearts to work as well as they can. We want to make sure that everyone has the best recovery possible after a stroke.

Welcome to working with us to create a Scotland where No Life Half Lived is achieved through being led by people with chest, heart and stroke conditions and informed by their families & carers, friends, colleagues and healthcare professionals.

No Life Half Lived means we need to listen to people with our conditions and deliver well for them. We have identified four goals to get us there.

  • We will place our focus on addressing the unmet needs of people with our conditions - social, emotional, and physical - across all Scotland’s communities.
  • We will be led by our people: people with lived experience of our conditions, their families & carers, friends, colleagues and healthcare professionals.
  • We will secure the funding required to deliver via a diverse income portfolio that is consistent with our values and ethical approach.
  • We will be effective and accountable in all that we do.

We have developed six values to guide us in delivering against our goals:

  • Agile: we will be able to adapt to the needs of our people and the environment we work in
  • Innovative: we will look for improvement in what we currently do and be creative in developing new services
  • Inclusive: we will adopt a human rights based approach to our work and ensure we are accessible
  • Accountable: we will take ownership for our work and hold decision makers to their responsibilities
  • Collective:  we can only achieve our goals by working together and learning from each other
  • Courageous: we will say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done to meet our goals
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