Oral Health Community Challenge Fund: grant recipients July 2019 to March 2022

List and descriptions of awarded projects to improve oral health in Scotland.

Organisation name Location Project summary Grant award
Getting Better Together Shotts

Happy Children Happy Smiles to develop oral health interventions, linking them to healthy eating programmes, breastfeeding initiatives and early years activities. The interventions will introduce positive lifestyle choices that can affect oral health and well-being.




Raising Awareness On Oral Health Amongst African Families in Dundee aims to raise awareness of oral health and dental care amongst the intergenerational African families living in the most deprived areas of Dundee city. The project will train volunteers to act as dental champions, buddies and mentors, in helping to raise awareness of the oral health and dental care.



Ayrshire Children Services CIC Ayrshire

Brighter Smiles aims to help reduce oral health inequalities amongst ASD/ASN children who are at most risk. The project will work with preschool infants and their families to proactively break down barriers preschool age Autistic children face due to their special needs, using expertise to meet the 'Oral Health' needs of these disadvantaged community members and promote wider family involvement.



West of Scotland Regional Equlaity Council (WSREC) Glasgow

Shine Bright -Oral Health of Minority Communities aims to engage specifically with minority ethnic communities residing in Greater Glasgow targeting vulnerable and at risk groups in multi-deprivation areas. The project will raise awareness of services available, providing direct intervention activities and one to one support.



Lanarkshire Chinese Association Lanarkshire

Healthy Smiles aims to improve oral health amongst infants and families of Chinese community in Lanarkshire with a focus on families living in deprived areas.



Home-Start Dundee Dundee

Healthy Choices aims to provide a targeted support service for mums with infants and toddlers, particularly in areas of high deprivation through home-visiting support and group sessions to reduce oral health inequalities.



Dundee United Community Trust Dundee

Terry’s Tooth Club aims to use football as a hook to engage nursery children aged 18 months – 4 years and their families in developing healthy habits, with a focus on improving oral health. The project will target children in the 20% most  deprived areas in Dundee.


LINKnet Mentoring Ltd Edinburgh

Edinburgh and Lothian's Smile (Education, Advocacy and Practice in Oral Health) aims to reduce oral health inequalities amongst people most at risk by bringing the community in to deliver oral and wider health improvement messages in an accessible manner that is inclusive to all.




Edinburgh Community Food Initiative Edinburgh

Family Smiles aims to deliver a healthy lifestyles programme through early years centres, HMP Edinburgh Visitor Centre and organisations own early years groups in Edinburgh. The project will build in oral health into Edinburgh Community Food’s cooking and nutrition programmes.



Kidz-Eco CIC Livingston

Kidz Knashers aims to educate families participating in ‘Kidz n Kin’ community space in The Centre, Livingston. The project will promote good oral health practices amongst participants of the ‘Kidz n Kin’ with a focus on pre-birth and early years.



Rosemount Lifelong Learning Royston, Glasgow

Rosemount Family Health and Wellbeing aims to deliver new health and well-being work to reach members of the community that will most benefit from the projects activities and make a significant impact on their health and well-being.  The project will work with a total of 196 people and 86 people in a full project year.



Home- Start Glasgow North Glasgow

Smile A While aims to improve the oral health of pre-school children and infants by 1) providing support and encouragement for parents and children aged 0-5 years old in promotion of oral and general health. 2) Providing the necessary resources to group workers, volunteers and parents to implement and maintain a daily oral health routine at home. 3) Providing parents/caregivers information in practical formats to inform them of the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices on oral health and general wellbeing and to establish routines at home.



Early Years Scotland Glasgow

Off to a Good Start aims to improve infant oral health by offering opportunities through the delivery of "Together We Can " sessions that use play-based activities to support the enhancement of parents’ abilities, knowledge and confidence to achieve improvement in family diet, oral health and increased physical activity . This will be facilitated through the creation of opportunities for wider family involvement supporting children from birth to 5 years old.



Community Food Initiative North East Aberdeen

Health Start & Smile Project (HSSP) aims to partner with Aberdeen City Council, NHS Grampian, Health and Social Care Partnership and Torry (a regeneration area) community organisations and residents, to improve infant oral health and residents' health and well-being, delivering through a coordinated programme of activities initially focusing on the Torry neighbourhood.



Networking Key Services (NKS) Edinburgh

Preventative and Early intervention Oral Health initiative for South Asian Families and their Children aims to take a preventative and early intervention approach to improve oral health amongst South Asian families and young children facing challenges to improve their general and oral health. The families experiencing disadvantage at different levels living in deprived areas will be specially targeted.



Lanarkshire Community Food and Health North Lanarkshire

Happy Smile Project aims to improve the oral health of children from birth to three years of age using a family approach to oral health and lifestyle in North Lanarkshire. Oral health messages will also be integrated into all existing and new projects for example High Five for Fruit; Healthy Mummy; Happy Baby; Health and Social Care Integration and Holiday Hunger projects such as Club 365.



Fuse Youth Glasgow Glasgow

Dramatic Effect - Oral Health aims to involve young people (aged approximately 11-16) developing and producing a series of scripted drama productions, which will articulate key messages about oral health in an innovative and engaging way, reaching audiences that have proven resistant to mainstream oral health strategies.



The Church of Scotland Social Care Council (CrossReach)    Glasgow

Smiling Together aims to use play as a tool for learning and reinforcing key oral health messages, supporting some of Glasgow’s youngest, yet most disadvantaged and marginalised children, to improve their oral health and hygiene. Working with parents and children together, to draw on the demand for community based play sessions to provide 6 week blocks of weekly play sessions focused on oral health.



Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust Rutherglen

Smiling Communities aims to implement a community led grassroots engagement and information oral health campaign in five local SIMD neighbourhoods in CamGlen for children and families, exploring local residents issues that may be behind lower oral health outcomes. The campaign will feature and be shaped by local views, voices and faces and will be delivered through activities and spaces where communities come together.



Lochside Community Association SCIO Dumfries

Smiles Better aims to improve outcomes for the whole family using principles of Promotion; Participation; Prevention  and Positives.



Scottish Childminding Association Stirling

Childminding Happy Teeth aims to provide training and support to childminders in Scotland to implement supervised tooth-brushing within their childcare settings. The project will work with parents to support them to develop a healthy oral regime with their children from an early age. This will involve checking if parents are registered with a dentist and if not, help them with registration and engage with community dental services.


Crossroads Community Hub Galston

Eat for Teeth aims to support parents to make informed choices on their children’s diets, providing opportunities to increase their cooking skills using healthy  nutritious locally sourced foods. The project will undertake a range of activities that support families to be better informed of oral health risks whilst providing access to oral health promotion materials and support.




Elizabeth McLear
Email: ccfenquiries@gov.scot
Tel: 0131 244 1817

Chief Dental Officer and Dentistry Division
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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