BRISC Biological Recording Bursaries
BRISC Bursaries recieve funding from SNH for 2 extra places annually for the next three years! We have more bursaries available so please do encourage anyone interested to apply.
Scotland needs more taxonomic experts who can accurately identify the many different species and help new generations carry forward this important work. Such experts are critical to wildlife conservation, because we cannot even begin to conserve our wildlife unless we know what we have, where it is, and how scarce or common it is. Wildlife recording thus underpins all conservation efforts. Expertise in a taxonomic group is gained through study and fieldwork, but it is unfortunately the case that many of our experts are getting older and BRISC would like to ensure that young naturalists are enhancing their skills and experience to provide a continuity of enthusiastic recorders into the future.
In order to encourage people to take up the serious study of wildlife, Biological Recording in Scotland (BRISC) and Glasgow Natural History Society (GNHS) are offering seven bursaries to anyone living in Scotland to cover some of the costs of attending a suitable training course in 2017. Up to £200 or 75% of the cost of the course, whichever is lowest, is on offer to successful candidates.
In return the recipients of the bursaries will be asked to write a short article for BRISC Recorder News, and/or the GNHS Newsletter and undertake a 5min presentation at the Annual Conference.
The closing date for receipt of completed Application Forms is 31st January 2017.
For more information and an application form go to http://www.brisc.org.uk/Bursaries.php
Community Planning Partnership Survey
The Community Planning Partnership are progressing the development of the new Local Outcome Improvement Plan for Highland. This document will replace the existing Single Outcome Agreement and is a strategic plan for the multi-agency partnership to deliver against in the next 1, 3 and 10 years.
To help the HTSI represent the view of the third sector, community groups and volunteers we would be delighted if you would take some time to complete these initial questions. If you are happy to be approached again as the plan develops and we need more specific views on details within the proposed plan please complete your details on the final page. Alternatively you can complete this anonymously. This will not be your only opportunity to contribute to this planning process as there will be a formal engagement and consultation process later in the year.
The survey only has 10 questions and can take anything from 5 – 15 minutes to complete based on how much detail you want to provide.
Thank you and if you have any question please just let us know 01349 864289 or email email@example.com
Scottish Men's Sheds - a training in Men's Shed developmental skills and awareness!
We are providing a new training initiative to up-skill existing Development Officers and any other levels of management who feel this would be appropriate to know about the Scottish Men's Sheds Movement and how to support local inquiries about Men's Sheds. There are over 40 Men's Sheds open in Scotland and another 39 presently in development in less than a three year period. This unprecedented growth in the voluntary sector is relative to the growing aging population in Scotland and men out of paid work over the age of eighteen. If you feel this is appropriate please could you forward this to any relevant parties so they may benefit from this training day.
Details are in the events page of our website.
Alcohol Strategy Refresh - invitation to Regards,contribute views
The Scottish Government is presently refreshing its 2009 Alcohol Strategy Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action (http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2009/03/04144703/0). We are not re-writing the Strategy; rather, we are reporting on progress to date, assessing which actions have been completed or are continuing, identifying where further work is required, or alternatively where there may be gaps. As such, we are not running a formal Government consultation on the exercise, but nevertheless we are keen to capture stakeholders’ perspectives.
You play a key role in reducing alcohol-related harm in local communities and much wider, and your experiences help to underpin any approaches we may consider at the national level. We would very much welcome your views. Whether you have thoughts on aspects of existing national policy which you wish to send us, or suggestions for new areas of work or forward priorities, or perhaps reflections on activities and interventions you have taken forwards, all feedback would be very gratefully received.
Please send your comments or suggestions by email to me, by Wednesday 8 February 2017, if at all possible. Should you have any questions you would like to discuss by phone, please do flag this up and one of the Alcohol Policy Team will be happy to arrange a call with you at your convenience.
Aird and Loch Ness – Your Ward, Your Cash, Your Choice
Participatory budgeting is coming to the Highland Council’s Aird and Loch Ness Ward. This process that lets the local community decide for themselves how money is spent and which community projects are needed in their area. Closing date for application 8 February.
Social Innovation Fund & Social Economy Growth Fund
Late last week the Scottish Government launched Stage 1 of their Social Innovation Fund and Social Economy Growth Fund. The deadline for both is 17 February.
Some queries remain on the costings, specifically their request for 100% staffing on project applications. If you would like to raise any concerns, or need any questions answered before you can progress your applications, further information can be accessed by emailing the team directly at InfoGrowingtheSocialEconomy@gov.scot.
Creativity in Care Newsletter
Here is the latest Creativity in Cares newsletter.
New Self-Directed Support Implementation Plan
The Scottish Government has published a new three year implementation plan for self directed support (SDS) across Scotland – see here http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00510921.pdf
The plan reflects on the SDS strategy 2010-2020 and current progress towards self directed support across Scotland, as well as how they intend to evaluate impact across the four strategic outcomes.
Social Enterprise Strategy Document
The Scottish Goverment have realsised the Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy it can be viewed at http://www.highlandtsi.org.uk/social-enterprise.html
Our latest blog post is about the Knowledge Exchange Forum which was held on the 18th November.
Action on Elder Abuse Scotland
On the 30th November 2016, we launched our helpline in Scotland (080 8808 8141), dedicated to the support of older people across Scotland who are being, or under threat of being, abused.
What do we do?
• Raise awareness of the wide range of harm and abuse experienced by older people which includes physical, sexual, psychological, financial and neglect
• Provide advice and support to older people experiencing harm or abuse, and those who care for or are concerned about older people
• Promote research and projects relating to elder abuse
• Campaign for the best possible support and prevention framework.
• Signpost to other organisations who can provide appropriate help and support. If a concern is raised with us in regards to a vulnerable adult, our Information Officers will always make the caller aware of the Adult Support and Protection legislation and provide the appropriate local authority contact.
We are the only organisation that deals specifically with Elder Abuse and we provide support to people when they need to talk about the harm they are suffering and, if necessary, a signposting route to other organisations. Please see our website www.elderabuse.org.uk/scotland for more information.
How Could £5,000 Develop Your Youth Project?
FiSCAF’s first funding deadline of 2017 is going to focus on young people. We’re calling for applications from organisation motivated by faith who could use £5,000 to make a real difference to the lives of people 18 and under, experiencing poverty in their local community.
You might be an established youth project looking to pilot a new work-stream, or test a new approach to ongoing work. Perhaps you’ve been working with a broader audience, but have identified the need to develop in ways that you specifically provide support young people. Whatever your project, as long as you can spend the money within 12 months of receipt we’d like to hear from you.
Deadline for applications is the 10th of February and open to all charities who meet our usual criteria and have never received funding from the STV Children’s Appeal. For more information and an application form visit www.faithincommunityscotland.org/faith-in-community-scotland-action-fund/
Befrienders Highland: Dementia service.
Befrienders Highland can provide a weekly one-to-one befriending phone-call for someone who has dementia or for someone who is caring for someone with dementia. The service currently has capacity and is seeking referrals. Details attached.
The Highland Senior Citizens Network Newsletter
The Highland Senior Citizens Network Winter 2016 Newsletter is here, we hope you enjoy reading and find useful and informative.
Director of Public Health Annual Report
Please see attached the 2016 Annual Report of the Director of Public Health. The topic for this year’s report is
Loneliness and Health.
National Research Study into Hopelessness and Depressed Mood Amongst Older Adults
A doctorate student from the University of Edinburgh, Shri Cameron, is conducting a nation-wide study into hopelessness and depressed mood in older adults across local communities in Scotland. The study involves participants completing a series of online questionnaires which ask them about the level of social contact they have, how they feel about their social contacts, their current mood and about their personality. Once completed the research will be shared with individual respondents and relevant organisations/service providers throughout Scotland.
In order to get the most representative results, it would be good to get the survey out to as many people as possible. If you feel this is relevant to your local community, please distribute the link via your social media and newsletter. Please see below a link to the study and Shri’s contact details, should you require any further information:
Fyrish Gymnastics Club springs forward with LEADER funding
The first offer of funding from the Highland LEADER 2014 – 2020 Programme has been secured by Fyrish Gymnastics Club.
NORTH OF SCOTLAND MAJOR TRAUMA NETWORK DIRECTORY OF SERVICES
As part of the standards for Rehabilitation within a Major Trauma Centre there is development of a Directory of Services for Rehabilitation and on-going care for North of Scotland
If your organisation runs any services which assist in the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered a major trauma and provide rehabilitation services in acute, rehab units, clinics, community, social care, independent/3rd Sector (including advice/support/activities for those who have undergone major trauma)
Please complete attached template
If you’re a man, 60+, unfit, don’t know how to change that, not even sure you want to, but know you should, etc. ----then this class is for you.
FITFELLAS is a circuit-based class for men only.
Mainly for the over 60’s –but no-one’s to going to chuck you out if you’re a bit younger.
But you will get removed if you’re too fit.
It’s not for blokes who already use the gym regularly, or go running, or kite surfing etc.
And absolutely no 6 packs allowed.
If this seems to be you-then come along on Thursday to Beauly Phipps Hall, 10-11 [coffee/tea after and, occasionally, -cake!]
OR Monday 11.30-12.30 at the Mens’ Shed Inverness
£3 a session
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Mob 07746951151, Or just turn up on the day
‘Improving Lives – the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper’ consultation
You may know that ‘Improving Lives – the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper’ was published on 31 October and can be found at http://www.gov.uk/workandhealth.
The publication also marks the start of a public consultation, which runs until 17th February 2017. They say they want to spark a far-reaching, national debate on the issues and the proposals set out in the Green Paper, ensuring that we listen to others so that we can develop our programme of work and understand the role others have to play in driving action forward. An online survey hosted on Citizen Space provides a simple and easily accessible way to respond to all consultation questions. It can be found at: https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/workandhealth/consult/
They are very anxious that both people with disabilities or long-term health problems and organisations that work in supporting those people have an opportunity to contribute to the consultation and as part of this consultation Adrian will be joining us at the Shirlie Project to hear people’s views.
Areas that they would like to hear views on are
Please contact the Shirlie Project on 01463 716179 or email email@example.com
What has the voluntary youth sector ever done for us?
This Youth Work week Youth Highland made a film celebrating and showcasing the work of the VOLUNTARY YOUTH SECTOR in the Highlands. Youth Highland supports a wide range of clubs and groups across the region - all doing incredible work with young people.
The voluntary youth sector offers specialist and innovative services and opportunities for young people. Community Based Universal Youth Work is valuable and makes a difference.
A link to the film is below. Please take the time to watch, and feel free to forward and spread the word far and wide!!
Concerned about harm or abuse of an older person?
Help is just a phonecall away
Elder Abuse Response Helpline (Scotland)
FREEPHONE 080 8808 8141
If you're experiencing harm or abuse, or you know an older person who is, call our free and confidential Helpline. We can offer advice, support or just a listening ear. Our Helpline is entirely confidential, free to use, and won't show up on your phone bill. Our experienced Helpline operators can help you make the best choices to keep safe, and put you in touch with appropriate local agencies.
Guide to Fundraising
Voluntary Arts Scotland has just published a new guide to fundraising for voluntary-led groups, which many groups and individuals in your area may find useful.
You can view the guide in digital form here: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Cash-for-Culture-digital-version.pdf but if you would like us to send you some hard copies in the post, please get in touch. (please note, we will be updating this booklet over time as things change – so please link to the URL, rather than uploading it to your own website).
If there is any way you can let people in your area know about this guide, either through any newsletters you may have, or via social media, it would be much appreciated.
Commission on Highland Democracy - Call for Evidence
At present we are circulating a Call for Evidence to anyone and everyone on our networks. It is a short questionnaire and I would be very grateful if you could fill it in and submit it. If you have a network within the Highlands I would also be grateful if you circulate to them and urge them to respond.
Over the next weeks and months there will be meetings all over the Highlands trying to get out to speak to as many people as possible so that we can gather their views on the way forward.
Consultation on the New National Health and Social Care Standards.
Please note the Scottish Government consultation on draft health and social care standards – deadline 22 January:
Consultation on the New National Health and Social Care Standards. These new Standards take a much more human-rights based approach and focus on achieving better outcomes for service users. They also help providers; planners and commissioners; and staff working across health and social care to identify and deliver more person-centred care and support. Deadline for responses is 22 January 2017 http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/10/1545/downloads
Robertson Trust Launches Impact Report 2015-16
The report summarises the Robertson Trust’s work with their third and public sector partners over the past year, focusing on key development themes. It also features learning from the Robertson Trust’s recent strategic review, and a look at new portfolios going forward, including preventing young people from entering the criminal justice system and improving the well-being of vulnerable women. You can read the full report http://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/impact-and-learning/publications/impact-report-2015-16