Nominations are now open for the Third Sector Awards
Introduction to Lean Improvement Methods Workshop
Wed 14th September 2016 – 10am till 12pm Smithton Church, Inverness
(booking essential – see attached flyer for more information)
Or contact 01349 864289 or email@example.com
The Big Bike Revival
The BBR events programme will provides opportunities to dust off the bike, brush up on cycling skills and to start cycling again. Participants will then be encouraged to celebrate their re-kindled love for cycling by participating in an inclusive and inspiring programme of social cycle rides and encouraged to set up or join local cycling groups to help them keep cycling.
Want to get involved?
If you are a bike recycling centre, bike shop, cycling club or group, voluntary or community organisation we want to work with you to get people cycling!
We are looking for 50 Big Bike Revival centres across Scotland to run a range of engaging activities, events and rides during September and October – we have small grants (£2000) to help deliver:
Opportunities to get bikes fixed, and people taught how to maintain them
Just email Suzanne Forup on Suzanne.firstname.lastname@example.org, outlining your desire to participate, your ideas to get more people cycling and how many people you think you can reach. A member of the team will be in touch in August to talk you through the grants process and how we can get your events advertised to a wider audience.
Share your success with SURF
SURF is currently welcoming applications to our 2016 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.
Each year, SURF and the Scottish Government team up to highlight, share and celebrate success and innovation in efforts to improve the physical, social and/or economic fabric of disadvantaged communities across Scotland through the prestigious SURF Awards.
This year, there are five categories of entry, which are designed to reflect the full range of regeneration activity. These are: Scotland’s Most Improved Town, Large Scale Infrastructure, Youth Employability, Creative Regeneration and Community Led Regeneration.
So if you know of a deserving Scottish regeneration project, please consider submitting a nomination before this year’s closing date of Monday 19th September 2016.
The application materials are available on the SURF website at the following link:
Please do not hesitate to contact SURF’s Derek Rankine directly on 0141 440 6393, or by email to email@example.com, for any further information on the SURF Awards.
The Social Impact Pledge – what does it mean for your community?
Communities Channel Scotland is pleased to host the Social Impact Pledge, a Scottish Government initiative aimed at increasing the social impact of public sector organisations across Scotland.
The Social Impact Pledge asks public sector organisations across Scotland to commit to increasing their social impact by making a public commitment to changing three aspects of their current operations or policies. This should be three things that they are not doing currently and haven't done before. Pledges made so far include Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park committing to recruiting its first ever Modern Apprentices and Fife College allowing the community to use its minibus at weekends. Read the full news story here to find out how your community might benefit or get involved.
North of Scotland Resilient Communities Fund
The SHEPD (Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution) North of Scotland Resilient Communities Fund is now open for applicants. We know your valued position of alerting third sector organisations to funding opportunities and wondered if you would be able to share this fund information with interested parties in your network. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the fund.
The £165,000 fund is available for non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities working in the SHEPD distribution area. Applications up to £20,000 will be accepted until 11 August 2016.
The Resilient Communities Fund supports local projects that:
• Protect the welfare of vulnerable customers during a significant power outage or emergency weather event
• Enhance community facilities and services specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant power outage or emergency weather event
• Improve communication during an emergency situation to keep communities informed or aid contact between local groups and response services
Please find attached the press release, application form and guidance which provide further information for interested partners.
SCoD BLUE CARPET AWARDS
We are proud to be hosting the first ever SCoD Awards on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at Glasgow City Hotel.
The SCoD Awards has been created to recognise organisations or individuals whose values, work, projects, and activities benefit Deaf, Deafblind, Deafened and Hard of Hearing people in Scotland.
There are 10 categories in total.
To nominate, simply click here to nominate, complete the online form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highland LEADER Programme
The Highland LEADER Programme is now open to receive applications with funding of over £6.6m available for projects which will benefit communities across the Highlands.
LEADER is an EU Fund aimed at promoting economic and community development within rural areas. The Highland LEADER Programme covers the mainland Highlands, the Small Isles and Skye but excludes the city of Inverness and the Cairngorms National Park.
Individuals, groups, organisations and businesses also have the opportunity to apply for funding for rural enterprise and farm diversification projects with £1.76m available for projects in Highland.
For further information about the Highland LEADER Programme, how to apply and contact details for the development officers, please visit www.highlandleader.com
Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund
Development Grants are available from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to help community-led organisations develop an application for future climate action funding or to support peer-to-peer learning activities that build their capacity to tackle climate change.
This follows the successful allocation of 96 Development Grants in 2014/15 which supported a wide variety of community-led organisations to develop their Climate Challenge Fund applications and built their capacity to take climate action. We were proud to support those organisations through our management and development of the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government and look forward to supporting future applicants.
You can read more via our news story while there is further information in our Development Grant webpages which also include a link to FAQ’s.
Handover for Huntington's
The project we are currently running is called "Handover for Huntington's" which is to do with gathering donations for us to sell on our eBay site to raise much needed funds for the charity. We do this through our Huntington's Huts which are cardboard boxes cut into the shape of small houses which can be placed in offices or homes for people to place donated goods, which we will then uplift when full. Currently we find the biggest success for these is in smaller offices so we think that any advertising that you could offer in your newsletter or notice board would be invaluable to our fundraising.
You can also find more information on these Huts at http://hdscotland.org/give-a-hut-a-home/.
PRESTIGIOUS EUROPEAN BUSINESS AWARD WON BY THE HIGHLAND THIRD SECTOR INTERFACE
Management and staff at the Highland Third Sector Interface based in Dingwall are celebrating their success, having picked up one of Scotland’s most prestigious business awards at Quality Scotland’s 25th Anniversary Awards ceremony held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last week.
The Highland Third Sector Interface gained a coveted ‘Committed to Excellence’ award at Quality Scotland’s ‘Scottish Awards for Business Excellence’ – demonstrating its continuing focus on business improvement and ensuring that all areas of the organisation builds on its strengths to attain even higher levels of excellence throughout its entire operation.
The Committed to Excellence award is part of a 4 year Big Lottery funded programme for Third Sector Interfaces across Scotland. Quality Scotland, in partnership with Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), are supporting all Third Sector Interfaces and VAS to achieve this level of recognition, over the duration of the programme. The overall aim of the programme is to create within each organisation a sustainable environment of continuous improvement, which will continue long after the programme has ended.
Offering her congratulations to the Highland Third Sector Interface, Claire Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Scotland said;
“The achievement of Committed to Excellence is a clear demonstration of an organisation’s drive and desire to achieve sustainable business excellence and truly embed the concepts of excellence. Congratulations on this European level of recognition and all the hard work and effort that has gone in to achieving it.”
The Highland Third Sector Interface achieved the plaudits at the 25th Anniversary of the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence, where they were joined by over three hundred guests across the private, public and third sectors, to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding achievements in the field of business excellence.
A consultation initiated by the National police service on the strategic police priorities
Following on from our initial programme of engagement centred around the question ‘What are your priorities for your police service?’ Police Division have today launched a formal consultation on draft Strategic Police Priorities. The consultation sets out priorities which will set the future strategic direction for policing in Scotland. This has been sent to a range of external stakeholders but we would also be very grateful if you could forward this to any of your stakeholders who have an interest in policing and encourage them to engage with us and respond. We would also be happy to discuss how this relates to your policy area, if so please feel free to contact me. The consultation documents can be found by following the attached links;
The consultation will be open for responses until 16th August 2016.