Highland Third Sector Interface hosts and facilitates a variety of forums to support the third sector in Highland. The core purpose of these forums is to create a space for organisations to come together. The forums are thematic and the majority meet quarterly over a year.
To find out all the upcoming dates for all the forums, and the links to registration click on the button below (this is a Word document)
To download information on all our forums click on the button below:
Community Justice Third Sector Forum
The Community Justice Third Sector Forum is open to all third sector organisations throughout Highland who have an interest in community justice, this might include working with those who have offended, or those who have been affected by crime. It also includes organisations which are working with people, particularly young people around the prevention of offending.
The Forum provides an opportunity for people to come together and find out what is happening around community justice not only in Highland but nationally, to learn more about other organisations in Highland and their work and create opportunities for collaboration/collaborative working. There is a guest speaker at every Forum providing information on topics which are relevant to community justice.
The Forum is currently hosted on MS Teams by Margaret McShane, the Partnership Manager for the Highland Community Justice Partnership.
When it meets: Quarterly (2x virtual/2x in-person)
Highland Resilience Network Forum
This is a twice yearly, virtual forum to discuss and host input from guest speakers pertinent to supporting the role of Highland Resilience Network members in keeping communities safe across Highland. The format will usually include guest speaker input followed by group discussion and updates on the progress of the HRN and training availability.
When it meets: Twice a year, virtually
Health & Wellbeing Forum
The Health and Wellbeing Forum has grown from the adult health and wellbeing forum which has been long established in Highland. Any Third Sector organisation which feels that their activities contribute to health and wellbeing within Highland is welcome to attend. The forum usually includes guest speaker input, a chance for individual updates and collective horizon scanning and identifying any significant shared areas of concern, optimism and policy. The forum also offers an opportunity for networking, peer support and personal development.
When it meets: Quarterly, (2x virtual/2x in-person) in-person meetings in Dingwall or Inverness
Third Sector Representatives Forum
Representatives are selected as part of the Third Sector Assembly process and this forum helps to provide a support structure for peer support, training and shared guidance and advice. Representatives are asked to participate on a quarterly basis and where possible this will be held either digitally or in person as per the preference of the group. This is a closed membership group.
When it meets: Quarterly and the format is set by the preference of the membership.
Children’s Services Forum
The Children's Services Forum is for Third Sector Organisations that deliver services for young people and their families. Hosted by Highland Third Sector Interface this quarterly Forum shares good practices and information, provides a platform for those interested in participating in the network and finding peer support. Additionally, this Forum offers the opportunity to stay up to date on commissioning processes.
When it meets: Quarterly (2x virtual/2x in-person)
Virtual Community Development Forum
The Community Development Forum creates a chance for Third Sector Organisations in Highland who are involved in Community Development to share information and ideas. This virtual Forum is for Third Sector Organisations in Highland who are members of Highland Third Sector Interface and are involved in Community Development. It is an opportunity to share ideas and information, identify gaps, workforce development needs, and inform community planning forums.
When it meets: Quarterly, virtually
Highland Social Enterprise Forum
HiSEN is the Social Enterprise Network for the Scottish Highlands and is facilitated though the Highland Third Sector Interface.
Membership is free for established Social Enterprises, Start Ups and for those interested in the Social Enterprise Movement in Highland.
The aims of HiSEN are;
· Provide “Peer Support”
· Mentoring from established “Social Entrepreneurs”
· Information Sharing
· Trading Possibilities
· Engagement & Representation
Meetings are held quarterly and normally hosted by one of our member organisations, giving them the opportunity to showcase their work.
When it meets: Quarterly virtually
Third Sector Managers Forum
Being a third sector manager can be an isolating, though rewarding role. It is critical that managers and senior officers are able to provide peers support and guidance to each other. A maximum of one person per organisation with management responsibility is eligible to join the forum membership and activities will focus on the combination of social networking and practical input. Every second month a supper club in Inverness (consideration is being given to how this is rolled out) will host a networking evening with guest speakers as appropriate and this will compliment a formal virtual session with inputs and training opportunities on a quarterly basis.
When it meets: 1. bi-monthly supper club (in-person). 2. Quarterly formal virtual sessions (ie masterclass 1/2 hr speaker 1/2 chat).