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Volunteer Celebration
This year’s Volunteer Celebration takes place on Friday 23rd of June at West Lothian College.
We are organised for a very special event!
Please contact if your organisation would like to come along to the event and give an indication of the numbers of staff and volunteers who will be attending.
We will also be providing organisations with certificates for their volunteers, as recognition for their volunteer contribution
Please get in touch if you would like to sign your organisation up for certificates.
You do not need to attend the Celebration Event to receive the certificates.
Please email: with numbers.

VSGWL welcomes the new Development Officer Team
Our staff numbers have grown substantially over the last 8 weeks, with new Lead Development Officer, James Proctor, being joined by four part-time colleagues: Jennifer Ba, Isobel Denholm, Linda Lockie and Pam Roccio.
The development team will be out and about over the next few weeks to listen to the needs of third sector organisations, so please get in touch if you would like arrange a chat.

Scottish Government support for increased use of pre-recorded evidence.
New legal guidance from one of Scotland’s most senior judges will improve the use of pre-recorded evidence from child and vulnerable witnesses during criminal trials.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has welcomed the practice note, launched by Lady Dorrian, which follows the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) Evidence and Procedure Review.
The new practice note aims to promote greater use of existing legislation which allows for the pre-trial recording of such evidence, while ensuring that hearings elicit comprehensive, accurate and reliable evidence. Pre-recorded evidence reduces the requirement to give evidence in court and minimises the risk of further trauma to the witness.
The Scottish Government is committed to provide practical and financial support to help ensure that the practice note is implemented and more child and vulnerable adult witnesses can provide pre-recorded evidence.
Mr Matheson said: “Giving evidence during a criminal trial can be a stressful event for anybody but particularly so for children and vulnerable adult witnesses. We want to ensure that they have all the necessary support to reduce anxiety and ensure they can give their best evidence, while maintaining the necessary rights of accused persons.
“I therefore very much welcome Lady Dorrian’s new legal practice note as it is one of the first steps, in what I see, as a journey to improve the experiences of children and vulnerable witnesses in our criminal justice system.
“As I have said previously, we must strengthen our system of support for child and vulnerable witnesses and I consider that in many cases the use of pre-recorded evidence will be the best way to do this.
“We will offer practical and financial support to take forward this important aim as well as considering whether further legislative changes are necessary to enable the even greater use of pre–recorded evidence for child and vulnerable adult witnesses.”
Existing legislation in Scotland already allows for the pre-recording of evidence by both children and adults who are vulnerable witnesses, through evidence taken by a commissioner, appointed by the court. Evidence of the vulnerable witness can be taken in full, including examination, cross-examination and re-examination. It is video recorded and the recording is later received in evidence at the subsequent trial or court hearing.


West Calder and Harburn CDT are Recruiting
Job Title
: Communications, Marketing & Resource Development Worker
Salary: £24,000pa, pro rata
Hours: 0.4 – 0.6FTE (15 to 22.5 hours pw)
Fixed Term for 2 years
The Trust has received funding through West Lothian Development Trust to appoint a development worker to develop and implement its communications strategy, including a community website.
For more information, and an application form, please mail, or telephone Matt Pearce on 01506872931.

Early Years Practitioners Vacancies in West Lothian
Hours of Work: 17.5 hours per week over 52 weeks per year
£19,382 per annum (Point 19 on the scale 19 – 22)
Fixed Term for 9 months from start date
Applicants’ qualifications should be consistent with those required to register as a Practitioner with SSSC (e.g. HNC Early Education & Childcare or SVQ Level 3/4 Children’s Care, Learning and Development)
A full, current driving licence with own transport insured for business use and PVG Scheme membership are required.
Working with families and their children aged 0-5 years in targeted settings within the local communities of Boghall and Blackburn, you will:
– Be responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating shared play and learning experiences
– Provide baby massage sessions. Training can be given.
– Foster positive relationships between parents and children
– Support children’s learning and development
You should have a sound knowledge of current and emerging practice within the field of Early Learning and Childcare settings.
Inspired?  If successful, we will invest in you by:
– Valuing your innovative, can-do approach
– Being responsive to your ideas and creativity
– Providing CPD opportunities within working hours that will enrich your practice and career profile
Closing date for applications:  Friday 12 May 2017           Interviews will be held on Friday 26 May 2017
Please visit the Early Years Scotland website to download the application form and full post information. Please do not send CVs as only completed Early Years Scotland application forms will be considered. For more information, please contact Gail Squires on 0141 221 4148.

VAS is recruiting!
VAS is currently recruiting for two posts: a Business Support Officer and an Office Administrator. Both roles are based at our central Glasgow office.
Business Support Officer – £23 – £25,000
The Business Support Officer will ensure the effective delivery of our organisations’ services and support to the 32 Third Sector Interfaces across Scotland. A major part of this role will be to further develop and maintain our internal operations and office systems, such as data management, finance, HR and compliance processing. We expect this role to be pivotal to a well-run organisation at the heart of our network.
Office Administrator – £18,000
The Office Administrator will support the effective delivery of our organisations’ services and support to our members. A major part of this role will be to provide effective administration support, including being the first point of contact for telephone and email enquiries from members, stakeholders and the general public. Keeping our office and its systems well run is core to our organisation’s success and this role will be a key part of that.
Full details, including how to apply are available on our website. Alternatively contact us by email
Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 28th April 2017.

Senior Financial Inclusion Officer vacancy with Five Lamps
Job Title:
Senior Financial Inclusion Officer
Based at Dunfermline, Five Lamps’ Scotland Head Office. There will be multi-location working across Scotland (primarily Fife, West Lothian and Falkirk) and consequently the post is designated as ‘essential car user’.
37 hours per week. Flexible hours (evenings and weekend working may be required)
Responsible to: Contract Manager
Salary Scale: SCP 20 – 24 (£20,257 – £22,897)
Job Purpose:
An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead the operational delivery of Five Lamps financial inclusion services within Scotland, initially focussed within Fife, West Lothian and Falkirk, building high quality and enduring relationships with stakeholders and communities.
Contract Period:
We are seeking a dynamic individual to lead the operational delivery of our new service in Scotland. Based in Dunfermline you will manage 4 shop units supporting customers to access affordable loans, budgeting advice and other financial services.
To apply, download an application pack from our website
The closing date for this post is 2 May 2017 @ 12 noon. If you have not had a reply by 9 May 2017 please assume your application has been unsuccessful.
To book an appointment for an informal discussion regarding these vacancies please contact Amy Baker on (01642) 608316.
Job Description   Person Specification

Financial Inclusion Officer vacancy with Five Lamps
Job Title:
Financial Inclusion Officer
Based from one of our shop units in either Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Falkirk or Bathgate
Negotiable (various contracts available from 16 to 37 hours per week). Flexible hours (evenings and weekend working may be required)
Responsible to:
Contract Manager
Salary Scale: SCP 10 – 12 (£15,231 – £16,509)
Job Purpose: An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of Five Lamps financial inclusion services within Scotland, initially focussed within Fife, West Lothian and Falkirk
Contract Period:
We are recruiting a number of Financial Inclusion Officers. Full and part time contracts available, working from one of our shops in either Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Falkirk or Bathgate.
To apply, download an application pack from our website
The closing date for this post is 2 May 2017 @ 12 noon. If you have not had a reply by 9 May 2017 please assume your application has been unsuccessful.
To book an appointment for an informal discussion regarding these vacancies please contact Amy Baker on (01642) 608316.
Job Description   Person Specification


Macmillan @ West Lothian
Could you give some time to helps us offer support and information to anyone affected by cancer at our drop in sessions in partnership centres and libraries throughout West Lothian?
Volunteers can come from any background, should have good communication skills and a helpful, friendly manner.
Full training and support will be provided. To find out more contact Macmillan @ West Lothian on 01506 283053 or email

Generation Arts seeks new committee members
Generation Arts is charitable organisation based in West Lothian, run by a volunteer committee of retired professionals with an interest and / or skills in the arts, business and elderly. We have been successfully in operation for 15 years and are seeking two new committee members following the retirement of two long standing members. The committee meet on the first Tuesday of the month in Livingston, for two hours at a time. We are a not for profit organisation running dance and music classes, events and other projects for older people living in West Lothian. We have two part-time freelance workers who coordinate the annual programme of activity across community centres and care facilities in West Lothian. Each year the workers and committee raise funds to deliver projects in the community, in care homes and in day centres across West Lothian. We also work in partnership with other older peoples services in West Lothian.
We would dearly love to hear from people who have two hours a month to volunteer to help in the running of our fantastic organisation! Please see our website for more information on what we do and call or email our Coordinator to find out more about us.

Volunteer Drivers
Could you spare two – three hours a week to drive an older person to a group. The Cyrenians OPAL Service supports people over 60 to get out and about socially in their own community. One of the biggest barriers people face when they are not as mobile as they used to be is accessing transport. A volunteer driver can make a huge difference to someone’s life by driving them to a group and dropping them back home again. Our volunteer Sandy describes, “Getting the satisfaction of helping someone to have a more active life. It’s a pleasure to help.” Our drivers are paid 45pence per mile and are not required to do any moving and handling. If you would like more information please call 01506 815815 or email This role does require a PVG disclosure check which we will organise.

Brunch Club Assistant at Mansewood Court, Whitburn
Bield are currently looking for several committed and energetic volunteers to support the Brunch Club at Mansewood Court in Whitburn, a week, any weekday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
To apply, log onto or contact Lynn McQueen on 01501 743 253.
– Training and support provided
– Out-of-pocket Expenses Paid
– Regular Commitment Required

Volunteer Social Activity Co-ordinator at Ochilview Court, Armadale
Bield are currently looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to support our tenants at Ochilview Court, Bield’s Retirement Housing Development in Armadale, to deliver their existing social activity programme and to develop new ideas.
Various days available on a weekly basis, in the afternoon.
To apply, log onto or contact Mabelanne Fraser on 01501 732 731
– Training and support provided
– Out-of-pocket Expenses Paid
– Regular Commitment Required

Volunteer Social Activity Co-ordinator at Mansewood Court, Whitburn
Bield are currently looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to support our tenants at Manswewood Court, Bield’s Retirement Housing Development in Whitburn, to deliver their existing social activity programme and to develop new ideas.
Various days available on a weekly basis, in the afternoon.
To apply, log onto or contact Lynn McQueen on 01501 743 253
– Training and support provided
– Out-of-pocket Expenses Paid
– Regular Commitment Required

Scottish Rural Action seeks Volunteers
Scottish Rural Action aims to be a powerful voice for the people of rural Scotland and can provide support and direction for individuals/communities to volunteer with us and campaign on local and national issues affecting rural Scotland.
We are currently seeking volunteers from across Scotland who live rurally and would like to campaign on issues of greatest importance in Scotland, as well as campaigning on issues identified by themselves locally. SRA has consulted over 1500 people across rural Scotland to identify key areas for prioritising in 2017/18 as Digital Connectivity (Broadband and Mobile signal), Transport, Land, Business and Democracy and Governance.
To equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge required for campaigning, SRA are running a free two-day workshop ‘How to develop a rural campaign’ which is open to SRA members over the age of 16. Membership can be applied for prior to the training and is free of charge. Participants will go on to support the work of Scottish Rural Action in campaigning on the issues of greatest importance to rural Scotland, as well as leading their own campaigns.
For more information, please contact Fiona Thompson, Volunteering & Campaigns Coordinator on 079388 907767


Managing Event Volunteers
This course has been designed to support you to develop the skills and knowledge to effectively recruit, manage and make the most of event volunteering. We will share with you examples of where event volunteering has worked and explore some examples where it hasn’t. It will also allow you to share your experiences and learn from others in the same position as you.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
•     Communicate how volunteers can add value to your event.
•     Attract the right volunteers for the right roles.
•     Develop a plan for managing volunteers running up to and on event day.
•     Assess your volunteers’ contribution to the event.
When will it run?
•     Wednesday 3rd of May 2017, 10.30 – 16.30 in Stirling
•     Thursday 20th July 2017, 10.30 – 16.30 in Stirling
All courses are delivered at Volunteer Scotland’s office in Stirling, Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ.

Women N2 Work Training Course
Access2employment are offering a 6 week course for women who have been long term unemployed, lone parents, living with health problems and/or who have had life changing issues and feel it’s time to MOVE ON…
This is a transformational ‘Personal Development’ course to help women improve their:-
– Self-esteem
– Confidence
– Motivation
– Personal and Career goals
– Skills to access Education, Training and Employment
We Can Provide Bus tickets
Where and When:
Broxburn Family Centre, 1-3 Henderson Place, EH52 6EY
Starts 25th April – 8th June 2017
3 days per week Tues to Thurs 9.30am -2.30pm
For Further Information
Call June Sloan on 077993 40008 or Tracey Robertson 07899 063543 Or Freephone: 0800 032 9768 Email:


Volunteers’ Week 2017
To celebrate volunteers’ week the West Lothian Volunteer Network and The Voluntary Sector Gateway will be hosting a number of Volunteer Fairs in West Lothian, to inform and recruit potential volunteers.
The dates of these fairs will be:
Thursday the 1st of June- Bathgate Partnership Centre
10am-12 noon
Tuesday the 6th of June- Craigshill Mall
10am-12 noon
Wednesday the 7th of June- Livingston Centre (Spaces Full)
Stalls are available to volunteer involving organisation in West Lothian. The fairs are a great opportunity to spread awareness of your service, and gain new volunteers.
Please get in touch with Joanne McKenzie if you would like a stall at either The Bathgate or Craigshill Fairs.

Dyslexia Scotland West Lothian – Open Meeting
The Branch’s next Open Meeting will take place on Wednesday, 26th April 2017 at West Lothian College, Almondvale Crescent, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7EP from 7pm to 9pm.
Our topic this month is dyslexia friendly software and apps, which can help address many difficulties associated with dyslexia. The guest speaker this month is Craig Mill from CALL Scotland (University of Edinburgh) who admits that he ispassionate about assistive technology. He is also great at explaining how to set up and use software/apps – even if you are not a computer expert!
After Craig’s talk, there will be an opportunity to chat over a cup of tea and have a look at our information table. Everyone is welcome to come along and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
If you would like more information in the meantime, please contact us at

West Calder Spring Festival
The West Calder Spring Festival is almost upon us. Saturday 22nd April will see our inaugural Spring event spanning multiple locations in the village.
– Skate Demonstrations, Archery, Fun Bowling, Dancing, Craft Fair And More.
Please see flyer for full list of events.
Get Involved – Free Food
You can do your bit for the event.  We need volunteers to help with setup in Union Square for an hour from 9am and at the end of the day at 3pm.
If you can spare an hour, please email us to let us know.
All volunteers will be provided with breakfast or donuts as appropriate.

Livingston Art Association’s Annual Art Exhibition
The President and Members of Livingston Art Association request the pleasure of your company at the Private View of their
47th Annual Exhibition
Howden Park Centre
Friday 28th April 2017
7 for 7.30pm
The Exhibition continues until Sunday 28th May and is open from 10am to 4pm daily
No need to RSVP, just come along if you are free.

Consultation event for Women in Bathgate
The Scottish Women’s Convention is funded to engage with women throughout Scotland in order that their views might influence key decision makers and politicians.
A consultation event is being held in Bathgate on Friday 26th May (leaflet).
Time: Registration 10.30am, Start 11.00am – 1.30pm
Venue: Kaim Park Hotel, Bathgate EH48 1EP
To find out more information about the format of the day or if you would like to attend please contact us on 0141 339 4797 or email

Edinburgh Strategic Commissioning Forum
We are holding a series of free Strategic Commissioning Forums across Scotland over the next few months – including Edinburgh at COSLA Conference Centre, Haymarket on 4th May.
The event is from 9.30am (for 10am start) – 3pm and lunch, teas and coffees will be provided. More information and booking details can be found here:

A future for Edinburgh’s children – a consultation
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
EVOC are hosting a consultation to invite comments from third sector organisations working with children, young people and their families about the Edinburgh Integrated Plan for Children and Young People.
We will be joined by Nick Croft, Partnership and Locality Manager, Strategy and Insight Division, City of Edinburgh Council who will be taking us through the details of the plan.
Over the past few months, City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian and EVOC have been involved in bringing together the Edinburgh Integrated Plan for Children and Young People. This plan is being developed in response to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, which requires that statutory bodies and their partners work together to safeguard, support and promote the wellbeing of children and young people.
We hope that you will be able to join us to provide your feedback about the future of services for children and young people in Edinburgh.
Refreshments will be provided.
The Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL


Catch Creative animation package promotion for Small Charities Coalition Members
We have teamed up with film production company Catch Creative to exclusively offer our members an animation package deal. This will allow you to not only increase your marketing and fundraising for a reduced market cost, but you will also get free promotion to guarantee your film has a minimum audience of over 20,000 people.
You can find out more here.
Catch Creative will be there to support you throughout the process, from idea generation to developing a marketing plan once the animation is complete.
The benefits of animations:
– Communicate quickly and concisely.
– Visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text.
– 90% of information that’s transmitted to the brain is visual.
– Cost effective, easy to understand, engaging and shareable.
– Shows scenes that a camera could never film.
The animation package:
– A fully animated film.
– Storyboard.
– Choice of animation style.
– Creative meetings.
– Choice of voice over artist.
– Professionally recorded voiceover.
– Royality free music.
– Sound effects.
 – One full set of changes.

The experts’ rate is £1375 for up to 30 seconds of animated video and £2250 for up to 60 seconds of animated video. Each additional minute will be charged at £995. All prices exclude VAT. This may seem expensive compared to other promotions that we share with you, but if animation is something you are considering, this offer is really good value for money.
Video Promotion
Once created, Catch Creative will advise you on a range of promotional and marketing strategies for your film, including how to maximise the reach and exposure of your release. This detailed advice from experts in digital content is completely free as it is included in the package deal.
In addition, Small Charities Coalition will also post your film on our Facebook and Twitter pages – putting it in front of an audience of over 20,000 people.
Find out more about Catch Creative’s services at Alternatively, contact them on or 0207 164 6623.


Top Ten Tips for Funding
1. Review your constitution
It’s really important you review your constitution regularly: it is your governing document and tells you how your organisation must be run so make sure it is fit for purpose before planning any projects or applying for funds.
2. Do your homework
Always read the funder’s guidelines and the information on their website about work they’ve supported in the past and what they want to fund. It might sound obvious but often groups or organisations spend a lot of time applying to funders who have specific criteria or aims that they don’t meet.
3. Plan ahead
Preparing applications and going through the process can take a number of weeks, if not months. Many funders will have deadlines throughout the year so diarise when you need to submit your application and give yourself plenty of time from applying to when you need the funds in place.
4. Be specific
Make sure to answer the basic questions clearly and concisely when describing your work and how the funds will be spent: Why is it needed? Who will benefit? How many will benefit? How will they benefit? Where will it take place? What will happen if the project doesn’t take place? How will you evaluate your success?
5. Get your facts and figures right
Make sure your application is fact based and your numbers add up. Specify all costs and break down the figures so that the funder understands where you have got your numbers from and include quotations and estimates rather than approximate figures or guessing how much things will cost.
6. Get in touch
Many funders will be pleased to hear from you- once you’ve read through their guidelines- if you have questions and to discuss your application. It shows that you are keen to work together and understand what they are looking for and also gives the funder the chance to learn more about the work that you do.
7. Make sure you’ve enclosed all the documents requested
You’ll normally be asked to share a copy of your constitution and your annual accounts along with other supporting documents and policies. This is a great way of showing your organisation’s credibility, that your finances are properly managed and that you adhere to any applicable guidelines for example Child Protection Policy.
8. Check, check and check again!
Compare your application with the funders guidelines and make sure you’ve answered all questions and addressed all points. Make sure your spelling and grammar are correct too.
9. Ask someone to read your application
It’s a great idea to ask someone outside the organisation to have a read through your application – many things that may be obvious to you might be difficult to understand or vague to someone unfamiliar with your work. If they can understand the proposal then it’s likely the grant assessor will too. CVS Falkirk is happy to review applications and offer guidance with funding applications.
You’ve secured the funds – congratulations. The work doesn’t stop here though! Remember to record any statistics, case studies, photographs etc. that you need for your monitoring report and submit it before the deadline. It’s really important to meet the funder’s conditions of grant and could help with future funding bids.
Information from

West Lothian LEADER – Rural Funding Programme 2014-2020
£2.17 million of funding for community led local development in West Lothian
LEADER supports innovative and original projects that are driven and run by local communities, businesses and organisations.
If you have an idea for a project that meets with the themes of our Local Development Strategy it may be eligible for funding.
Theme 1: Well-connected Communities
Including digital inclusion, affordable transport, knowledge sharing and partnership working.
Theme 2: Stronger Communities
Including improved skills, access to job opportunities, sustainable social enterprises and small businesses, reduced rural poverty, financial inclusion, making the most of community assets, health and wellbeing.
Theme 3: Improved Local Environment
Including heritage, landscape, environment and tourism.
For more information, please visit

Great Place Scheme
A pilot scheme has been launched to fund activities which aim to increase the role of local heritage in communities across Scotland. The Great Place Scheme wants to strengthen the networks between heritage, civic and community organisations through a series of projects that will bring citizens and local businesses together. Applications are now open for funding packages of between £100,000 and £1,000,000, delivered over a period of up to three years. Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest by 12pm on 8th JuneDownload full guidance pack.

Pink Ribbon Foundation Grants
The Pink Ribbon Foundation has announced it is now accepting applications for its 2017 funding round and the closing date will be the 26th May 2017. The Foundation is a grant making trust that provides financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant. Applications from general cancer charities must demonstrate that the grants requested will be applied to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Where applications relate to general services, details must be given of how many (and what proportion) of the total number benefiting from the charity’s work are affected by breast cancer.
Further information is available online:

The Cash4Clubs fund has re-opened for applications and sports clubs can apply for grants of £250 to £1000 for a wide range of sports facilities, equipment and activities. Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sport’s National Governing Body or local authority. Applicants should show how their club works with the community, how the funding will benefit them, and what their long-term goals and aspirations for the club are. Sports clubs have until 26th May 2017 to apply and winners of the 2017 funding round will be announced in August. Visit their website for more information:

Funding To Develop An Effective Web Presence
The Transform Foundation has funding available to help charities to develop an effective web presence. In collaboration with Raising IT, the largest UK provider of charity websites, the £18,000 funding package will help to equip charities with:
• The technology to transform their organisation
• A digital engagement focused strategy to futureproof the charity
• A professionally designed website to inspire supporters
• Measurement built in to help the charity track results and maximise impact.
The grants will cover 100 per cent of the upfront costs which means that grant recipient will only need to fund ongoing costs. To be eligible, applicants must have an income of between £400,000 and £20 million. (Organisations outside of this income range may apply, but depending on the nature of the project, a preliminary discussion may be required to determine whether it is appropriate). The first step is to submit an online application. Charities will hear back in one week whether they’ve been selected for stage 2. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until at least the first half of 2017:

Comic Relief- New Grants Available
Comic has launched some new grants initiatives that may be of interest to your organisation or your networks. Full details of the funds and how to apply can be found though the links below.
UK Grants
#iwill Youth Social Action Fund
HIV in the UK: Think Digital
International Grants
Youth and HIV: Think Afresh

Big Bike Revival
The Big Bike Revival in Scotland is an initiative to support the Scottish Government’s vision of 10% of journeys by bike by 2020. It aims to get more people cycling, which is the mission that sits at the core of Cycling UK, its members and the network of sustainable cycling groups that it supports.
The Big Bike Revival in Scotland will give organisations the tools to engage with the community and the funding to present opportunities for individuals to repair old bikes that have been lying in the shed for years, learn how to keep it serviceable and gain the confidence to make local journey by bike that replace trips typically made by motorised vehicles.
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 100 organisations across Scotland to run a range of Big Bike Revival events and led cycle rides that engage locals during May and June – and we have small grants (£1000) to help you deliver:
– Opportunities to get bikes fixed, and people taught how to maintain them
– Events that showcase a range of bikes that meet different needs
– Cycle training to help people feel more confident to cycle on the road
– Led rides that help people find and use their local cycle paths and low traffic routes
It’s more fun with new friends!
If you are a cycle club or group why not link up with another local organisation and/or bike shop or recycling centre to help spread the love of cycling? We want to reach out to people that don’t cycle, so your activities must target people out with your group and focus on helping them undertake purposeful journeys e.g. to work, education, to the shops.
What next?
We’re getting ready to launch the Big Bike Revival in May, so get in touch and let us know you are interested in getting involved! We have dedicated Big Bike Revival Development Officers who can help you out with every step of the way.
If you don’t need a small grant but would still like to get involved please let us know as we have BBR events packs to send out to help you spread the word about your activities, as well as access to our extensive online communications.
For more information or an application form either call me (Ralph) 07887567934 or email

Second Round of Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund opens in June 2017
Rosa is the first and only UK-wide fund for women, with a mission to leverage gender equality and social justice. Set up in 2008, they’ve distributed over £600K in grants to 100 organisations run by and for women, led the multi-million pound Tackling FGM Initiative, published evidence of inequality and reports on the case for change, as well as running the Voices from the Frontline programme to support activists. Rosa has been awarded £2.2M from VAT receipts on sanitary products, via HM Treasury and the Department for Media, Culture and Sport for a programme of grants and support to small grassroots women’s groups. The second round of the Woman to Woman fund will open in June. Find out more here.

Scotch Whisky Action Fund now open to applications for 2017
The Fund is looking to support and develop a range of projects/initiatives which will deliver targeted interventions designed to tackle alcohol-related harms across three themes:
– Young people (aged under 18)
– Families
– Communities
Awards of up to £25,000 for a one year period can be made through this Fund. There are two categories of award as follows:
Seedcorn funding – Awards made under this category could fund new initiatives and test out innovative approaches designed to reduce alcohol-related harm. Awards could also be used to fund existing smaller scale projects that are seeking to expand or develop their services.  You must tell us how you plan to evaluate your project if seeking an award under this category. Please note that whilst you can apply for up to £25,000 under this strand, an award of this level would only be granted in exceptional circumstances. In practice, we would expect to make awards in the region of £10,000 for new or innovative projects.
Growth and Development  Awards made under this category could fund projects that are seeking to consolidate and build on emerging, successful practice in relation to the reduction of alcohol-related harm. You must be able to provide evidence of any evaluation of your work to date. We will look for evidence that the project is needed and that the approach taken has proven to be effective.
For 2017, the closing date for the receipt of applications will be 30 June 2017 with applications being considered by the Awards Panel in September 2017.
All potential applicants to the Fund should ensure that they read the Fund profile prior to making an application to the Fund as this contains further details on the types of organisations, activities and costs that could be supported through the programme. Applicants should also ensure that they submit the appropriate supporting documentation with their application as not doing so could lead to delays in the processing of your application.
We would greatly appreciate it if you could pass this information on to other colleagues and organisations to let them know that the Fund has now re-opened.
For further details about the Fund, including the fund profile and guidance notes, and to access the online application form please see our website at Alternatively you can access the online form directly via the following link:

Bank of Scotland Foundation
With any community, there will be a diverse collection of individuals and charities tackling local issues. Some issues will be unique to the local area, others will be replicated across the country or parts of it. This programme feels it is important to help individuals and groups work together to ensure a better quality of life within their community.
Small Grants Programme
The Bank of Scotland Foundation Small Grants Programme accepts applications between £1,000 and £10,000 from charities registered in Scotland. They particularly wish to help with developing and improving communities. Practical ways of making this happen include:
Initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded.
Working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation.
Improving the standard of local facilities.
Medium Grants Programme
The Bank of Scotland Foundation Medium Grants Programme accepts applications between £10,001 and £25,000 from charities registered in Scotland. They particularly wish to help with:
Developing and improving local communities
Initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded.
Working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation.
Improving the standard of local facilities.
Financial literacy and financial inclusion
Promoting financial awareness and money advice.
Enhancing debt counselling services within the community.
Supporting life-skills in all age group and sections of the community.
The closing dates for applications for both programmes for 2017 are:
7 July 2017
6 October 2017

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The Robertson Trust
The Robertson Trust is an independent Scottish grant-making trust which exists to provide financial support to charities as defined by the Law of Scotland. In practice, this enables the Trustees to donate to a wide range of charitable objectives where the work takes place in, or has an impact on Scotland. The Trust aims to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities across Scotland by tackling disadvantage and supporting Scottish charitable organisations.
The new Giving Strategy 2016-19 has three funding strands:
Care & Wellbeing
Strengthening Communities
Realising Potential
The Grant Programme offers:
Small Grants up to £10,000 per year
Main Grants above £10,000 per year.
Enterprise Grants.
Trustees meet every two months, usually in May, July, September, November, January and March. The Trust does not publish deadlines for each meeting and you are advised to submit your applications when it is ready. The Giving Strategy 2016-19 is now live and applicants can now view the updated guidelines here.
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Contact: The Robertson Trust, Tel: 0141 353 7300 [ e-mail | website ]

Funding Scotland
Signposting funding opportunities for charities, community groups and social enterprises across Scotland
This free online search engine can be used to find funding for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Funding Scotland lists small and large grants that support big capital projects, communities and projects in Scotland. Users can search by geographical area, main activities and main beneficiaries.
Funding opportunities for individuals or businesses are not listed. The most recently updated funds appear on the search page. This website is owned and maintained by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the umbrella body for Scotland’s third sector.
Contact: Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Tel: 0800-169-0022 [ e-mail | website ]
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