Last week for early bird rates - deafscotland Annual Conference: ‘Connect and Capitalise - Right Design for Communication' - Tuesday 17 March 2020
It’s the last week for early bird rates for the Deafscotland Annual Conference ‘Connect and Capitalise – Right Design for Communication’. It’s on Tuesday 17 March 2020 in Glasgow at DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central.
Their vision is: Right design for communication, making the most out of capacity building, resilience development and community cohesion towards Communication For All. #CommunicationForAll #BSLForAll #ConnectUsToo
They have three fantastic keynote speakers on the day. They also have a variety of workshops for you to attend. On the day, their market place will have 30 different exhibitors.
Conference rates for members – different categories from £68.00 and non-members £92.00 (excluding Eventbrite admin fee).
For tickets and more information on our conference, please click the link below:
They do have some sponsorship packages available for the conference. They also have very limited market stall spaces available. Please get in touch at: email@example.com.
Early bird rates finishes on Friday 31 January 2020, before the price increases to standard rates – members – different categories from £98.00 and non-members £122.00 (excluding Eventbrite admin fee).
Please find below attached a two page Flyer advertising details of a Mental Health First Aid Armed Forces Community course that will be delivered in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, on Wed 18th & Thu 19th March 2020.
This particular course is being delivered on behalf of Poppyscotland with grant funding assistance from the Scottish Government’s Scottish Veterans Fund. As such, the course will be free of charge for those attending although, because of the specific funding criteria attached to this particular course, places will be allocated to those supporting veterans in Scotland such as SSAFA and RAFA caseworkers, Legion Scotland volunteer befrienders, the staff/volunteers of military charities, Service & Regimental Associations and veterans clubs and groups etc.
As shown on the Flyer, applications for places on the course should be made directly to Jenna McCormick at Poppyscotland via the contact details provided.
West Lothian Council are currently developing the Childrens Services Plan (CSP) for 2020 - 2023, unfortunately the usual tight timescale. Council Officers are very keen to ensure that views and areas of good practice from the 3rd sector are embedded in the plan.
You are invited to attend a meeting on Monday 3rd February 2-4pm, (Venue TBC). The aim of the meeting is to hold a constructive, practical, facilitated workshop where forum members can gain further information from Council staff on the CSP process and then actively contribute to the development of the plan.
This is a good opportunity to fully engage in the construction of a strategic plan in partnership with the Council, despite the tight timescale, and all of our busy workloads, it would be great to see a good attendance at this meeting.
If you are interested and would like to attend, please contact:
Youth Action Project
Home-Start West Lothian have;
1 x 2 seater settee
6 x office chairs - fixed base
3 x revolving office chairs
Available to anyone who wants them, collection only! Contact Home-Start West Lothian on
West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network have put together severe weather boxes to provide initial support during adverse conditions. For more information on the scheme or where the boxes can be accessed, contact West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01501 643888.
Please download the document below for more details.
We are delighted to announce that we have secured funding from Building Safer Communities to provide some dedicated support from Evaluation Support Scotland to help practitioners to test out the Measuring What Matters evaluation framework for unintentional injury. Please see below for more information. We are keen to encourage applications from the third sector and would be very grateful if you could share with your partners doing work to prevent unintentional injury.
Are you looking for support to help you measure what matters?
Then perhaps the new evaluation framework which we have been working on can help you.
Earlier this year, the Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) and Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) brought together practitioners from across the sector to develop an evaluation framework to help those working in the field to have a better understanding about their outcomes and how to measure what matters in their work to prevent unintentional harm.
We are now offering practitioners the opportunity to test out the framework in their own area of work. Whether you run safety talks for young people, provide home safety advice, help people access equipment or train other practitioners on unintentional harm, this is a great opportunity to access free evaluation support and shape a new resource.
What we can offer:
To take part we ask that you send a note of interest to Nicola Swan (email@example.com) by the end of this week (24th January) and she will be in touch to share some more detail.
The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is starting a new project being delivered here in West Lothian, with the purpose to:
Although the numbers of spaces are limited should you be interested in attending please respond directly to my colleague Joanna Anderson, Community Planning Development Officer, by email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on behalf of Area Commander David Lockhart, Local Senior Officer for Falkirk and West Lothian, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Dear Voluntary Sector Organisations,
Under the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012, as the appointed Local Senior Officer for the West Lothian area, I am responsible for the Local Fire and Rescue Plan for West Lothian.
Following publication of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Strategic Plan 2019-22 in October 2019, I will be reviewing and revising our Local Fire and Rescue Plan for the West Lothian area over the next few months. This review is to ensure our local priorities align to our new strategic ambitions, as well as remaining relevant to local risk.
To support the review, my team and I will be assessing a range of statistics to determine if our activities are having the desired impact and to confirm future priority areas.
Our primary focus will remain on the delivery of our core functions, but we will also consider how we may collaborate more to expand our reach and support a wider range of local needs.
As a Voluntary Sector Organisations, your views are an important part of this review and as such, I wish to invite you to participate in a short survey. The survey is available online on the SFRS Consultation Hub and will be open until 18 March 2020.
In due course, I will prepare a report on the outcome of the review. This will inform what revisions will be required in the next iteration of the Local Fire and Rescue Plan for West Lothian.
If you wish to discuss this further or wish to discuss any other fire and rescue service matter, please do not hesitate to contact me on:
T: 01324610500 Cisco 3591
National Support Agencies come to West Lothian for the WLSEN matchmaking event of the year!
Regardless of what you need help with, WLSEN can match you up with someone who can help e.g. Finance, Feasibility Studies, Legal stuff, Business Planning, Leadership Training, Procurement, Start Up etc.
On the day support agencies will include:
Social Enterprise Accountancy
School for Social Entrepreneurs
The event is taking place on Thursday 13th February 2020 at Broxburn United Sports Club, 1 Albyn Park, Broxburn, EH52 5BP, from 10am until Noon.
Click here to confirm your attendance.
You are warmly invited along to the Polbeth Community Hub SCIO's stakeholder's Celebration Lunch on Wednesday 26th February at 12noon within Polbeth Community HUB. Bring the HUB’s stakeholders, partnerships and funders together to celebrate all the work the HUB has achieved in 2019 and highlight what is to come in 2020.
Please confirm your space via the link below, if you have any dietary requirement please contact them.
Please find here the link to the recently launched Inquiry into Social Care, which is being undertaken by the Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee.
As you know, the future of health and social care is an issue of growing importance within local communities across Scotland. More and more people are keen to ensure that their needs and expectations are met in increasingly challenging circumstances being faced by NHS Boards and local authorities. As part of its Inquiry, the Committee is seeking views from people with lived experience of receiving adult social care or being a carer for someone receiving care. We would like to hear:
1. Individual stories and experiences of social care in Scotland
2. What people would change about their experience of social care.
Within this, the Committee is keen to receive responses to the following four questions:
1. How should the public be involved in planning their own and their community’s social care services?
2. How should Integration Joint Boards commission and procure social care to ensure it is person-centred?
3. Looking ahead, what are the essential elements in an ideal model of social care (e.g. workforce, technology, housing etc.)?
4. What needs to happen to ensure the equitable provision of social care across the country?
The Call for Views closes on 20th February.
Also, you may be interested in this very helpful piece from the Parliament’s research service which gives a succinct and clear update of the status of health and social care integration in Scotland: https://spice-spotlight.scot/2019/12/17/where-does-health-care-end-and-social-care-begin-20-years-along-the-road-to-integration/
Please see below a flyer for our Linlithgow based Time for You event which is happening on the same Time for You Event - Linlithgow
Please see below the flyer for the Carer's of West Lothian's Linlithgow based Time for You event, on the same day at the Time for You Event at Sycamore House.
The Linlithgow based event is being funded by Linlithgow Rotary hence the geographical criteria that attendees have to be Linlithgow or EH49 based.
It is with regret and a heavy heart that The Larder has taken the decision to stop trading from their Calderwood Café:
"We would like to thank all of our customers, who came from all over West Lothian and the Calderwood estate, for their custom and loyalty, particularly to the social aims of The Larder. Without them, we would not have been able to provide the jobs and work placements for our students.
During our time in Calderwood, we created 6 jobs and supported 3 disadvantaged young people into work by supporting them to develop their confidence and skills for work. Whilst in employment all of our staff have the opportunity to continue their personal development journey through in-work training. Recently, Mirhan Smith, who started as a Café Assistant won Skills Development Scotland Apprentice of the Year at SCQF Level 5. In addition to creating employment, we were able to support 14 Employability Fund trainees to develop the skills and confidence through work experience placements. As a result of this valuable work experience, 57% moved into a positive destination.
Closing The Larder café at Calderwood will enable The Larder team to focus their efforts on supporting over 200 young people per year to be all that they can be. We will continue to operate from sites in Armadale Community Café, Fauldhouse and Strathbrock Partnership Centres as well as our bespoke training centre in Bellsquarry.
To our customers, we ask you to continue to support our cafes in these locations and keep up to date with new developments by signing up for our newsletter on our website."
Scottish Rural Action are recruiting a National Co-ordinator
This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the right person to play a key role in taking Scottish Rural Action forward into the next stages of the development of the Scottish rural movement. SRA and the Rural Parliament are already well established as a key part of the rural scene. The next stage of our work will build on this, working with rural communities across Scotland and with partner organisations and Government. It will mark an important period of change in SRA, as we re-structure to address this.
Are you interested? Do you know someone who may be? Are you passionate about the future of rural Scotland? Do you have a track record of organisation and project management? Do you have experience of working in partnership with a range of organisations at local or national levels? If so, this post presents a unique and very exciting opportunity to help develop a co-ordinated movement for rural Scotland.
More information about the post can be found HERE.
You can view and download the full job description HERE.
Please help us to disseminate this opportunity through your networks. Thank you.
Application Deadline: 5pm on Friday January 24, 2020.
If you wish to discuss this post, please phone: 01381 600736
This post is part-funded by the Scottish Government
Further information about the work of Scottish Rural Action is
available on www.sra.scot and www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk
Please note, we are issuing information about this vacancy through a number of different email contact lists, so some people may receive it more than once.
Our ARBD service is entering a very exciting period in its development, developing from primarily a Supported Accommodation to become the ARBD assessment centre for the city. It will provide the expertise required for a full assessment and will concentrate on supporting people to understand and better manage their diagnosis and access the most appropriate resources to support a good outcome.
Are you the person we need, understanding of ARBD, great leadership skills, clear vision of change management, experience of partnership working and want to manage our amazing team, then please have a look. You will be at the forefront of this sector leading service at a time of development, working with the Glasgow ARBD team, our service commissioners as well as the Penumbra team and all those we will support in their personal recovery.
You can apply for this position through the Penumbra Website at
Sign up to the Communities Call for Climate Action
Community organisations are being urged to sign up to the Communities Call for Climate Action. This calls for the Scottish Government to do more to tackle climate change and to recognise and support the role of community organisations in making the major changes that are necessary. The Call for Action has been written by a group of organisations working across Scotland to raise awareness and drive action towards solving the climate emergency. Individuals can sign up stating which community organisation they represent. The greater the number of sign-ups the stronger the Call for Action. Read, and sign up to, the Communities Call for Climate Action at https://www.climateaction.scot/
Polbeth Community HUB SCIO is currently recruiting a Community Development Worker. This post is a fixed-term contract for 3 years from the date of employment at 30 hours per week. However, these hours are negotiable.
Full information on this post can be found via the following link.
The West Lothian Voluntary Organisations Modernisation and Improvement Fund has been launched today, see guidance and application form here.
The deadline for applications is 08.00 A.M., Monday, 27th January 2020.
The West Lothian Foodbank was started by Whitburn Pentecostal Church in November 2012 with a handful of volunteers and served 20 clients from one combined storage point and distribution centre. Seven years later the foodbank has provided over 274,851 meals to 30,539 people in West Lothian. We have eleven distribution centres throughout West Lothian, a charity shop in Whitburn and a warehouse and offices in Livingston. The charity is manned by 250 volunteers, 4 full-time staff and two part-time staff. We work alongside 150 partner referral agencies such as schools, charities, churches, the police and local authority agencies.
For the past seven years, we have provided three days of emergency food to people in crisis who have been referred to us by our partners. This has been a vital service to people in great need. Our aim in the years ahead is to expand our service to include initiatives designed to help people out of poverty. Currently, 23% of people in West Lothian are living in poverty and the demand for our service is increasing year on year. This needs to change and we are committed to bringing that number down by helping people to avoid the need to use a foodbank.
Please consider joining our team of volunteers or follow us on social media:
Facebook: West Lothian Foodbank
Facebook: West Lothian Foodbank Charity Shop Whitburn
Around 250 community groups, social enterprises and charities across the country will receive a share of £11.5 million in 2019-20 through the new Scottish Government Investing in Communities Fund. Further funding each year over the next two years will allow recipients to create longer-term plans, helping more people to benefit from their projects.
For more information click here
Scottish Parliament Local Govt and Communities Committee is seeking views on how to achieve community wellbeing.
As well as looking to understand what is meant by community wellbeing, the Committee is seeking views on:
• The financial impact that poverty has on general community wellbeing (and the life chances of those living in poverty).
• The role of councils and other groups in advancing the wellbeing of their communities.
• The extent to which councils are investing in and improving the public health of communities.
• The effectiveness of organisations working together at community level, such as community planning partnerships and integrated authorities.
For more information and to share your views please click here.
Closing Date 22 January 2020