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Do you know an amazing small charity or social enterprise who could benefit from £10,000?
Applications for the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards are open. The CSJ Awards recognise outstanding and innovative small charities and social enterprises across the UK.
Six winners will receive a £10,000 grant and their work will be showcased in front of hundreds of leading figures from across the country. Previous award winners have been profiled on primetime television, had their services rolled out in every school across the UK and have secured additional funding as a result of the exposure that the CSJ Awards gave them.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 7th October. There are six awards handed out on the night:
Answer House are inviting you to their Annual General Meeting on Monday 2nd September 2019 @ 2:00pm. Please see the message from Robert Cook below for more information.
We cordially invite you to the 19th Annual General Meeting of ANSWER.
This will be held on Monday 2ndSeptember 2019 @ 2:00pm in the ‘ANSWER House’ Day Centre, Reveston Lane, Whitburn.
Please complete and return the attached tear-off slip to indicate whether or not you can attend, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.
Chair Person / Director
Broxburn Family Centre are offering SQA certified First Aid Training. The course dates are:
Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th September - 6:30pm - 9:30pm - (2 nights)
Saturday 7th September - 9:30am - 4:00pm
Click here for more information
Click here for more information and to access the full Childcare Training Programme.
West Lothian Council is hosting an information roadshow to promote Community Asset Transfer. Did you know that the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 allows for: • Community organisations to make requests to local authorities, Scottish Ministers and other public bodies, for the transfer of any land or buildings that they feel they could make better use of. • Significant new rights for community groups. • Asset transfer request can be made by a “Community Transfer Body” to a local authority or other “Relevant Authority”. • Community transfer body can ask to buy, lease, manage or use any land or buildings which belong to or are leased to the relevant authority. • No land or property assets are exempt from the provisions of the Act. To find out more on: West Lothian Council’s Community Asset Transfer Policy, Application Process, Support mechanisms and benefits of Asset Transfer please join officers from West Lothian Council at one of the following venues:
The Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland are running a family fun day at the Five sisters zoo on 13th August.
Here are some of the images captured on the day.
You can view the feedback from the event here!
The event was well attended – this included 35 different organisations, Council colleagues, Board members and the VSGWL team. We had 36 evaluation responses on the day.
All of those who completed the evaluation form learned about the new services offered by the VSGWL and that 78% felt that they have informed VSGWL of what support is needed for the sector over the next year.
We started the event with a networking lunch and 89% of people said they had an opportunity to network. Many of the comments we received highlighted how valuable the networking opportunity was and requested more time in future!
From the responses, 95% thought that the presentation and information provided on the services were relevant and that 92% were likely to use the information.
We had an activity to discuss the ways we can improve the Voluntary Organisations Budget for next year – 65% of people felt they had provided comments with 10% abstaining (possibly because they do not receive Council funding). The second part of the activity asked for people to provide comments on the wider strategy and vision for funding of the Third Sector.
Delegates welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the focus of the VSGWL over the next year and help shape the vision and strategy for the TSSG.
The venue for event was deemed suitable by 95% and 70% thought the catering was suitable.
Crucially, 98% of the responders felt that overall the event was worthwhile, and all think we should hold a similar event in the future.
We asked what were the two most useful things people got out of the event?
Mapping tool, data system, funding opportunity tool and the website
Contributing to Gateways knowledge of sectors needs
An opportunity to contribute, share ideas and use data previously collected
Found out where to get help with our Board
Learning more about VSGWL
Contributing to future strategy
Learning about the TSSG
Networking – meeting others in the sector and hearing about their services, opinions, and promoting my organisation and role
Direct engagement with CEO, and link with VSGWL staff
Quote “really enjoyed the event and look forward to future events”
Quote “VSGWL database development – invaluable”
Quote ”discussion across organisation on how to promote partnership working to meet needs of the community”
Quote “was a really good event”
We asked how could the event be improved? Here is a list of suggestions -
Label the food, and include veggie food
The (activity) questions need to be more focused – start with specific questions
List of attendees and organisations (by the door when you first come in)
Name badges to help with better networking
Agenda on the table
Agenda prior to the event – so have an idea about the activities
Not sending people to tables – missed others in the room
Have more regular events
More networking time
Attract more organisations from the sector
Do volunteer fairs on a regular basis
Thematic events throughout the community to engage with smaller organisations
Venue lacked cycle parking
CRT Scotland’s next Network Event will take place on the Fri 7 June at The Westerwood Hotel, 1 St Andrews Dr, Cumbernauld, Glasgow G68 0EW.
The day will provide an opportunity to meet with and hear from speakers from groups operating in coalfield areas on this year’s theme of health, as well as find out what’s new at CRT and catch up with colleagues.
The day will start at 10.30 with tea and coffee and finish by 3 with a break for lunch.
Spaces on this free event are limited, so to reserve yours please email email@example.com or contact us on 01259 230910.
Please see below an invitation from the Unforgotten Forces partner the Scottish Older People's Assembly (SOPA) for veterans aged 65 and older to attend an engagement event taking place at the Legion Club in Bathgate on Thu 13th June. The views, voices, issues and opinions gathered at this event will then be taken to SOPA's annual Scottish Parliamentary Assembly at Holyrood later this year in October. As such this will be a good opportunity for older veterans to help influence parliament and politicians etc. in regard to the issues that affect or matter to them. Refreshments, lunch and musical entertainment will also be provided (for free!).
Should you have any queries about this event, or wish to book a place, please contact Caroline Clark at SOPA on e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or tel: 0131 357 1277
Generation Arts are holding a variety show of local older and intergenerational talent in Bathgate on the afternoon of Sunday May 19th.
West Lothian Volunteer Network (WLVN) have organised a number of Volunteer Fairs in #WestLothian. Come along and find out more about volunteering in your area. Please share widely, thank you.
Do you have aspirations to run a successful community business? Or perhaps you support people and communities with enterprising ideas? Then this is the event for you!
Come along to Community Shares Scotland’s workshop to learn more about the community shares funding model and how it helps community businesses grow and thrive.
Edinburgh workshop registration – 14th May:
Glasgow workshop registration – 15th May:
What are Community Shares?
Community shares are a way for people to invest in what matters to them.
Community members buy shares in enterprises providing goods and services that meet their needs. In turn, the business is owned and governed by the community it serves. Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings, and above all, build stronger, more vibrant, and independent communities.
What will happen on the day?
The workshop will be practical and inspiring – with a focus on sources of free support and lots of success stories from the previous 5 years of the Community Shares Scotland programme.
This event is aimed at both community groups and intermediary support organisations. And there will be a tasty lunch!
Community litter pick, Dedridge
Saturday 27 April, 11am – 1pm, meet at James Young High School car park.
Pick up the plastic and bin the bottles to help clear up Dedridge Wood by taking part in this litter pick. Join your community and make a difference to your local area for people and wildlife.
All equipment provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This is a free event but booking will help us prepare for the day
As you may recall from last year, the Great Get Together takes place in June each year. Inspired by Jo Cox MP, the event aims to bring together communities to build connections, share all that they have in common and emphasise that there is more that unites than divides us.
A few weeks ago, the GGT team met with the Cab Sec for Communities and LG and the Minister for Older People and Equalities. They committed to the SG working closely with the Jo Cox Foundation to support promoting the Great Get Together in Scotland.
This year’s Great Get Together will take place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June.
Information on events that took place last year and some background to the Great Get Together can be found here.
If you have any questions please contact Samantha Broadley on Samantha.Broadley@gov.scot
Food Train are holding a pub quiz event on Friday 03 May. Please see the poster below for more details.
Every year, the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) holds events across the country to give charity trustees and staff the opportunity to hear about their latest developments, meet their staff and board and have a chance to ask them questions.
In their 2019 round of events they will discuss a range of topics, including:
To book a place, please click on the links below.