Information Bulletin - October 2013
Scottish Learning Festival 2013- Catch Up!
Glasgow 2014 - Baton Bearers
Glasgow 2014 need up to 4,000 baton bearers to help carry the baton around Scotland on the final leg of its journey, helping us to ensure the Games reach every person and every community in Scotland. Please find below a link and password to their digital toolkit, which we encourage you to use to share this opportunity with the people, groups, communities and networks you work with. Link: http://glasgow2014.com/batonbearer-digital-toolkit
Password: B@ton3elay (case sensitive)
Community baton bearers are recruited by nomination, and they need your help in making sure this information is available to a large number of people. Nominations are open until 22 November 2013.
To find out more go to www.glasgow2014.com/baton-relay
GCVS Training Programme
Our new Training Programme is out and is packed full of courses and events through to May 2014 with the usual discounted rates for GCVS members. More...
Call for a Scottish welfare system
SCVO has published a new paper on welfare, A Better State: Inclusive Principles for Scottish Welfare, which they describe as first in a series that will "lay out the third sector's vision and ambitions for the Scotland of the future", calling for a separate welfare system for Scotland, regardless of the outcome of next year's independence referendum. More...
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney MSP, recently lodged the draft Scottish Budget for 2014/15. This sets out the Scottish Governments spending plans for 2014/15 and crucially outlines the budget allocation for the coming year. Once again the core budget for the sector has been frozen with continued additional funding relating to change fund activities, such as £1million for reducing reoffending. The budget document discussed the importance of partnership working, the importance of the third sector in public service reform and continued support for community planning. A full copy of the budget can be found here.
The Scottish Government, COSLA and the National Community Planning Group have signed an updated agreement on "joint working on community planning and resourcing". In doing so they have embedded further the role of third sector interfaces in the community planning structure and stipulated the importance of including TSIs and the wider third sector. To read the full statement click here.
Clore Poetry and Literature Awards
The Clore Duffield Foundation has announced that the sixth funding round under its £1 million programme to fund poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people across the UK is now open for applications. Through the programme, schools, FE colleges, community groups, libraries and other arts/cultural organisations can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support participatory learning projects and programmes focused on literature, poetry and creative writing for under 19s. See http://www.cloreduffield.org.uk/page_sub.php?id=331&parent=35
Deadline: 7th March 2014
Money for Life Challenge Grants
Young Scot are proud to be working in partnership with College Development Network for a second year to deliver the Lloyds Bank Money for Life Challenge. The programme offers grants of £500 to teams of young people aged 16-24 in work-based learning, adult community learning, training organisations, and further education to run innovative money management projects that benefit their communities. The Money for Life Challenge helps young people throughout Scotland to develop the practical skills they need to navigate the changing financial landscape and empowers them to tackle poverty, welfare reform, and other financial issues in ways that are relevant and exciting to them. See https://www.moneyforlifechallenge.org.uk/
Deadline: 22nd November 2013
Enterprise Ready Fund
The ‘Enterprise Ready Fund' is a Scottish Government funded programme which will distribute up to £6M between 2013 to 2015 to help maintain, develop and grow Scotland's enterprising third sector. The Fund will provide grants of up to £250K to support the long-term development objectives of new, emerging and established third sector organisations in Scotland, with an annual income of up to £5M. The idea behind the Fund is to help organisations be in a strong financial position and therefore less reliant on grant funding. For more information (including deadlines for applications), visit the Foundation Scotland website
Book Week Scotland 2013: 25 Nov to 1 Dec
Book Week Scotland is set to return for another week of exciting events, competitions and special "surprises" for the country to enjoy. See http://scottishbooktrust.com/bookweekscotland for ideas on how you and your learners can become involved.
Understanding Social Enterprise in Colleges
Social enterprise is a new model of business that combines the best of entrepreneurship with clear and purposeful social aims. There are three, fully-funded, one-day workshops scheduled for college staff including one on Tuesday 26 November 2013 in Glasgow.
Following the workshop you and your students will be invited to An Emporium of Dangerous Social Enterprise Ideas in January 2014, which is supported by College Development Network and RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise. You can view further information and book online <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001s2s14tgq5ml9CdJylzgRxLGn_JMzCe1kqUG-m9nXFxW7uAUd9pkwb-Zw6PiffN2BVw6IItdXYJ2ymN5a8eZ4huNl_JclGPXhSfX0sEz9MlIkSoFn14lkiEOWVnMUA4V686hNV3sZaPXLYafyJvKBX7Ul3kBFnHGSCK2O2FC5k86Q8DPMOj_zcY3sRij7l-PmtJrlecnSKHUQJXFv3gA09bor--78TQ2MSS0kBDJqfxk=> via the Social Enterprise Academy website.
Glasgow's Healthier Future Forum 15 - ‘Excess' mortality in Scotland and Glasgow: developing an understanding
Date: 5th December 2013
Venue: Trades Hall, Glasgow
The 15th Healthier Future Forum will discuss research into Scotland's, and particularly Glasgow's, levels of 'excess' mortality - that is, mortality over and above that explained by socio-economic deprivation. This event is free to attend although places are limited therefore registration is required. To register please go to www.gcph.co.uk/events and complete the online registration form.
Scottish Learning Festival - Visitor Survey
If you attended this year's Scottish Learning Festival the organisers would appreciate your feedback and comments and would be grateful if you could take time to complete the short online visitor survey. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous
CGPA - New dates for universal credit training
Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) have set new dates in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness for their popular one-day universal credit course. Find out more here.