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Information Bulletin September 2014


Information Bulletin - SEPT 2014

Report Outlines Impact of Welfare Reform on Disabled People
The Scottish Government has published a report outlining the potential impact of welfare reform on disabled people in Scotland.  The report estimates that up to 100,000 people with disabilities will lose some, or all of their entitlement to disability benefits by 2018. More..

Young Gypsy Travellers' lives: discrimination and on-line media

Article 12 has released a report detailing the findings of Year 3 of their annual media audit, indicating an increase in negative and victimised reporting of Gypsy/Travellers. » Read the full article here.

OSCR wants all annual reports online

The charity regulator wants to increase public access by publishing all annual reports on its website. Read more

Changes to DWP addresses

The DWP website provides a comprehensive list of the new postal addresses - for Glasgow see below.

Glasgow (Portcullis House) NINO

Glasgow NINO Centre Mail Handling Site A Wolverhampton WV98 1BR

Glasgow DBC

Disability Benefit Centre 1 Mail Handling Site A Wolverhampton WV98 1BQ

Glasgow Northgate Benefit Centre (London)

Glasgow Benefit Centre Mail Handling Site A Wolverhampton WV98 1BZ

Glasgow Northgate Benefit Centre (Scotland and Import)

Clyde & Fife Benefit Centre Mail Handling Site A Wolverhampton WV98 1DD


The Fidelio Trust Grants Programme

The Fidelio Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support. Deadline: 1st October 2014

Funding for the Rehabilitation of Offenders and Ex-Offenders

The Triangle Trust will provides grants to not for profit organisations and charities working for the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders. The Trust would like to see applicants use these grants to develop sustainable income sources, so that when the grant comes to end the applicant organisation's income will not be reduced. Grants are available for up to £40,000 or 50% of the organisation's current annual income, whichever is lowest, per year for 3 years.

Deadline: 6th November 2014

Clore Poetry & Literature Awards
The Clore Duffield Foundation has announced that the seventh 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. The closing date for applications is the 6th March 2015.

Comic Relief - Healthier Finance Programme

Grants are available through the Comic Relief - Healthier Finance grant theme to fund a broad range of initiatives that help people living in extreme poverty to maximise their income. This includes debt and benefits advice, money management and skills development, community fuel and utility agreements, and schemes such as furniture recycling projects. Comic Relief is particularly interested in funding work in the most deprived areas of the UK, where access to financial products and services is especially restricted. Applications may be submitted at any time

Investing in Communities: Life Transitions

BIG want to fund projects which help people in real need as well projects which focus on prevention. This can include vulnerable young people in care or in the criminal justice system, young as well as people from disadvantaged groups - the unbanked, tenants, homeless people, people with long-term conditions and people from deprived areas, etc. Applications may be submitted at any time

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation Grant

As funds are limited, the Trustees have decided to focus on one area of musical activity as their single priority. This is the development of group music making, especially involving young people in projects incorporating composition and creative ideas. Projects in and out of schools or in community situations will be considered. Grants are likely to be in the region of £500 - £4,000. The Trustees will consider applications for first-time initiatives as well as the development of existing projects. The Trustees generally hold one meeting a year, in the autumn. Deadline: 30th September 2014


Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) 2014 conference
27th October 2014 - Glasgow
SAIF is a Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) project which is funded by the Scottish Government. To find out more about SAIF, please visit their website. To book your place complete the online booking form or email or telephone 0141 559 5021.  The conference is free to attend however places are on a first come first served basis. More information can be found here.

Get Involved in Silver Sunday 2014!
Silver Sunday, on 5th October 2014, is an annual day of free activities and events for older people across the UK. It aims to celebrate the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities and to combat the loneliness which affects many older people.  Silver Sunday invites you to take part this year by organising and hosting an event for older people. It can be anything you want as long as it's for older people and it's free! See


OSCR Consults on Charity Regulations
The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator is consulting on its proposals to alter the regulation of Scotland's third sector and is keen to hear opinions on the new measures from a wide range of organisations. OSCR has produced a Summary Note setting out their key proposals, which is aimed at supporting organisations to give their views and is also intended to generate discussion on trustee boards.  The consultation will run for 12 weeks, closing on 24 October 2014.  More...

Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS)

Next year ESS is ten years old! They want to reflect on what they've learned over the last 10 years, and make sure the next decade is even better. So please can you take a few minutes to complete their on-line survey. This is part of a wider evaluation project looking at their longer term impact. Please access the survey here.

Consultation on the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004

The Scottish Government are consulting on technical changes with the aim to help practitioners use existing antisocial behaviour legislation and systems more effectively. » Read more and download the consultation document and response form here.


Want To Work In Music? Aged 14 - 24?
The Big Music Project is offering an amazing opportunity to all young people aged 14 - 24! The Big Music Project LIVE is a full-day free event in Glasgow on 21 September, packed with workshops, talks and opportunities. See

Criminal Justice

Annual Report from Inspector of Prisons in Scotland 2013-14

Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons in Scotland, David Strang, issued the organisation's annual report recently. The report also presents a summary of the inspections that were carried out at HMP Low Moss; HMP Barlinnie; HMP Edinburgh; HMP Inverness and HMYOI Polmont. It also includes a review of the past year as well as the business plan for the forthcoming year. The report is available from the Scottish Government website.

Scottish police carry out nine times more stop & searches than officers patrolling New York City

Scottish police have been carrying out nine times as many stop searches as officers in New York City, figures reveal. Read more

No damages for prisoners denied vote

The European Court of Human Rights rules that the UK has again breached prisoners' rights by failing to give them the vote - but refused to award damages.

Scottish prisoners file thousands of complaints

Prisoners submitted almost 9,000 complaints to Scotland's prison service over the past 18 months, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland. See for full article.

Children's views on coping with a family member in prison

Did you know that every year 27,000 children and young people have to cope with someone in their family being in prison? A new Enquire blog addresses this pressing children's rights issue. » Read the full article here.

Black people targeted by police stop and search

Anti-racist charity claims disproportionately more black people are subjected to stop and search. Read more

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