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National Adult Volunteer Recognition

Volunteer Glasgow and VAS recently announced their intention to look into the development of a national volunteer recognition scheme for adult volunteers in Scotland. This follows feedback from TSIs demonstrating interest and demand from volunteers and volunteer involving organisations that they work with.


02 February 2017


CHEX conference 2017 - save the date

The Community Health Exchange (CHEX) 2017 conference is on Wednesday 1st March 2017. This will be another vibrant event to bring people working for community led health in Scotland together to talk, learn and share.  They are working on the theme now but are thinking of issues around power and opportunities for empowerment brought about by the Community Empowerment Act and beyond.


02 February 2017


Alzheimer Scotland Annual Conference 2 June 2017

Alzheimer Scotland’s annual conference – the most important conference date in the diary for Scotland’s dementia community takes place on 2 June 2017. The conference will bring together 550 delegates at the world-class Edinburgh International Conference Centre, for an innovative programme with key international, national and Scottish speakers.


02 February 2017


New videos from OSCR

To make OSCR's content more accessible, they have started producing videos. Their latest video highlights how to raise a concern and the Scottish Charity Register.


02 February 2017


Aspiring Communities Fund

The Scottish Government’s new two year £18.9 million Aspiring Communities Fund is currently inviting applications for the first funding round.  This funding round closes on the 7th April 2017.  There are two stages that organisations should consider applying for, and we intend to run several funding rounds for both stages.  This challenge Fund is being delivered by Social Justice and Regeneration Division, with the Scottish Government as Lead Partner for the 2014-2020 European Social Fund (ESF) Programme.


02 February 2017


Generations Working Together National Conference

The GWT 2017 National Conference is on Wednesday 8th March 2017, 10:00am - 4:00pm at Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA. With speakers and facilitators from across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Spain it promises to be one of the most exciting yet.


02 February 2017


The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)

The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) supports best practice in community development and is recognised by the Scottish Government as the national lead body for community development. The organisation works across sectors and with a wide range of professions to support community engagement and community capacity building in any context and at strategic and practice level.


06 December 2016


What Works Scotland

What Works Scotland brings together the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and other academics across Scotland, with partners from public bodies and support agencies to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform.


06 December 2016


Robertson Trust Launches Impact Report 2015-16

The report summarises the Robertson Trust’s work with their third and public sector partners over the past year, focusing on key development themes.


06 December 2016


Consultation on the New National Health and Social Care Standards.

The deadline for the Scottish Government consultation on draft health and social care standards is the 22 January.


06 December 2016


NHS Performs User Survey

NHS Performs brings together information on how hospitals and NHS Boards within NHS Scotland are performing. Obtaining feedback from NHS users, is vital to ensure that NHS Performs remains useful and meaningful.


06 December 2016


Asset Transfer Draft Guidance

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 introduced a right for community bodies to make requests to all local authorities, Scottish Ministers and a wide-ranging list of public bodies, for any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of.  Subject to the agreement of the Parliament, the asset transfer legislation will come into force on 23rd January 2017.


06 December 2016


OSCR Issues Reminder to Charities to Complete Annual Return & Accounts Submission

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) would like to remind charity trustees about Annual Return and Accounts submission. Every year, every charity registered in Scotland has to provide annual information by completing an online Annual Return and uploading or sending OSCR a statement of accounts, a Trustees’ annual report and an external scrutiny report


06 December 2016


People’s Health Trust

People’s Health Trust is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and as the year draws to a close, they reflect on just how much has been achieved in their 2016 Annual Review.


01 November 2016


Charity fraud awareness week resources

The Charity Commission, in collaboration with members of the Charity Sector Counter Fraud Group, has launched a new website dedicated to helping charities in the fight against fraud. It provides an initial point of reference for trustees, staff and volunteers who want to find out more about tackling fraud in their charity, and includes guidance, top tips, case studies, as well as signposting users to other organisations tackling charity fraud.


01 November 2016


New guidance for charity advisers - Village Halls

Scottish charity regulator OSCR has published technical guidance for people who are advising village hall charities about incorporation as a SCIO or company, or making changes to their governing document.


01 November 2016


Update on community planning section of Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act

The Scottish Government has published a near final draft guidance and regulation for the community planning section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.


01 November 2016


Funding workshop for Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund are running a funding workshop for the Stories, Stones and Bones programme on 15th November 2016 in Glasgow.


01 November 2016


Scottish Government releases Fairer Scotland Action Plan following national conversation

The Scottish Government has published its Fairer Scotland Action Plan, highlighting how it intends to tackle inequality over the next 14 years. This will be supported by a new £29 million fund to aims to enable 'communities and the third sector to design, test and deliver new approaches to tackling poverty and improving lives.' 


01 November 2016


National Standards for Community Engagement

The new revised National Standards for Community Engagement were launched on Thursday 29th September 2016 by the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Kevin Stewart MSP, in Kelty Community Centre in Fife.     


01 November 2016


Practical trustee guide on charity fundraising

A new publication ‘Trustees and Fundraising: a practical handbook’ has been jointly produced by Institute of Fundraising, Charity Finance Group, ACEVO and NCVO. It “provides a one-stop shop for experienced and new trustees alike, to help a charity board pick its way through the complicated territory that is fundraising”.


01 November 2016


Getting privacy notices right for data protection

New guidance on privacy notices, where organisations explain how they use personal data in accordance with data protection regulations, has been issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office.


01 November 2016