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Welcome to the Skye & Lochalsh CVO local News page. It's the easy way to keep up to date with voluntary sector news in Skye & Lochalsh. To send us news items use the online submission form. To receive our local community e-bulletin with the latest news and events click here.

Highland Council invites Community Groups to form Panel

The Council is creating a Community Groups Panel, to mirror the present Citizens Panel, for consultation on budget planning and other key strategic issues.

 

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Eilean a Cheo Civic Awards

The Ward 11 Councillors support the Eilean a Cheo Civic Awards.  Run annually by the Highland Council.

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Latest INNIS newsletter

Our summer issue of INNIS is now available to view with all our latest news.  Highlights include a summary of Celebrate Skye Week 2014, a look at some of the community groups involved, an interview with a volunteer and Community Planning.

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Volunteer Opportunities Database

Over the coming weeks the SLCVO will be contacting all member groups to update the information held on volunteering opportunities.  This will give groups the opportunity to let us know what volunteers they are looking for so the information can be stored on a database making volunteer placement easier.

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Free Training for Charity Accounts

VAS offers free training on Preparation and Examiniation of Charity Accounts 

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Skye Old People's Welfare AGM

Skye Old People's Welfare AGM will be held at 2pm on Thursday 24th July 2014 at Tigh Lisigarry, Portree.  All welcome.

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Raasay Community June Newsletter

Raasay's Community Newsletter for June is now available to read.

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NHS Highland Public Consultation

NHS Highland are holding Public Consultations until 19th August 2014 to capture public opinion about the proposed major services changes for Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.

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Volunteer for Dyslexia Scotland

Dyslexia Scotland are looking for volunteers to help run the local group on Skye. They are particularly looking for a treasurer for their committee, for someone to help with checking e-mails and for people with social media skills for updating Facebook and Twitter.

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Skye and Lochash CVO Volunteer Partnership Forum

The new Volunteer Partnership Forum met for their first meeting to talk about volunteering issues.  The meeting was a great opportunity for local groups who work with volunteers to get together and share information.

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A look back at Celebrate Skye week

Skye Celebrates it's Volunteers and Community Groups!

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A Highland Third Sector Interface Seminar

The Highland Third Sector Interface is hosting a free seminar on enterprising thinking and community led solutions for health and social care needs.  

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Volunteers Needed For Students Project

A PhD student from the University of Edinburgh is studying the effects of bilingualism on ageing. To help with the project she is looking for three groups of healthy volunteers who are 60 years or older. 

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Lets Get Scotland Walking – A New Scottish Government Strategy.

The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) have issued a new National Walking Strategy to boost physical activity and save lives across the country.  By producing this strategy the Government is recognising that regular walking can improve health, fitness and quality of life, whilst reducing stress and physical and mental illness and it’s free.

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Step it up Highland - Portree Health Walking Group

Walking is very good for your general wellbeing. If you join a local health walking group it is also very sociable, great fun and helps to build your confidence as well as your fitness. The Portree group meet up for a health walk every Friday, leaving Portree Square at 1pm. All fitness levels are welcome. The group are currently looking for new memebers and volunteer walk leaders. 

If you are interested in trying out a health walk then meet Portree Walking Group in Portree Square at 1pm on Friday or contact Sue Wood on 01470 521772

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The Referendum Debate

If you have strong views about the up and coming Scottish Independence Referendum, then Mentorn Scotland is giving you the opportunity to voice your opinions and issues. 

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The Social Enterprise Academy Learning Programmes

The Social Enterprise Academy have annouced learning programmes they will be holding this summer.

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West Highland College Course Schedule – Skye & Lochalsh

We now have a list of courses which West Highland College UHI plan to run over the forthcoming year.

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Carers Week Free Events

Carers Week Free events taking place in Wick, Inverness and Fort William.

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A message from Connecting Carers

Hi to everyone.  I would like to take a moment to introduce myself.  My name is Shanita and I have just been appointed as the Connecting Carers worker for Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross.

My job is mainly to make contact with carers across the area and try to ensure that they are getting the help and support they need. 

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Free Tables at Skye Community Event

The Celebrate Skye Communities and Volunteers Fair will be held at the Community Centre in Portree on Wednesday the 11th of June from 10am until 3pm.  This is an excellent opportunity for local groups to showcase their work, thank their volunteers, recruit new volunteers and raise funds for their group and it is all absolutely free to all groups.

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Health Walks in Portree every Wednesday

Step it up Highland Health Walks are happening every Wednesday at 2pm from Portree Square.  Meet up in the square and enjoy a walk around the local area.  The aim of the walks is to improve fitness, enjoy the outdoors and meet new people.   Walks are usually followed by a visit to a local café.

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Volunteers Urgently Wanted For Befriending Dementia

Befriending Dementia Highland is urgently needing volunteers ages 18+ and people who are willing to give and hour a week of free time.

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Family First are looking for volunteers.

Family First is a project within the Care and Learning Alliance (CALA).  CALA is a voluntary organisation supporting families who need a little extra help to cope with the everyday stresses parenting can bring.  CALA is looking for volunteers for a range of roles from childcare to driving.

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Changeworks and Calman Trust H-eat Well Project

Changeworks and Calman Trust are working in partnership to deliver an exciting, new H-eat Well Project across Highland, to offer a support package to build people’s confidence and skills to make the most of limited budgets and tackle food and fuel poverty.  The aim of the project is to enable young people to cook healthy food affordably and to better manage their energy use.

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Willing volunteer looking for work with sponsorship

A lady from America is looking for a volunteer post on the Isle of Skye that comes with sponsorship to stay in the UK. Can you help?

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Baby Cafe Breast Feeding Support Group

New group starts up to support breast feeding mums in Skye.

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CELEBRATE SKYE WEEK Tuesday the 10th to Sunday the 15th of June2014

Get involved and promote your community group.

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Highland Third Sector Interface Newsletter

The Highland Third Sector Interface April Newsletter is now available to download.

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Raasay Community Newsletter Feb 2014

The latest edition of Raasay Community Newsletter is available to view.

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The Robertson Trust Funding Surgery

The Robertson Trust will be holding a funding surgery on Tuesday 13 May at Skye and Lochalsh CVO offices.  If your group have never received funding from the Robertson Trust and come under the Trusts priority areas (see main article) contact Jo-Anne Bertenshaw at the Skye and Lochalsh CVO office to make an appointment.

Note: meetings are by appointment only

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CELEBRATE SKYE WEEK - A celebration of the community groups and volunteers of Skye.

SLCVO are organising a week of events to celebrate the Isle of Skye locality and the achievements of our community groups.  Events kick off with a launch on Tuesday the 10th June and continue with promotional and fundraising events, anniversary celebrations, walks, talks, displays, quizzes and lots of tea and cakes. 

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Project Open Day at Glendale Hall

An Open Day will be held at Glendale Hall Saturday 26th April 10am-4pm. Learn more about the progress and plans for all projects.

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Connect! Summer Sessions @ The Scottish Parliament

This July and August Scottish Parliament are really pleased to be able to offer a range of summer sessions for youth groups at the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. If you are a leader or member of a youth forum, charity or voluntary organisation, or work with 16-25 year olds, then these sessions are designed for you to visit Holyrood and find out more about your parliament and how you can get involved.

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Applications now open for Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme.

If you’ve got a new idea or an existing project which benefits the community, Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme can help. The programme offers a fully funded year of training and a grant (£4,000 or £15,000) to help you develop your project.

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SMALL GRANTS FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Scottish Government has launched a new small grants scheme for international development to help international development organisations in Scotland build capacity to bid for funding under the main International Development Fund and develop a distinctive contribution to Scotland's growing input to tackling global poverty.

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FUNDING FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

Firstport funding, which supports new and emerging social entrepreneurs across Scotland, has announced that its Level 2 Social Entrepreneurship Fund is open for applications. Level 2 grants of up to £25,000 are available to individuals and small groups of individuals with a tested and proven social enterprise idea that have a successful trading track record of about 12 months.

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New Community Group for Rehabilitation Centre

A proposed short-stay centre for Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross

People working with addictions have realised that there is a great need for a rehabilitation centre for Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross. At present the nearest unit where people can go for a period of residential care is Inverness. The proposed centre would be in Dunans, Flodigarry and would probably have 5-6 bedrooms.

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Consultancy Requirement - Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association

Feasibility and Business Planning – Recycling Business

£10,000 all inclusive

SLMHA have a small scale recycling business and have secured funding for a feasibility study and business planning to investigate a significant scaling up of the business with the intention of applying for loan or grant funding for commercial premises and other costs. The assignment will include practical market research on Skye and the preparation of an investment ready business plan.

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