Third Sector Partner Research on COVID-19: Input Needed

Scottish Government is keen to develop understanding of how national measures and local effort are supporting those at risk due to COVID-19, to inform consideration of future support options. 
They are reaching out to the third sector (including charities, social enterprises, community and voluntary groups) as partners in this work, for information on the kind of groups you have been supporting and the support you have provided.
They also want to hear your views on working with other organisations through this period, and what you think future needs might be.
The deadline for responses is Friday 7th August.
For further information, including how to submit your response, please click on the above title.

Third Sector Monitoring and Evaluation Project: Open for Proposals

Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is advertising a “Third Sector Monitoring and Evaluation Project” contract to support third sector organisations evidence how their contribution is having an impact on the wellbeing of Falkirk’s residents. There will also be a specific evaluation of the impact of the sector’s COVID-19 response within the work.
The project has a value of £30,000 on a self-employed basis, with flexible hours. The project will be delivered between Monday 17th August 2020 – Thursday 15th April 2021.
The project will be based in CVS Falkirk and is responsible to the CEO, working closely with community-led initiatives that work in support of the Partnership’s strategic plan.
This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop and innovate in a cross-sector collaborative environment.
Successful applications will demonstrate an expertise in data analysis, knowledge of monitoring and outcomes focused evaluation methods. The project will work with third sector organisations and the wider partnership to develop and evidence a theory of change.
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Sunday 2nd August.

For further information, including how to submit your brief, please click on the above title.

Connect, Communicate, Learn and Thrive Festival Free Sessions

Scottish Families Affected by Drugs and Alcohol (SFAD, or Scottish Families) is holding an online Summer Festival: the Connect, Communicate, Learn and Thrive Festival (#CCLT2020).
Throughout July and August they are offering a free programme of activities and workshops for everyone in the family, including opportunities to learn something new, craft sessions, wellbeing workshop, and quiz nights, amongst others.
The next sessions include a screening of Scottish Families’ new animation, “
Love Makes You Family”, taking place 2pm – 3pm on Wednesday 29th July, and an additional Communications Workshop next Tuesday 4th August, 6:30pm – 7:45pm.
For further information, please click on the above title.

PLUS Forth Valley Family Support Calls

PLUS Forth Valley is holding family support Zoom calls for parents and carers this week, with the next session taking place on Thursday 30th July, 2pm – 3pm.
The sessions offer parents and carers the opportunity to spend time together online, catch up, and share ideas and suggestions for PLUS sessions going forward.
To book your place, or for further information, please contact Sarah Wilson by email:

"De-Mystifying Decriminalisation" Free Online Workshop

Recovering Justice is holding a free online workshop, “De-Mystifying Decriminalisation” on Friday 31st July, 2:30pm – 4pm.
The workshop will explore the why, what and how of decriminalising drugs, aiming to provide participants a chance to examine and discuss the issue, and develop a broader understanding of the different options available in drugs and drug use regulation.
“De-Mystifying Decriminalisation” is part of Recovering Justice’s work towards a policy position treating people in recovery from substance use with compassion and understanding. They aim to bring people with experience of drug use together with drug policy reform organisations to create a voice for policy change.
To book your place, or for further information, please visit the
Eventbrite page.

Webinars for Families: Supporting Children and Young People with ASN

With funding from Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund, Children in Scotland is running a series of webinars throughout the summer for parents and carers on supporting children and young people with additional support needs (ASN).(Professionals are also welcome.)
The next session is “Supporting children/teens with ASN with their transition back to schooling” on Friday 31st July, 3pm – 4:30pm.
Tickets for each session are free, though there are options to add donations.
For further information, including how to book a place at any session, please click on the above title.

SBPE Next Online Event: "#NoWrongPath to Industry"

Forth Valley Developing the Young Workforce’s (DYW) next “Scotland’s Biggest Parent’s Evenings” (SBPE) online event takes place Tuesday 4th August, 7pm – 7:30pm.
“#NoWrongPath to Industry” takes place on Scottish Exam Results Day, and is part of  DYW's wider #NoWrongPath campaign, which aims to highlight the options that are available to young people and to show that exams results are not necessarily the key to unlocking future success.
The event provides attendees an opportunity to hear from keynote speaker, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, along with a range of experts, employers and young people about career pathways and next steps.

Despite its name, the SBPE events are not only for parents and carers whose young people have just left school; these young people are also encouraged to attend.
For further information, including how to book your place, please click on the above title.

FREE Online Risk Assessment Training Course

Our colleagues at Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) and Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) are hosting a FREE online Risk Assessment Training Course, taking place Tuesday 11th August, 1:20pm – 3:30pm, via Zoom.
The course aims to provide guidance, practical exercises and case studies surrounding Risk Assessment in organisations, and will be useful for those third sector organisations and groups looking to re-open their premises, or re-start their activities, after lockdown.
Places are free, but limited to 25; booking is essential.
For further information, including how to book your place, please click on the above title.

RVS Virtual Village Hall

Are you looking to beat the boredom of shielding or social isolation?
The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) has launched the Virtual Village Hall, a new programme of online activities to join in with at home.
Live and pre-recorded sessions take place daily, featuring themed video sessions led by tutors, TV and radio personalities, and RVS activity co-ordinators and volunteers. Sessions include (amongst others):
  • exercise and dance
  • music and singing
  • relaxation and meditation
  • arts and crafts
  • cooking and baking
  • technology skills
  • gardening
For further information, please visit the Virtual Village Hall via the Royal Voluntary Service website, on Facebook, or at the Virtual Village Hall YouTube channel

Community Advice and Listening Line: Open to All

Strathcarron Hospice’s Compassionate Communities team is offering telephone befriending to anyone who is feeling lonely or isolated, or who could benefit from a regular chat with the same person around once a week.  
The Community Advice and Listening Line (CALL) is open to all members of the community who would like to talk to a friendly volunteer.  There is no need to have a connection with the hospice to call.
CALL volunteers are available open 7 days a week, 9am – 7pm, by phone: 01324 827383.
The team aim to ensure people who call are matched with someone who lives close by, where possible.
For further information, please click on the above title.

Doors Open Day 2020 Goes Digital

As a result of COVID-19, Doors Open Day 2020 will take place mostly online this September, allowing people across Scotland and the world to safely explore Scotland’s buildings, spaces and places.
Doors Open Days (DOD) is Scotland’s free festival celebrating heritage and the built environment. Venues and groups are producing a wide range of online offerings, including: 
  • Facebook and Instagram Live guided tours
  • recorded oral histories
  • webinars
  • 360-degree tours
  • virtual exhibitions
  • live Q&A sessions
A limited number of venues may still be open for physical sites this year, but it is anticipated that most of the festival will take place online.
For further information, including how to take part, please click on the above title.

Co-SPACE and Co-SPYCE  National Studies: Families' Mental Health

Emerging Minds is a research network aiming to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and young people.
They have launched the “COVID-19: Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children During Epidemics” (Co-SPACE) and “COVID-19: Supporting Parents and Young Children During Epidemics” (Co-SPYCE) studies to track mental health throughout the current pandemic, and hope to hear from as many families as possible.
The results will help build a more accurate image of how families are coping during the pandemic, what helps children's mental health and what parents and carers can do to support their children at this time.
For further information, including how to take part, please click on the above title.

2021 GSK IMPACT Awards: Applications Open

Applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards, which provide core funding and free training for charities working to improve people’s health in the UK.
The awards give organisations access to a free leadership programme, designed specifically for health charities. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 – £40,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500.
To be eligible to apply, organisations must be at least 3 years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 – £2.5 million. 
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 14th September.
For further information, including how to apply, please click on the above title.

NHS Forth Valley Health Promotion Service COVID-19 Response Grants

NHS Forth Valley’s Health Promotion Service has a community grants scheme to help local organisations and community groups across Forth Valley improve mental health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications up to £500 will be considered from organisations which support and connect communities responding to COVID-19. Applications will be reviewed every 2 weeks.
Applications must address one or preferably both of the Health Promotion Service priorities:
  • health inequalities
  • mental health and wellbeing
To apply, please complete the online application.
For further information (including
application guidance), visit the NHS Forth Valley website, or contact the Health Promotion service team by email:
Alternatively, visit the
CVS Falkirk website.

LAST CHANCE: COVID-19 Falkirk Volunteer Expenses Fund

The current deadline for registrations to the COVID-19 Falkirk Volunteer Expenses Fund is FRIDAY 31st JULY.

The fund has been set up to support community groups and voluntary organisations which operate in Falkirk and District, and whose volunteers provide support through community activities during COVID-19. CVS Falkirk administers the fund.

Expenses will be reimbursed directly to volunteers in order to reduce organisational time and resources required to administer additional or increased volunteer activity.

All COVID-19-related volunteer-involving groups and organisations are eligible to use the fund. For the full eligibility criteria and details on what can be reimbursed, please view or download the guidance document before registering.

To register, groups and organisations should download and complete the registration form.

For further information, please contact CVS Falkirk by phone: 07872464215, or email:

FDAMH Vacancies: Summer 2020

Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) is currently recruiting the following vacancies:
  • Marketing Officer - 35 hours per week with a salary of £27,000 per annum, and an application deadline of 12pm on Monday 3rd August
  • Immediate Help Service Initial Assessment Officers x 2 – approximately 20 hours per week (this is negotiable), with a salary of £26,500 per annum (pro rata), and a deadline of 12pm on Friday 21st August
All positions are a year’s fixed contract. The successful candidates will be required to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.
For further information, including how to apply, please click on the above title.

About CVS Falkirk

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