Local Cyber Resilience Training: Register Your Interest

With our partners, our team at CVS Falkirk is currently working to gauge interest in bespoke cyber resilience training for the local third sector.

The training would focus on working at home and the cyber threat regarding this practice.
Sessions would be open to any local third sector group or organisation (including charities, social enterprises, community and voluntary groups, and will be held using an online video format.
To register your interest, please contact Laura Jamieson by email:

Women's Healthcare Plan: Lived Experience Survey

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) is currently working to gather lived experience to inform Scottish Government’s new Women’s Health Plan, with a short online survey.

The Plan aims to tackle women’s health and inequalities by raising awareness around women’s health, improving access to healthcare for all women at all stages of life and reducing inequalities in health outcomes for girls and women.
The survey has been developed to seek the views and experiences of women in Scotland to help to inform the Plan.
The deadline for responses is Monday 14th September.
For further information, including how to submit your response, please click on the above title.

SCoJeC Enews Bulletin and Events

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) has released their latest enews bulletin, with information on upcoming events and available training, including Rosh Hashanah events.
The bulletin also includes information on the upcoming “Goodbye Fiona and Hello Ruby” online open house event, on Thursday 24th September, 5pm – 6pm.
SCoJeC is inviting people to join them for an informal chat with Fiona Frank as she prepares for her last week at SCoJeC, and introduce Ruby Katz as SCoJeC’s new Projects and Outreach Manager.
There will also be live music from Gica Loening. Everyone is welcome, as are donations to support SCoJeC.
For further information, including how to book your place, please click on the above title.

Camelon Juniors Football Club Fire and Fundraising

Unfortunately, a fire was recently and deliberately set at the Camelon Junior Football Club grounds, destroying one of the new containers.
The container was to provide an expansion of the foodbank based at club’s grounds, as well as additional changing rooms, which would allow the club to restart games.
The club is now fundraising to replace the container and its contents; donations can be made through the
GoFundMe page. This can also be shared on Twitter and Facebook.
Alternatively, anyone who has any information is asked to contact Police Scotland, quoting “incident number 1087 of August 23”, by phone: 101.

Families Outside Virtual Conference

Families Outside is holding an online virtual conference to support families affected by imprisonment.
“Health, Human Rights and Hope” takes place on Wednesday 18th November, 10am – 2:30pm, and is free to attend. Families Outside aim to show what more can be done to improve health, human rights, and hope for people in prison and their families outside, and discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For further information, including how to book your place, please click on the above title.

Free First Aid Kit Guide

As part of our focus on the recovery phase, we are highlighting third sector providers of PPE and other safety equipment, including St Andrew’s First Aid, which has released their new, free First Aid Kit Guide.

The guide aims to provide organisations with all the information they need to make an informed decision on first aid supplies and equipment for their workplace, group or facilities. This may prove especially useful to those reopening premises and offices after lockdown.

The guide covers:
  • “Does my workplace need a first aid kit?”
  • “Which items should be in my first aid kit?
  • “What do I use the items in my first aid kit for?”
  • “What size of first aid kit do I need?”
  • the St Andrew’s First Aid range of British Standard Institute (BSI) workplace kits and products
To view or download the guide as a pdf, please visit the St Andrew’s First Aid website.

CAP Free Debt Counselling Service

Christians Against Poverty’s (CAP) free debt counselling service focuses on providing a service which works well for those who are more vulnerable and who need support to help them gain freedom from their debts.
They have currently and temporarily replaced their face to face service with telephone-based appointments, due to COVID-19.
The Forth Valley service is available to anyone living in postcode areas FK1 – FK20, and EH51. People will need access to either the internet or a post box.
Anyone looking for support from the above postcodes can contact CAP by phone: 0800 328 0006, Lines are open Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 5pm, and Friday 9:30am – 3:30pm.
For further information, please click on the above title.

COVID-19 Third Sector Response Forum: September Meeting

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, all third sector forums held at our office are cancelled until further notice.

Instead, the next meeting of the online COVID-19 Third Sector Response Forum takes place on Wednesday 16th September, 3pm – 5pm, and can be accessed via
the Zoom link, or with the meeting ID: 963 2261 5679 (password: 171199).

The meetings are currently focusing on recovery and renewal. Minutes of previous meetings are available on the 
dedicated forum webpage, along with any additional documentation.

For further information, or be added to the COVID-19 Third Sector Response Forum mailing list, please contact Scott Malcolm by email:

Scottish Parliament Call for Views: Social Care Services During COVID-19

Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee is calling for views on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on social care services at home, via a new online survey.
They are especially looking for views from people who provide, or receive, care and support at home, including:
  • individuals receiving care at home
  • family members and unpaid carers
  • staff, managers or owners of a care at home services, or personal assistants providing care
MSPs are keen to hear about people’s experiences of social care at home during the pandemic, whether people felt safe and supported and what lessons should be learned.
The deadline for responses is Monday 7th September.
For further information, please click on the above title.

"Care with Confidence" September Online Sessions

Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre has launched their new “Care with Confidence” online information sessions for carers.
All sessions will take place using Zoom, which allows unpaid family carers to meet online and talk with each other, while learning about the services available to support them in their caring role.
The next session, “Home Energy Scotland”, takes place Tuesday 8th September, 10:30am – 12:30pm, with information on how Home Energy Scotland can help people create warmer homes, reduce their energy bills, and tackle climate change, and on the Warmer Homes Discount.
For further information, including how to book your place, please click on the above title.

CVS Falkirk COVID-19 Funding Page

A number of funds have been announced in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to assist recovery efforts.
As part of our COVID-19 support
, our team at CVS Falkirk has pulled together a range of funds relevant to our local communities and sector: COVID-19 Funding page.
As organisations and funders identify what recovery means for them, new information will be added on an ongoing basis, so please check this page regularly.

For further information on available funding, please visit the 
COVID-19 Funding page, or continue reading this e-bulletin.

Weekly Funding Insight Bulletin: w/c Monday 1st September

This week’s Funding Insight Bulletin is now live!
The insight bulletin is generated by the
Grantsonline Funding Portal, the UK's most comprehensive and up to date UK grant funding information service.

Features include a range of funding opportunities and sources groups and organisations in Falkirk can apply for. Some are open to any type of group, whereas others may feature certain restrictions; for example, certain funds may only be open to applications from registered charities, or groups with particular areas of work or geographical area.

To view or download this week’s Funding Insight Bulletin, please visit the
CVS Falkirk website.

"Introduction to Crowdfunding and Community Shares" Online Event

Community Shares Scotland is hosting a series of new free online events. including "Introduction to Crowdfunding and Community Shares" on Wednesday 9th September, 2pm – 3:30pm.

Hosted with Crowdfunder Scotland, this event covers how to begin planning a successful crowdfunding campaign. There will also be an introduction to crowdfunding, community shares, and the support available from both Community Shares Scotland and Crowdfunder Scotland.
The event will cover key lessons for any type of crowdfunding campaign, but will have a particular focus on community share offers.
To book your place, or for further information, please visit the
Eventbrite page.

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.

Persimmon Home Homes Building Futures Funding Scheme: Voting Open

Persimmon Homes, in partnership with Team GB, has announced the finalists of its 2020 Building Futures scheme.
The scheme aims to help projects for young people under 18 years old, offering 3 major funding prizes across different categories:
  • first place: £100,000
  • second place: £50,000
  • third place: £20,000
PLUS Forth Valley is the only local organisation on the shortlist, with all other finalists based outwith the Forth Valley area.
People can vote for their preferred finalist daily; the voting deadline is Friday 18th September.
To vote, please visit the
Finalists page. Alternatively, for further information, visit the Building Futures page.

CFSLA Lottery: Autumn Round

Applications are now open for the CFSLA Lottery, with a maximum award of £500.
The Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling Local Authority (CFSLA) Lottery is open to charities, community and voluntary groups within these areas; awards can be used to support the group’s users during the COVID-19 pandemic, or restart their services.
Applications should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to a committee meeting, or will be deferred to the next scheduled meeting for assessment.
The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 13th October; the deadline for applications this round is therefore Tuesday 29th September.
To apply, or for further information, please visit the
CFSLA Lottery website.

Connecting Scotland Stage Two Applications Open

Connecting Scotland’s Stage Two is now open to applications.

Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government Digital Inclusion programme, set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The programme provides iPads, Chromebooks and support to develop digital skills for people who are all of the following: 
  • digitally excluded – no device and/or internet connection
  • cannot afford to buy a device or pay for internet access
  • and are either
    • households with children or where a child is normally resident
    • care leavers up to the age of 26 years old
The deadline for applications to Stage Two is 11am on Monday 5th October.
For further information, including how organisations can apply on behalf of people they support, please click on the above title.

CVS Falkirk Board Members

We at CVS Falkirk are looking for new Board Members to join our existing Board.  We’re proud to have a balanced Board of all ages and genders, and strive to continue our diverse Board membership whilst meeting the business needs.
We would particularly welcome applications from individuals with the following skills and experiences:
  • current CVS Falkirk members and/or working in the third sector
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Governance
  • Community Leader/Activist
  • Leadership
All Board meetings are held in the evening; training is provided. All elected Board members are required to become a member of CVS Falkirk.  
The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 14th September.
For further information, including how to apply, click on the above title.

Open University Courses: Involving, Supporting and Leading Volunteers

Volunteer Scotland is promoting online training courses through the Open University to help third sector organisations involve, support and lead volunteers.
The courses are free to access online, and aim to encourage participants to think about the volunteer voice, how these learning topics impact on their current situation and to discuss the ideas and concepts within their club, group or organisation.
There are 4 courses available:
  • Keeping Volunteers Safe: Restarting your Volunteer Programme
  • Involving Volunteers
  • Developing Leadership Practice in Voluntary Organisations
  • Collaborative Leadership in Voluntary Organisations
For further information (including how to book your place), please visit the Volunteer Scotland website.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund Deadline Extended

The deadline for applications to the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) has been extended to Wednesday 30th September.
The fund (delivered by Social Investment Business in partnership with other organisations, including Social Investment Scotland) is open to social enterprises and charities working to improve people’s lives across the UK, who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.
Loans are available from £100,000 to £1.5 million.
For further information (including full eligibility criteria and fee details), please visit the
Social Investment Business website.

PATH (Scotland) Housing Traineeship: Clydebank Housing Association

A Housing Traineeship is available with Clydebank Housing Association.
Traineeship Reference: 2020/05
Traineeship Name: Housing Trainee – Clydebank Housing Association
PATH (Scotland) is offering a 36 month Positive Action Training Scheme, which has been specifically designed to redress the under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic communities in employment in Scottish Housing. This traineeship is in partnership with Clydebank Housing Association.
The training involves:
  • 36 months’ work experience
  • specialist qualifications and professional membership
  • training allowance of £13,540.80 per year is tied to the Scottish Living Wage (£9.30/hr) and is exempt from tax and national insurance.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 21st October at 12.30pm
For further information, please click on the above title.

Falkirk Football Community Foundation Programme Support CJS Vacancy

Programme Support
Organisation: The Falkirk Football Community Foundation
Falkirk Time of attendance: Monday-Saturday
No of references: 1
Hours (per week): 25
Shifts/rota: Between 12pm-8pm
Salary (£/hr): £6.45 - £8.72

Job description
  • support the administration duties of all programmes
  • support staff with promotion/delivery across sport and education programmes
  • promote and demonstrate positive engagement with several vulnerable community groups
  • support the accurate record keeping and ongoing maintenance of all databases
  • to deliver and maintain excellent levels of customer care at all times
  • support the preparation of paperwork
  • assist in the development and implementation of all marketing initiatives
Please note this is a Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) vacancy.
For further information, please click on the above title.

About CVS Falkirk

As the Third Sector Interface for the Falkirk Council area, we're a local, independent charitable company which exists to promote, develop and represent the third sector and volunteering. We provide a range of services predominantly to volunteers and third sector organisations, but also provide support and assistance to statutory partners to engage better with the third sector.

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