Camelon Juniors Football Club Fire and Fundraising

Unfortunately, on Saturday night a fire was 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.

"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 Fire Safety – New Scottish Legislation”, takes place Tuesday 1st September, 10:30am – 12:30pm, and covers what homeowners need to know about legislation changes relating to fire and smoke alarms.
For further information, including how to book your place, please click on the above title.

Diabetes Scotland Online Health Events

Diabetes Scotland has announced a series of online events, including:
  • Diabetes and Dental Care, Wednesday 2nd September, 7pm
    • Dentist Alan McMillan will join the event to discuss good dental care and hygiene, with a focus on why this especially important for people with diabetes.
  • Diabetes and Eye Health, Wednesday 7th October, 7pm
    • Mike Garvin will talk about the importance of good eyecare for people with diabetes, and Mike Black will discuss changes to scheduling of retinopathy screening.
  • Research and COVID-19, date to be confirmed (tbc)
  • Diabetes UK Learning Zone, date tbc
  • Diabetes and the BAME Community, date tbc
For further information, please contact Diabetes Scotland by email (with the event name in the subject heading):

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.

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.

PETAL Free Counselling and Bereavement Support

PETAL provides free counselling and bereavement support to those affected by murder and suicide in Scotland. They have recently received funding to extend their services to those affected by COVID-19 deaths.

They are continuing to offer these services via telephone and online appointments, and now that lockdown restrictions are easing, with face to face meetings in Glasgow, Hamilton, Edinburgh and Dundee. Their support is available to anyone aged over 12 years old in Scotland.

To access these confidential services and make a self-referral, please contact PETAL by phone: 01698 324 502. Please note that personal information will be requested in order to offer counselling support.

Alternatively, view the
service leaflet or visit the PETAL website.

Scotland's Climate Week 2020: Local Calendar

Scotland’s Climate Week 2020 takes place Monday 14th September – Sunday 20th September, and Falkirk Council is keen to promote events and activities taking place locally.
It is anticipated that most of these will be online due to COVID-19 restrictions, therefore providing more opportunities to signpost to materials, resources and inspiration delivered online from around the world. There may also be activities which can take place in person.
Falkirk Council has produced
a drafted calendar of online events covering a broad range of climate-related topics; they are also looking to organise events with a more local focus.
For further information, including how to promote your event, please click on the above title.

Job Start Payment Stakeholder Resources

Job Start Payment is a new payment of £250 for young people aged 16 –24 years old, who have been out of paid work and receiving certain benefits.

To be eligible, young people need to have been offered a job with an offer date on or after Monday 17th August 2020.

Social Security Scotland has released a stakeholder resources kit on the payment, including a factsheet (also available in different languages, including British Sign Language (BSL)), and a social media toolkit.

To access the resources kit, or for other stakeholder information, please visit the Social Security Scotland website.

Alternatively, to apply for the Job Start Payment or access further information, visit the MyGovScot page.

New Community Engagement Website

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) has created a new Community Engagement website, designed to support people and communities in shaping health and care services in Scotland.
The website includes pages on supporting communities, equipping professionals and sharing practice, and
“Engaging Differently”.
Through Engaging Differently, HIS is looking for groups and organisations to share their experiences of health and social care of engagement activity happening at a distance, via
an online form.
For further information, please click on the above title.

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.

Communities and Active Travel Research and Survey

The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) has been commissioned by Sustrans to research how and why communities engage (or don’t engage) with “active travel” projects.
They have created a short online survey as part of this research. All community, voluntary and third sector groups and organisations across the country are being asked to give their views.
Wherever groups are on their active travel journey, their experience matters. Sustrans would like to know how they can work with all sections of communities to deliver the benefits of active travel to everyone.
The deadline for responses is 11:59pm on Friday 28th August.
For further information, including how to submit a response, please click on the above title.

"What Carers Need to Know" Online Sessions

From September, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre will be running weekly “What Carers Need to Know” online information sessions, with the first taking place on Tuesday 1st September, 10:30am – 12pm via Zoom.
These sessions are aimed at those who are relatively new to caring, or carers who would like to know more about the help and support available, and how to deal with some of the challenges caring can bring.
To make the sessions as accessible as possible for carers, each session will be repeated. Sessions topics will include “Communicating Effectively” and “Stress & Relaxation”, amongst others.
For further information, including how to book your place, please click on the above title.

CHEX Community Empowerment Act Online Workshop

The Community Health Exchange (CHEX) is running a participative online workshop on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act for community-led health organisations.
“Getting in on the Act” takes place on Wednesday 9th September via Zoom, 10am – 12pm.
The workshop offers the opportunity to learn more about what the Act contains and how to make use of it, aiming to cover:
  • a general overview of the Act
  • how to make a participation request in order to have discussions with public bodies about improving services
  • asset transfer requests and community right to buy land and buildings
  • requirements under the Act for community planning partnerships (CPPs)
To book your place, or for further information, please visit the CHEX website.

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.

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.

"Influencing Services Using Participation Requests" Free Online Workshop

Our colleagues at Clackmannanshire TSI (CTSI) are holding an online workshop on “Influencing Services Using Participation Requests”, taking place on Thursday 10th September, 1:30pm – 4pm.
The workshop is open to groups and organisations across the whole Forth Valley, including all of Falkirk, covering how they can start a discussion with decision makers about improving public services, through participation requests.
“Influencing Services Using Participation Requests” will be particularly relevant to community groups with protected characteristics or who are experiencing poverty, as well as anyone who supports or works with these groups.
For further information (including how to book your place), 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.

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.

FVA Volunteer Managers' Forum: Next Meeting

Fife Voluntary Action (FVA) will be running their next Volunteer Managers’ Form on Tuesday 1st September, 10:30am – 12pm, in an update to previous announcements.
The meeting will take place via Zoom and focus on “Returning to Volunteering – Safely and Wellbeing Matters”, exploring guidance available, the main issues facing Volunteer managers right now, and how best to deal with them. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.
To book your place, or for further information, please visit the
FVA website.

Leading Remotely Course: Starting Tuesday 1st September

Youth Scotland, in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy, is offering a fully funded training opportunity for voluntary youth work leaders.
The "Leading Remotely" course is made up of 3 online live training sessions,  as well as some self-directed online learning. Learners will learn about how to improve communications in their team, learn new ideas and tools to support this, and explore new structures and approaches for their youth work activities.
For further information, including how to take part, please click on the above title.

LGBT Youth Scotland Youth Worker Vacancy

30 hours per week
Based across Forth Valley
£24,415 – £27,030 per annum (Pro Rata)
LGBT Youth Scotland is looking for an experienced youth worker to support the delivery of their youth services across Forth Valley, to work as part of the Youth Work Team in supervising staff, delivering training and capacity building, and creating opportunities for young people. The post holder will work in partnership with key local stakeholders and be responsible for the development of their work with LGBT people, groups and networks in Forth Valley.
Closing Date: Friday 18th September (4pm)
For further information, including how to apply, 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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