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Free "Protect Scotland" App Available

The free app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is now available to download through the Test and Protect website, and via the App Store and Google Play.

Designed to help keep Scotland safe from COVID-19, the app is the next step in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and complements existing contact tracing measures. It helps Scottish Government and NHS Scotland to determine contacts that may have otherwise been missed, and allows them to alert people at risk far more quickly.

This app uses technology developed by Apple and Google, and is already working successfully in other countries across Europe. It works in the background of your device, using minimal data.

The app uses Bluetooth technology, so it never knows your identity or location.

For further information, please click on the above title.

contactSCOTLAND-BSL Live Info Webinars

contactSCOTLAND-BSL provides free British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation through video relay service (VRS) to all public and third sector organisations in Scotland.
 
As a result of COVID-19, they have not been able to hold face to face awareness-raising sessions tostaff, volunteers and end-users of the service.
 
They are keen to continue to provide these sessions, especially as demands on the service have increased, and have announced several upcoming webinars, taking place using either Zoom or Microsoft Team on:
  • today, Friday 18th September at 2pm
  • Thursday 24th September at 11am
  • Friday 16th October at 11am
  • Wednesday 28th October at 2pm
For further information, including how to book your place, please click on the above title.

Bank Transfer Scam In Use

The Neighbourhood Alert and Neighbourhood Watch Scotland has highlighted a bank transfer scam currently in use, which people should be aware of.
 
Neighbourhood Watch Scotland was alerted to the scam by Fettes Sawmill Ltd (based in Muir of Ord), whose full account of the incident was posted to their
Facebook page.


Anyone who wishes to report any suspicious activity should contact Police Scotland by phone: 101.

If you feel scared or threatened, call 999 and ask for the police.

For further information, including details of the scam, please click on the above title.

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:
laura@cvsfalkirk.org.uk

Virtual Meeting of the Scottish Public Information Forum

The Virtual Meeting of the Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF) takes place on Thursday 24th September, 2pm – 3:3pm.
 
SPIF has been organised to celebrate International Right to Know Day, and will be part of global celebrations promoted by UNESCO, focusing on to the right to information in times of crisis.
 
Keynote speakers Toby Mendel and Laura Notess from the Centre for Law and Democracy will report on their COVID-19 tracker, detailing the global response to “right to know” law.
 
The meeting is open to members of the public and those in the public or private sectors, or civil society.
 
For further information, including how to book your free place, please click on the above title.

Forth Environment Link Climate Conversation Survey

Forth Environment Link (FEL) has developed a Climate Conversation Survey which seeks to better understand how they can offer support to community groups, organisatons, and local businesses to build resilient and adaptable communities that respond to the changing environment.

They aim to bring communities together through positive actions relating to climate change, and to encourage and support communities to reduce their carbon footprints, creating a more climate friendly Falkirk.

The survey invites local Falkirk communities, residents, local businesses and groups to provide their views on climate change and the ways they want to help their own communities reduce their carbon footprint.

To submit your response, or for further information, please visit and complete the Google Form.

PATH (Scotland) DMLS Programme Places Available

Places are now available for PATH (Scotland)’s Developing Management and Leadership Skills (DMLS) for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities programme, which starts in October.  
 
This year’s programme will be delivered online via Zoom.  The half-day sessions will be held fortnightly October 2020 – May 2021.  Additional online sessions will be held June – September 2021. 
 
The DMLS programme will examine power inequalities, the impact of racism on our culture, and enable participants to recognise and further develop their skills and abilities as managers and leaders.
 
The programme is free to attend, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
 
For further information, including how to apply, 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.

Falkirk School Holiday Food Fund

The School Holiday Food Fund has been set up to support local projects tackling food insecurity in Falkirk communities. Applications for the Fund will be during school holidays in October, and possibly December 2020.
 
Groups can apply for up to £1,000.
 
Groups wishing to apply must be constituted; partnerships involving unconstituted community organisations can apply, but the lead partner must be constituted.
 
Decisions on applications will be made by the Fairer Falkirk Partnership (part of Falkirk Community Planning Partnership), within 10 working days from receipt of a valid, completed application form.
 
For further information, including how to apply, please visit the
Falkirk Council website.
 
Alternatively, for further information, contact Fairer Falkirk by email:
fairerfalkirk@falkirk.gov.uk

LAST CHANCE: 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards

This weekend is your LAST CHANCE to apply to the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards, with applications closing at 10am on Monday 21st September.

The awards provide core funding and free training for charities working to improve people’s health in the UK, and 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. 
 
For further information, including how to apply, please click on the above title.

Volunteer Falkirk "Pop-In" Peer Support Sessions

Our team at Volunteer Falkirk would like to invite you to join our upcoming “Pop-In” remote volunteering support sessions – each session will be a space for creating, developing, adapting and troubleshooting all aspects of your volunteering programme.
 
The first session will be held on Friday 25th September, 1pm – 3pm.
 
Each session will be held on Zoom, with a slight difference to the format to other Zoom meetings you may have joined, to allow you to maximise your time and avoid “Zoom burnout”.
 
We have been embracing the challenges of working throughout this period of lockdown restrictions, along with the rest of our local third sector, and we want to try something new that will help you to carve out time to get to the pieces of work that are most essential to you, your organisation and your volunteer programme.
 
Whether your volunteers have been helping throughout the period of COVID-19 lockdown, have recently returned to their usual volunteer tasks as lockdown restrictions have eased, or you are still working towards this, we would like you to join us.
 
For further information, including how to join the “Pop-In” sessions, please click on the above title.

Volunteer Friendly Award Review Surveys

Volunteer Scotland is holding a review of the current Volunteer Friendly Award (VFA), in partnership with Volunteer Dundee, Dundee Voluntary Action and Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) across Scotland.
 
They would appreciate hearing thoughts and ideas from a range of different volunteer-involving organisations and groups regarding VFA. They have created 2 surveys to gather this information:
  • one survey for organisations and groups who have already achieved, or engaged with, the Award
  • one survey for those who have not yet been involved
Each survey should take 10 – 15 minutes; the deadline for responses to both surveys is Friday 2nd October.
 
For further information, including how to submit your response, please click on the above title.

CLES Associate Director Vacancy

Associate Director (1 year fixed term, full time, home based)
£41,000 – £51,000pa
Closing date: Thursday 1st October 2020, 5.00pm


CLES (the national organisation for local economies) needs someone who (working with CEO and SMT) can:
  • Help lead the organisation;
  • Support a positive organisational change moment;
  • Represent CLES in networks, advocate for CLES’s work with partners, funders and networks;
  • Take responsibility for managing and delivering projects.
The ideal person will have worked in a think tank/charity/local government/academia/NGO setting.
 
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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