We Are GCVS - July 2018 Update
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Welcome to the GCVS July 2018 Newsletter!

Hope you are having a good summer and that you have enjoyed the beautiful weather. Things are progressing well around the new Concordat between Glasgow’s Third Sector and the City Council. After concluding the consultation period, an event is being held at Glasgow City Chambers on the Thursday 23rd of August where Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, David McDonald, will officially launch the Concordat.
Registration is of course free, and can be done easily through Eventbrite, here.
Places for the event will be limited, so make sure you register now to avoid disappointment! Hope to see you there.

Best wishes,
Liz McEntee
Director of External Affairs
Data Protection

New data protection law affecting all organisations began in May and we would hope that all GCVS Members have already reviewed their systems, policies and practices to ensure compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR.)

The Data Protection Network is a useful site and has just posted 10 GDPR Survival Tips, as it's important to remember that you need to continually ensure compliance with the new regulation even after the deadline!

Child Protection

It’s everyone's job to keep children and young people safe.
Third Sector organisations working with children and young people have an important role in identifying when child might be at risk of significant harm.
The GCVS Everyone’s Children programme runs regular Child Protection Awareness courses to help staff and volunteers to recognise the signs of abuse and neglect. The next course is on 21st August and there is a discount available for GCVS Members. Book

Everyone’s Children also works with the Children, Young People and Families Citywide Forum and Glasgow’s Child Protection Committee (CPC). They are offering a training session for Third Sector staff who may be asked to attend Child Protection Case Conferences on 14th August. This training is free but limited to one place per organisation. Book here.
Opening Up Government: Let’s Make Scotland Work for You!
Scotland’s Open Government Network are hosting the above event at The Albany Centre on Monday the 13th of August from 1-3.30pm. The current work the Scottish Government is doing with the public and civil society will be discussed at the event, which is hosted by the Scottish Government's open government team.

This is your chance to help shape the future direction of openness, transparency and participation, and they would like to hear from a wide variety of people - everyone is welcome!

Register your place here.

Universal Credit - What You Need To Know
With the Glasgow roll-out of full service Universal Credit starting in September the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership Welfare Rights Team are providing a free event at Glasgow City Chambers on the 30th of August.
The event is open to all and will cover the following:
  • The Glasgow timetable for roll out of full service.
  • An overview of Universal Credit and the challenges for claimants and others.
  • The experience of Universal Credit in a full service area.
  • The support available in Glasgow and additional service developments.
This will be a full day event and demand to attend is anticipated to be in excess of available places.
If you would like to attend, contact:

SURF Awards 208

The prestigious 201820th Anniversary’ SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration are now open for applications until 5pm on Monday 17th September.

This year’s five thematic categories are;
  • Creative Regeneration
  • Youth Employability: Overcoming Barriers
  • Community Led Regeneration
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Place 
  • Housing
The Albany Centre - Update

The Albany Centre has a brand new brochure available - find out more about the flexible spaces available, on-site catering and other services available from our fantastic Customer Services Team, based at the centre.

There's also a 20% discount for GCVS Members available!
Take a look at the Albany Centre brochure here.

Tackling Fraud Together - Update #7

The TFT team have been enjoying the great weather we've been having recently, but of course haven't been letting ourselves get distracted from keeping you updated on the project!

As always, we've put together this month's fraud headlines - which include the Ticketmaster hack, plus some advice on how to make sure your online passwords are as secure as possible.

Take a look at the full article here!

Universal Credit for Single Parents in Scotland

One Parent Families Scotland are running a free half-day course (3hrs) is aimed at practitioners who have some benefit knowledge and support single parents in their work.

The course provides an introduction and overview of universal credit rules for single parents in Scotland. It includes how the calculation works, the claims and payments process, the conditions placed on claimants and matters unique to Scotland.
Read more here!

Stepping Stones for Families are recruiting for the following posts:
See all vacancies here...
If you have any news you would like to share with us and you are a GCVS Member, you can submit it to our Members' Noticeboard - email the Comms Team if you have any issues or would like some assistance with this.
Keep up-to-date with all GCVS Events on our website!
Capacity Building
- First Tuesday | August 2018 to March 2019

Engaging Trustees/Board MembersTuesday 21st August (Eve)

Costing Your Service | Wednesday 29th August

Roles, Responsibilities & Relationships | Wednesday 29th August (Eve)

- Employers' Responsibilities | Friday 31st August

- Pricing Your Service | Thursday 6th September

- Sustainability | Tuesday 18th September

Everyone's Children

Case Conference Attendance Training | Tuesday 14th August
- Child Protection Awareness Training | Tuesday 21st August

Employers' Advice Service

Sickness Absence | Thursday 16th August

Contracts of Employment | Friday 24th August

Support & Supervision Skills for Managers | Wednesday 5th September
(ILM-Recognised Development Programme)
Wednesday 10th October

To Maternity And Beyond: An Employer's Guide to Family Friendly Entitlement  | Tuesday 23rd October

Community Learning & Development

North West Learning Partnership | Wednesday 22nd of August

- CLD Providers' Network | Tuesday 11th September
All events can be booked through Eventbrite and discounts for GCVS Members are available.
You can also register for all our events over the phone - simply call Reception on 0141 332 2444.

Advice Services Workshop
The Social Security Team of the Scottish Government is holding a session open to third sector and others around how the new social security agency will work with advice services. The workshop will be held on the 21st of August, from 1 – 3.30pm at the Teacher Building in Glasgow. Register for the event by close of business Friday 10th August by emailing:
Grants Scheme to Help Community Groups Remember Absent Friends

To Absent Friends, the people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance, returns in November, and organisations from across Scotland are being invited to take part, with the help of a small grants scheme.
 Organisations can apply for grants of up to £250 to hold an event as part of the festival. Full details of how to apply are available on the festival website and the deadline for applications is Friday the 24th of August.
Potential Office Space Available
Ryden work on behalf of many of the largest commercial Landlords throughout Scotland and the North of England, and have a selection of empty office, retail and industrial premises. Many of the landlords they work with would be interested in providing their empty space for use by registered charities.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, Ryden would welcome talking with you further so jointly they can take the time to explore what kind of space and location would be right for your needs. Please get in touch with Darren Angus ( or Lynsey Russell ( to discuss further.
Perinatal Mental Health Workshop
 The Perinatal Mental Health Network is holding a workshop on Monday 20th August, at NHS Scotland in Edinburgh, to engage with 3rd sector organisations who are involved in working with women and their families supporting perinatal mental health.
If you would like to attend this workshop please email
Small Ideas, Big Impact Grants
Eat Well Age Well will soon be launching their Small Ideas, Big Impact Grants of between £50 - £5000 to tackle malnutrition in older people. They're hosting a roadshow on Wednesday the 15th of August at The Whiteinch Centre, 11am-1pm - if you're interested in applying, come along and find out more info and details on how to get your application started!
Resilience Showing and Wean's World Conference
With Kids are hosting a screening of the documentary Resilience by James Redford, exploring how an understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can help shape how children and families are supported. The screening takes place on Thursday the 2nd of August - click here for more info.
In celebration of their 10th birthday, With Kids are also hosting a conference on Children & Childhood on the 7th September - find out more and book your place here!

Just Enterprise Workshops
Firstport and Just Enterprise are running social enterprise workshops in Glasgow covering: Legal Structures, What is Social Enterprise? and Planning & Delivery. 
Click here for more info and to book your place!


Headlines from the Third Sector this month:

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