We Are GCVS - August 2017 Update
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Welcome to the GCVS August 2017 Newsletter!

The Third Sector Interface (TSI) partners had a very positive and productive meeting with Glasgow City Council's Cabinet on Monday 21st of August. This was the first time the TSI has been invited to formally present to Glasgow City Council leaders and we're pleased to report that an open and constructive conversation took place regarding ways we can improve relations with the local authority moving forward, based on the asks in our Election Manifesto.  It marked the start of a regular dialogue in recognition of our TSI role to support and represent Glasgow’s Third Sector and we’ll keep you updated as discussions develop.

One of our first tasks in partnership with Glasgow City Council will be to support a Third Sector Summit which will take place in October  with TS representatives from across the city.  We're really looking forward to engaging in this event which will begin to explore how we can achieve the transformed relationship between Glasgow City Council and Glasgow's Third Sector that we called for in our Manifesto for Change.  We’ll say more about this in our next issue. 
Meanwhile, read on for all our latest news, training and events. 

Liz McEntee
Director of External Affairs
Universal Basic Income - Can Scotland Lead The Way?

On the 29th of August, we held an event on Universal Basic Income in partnership with The RSA Scotland. UBI radically challenges current thinking and policy on welfare and has the potential to significantly address poverty and inequality. Glasgow is developing a UBI pilot and we were asked to raise awareness and encourage debate among our members on this important issue.

We were thrilled to have Patrick Harvie MSP, Councillor Matt Kerr, Annie Miller from CBINS and carers advocate, Lynn Williams, as guest speakers. A lot of interesting discussion was generated, which continued on Twitter long after the event itself had finished!

Read more about the event here.

Find out about the RSA's work on UBI here.

Glasgow's Community Plan - Implications for the Third Sector

The Third Sector Forum held an event on the 30th of August to discuss and respond to Glasgow's Draft Community Plan, paying particular focus to the implications it could have for the Third Sector.

Bailie Russell Robertson and Shaw Anderson from Democratic Services at Glasgow City Council spoke about the plan as part of the consultation with a large Third Sector audience. 

The consultation officially closes today but, given the timing of the event, we have been assured that late responses will be taken into consideration so we'd encourage all of our Third Sector colleagues to send in their views - click here to fill in the survey!

Report Launch - The Third Sector Role in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)

As part of the above event on Glasgow's Draft Community Plan, our Everyone's Children project launched their latest report which explores the role of the Third Sector in Early Learning and Childcare in Glasgow and how the sector could be developed to support forthcoming increases to free childcare hours.

The research highlights a number of key issues that respondents felt should be addressed to ensure the Third Sector can contribute to the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare. It also sets out the role of GCVS and the other TSI partners in supporting this.

You can read the full report here!
Upcoming Events:

Capacity Building / CLD

- First Tuesday | September 2017 - March 2018

CLD Providers' Network | Wednesday the 13th of September

- CLD Swap Shop | Friday the 15th of September

Everyone's Children *New Evening Programme Launched!*

GIRFEC & The Named Person Scheme | Tuesday the 12th of September

Introduction to Child Protection | Tuesday the 3rd of October

Introduction to Dyslexia | Tuesday the 17th of October

Autism Awareness | Tuesday the 7th of November

More courses available up to March 2018...!

Employers' Advice Service

- Managing People | 5-day course, begins Tuesday the 10th of October

- Employers' Question Time | Thursday the 23rd of November
You can also register for all our events over the phone - simply call Reception on 0141 332 2444.
Remember, 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 or email the Comms Team!
Meet The Charity Regulator Event

OSCR held a 'Meet the Regulator' event on the 29th of August and our Payroll Team were delighted to have a stall there, so thanks to everyone who came along to speak to them!

Attendees to the event were given updates on OSCR and the opportunity to network, plus they were also able to put their questions to OSCR management and staff.
Further details about the day are on Twitter!
Third Sector Integration Focus Group

The Alliance's Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team is approaching its second anniversary and they want to speak to the Third Sector about how they should best deploy their resources.

They are holding an informal session in Glasgow on Monday the 18th of September from 10am - 11.30am - any outputs will feed into the Team's scoping report and contribute to their work plan.
Read more here...
Autumn Training Programme

SCoD have launched their Autumn Training Programme, available courses include:

- Human Rights, Your Business and Your Customers | Monday 18/9

They are also offering online deaf awareness training AWARENESSbites at two different levels.

More sessions are still to be announced, so stay tuned for more information!
Find the full training programme here...
New Charity Trustees Wanted

Spinal Injuries Scotland are looking for 2 or 3 individuals to join their Board of Trustees and help guide our organisation as it moves forward into what they see as a new and exciting phase.

They are looking to recruit enthusiastic and dynamic individuals with experience of operations, fundraising, volunteer support, HR, marketing, communications and/or finance to their Board of Trustees. The Board now meet approximately every 6 weeks.

Click here for more info!
UK Parliament Week

UK Parliament Week 2017 is taking place between the 13th and 19th of November this year and they are looking for organisations in Glasgow to take part!

Join over 70 organisations, schools and uniformed groups already taking part across Scotland who are putting on events and activities to inspire ordinary people to get involved in their democracy. Your event can be open to the public, or private - fill in this form to take part and receive your free UK Parliament Week goodies!

Read more by clicking here.

Aldi Scottish Sport Fund

If you run a sports club you can apply for up to £500 of funding from Aldi! 
Applications for Glasgow and West Central Scotland will be open from the 2nd of October until the 5th of November

Find out more and how to apply here.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland Becomes The Corra Foundation

Alongside the announcement of its new name and brand, the organisation has published the next iteration of its strategy, Change for Good.

They're aiming to move forward towards 2019 with an explicit focus on making a bigger difference for, and with, people by working together with others.

Read more on their Blog!

Tackling Fuel Poverty Together - Free Training and Networking Event

Home Energy Scotland’s Community Liaison team are running a free training workshop to inspire people and organisations across Lanarkshire to work in partnership to tackle the challenge of expensive energy bills.

This free session is being held at The Albany Centre on Tuesday the 19th of September, from 9.30am - 12.30pm.

There are still spaces left, register here!

Headlines from the Third Sector this month:

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