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

Last week saw the very first #CEOThinkspace event at GCVS - a series of face-to-face briefing sessions for GCVS Member CEOs with key influencers, decision makers and politicians. We were delighted to have Councillor Mhairi Hunter, Lead for Health and Social Care at Glasgow City Council as our guest speaker, discussing maximising the Third Sector's contribution to Health and Social Care.
This was followed by some lively discussion with Third Sector leaders in attendance, with excellent points raised around funding and the procurement / commissioning process in particular. We also received feedback from attendees that it was a “really encouraging” event, so we are already looking forward to organising the next session.
For more details, we have put together this useful Twitter Moment.

Have a great month,
Liz McEntee
Director of External Affairs
Mental Health Conference

The Everyone’s Children project at GCVS has organised an important event focusing on Children’s Mental Health - highlighting the vital role Glasgow’s Third Sector already plays in caring for and supporting Scotland’s young people, and identifying how this can be strengthened.
We are delighted to confirm that speakers include Clare Haughey MSP, Minister for Mental Health and Dame Denise Coia, who led the Joint Scottish Government/COSLA Task Force on Children and Young People’s Mental Health, and will be sharing the recommendations of the Taskforce work.

Register here!

ACEs Network Meeting 

Everyone's Children's Glasgow Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Network Meeting on the 18th of September was well attended by around 60 staff from across the statutory and public sectors. The meeting was themed around Third Sector experiences relating to trauma-informed practice. 

Suzie Scott, Everyone's Children Project Manager has written a very informative post for the GCVS Blog all about the event.

Read the full post here.
Community Business Boost Fund

New and expanding businesses currently operating in, or considering relocating to, four areas of Glasgow (Calton, Canal, East Centre and North East) can access funding from Glasgow City Council through a new scheme.
The Community Business Boost, which has a budget of £370,000, will support new and expanding local businesses by offering part-funding of premises costs over two years - 50% of annual rental costs, up to a maximum of £15,000 over the period - as well as other support and advice.
To find out more about the Community Business Boost – or make an application for funding – click here.

Community Capacity & Resilience Fund Round 4 Now Open for Applications

With continued investment from Scottish Government, SCVO are now accepting applications from Scotland’s Third Sector organisations to support their delivery of projects and activities that help mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat social inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative impact in communities. This investment from Scottish Government will increase the capacity and resilience of communities and third sector organisations to provide people with the support and skills they need.

Awards will range from £1,000 to £10,000 with project activity starting 1st December 2018 at the earliest. Applications close on Thursday 26th October 2018 at 5pm and applying to the fund is simple, with an easy online application process supported by guidance notes and FAQs, which can be found here.

Investors in Young People Award - Information Session

Investors in Young People is a unique framework, specifically created to help organisations in Scotland recruit, develop and retain Young People. It gives Young People a voice, supporting organisations to tap into Young People’s fresh insights, new ideas and diversity of thought. It develops both Young People and the organisations they work for to become dynamic and increasingly productive.

GCVS and Re:markable Scotland are pleased to be able to offer an information session for those interested in being assessed for the Investors in Young People award, on the 23rd of October at The Albany Centre. Current funding runs out in December but there is still time for organisations to be assessed in November and December.
Find out more and book your place here!

Best Start Grant

The First Minister announced in the Programme for Government 2018 that the first Best Start Pregnancy and Baby Grant payments will be made before Christmas 2018. Best Start Grants will provide lower-income families with financial support during the key early years of a child's life.

They replace and expand on the UK Government's Sure Start Maternity Grant by:
  • providing eligible families with £600 on the birth of their first child and £300 on the birth of any subsequent children
  • not putting a limit on the number of children that are supported
  • giving eligible families two further payments of £250 around the time of nursery and around the time a child starts school, to recognise the additional financial costs during these key transition periods
There is also a roadshow event for Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, and Argyll & Bute, on Wednesday the 24th of October, from 10.30am - 12.30pm at the Teacher Building in Glasgow. Contact by the 12th of October for more information and to book your place!

If you would like to receive updates on the introduction of Best Start Grants, please sign up to the Social Security newsletter
Information on Care Inspections

A new leaflet about Care Inspections has been published, this can be accessed by clicking here.

There is also a new animation that explains in general terms how the new inspections will be conducted, while inspections using the new standards are being rolled out and commenced in July with care services for older people.

A quality framework for this has been published and can be found by clicking here. Frameworks for other types of services are expected to be similar. The framework is also expected to be used by service providers as a tool for self-evaluation.

Finally, the SSSC has introduced a new badge scheme for the social care workforce to demonstrate its knowledge and understanding of the new standards. 

Find out more on Fife Voluntary Action's website!

Research Tender Opportunities

If you're interested in disability research, DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) have two new opportunities for Research Tenders.

The titles are:

  • 1. Getting Our Voices Heard
  • 2. Including Missing Voices
DRILL has also extended the window for questions until the 9th of October 2018.
Find out more!
An Introduction to Play Therapy

Play Therapy can help to support children dealing with traumatic or chaotic backgrounds. Young children can often struggle to understand or verbalise their experiences and this can have an adverse affect on their ability to manage their emotions. A therapist will help the child to make sense of and understand their feelings, this enables them to cope better.

With Kids are hosting an Introduction to Play Therapy workshop on Wednesday the 24th of October, from 10am - 4pm at their office in Dennistoun. The session is suitable for individuals considering taking up professional training in Play Therapy as well as professionals already working with children.

No previous experience of Play Therapy is necessary but a willingness and enthusiasm to be playful will be very welcome.

Further information...
Conference: Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Mental Health

Wellbeing Scotland annual conference and AGM will be held on Thursday the 1st of November, from 10am - 4pm (AGM at 4.30pm) at Alloa Town Hall.

There will be a range of speakers who are specialists in the field:

  • Kaye Hills, Clackmannanshire Council Education Department
  • Moyra Hawthorn, CELCIS
  • Sylvie McCleary, Forth Valley Integrated Mental Health Team
  • Brodie Paterson, Clinical Director for CALM training and formerly of Stirling University
  • Anne Macdonald, Vice Convenor of the Cross Party group on Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 
More details and how to book here...
Board Members Required

The Rainbow Friendship Centre provides Day Centre support and befriending in homes and the community for frail, elderly or disabled people in the South of West of Glasgow.

They are seeking new board members of all ages with various different skills and experiences and are particularly keen for applicants with knowledge of:

  • Legal Issues,
  • Human Resources,
  • Business Management,
  • Health and Social Care,
  • Community Development,
  • Marketing
Find out how to apply!
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 | October 2018 to March 2019

Everyone's Children

- Autism Awareness Training | Friday 5th October

- Youth Mindfulness Briefing Session | Wednesday 24th October

- Understanding ADHD | Friday 16th November

Employers' Advice Service

Community Learning & Development w/ Everyone's Children

Introduction to Dyslexia | Wednesday 10th October

Impact for Fearties | Thursday 8th November

- Evaluation Across Frameworks | Thursday 28th February (2019)

Teasing Out Service User Impacts | Tuesday 26th March (2019)
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.

STFC Wonder Match

Wonder Match is the perfect opportunity for community organisations and researchers to meet together and develop ideas for engagement activities.
If you are part of a charity, social enterprise, school or any kind of community organisation, then join us at this FREE Wonder Match event in Glasgow on Monday 12th November 2018. There is also the chance to learn about how your new partnership could apply to STFC for a Sparks Award of up to £15,000.
Find out more and apply for your place now.

Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland (PINS)
The Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland (PINS) is funded by Scottish Government and has a membership of 1400 practitioners (50% working in the Third Sector) often with the most vulnerable and marginalised learners when it comes to formal or informal learning or support for schooling. Our focus is on educational inclusion, equalities, attainment, health and wellbeing. Members receive monthly updates, membership is free, individuals join via the link from the home page -


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