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

Below you’ll find details of our first OpenSpace event for Third Sector leaders in the city taking place at the end of November as well as latest sector news and events. 

Tomorrow night, the Herald Society Awards are taking place at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. This fantastic event provides an opportunity to celebrate the incredible work taking place across Scotland's communities though local organisations, groups and individuals and naturally the Third Sector is a major contributor. Glasgow Third Sector Interface (TSI) is delighted once again to be sponsoring the Community Project of the Year Award, this year's nominees being:
•             Active Life Club
•             Easthall Residents Association
•             Fife Gingerbread – Gateway Initiative
•             Whiteleys Retreat
We are looking forward to joining colleagues from across the sector in recognising the efforts and achievements of so many and we hope to see some of you there!

Have a great month,
Liz McEntee
Director of External Affairs
CEO OpenSpace

GCVS is seeking to build on City Council pre- election commitments to value and develop the Third Sector.

With this in mind, we are holding our first OpenSpace event with Third Sector leaders – a sector-focused session to identify the main workforce issues across the City and the kinds of actions which would make a practical difference.
The first CEO OpenSpace session will focus on third sector workforce issues and will be held at The Albany Centre on the 28th of November.

Keep an eye on your inbox and our social media channels for more details...!
Glasgow Charities Christmas Fayre

This year's Christmas Fayre takes place on Tuesday the 13th of November, at Glasgow City Chambers from 10am - 3.30pm.

We're so pleased to be joined once again by many fantastic local causes who will be selling a range of festive goodies including cards, toys and home baking!

Entry is free to all, so come along and join us on the day!
Tackling Fraud Together - Update #10

The Tackling Fraud Together project is about to come to an end, so this is the team's final update.

We've had such a great time this month getting out and about in Maryhill and Finnieston and are sad that it's ending, but we've loved meeting all the groups we visited and hope we've made a difference in improving people's knowledge of scams!

Read the full update here.
Carers Act Transformation Support (CATS) Fund 

£500,000 has been set aside to give Third Sector organisations involved in the local implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 the opportunity to apply for small grants to support their work.

Round 2 of the fund has a focus on supporting organisations which have a role in local implementation of the Act the opportunity to apply for small grants to purchase hardware/software to improve their capacity to do so.

Find out more!
Carer's Allowance Supplement - Updated Toolkit 

The latest version of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement toolkit has been updated with information on payments made and contact details for enquiries.

Take a look at the updated toolkit here and find out more about the Carer's Allowance Supplement here.
Strategic Plan 2019-22 Consultation

The Glasgow City Integration Joint Board’s first Strategic Plan comes to an end in spring 2019.  A new plan, which outlines how integrated health and social care services will be planned and delivered within the city, is now out for consultation and will come into effect on 1st April 2019. 

They are looking for views on the draft Strategic Plan and the closing date for responses is Friday 25 January 2019.

The questionnaire for responses should take no more than 10 minutes and can be found here.

Vacancy - Treasurer

New Glasgow Society are currently seeking a treasurer and are preferably looking for someone with bookkeeping experience.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Attending monthly committee meetings
  • Administration of bank account, PayPal account and savings account plus monthly report on their balances
  • Liaising with suppliers
The charity does a great deal to promote, celebrate and preserve Glasgow’s built environment and arts, so if you think this is for you then get in touch with them!
More information and how to apply...

Board Member Vacancies

Maryhill Burgh Halls are another charity looking to recruit Board Members and are particularly looking for people with experience of:

  • Charity governance
  • Legal skills
  • Financial skills
  • Management experience
Please note that although board meetings are held quarterly, attendance at additional meetings may be required.
Find out more information...

Recovery Plus Project

Waverley Care has developed a new peer mentoring program called the Hepatitis C Recovery plus project, which aims to provide support for individuals affected by Hepatitis C.

They are currently recruiting and training peer mentors with lived experience to provide structured one to one and group supports that will focus on helping individuals to learn and develop life skills, promote confidence, motivation and self-esteem, and to use the skills developed to make positive changes and move forward in life.

Waverley Care are currently interviewing candidates for this role and welcome all applications.

Further info here!
Vacancy - Treasurer

The Village Storytelling Centre in Pollok are also looking for a treasurer to join their Board of Directors!
They are exploring many exciting new development opportunities and are moving towards financial sustainability through social enterprise activity.

The ideal candidate will require a thorough knowledge of financial controls, budgeting and the presentation and understanding of management accounts.

Further details here!
New Website

The South East Integration Network (SEIN) have a brand new website!

SEIN is made up of member organisations across the South East of Glasgow and on the site, you can find details about these members via an interactive map, see the projects SEIN supports, find local job & volunteering opportunities, access an online library of resources & an offline library of books to borrow, plus get more news & updates on things going on in the area.

Read more here!

Breathe Better for Better Health & Wellbeing

Trust Your Breath (formerly The Great Big Trust) are a local charity who are dedicated to the teaching of correct breathing and the relief of stress in all its forms.

They are based at the Theosophical Centre at 17 Queens Crescent, Glasgow and run taster sessions, drop ins, workshops and one to one sessions.

Find out more...
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.
November and December 2018

Keep up-to-date with all GCVS Events on our website!
*Annual Glasgow Charities Christmas Fayre - 13th of November, Glasgow City Chambers, 10am - 3.30pm*

CEO OpenSpace: Third Sector Workforce – Recognition and Development
Wednesday the 28th of November

Capacity Building
- First Tuesday | November 2018 to March 2019

Community Learning & Development w/ Everyone's Children
Impact for Fearties | Thursday 8th November

Everyone's Children
Citywide Forum Networking Event | Friday 9th November

Community Learning & Development
CLD Plan... So what? | Tuesday 20th November

North West Learning Partnership | Thursday 22nd November

Dyslexia Friendly Practice | Thursday 6th December

CLD Providers' Network | Thursday 13th December
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.

Bereavement Network to Launch in Scotland

The Scottish Compassionate Communities Network, set up by Good Life Good Death Good Grief, launched on the 8th of October and has a focus on improving people's experiences of deteriorating health, death, dying and bereavement.
They hope that the network will become a way for people to share learning, ideas and inspiration with like-minded people across Scotland. 

Sign up to the network here.
CPAG in Scotland Training

CPAG in Scotland have a number of upcoming courses available, all of which take place in Glasgow:
  • 6/11 – Students and Benefits – an Update (free copy of the Benefits for Students Handbook 2018/19, cover price £22)
  • 8-9/11 – Representing at the First-Tier Tribunal
  • 13-14/11 – Benefits for people from abroad
  • 20/11– Introduction to benefits for student advisers
  • 21/11 – Income maximisation for older people
  • 22/11– UC – transferring from benefits and tax credits
  • 27/11– UC, ESA and the work capability assessment
  • 29/11– Overpayments of benefit and tax credits
  • 4-5/12 – Training for trainers
Safer Internet Day Planning Event
The UK Safer Internet Centre is hosting a Safer Internet Day Planning Event for Scotland, taking place at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.
Presenters including the BBC and UK Safer Internet Centre will help to inspire and enthuse attendees from across Scotland to plan for Safer Internet Day 2019. This event is a great opportunity to network, share and be inspired by others’ plans for the day.
Register here.


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