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

On Monday, the Glasgow Third Sector Interface (TSI) partners held a consultation event on the new Concordat between the city’s Third Sector and Glasgow City Council - setting out the principles of a new relationship and ways of working that will strengthen our partnership, and garnering views from those working in the Third Sector in Glasgow.

The event generated a great deal of interest and enthusiasm with saw the Albany Centre full to capacity. Kathleen Caskie, Third Sector Forum Manager, has put together a briefing on the consultation, explaining what will happen now, moving forward. You can read this in the GCVS News section below.
We'll be sure to keep you updated and involved with this important work as it progresses towards a high profile launch with the Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council in August. Scroll down for more on the latest news, events and happenings of relevance to the Third Sector in Glasgow and have a great month. 

Best wishes,
Liz McEntee
Director of External Affairs
Glasgow Third Sector / City Council Concordat

Glasgow Third Sector Interface (TSI)  partners and Glasgow City Council have agreed to create a Concordat that sets out the principles which will underline a refreshed relationship between the Council and the third sector. A draft of the Concordat is now out for consultation. You can read it here.

The Consultation will be open until 13 July 2018 and can be completed online here.
The TSI believes that the new Concordat will offer greater engagement and new opportunities for partnership working between the Council and the third sector, and we are looking forward to the final Concordat being launched, and to working on the all-important Action Plan that will seek to put some of the principles in the Concordat into action.

A very busy event held at The Albany this month saw representatives from a wide range of third sector organisations come together to give their thoughts on the draft. As was to be expected, while people were generally happy to see progress being made, many are keen to see what the Action Plan will look like, and to find out how this new approach will be evaluated. The TSI will aim to ensure that people are kept informed as this work progresses.

Health & Social Care Update

GCVS attended a recent session on the Audit Scotland second stage review of health and social care integration. Convened by VHS with Audit Scotland, the session involved a range of third sector organisations. The key themes won’t be surprising to our members, in terms of the role/recognition of the sector in the context of integration. Some real concerns were raised about the lack of opportunity for service users and carers to have any real influence on IJB decisions. 
This theme featured strongly at the recent integration conference held by the Health and Social Care Alliance. The lack of voting rights for those who use services and for the sector featured in a number of discussions throughout the day.
A recent thinkpiece on integration has been published by the Alliance, providing a range of views on where we are with IJBs, and action towards more integrated services. Our Health and Social Care officer, Lynn Williams, has contributed to this work, read it here.

Participatory Budgeting

As part of its commitment to roll out Participatory Budgeting throughout the city, Glasgow City Council will be running thematic pilots in four of the city’s wards; Calton (child poverty), Canal (income and employment deprivation), Pollokshields (BAME Communitys) and Greater Pollok (Young People).

For more information about the Glasgow pilots, see the report approved by the council’s Wellbeing, Empowerment, Community, and Citizen Engagement City Policy Committee last month - here.
Glasgow Third Sector Forum recently hosted an event for third sector organisations operating in these four wards to give them an opportunity to hear more about the initiatives and how to get involved. We have now set up an information-sharing group for organisations who want to be kept informed and contribute to the discussion about how to shape PB in Glasgow.  If you would like to be included in that group, please let us know. You can DM us on Twitter @GlasgowTSForum or e-mail

Universal Credit Update

Universal Credit is being rolled out to all new benefit applicants in Glasgow by the end of 2018. The biggest change will be that housing benefit will be paid to the claimant, rather than directly to the landlord. When this new benefit has been rolled out in other areas, landlords have reported worrying increases in rent arrears. New applicants will also be expected to complete the forms online and to have a bank account, causing issues for those who are digitally excluded and/or unbanked.
Glasgow City Council are investing in Financial and Digital Inclusion services in preparation for ensuring support is in place for citizens impacted by the full rollout of Universal Credit in Glasgow in 2018.
The council want to link with third sector partners to identify what is already being developed to support people in communities, identify what organisations support needs are for training on Universal Credit and also to identify any gaps in areas of support.
If you have a contribution to make to help Glasgow prepare for full rollout of Universal Credit, or if you just want to find out more, please come along for this short information and discussion based event being hosted by Glasgow's Third Sector Forum in partnership with Glasgow City Council.
Book here!

Outdoor Play Event and ELC Consultation Response

The Everyone's Children project at GCVS held an event on Outdoor Play at The Albany Centre on Tuesday the 5th of June. Henry Mathias, Head of Inspection at the Care Inspectorate, discussed the Care Inspectorate's good practice resource on outdoor play - My World Outdoors. Rachel Cowper, from Inspiring Scotland, spoke about evidence of the impact of outdoor play from abroad and we were also joined by staff from 3D Drumchapel and the Jeely Piece Club who shared what they've learned about organising outdoor play through the programme.

Laura Dover from Everyone's Children has written an excellent blog post covering the event - read the full post here.

Everyone's Children have also written a response to the Scottish Government's Consultation on ELC Service Model for 2020. Read it here.

Tackling Fraud Together - Update #6

June is Scams Awareness Month and it's been great to see the work being done around this year's theme 'Don't miss a trick, be scams aware' - you can see what's been happening through #scamaware on Twitter.

The TFT team have put together another update on what activities they've been carrying out, as well as the latest fraud headlines in and around Glasgow.

Read the full blog post here!

Carers Transformation Support (CATS) Fund 

A budget of around £0.5 million has been set aside to provide funding to third sector organisations to allow them to gear up for supporting the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Act”) in 2018/19 through help with funding for transformation costs.
The main purpose of this Scottish Government short term funding is to develop local capacity through improvements to systems or technology etc. rather than delivering direct services or support to carers (which is funded locally). It is expected that transformation costs will centre around systems such as IT (hardware/software) accounting, data collection, data protection and recording and associated templates, paperwork and procedures.
This fund gives third sector organisations who have a role in local implementation of the Act the opportunity to apply for small grants to improve their capacity to do so.
The amount available for distribution via this grants programme for 2018/2019 is c£500k, with grant awards up to £10,000 available for single applications. We welcome collaboration between organisations and will consider larger awards where collaborative approaches demonstrate economies of scale, wider sector benefit and innovation. 
Full details of the fund, guidance notes and application form can be found here.

Glasgow’s Volunteering Strategy

Volunteer Glasgow are looking for your views on what should be in Glasgow’s Volunteering Strategy. You can give you views here - it's only 12 questions and "You might be surprised by just how important volunteering is to the city"

The survey closes today, so be quick!
Basic Awareness Training Workshop: Child Sexual Exploitation

Wellbeing Scotland are running a full day workshop exploring Childhood Sexual Exploitation and recognising that childhood sexual exploitation is a form of childhood sexual abuse.

The workshop takes place on the 7th of September and there's a 10% discount on tickets if bought before 5pm on Friday the 27th of July!
More info here!
Vacancy - Part-Time Cook

The Rainbow Care Centre is a day care centre providing support to people over 50 years of age who reside in Greater Pollok, Newlands, Auldburn and Thornliebank. 

They are looking to hire a part-time cook to work at the centre, based in Carnwadric Church, 20 hours a week.
Find out more and 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!
*GCVS Member CEO Briefings and Health & Wellbeing events coming soon...!*

Capacity Building

First Tuesday - July 2018 to March 2019 coming soon...!

Everyone's Children

- Child Protection Awareness Training | Tuesday 21st August
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.

Summer Kinship Care Event
The Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland (from Citizens' Advice Scotland) is running a Kinship Care Event on Tuesday the 14th of August from 10am-3pm at City of Glasgow College on Cathedral Street.
At the event, they'll be offering workshops and taster sessions, as well as other activities.
For more information and to register, contact
National Lived Experience Survey

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) are seeking the views of those living with chest, heart or stroke conditions and those who have friends/loved ones living withe these conditions through their first National Lived Experience Survey.
Responses will help CHSS shape the support and services that they provide across the country. You can fill in the survey here and it will be live until the 31st of July.


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