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

Last week, I took part in the launch of a new Concordat between Glasgow City Council and the Third Sector Interface (TSI).  The Concordat is a partnership agreement and signifies the beginning of a new kind of relationship between the local authority and Glasgow’s Third Sector. It sets out a vision and series of commitments that will strengthen our joint work for the benefit of Glasgow’s people.
I was delighted to speak on behalf of the TSI at the event – describing what the Third Sector brings to the city and how we can work together on four initial Concordat priorities:
-              Strengthened Engagement, Collaboration and Trust
-              Connected and Well-Informed Decision Making
-              Third Sector Investment and Infrastructure
-              Community empowerment
As I said on the day, the signing of the Concordat is an important and symbolic first step but it is the actions that follow that really matter. The priorities and outcomes we agree in a new Concordat work plan will be instrumental in demonstrating a change in the quality of our relationship going forward - and we will be looking to the sector to help shape this agenda in the months to come. Future bulletins will tell you how you can get involved.
Have a great month,
Liz McEntee
Director of External Affairs
Universal Credit: Financial and Digital Impacts

The Everyone's Children team attended the Third Sector Forum information event on the Financial and Digital Impacts of Universal Credit roll out on Tuesday the 14th of August at the Albany Centre.

Suzie Scott, Everyone's Children Manager, has put together a great post for the GCVS Blog - take a look at it here!

OSCR E-Newsletter

Have you signed up to the OSCR Reporter? The bi-monthly e-newsletter is a great way to stay in the now about upcoming events, policy announcements and other developments from OSCR.

Subscribe to the OSCR Reporter here.
Tackling Fraud Together - Update #8

The Tackling Fraud Together team were pleased to get back out and about this month! We've been distributing our materials in the Partick area, so keep an eye out for them.

This month's TFT Update includes news on the iTunes scam - it's still ongoing and being used to target the elderly in particular. Be sure to watch our for yourselves, friends and family, and to contact Action Fraud if you notice any suspicious activity.

Read the full post here!
Social Security in Scotland: Welfare Conditionality Findings

The Glasgow launch of the final findings of the ‘Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change’ project is being held at the Lighthouse on Thursday the 13th of September. At the event, the impacts and ethics of conditionality within the social security system in Scotland will be considered.

Dr Sharon Wright and Dr Alasdair Stewart, University of Glasgow, will present the findings, plus attendees will be encouraged to provide their own responses and take part in group discussions. 

You can register for the event through Eventbrite.
Carer's Allowance Supplement 

Eligible carers in Scotland will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from Thursday the 13th of September.  

People in Scotland who were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on the qualifying date of Monday the 16th of April will receive a supplementary payment of £221 and the rollout of these payments will be phased.

GCVS will seek to work with the new Social Security agency over the coming months, so we will of course keep you updated on any developments.

Take a look at the guide to the new Carer's Allowance Supplement here.


Upcoming Events

Wellbeing Scotland have some great events and training coming up:
  • Charity Dance with special guest Iain Robertson (Stevie O’Hara from River City) 
  • Training Workshop – Basic Awareness Childhood Sexual Exploitation   
  • Training Workshop – Understanding the Impact of Child Abuse  
Booking info can be found through the link below, but if you need any more info you can contact:
More details and how to book here...

Vacancy – Part Time Cook

The Rainbow Care Centre provides support to people over 50 years of age who reside in Greater Pollok, Newlands, Auldburn and Thornliebank. 

They are looking for a part-time cook to work 20 hours a week over 5 days, from 10am - 2pm.

Please note a Basic Food Hygiene Certificate is required.
Read more here!
FREE Information Session

Mellow Parenting are hosting an information session on their Mellow Ready programme on Thursday the 20th of September, from 2-4pm at the Pearce Insitute in Govan.

Mellow Ready is a 10 week programme for young people aged between 14 and 18,
our parents of the future.

The programme supports young people to explore and understand their network of relationships, it provides the tools needed to support their mental health, to think flexibly, to reduce stress and to make informed decisions, now and in the future.
Find out more...
Board Member Vacancies and Upcoming Events

Mind's Well are currently recruiting for Board Members to support their work and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.

They also have some great training coming up at The Albany Centre:
  • Children and Young People´s Mental Health: The effects of developmental trauma - Thursday the 20th of September
  • Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health and Addictions - 29th & 30th of November 
Find out more on the GCVS Members' Noticeboard!
A Wean’s World – A Conference on Children and Childhood

With Kids is a Scottish-based children’s mental health charity set up in 2008 to deliver play therapy interventions in nursery and primary schools in the East End of Glasgow.

They are hosting a conference on Friday the 7th of September which will explore their work over the past 10 years, through
 interactive experiential workshops, play installations and presentations delivered by a range of skilled, experienced professionals.
Booking info and further details...
Stepping Stones for Families are recruiting for the following posts:
  • Childcare Worker (Maternity Cover) 21 hours/week, closes Monday 10th of September at 12 noon.
  • Lead Practitioner Attainment (Early Learning & Childcare) 35 hours/week, closes Friday 14th of September at 12 noon.
More info and how to apply here!

Free Sensory Impairment Training for Third Sector Organisations

As part of the Scottish Government See Hear Strategy, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership, in association with Action on Hearing Loss Scotland and Visibility are delivering Sensory Impairment Awareness training for Third Sector organisations.

The training is split into two half days, one focusing on visual loss and the other on hearing loss.
Booking details and more information 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 | September 2018 to March 2019

- Pricing Your Service | Thursday 6th September

- Sustainability | Tuesday 18th September


Employers' Advice Service
Support & Supervision Skills for Managers | Weds 5th September (SOLD OUT) (ILM-Recognised Development Programme)

Community Learning & Development

- CLD Providers' Network | Tuesday 11th September

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)

Everyone's Children

Children's Rights Consultation | Friday 14th September

- Glasgow ACEs Network Meeting | Tuesday 18th September (SOLD OUT)
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.

Working With Scotland’s Communities Survey
As part of research commissioned by Education Scotland and CLD Standards Council into the community learning and development workforce, they have created a survey intended to capture the full range of the community learning and development sector in both the public and the voluntary sectors, and there is still time to take part!
You can complete the survey here.
Training Opportunities - September 2018
CPAG in Scotland have the following events coming up, held in Glasgow unless otherwise stated:
  •  11th – Appeals to the Upper Tribunal
  • 12-13th – Benefits for non-benefit advisers
  • 18th – DLA for Children
  • 19th – Universal credit and children
  • 20th – Maximising benefits for rent
  • 26th – PIP – the essentials
  • 27th – Universal credit – full service (Inverness)
  • 27th – Universal credit for people with ill health and disabilities
Vital Skills in Befriending: Boundaries and Risk Management 
Befriending Networks are hosting the above training - in one day, complete both Boundaries and Risk Management modules while sharing best practice with other organisations. Sessions are being held on the following dates: 
Edinburgh: Thursday 6th September 
The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street Edinburgh. 9:45am - 4:30pm
 Glasgow - Wednesday 19th September
The ALLIANCE Hub, 349 Bath Street, Glasgow, 9:45am - 4:15pm

Find out more and book your place here.
Heart of the Community Fund
Virgin Money Foundation are still accepting applications for their Heart of the Community Fund in Glasgow - three local charities have the chance to receive £1,000, with awards of £500 and £250 for two runners-up!
The awards will go to the charities with the most votes from Virgin Money customers and Virgin Money Lounge members. Find out more and how to apply here!
Free Online Tools Workshop
Turn2us is a national charity providing practical help for people who are struggling financially. 
 Join us for a free 3-hour workshop on the 3rd of October at The Albany Centre, where we’ll teach you how to use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator and complete a Better Off Calculation for your clients.
 You’ll also learn how to use the Turn2us Grants Search database to search over 1600 financial and non-financial grants for the people you work with, as well as finding out what makes a good grant application.
Register here!
BSL Classes Level 1 and Level 2
Deafblind Scotland are running Level 1 and 2 classes in British Sign Language, being held at their Training and Learning Centre throughout September and October.
Successful completion of the classes gains attendees an SQA Certificate.
You can find more information here and to book, contact:


Headlines from the Third Sector this month:

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