We Are GCVS - November 2018 Update
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Welcome to the GCVS November 2018 Newsletter

As we approach the end of the calendar year, we will all reflect on a hectic, hurly burly and quite tumultuous year both locally and of course, nationally and politically.
As Brexit developments build to a crescendo, we are left wondering what on earth will happen next.  GCVS has supported work being carried out by the Health and Social Care Alliance to bring about an impact assessment on Brexit as it relates to the health and social care workforce:  71 organisations supporting call for Brexit health and care impact assessment

GCVS AGM 15th January With dire warnings about the impact of Brexit on our economy, the focus of our AGM on Tuesday 15th January is timely.  Our keynote speaker is Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and she will share with GCVS members her vision for creating an inclusive economy in Glasgow and her thoughts on the Third Sector role within that.  There are around 2,800 constituted voluntary organisations in our city – utilising premises, creating jobs, delivering services, developing the workforce, employing over 27,000 paid staff and bringing an annual income of c.£2.6 billion a year to Glasgow – so the Third Sector is a major contributor.  Our AGM is an opportunity for our members to engage with the Leader on this important agenda.  Register now.
CEO OpenSpace: Third Sector Workforce – Equality and Recognition? Before then, we continue to plan our regular CEO event series with the first OpenSpace event taking place at 4pm on the 13th December. Here, we will begin to consider how we take forward the SNP's pre election commitments in relation to the value placed on the third sector and how it's contribution is better supported.   
We are planning further events and work to ensure the sector is helping to shape policy and change.  One such conference took place on 21 November looking at the role of the sector in relation to children's mental health.
This engaging event was massively oversubscribed as we heard from the Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey and Dame Denise Coia, who is leading a vital taskforce which will look closely at CaMHS and services for children and families with mental health issues.  There are some important follow up action for us from this event. We'll keep you updated.
Last but not least, we want to acknowledge the achievement of one of our members, Isobel McCue, co-founder and patron of Theatre Nemo, has been honoured and inducted into the esteemed Saltire Society ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’.  She was one of just ten women in Scotland given this prestigious honour this year.  Previous inductees include First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and singer songwriter Annie Lennox.  Well done Isobel and this fantastic achievement!
Have a great month everyone.

Liz McEntee
Director of External Affairs
Save 30% on Albany bookings for January
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13th December, 3.30pm – 5.30pm 
GCVS is seeking to build on City Council pre-election commitments to value and develop the Third Sector. 
In a continually challenging financial and operating environment, how do we ensure our workforces are better valued? In this session, we want to identify priorities for change. What actions would make a practical difference for your organisation – whether big or small?   
Register now to reserve your place


Children's Mental Health - The Third Sector Contribution

GCVS and Everyone's Children ran a hugely busy and successful conference looking at the challenges and opportunities relating to children's mental health and current policy and investment announcements to ensure that services better meet the needs of young people and their families. 

A packed event heard directly from the new Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey MSP, who acknowledged the vital role of the third sector in child and family support.  She also detailed the signficant investment announced recently by the Scottish Government, focussed on ensuring that children needing help get what they need, at the right time and early enough to prevent crisis.  Further detail on the Programme for Government announcements can be found here and a more detailed report with relevant presentations will be shared with participants.

Employers Question Time

23rd January 9.45am - 1.15pm

You are warmly invited to join us for this popular and informal event

The session will start with a briefing on what Brexit will mean for employment practices of small employers, plus other employment law developments that may affect you in 2019.

Then we'll have the main event - the Question Time panel session. This is your opportunity to put your questions on any employment law / HR topic to the panel of top employment lawyers from TC Young SolicitorsShoosmiths, and McGrade & Co . It's rare to get such a wealth of expertise in one room, in a relaxed and informal setting. 

Full Event Details


GCVS Payroll advice on Pension Re-Enrolment & Rates from April 2019


Every three years all staff need to be reassessed for auto enrolment, including those who have previously opted out of your pension scheme. Get more information from GCVS Payroll on what you need to do in their November Newsletter 

New Rates will apply from April 2019 and, whilst there is no legal requirement to notify your staff, it would be good practice to alert them as the minimum for employees rises from 3% to 5%, which is significant.  Employer minimum rises from 2% to 3%
Save 30% on Albany bookings for January

Support and Supervision Skills

(ILM-Recognised Development Programme)

30th January, Full day training
Being a good manager/supervisor and getting the best from your staff requires a combination of skills and actions.
This one day course aims to build your skills and confidence in holding support and supervision meetings with staff.

In this interactive session we will revisit the purpose of supervision, focussing on key skills and practices that will help you to build positive and constructive relationships with staff, to boost and improve performance.

We’ll cover how to give feedback, both positive and critical, and how to deal with difficult issues that may arise. You will leave with a range of tips and techniques that can make a positive difference to you and your staff in future supervision meetings.

This training is an ILM recognised Development programme and participants will receive certificates from ILM*

The day offers excellent value for money with a 12 month student membership of ILM included in the price. This gives online access to a wide range of leadership and management materials and information.
 *subject to in-course assessment by trainer

Universal Credit in Glasgow - information from Glasgow City Council on help and support services.

GAIN (Glasgow's Advice and Information Network)

Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment in Scotland open for applications from the 10th December
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.
December 2018 and January 2019

Keep up-to-date with all GCVS Events on our website!
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.

The ALLIANCE Let's Talk About Brexit
5th December, 1pm, The Lighthouse, Glasgow. A chance to have your say, influence decision-making at a national level and ensure that the rights of older people in Scotland are taken into account in Brexit negotiations

Save The Date for the Third Sector Summit on Thursday 17th January
Glasgow City Chambers is hosting the second Third Sector Summit at the beginning of the year,  building on the Concordat, and the Action Plan that is being developed to implement its principles.    Further booking information will be sent out in due course #ThirdSectorSummit

Third Sector Forecast for 2019 
SCVO want to hear what you think 2019 holds for your organisation and the third sector in Scotland - what's looking positive? What areas are causing concern? The findings will be shared at the 2019 Gathering next February.

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership: Strategic Plan Consultation
GCHSCP have been running a range of Consultation Events, those coming up in December and January: with a focus on Adult Services on 6th December; Primary Care  10th January; and Housing 11th January More information

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