The Communities and Families Main Revenue Grants Programme for 2020-23 is now open.
a shared strategy for the Edinburgh Social Enterprise ecosystem.
The 4th Social Enterprise Strategy for Edinburgh is developed in partnership with social enterprises, public, private, education and third sectors. The Social Enterprise Strategy Implementation Group (SESIG) has been working for the past year on developing the strategy, which aims to be inclusive and supportive of a wide range of organisations within the wider social economy, with a focus towards those who aspire to achieve SE code compliance.
Building on previous strategies, the key objectives are to continue to grow the social enterprise community; increase the sustainability of organisations and the community; and evidence how this community adds value and makes a difference to social and economic outcomes in the city. This will be achieved through working with the wide range of stakeholders who make up the social enterprise in Edinburgh.
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New research is set to make Edinburgh’s marginalised voices heard.
Findings from community empowerment research project, Mind the Craic feature in a new report and documentary film that has been launched.
The project has gathered and will elevate the voices of over 1000 people from disenfranchised groups including people affected by issues like social isolation, mental health issues and discrimination.
It is hoped that findings from the research will raise awareness around social issues in the city and provide a solid base of evidence for the importance of investment in prevention and early intervention.
Virginia Bjertnes, Mind the Craic project worker, said: “Mind the Craic is about giving a voice to people who usually struggle to be heard. It also highlights how communities have been affected by austerity policies, and also how some demographic groups are particularly affected by inequalities such as women, young people, black and minority ethnic and LGBTQ+ people.
“We hope that the findings presented will not only raise awareness and influence change but also provide the tools needed by public, private and voluntary sector organisations to improve prevention and early intervention measures.”
Ella Simpson, Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC) chief executive, said: “This research is about listening to people. Feeling lonely and isolated is the biggest problem facing people of all ages not just in Edinburgh but across the western world.
“Having somewhere safe and welcoming to go to is a fundamental human need. Mind the Craic has listened to people and reports what has worked for them. It’s a testament to how valued people have felt throughout this research that they now feel confident and want to share their stories further.
“It is a powerful report which should shape social policy priorities and investment in communities for years to come.”
The Mind the Craic project is an initiative by EVOC in partnership with Volunteer Edinburgh and Edinburgh’s Third Sector Strategy Group (TSSG).
EU Exit ‘business continuity workshop toolkit’, as developed with members of the Voluntary Sector Resilience Partnership
This supplements existing resources (below), which are respectively more citizen- and business-focused.
Subject: Shaping our direction and delivery 2019-22 – engagement
Police Scotland want to hear from the public and our partners about how they shape the service that they provide.
In 2017 they agreed a ten year strategy for how they want to build a sustainable service able to adapt to the needs of a changing Scotland. Since then, they have been planning for and delivering change, whilst continuing to provide the local and specialist services that keep people safe.
Each year they are required to publish an Annual Police Plan which sets out their operational priorities for the year ahead.
This year they will enhance that, by bringing together the work they do locally and nationally across all their functions with their change activity, into one plan covering the next three years.
This will show how all the parts of the service come together to make a positive impact for policing and society and to keep people safe across Scotland against a set of strategic outcomes.
As part of Police Scotland’s ongoing engagement, they are looking for opinions from people across Scotland on their proposed outcomes, their approach, and how you want to be involved in working with them to continue to shape future services. We are also keen to hear your views to help shape their future strategies in respect to prevention and public contact and engagement.
Your opinions will help Police Scotland to make sure that their plan fits with expectations and enables continued collaboration, and that they identify any areas of the plan that require to be amended or strengthened.
Police Scotland’s plan will be laid before the Scottish Parliament by the end of March.
The survey will be open until 18 March 2019.
To take part, please visit: https://consult.scotland.police.uk/consultation/2019shape
We will continuously monitor the responses on Citizen Space also ask you to circulate this to your colleagues, communities and networks to help us reach a large and diverse audience.
The framework is for all of Scotland. The framework aims to:
- create a more successful country
- give opportunities to all people living in Scotland
- increase the wellbeing of people living in Scotland
- create sustainable and inclusive growth
It aims to reduce inequalities and gives equal importance to economic, environmental and social progress.
Read more here
The Edinburgh Compact Voice Survey 2019 is now open for responses.
The survey gathers data from organisations in the third sector in Edinburgh providing a collective picture of the state of the city’s charity and voluntary organisations.
To make sure this picture is accurate, it’s important that voices from all sizes of organisations in Edinburgh, whether or not it has paid staff.
Jan-Bert van den Berg, Chair of Edinburgh Compact, said: “A strong collective voice for the third sector depends on us being able to clearly illustrate the scope, scale and impact of what we do.
“I urge organisations to contribute, so that we have the information that allows us to continue to push for greater involvement of communities and third sector organisations in shaping the services of the future.”
Data from the survey is compiled and produced as a report, which provides a useful tool for both the public and voluntary sectors. The Edinburgh Compact Voice Report offers readers the chance to look at the makeup of the sector in Edinburgh, highlight what economic and social value it brings to the City, how it contributes to the city priorities and how partnership working is viewed.
Now in its fifth year, this year’s survey will look back to the start when Edinburgh’s third sector said it wanted more recognition from public sector partners and greater collaboration and ask – has this happened or not?
The Edinburgh Poverty Commission was launched in November 2018 by City of Edinburgh Council and will be working throughout this year to define the steps the city needs to make to reduce, mitigate, and prevent poverty in Edinburgh.
In the first phase of its work, during February and March, the Commission will focus on the theme of ‘Pockets’ – the pressures that keep incomes low and living costs high for people in Edinburgh.
The Commission wants to hear from individuals and organisations across the city who have experience of living with or supporting people facing these issues.
The Commission wants to hear your thoughts on the causes of poverty in Edinburgh. They also want to think about ways the city can do more to help maximise incomes and reduce expenses for families who are struggling to get by. So they are issuing a ‘call for evidence’ with four questions to which we are seeking responses.
Their ask to you is to give them your thoughts and responses to these questions by visiting their consultation pages at https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/bi/povertycommission1/
Please circulate this call for evidence to any networks and contacts you think may be interested in responding.
Responses ideally would be provided by 21st February, but the Commission will continue considering any evidence it receives on this theme (and future calls for evidence) throughout the year.
Thank you very much for your support. If you have any questions about the Commission’s work, or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.