Read this newly launched strategy here
Compact Chair and EVOC Convenor, Jan-Bert van den Berg gives his end of year reflection on Edinburgh Compact and looks forward to what can be achieved in 2019.
We should not underestimate the power of communities in providing us with the answers in addressing inequalities. In the Compact, the third sector comes together with colleagues from NHS, the City Council, Fire and Rescue and Police to explore how we can work more closely together to address the pressures faced by those who experience poverty and health inequalities.
It is a worrying state of affairs that a city as rich as Edinburgh still experiences the level of inequality that it does. Schemes to change this come and go, often little changes in the global figures.
Why is this and what can we do to change it?
We need to continue to make sure that those affected are directly involved in shaping the solutions. Too often we, with all the best intentions, do things to people rather than with people. Recent initiatives by the third sector, with its Commission on Prevention, and the city council, with its commission on Poverty, are working towards a different way of involving people.
It is a good start, however the proof, as they say, will be in the pudding. How we act on the experiences we hear about and how we will involve people in creating the solutions is what ultimately will be important. We have been talking a lot about doing things differently and the conclusion to that is simple. Recognise the power of people and communities, realise that the solutions they find are often the most effective. Those solutions might not always fit neatly into the systems that we have created or the strategies that we have carefully crafted.
It is our willingness to adapt and work across disciplines and boundaries that will make the difference. The Compact is ready for that challenge and looks forward to a productive new year.
The social capital element of the Edinburgh HIF 2019-2022 has been included in the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board (IJB) grants programme. Therefore the HIF will now have a specific focus on early years support and early interventions for children and young people. The main areas of work will concentrate on mental wellbeing and resilience among children and young people, and parenting and attachment. Further detail on this will be provided through the procurement process.
In consultation with third sector partners, a decision has been made to delay the HIF application process until after the outcome of the Edinburgh IJB grants is known. It is anticipated therefore that the HIF funding portal will go live on Monday 7th January 2019 and remain open until 12pm on Monday 4th February 2019.
The final HIF funding decisions will be made by Friday 22nd February 2019.
If you wish to bid for this funding please ensure you have registered with the Public Contracts Scotland Portal as soon as possible: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/register/register_start.aspx.
A ‘meet the funders’ event will be held on Tuesday 15th January 2019 from 2-4pm (at The Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh) where NHS Lothian Procurement will outline the process of making a funding application and there will be an opportunity to discuss any issues.
If you have any queries about this please contact Kerry.Murray@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.
The Communities and Families Choose Youth Work North East and South West Locality Programmes for 2019-20 are now open. The closing date for completed applications is 3pm on 1st February 2019 and you will find the application pack and information available for downloading.
The maximum value of award is £5,000 and the minimum award will be £2,500.
North East Specific Documents
South West Specific Documents
Relevant to all Applications
Applications Now Open
The Communities and Families Choose Youth Work Citywide Programme for 2019-20 is now open. The closing date for applications is 3pm on 1 February 2019 and you will find the application pack available for downloading.
The maximum value of award is £15,000 and the minimum will be £10,000.
Should you have any questions about the programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0131 529 6507 or 0131 529 2132.
Information about the Localities’ Choose Youth Work programmes will be available soon.
Read about the situation on poverty in the UK, written by a UN Rapporteur Philip Alston. There are mentions specific to Scotland and the work to try and mitigate Westminster’s policies.
Read the statement here
Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC) sits down with Lord Provost, Frank Ross to discuss the overarching vision for the city of Edinburgh.
In 2016, a conversation was sparked within the city of Edinburgh about what a vision for 2050 would look like, what are the city’s priorities and what kind of place should it be. Explaining the case for the Edinburgh 2050 City Vision, Frank Ross, Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, said:
“Edinburgh is a tremendously successful city on so many different levels, outside London we are the most economically successful city bar none. But we still have this issue where 20% of our population are still in poverty.”
An Over-Arching Vision
He continued: “Edinburgh as a city has never had an overarching vision, about what Edinburgh’s citizens want their city to be.”
Although everyone, even people who don’t live in Edinburgh but may work or have family here, is welcome to have their say – the Lord Provost explains that the city vision depends on being informed by younger generations.
“It is aimed at the 5 to 35 year olds who will be running every aspect of the city, it will be their future and their families that are living here. We need to understand what the ambition is.”
Continuing, he explained that understanding citizens’ priorities and creating a vision would help to inform how future investment can best be spent. “Over the next five to ten years, we are going to be making a significant investment in this city. We’ve just won a £1.2 billon city region deal, with the vast majority of this to be invested in the city.”
The vision itself will be based on opinions and data collected from respondents by Marketing Edinburgh. An initial market test of a few thousand people revealed that the emerging themes were that people wanted their city to be: fair, connected, greener and affordable.
Participation is Key
However, the Lord Provost pointed out that this was only a small sample and that the success of making sure the vision fits with what people actually think will depend on participation.
He said: “If we don’t get a significant number of citizens engaged with this, it is pretty meaningless as a vision and it is key that we get young people across the whole spectrum of society to contribute. I would love to get 250,000 people contributing, that’s my target and I am going to do everything I can to get that done.”
The Purpose of the Vision
When it becomes clear what Edinburgh’s own view is of what its future should like, the 2050 vision will provide the city’s leaders with a ‘guiding light’ when taking decisions.
The Lord Provost continued: “The vision should give us a moral compass about what it is that we want our city to be. When I’m making a decision, is that what the city wants? The whole point of having the vision is to check decisions against a big bright light in the sky and say if that’s not compatible, I’ll need to look at it again. We’ve made decisions too myopically.
“While we are working away to address social inclusion issues now, we are putting a vision up there to stop the equivalent happening again.”
Business is Booming
It is hoped that the 2050 City Vision will provide the city’s businesses and organisations with a solid foundation upon which to build their strategies to meet the needs of the city’s residents.
Data collected from people’s responses will be anonymised and uploaded to an open resource, which businesses can access. The Lord Provost hopes that this sharing of information will create a joined up approach to putting the city vision into motion.
He said: “As a council, we will hold every strategy and policy up against that vision and ask is it consistent? I would expect most organisations to do the same, if you operate within Edinburgh and you have data about what the citizens of Edinburgh want, to ignore that would be crazy.”
It would seem that some of Edinburgh’s organisations are fully on board, as £450,000 to fund the project has been raised by the Council privately, invested by businesses who believe that they can benefit from an understanding of what the city wants.
The role of volunteering both for the Third Sector and for Edinburgh’s citizens is a very important one. Over 600,000 hours are donated every week and 159,000 people in Edinburgh regularly volunteer. Speaking about how active citizenship and volunteering will play a role in the 2050 City Vision, he said:
“Edinburgh is phenomenal for volunteering and volunteering will have its place in delivering whatever the vision turns out to be. We are talking about being integrated, about being a happier society, about being encouraging, inclusive and aspirational – these are things which I think volunteering can assist.
“What I want to do is to make sure all these people who volunteer engage because it is their ethos and their beliefs that I want to see coming through.”
The Bottom Line
The Council is confident that a city vision for Edinburgh can change the way that decision making is made, with mass participation in the consultation being the key factor.
“This has got real power. If this works properly, instead of me as a politician standing in front the electorate saying ‘this is what I believe’ and you as an electorate saying ‘I don’t actually agree with you but I will choose the least worst’ or don’t vote – the electorate can say ‘this is what I believe in, which one of you can deliver this for me?’
“This is seismic, and if we could get to that stage it would be true local democracy where the citizens are setting the agenda.”
With a view over Princes Street from the windows of the impressive Provost suite within the City Chambers, the conversation continued around the importance of the Third Sector in bringing voices seldom heard into the discussion.
How can I get Involved?
You can share your vision at https://www.edinburgh2050.com/ and encourage others to get involved.
Follow 2050 Edinburgh City Vision with #Edinburgh2050 on Twitter.
The City of Edinburgh Council has opened a citywide consultation on proposals for a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) or ‘Tourist Tax’.
Having conducted detailed research, informal engagement with industry stakeholders and an in-depth survey of residents and visitors, the Council last month set out key aspects of how a scheme could look.
Now, views are being sought from all city stakeholders but, in particular, the hospitality and tourism sector, plus city businesses and investors, culture partners, visitors and residents, concerning the best possible arrangements for introducing a TVL in Edinburgh.
The draft proposal suggested a charge of either 2% or £2 per room per night, chargeable all year round on all forms of accommodation, including short-term lets, but capped at seven nights. Respondents are being asked for their views on the details of the scheme but also importantly what any income raised should be spent on.
The Council has been clear that it sees the purpose of this fund as being to invest in and manage the consequences of the future success of tourism within the city and respondents will also be asked to identify things they feel could benefit from the estimated to be at least £11m per annum that would be raised.
Alongside the online consultation, which will last for eight weeks, the Council is planning further targeted engagement with stakeholders. This will include three open workshops with industry representatives, a workshop with investors and four resident focus groups.
Officers, meanwhile, continue to make offers to attend board meetings, membership meetings and 1:1s with industry and other partners.
To give your views please visit the consultation hub
The City of Edinburgh Council working together with grant managers and listening to feedback from the third sector have been developing best practice guidance and planning for future grant funding. These Grant Standing Orders will form part of this best practice approach.The following points are addressed by the proposed Grant Standing Orders
Guidance to assist distinction between grants and contracts
Principles of openness, transparency, integrity, fairness, best value etc
Commitment to co-production
Reflect Council & H&SC partnership priorities
Reference to EIJB and delegation to Chief Officer
Distribution across City based on need
What grant agreements should have as a minimum
roles and responsibilities
Directors required to adhere to
- GSO,s co-production principles,
- Remedy conflicts of interest
- Update grants register
Assessment by more than one Council officer
Process for grants over £100K approved by Committee
award over £25,000 go to Committee
Conflicts of Interest and Councillors Code of Conduct
Any questions, comments or feedback please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. Please could you let me have any queries by 30th October to allow time for any amendments and Committee lead in times.
After 18 years in its current home at 14 Ashley Place, EVOC will be moving to new premises located at 525 Ferry Road from Monday 29th October 2018.
Our main telephone number and email addresses will remain the same.
With the current building due to be demolished, EVOC has been able to secure a spacious and open plan workspace that it will share with other third sector organisations, fostering a spirit of collaboration and partnership working.
Ella Simpson, CEO of EVOC said: “Given that 14 Ashley Place was secured 18 years ago as a temporary home for EVOC, our time here has come to a natural end. We are very excited to move to new premises and about working creatively within a shared workspace.
“There is plenty of space for meetings and events in our new home, along with ample car parking and public transport links and we look forward to putting these facilities to use for meetings and training and offering our members access to hot desk facilities.”
Amongst others, EVOC will share this new space with Edinburgh Palette, the organisation responsible for the community of makers, designers, artists, creative enterprises and charities initially based at St Margaret’s House.
Dale Gibson, CEO of Edinburgh Palette, said: “EVOC has been very helpful and supportive of the Edinburgh Palette project since its foundation in 2007. Both organisations are constantly engaged in looking for ways to expand opportunities for people, communities and charities. We are delighted to welcome EVOC to 525 Ferry Road, and are excited by the possibilities this closer association presents.”
To celebrate, EVOC will be hosting an ‘Open Office’ day on Thursday 6th December between 10am and 4pm. Guests are invited to enjoy tea and cake and a tour of EVOC’s new home.
If you would like to attend or if you have any questions about the move please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 555 9000