It is important to acknowledge that it is the volunteers, staff and directors alike who, working in the Third Sector, provide the bedrock for the city’s success.
Here is a chance to better acknowledge the contribution and impact that these key groups of people make both across our city and within our localities.
Let’s boost the volume of nominations for the annual Queen’s Awards
Can you consider making a nomination for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019, which is for small and larger groups of people (rather than individuals). Please click on the link provided for further details:
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2019 (submission by 24 September 2018)
A range of support has been developed to help organisations apply for this fund which opens on 20th August.
Commonwealth Pool, 21 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BB
21 August 9.30-10.30
22 August 14.00-15.00
You can secure a place by filling in this form.
Each session will be exactly the same so you only need to sign up for one. If oversubscribed, if over subscribed further briefing sessions will be planned for mid-August.
Two two-hour rudimentary training workshops will take place directly after the briefing sessions on 21/22 August 2018.
Each training workshop will deliver the same programme so you only need to sign up for one.
The training workshop is suitable to anyone in a charity or voluntary organisation with responsibility for writing funding applications, for example trustees, managers, or others.
It would particularly benefit people who are new to writing funding applications, or people who have been writing applications and have found that many of them are unsuccessful.
The workshop will help you to make the most of the time that you spend on applications by ensuring that you are giving the right information, and getting across the great work that you’re doing.
Commonwealth Pool, 21 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BB
21 August 10.30-12.30
22 August 15.00-17.00
Participants will be enabled to plan and write funding applications for the Health & Social Care Partnership new grants programme and we will discuss in particular:
• Explaining the need for your project
• Understand the guidance provided by the funder
• Produce and submit your funding application(s) using the form
• Understand common reasons from elsewhere as to why funding applications are unsuccessful.
Up to 20 places per session are available for the training workshops. You can register your interest for the training sessions by filling in this form (different to briefing session form). As places are limited at this session, priority will be given to groups who most need this basic training.
The Edinburgh Partnership is carrying out a consultation on improving community planning governance arrangements in the city following a period of review. You may have already taken part in a discussion which has formed the proposed changes.
The consultation is asking your views on:
How communities and community groups can more effectively influence decisions about their community
How the governance arrangements can be improved to:
– Make it clear how decisions are made, and who is making them, by improving the groups and structures involved
– Make partnership working stronger
– Make better connections between the different levels of the partnership working in the city
The consultation is now open and can be accessed using this link.
You can also take part in this consultation by using the attached word document. It comes with supporting documentation and an equalities monitoring form.
The completed word document should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or returned by post to:
Community Strategies Unit
The City of Edinburgh Council
Business Centre 2/1
4 East Market Street
Edinburgh, EH4 7BG.
The consultation closes on Sunday 9th September 2018.
If you need further information or support to participate in this consultation please contact email@example.com
New contract opportunity to deliver the new Edinburgh Targeted and Integrated Employability Service (ETIES)
More information can be found here
Edinburgh Compact is a city wide partnership between the public and third sectors which seeks to influence public policy and encourage closer collaborative working between voluntary organisations such as Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council, Volunteer Edinburgh and the Police, Fire and Rescue Service and Health and Social Care Partnership.
Membership is made up of a range of individuals working in the public and voluntary sectors including its Chair, Jan-Bert van den Berg.
Explaining what the Compact Partnership does he said: “Very simply it brings varied interests, knowledge and experience in the city together across health and social care, social justice and issues that affect its citizens. It is there to look at how we can jointly make life better for people, whose life isn’t particularly good at this point in time.”
Aside from chairing meetings, Jan-Bert brings his expertise to Edinburgh Compact to “actively think about how we are stuck in silos and how we can work together more collaboratively.”
This refreshing approach has been built up over three decades of working in the arts and culture sector in Edinburgh, with community arts charity ArtLink.
Speaking about his work, Jan-Bert said: “Artlink works with people who are elderly and who have a range of disabilities or experience mental ill health. Our work bridges culture and the voice of people whose lives tend to be trickier due to experiencing a range of inequalities.”
Spaces in Between
Jan-Bert brings his creative thinking to Edinburgh Compact, thinking of ways that the public sector and third sector can work together across boundaries to make things better for communities and individuals.
He said: “I remember doing a drawing class in Art College and the tutor asked me to look at spaces in between objects rather than the object itself. That has stayed with me whilst I work across these boundaries.
“We tend to think in set patterns often within the comfort of our own experience or point of view. That approach will not work to the greatest benefit of the people we meant to serve. My interest is always is to look across boundaries and think about things in a slightly different way and to articulate that into action.”
Jan-Bert thinks that working in partnership, can provide organisations with a friendly critical eye and present an “opportunity to learn from each other and find ways of working more effectively and in the interest of people.”
New health and social care standards have been produced by the Scottish Government, these focus on how people should be treated.
Everyone should get high quality care and support that meets their needs and choices. This might be in a hospital, a care home, a children’s nursery, or within their own home.
All of us at some point in our lives will use or know someone who uses a health or social care service.
These new Health and Social Care Standards are very important to make sure that everyone in Scotland gets the care and support that is right for them.
Read all about the Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2018 here.
These awards allow us to step back and take time to recognise the huge contribution that Edinburgh citizens make to others lives through volunteering their time and energy.
An evening that really celebrates the amazing teams of volunteers that help keep this City’s communities and citizens running.
Update: The results of this consultation are now available here
The 2018/19 Annual Police Plan sets out the priorities for policing and explains how they will be delivered over the forthcoming year. The Annual Police Plan offers a significant opportunity to improve how the police serve the public and communities.
The Police & Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 requires Police Scotland to produce an annual plan outlining the arrangements for the policing of Scotland. This plan is laid before the Scottish Parliament prior to the 1st April each year, and is also published online for the public to view.
Operational priorities are shaped by listening to what the public and communities tell them via the ‘Your View Counts’ survey, as well as the Police’s own analysis of the risks and emerging threats likely to impact on Scotland’s communities.
They are keen to engage with the public and partners as they develop the 2018/19 Annual Police Plan, therefore the following survey has seven questions regarding their planned activities for the 2018/19 period. This includes extracts taken from the draft plan and they are keen to capture your feedback to help them develop the final version.
Thank you for your time in completing this survey.”
An opportunity has arisen to invite organisations in Edinburgh to apply for one-off funding for one year from June 2018 to support community based work around health inequalities. This funding could be used to develop existing activity or for a new initiative to help meet a need/ gap in provision.
Closing date for applications 21st June – 12 noon