The Scottish Government has committed £3.3 million to support volunteering in Scotland until March 2021.
The Volunteering Support Fund is funded by the Scottish Government, which has committed a total of £3.3 million over the funding period 1 July 2018 – 31 March 2021 to improve support for volunteers, and is managed by Voluntary Action Fund. Since 2013 over 450 organisations have benefitted from the Volunteering Support Fund, resulting in improved support for thousands of volunteers, more than half of whom had experienced disadvantage.
Grants between £7,500 and £10,000 per annum are available for individual organisations, who will be expected to recruit at least 15 additional volunteers, including, 10 who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering; and provide opportunities for both current and new volunteers to benefit from a meaningful volunteering experience, eg through training, learning new skills, and increased participation in their local community.
Applicants will be expected to contribute towards the following four outcomes:
- Increasing the diversity of the third sector’s volunteer pool, especially to include people who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering;
- Improving opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering;
- Improving the third sector’s capacity to support, train and deploy volunteers; and
- Enhancing the services organisations deliver to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.
Further details, and how to apply can be seen here: https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/volunteering-development-grants/
2018 is the Year of Young People and we’re celebrating this by showcasing some of the talent within our region. We’re also changing our format in response to comments we’ve received. This year we’re having a two-tier approach. We’ll be presenting locality awards for each category, the winners of which will be invited to our VOSCARs (D&G) 2018 event where the regional winners will be announced. read more
Some of the benefits of having a TrueCall unit installed are prevented loss of money, sometimes life savings, to scammers. They have allowed people to remain living in their own homes for longer (saving the cost of residential care). read more
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. read more
Third Sector, Dumfries & Galloway are hosting one-to-one legal surgeries for third sector organisations offering the opportunity to have a 1-2-1 advice session with an expert from Senscot Legal Ltd. read more
The purpose of this report is to provide our members and interested parties in our sector with a written briefing on the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 (subsequently the Act) which became law in April 2016 and comes into force on 12 March 2018. read more
The Charity Finance Group, in partnership with Buzzacott, Crowe Clarke Whitehill and Kingston Smith, has launched the General Data Protection Regulation: A guide for charities.
The course will cover the requirements for the annual reporting cycle, both to the membership of the organisation and to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). read more
Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway has been tasked with compiling information relating to third sector organisations across Dumfries and Galloway in order to get a picture of the third sector workforce and how this contributes to health and social care. read more
Do you ever wonder what terms like Community Planning, Community Engagement or Community Empowerment mean for you as a Third Sector organisation? You can increase your knowledge and influence the future by taking part in our free training and focus group event. read more