Monthly Round-Up – August 2020

What’s Happening in the Sector:

Third Sector Summit – “Creating a New West Lothian” – Monday 7th September, 10-12pm – We are really excited about the Summit. It is going to give West Lothian’s Third Sector an opportunity to highlight the efforts made during Covid-19 lockdown and also to discuss how we can strengthen our partnerships to deliver effective services, in the recovery period.
Both myself and Diane will be attending and we hope to see (virtually!) as many WLSEN members there as possible.


Scottish Tech Army – a free service if you’ve got a challenge they will assess the technical feasibility and the level of effort to deliver it. Click here to find out more.

Sport & Health SEN Meeting – Using Sport and Physical Activity to Promote Positive Mental Health, Wednesday 9th September, 10-11:30am – Senscot will be joined by various speakers about their approach and the support which exists to help organisations. Contact Jude to book a place.

Health SEN Meeting – Wednesday, 16th September, 10:30-12pm – Anne Connor from Outside the Box will be talking. Contact Mary to book.

Community Food SEN Meeting – Friday, 18th September, 10:30-12pm – An opportunity to discuss the challenges faced as Scotland moves from phase 3 towards phase 4. Contact Mary to book.

Employability SEN Meeting – Wednesday, 23rd September, 2-3pm – Drew Reid from Skills Development Scotland will be discussing their Skills for Growth programme. To book, contact Jayne.


The Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund – The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particulary impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.

Independant Age Grants Fund – Grants between £5,000 and £15,000 to help smaller organisations work with older people hardest hit by Covid-19. For more information, click here.

Connecting Scotland – The Connecting Scotland Initiative aims to get 30,000 digitally excluded families online in 2020. Click here for more information

Events Industry Support Fund – Open to organisations in the events industry that can demonstrate that events in Scotland are their primary source of income and have not received any other form of funding from the Scottish Government’s Covid response funds. For more information, click here.


Senscot “Collective Purchasing” Initiative – Senscot are looking to pilot this scheme. They would sign up to purchase items which social enterprises commonly require, for example, PPE and cleaning products. They would really appreciate it if you could complete this survey to help them assess demand.

“Buy Social” Campaign – The Scottish Government is funding the Buy Social Campaign for social enterprise. Keep an eye on social media and our newsletters, as more details about this will be announced in the coming weeks.

Recovery Fund – There has been a lot of talk about this but no real details. More news is being released on the 8th September so we will let you know more when we get it.

See you next month!