Monthly Round-Up – March 2021

Funding:

Edinburgh University – Community Grant Scheme – if your organisation is delivering social or environmental impact, you could be eligible for a grant of up to £5k. Click here to find out more.

Looking for a Rebrand? – BOLD, the subsidiary of Community Enterprise, is open for applications for their fully-funded branding programme. To find out more and to apply, click here.

Firstport – Applications to the “Build It” fund closes on the 8th April – for more information, have a look at their website.

Support/Training:

Social Investment Scotland Retail Academy – Application deadline has been extended to the 22nd March. If you’re looking to scale and grow your service, join them for a week of learning – more info here.

Just Enterprise – Rebuilding Income Streams short programme – Three, live, facilitated sessions starting on the 24th of this month. Click here for more info.

P4P – now have a new consultancy and training service. This is a paid for service that runs alongside it’s funded support. Take a look here.

Member News:

The Bridge Community Project – from April 22nd they will be running a free, “looking after your mental wellbeing” group, for West Lothian staff/volunteers, within the Third Sector. For more info and to book, email Maria, or give them a call 01506 238980/ 07985 289058.

Kidzeco –  is looking for two part time Playworkers and a part time Keyholder. Click here for more info.

1st Step Development have featured in VSGWL’s Org in the Spotlight, this month. To have a look at what they are all about, have a read here.

Extra:

Living Wage Scotland – is keen to speak with any social enterprises who are interested in learning about the real Living Wage and gaining accreditation. Statistics show 75% of social enterprises already pay the real Living Wage; they would be delighted to discuss the benefits gaining the formal recognition, can bring to your organisation.
Some reported benefits are:

  • Publicly show your commitment to creating a fairer and more just society.
  • Helps to differentiate you from others in your sector.
  • Signals your long-term commitment to your staff.

If you would like to discuss, please email Rachel Morrison.

West Lothian Mental Health Forum – As all of you know by now, WLSEN is currently supporting the WL Mental Health Forum. We had a really successful social media campaign a couple of weeks ago, getting the attention of Councillors and SMPs.It also featured in SENScot’s weekly bulletin! The first batch of the flyers were delivered by Diane this week, some were sent via the post – we still have a huge number of them so, if you would like some to distribute to your service users and networks, please get in touch with us. If you are thinking about joining the Forum but still unsure, take a look at this info.

Work Experience Programme – If you are thinking about taking on a young person for work experience but not sure where to start, our friends at Inspiralba, have put together this handy guide.