Monthly Round-Up – September 2020

What’s Happening in the Sector:

Job Support Scheme – the Job Support Scheme opens on the 1st November 2020 and will run for six months; it takes over from Furlough Scheme, run by the Government. It is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter period, due to Covid. There doesn’t seem to be much info or help out there re the scheme at the moment but hopefully this factsheet will shed some light.

Kickstart Scheme – This is a £2billion scheme run buy the Government to create a 100% funded job, or jobs, for 16-24yr olds out of work. West Lothian Council is currently looking into coordinating this for our area but SCVO are already underway with it. Click here for more information.

Senscot’s SE Restart & Rebuild –  will take place the week commencing 16th November – a follow on from their recent SE Reset Week. We will bring you more information when we’ve got it.

Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme – For more information on both strands of the fund, click on the links – Communities Recovery Fund and Adapt & Thrive. If you would like Diane to have a look over your application or you have a question, send her an email or call 07889 720171

Scottish Veterans Fund – this £200,000 fund is open now for bids from organisations that improves the lives of former service personal and their families. Click here for more information.

Corra Foundation #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund – this fund is now open and is to help grassroots organisations support vulnerable individuals, families and communities. For more information, click here.

VSGWL – Phase 2 Covid-19 Support Fund – Small pots of funding, between £500 and £1000 will be available for projects running between November 2020 and January 2021. The fund opens on the 1st October and closes on the 16th October. Keep an eye on their social media pages and website for the application form and guidance.

The Robertson Trust – after 2yrs of engagement with the Third Sector and other key stakeholders The Robertson Trust have released their new 10yr strategy

Third Sector Covid-19 Recovery Summit – as you will have heard the Recovery Summit was a huge success. If you were unable to attend, you can view either the short or long version of the video here!

Senscot All SEN session on flexible working & mental wellbeing – If you were unable to attend this session, which was held last week, you can now watch the recording

Member Focus:

CairnsMoir Connections

CairnsMoir Connections is a social enterprise celebrating their 6th birthday this month!
They provide an online health and wellbeing bookstore, specialising in the impact of trauma and childhood adversity; with a range of therapeutic titles for children, parents and other professionals.
Normally providing conference bookstalls across Scotland, in this time of extended social distancing, they have launched a Facebook Book Club, in order to recommend and discuss publications with customers.
CairnsMoir also provide a bespoke library redesign or restock service and are keen to provide teams with the resources required to meet the needs of their organisations during this difficult time.

For the month of October, CairnsMoir have kindly offered all WLSEN members a 15% discount – just use the code WLSEN15 at checkout – visit their website for more information.

See you next month!