Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

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  • The average annual spending of grantees has been £4 million
  • The average age of charities supported has been 18 years.

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Our mission is to support, promote and develop a confident, sustainable voluntary sector in Scotland

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Scottish Charity Regulator
Analysis of Grants Made
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In this period 343 donations have been made totalling £3,572,415 to 255 organisations

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The National Lottery Community Fund 17% 27%
Scottish Government 15% 24%
The Robertson Trust 10% 16%
Corra Foundation 9% 15%
Foundation Scotland 9% 15%
Co-operative Group 5% 10%
The Clothworkers' Foundation 5% 8%
Garfield Weston Foundation 4% 8%
The National Lottery Heritage Fund 4% 7%
R S Macdonald Charitable Trust 4% 7%
Sole supporter: 64% by number, 78% by value.
Individual Grants Made
When Amount Annual
Grantee To be used for
11/03/2023 £15,000 SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS *Tell us about your project
24/01/2023 £30,000 GRASSMARKET COMMUNITY PROJECT We want to expand our well-established IT classes from one day per week to three, providing 6 two-hour long classes targeted at Edinburgh’s homeless, most vulnerable and at risk adults led by trained and experienced tutors – many of whom have lived experience as well as qualifications in social work, community education, Occupational Therapy and adult education as well as being confident in IT skills and making IT more accessible and the core skills more obtainable. Current work: Building on previous pilot schemes and our successful DIG-IT programme (its funding recently ended) we want to continue to offer a high-quality service in which members can access new IT skills at any level; ranging from novice to advanced, working towards SQA accredited courses such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Each training stream is personally tailored to match the digital needs of each member in a fun and engaging way, individuals can work at their own pace with support provided by our trained tutors or tech competent volunteers. Individual learning allows furthering of other key skills such as problem solving, time management and asking for help and relieves the stress of keeping pace with other learners. Individuals learn both vital basic computer skills and internet safety so they can feel confident, competent, and safe whilst online. Furthermore, many of our members do not have a personal way to access online, our permanent, purpose-built, modern IT suite allows members the opportunity to use computers for important personal use (emails, online banking, online studies, job applications, benefit support) so that they have an opportunity to connect online in a welcoming environment. During the Pandemic we partnered with the Edinburgh Remakery to collect and refurbish a dozen laptops/PC Systems which were subsequently gifted to our members, whose digitally isolation had been compounded by the pandemic. Not only did this benefit people who were in digital poverty but upcycling the 12 devices also proved environmentally advantageous as it reduced landfill waste and the local carbon footprint, we would like to continue and expand this partnership. We are proud that this partnership, as well as the hard work from our Tutors, staff, volunteers and IT support who provided a full online activity programme, and IT support to those who needed it most and had it least. This was acknowledged through the BFI/Cinema For All UK Film Society and Community Cinema Awards awarding us ‘Best Digital Engagement Award 2021’ and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards awarding us ‘Highly Commended’ in the Responsible Business Award category 2022. Want to expand: Devices: We would want to provide 15 individual use laptops, which will be given to individuals who regularly attend GCP and would greatly benefit from having a personal device which they can use to access online. Each laptop shall be fitted with remote access software which would allow us to address any potential technological problems remotely. Laptops will be gifted as renting can cause difficulties if the laptop is damaged or lost. Individuals may feel a deep sense of fear and panic around these events which could result in a non-attendance to GCP which could be catastrophic and in a worse case scenario lead to sudden loss of supports, suicide or a rapid deterioration of mental health. We do not want a laptop to be a reason someone does not engage with those that care about them. A further 4 laptops will be available at GCP for members attending in person activities who want to have access to a computer as well as 12 PC’s). This will increase spaces and opportunities at our IT classes and reduce the need for Members to bring in highly valuable belongings to the GCP. Days: Our IT Classes have been running for over 9 years have consistently remained one of the most highly subscribed to activity provided by GCP. We would like to extend these classes from 2 classes per week to 6, due to current interest in IT and member’s want to be digitally engaged (which has increased since the pandemic left many completely isolated) we think this extension of our current programme will be welcomed by members. Volunteer/ tutor training: GCP is grateful to have a strong dedicated team of 195 enthusiastic volunteers who volunteer with our activities, Open Door Meals and excursions. Due to the high-quality service we provide in the IT classes we want to ensure our volunteers are adequately trained to help members with tech issues and more advanced online skills. To expand our current services we must invest in our volunteers and tutors through comprehensive and up to date training. Including Trauma Informed Practice, adult-teaching skills, thorough use and confidence in the most common applications and tools as well as importantly cyber security, privacy, data-protection and group management. Engagement: In conjunction to our member’s activity programme, GCP delivers a weekly Open-Door Night connecting with Edinburgh’s wider homeless and vulnerably housed community through providing a 2 course meal, and other essential services ( vet clinics, haircuts, benefit support). This service has been running for over a decade and is well established within one of the most isolated communities. Using this weekly event to connect those who are homeless and vulnerably housed with our IT classes will help to expand our digital inclusion initiatives and provide a connection into the GCP community which can further provide extra support and a strong sense of community. The four laptops will be available for short term free hire at this facility for 1 ½ hours a week for people who are roughsleeping or have no recourse to public funds, are destitute and would benefit from a 20-30 minute slot on a laptop to check emails or social media – message people who may be concerned about their welfare or whereabouts.
24/01/2023 £47,110 RECOVERY ENTERPRISES SCOTLAND CIC We are an innovative organisation with a social conscience, working with people at the grassroots, advocating and empowering inclusion, and tackling social issues. We have achieved excellent outcomes to date, actively connecting and working alongside groups and communities utilising lived experience as a key asset. We have been integral to delivering a range of co-produced recovery projects; driving the shift towards prevention, tackling inequalities through less siloed working, and creating service approaches around people’s needs and aspirations. We are driven to supporting people achieving their full potential.Part of our community hub and spoke model involves providing support to prisoners pre and post release from HMP Kilmarnock with issues including housing, benefits, finances, health and wellbeing, addictions, not registered with GP surgery, and not having a bank account. In order to access many of these supports/services people need to be digitally aware. The Recovery Enterprises Scotland team is supporting people being released from custody becoming digitally inclusive. This is done by using digital champions within the team to help and support people to develop the skills required to use technology more confidently, the champions provide training sessions as and when required and are always on hand to provide advice and guidance. Affording data costs can also pose as a barrier to people accessing the internet so as an organisation, we provide free wi-fi. By offering access to laptops within our premises we take away the worry of not being able to access the internet due to being unable to afford the technology required to do so.As an organisation we are delivering prison in-reach without any additional resources or payment to support this work. We recognise the need of being far more preventative through engaging with people prior to liberation and not responding to a crisis when people's needs are not being met. Our more formal prison engagement will allow the development of positive and meaningful relationships, including engagement with people being admitted to the prison where we will consider the circumstances of community needs based on the sentence received or if on remand. Such as 12 week thresholds of housing rent being managed appropriately preventing arrears being accrued, or liaising with family members who may require making single claims and ensuring they are aware of entitlements whilst looking at ways we can support the family in their own right and also offering to support families maintaining contact with their loved one during the sentence. This could involve team members undertaking home visits with electronic devices to enable access to a range of accounts, liaising with services, transporting family members to the prison, accompanying to prison visits where may be the bridge with loved one, working towards sustaining relationships during and post release, reducing the level of stress and knowing they can turn to supports opposed to feeling isolated where they become overwhelmed and matters not being addressed.Following recent discussions with prison management, we have now arranged more formal engagement with staff recently completing all the required prison core training. We are being issued with keys where we can access all areas of the prison, enhancing the level and nature of support being provided. From mid-March we will be present at the prison 2 days a week as a minimum, offering individual and groupwork support. This will allow us developing positive relationships with a range of partners reflective of needs being identified where we could quickly address matters arising, mainly housing, DWP, and healthcare with needs being met with limited delay and reducing the impact of transitions to or from the prison. We will actively engage with a range of prison departments including reception, residential, link centre, and visits staff to enhance the nature of support offered.
24/01/2023 £30,000 BETHANY CHRISTIAN TRUST At the moment the digital inclusion activities that we are delivering comprise of two computer drop ins every week. These are in Leith and Stenhouse. They are accompanied by one-to-ones for people looking for more intensive or confidential support with a staff member. We are able to do this as we own our own Learning Centre in Leith with ten laptops. We then take these laptops to Stenhouse where a church there allows us to use their hall to run the group and they actively promote this in the area for us. People are welcomed to participate at the group at any stage in their digital journey with an emphasis on addressing digital exclusion by auditing how digitally aware they would like to be and where they currently see themselves in relation to this. Existing worksheets will continue to be used by staff and volunteers to guide participants through accessing health and wellbeing resources online and other digital skills. The hope would be that we would have continued funding through this programme to provide individuals without their own device a laptop and a data top up to support them in their digital journey. Such provision would be made once the individual has grasped an understanding of what is possible digitally such as accessing health services and websites like , and Part of the introductory process to a new device would also be to support the individual to use web searches to manage conditions and use their GP website to order repeat prescriptions and use video functions for such things as Attend Anywhere consultancy. If participants wish, they can bring their own device to the group to aid their confidence while learning new skills.Some of the individuals attending the group will have internet access at home in the form of a prepaid dongle or hotspot. Others will have smart phones or tablets but with limited internet connection due to insufficient funds for the necessary data or unreliable connectivity due to the area in which they live. Many people we support found the closure of libraries due to Covid restrictions had an enormous impact on their wellbeing and connections to digital communities.As well as distributing more devices and data we would like to be able to offer the opportunity to participants to complete a Computer Driving License qualification with us if they would like to and for the principal staff member running the group to be trained as a Digital Champion.
24/01/2023 £85,000 GLASGOW HOUSING FIRST Funding will allow us to train and hire a full time equivalent (1 FT or 2 PT) Specialist Support Worker (SSW) who will support people with digital engagement The SSW will work with clients to increase use of digital devices to those who experience digital poverty, by providing devices such as smartphones , access to mobile internet data and hands on support to develop skills around using technology, installing and using messenger and video call apps.
24/01/2023 £22,800 GLASGOW CITY MISSION Our Urban department in our Glasgow-based City Centre Project runs 2 accredited Computer Skills classes per week, which are taught by a tutor from City of Glasgow college. Our current roster of students includes 8 asylum seekers who have experienced homelessness on arrival in the UK and are all currently in Home Office accommodation, including hotels. There are also 2 refugees who had a similar experience before they were granted Leave to Remain. A further 2 students are Scottish and, although settled in tenancies now, have experience of homelessness in the UK. The class is informal as well as educational, with a focus on learning about each other as well as about computer skills. Guests are able to share with each other stories and traditions from their individual cultures, building their confidence in making connections as well as in their ability to use computers. I recently partnered with an organisation called Community Calling, which has provided Glasgow City Mission with refurbished smartphones and data packages. I personally spend time with those who receive phones, helping them learn how to use the phones and set them up. This can take up a lot of my time and I can only fit in one appointment per week. I have 26 phones to still give out. If we had a dedicated Digital Hub with a member of staff on site, we could potentially give out 4 or more per week.We sometimes support people who have problems with their own technology and this is entirely dependent on the individual ability of the staff on duty. It would be so helpful to have a drop-in tech surgery run by someone with appropriate knowledge and skills. Our Rehab Pathways team supports those at risk of death by drug overdose. The team will meet people with addictions, support them with healthcare appointments, and advocate on their behalf in order for them to access rehabilitation services. This work often includes appointments and referrals that require access to a smartphone or computer. Most of our guests do not own their own devices and so, even if they are otherwise capable of attending the appointment or completing the task on their own, this requires staff support. We also have a limited number of computers staff can access - if the guest brought their own smartphone or tablet, this would eliminate multiple barriers.
24/01/2023 £59,830 SIMON COMMUNITY SCOTLAND A Digital Approach to Harm Reduction is a project aimed at supporting women experiencing homelessness who have unique experiences and challenges that men don’t often face. The project will actively engage and involve women who often don’t feel they have a voice in developing and accessing digital harm reduction resources that are up to date, relevant and evidence based. Funding by the Scottish Government through CORRA Innovation fund has allowed us to develop and implement a successful program of digital harm reduction by women for women. With support from Digital Lifelines we can embed this approach reaching 50 women within our services and support the expansion of the mobile app with other organisations to reach a further 200 women in Scotland. We bring significant experience and a track record of digital inclusion. Our learning from our National Get Connected 100 project has evidenced the life changing impact that having access to a digital device, data and support can have on people’s lives and we are able to bring that learning to this project.Alongside digital inclusion, harm reduction is an evidence based, human rights based approach at supporting people who use drugs to be informed, safe and included. Women who use drugs often face additional stigma and discrimination which can make it difficult to access services and support. Additionally, many women engaging in Simon Community Services have and continue to experience enduring relational and complex trauma which makes it challenging to build trust and relationships which we know is integral to interventions aimed at reducing harm and drug related deaths.A Digital Approach to Harm Reduction project involved getting women connected and directed towards relevant harm reduction resources online. However, central to the approach is working alongside women using a co production model to design and create harm reduction resources which are meaningful and of value to them. From earlier research and exploration, we identified that there was a void of harm reduction materials aimed at women who use drugs internationally. Many of the resources are non-gender specific or aimed at professionals. We have connected with partners nationally and internationally, including the Women Harm Reduction International Network to begin to create resources designed for women that use drugs, by women that use drugs. We have built in, from learning from delivering the project so far, funding to allow us to pay women the £10 per hour to take part in a series of design labs, valuing and appreciating the range of experience, knowledge and insight they bring into these spaces. The co-production aspect of this project is central to the design and we have learned that when you give women an opportunity to have their voices and stories heard in a safe and supportive way, they feel empowered and enabled to activate their rights and access relevant information to keep safe.Over the last 6 months we have developed a harm reduction app alongside our digital partners AND Digital called ‘By My Side’. The App is currently being road tested and we are looking to officially launch and share the app in the summer of 2022.The app was codesigned with women in our services bringing together existing evidence based harm reduction information, videos and tools as well as offering a range of interactive tools, including Check on Me which creates a self generating text message to ask someone to make sure a woman is safe. The app covers a wide range of harms often experienced by women including around sexual health, mental health and alcohol and other drug use. The resources being designed and developed by women will also be hosted in the app (alongside other existing resources) and, through our digital inclusion project, will be pre installed onto women’s phones. Through funding from Digital Lifelines we will continue to embed and evaluate the effectiveness of this app, as well as continue to develop resources to be hosted within this space. We will also provide direct training and support for up to 20 partners organisations across the sector on how to best embed the app into their practice for the people they support. Through this we hope to reach a further 200 women.We have full control over the app and can continually update it with new content and resources being developed as part of this project. We are working alongside partners such as NHSGGC, Sandyford Sexual Health Service and Waverley Care to add to this bank of resources, alongside women. Women have told us they feel a real sense of purpose and empowerment by being involved, building skills using their experiences to support other women. We see this project providing a platform for women to move on in their lives, providing opportunities to build confidence, self worth and ambition. We only think we know the challenges women have endured and experience today. During the course of the last year we have been continually taken aback by the resilience, creativity and endurance of the women we support. We are learning from them every day on how they have been forced to adapt to threats, stigma, exclusion and shame and just how isolated they have been. We’re beginning to change that and this project, much more than digital, gives women a voice and a confidence they haven’t felt in a very long time.We are committed to 'no decision being made about people without people' and that the voices of lived experience are at the centre of service design and delivery. This project will evidence how we can bring women into this space through digital inclusion, harm reduction and co-production to reduce drug related harm and deaths.This project will continue to build evidence that by having a digital device and the right support women can be more connected, more included in decisions that are being made in their lives and more informed through having access to evidence based and reliable information around their drug use and health.
24/01/2023 £25,000 RECOVERY SCOTLAND We are looking to get people connected and therefore able to seek support and mutual aid from substance use issues as well as life in general. Life is pretty much online and these groups that we work with are particularily isolated due to lack of technology, technological capabilities and location. Forth Valley has a vast area of rural people struggling with substance use who are unable to access support due to their locations. We are and want to continue to be able to offer a lifeline and opportunity for them to get connected and find recovery from addiction no matter where they live or what their back ground is. But also help them to be able to use online services and websites to make their lives better and more manageable.
24/01/2023 £85,000 SHINE Shine Women's Mentoring is a national Public Social Partnership, providing mentoring support to women in the justice system, including those serving a short term prison sentence or a period on remand. Shine was first established in 2013 and has developed extensive knowledge, understanding and experience of supporting this group of particularly vulnerable women. The needs of women leaving custody are complex and specific, with women facing many risks on liberation. Through experience, Shine recognises how crucial the first 48 hours on release from prison are, in particularly the risk of fatal overdose. These critical hours are fuelled by anxiety and isolation for many women, which increases their risk of harm even further. Prior to the pandemic, Shine provided a "gate pick up" service, which collected women on the day of release, supporting them to link in with key services such as housing, GP and addictions. This was a fundamental part of Shine service delivery and when the pandemic put a stop to this, Shine recognised the importance of adapting rapidly. Very quickly Shine developed Liberation Packs for all women leaving prison. These packs were placed in their belongings for the day of release and included essential service information, basic hygiene products and crucially they contained a charged mobile phone with data. This allowed women to receive support from their mentor as soon as they stepped through the gate. Women quickly referred to the provision of a smart phone as a lifeline. Having technology allowed women to access Shine support, as well as other key services. It also reduced isolation by giving women a means to stay in contact with social support mechanisms, increasing their overall wellbeing and feeling of connection.
24/01/2023 £4,000 PERTH AND KINROSS ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTARY SERVICE LIMITED (PKAVS) Digital Inclusion project takes the form of a 10 week employability course to BME communities in addition to a digital drop in and communal access to laptops at a hotel for refugees and asylum seekers. Project worker embeds digital learning, ESOL and finding "the hook" in the digital course, but the drop in is a mix of case work, essential digital skills work and building trusted relationships.
24/01/2023 £4,000 GLASGOW'S GOLDEN GENERATION GGG work with a range of older people across different parts of Glasgow, including operating day centres and digital cafes. Their service focuses on 1:1 support, having supported 180 clients through Connecting Scotland and the development of a bespoke app. They have exciting developments ongoing with Sky, as Scotland's first 'Sky Up Hub' providing connectivity support through provision of superfast broadband.
24/01/2023 £4,000 LEUCHIE Leuchie House support a range of people with disabilities to gain independence by introducing them to Tech Enabled Care. They use mass-market consumer tech like Amazon Echo to demonstrate how people with physical impairments can stay in their own homes for longer. They are partnered with Ability Net to help users learn and troubleshoot with devices after they leave the respite centre.
24/01/2023 £4,000 THE HUB DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY The Hub D&G provide a series of four digital up-skilling workshops that focus on the Essential Digital Skills framework. These workshops are part of services that the Hub offer as a community information and resource point.
24/01/2023 £4,000 INCLUDE ME 2 CLUB SCIO Include Me 2 run a range of social clubs for people of all ages. These clubs are a mix of targeted activity (employability-focused, for example) and general social events. There are a mix of online and IRL activities. As part of these services, Include Me 2 are interested in supporting service users to better understand the wider use of devices beyond social media and help to engage learners in productive internet use. The programme would continue the current provision of clubs to all ages, which a specific focus on online behaviours.
07/11/2022 £10 DEMO ORGANISATION Our project will center around digital inclusion, using devices to support the most affected individuals in our community
19/10/2022 £7,930 COMMUNITY FOR FOOD The project will offer bespoke meal packs, recipes and live and recorded cooking demonstrations for all families that CFF supports, specifically tailored to the foods we offer referred families and taking into account their dietary needs. This project will remove barriers to eating healthily. It comes at a time when ipads are being rolled out by the Scottish Government to all the children within the schools we support so technology access will not be a barrier. We are proposing a year long pilot where families will receive 1 meal pack per week for a year. This will contain all the ingredients they need to make the meal together with the recipe card. They will also have access to a dedicated bespoke online website area where they can access further recipes, live cooking demonstrations or pre-recorded cooking demonstrations to further develop their skills and knowledge. Families do not have to feel concerned or under pressure if they have to buy additional ingredients. All ingredients will be provided in line with the types of foods we currently offer. We are aware that our small team of volunteers do not have the knowledge or expertise to offer recipes or cooking skills. This is a need we have identified and will sit alongside our existing services and complement what we offer by adding even more value to families in need. We have carefully selected an external organisation who are willing to offer this tailored service at a reduced rate for us. This year long programme will give the opportunity to our families to build 4 new recipes per month for a year enabling skills for life as well as versatile meals all from the same set of basic ingredients, using minimal kitchen equipment. As the cost of living crisis unfolds our families will welcome the knowledge to make new recipes from basic food ingredients which are also nutritious and tailored to their dietary needs.
19/10/2022 £13,744 STRONGER TOGETHER ENTERPRISE The aim of our project is to tackle poverty and social inequality that the BAME community are experiencing by extending our services delivery to the community in a way that is easily accessible to large number of people. We plan to carry out two types of activities: The first activity is designed to provide a drop in clinic for the BAME community where they can get direct support and/or be signed posted to various services that available to them across the city. Through our engagement with this community during the lockdown period, we were able to identify that the BAME community were disproportionately affected due to factors such as digital exclusion and language barriers. Many of them were unaware or did not know how to access the various governmental and non-governmental supports that was available to them. Unfortunately this problem is still persisting. Through this activity, individuals and families from BAME community can be supported with things like how to apply for benefit and be signed posted to services provided by other partnering organisation that can be of benefit to them. We want to take a community-based approach by holding our drop in clinic in places that are frequently visited by the community such as the Local Shopping Centre, Local Supermarket like Tesco (Including BAME Shops) and Local Libraries. We have already been granted access to Springburn Shopping Centre and Springburn Library to run the clinic and are in talk with Tesco to secure a spot. We believe this partnership approach of working will make us more visible to people that needs our support and speedily raise awareness of many other services that are across the city. The second activity will run a virtual Afro-Scot fusion cooking class for the BAME families. As the cost of living continue to rise, the BAME families are hit the most because they rely heavily on exported food that come from their country of origin. Unfortunately these foods cost two or three times more than local produced and the fact that most of these families are already living in poverty, rising prices of exported foods are making life even more difficult for them. The aim of this cooking class is to teach these families how they can be creative with their cooking using local produced to make their home country dishes. We believe that the class will help them to cut down on spending by buying food that are locally produced and still be able to enjoy their home country meals. The class will hold virtually to enable many people, regardless of their locality, to be able to join. The participants will receive by post food basket and cooking recipe cards that will provide step by step guide on how to make by themselves what they have learned in the class.
19/10/2022 £14,650 THE LEARNING TREE PARTNERSHIP (SCIO) One of the main aims of the organisation is to equip our learners with the skills, confidence and experience which will enable them to move on from The Learning Tree and ‘Branch Out’ into other opportunities. We have been achieving this with a small number of our learners and some have already moved on to volunteering, further education or employment.For others, however, the Learning Tree has become a safe space where they are comfortable and, although we encourage it, it is much harder for some people to move on. We have recognised over the past few years that some people with a learning disability will require that extra bit of support to help them take the next step and move on to be more independent. As an organisation we also need to make connections, develop relationships and look at ways to work in partnership with other organisations and businesses in Angus. This is vital if we want to develop pathways for our learners so that they can take the learning and skills that they have gained and put them to practical use elsewhere. We want to pilot a project where we work intensively with a small number of our learners, working closely with them and supporting them throughout the process of moving on from The Learning Tree Partnership. We want to provide support during the moving on process until learners are at a stage where they can carry on independently and we can take a step back. Included within this work would be support with CV building and interview skills with a wider group of our learners.This pilot project will help to inform our work moving forward because we have recognised that we can only grow and develop as an organisation if we have the pathways and processes in place to allow people to confidently leave The Learning Tree.
03/10/2022 £8,156 VOLUNTEER CENTRE WESTERN ISLES Learners will have the opportunity to engage and interact with remote training services and other learners through the use of the Video Conferencing facilities, laptops and iPads. We are currently establishing a new Youth Advisory Group to support and develop volunteering in the Western Isles are ensure their voices are at the centre of service development, in line with new Scottish Government Youth Volunteering Guidelines and #YouthVIP recommendations. Due to the geographic spread of the Western Isles, it is expensive and impractical to get these service users together face to face more than once or twice a year. However, in order to adopt these recommendations and engage meaningfully with young service users, we need youth services from Barra to Lewis to work together as a cohesive group. Clear communication through technology is to key to this. We do no currently have adequate VC facilities and booking it in partner / statutory orgs is tricky and not always available at the time young people can manage, e.g. Fri afternoons and after school. The identified solution is to use our offices across the 4 island bases but we do not have the budget to support this cost at present and it is causing us problems and putting up a barrier to the group. Our current laptops have microphones and webcams but the sound quality is poor and we cannot see everyone in the room due to the old style built in webcams. Having up to date and adequate IT to support service users would enable us to get this group together at times that suit them and support them to engage long term. The new laptops would be used in our Barra and Harris offices and the main VC facilities in Stornoway. We aim to have 4 participants in Stornoway and 2 in each office in Harris, Uist and Barra. Uist does not currently require a new laptop. The IPads will be used by young people during our new Youth Volunteering Drop in sessions in local schools, which we hold in partnership with our CLD colleagues. We hold joint Duke of Edin and Saltire drop in sessions as part of our newly agreed youth volunteering pathway for young people in the areas. We are responsible for delivering Saltire youth volunteer awards in the Western Isles and this has now changed to an online system to sign up and add their hours/ download certificates. Youth service users are expected to sign themselves up for the awards, but we have gone from delivering over 540 awards in 2019 to 150 last year. This is mainly due to COVID but service users are reporting they are getting stuck signing themselves up and adding their hours to their accounts. We also have service users with additional support needs who require support to sign up and add hours. Service users are asking for support so we are working with CLD colleagues to hold new volunteering drop in sessions. However, we are currently working off old laptops. A large Ipad at each drop session will allow us to have easy sign up and clear visual display to easily see the information during this process. We will hold drop in sessions in the 4 high schools across the Western Isles in Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra. It has long been recognised that the use of emergent and mainstream technology can enhance the learning and engagement experience particularly, where learners are familiar with technology in their day to day lives. The application of this technology will enable our service users in the Western Isles to engage with our services, have access to materials and Saltire Award scheme and access to peers and trainers/teachers by removing geographical boundaries and ensuring materials are easy to see and understand.
03/10/2022 £6,252 DEAFBLIND SCOTLAND The project aims to increase vulnerable and isolated deafblind people’s social connectivity and improve their wellbeing and via assistive technology. This technology will enable Deafblind Scotland members to independently access learning and development programmes to gain new skills and take part in classes which without the technology would be impossible to access.The project will have 2 aspects, firstly a long-term lending library for high tech equipment, and secondly to update equipment within our lending library to allow members to try out new devices and technology.We are aware of 2 Deafblind Scotland members who require specific technology to provide them an opportunity to access learning opportunities. This technology has a high price tag but will be vital in ensuring these members can independently access and attend further education. These members are currently/ hoping to start university courses. The Laptop with Dolphin Guide screen reader technology will enable these members to further their education confidently using technology which is specific to their needs. The second aspect of the project will be to update the technology in DbS Lending Library to allow members to try out new devices and technology. This technology will be available on-site from our Learning and Development Centre in Kirkintilloch; however, we will be able to arrange for this to be couriered/ delivered to members throughout Scotland. Loaning equipment and devices will give members the opportunity to try online courses and classes and broaden their horizons, and also try out equipment to make sure it fits their needs before making a purchase. The ruby magnifiers allow members to receive printed material and paperwork. These devices allow members to maintain independence and follow any coursework or written material. Again, for our members these would be a considerable expense so it is important it would work for the individual before making a purchase.The I-pads have accessible settings which makes this technology life-changing for our members. We have applied for I-pads for many members through the Connecting Scotland scheme, but this has now closed and for new members it would be wonderful to be able to demonstrate and allow members the chance to test out the technology and see how they can use it to expand their learnings.We will also work with our Welfare Rights department who are involved in the Digitally Savvy Project encouraging members to access home-based/ café training sessions on completing benefit forms as well as having the ability to shop around for facilities that will decrease their outgoings such as better interest rates, lower energy rates etc. This will reduce the financial inequalities that many Deafblind people encounter through lack of access to information and choice. By loaning the hardware required to access such choices members will be able to gain skills, confidence, and knowledge to claim for benefits for which they may be entitled, or lower cost deals giving them independence in accessing information and challenging the stigma that so often blocks older people and people with sensory loss accessing a better quality of life.Alexa is a piece of technology which can make a tremendous difference to the lives of deafblind people, especially in terms of learning and development. Alexa makes learning accessible by voice command, translating materials, research and calculations, spell check and dictionary, and play podcasts. This is something which would be wonderful to introduce to our members through our lending library.We will actively advertise and promote the lending library to DbS members through our newsletters and website.
03/10/2022 £15,000 NEW START HIGHLAND As a newly accredited SQA Centre New Start Highland is now able to offer accreditation to learners, alongside their work placement activities, on employability training programmes. Laptops are needed to enable leaners to build online portfolios, access formative assessments and achieve an ICT Core Skill. A significant proportion of the 2021 intake of school leavers did not have any ICT qualifications and little or no knowledge and skill of ICT in a work context (use of Office suite etc). The vast majority could not afford a laptop and relied entirely on their mobile devices for their ICT needs. New Start Highland does have a few old desktops that are not fit for purpose. The laptops will be used in classroom sessions in the training room, or for Job Club activities and assessment meetings in the Job Club room, both of which are located at the New Start Highland premises on Carsegate Road Inverness. The headsets and headphones will be needed for group online assessments and to role play 'virtual' interview techniques. The USB sticks will be issued to each learner to save their portfolio work and Job Club activities, CV's etc, which they can take away with them on leaving.
03/10/2022 £9,717 COTHROM As an adult learning organisation delivering literacy, employability and community based adult learning, we increasingly rely on online services and activities to support our learners. We will purchase devies to upgrade some of our very out of date equipment and create a new training facility. The equipment will significantly improve our access to adult learning activities, CBAL, Health and well being and access for employability requirements including completing my world of work, job applications, and accessing appointments.We increasingly use laptops in sessions for activities such as Zumba dance, using and promoting wellbeing apps, digital literacy skills training, historical memories projects. The provision of additional laptops will allow us to increase our digital outreach work for example providing a pop up for census completion.
03/10/2022 £4,497 THE LEARNING TREE PARTNERSHIP (SCIO) We would like to purchase laptops which will be made available to the learners who are undertaking their ASDAN Employability qualification with us. The laptops will be allocated to individual learners for the duration of their training but will remain at The Learning Tree Partnership. The laptop will be used to complete some elements of the work involved in the qualification, and it will also be used as a learning tool, giving learners valuable experience of working with digital devices. The laptops will be linked to a digital printer which will enable them to print off documents for their portfolios. A laptop will also be made available to learners who are involved in our proposed employability programme; this will be used to complete CV's, write letters and to search for volunteering and employment opportunities.
03/10/2022 £14,260 GLASGOW ESOL FORUM LIMITED Glasgow ESOL Forum works with marginalised adults learning English, or ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). This project will provide tablets with protective screens and cases and headphones to enable non-native English speakers to participate in online ESOL classes, engage in digital activity in-person classes and be able to have access to online learning and administration to support accredited learning.   During the pandemic, we delivered a successful digital ESOL project, supplying over 200 learners with devices from Connecting Scotland and our own devices on a loan basis. The proposed package has been tried and tested for both learners’ needs and cost-effectiveness. Most learners worked well with a Galaxy Tablet A8 or A7 and it could do everything the learners required to participate fully in class. Learners in our accredited classes with no access to IT devices at home will have the option of borrowing a device from us to complete their homework. We use Google classroom as a means of tutors and learners communicating; sharing learning resources and coursework; administration and handing in assignments. This system was developed during the pandemic and is a really efficient way of managing the courses and giving learners a reason to develop digital skills. We currently have 4 accredited classes of 10-15 people, with each class having 6-8 learners requiring IT support. They will be able to use WiFi in our classroom, out with class time to catch up on homework. Learners will also be shown other ways of using their devices to improve their English either through independent study skills or listening to or watching English speaking content. Volunteers teaching online and volunteers attending our accredited Introduction to Teaching ESOL course, without a digital device, will also be able to borrow a device. This allows us to be more inclusive of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. These volunteers will use the devices to complete their course, develop teaching and learning materials and work with vulnerable learners online. We will retain a class set of tablets which will be used in the community. ESOL teachers have been become accustomed to working online and returning to community teaching means less access to digital means. This will give individuals or groups of learners access to digital ESOL learning resources.
03/10/2022 £13,794 YMCA TAYSIDE Digital Learning on the move:Our Y Media project is all about breaking down the barriers that exist between young people and unique digital learning experiences. We currently have a Media suite through which young people are able to access a multitude of digital devices and opportunities to learn but it is not portable. This project will allow us to take almost everything we have to offer out into communities where young people are otherwise socially or rurally isolated. Rather than being exclusively based at our centre we will be able to enhance the digital skills & connectivity of the wider Perth and Kinross area, Highland Perthshire & the Ardler area of Dundee. Young people accessing the devices will be supported by our staff and volunteers to get the most out of their learning. Through their involvement in our services they will be supported to learn basic digital literacy; experience VR learning; Edit film and photography and programme interactive STEM devices. How will devices be used:The primary focus of our project is to be able to take these devices, activities and learning opportunities out into communities which suffer from ‘digital poverty’ and ‘access deprivation’ when it comes to accessing quality devices. Rather than lending expensive equipment out we will be working in partnership with local schools and community groups to provide remote learning opportunities. Young people who access our centre and media suite will still be able to do so and have more on offer to them thus increasing the learning opportunities we offer from our location. We are not replacing existing equipment. We are using these new devices to enhance our current provision of digital learning experiences and access to devices for young people. What will Devices be used for:Young people will be able to use the devices with the support of our staff and volunteers for activities that include: Job Search; CV Creation; Research and online Learning; sculpting in VR and 3D printing their creations; Creating films about subjects they feel passionate about; Learning to programme. All of these activities are in line with Scotland’s ambitions as part of the national Digital Strategy.
03/10/2022 £4,221 SUPPORT IN MIND SCOTLAND I am requesting twenty six laptops and three monitor screens; the reason for this is that I would like to be able to provide these devices to our three Resource Centres within the Highlands. At present we only have four laptops within the three Centres and all are Windows 7 and are over ten years old. The groups have a maximum capacity of eight people therefore we are having to refuse people onto the course unless they have their own laptop. The new devices will allow us to hold the computer courses in all three Centres, the groups will have up to date devices that can perform the tasks that the longer and accredited SQA courses will require. The TV monitors will also allow us to assist with group presentations during the courses. We plan to have them at the Resource Centres for the purposes of the computer course and the participants in the course will use them during the group. The equipment will stay locked and secured within the Resource Centre, when the devises are in use they will be signed out and signed in at the beginning and at the end of each group session.
03/10/2022 £14,500 STAND INTERNATIONAL LTD We work with young people and adults to ensure disadvantaged learners furthest from the labour market have the support and motivation to learn new skills, develop different attitudes, and access the labour market confident that they can make a valuable contribution. We offer a staged approach to training and employment support:Personal development & barrier removalVocational activities Employer engagement & partnership workingIn work & after care support Our history of working with learners whose life is unpredictable and often in cyclical crisis puts us in a strong position to provide support that is not limited to employment. Courses are individualised as much as possible to provide the best learning outcomes and qualifications for the individual participant. The main objective of any training we provide is to promote formal and non-formal education as a tool for personal and professional development, and support the integration into society of all those who have experienced social and economic exclusion. Our programme of support and learning is holistic and works with the learner to address their current lived experience e.g., homelessness, problematic drug and alcohol misuse, enduring poor mental health, criminality, domestic violence and poverty. Our model of support covers a spectrum of socio-emotional support as well as focusing on improving the learner’s resilience and coping skills. Currently our learners can struggle with continuing engaging with their course work due to to a number of factors:Lack of access to computers. Currently we have 3 computers to service up to 20 people at a time Lack of internet access . Many of those we work with are on very limited budget and so struggle with any additional cost relating to extended internet access.Lack of support out with the learning Hub. Currently learners are able to accelerate their learning whilst in the formal environment of the learning hub. Access to mobile tablet (which can be allocated to individuals) for specific period of times allows them to continue to study on their own time.With a high proportionate of learns struggling with literacy (the average literacy for our adult learners 10 / 11 years old) then lesson presentation is important to ensure optimal engagement with the learner. The projector will enable lesson to be delivered with simplicityWith access to computers and the digital world we expect that this increased access will see a greater number of job applications being submitted and will improve the chances of people securing successful employment opportunities.
03/10/2022 £8,630 YOUNG ENTERPRISE - SCOTLAND We are applying for funding to buy 2 Digital Screens, I-pads and other digital equipment to support Square Go, a brand new, highly supportive enterprise learning project for disadvantaged young people at the YE Scotland Rouken Glen Park Training Centre in Glasgow. The new project will provide, free of charge, a physical space as well as targeted enterprise support to allow disadvantaged young people to have a ‘Square Go’ at bringing their business idea to life. 5 young entrepreneurs will take up residence in the new Square Go entrepreneurial hub and receive support in the first year to set up a business. We have already secured capital funding from East Renfrewshire Council to build the unique ‘Square Go’ ‘village square’ enterprise hub, which will provide each young entrepreneur with their own pod space to learn and to develop and grow their business. The build is currently underway and due to be complete by end of September 2022.The young entrepreneurs will benefit from 1-2-1 mentoring from the YE Scotland team and our wider network of business volunteers who will help them to undertake training courses and to develop their practical and personal skills. They will also be supported with well-being to help them successfully navigate the challenges of a first year in business. ‘Square Go’ has been set up in recognition of the barriers that young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds face in starting a business. Schools, teachers, and young people themselves have told us that there can be barriers to accessing the more traditional avenues for business support for those from the most disadvantaged groups. There is a need for a more nurturing project which offers early-stage enterprise idea support alongside practical, employability and life-skills learning support.The project will also support an additional 20 young people per week to take part in practical employability/enterprise learning sessions, taking inspiration from the young entrepreneurs in residence. The Digital screens will provide an essential part of the young people’s training, integrating with the I-Pads and existing laptops we have. This will provide a state-of-the-art digital experience which is essential to gain their engagement. Demonstrating the capabilities they have at their fingertips digitally will help inspire them to learn and engage with further education. Young people will also be able to use the new equipment to gain the accredited qualifications that we offer – either an SCQF Level 3 Enterprise qualification or SQA Employability qualification.The new equipment, will also be widely used by local community groups and local schools who regularly visit and use our inspiring environment to teach. With the new Square Go premises, we expect this community usage to increase further in the coming months.The digital smart boards will be installed in the new Square Go premises and all other devices will also remain at our Training Centre and be available as part of a suite of learning resources for our young people and the wider local community to use for years to come. They will remain the property of YE Scotland.
03/10/2022 £9,000 FRESH START (SCOTLAND) The funding will help Fresh Start to equip our new training room in our Community Hub with an up to date IT suite which will support our Refresh training program; service users looking for advice and information on a range of issues; and providing the local community with improved access to digital facilities.Fresh Start's Community Hub is based in Pilton, North Edinburgh, an area of multiple deprivation where many people have limited or no access to digital devices. With many welfare assessments and government support moving online it can leave many of the most vulnerable in our society facing digital exclusion and missing out on vital services and support. Fresh Start would like to create an IT suite within the training room of our Community Hub which will enable Fresh Start service users and members of the local community access to laptops and tablets with internet access. The devices will also be used to support Fresh Start's training program, Refresh, which supports people who have been long term unemployed to gain SQA qualifications, skills and experience to get back into employment. Trainees are offered bespoke employability support which will be enhanced through improved access to digital devices and help them build their confidence in using devices which will increase their employability prospects.Fresh Start are requesting £9,000 of funding to equip the IT suite with 8 new laptops, 4 tablets and one large smart board that will provide inclusive access for our trainees, service users and people within the local community to access online advice and information about welfare and a supportive environment to complete benefit, job and housing applications. Our Training Officer will work with trainees on a one to one basis and in group sessions by delivering training via the interactive white board. Trainees will be able to access a laptop or tablet each to complete SQA course work, work on their CVs and search and apply for jobs. Our Hub Team Leader will promote the IT suite through our twice weekly drop in sessions in the Community Hub and coordinate with partner organisations to use the space to provide welfare support for service users. We also plan to host bespoke digital sessions for people in the local community where they can gain training on digital devices, helping to reduce digital isolation and enhance their employability prospects and overall wellbeing.
03/10/2022 £14,763 WOMEN'S SUPPORT PROJECT We work with refugee, asylum seeking and migrant women, many of whom have experienced gender-based violence. We run courses to help women who have experienced trauma and are feeling isolated. One of the courses we plan to run is 'Computing' in partnership with Clyde College Glasgow. We plan to run 'basic', 'intermediate' and 'advanced'. Most of the women don't have access to devices and the college don't have enough resources to provide them for everyone, we want to provide these devices for women to learn computing at various levels. We would like to be able to offer three courses per year, with 37 devices in total we would to be able to reach 111 women per year. This number would increase as when we are not running the courses we would give the devices out on loan to help further support their own studies, we estimate that we would be able to support at least a further 50 women throughout the year.
03/10/2022 £14,040 BETTER LIVES PARTNERSHIP Better Lives Partnership (BLP) aims to develop and deliver a range of opportunities for children and young people with autism and related disabilities as well as their families. Our flagship project is the Bridge to Employment (B2E) Programme. We now have B2E sites across D&G based in Castle Douglas (Stewartry), Stranraer (Wigtownshire) and Dumfries (Nithsdale & Annandale). We cater for almost 70 young people across our sites and have 23 referrals at the moment in the pipeline. The majority of young people (40) attend our B2E site in Wigtownshire which means we need to provide more laptops in Stranraer to suppport their learning.The B2E Programme is a success offering young people a Programme comprising of 5 inter-linked strands which are delivered in a person-centered way to give them the best opportunity for transition to work, further education, training, self-employment. Our Programme is not career focussed or time limited, however, we expect young people will have moved on within 2 years. We deliver ASDAN courses which give young people a recognised accredited qualification. For some of our young people they have not been able to achieve qualifications whilst in mainstream education. Our core courses are Employability SQA/ASDAN, Independent Living ASDAN, Enterprise ASDAN, Environment ASDAN. In addition we find the young person a work experience placement in a career of their choice. We support the young person and the employer to ensure the experience is positive for all concerned. We also offer Independent Tasks which can be whatever the young person needs to achieve their outcome ie some have achieved online Open University Courses, Skills accreditation Programme with Borders College online while others require support with independent travel. Our programme is very person-centered we have a structure and a timetable but it is flexible with young people attending for the parts of the Programme that will benefit them. Some attend 5 days a week while others attend 2/3 days a week combining the B2E Programme with a College Course or work placement.We need laptops for our young people to use within our sites to support their learning. In Stranraer we need to expand the number of laptops we currently have and in Dumfries, our newest site, numbers of young people are increasing with 17 attending and several referrals in the pipeline. These 2 sites will benefit from laptops purchased if we are successful with this funding bid. We find this a constant struggle to source suitable equipment at an affordable price to provide for the ever growing number of young people. We have purchased a number of new laptops ourselves and have been gifted Natural Power laptops when they were upgrading their stock. We paid to have these checked over and re-purposed but are finding in reality they are not performing adequately ie they are 'old' and break down regularly. Having the funding to purchase 18 new laptops to spread across our sites would make a huge difference to the learning of our young autistic people.
03/10/2022 £4,485 LOTHIAN ASSOCIATION OF YOUTH CLUBS (LAYC) If successful LAYC would purchase 15 iPads to be used primarily within two core service areas of LAYC: training and youth participation. The devices would be used within LAYC's training programme to engage participants in online and interactive learning activities, for example within the accredited learning and wider achievement youth awards participants must create an evidence portfolio which includes photographic evidence. Currently we rely on participants having their own device to do this within LAYC training or staff are using work mobile phones to undertake this on behalf of young people. Having access to devices as a standard part of LAYC training would not only provide the opportunity to increase IT skills and literacy but it would remove any barriers to engaging as a result of digital poverty, empowering learners to be in control of their own learning and recording of this, in the case of youth awards. Having access to digital devices owned by LAYC to be used within training sessions would also widen the range of activities we are currently able to incorporate. Providing digital learning exercises and activities would engage those who prefer that learning style from other more traditional methods. It would also modernise the learning opportunities LAYC are able to provide as a CLD organisation, preparing participants for the workforce and use of digital/technology within roles. Having access to devices as a standard part of LAYC’s youth participation programme would increase the opportunities available as part of these sessions, more learning and engagement could be done using interactive and digital learning. For example, many consultations are delivered using online surveys, which currently LAYC needs to find a way round for the youth participation group to be involved in. Access to devices would also have an environmental impact, currently in both training and youth participation sessions there is a reliance on printing materials and paper based exercises, the use of digital devices would significantly reduce this.Devices will be used within LAYC premises or within LAYC led sessions at other premises, we do not envisage a lending library arrangement given the context we would plan to use these devices and enabling as many learners as possible engaged with LAYC services to access them.
03/10/2022 £5,492 AWAZ - THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY through the creation of IT training hub, we will meet the following aim "strengthenorganization to be sustainable in the longer term."with our previous projects we developed a culturally and socially accessible ResourceFacility was created in the Awaz FM offices where information on climate change,recycling, waste management and fuel poverty could be accessed in English, Punjabi,Urdu and Hindi. We felt that having an in-house facility such as this would helpcontribute towards a low carbon lifestyle and give people the opportunity to discuss theissue of climate change in a culturally appropriate environment. The concept of thisfacility was recommended by the vast majority of South Asian women who wereinvolved with the project. The resource facility not only acted as a means ofeducating the local Asian community on issues relating to the problem of climate changebut also doubled up as a good meeting place to meet others and address the problem ofsocial was highlighted that people wanting to learn how to use computers.therefore we would like to apply for funding which will make a difference and it meetsone of the fund's objective "To purchase equipment to ensure your organisation has the hardware required tocontinue to deliver services effectively."the new IT suite will help to meet such issues that have been exacerbeted by Covid-19and disproportionately affected BAME/South Asian community in southside of Glasgow.the project will target member of BAME communities who have recently becomeunemployed due to the pandemic and young people leaving school with unemployment will have long term impacts both for individual and for wide society , itcould lead to a depreciation of skills, forgone work experience. They will be able to usethe IT suite to access vacancies , prepare CVs complete application forms etc.Improve IT literacyRecognising this issue, we found that mainstream services were offering IT and literacy,however, they were not addressing cultural and linguistic barriers and employingbilingual staff and volunteers. especially with the elderly group it is found that a high number of them are totallyisolated due to lack of skills to use computers . therefore with creating IT hub we allow people to get basic upskilling on how to set up e mails, access internet, set up face book etc. , this will assist in the reduction of isolation and loneliness.COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted that there is a high numberpeople from suffering from depression, isolation and other health issues . we will providesupport for the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure their health and wellbeingis maintained.The Podcast equipment will allow young people to use them at our IT Training Hub , we will also work closely with schools and youth projects where we will take the Podcast equipment to allow young people to use them which will give young people new skills such as speaking skills , researching, report writing, interviewing skills , recording and editing.this will make them more confident and will assist them in their education.
03/10/2022 £14,705 IMPACT ARTS (PROJECTS) LIMITED To tackle inequalities using fun, non-traditional creative engagement, Impact Arts focuses on working with four different participatory groups: Children, Young People, Older People and Communities. Key programmes currently offered by Impact Arts which will benefit from the purchasing of new digital devices to support Community Learning and Development activities include:• Creative Pathways – Impact Arts’ flagship creative employability programme aimed at young people aged 16-26 not in education, employment of training.• Impactful Starts – aimed at removing barriers towards progressing to positive destinations, particularly barriers relating to health and wellbeing and low core and essential employabity skills• CashBack to the Future – Funded through CashBack for Communities, CashBack to the Future is aimed at 14-19 year olds, focusing on wellbeing and creative workshops including visual art, music, creative writing, and digital arts.• Craft Café – Impact Arts works with older people in Govan, Glasgow and at Viewpoint Care Home in Edinburgh to help them learn new skills, renew social networks and reconnect with their communities through artistic and creative expression.• Art Therapy – offering a safe, relaxed space for children to express themselves through creativity and play, available for children aged 5-12 years old. Impact Arts offers one-to-one therapy; parent/carer-child therapy as well as therapeutic group work.• Make it Your Own - working with young people in Renfrewshire to help them to sustain their tenancies, including being taught a variety of creative skills in planning and designing what they would like to do their home.• Creative Play – outdoor creative play designed to encourage children to develop creative skills, confidence outdoors and help them make new friends. Can involve a wide range of activities such as sculpture, treasure hunts, storytelling and painting.• COCO - The COCO (Care and Opportunity, Celebration and Outcomes) project gives young people with care experience in HMYOI Polmont near Falkirk the opportunity to engage in creative activities, develop new skills and confidence and create, exhibit or perform art that tells their story. All devices detailed below will be used in our premises only.The iMacs will be used in our youth employability programmes at our permanent bases in Glasgow, Edinburgh and/or North Ayrshire by young people for completing modules and paperwork associated with our SQA accredited delivery as well as to create impactful digital art and editing films on a high-resolution computer. This creative activity is central to their learning and development as well as successful accreditation. Currently our programmes have been using older tablets with small screens – creating digital art and especially editing photographs and filmmaking on an iMac gives them far better and relevant industry experience and gives them access to a wider range of tools used in education and employment-related environments. The iPads (together with the Crayon and smart keyboard accessories) will be used by a wide range of participants from across a number of local authorities who are engaging on our learning programmes. Not only will the devices provide better access to creative software (including video and music) and give them industry and employment relevant experience; it will also support those who are neurodivergent and/or have additional literacy/language barriers (over 85% of our participants) as this kind of tablet is proven to be more accessible and responsive to their needs. The mobility of these devices means that we can easily transport them to different projects/locations and ensure they are utilised by a wide range of participants- including those in Polmont Young Offenders Prison, those at risk of homelessness and engaging in our Tenancy Sustainment projects and more.Four of the Dell laptops and associated monitors will be used by all young people we work with in Glasgow for completing employability tasks such as applying for college, creating CVs, completing job applications, searching for jobs and preparing for interviews. Currently this is undertaken on their own hand-held devices which results in significant learning/engagement barriers and does not reflect the tools utilised by Job Centre Plus (and others), or the employment marketplace.The DLSR cameras will be used by participants across multiple projects and multiple local authorities in order to take part in photography-related activities and workshops. We have a limited number of lower specification cameras currently which are not enough to meet demand across our services. Two of the Dell laptops will be used by young people in our youth employability programmes outwith our permanent locations (such as North and South Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire) to support them to complete SQA paperwork as well as to access progression opportunities and to complete application forms, search for jobs and other employability-related tasks. These programmes are delivered through community/partner premises which means we do not have access to the same level of IT equipment and digital devices.The interactive whiteboard and touchscreen will be used in our Glasgow premises by young people. We currently connect a laptop to a projector via an HMDI or VGA port, but through use of an interactive whiteboard and touchscreen young people will be able to use the touchscreen when participating in learning activities instead. For example, they may work together on a creative project or artwork, with the added benefit of integrating and accommodating various different learning styles into one experience.
03/10/2022 £6,680 ESOLPERTH We would like to purchase laptops to provide internet access and learning support to the refugees and asylum seekers we work with, supporting their English language development, job search and work readiness, and wellbeing through communication with loved ones in their country of origin and access to information. Service users will have access to the web-based supplementary material which accompanies our book-based curriculum, access college course work, complete online certifications to increase their empolyability, conduct job searches, create CVs and submit applications. There will be tutor support available for all of these aspects from 10am to 7pm weekdays and 10am to 2pm on weekends. In addition, we would like to purchase two camcorders to deliver new project-based English language learning programmes, with students creating short videos around specific language themes as the outcome, which will provide an engaging learning format and sense of achievement. The camcorders will also be used by students on our Cultural Learning Trips, creating videos which can then be shared with other learners, promoting sense of belonging, purpose and language development. We would also like to purchase 4 keyboards and mice for desktops which were donated, but with keyboards and mice lacking. All devices will remain on premises.
03/10/2022 £14,111 LAIRG & DISTRICT LEARNING CENTRE LDLC would like to purchase a number of laptops, tablets and accessories to support learners in our communities with learning both in the learning centre and at home. These devices will enable LDLC to the following learning opportunities within the Learning Centre and outreach venues across Sutherland (Dornoch Hub, Lairg Community Centre, etc):- • IT Support Classes – how to use devices, how to get online, exploring what you can do with a device.• Digital Skills Classes – from basic introduction to IT to core skills such as Word, Excel to video editing, photo editing, music making, digital storytelling, website design, marketing, graphic design. Higher Spec Laptops will have capacity to run creative software).• Digital Skills Club for Young People• Employability Skills – CV Writing, Job searches, job applications, etc.• Creating Writing Classes • Journaling Classes• Creative Arts Workshops – using graphic design software.• Language Learning Classes – to access online and digital resources. • Family History Classes• Accessing Virtual Learning Academy and SQA platforms (accredited learning)This list is not exhaustive this of all learning that will be delivered using these devices as more may happen as things develop. Devices will also be used in the centre for participants to come in and join in online learning opportunities being delivered by tutors elsewhere in the country or online learning opportunities being delivered in partner providers. The learning centre is a safe space for learning and learners may wish to access this space to reduce their energy costs where possible amidst the rising energy costs . Having devices in the centre will enable all learners to participate in learning opportunities using high quality devices set up for their learning needs. Accessories such as an ergonomic mouse and large font keyboard will support learners with mobility issues and visual impairments. Noise cancelling headphones will enable learners to attend online classes or work on their projects (e.g video or sound editing) without being interrupted by others. Access to a device within our classes (of all kinds) may support speakers of other languages who are not fluent in English to do participate in learning opportunities and communicate with others through using translation resources. Installing a Smartboard in the LDLC IT Room would provide opportunities for tutors to display learning materials on the screen, changing the sizes to support those who may have any visual impairment or difficulty reading smaller fonts. Learners would also be able to share their work on screen. A Smartboard facility will also enable further opportunities for joint participative learning, online and blended learning. Device Library In an age where a large number of things are only accessible online these (train timetables, banking, home delivery food shopping, job searches, training opportunities, forms for accessing services, some medical appointments) there are still a large number of people in our communities who do not have access to devices and/or internet connectivity. A device library would support digital inclusion in the area and provide individuals with the opportunity to borrow a device. LDLC is also one of the centres administering free data sim cards via the National Databank. Purchasing empty Wifi Dongles would enable us to provide those who are digitally excluded and experiencing digital poverty with a device and way of accessing the internet at home. This would also enable learners to attend LDLC’s online learning opportunities and support participation in classes during periods of adverse weather when travel to the centre was disrupted.
03/10/2022 £11,037 YWCA SCOTLAND Our work is open to all self-identifying women and girls, but we have a track record of working with women and girls from marginalised communities and groups, whose voices are underrepresented: refugees and asylum seekers, survivors of domestic violence/abuse, women recovering from addictions, women who have experienced homelessness, women on low incomes, care-experienced women, mothers and care givers, women from minority ethnic backgrounds, women with disabilities and mental health support needs, LGBTQI women, and women from rural or disadvantaged communities. The focus of our Glasgow Centre is to support self-identifying women to recognise gender inequality, the impact this has on their life, choices and opportunities and to take this learning with them to support their journey. Through engaging in our programmes and services delivered from our Glasgow Centre, women will be supported to learn new skills, engage with peers in community learning and fulfil their potential. Through community based learning, we will provide a platform for their voices to be heard. Participants have a number of pathways to engage and access our services – through programmes delivered from our Glasgow Centre in the east End of Glasgow, our community outreach partnerships, our digital learning platforms, our research, our bloggers network, our social platforms and our newly developed Glasgow Centre Advisory Panel. We have many courses that this funding for devices will support, and the devices are a vital element to increasing women's skills, participation and future achievements. All of the programmes we provide are either solely IT based, or have a strong element of research and online learning. The devices would be available to women accessing our programmes, and would remain in the IT Suite in our Glasgow Centre for use of all participants engaging in our services.Empowering Pathways for Women (EPW) is a 10-week programme which empowers women to become leaders in their own lives. We developed it in response to the needs of women who are overcoming complex issues and experiencing multiple obstacles to re-building their lives. It aims to: provide a feminist framework to understand experiences and overcome barriers create a space for reflection and the sharing of personal journeys build relationships and sense of belonging increase participation in the local community, democracy and citizenship build confidence of women to challenge barriers to equality and be leaders in their own lives. The programme includes the following modules and elements: Empowering Women: mapping intersectional barriers, leadership and self-esteem, identifying and challenging gender inequality through an intersectional lens, women's inequality at a local, national and global level, gender pay gap and workplace inequality Lifebooks: creatively setting goals and impacting the positive support systems in participants lives It's Your Glasgow: understanding local communities, knowledge and confidence to engage in its culture and civic life It's Your Parliament: developing confidence to engage in democratic processes and understanding our political system and processes Each year we support 36+ self-identifying women by delivering 3 EPW programmes to some of the most disadvantaged women in Glasgow to support their participation in civic life and to become changemakers within their own lives and communities. EPW graduates can also participate in the Next Steps programme to explore their options for further studies, employment and volunteering opportunities and/or Succeed in Learning programme, delivered in collaboration with our partners, which complement the core EPW programme by providing routes to formal education and community learning, and key qualifications for employment, increasing their ability to compete for and sustain employment. Each year we support 160+ women in our Succeed in Learning programme which includes a range of accredited courses delivered within our Glasgow Centre in partnership with Glasgow Colleges and are flexible depending on the learning needs identified by our participants: ESOL: beginners, pre-intermediate, intermediate National 4 Care Units (accredited) SCQF L4 Understanding Mental Health & Wellbeing ICT courses: various levels offered throughout the year SCQF Core Skills Level 3 & 4 The devices we currently have are outdated and are no longer fit to support the women and encourage their IT skills.
03/10/2022 £14,794 STILLS LTD We are applying for the purchase of 8 new iMac desktop computers (exact details in budget). These will replace the 8 iMac desktop computers that are currently used for delivering Stills School and are essential to the programme’s curriculum. The current computers were purchased in 2007, with a warrant expiring in 2010. They no longer support any system updates, which includes updates for web browsers, Microsoft office packages and importantly, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite – the software used to carry out all teaching within the school (i.e. photo editing, design). The Stills technical team expects that these desktop computers will be fully obsolete and unusable within the next 2 years maximum. Stills is a registered charity that relies on government funding (i.e. Creative Scotland) for core operational support, as well as trusts and foundations for project-based funding. We currently do not have funding allocated to support this important upgrade of tech equipment for the school.Through Stills School we aim to create space and time for young people to experiment, learn new skills and express themselves. we prioritise places for those who face multiple and/or significant barriers and have a number of key indicators to measure this (i.e. people who are living in an area of multiple deprivation according to SIMD, people who are currently not in education/employment, people living with long term health conditions). We frequently receive referrals from our wide partner network, including Edinburgh Young Carers, Skills Development Scotland and the Multicultural Family base.Our iMac devices are the primary tool for learners taking part in all three stages of Stills School: Contact – an 8-week introductory photography course for small groups of 8 people, delivered at Stills by an experienced team of artist-tutors. We deliver over 100 hours of taught activity per course (4 courses a year), of which approx 50% of this time is on iMacs. Academy – a 12 week course (6-8 people) focused on developing an artistic practice and personal portfolio, which culminates with an exhibition at Stills. We deliver 80 taught hours and 40 self-led hours per course (2 courses a year), of which approx 60% of this time minimum is on iMacs. The Graduate Scheme – additional ad-hoc support to Academy graduates needed to pursue their next step (e.g. support for art school or job applications, interview practice, help with funding applications to develop their own creative projects). The Stills School is free and all stages include access to materials and equipment. We remove all associated expenses for people taking part, covering the cost of travel and refreshments. Our Stills School classes are small, allowing for individual attention and to encourage confidence, leading participating young people to think ‘maybe I can do more’. We have received positive feedback from participants for taking this open, person-centred approach. For some it’s what attracted them to the programme:“Stills School allowed me to be seen and valued as an individual rather than being defined by my barriers. By not placing labels upon us the group and I were given a rare sense of privacy and equality. I applied to Stills School because it did not publicly place me within a category of circumstances that continued to separate me from society but rather focused upon supporting my individual needs whilst providing equal and accessible opportunity within the Arts and Education.” – Past ParticipantWhile the challenges participants face are often very different, we find the model we have developed tends to work for most people who sign up. We work in small groups of up to 8 people and deliver the sessions in a relaxed learning environment. We know many young people are anxious about accessing a gallery space, so our learning spaces are set up more like living rooms, with comfortable seating and refreshments. We also offer informal tours around Stills before the programme starts, so young people can meet staff and explore the building in advance.Young people participating in Stills School complete the course with knowledge of design programmes like Lightroom and Photoshop (Adobe Creative Cloud on iMac). These programmes are widely used across the creative industries and iMacs are considered industry standard in the sector due to their capacity for handling large file formats and intensive processing. Learners also complete the programme competent in digital and analogue photography. Importantly, skills obtained increase the employability of young people looking to pursue many different paths. This includes computer literacy skills and a new-found sense of confidence that being on the programme inspires. We celebrate the work made by young people in an annual Stills School exhibition held in Stills’ renowned city centre gallery. This is a further opportunity for young people to come together and work as a team to produce a high-quality exhibition that celebrates their experience. This is part of Stills’ wider public programme and is attended by Stills Friends, professionals for other arts organisations, board members and other key stakeholders as well as footfall from the general public. *More widely, the devices will also be used by learners of other short-term community engagement progammes such as our recent project in partnership with Access to Industry (8-week course), working with vulnerable adults over 25 facing language barriers, trauma and anxiety (14 members).The project focussed on using photography for wellbeing. Additionally, the devices will also be used by learners in year-round photography courses through the Stills Assisted Places scheme. This scheme offers fully-funded places on our courses to anyone, of any age, facing financial barriers.
03/10/2022 £14,150 COMMUNITY CENTRAL HALL Through the exceptional times faced as a result of COVID – 19, it became apparent that there was a lack of digital inclusion within the community due to the extreme poverty within the area. As a response to combat this, CCH set up a Digital Tree project to provide support on the use of digital technology, by providing guidance and one-to-one support in accessing training opportunities and job support. The initial work started on our Digital Tree concept in June 2020, for which we obtained funding through the Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund. This project was set up to help to reduce the digital divide and provide training and job support for individuals who needed it the most. The support was provided through one-to-one zoom meetings and phone calls, by providing opportunities through the lending of tablets for individuals to access training opportunities and assist in job searching skills and job coaching support. For each individual that accessed our project we provided a person-centred approach with a clear emphasis on helping people to mobilise and connect. The devices that we look to purchase through this fund, will include laptops, desktops, keyboards and headsets, which will give us the opportunity to expand what support we provide and allow us to provide additional resources for individuals as well as our staff team, many of whom live within the area we operate within, by us being able to provide various mediums of digital technology for those excluded. Before this period as a community organisation, we have and continue to actively be involved in providing development and training opportunities and job searching support skills. This support has been provided through several projects for the target groups of young people, young adults and adults, and support is provided through our Job Club, Princess Trust, our Brighter Futures Project and GECCO employment project. The emergence of Digital Tree came as an outcome of the pandemic and although this was a short term funded project for two months, the demand far exceeded what we anticipated. Within this project, we would provide digital technology solutions for those excluded “on loan like a lending library”. The technology inputs would allow skill-building and job support for individuals – direct training and support through our Employment support project, devices to use in our base for our Princess Trust programme and Breakthrough youth provisions to assist with homework and training. It would also provide an additional staffing resource to access online training opportunities for our staff team.Some of the outputs achieved through the digital support over the last 6 months has included 18 Kickstart recruits have accessed the tablets to complete induction training as well as some of them now having access to these for job searching as many did not have there own devices at home. Through our partnership GECCO employment project, 7 individuals who were accessing our ‘Into Childcare’ course were provided tablets whilst on training. 3 tablets have been given out to individuals in the community on a lending basis to support learning, job searching and application.With this funding we are looking to continue the initial work started through the Digital Tree project and reduce the digital divide by providing continued and enhanced support options, as well as training on digital awareness, various development and training support, as well as supporting individuals to be job ready and assist in job searching, which will assist them in being more active citizens within their communities as well as to mobilise them to help their communities economically in the long run.
03/10/2022 £9,511 COMMUNITY TRANSPORT GLASGOW The Reach Employability Project builds on the current training that CTG provides (MIDAS, D1, and CPC). The project provides individuals who face barriers to employment, with the opportunity to gain skills, qualifications and real work experience that are required to gain employment within the bus sector. The Reach Employability Officer along with the CTG Trainers will support participants throughout the process. The project aims to encourge individuals to come forward into the Community Transport and to provide career opportunities within the bus industry. Individuals will gain the driving experience, skills and confidence to consider a career in the bus industry. We will assist drivers in obtaining a provisional driving licence and theory test prior to the bus compnay providing PCV training. Will provide links between the Community Transport Sector, the Driver and the Bus Companies.
03/10/2022 £12,025 FIFE INTERNATIONAL FORUM As part of Opportunities Fife No One Left Behind we are commissioned to deliver a Pre-Academy to migrants and refugees in Fife. The academy champions migrants’ rights and welfare through access to learning English, helping them develop communication skills, we educate, and encourage participants to develop foundation skills employers are looking for. Our aim is to empower individuals with language, explore personal skills and strengths, helping them understand employers’ expectations, improve migrants’ employment prospects, in how to become a successful employee. Equipping them with the knowledge and tools to move on to a bespoke academy or further support them in their employment journey. The pre- academy is person-centred and nurtures aspiration to meet opportunity. Within the pre-academy we use learning journals and deliver 12 modules over a period of 6 weeks, and this is then followed by a 4-week work placement. At present all of documents are hard copy and when they go to ESOL classes, SDS (Skills Development Scotland) and on placement they transport their learning journals. We would like to have Chromebooks for the participants these would be left in the classroom however all their data can be kept on a USB flash drive. The participants who attend the academy range from 16 yrs. to 60 yrs. of age the criteria being they must be unemployed. Many migrants and particularly refugees have no recourse to public funds or indeed are on benefits and cannot afford any digital equipment. We are a people led organisation and given our cultural diversity we have found that individual and community participation in the design, development, delivery, and the evaluation process are key to successful projects. Engaging migrant communities in a positive way has also built respect, trust, and a sense of accomplishment among all those involved in the process. Our experience is individuals/communities have helped shape our project vision, ensuring we are responding to local needs, and have helped build support for our development ideas. The other equipment – laptops and headsets are for migrants (people who use our services) who sit on strategic and collaborative partnership groups as part of co-design and co-production. This equipment would allow them to fully participate as an equal team member.
03/10/2022 £14,271 RENFREW YMCA SCIO We are looking to purchase an innovative piece of equipment Magic Mirror™ which can support a wide range of accessible learning content and deliver personalised learning opportunities where content can be optimised for individual needs. Magic Mirror™ opens up a new mode of interactive game play and allows people that use mixed access technologies to play and communicate together in fun activities. Create engaging communication apps and bring people together. Participants can use iPads and Windows computers to create innovative learning games, to further their digital literacy. Using the magic mirror and ipads participants with mobility issues will be able to fully immerse themselves in coding skills, to work informally on education and do active play within their ability range using the state of the art equipment. We will use this equipment to teach participants how to build games, in app developments, search the web, learning digital Skills Development : Capturing, creating, editing and combining images, text, sound, animation, video, data and code participants will collaborate in pairs and larger groups, to search, research, synthesising and present information.We are also wanting to get Magic Eye FX software which has been designed to develop access and communication skills through creative play and gaming. The software supports eye gaze, speech, switching, touch, game controllers, mouse and keyboard inputs and offers 100s of thoughtfully designed activities. To go with the Magic Eye FX software we are looking to get a specific laptop tray that allows for us to connect the eve tracking software to the laptop that we received from the COP26 SCVO and Microsoft donations, this will allow for individuals with only eye movements to be able to not just use the magic room, but also be able to create programs, type documents and do other basica things with computers that would require the use of movement of limbs. The devices will remain in the Renfrew YMCA building however, these will be accessible for use for the young people we work with as well as other memes of the community, we have great links with the local schools. The local ASN school utilises our space frequently and with this technology we will be able to offer greater support to young people with additional needs.
03/10/2022 £15,000 DG VOICE As part of our ongoing digital inclusion work, we have started building a learning library of devices. We currently have one device each of the following: an Android smart phone, an Apple iphone smart phone, an Android tablet including smart pen, an Apple ipad including pencil, a google Chromebook and a Windows Laptop. We are developing fully accessible training materials which include all of the accessibility features. During the first phase of this work, it became apparent that people would like to borrow devices to be able to try them out for a period of time. This will enable them to make a decision as to which device best suits their individual needs, especially giving them an opportunity to try out the variety of different accessibility features. We would like to purchase 6 additional devices of each type to create this lending library. The existing devices are our display devices as part of the learning and training sessions and the additional devices can be borrowed by people with a variety of disabilities to try in their own time, with the support of our digital champions. As every person is different, each person will thereby get the opportunity to try and test the device to their own personal needs and use them for the purposes that best match their requirements.
03/10/2022 £9,378 THE LOUISE PROJECT During the pandemic we appointed a Digital & Literacies Coordinator to develop our established literacy classes which have been running for 4 years. We support the Roma migrant population, many of whom come to the project with little or no literacy skills. Thus, we DONOT start with ESOL – we deliver nursery level education to adults in a dignified manner. We stream beneficiaries, most of whom are young women, into beginners (starts with penmanship), intermediate (basic alphabet, simple word formation), and advanced learners (primary school level and onto ESOL). Our advanced learners are engaging in ESOL which is delivered by City of Glasgow College at the project. In the past year we have now supported 7 women into college, 4 from the Roma community and 3 were refugees. We have applied for 2 different types of devices to be used by two different groups of beneficiaries. The iPAD AIR devices are highly recommended for students and thus those we have enabled to start college both this year and previously will be able to attend the project Monday – Friday during office hours to work on any college work at the project and receive support from the staff and volunteers (most of whom are retired teachers). We are also developing an IT suite which will hold the iPAD Air devices and people attending the project for other support will be able to use them (the devices will be fixed to the worktop area). This area will be open to anyone. In addition, we aim to encourage and support those who request help to take the lead in completing online forms e.g., application for clothing grant. The staff/volunteers will work alongside people to build confidence when using the devices and to develop their level of skill. The 10 iPADS will be used as part of the literacy classes of which 3 run each week and the Coordinator will use the iPADS as a teaching tool to develop penmanship, written and spoken English, numeracy, and knowledge and understanding of life skills and about Scotland as well as developing their digital confidence. The large monitor will be a valuable tool for class lessons, such as letter formation.
03/10/2022 £10,813 OCHIL YOUTHS COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT We wish to establish a ‘No Limits’ community digital creative hub allowing young people - and the wider community - to access a range of digital, creative devices to support their learning. The overriding aim of our ‘No Limits’ project is to support the skills development and wellbeing of the young people we work with. We moved into our own premises on the High Street earlier this year and have a fully accessible building right in the heart of the community that lends itself to being a community hub. We work in a rural area, free access to creative digital technology is not easily available; the digital skills required for the world of work are always changing and this is particularly the case within the creative and gaming industries - two areas where Scotland is excelling! Local schools do not cater to these types of learning, although all pupils will have chrome books by the end of this year as part of a key Scottish Government policy, deepening their skills base and knowledge of all things digital and in particular digital skills specific to creative industries is still a learning gap. Engagement in such activities supports positive mental health and emotional wellbeing, giving young people a sense of purpose, a safe space to be, new social networks and positive relationships with the adult workers who will support them in their learning. We will offer ‘Skills Swap’ sessions where young people and members of the wider community can share digital creative skills, learning from each other. As with all our services we offer a warm and welcoming safe space in the community for young people taking part in this project, they can undertake accreditation for their participation if they wish; we always provide food and we can arrange transport if needed. Our project will focus on 4 key areas of. creative digital technology skills with regular group sessions delivered from our own premises, and some outreach work in the community; devices have been ‘bundled’ into each of these areas:Content Creation - making and editing videos, creating content that amplifies youth voice in relation to the issues facing society - climate change, the cost-of-living crisis, mental health and anything that young people feel is important to them. We already run several creative arts programmes and clubs but do not use digital technology in these settings as we only have access to one iPad. Having multiple cameras will allow groups to work collaboratively to film their creative output. Using professional standard cameras, Mac Minis* and editing equipment to not only convey their message but to build vital skills through experiential (hands-on) learning. These skills support future careers in technical theatre, drama, media, and marketing. (See also Digital Making below)eSports – developing our offer from basic ‘Game On’ sessions we have run using borrowed kit, to a proper community-based eSports offer creates opportunities for young people to develop their skills in the burgeoning eSports movement. eSports are recognised as helping develop transferable skills like teamwork, leadership, communication, strategic thinking, problem solving, decision making, analytical skills etc. With a proper eSports set up we can offer eSports Casting which supports cognitive development, helping students to be able to speak under pressure and develop valuable public speaking skills. Developing skills through eSports supports pathways into tech industries and more general marketing, media and design type pathways.Podcasting - we have worked with young people on a few podcasts using basic phone recording. For young people who do not want to be on camera, a podcast is a great alternative; this equipment will allow for skills development to a professional standard and ties to the growing popularity of podcasts post lockdown.Digital Making - we have piloted digital making this year using 2 Cricut digital printers and this has proved to be very popular. We want to expand this offer with Wacom One tablets which allow design without coding using digital pens. We are being gifted raspberry Pi’s, HD displays and keyboards by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The combination of Cricut, Wacom, Raspberry Pi and the mac Mini’s detailed in bundle 1 allows a comprehensive digital making platform that has accessibility for all levels to develop their skills.
03/10/2022 £10,960 GO! YOUTH TRUST We would like to create a Digital Skills suite where young people can learn new skills such as video editing, sound production, web design, graphic design and podcasting. We intend to purchase iMacs which are of a high enough standard that they will be able to deliver all that our Digital Skills Lab hopes to provide. We are also purchasing headphones so that the learners can have privacy and also ensure that multiple learners can engage at the same time. These will compliment our existing programmes being delivered to young people who are disengaged from education, employment or training which are delivered Monday to Friday from 9am to 3.30pm.We will also create digital skills labs where young people who are attending school can attend our large youth work space in the Howgate Shopping Centre after school (3 times per week) and get support to create new media.The machines will also be used to support young people to complete CVs, apply for jobs and gain qualifications.The machines will be retained by GYT and will not be distributed.
03/10/2022 £3,300 LINGO FLAMINGO CIC Currently we teach foreign languages through a mixture of materials, including workbooks, sheets, sensory materials and accessible aids. In our classes, we normally have around 5-6 participants. Usually, one or two of the participants in our care home projects struggle with using workbooks or sheets. As a consequence of this, over the last 10 months we have incorporated our exercises on to an online portal. We therefore seek funding for 10 Ipads which would help to make our lessons more accessible for some of our participants who struggle with using workbooks. Furthermore, we have recently started to run SQA certified courses where participants can gain a national 2-unit qualification for completing our courses. As part of the requirements, we need to collect evidence to show that our students have met the required outcomes. We would therefore also like to use the Ipads for our tutors to collect organic social impact and to gather evidence which can be fed back to the SQA. The Ipads would therefore help our capacity to teach, to collect and showcase our social impact, as well as evidencing that SQA outcomes have been met.
03/10/2022 £12,750 DUNDEE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS CENTRE We help women with little or no experience of using computers to learn the basics. Those who already have some knowledge can learn more about the specific things they want to (eg Word, Excel etc). There is a specific weekly class for this, butwe also use the computers in other classes, for example when women are looking for employment, or studying towards the SQA Employability Award they will do online personal assessments, job searches and applications as well as producing their own CV. Our Discover Dundee class helps women who are new to the city to explore and research. When they are not out and about visiting new places, they will have the chance to find out about the city's history online. English language learners use the PCs for researching information for project work and exhibitions, for instance the history of different countries, when women where given the vote there and so on.Other learners can use the PCs when there isn't a class on to study or browse the internet. We are very keen to encourage women to use DIWC as a safe space during the winter to keep their energy bills down.We would also like to provide a printer to be linked up to the PCs so that women can print out their work if necessary.All of the PCs and the Printer will remain in the Centre. We are also asking to buy encrypted USB sticks so that women who are working on the PCs can save what they've been doing and take it home with them.
03/10/2022 £14,449 THE PORTAL ARTS (SCIO) We would like to buy 11 mac book pro's to support our EDI Employability Training programme working with young unemployed adults, from socially deprived areas, who have no formal qualifications. These laptops will support our tutor to deliver high quality media access training to up to 10 participants at a time. This will enable them to learn new media editing skills, develop impact campaigns and promote the value of participatory training in communities. The training will take place at our premises at The Portal, embedded in the Govan community, and will be delivered by professional tutors who are expert in using these devices.
03/10/2022 £5,094 LEADERSHIP, EQUALITY AND ACTIVE PARTICIPATION (LEAP) IN SPORTS SCOTLAND (SCIO) LEAP Sports runs a series of health, wellbeing and activist programmes for community members to actively participate in developmental work which improves their skills, confidence and wellbeing. Many of the learners in our community network have barriers to undertaking some parts or all of some programmes owing to lack of digital skills or knowledge. This can be due to lack of access to equipment, chaotic lives, or just a lack of transferability between different digital environments as we learned strongly during covid-19 when accessing computers for some community members. This project will give learners the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge and importantly to work specifically on transferrable skills in a learning environment that supports their individual needs. We currently have set up a “Digital Suite” but which has only 2 laptops and a desktop, all of which are older. We intend to dispose of the desktop computer and to repurpose the laptops for lending out. We’d therefore like to purchase 5 new standard laptops plus 1 higher-spec laptop; and some ancillary equipment such as screens, cameras and microphones to create our learning community Digital Suite in a more useable way. We will also have one larger screen to wall-mount for teaching plus a mobile camera and microphone that can be moved around and used in skills training. We will run Digital Skills training sessions for LGBTIQ+ adult learners using the World Economic Forum competence framework to address the 8 key competence areas which includes Digital Identity, Digital Rights, Digital Literacy, Digital Safety and so on. Learners can opt for training over 2 longer sessions or 6 shorter sessions. Training workbooks will take learners through what their competence development, but they will use examples and work in real time depending what programmes or projects they are part of. For example we have a Rainbow Audio-Visual Literacy project supporting community members to tell their stories in digital formats, and a Digital Activism project supporting learners to engage more safely in online spaces amongst other projects. Where appropriate, learners will undertake some of their work from those projects as examples when fulfilling aspects of Digital Skills training. In addition to the training sessions, there will be drop-in facility for learners to come in and continue developing their work. We have a long established pathway into community sport for refugees and asylum seekers as well as community members who are digitally isolated. A target for the forthcoming year is to improve activity amongst the older LGBTIQ+ population. This all means that we regularly have folks dropping in to our office for support with digital issues whether it's just getting signed up for events or managing facebook groups or meetups for their community groups - our digital suite also services their needs in this more targeted manner.
03/10/2022 £13,900 ANGUS YOUNG ENGINEERS (A.Y.E.) CLUB In 2020 the unemployment rate of 16-24’s in Angus rose to 15.7%, up from 8.4% in 2019, significantly higher than the Scottish average. In Angus we have high numbers of unemployed young people and even higher numbers in poor quality employment as a result of underachievement’s during school years, over twice the Scottish average of full-time employees in Angus are earning less than the living wage. The current cost of living crisis is making things extremely difficult for the disproportionately high number of low earning young people and families in our area. We are creating more opportunities for the high proportion of young people in Angus who are falling behind in education, struggling to enter employment, experiencing inopportunity and are under-supported in their effort to overcome these circumstances. Our work places these individuals in a position where they can work towards reaching more positive goals. Our activity helps them develop new skills, interests and earn qualifications that are relevant to local employment, enterprise opportunities or further education courses. On the whole there is a great need for increased investment in these areas and we currently looking for that investment so that we can provide our students with the most up to date and relevant technologies to support their education. The educational outcomes to be obtained from the equipment we wish to purchase aligns with specific skill deficits as identified by the SDS regional skills assessment for Tayside area. The new equipment will support teaching a wide range of STEM based activity including 3D Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, 3D scanning, IT, Robotics, coding and Digital Manufacture using 3D printers and 2D laser cutters. We keep our workshops interesting and engaging with team activities, competitions and set up role play jobs that reflect local industry, working with our industry mentors and STEM ambassadors. This enables participants to develop their skills, acquire additional accreditation on top of what they achieve in school and gain valuable employability skills as they go. The Virtual Reality (VR) equipment will transform our project space into a virtual and augmented reality workshop, using VR headsets to transport our young people to places across the globe (and beyond!) and give them a ‘next to real’ STEM experience that they would not otherwise have the opportunity to explore. The “ClassVR” headset is a ground breaking new technology designed to help raise engagement and increase knowledge retention for students of all ages.Typical experiences include:• VR Tours of museums with augmented reality hyperlinks to data on the viewedartefacts• VR tours to the pyramids , Eiffel tour and other landmarks• Factory tour of cape canaveral , the moon and Mars!• Tours of modern technology like wind turbines and engines looking at how they work.• Looking at machining processes like wood turning and welding to enhance craft skillsThe equipment will be used 3 afternoons per week (after school) and will be used for 40 week of the year. The impact of Covid-19 has reinforced the need to introduce more disadvantaged young people to the opportunities that a STEM education can provide. The recovery of the Angus economy will likely be a long, transformational process, particularly as Angus is an area comprised of many already struggling rural businesses. Industry that was declining prior to the pandemic has far less chance of making a full recovery post pandemic. Businesses, traditional practices and work environments are disappearing, more people are working from home, reliance on technologies is increasing, there will be greater need to develop new technologies to keep up with the changes and a greater need to prepare future workers to become efficient in using these technologies. Careers in STEM are growing at a rate far higher than the average industry, a trend inversely correlating the decline in “traditional” rural employment. Gross weekly pay for full-time workers in Angus is significantly less than the Scottish average whilst STEM workers earn on average 26% more than those without a STEM background. Not enough is being done to steer more young people in our area towards these subjects and we believe that is a significant shortcoming in the effort to lead these disadvantaged youngsters toward more positive destinations. The equipment we wish to purchase will help us to do just that and as a result we will be able to provide disadvantaged young people in our community a fair chance at success.
03/10/2022 £13,745 ELGIN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT GROUP We see a variety of learners as a result of the services we provide in collaboration with our partners, from our youth work sessions to our employability programs, as well as our training coffee shop. These devices would be available during all sessions and mostly used on-site to improve the support provided. With the use of these new devices, we can now provide digital employability support. We will be able to provide experience with cover letters, skills development, and job searches. These tools will also be used to help our learners advance their IT-related knowledge and abilities. The devices will also allow learners to take part in online training opportunities and enable access to advice for example poverty, housings, and career. We will offer learners further knowledge in the digital disciplines of marketing, music production, and graphic design using the most advanced technology. This will introduce our learners to a brand-new, crucial skill area that they may not have experienced previously.We are submitting our application for a variety of devices, so we will be able to provide our students with a lending library so they can improve their knowledge and abilities at home before returning to class to demonstrate their accomplishments. During sessions with our staff, volunteers, and others who use these devices with keyworkers, work coaches, and many others, learners. In our social enterprise, we provide IT, training classes. This application would improve the services and enables individuals to build their confidence and broaden their horizons through meaning full learning.
03/10/2022 £11,051 WEST OF SCOTLAND REGIONAL EQUALITY COUNCIL WSREC were based in offices on Napiershall Street, Glasgow for over 20 years, where we had an established base and an IT suite for our service users. This was used for training, job club and other capacity building support. We were advised of the closure of the building in 2020 and over the last two years have been refurbishing a new office nearby which we have a longstanding lease for. Staff have been working from home during the pandemic and beyond and our aim is to be in the offices by mid-September 2022. Over the last 18 months, we have raised over £100k in capital and refurbishment grants and this has included approximately £39k in matched funding from the Digital Boost Fund which has enabled us to secure data cabling for our new premises and new PCs for staff. The devices will assist us in transforming on of our rooms into a training hub and education and learning centre. The devices will be used to support WSREC staff to deliver on-premises training sessions, workshops and one-to-ones to service users. Training and education includes ESOL classes, employability, SQA accreditation, skills building and gain access to mental health and wellbeing opportunities, as well as link into wider services. The majority of the devices (10 laptops, 10 headphones, and 1 monitor) will be allocated to the upstairs training room for ongoing training and workshops. The headphones will be used in sessions, when showing tutorials and videos, meaning that service users can listen without disrupting others. The monitor will be fixed to the wall to assist in delivery of sessions, allowing us to show presentation and demonstrations. As well as this, a drop-in job club will be setup in the future on the ground floor with 3 laptops, where service users can use the devices to search for employment and other opportunities. These will also be used in our private meeting rooms for one-to-one sessions. When not in use, staff can sign out the devices to deliver off-premises sessions, on-site one-to-ones and smaller group sessions. The cameras will be managed by the admin team, where a lending system will be used, allowing staff to sign out devices as needed. These will be used to assist with the delivery of garden initiatives and foraging sessions, where elements of photography and media training are included.Cameras will be used as a means of supporting future applications which relate to community support from an arts, cultural or environmental perspective – for example, we foresee that having access to these devices will help bolster future funding applications relating to photography and nature workshops, as part of any climate change related funding bids that we will be going for. The cameras will be used in conjunction with service users’ smartphones, and individuals who do not have smartphones will have priority access to the cameras, which will help make sessions more inclusive and accessible for all. Other examples of planned bids will focus on using photography and creative expression, in general, as a way of addressing mental and physical health issues and, again, having this resource, to hand, will only serve to improve our chances of success and helping vulnerable communities. We have strong links with well-established photography projects (such as OpenAye) who engage with our own service users to deliver sessions. Again, having this resource will help any of those freelancers/external photographers, that we work with, to be safe in the knowledge that we have the appropriate equipment to engage communities with We have a wide range of projects at WSREC, which often involve trips to various parts of the country – we will encourage the use of cameras during these trips.
03/10/2022 £15,000 THE MARIE TRUST The aim is to purchase an 86-inch smart screen alongside iPads in order to deliver educational, motivational and lifestyle services to individuals who will access the Marie Trust hub in Albion Street. There are many barriers to learning and making informed lifestyle decisions, including a lack of IT access and awareness and curiosity. Having both the smart screen and iPads to allow users to become more confident with the notion of using IT in a number of ways, including to enhance their lives e.g., access to emails, learning how to navigate the web to access online services and Universal Credit Journals to communicate with advisors, this itself will give people more control over their lives, as well as when accessing SQA education courses delivered by the Trust and partners. The use of the devices will be wide and varied, from; accessing the internet for services (many users of the facility have no access to the internet due to poverty and exclusion, which can then affect the speed in which they can access help or benefits such as Universal Credit and to simply hold an email account to allow for speedy contact and messaging) creating visual CVs and using Skills development Scotland My World of World sites. completing application forms and college enrolments, getting used to online forms and what is required ie National Insurance numbers. creative applications such as reading, viewing visual materials creating visual and audio materials (photographic, graphic design, video, podcasts, radio etc.) short course delivery to allow integrated learning to occur between the smart screen and the users on the iPads (will allow the sharing and viewing of work and ultimately to move them on to accredited courses and further education/employment). For example our photography course could use a smart board to show their work, get it peer assessed and deliver presentations as part of their coursework. This in turn will raise the user’s confidence and IT literacy as they progress as learners with the aim that these skills are carried on into their everyday lives with transitions into education and employment. The IT curiosity of the smart board will also include having the ability to utilise the smart screen to present material and simply explore using advanced technology, something that many learners from the Trust’s cohort do not have access to. The devices will be permanently based in the café learning site at our Albion Street hub. Here there will be 80+ people using the devices on a daily basis. The devices will allow tactile learning and discovery and for an inclusive experience for those with disabilities including wheelchair access using the height adjustable stand on the smart screen, the opportunity to zoom in to specific areas of the screen for the visually impaired as well as simply allowing learners and café users’ confidence to increase by touching the screens as they use them. We want to instil learning and when someone comes into the hub for a meal, they will see the smart screen and be curious, be able to touch it and have a IT experience they realise they were going to have – but lead to other learning! The screen and the iPads will be permanently based in the café learning suite and will not be available on a loan basis. We currently have a laptop lending scheme for learners but will use the iPads specifically for internet café experience.
03/10/2022 £14,625 IRVINE SPORTS CLUB These devices will be used to provide further training opportunities as currently, we own 6 basic laptops which are used to deliver training courses on, although these devices are slow and old, meaning that delivery of training is restricted to not power intensive courses. New devices will mean that training in photoshop, web design, accounting software, budgeting tools, health and safety, and environmental policies can all be done through group training sessions with no system issues causing delays to delivery.We plan to purchase 15 Microsoft Surface Pro laptops with the most up-to-date and soon-to-be standard operating system, intel core i5 processor to keep up with our training sessions, wired headsets for training delivery, and 1 large TV Screen for training delivery display, 15 keyboards, and mice. Learners will be able to use these devices on-premises, throughout their course, and during drop-in sessions on a weekly basis.With the new devices we will be able to expand the training on offer and as always will interact with our local community on a quarterly basis to ensure that we are offering training that is required and helpful to their personal circumstances and struggles.
03/10/2022 £10,820 OPTIONS IN LIFE Options in Life has recently purchased a building in Fife which will be opening as a centre for young people with learning disabilities and families later this year. The building will have a café, a training kitchen, social space, classrooms and a learning garden situated on grounds to the rear of the building. The classrooms are currently undergoing refurbishment and will soon be ready for use. When the refurbishment of the classrooms is complete (estimated mid-October 2022) we will require various items of IT equipment to run the classes/workshops. There will be classes running for groups of up to 20 young people with learning disabilities at a time, several days each week throughout the year. In some of those classes the digital equipment will be central to the learning content such as web design, digital art, photography and IT literacy. Other classes that are not specific to the technology, such as horticulture, science & nature, climate action, cookery and music will also make full use of the digital equipment as they are used to search data, videos, music, type notes, produce project plans, evaluations, summaries with charts, graphics and text and presentations. The main item we wish to acquire is an interactive Smart Board which is excellent for the group learning sessions we run, it’s an ideal piece of digital equipment for encouraging teamworking exercises, improving IT literacy, project work and communication which are all things we want to help our beneficiaries progress with. The Smart Board is also excellent for presentation work which can be used by the classroom tutor when delivering lessons or by the pupils when presenting their project work. The Smart Board is very interactive and intuitive which supports some of the learning challenges our beneficiaries face and it also has many unique features which will enhance teaching and learning capabilities. We would also like to purchase several laptops, tablets and cameras. The laptops will again be used in the classroom, supporting small groups, providing internet access to look up information, software to write up findings and produce reports, posters, power point presentations…etc. The tablets will serve a similar purpose but will offer the additional benefit of portability which will allow pupils to take them to other locations in the building and outside to our learning garden where they can use the tablets to look up plant species, document growth and management of the fruit and vegetables in the garden, identify and monitor bug species…etc. The cameras will directly enable our photography workshops but as with the rest of the equipment they will also be utilised in other areas. The photographs taken will be uploaded to laptops for use as images accompanying project findings in presentations and write-ups.
03/10/2022 £15,000 POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING LTD In December 2021, we distributed a small number of digital devices. We received 300+ applications and now have a client database with information regarding their need level and digital skills proficiency. We identified the pressing need for digital skills training and device/Wi-Fi distribution throughout these communities and subsequently hired a dedicated Digital Skills Officer to carry out this project. This project will connect our digitally excluded beneficiaries to the internet and provide them with the necessary digital skills to access the internet’s many benefits and services. The project has three strands: Supplying devices and internet access on a 6 to 12-month loan basis to previously completely unconnected households. Providing 1-1 Digital Skills sessions to digitally illiterate clients. Provide a short course every quarter for clients looking to expand their digital skills, focusing on demonstrating how digital skills can be used to understand their rights and leverage their talents to break down barriers.Learners will use the digital devices (specifically laptops and tablets) on our premises during workshops, and they will also be lent out using a long-term lending library approach. We will retain ownership and all clients will need to sign a loan contract. Overall, this focused initiative will help marginalised people break out of the poverty cycle and improve their long-term stability and quality of life.
03/10/2022 £14,931 ENABLE SCOTLAND (LEADING THE WAY) Used within premises across several geographies as follows: ENABLE Works Glasgow (8)  ENABLE Works Highland (6) ENABLE Works Moray (6 ENABLE PALs West Dunbartonshire (7) The devices will be used in Enable premises or in local community settings. ENABLE Works Services will use the devices to support clients to increase digital confidence and allow access to our new state-of-the-art career development platform (Prospects). This platform is designed to offer a 24/7 service to our clients. It is the system of choice for all the large prime employability providers in Scotland and the UK and is further utilised by a FE, HE and local authorities across the UK. We utilise to facilitate the delivery of our employability programmes and associated qualifications. ENABLE Prospects’ tools are designed to support individuals to feel more confident and in control of their career. It has more than 5000 resources, it is updated monthly and provides a dedicated and private environment for our clients to work on their personal career development. Clients work with their assigned worker to identify the activities that are right for them and there are tools that can be used to track their progress. ENABLE’s PALS service in West Dunbartonshire tackles the poverty of opportunities available for children and young people with learning disabilities. The service provides the opportunity to participate in a variety of exciting activities, play, engage, interact and mix with peers, whilst having fun and achieving set individual outcomes. Access to technology will help support the development of an interactive model of feedback, helping the individual understand, reflect and express their views in a manner that meets their needs.
03/10/2022 £14,250 CEMVO SCOTLAND CEMVO Scotland currently delivers the Young, Connected, Confident (YCC) programme and Steps into Employment programme. The YCC programme works intensively with ethnic minority young people between the ages of 18-25 to set and build their confidence and achieve their goals in the world of education and work. The YCC programme provides intensive 1-2-1 coaching and mentoring to beneficiaries so that they can achieve positive outcomes and overcome the barriers routinely faced by ethnic minority young people in their lives when it comes to obtaining gainful employment or accessing opportunities to build on their capacity. The Steps into Employment programme works closely with ethnic minority women from all over Scotland by guiding them into employment and developing their careers through the provision of intensive support and training.In addition to the above, CEMVO Scotland has also recently gained SQA Centre status and will be commencing the delivery of the Employability Award at the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework for levels 3 and 4.With this funding we would like to create a space for beneficiaries of both programmes mentioned above, as well as the candidates participating in the accredited SQA Employability award, to access an IT area in the CEMVO Scotland office so that they can access a safe space that caters to their respective learning needs in a culturally sensitive manner. 7 laptops will be available for all participants to use in this space. The space will also have a printer allowing project beneficiaries to be able to create hard copies of vital information such as CV's, job application forms, further education application forms etc. In addition, we also propose to have 2 laptops available (one for each project) for use in a lending library format so participants in the programme that are unable to travel to our premises can still benefit from access to equipment that they can utilise to develop their capacity.
03/10/2022 £1,760 THE NEW WELL We will purchase 8 laptops which shall be used by learners attending our CAP Job Club ( Job Club is an 8-week course comprising of weekly workshops to develop employability skills (skill building, CV writing, interview preparing) additionally we provide a free lunch and an optional Drop-in service where learners have access to computers and additional mentorship. We have secured funding to facilitate 3 Job Clubs in 2021 for up to 8 attendees each course and now seek funding for devices that can be used within the drop-in session. Last year the team used our personal laptops to run a small pilot drop-in after each Job Club workshop. This drop-in proved invaluable to the successes of our attendees, as each were able to benefit from further one-to-one mentoring from trained volunteer Job Club Coaches, access to computers (which many did not have access to at home), and additional personalised support with CV writing and online job hunting. We are developing good supportive relationships with the local Foodbank, CAP Debt Centre, Access2 Employment, Advice Shop and the Job Centres in Bathgate, Livingston, Falkirk and Grangemouth for both referrals to us and to signpost our attendees to other wider support. 7 out of 8 of our attendees have since found and sustained employment, with the 7th in a consistent volunteering position which suits and supports their needs. We are so proud of this success rate, and acknowledge it was only possible due to our additional mentorship and online access during our drop-ins. Our drop-ins were so successful local charities (Linlithgow Young Peoples Project and 1st Step Addiction Recovery) have approached us to run similar drop-ins in their organisations. We want to expand this service and need devices to facilitate this. These 8 requested laptops will be stored in our central premises, which is based on our local high street, and will be used during the drop-in sessions. We want to ensure each person feels valued during the drop-in, one way to do this is to ensure nobody feels rushed whilst using a laptop, and can use the devices for as long as they need during the drop-in. Learners will use the devices to build on skills learnt and developed in the classes and will have a chance to practically use the knowledge gained from the course to search for jobs online using the laptops. We also request a phone which shall be used by primarily by the job club manager to connect with those attending our classes, but it shall also be available during the drop-ins for attendees to phone employers. Our Job Club works with the most vulnerable and hard to reach people in our communities- those who lack employability skills and struggle with mental health, poverty, debt issues, learning disabilities, illiteracy, or health issues. This phone shall be used to contact potential attendees, encourage them to engage and consistently attend the course. Some do not have access to personal devices or cannot afford to keep them topped up, so during Job Club sessions, this phone will be a vital tool for attendees to contact potential employers or benefits services overcoming a barrier to job-seeking.
21/09/2022 £16,000 TOGETHER FOR BETTER LIFE Poverty in Scotland is an issue that has increasingly come under the focus of politicians and development institutions. TFB has never addressed this issue directly, even though BMEs are among the most disadvantaged ethnic groups in the UK and Scotland. To combat poverty, first, we need to improve our capacity to do so. Hence, a sessional worker will be recruited to gather knowledge about poverty among BMEs and its causes. This could be done by consulting research, academic fields, and specialised organisations such as The Poverty Alliance. Then, s/he will develop course material to raise the community's awareness about poverty. We will run eight courses, three sessions each and for ten participants in the first year. The course will cover the different dimensions of poverty and its relevance to the community. It will also discuss the reasons for poverty in the community and how to eradicate/avoid it. Thereafter, we will focus on one poverty dimension each year. Hence, the following year will be about poverty and education. We will run ten workshops, each for ten participants, to educate parents about the education system in Scotland and how it varies from that of the home country. It will also motivate parents to engage in children’s education and schooling. We will also run supplementary education classes once a week for 30 weeks. This day, primary school pupils will receive extra education in English and Mathematics as the essential subjects for their success. This will be for 30 pupils, ten at a time. Bilingual teachers will run the classes. Having bilingual teachers will ease communication and understanding of the subjects.
21/09/2022 £6,980 A HEART FOR DUNS We're developing a collaborative approach between Duns Foodbank and A Heart for Duns for a pilot to start in September 2022 aiming for an October launch for a six month period, to provide food and company for those affected by food and fuel poverty, and those affected by the prevailing economic circumstances. We’ll do this by providing access to additional services including heat, refreshments, wifi and social contact, and external partnered advice, and use this as a means to engage and support people using all of our food distribution services. On site advice will vary over the weeks of the pilot and include information and professional input on energy use, parenting, finance, health and wellbeing, and will be offered through networking aided by the Berwickshire Alliance and BAVS and statutory services.
21/09/2022 £15,944 TRANSITION EDINBURGH SOUTH (SCOTLAND) LTD What we will do and how this will tackle poverty and social inequalityOur Gracemount will engage with children, young people and families to build confidence, skills and knowledge regarding growing, cooking and eating food together, in order to reduce social isolation and address the growing issue of poverty, particularly food poverty, that we know is getting worse as part of the current cost of living crisis. This project will work with those who are and will increasingly be adversely affected by poverty, particularly food and fuel poverty, to develop skills and access resources that can mitigate some of the adverse effects. These will include saving money by increasing access to free food via recycled food via Fare Share sources and food grown on site, as well as support to grow and cook tasty nutritious food that saves money, with others in the community garden and at home. Paid workers and volunteers from Transition Edinburgh South (TES) and Scran Academy, supported by Dunedin Canmore Youth Projects, will engage with local children, young people and parents/carers and offer these activities during weekdays, evenings and weekends, as well as via public community events held at the Gracemount community garden and surrounding greenspaces. These activities will take place in Gracemount Community Garden and surrounding greenspaces, at the site known locally as the Mansion (formerly Gracemount Youth and Community Centre, which was closed on safety grounds in 2018). The project will also engage with these groups to find out more about what activities and services they would like to see delivered at the site, and contribute these and design ideas for the buildings and greenspaces on site that are currently part of an application to City of Edinburgh Council for a Community Asset Transfer, supported by TES and led by the Friends of the Mansion and Mansion Development Trust (which is currently applying to become a charity). This will build on the activities and recommendations of the first phase of the Our Gracemount project, which ran in 2021 - see the report uploaded below.Tackling poverty and social inequalityWe know from our current and previous engagement that poverty and social inequality is affecting an increasing number of children, young people and families we work with, as evidenced below. By engaging them in welcoming activities, we can build stronger relationships with them and support them to tackle the challenges they face due to poverty, such as the costs of food and fuel, indebtedness, low-paid work etc. As well as what we will offer directly, we can signpost people to other local services delivered by our partners, such as the Grab and Go food bank offered weekly outside the community garden, local community pantry, buggy walks offered by Edinburgh and Lothian Greenspace Trust, courses at Bridgend Farmhouse etc, and other more specialist services eg support re money management, substance use and mental health issues. We have engaged with family members who are refugees, have a disability, long-term conditions, are carers or part of black and ethnic minority communities, and plan to do so as part of this project in order to support them and others with the social and health inequalities they may be affected by.Working with partners to promote and deliver the projectThe project will be delivered in partnership with Dunedin Canmore Youth Projects and Scran Academy, who we have established a positive partnership with over the past year to deliver events and a small pilot with some young people of S4 age attending Gracemount High School.We will work closely with a range of voluntary organisations and statutory services, that we have good relationships with, to promote the project eg Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust, Trees and Seas Outdoor Adventures, Bridgend Farmhouse, Valley Park and Gilmerton Community Centres and Gilmerton Library, local schools, the Young Adult Disability Team and The Listening Space, a mental health project based at Gilmerton Community Centre. These services have in the past referred children and/or family members affected by poverty and with additional support needs to our programmes offered in the community garden on three weekdays. We have two primaries, a special school and Gracemount High School within a very short walk of where we are based, and many of them use the community garden and greenspaces on a regular basis, as well as promoting programmes and public events that we offer on site.What is new about this projectAs part of this project we wish to widen the age group we work with to include children in P5 - S3 age range, who are affected by poverty, trauma and other issues such as additional support needs/disability/social isolation. We also plan to engage with their parents/carers and other friends and family members where appropriate. We will be flexible about when we deliver the programmes, but this will be determined by what works for participants, and will include some evenings/weekends, which has not been the case up to now. We know that the young people we engage with are often short of learning and recreational opportunities in out of school hours and have on occasions taken part in anti-social behaviour at the site.How will this project be used to pilot work that might be funded in future?We wish to use this pilot project to involve children, young people and family members in the design and development of activities, services, buildings and greenspaces on site, including a range of volunteer opportunities. This will enable them to develop a long-term relationship with and play a leadership role in design, development and delivery of the services and programmes being delivered on site. It will also provide strong evidence to include in applications for multi year grants and other income streams in order to sustain and develop the project beyond September 2024.
21/09/2022 £16,000 NETHERTHIRD INITIATIVE FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT (NICE) We would like to apply for funding to recruit a training kitchen supervisor and a food larder manager. This person will be responsible for training trainee's who have barriers to employment. This post would allow us to expand the work we do in supporting these young people and those at risk of reaching crisis point do to the cost of living crisis and other factors. Our training kitchen will target those facing barriers to employment due to various reasons. Disadvantaged people includes those whose life experiences or environment have so far denied them opportunities to develop the skills to support themselves and contribute positively to society, those living with learning disabilities, mental ill health. These barriers to employment also include lack of qualifications or coming from a care background. We will work alongside partners such as East Ayrshire Council supported employment who work alongside young adults who have support needs when trying to find employment. We will also work with other partners such as The Job Centre Plus, Enable, Youth Interventions and Skills Development Scotland for referrals for trainee's for this project.The targeted trainee's for this project will be people who require help and support to improve their vocational, hospitality and life skills. This is in order to improve their chances at full time employment, increase their self esteem and improving their lives. where and when will it take placeThis project will take place Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm per day.This project will be overseen by the Training Kitchen and Food Larder Manager who will provide on the job training and direct supervision to these trainee's and volunteers. The overall operation of the community centre will still be overseen by The Centre Development manager who will work alongside the supervisor to make sure the project is running effectively.
21/09/2022 £16,000 SOCIAL FLOCK SCIO Our School Uniform Pack offers pupils living in Perthshire 3 shirts, 3 bottoms, 2 jumpers, 2 days of PE kit including a PE hoodie, and a school bag. Our packs are made up of pre-loved and new clothing and delivered straight to people's doors across Perthshire. We offer referrals through our partners (such as HomeStart, Trussle Trust Foodbank, Community link workers in Education, Social Workers and community groups) however we also accept self referral ensuring any family can apply to our project. We do not seek proof of need as we know, through lived experience, many families are living month to month despite earning a wage too high for benefit or council support. At Social Flock we want to ensure that there are as few barriers to access as possible and by removing proof of poverty, we promote trust in our community, mutual respect and reduce the indignity of having to explain why someone needs support to have their basic human rights met. We understand that sometimes the burden of shopping, travel costs, crowds, upfront cash, and the dangers of pay-day loans and instalment payments, mental health, physical disabilities, can all reduce the capacity parents and care givers have at being able to shop. In our 2021 evaluation form we received requests for additional items such as shoes, stationary, lunch boxes, socks. We are always looking to create partnerships for us to offer additional items such as stationary – which we usually have donated through our local Poundland customers. Shoes, which we managed to provide for 2/3s of our applications this year through a partnership with a local shoe shop Petit Pas who repaired and reconditioned pre-loved shoes for us, and through a local charity 10 Percent, who donated money for shoe vouchers. In 2023 we hope to be able to continue to increase our contents. Although our written evaluation is not fully submitted, which we will heavily influence our 2023 offering, verbal feedback we have received is asking for more of each item to be included to help reduce the need for washing through the week, additional PE kit items for students who take PE as an elective subject and other back to school needs such as haircuts. We are starting research now to see how we could provide this service and include these in some format for our 2023 School Uniform Bank, and specifically as part of our Pop Up Shops.
21/09/2022 £16,000 CLAY COMMUNITY CHURCH We would like to employ a Work Placement Facilitator in the cafe to enable the cafe to take school aged pupils on placement. Over the 14 years that we have been involved in community work in Possil we have felt there is a need to help young people have aspirations for their life and that this is needed before they leave school as after can sometimes be too late. We would like to offer young people a chance to not only get barista trained and be able to put it into practice but also to get a chance to work on developing the cafe themselves and helping them to develop skills in digital marketing, baking, design, customer service. All of these skills would be valuable to them when entering the world of work whether that was a Saturday job whilst studying or a full-time job when they leave school. As the cafe develops more and takings increase then we hope to be able to get to a position where we could continue the work without further funding.We plan to work in partnership with Bethany Christian Trust, the local secondary schools and Glasgow Virtual schools. We have discussed our plans with them they are all keen for this project to go ahead
21/09/2022 £14,700 ESOLPERTH ESOLperth would like to run a series of workshops to refugees and asylum seekers in Perth & Kinross, who arrive in Scotland with no access to income. The workshops will support participants in learning about nutritious food preparation on a minimal budget, while also developing essential language acquisition around the themes of food, nutrition and cooking. This will be a collaborative project with All Strong Scotland CIC, who provide fitness & wellbeing programmes supporting the improvement and self-management of mental health. Together we will create illustrated recipe cards suitable for begginer-level English, complete lesson plan and supporting learning material. We will involve our service users from various countries to provide input for the recipe cards, bringing in a strong community element and cross-cultural learning. Each participant will receive a comprehensive starter kit which will include essential ingredients, multivatims (including children's vitamins for families) as well as a herb growing kit, which will allow our service users, none of whom have access to gardens, to grow their own healthy herbs at home. The workshops themselves, along with the provision of ingredients and herb grow kits, will deliver English language intruction in an innovative and engaging way, highlighting the role of good nutrition in wellbeing and enabling participants to feed themselves and their families on very low or zero incomes. We have previously provided English lessons through wellbeing activities such as arts & crafts and cultural outings, to great benefit and feedback, but this project would be a new initiative with a significant practical element to support learning and wellbeing, and the evidence and feedback gathered from it's success would then be used to attract further funding to support it in the longterm. We will ask participants to take pictures of the meals they have created as well as the progress of the herbs they will be growing, which will then be shared on our social media and website, promoting the project to others as well as the organisation as a whole.
21/09/2022 £16,000 'STAND EASY' This CCRF proposal is a new development dealing with veterans of the armed services, with PTS, who are currently offenders in prison. We have just formally confirmed an agreement with the SPS to develop services to this group as soon as resources permit and a two-year award now would allow us to start immediately. Many of our clients, before we engaged with them, were at risk of reaching the level of a criminal charge and imprisonment for any one of the individual forms of anti-social behaviour which commonly develop as a means of trying to suppress the cause of PTS and developed behaviours of incremental alcohol and drugs abuse, violence, crime and even suicide, all developed, because veterans denied and tried to suppress, rather than resolve the cause of their stress. We have successfully turned that around by helping peer groups of veterans with PTS work together to recognise, reveal and release their stress. We recognise that while the symptoms are largely the same there are significant differences between those who are in prison and those whom we have conventionally dealt with, who have not got that far.Our beneficiaries also include the families involved, given that they also face severe stress in being denied understanding of the cause but their involvement also adds solutions for them and the veterans in resolving relationships and understanding. We create peer groups (veterans, spouses, children, siblings, parents, with separate support from us and we develop family groups with and without veterans as circumstances prescribe.This work will be significantly more complex given that we will have to work in Scottish prisons and create ways of managing our service in a prison environment. Compared to our past work there will be restrictive rules of engagement and entirely different peer influences in relation to other prisoners (i.e. without PTS, but nevertheless convicted under the same criminal charges). We will also have to resolve significant challenges in incorporating input and support from and to families along with engaging effective community members in our overall process in developing closure of both the family and wider circumstancesOur work with the Scottish Prison Service, in identifying this group, confirms that there are more veterans in prison than we can serve with this project and who by the SPS’s assessment do not convey the signals and background history that marks them as conventional offenders who are directly in prison for violence, alcohol and/or drug abuse, and other crimes (whereas these are symptoms of escape and the results of denial for those with PTS).Our work will start in Perth Prison, however the Governor of Perth Prison also as responsibility for all veterans in all Scottish Prisons. This will allow us to develop the service across Scotland in due course.While developing and delivering services for offenders with PTS will be the first and dominant work in the first two years, we will be working with the SPS to develop methods of service to provide support to and input from families and to that end, during this project, we will also be developing working relationships with other service providers, not least those in the third sector who deal with offenders and their families.We use theatre skills to encourage Veterans and their families affected by Post-Traumatic Stress to open up suppressed communication, emotions and social interaction and counter the adverse reactions created by attempts to deny the PTS. These are commonly evaded by veterans interpreting the stress as a passing or temporary issue related to any, but normally many, other causes than trauma.We run weekly workshops with peer groups of veterans developing those, in time, to family groups as circumstances dictate.
21/09/2022 £12,000 MOUNT BLAIR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST We are hoping that this application will allow us to take forward a number of initiatives and projects: at first these might appear disparate but they have all been designed to tackle issues of poverty and inequality. There has been no directly targeted work previously undertaken by the Trust on these issues, so this is new territory. This means that some of this work is exploratory in nature, piloting new initiatives that have yet to be formally stress tested. The Trust employ the services of a Development & Support Officer (DSO) who is responsible for taking project work forward in the community. However, we are proposing to design and deliver this work in partnership with the Community Engagement Worker (CEW) at Kirkmichael Session House. The CEW inhabits a particularly important central role in the heart of the community which places them in a perfect position to help reach the widest cross section of residents. Between them, the DSO and CEW provide the ideal vehicle through which to tackle the issues that this application supports. Both the DSO and CEW are externally funded for core hours that enable them to take forward projects and delivery. However, both of them are classic examples of a model so commonly found where the actual hours worked and levels of application and dedication given go way beyond what is formally funded. If this application is successful it would allow for a much-needed increase in capacity for both post holders so that the following proposals could be delivered.Although the DSO and CEW had some joint involvement in a mapping project earlier this year, this will be the first time that the Trust and Session House have formally entered into a project delivery proposal rather than working in relative isolation from each other. As a result, this will be the first time that a truly community-based approach to delivery has been formally attempted.
21/09/2022 £13,000 THE CROFT (VISITORS' SUPPORT AND ADVICE CENTRE, HMP BARLINNIE) SCIO In consultation with families we have put together a 16 week pilot additional support programme proposed to run as a rolling programme throughout the year. We want to offer more than vouchers and practical support. We plan to host a themed activity/event each week covering different topics to add a social/educational/fun element to families visits whilst offering advice, support, information on relevant topics in areas of need. It is through engagement at these events where we will distribute the vouchers, fuel top ups, food packages, activity packs, and wellbeing/personal care packages. For example when distributing fuel top up vouchers, we will have information and support around heating your home, energy saving advice, how to manage, minimise and sometimes get fuel debt written off, provided by the WISE Group. Working with our partners we can also help families access additional practical and support advice. When distributing food parcels we will have a 'Healthy Eating on a Budget' session and include quick, easy recipes with all of the ingredients required to make the meal in the package. These events will also help build on our relationships with both existing and new partner organisations thereby further extending the knowledge and values we work with to support more families and affect change in attitudes to help break down barriers and reduce stigma. We plan to host the following events over the 16 week period e.g. • Alcohol & Drug interventions • Gambling • Wellbeing & Self care• Kids Activities • Arts & Crafts • Housing & Homelessness• Benefits & Fuel Poverty • Parenting Skills• Quick & Cheap Meals (recipes & ingredients bag) • Routes to employment• Peer Support & mentoringThese sessions will also help us to engage with visitor groups to reduce stigma and isolation whilst building self-confidence and resilience.These sessions will be delivered by internal staff and a variety of support organisations within the community (see below): We will also deliver some of the sessions in the community, at a partner organisations base in Ruchazie. This will allow us to reach some families who are nervous about visiting prison and encourage them to consider visiting, as well as making sure they receive the same support.
21/09/2022 £16,000 LET'S TALK (YOUNG PEOPLE) CIC We provide sexual, emotional and mental health services for young people in Edinburgh. We are currently funded by a range of funders, including City of Edinburgh Council to deliver community mental health services. We offer one-to-ones, drop-ins, yoga, music and outdoor activities.We would love to employ a worker to run some food-based activities for young people. We are in the process of setting up as a community pantry through the Cyrenians. We have just completed a design project which has transformed our premises into a trauma responsive space. We have a small inside space, linked to a patio area outside where we are building a community garden. We are growing flowers, herbs and vegetables which we can use to teach young people about cooking. This space offers great potential for us to to open a small café project for local young people but we currently just don’t have enough staff/volunteer capacity to set this up and maintain it. We are based in Craigmillar (Edinburgh) which is an area that is in the top 5% of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation so we know there is a need to help redress food poverty that so many in our local area are experiencing.The activities we are proposing include:• Supporting young people to learn about cooking and nutrition, • Providing placements and work experience for young people in the café in partnership with local schools,• A café could raise some small amounts of income for Let’s Talk,• We could offer free coffee/sandwiches/soup etc for the most vulnerable,• A café provides a social space which welcomes young people. By using these approaches we connect and build relationships, we provide learning opportunities for young people and we help them learn about the importance of food for mental health and fresh, healthy food for local young people that they can also have a part in growing.
21/09/2022 £16,000 INCH PARK COMMUNITY SPORTS CLUB We will establish a new bursary scheme that will provide free places to young people and adults so that they can take part in sport without any financial barriers. Participants will benefit from a full package: they will join one of Inch Park CSC’s core sports clubs (football, rugby or cricket), have full access to the club and the clubhouse facilities, get all the kit they need, two training sessions each week, matches at the weekend, an average of four hours of sports participation every week, with all costs covered including travel. They will have access to counselling services that are provided free to club members. This grant will support 21 fully funded places each year for two years, spread across the three sports clubs. The bursary scheme will fund sporting participation for adults and young people and adults who (or whose families) would otherwise not be able to afford to pay for this. We will work with our network of contacts, coaches, schools and community groups to identify people who might benefit from this, who face disadvantage because of their background. Your support for this initiative will enable us to kickstart a bursary scheme that we will publicise and fundraise for on an ongoing basis, with the aim of securing regular philanthropic donations to fund future places to continue a hardship fund year on year. Alongside this, we will offer support to participants’ families. They will have full access to our clubhouse facilities including social events and our free wellbeing café with peer support and counselling services. Our partners Edinburgh Vineyard Church will run Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Managing your Money courses, to help families better manage their household expenditure. This free training teaches budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that works. It equips participants to get to grips with their finances so they can budget, save and prevent debt.This will be a joined-up approach representing good value for money. Our delivery partners for this project are our three core sports clubs and Edinburgh Vineyard Church. LISMORE RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB (registered charity no. SC043329) uses rugby as a vehicle to increase access to sport and physical activity. They field teams of all ages and genders, with a focus on youth work in sport and increasing access in groups who may not traditionally have access to rugby facilities.EDINBURGH SOUTH COMMUNITY FOOTBALL CLUB (registered charity no. SC048866) is an accredited SFA Platinum Quality Mark Community Club. They run 70 teams including children's football, girls, women’s, amateurs and a senior side. They represent more than 800 players and around 180 volunteer coaches and officials. Their inclusion policy means they take on anyone who wants to play sports regardless of ability, background or financial status.EDINBURGH SOUTH CRICKET CLUB has over 100 members across its senior men’s, junior and women’s sections. They run four teams in the East of Scotland Cricket Association league, plus friendly sides encompassing a wide range of standards. The Wicketz hub in partnership with Cricket Scotland and Lords Taverners bring cricket to young people who struggle to engage with school, have an offending background or are from communities that have barriers to or under-representation in participation.EDINBURGH VINEYARD (registered charity no. SC047480). The Vineyard Movement is a worldwide network of over 2,500 churches committed to seeing each generation reached by the power of the Gospel, with a view to embrace integrity in Christian character.
21/09/2022 £15,000 THE COMMUNITY BUREAU This project is informed by feedback from our current CCRF work, that of our partner organisations and feedback from their service users across the range of activities..The planned project activities are:Repair and renew: volunteers will repair household items, across the west of Argyll drawn from 3 organisations. Donations and exchanges of goods will also be organised to support people across west Argyll.Estimate supporting over 500 people over two yearsGetting Together: bringing new social networks / groups / social activities to the wider area developing the connections between communities and those they support, tackling inequalities as people with differing needs join in activities.Estimate supporting over 200 people over two years, 100 groupsTackling poverty: by providing opportunities for learning – 1) to grow small scale crops helping increase self-sufficiency and resilience. 2) to improve understanding of money management and avoid falling into crisis eg debt escalation or as victim of expensive loans or scams. Both groups will help create cross community peer support utilising the reach of each partner to include those often ‘hidden’ in societies.Estimate supporting over 200 people over two years, 50 activities Introductions: introducing those in need to support groups, sources of information and other help. Our evidence demonstrates this is more effective than offering contact details. Estimate 60 people over two years with in person introductionsResilience: short workshops to increase the coping ability of participants when experiencing low confidence, anxiety and stress; thereby building stronger supportive communities.Estimate 16 workshops and 30 support groups over two years; 300 people This will be the first time all three organisations (The Community Bureau, Developing Potential and Ellie’s Community) have united to pilot work across the wider area of west Argyll. This new approach assists reaching more remote, rural communities, often harder to reach but worse affected by poverty including fuel poverty with rising prices and no choice of heating utilities. This will also reduce travel for any one partner helping build organisational capacity whilst sharing resources and knowledge. Combining the practical steps to prevent and alleviate poverty driven crises with activities which improve health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities using locality wide support and interventions built on previous feedback and evidenced across partners. It enables those furthest from population centres to engage, and join local communities and networks. Learning together builds knowledge and encourages stronger, more resilient communities. Uniquely, we are sharing our volunteers across organisations , thus maximising the knowledge, skills and talents of a far wider pool than any single group could offer. Co-ordination makes us more effective, responsive, and better able to respond appropriately offering a wider choices of activities and supports. Jointly we can tackle the impacts of poverty, anxiety and socially isolation head on. Working this way we are alleviating and preventing crises with a broader range of measures.
21/09/2022 £16,000 FAIRWAY FIFE Fairway Fife would like to pilot a new project in partnership with Grow West Fife which will address poverty and social inequality experienced by people with learning disabilities and other disadvantaged young people in our community. Grow West Fife is a community vegetable garden based at Blair Castle near Culross. It was set up by a group of volunteers during lockdown to grow produce for food projects in the West Fife area. Their mission is to get our community growing their own vegetables, supporting positive climate action, community wellbeing and a sustainable means to combat local food insecurity. Fairway Fife and Grow West Fife will work together to engage people with disabilities, who are generally isolated and excluded from community activity, in an education project that promotes gardening for well-being, volunteering, and support for overcoming poverty issues. This new project will run weekly throughout the year with groups of 10-12 people with learning and other disabilities and 4-6 young peer mentors who are experiencing disadvantage. Fairway Fife will aim to give young adults with a disability, and peer mentors, the opportunity to learn within the community garden about food growing, care, harvest and distribution and ensure a better understanding of the connections between what we eat and how it is produced, delivered, and prepared. Participation in the gardening activities will improve wellbeing through increased social contact, physical activity and mitigation of food poverty. The young people we are working with have little or no skills, qualifications or accomplishments but through this project they will build self-esteem in recognising their achievements and creating something of value from their hard work. The garden will act as social hub, serving as a foundation for a more sustainable and healthy way of living, enhancing self-worth and sense of community spirit.
21/09/2022 £15,919 SCOURIE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED With assistance from the Scottish Land Fund SCDC recently purchased a plot of land (The Doctors Park) in Scourie, North West Sutherland for multipurpose community use, the plan includes the building of an exhibition centre to house a gem and rock collection discount purchased from the Shelley family (local connection to Scourie), a communal hub and cafe. Whilst the build/construction element (Scourie Rocks) is at an early stage in it's development, phase one of the overall plan involves screening off from herbivours, part of the site to plant tree saplings supplied FOC by the Woodland Trust to aid biodiversity and wildlife whilst acting as a shelter/buffer zone for the building, in addition we will create a much needed community growing area. Collectively our project helps mitigate the negative effects of climate change, of welfare reform and provides the means to engage a healthier, more active and environmentally better informed community. Activities;Year One;Purchase materials and appoint a contractor to fence off an area 43 x 49 x 43 x 49m from herbivoursPlant and enclose 420 tree saplingsPurchase and build raised beds - purchase compost, seeds, tools and equipment Year Two;Purchase and erect Polycrub and set up a composting scheme, some additional funding may be required to add value to the project e.g. additional tools, shed
21/09/2022 £16,000 STRATHSPEY WORKS - GRANTOWN REMAKERY(SCIO) We aim to continue our current level of service provision for young people and those with a learning disability, and to develop a project for the provision of practical learning and support for those suffering from poor Wellbeing or Mental Health.WE have three main partners in this development, Job Centre Plus, Barnardos and Birchwood Highland.JCP who is our main partner, will be the referral agent and we will work closely with Job Coaches to provide a personalised service for each person attending the project. We will work with them to provide individual development goals such as Practical Skill Development, Confidence Building, work and interview readiness and support them to move along the Employability Pipeline towards work readiness and employment. We operate from the principles of Supported Employment to assist individuals back to the workplace and for this project will be concentrating on the first three. Vocational Profiling – Helping individuals to identify their skills and preferences for work. Job matching / Job Finding – Finding out more about the workplace, co-workers and the supports the person might need in that work environment. Job Training / Task Analysis – Identifying the person’s preferred learning methods and finding out more about the workplace, co-workers and the supports the person might need in that work environment. Training Natural Supports – Identifying and implementing ‘just enough’ creative help, information and backup to both employer and employee to ensure success in the job and the development of independence through ‘natural supports’. Ongoing Employer / Client Support – Helping the employee and the employer think about longer term career progression through structured appraisal and development plans.Where appropriate and where the individual is under 25 Barnardos will provide Employability Qualifications and ongoing in work support.Birchwood Highland are available to provide Mental Health support to individuals where required and ongoing support to Remakery Staff in working with individuals whose wellbeing is poor.
21/09/2022 £15,000 THE WHY PROJECT Traditionally youth work is delivered in-line with the school terms and take place on week days, it is our aim in The WHY Project to become the most regular and consistent youth provision in the city, with delivery every day of the week and enhanced holiday provision.We will develop weekend sessions, which address the following challenges;Less youth work provision and access to safe places for young peopleIncreased hungerMore opportunities for anti-social behaviourThis will be for high school aged young people engaging in anti-social behaviour, at risk of involvement with crime in Wester Hailes and surrounding areas, with a lack of family support particularly over the weekend. We will create safe spaces in a relaxed drop in environment, provide free hot food and opportunities to raise awareness of crime and the consequences, provide information regarding positives choices and sign posting. We will achieve this through the following;Relationship building, Awareness and Signposting: These groups will be held over the weekend in a youth café/drop-in format, with extended hours, young people will be able to relax in a safe and welcoming environment and have the opportunity to chat with trusted adults about challenges they may be facing, periodically we will invite additional support services including; GamTalk, Street Soccer, CREW, Mental Health professionals and have talks with people that have come through the justice system as both perpetrators and victims and engage in open and honest discussions about the appeal, status and reality of crime. Positive Choices: We will provide relevant information to support young people to make positive choices through relationships, friendships, work, health, education and the local community. This will be achieved through workshops both internally and with external practitioners, information sessions and in a fun and engaging manner.Food Provision: Young people will be able to have hot food over the weekend. We will also incorporate activities including cooking, planning, nutrition and healthy diet.
21/09/2022 £9,240 KINGSMEADOW SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LTD We currently provide work experience for Peebles High School pupils who experience social exclusion and inequalities because of learning, physical or mental disabilities. This funding would be used to create a project that extends these young adult’s work experience to support them in attaining an accredited Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) based qualification within the catering industry. Examples of relevant qualifications include: • National 2 Food, Health and Wellbeing • National 3 Health and Food Technology The funding would be primarily used to cover staffing costs needed to deliver a formal education curriculum and a small amount for raw ingredients to cover any food wastage created by the young adults. The project will be in partnership with Peebles High School and Scottish Borders Council and will be delivered through the young adult pupils primarily attending our off-site facility. The young adults will be involved in the preparations of food for: Sheltered Housing – create produce for a weekly food stall held within Sheltered Housing. These weekly stalls will be part of intergenerational social events between the pupils and residents.Royal Voluntary Service Social Centre – 2 course hot lunches to weekly clubs held in Peebles, West Linton and Innerleithen. Food and Friendship Service –weekly 2 course hot lunch delivered by TFF’s volunteers to elderly, socially excluded or individuals who are having difficulty getting out and about. In addition to the food delivery the volunteers also spend some social time with the recipients.The Food Foundations Food Market and Café – in additional to preparing produce they will also be involved in providing customer service to the market and café’s customers. Catering events – planning and food preparation for one off events.
21/09/2022 £16,000 SIMY SiMY has recently taken on an initial 2 year lease of the former Lister Street bowling greens, which we intend to transform into a Community Green Space. We have used this space to work with young people in an ‘ad hoc’ way over the last three years, and now want to initiate a pilot project for how we can develop our work with families, and the wider community, in a sustainable way to create a space which SiMY, and other groups, can use for a range of development activities.The site has two bowling greens and a small building onsite, and our initial plan is as follows: revitalise the lower green as a bowling surface which can be used by both the Townhead bowling club, other bowling groups across north Glasgow who have lost regular access to a playing surface, and become a locus for initiatives to encourage new participants into bowling as a low intensity form of outdoor exercise and opportunity for social interaction. The current constituency will mainly consist of older people, but we are in conversation with Bowls Scotland about how opportunities might be created to attract a wider constituency and develop inter-generational activities. The upper green, and surrounding areas, will be developed as:a.) a growing space where people can take on mini allotments or help with a communal growing area, b.) a grassy meadow area which will be used by SiMY for many of our community development activities, and will also be available for other groups and community events.With a long-term focus on reducing poverty and social inequality, the early stages of this work will involve working with people to build the individual and community resilience required for this to happen. Activities will develop the practical skills and social networks required to create a greater degree of mutual support within the community, particularly between families from different ethnic backgrounds and religions.The on-site activity will link with our programme that involves people in activities such as forest walking and wild swimming as a way of improving their mental and physical wellbeing, and engaging them with the environment in order to encourage reflection, and action, on issues around climate change. One example of how these might link together relates to Lister St’s situation adjacent to a key route on the active travel network. Developing cycling classes, bike maintenance groups and facilities, bike storage and hire would create opportunities for people to utilise cycling for work and recreation, and facilitate interaction between social groups within the community that might not otherwise have much contact.3. The pavilion building will be initially be used as a basic indoor space for groups during the winter months, with a longer term plan to refurbish it as we gain a better understanding of how best to utilise it for the community’s benefit. SiMY has an ongoing commitment to work in partnership wherever possible. Some of our existing local partners are keen to make use of the space as it develops e.g.Mena Trust, St Mungo’s Primary School, St Roch’s Secondary school. We also have existing working relationships with a variety of groups who can bring specialised knowledge and skills to support community activities as our programme develops in response to the community’s expressed priorities. These include groups such as Music Broth, Endura Lifecycle Trust, East End Flatpack Meals, Bike for Good, Scottish Bowls, Proturf, GCC Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability team.
21/09/2022 £16,000 GILDED LILY INSPIRING ENTERPRISE CIC We will deliver an 8-week start-up support program per year for 12 women per program in Govan and surrounding areas to develop and start-up a business, social enterprise, charity or community group, targeting 50% of participants from BMAE/refugee/ asylum seeker communities. Following completion of the 8-week program, 6 participants per program who have an established idea/product or service and are ready to start their ideas will be provided with a further 6-weeks of intensive 1-1 support from business specialists as well as from partner community groups and business/community mentors. This will allow those individuals to develop their ideas into fruition to start a business/social enterprise/community group or charity that helps inspire them to reach their full potential, whilst providing solutions to tackling issues in the community as well as contributing to a circular economy. For those participants needing further support we will link them into other statutory and community support projects such as Business Gateway, CEMVO Scotland, GCVS, Firstport, etc to continue developing their ideas.This innovative pilot project will allow us to provide support, information & opportunities that inspire and empower women in our community experiencing financial deprivation, isolation/depression, etc to develop community led business ideas, social enterprise, community groups or a charity through learning and sharing practical skills/experience and knowledge that support community integration and collaboration and helps themselves and the community to thrive, reducing the effects of poverty and social inequality.We have arranged a start-up information session to consult with the women in our community about the type of business support they need and will set-up a steering group to continue the dialogue with our community to ensure needs are met.Gilded Lily have a high profile in Govan and will work with partners to link women in to these groups to help develop business/community project ideas such as • marketing through Sunny Govan Radio, community facebook groups such as Good about Govan, Govan Thriving Places, Govan Housing Association, etc• testing the market through selling products/ promoting activities and services at community events• training opportunities through GCVS, SCVO, Govan Housing, Business Gateway, Firstport, Jobs & Business Glasgow, etc• Mentoring support and guidance from inspiring businesswomen/community project leaders• Sign-posting for funding and further support to Firstport, School for Social Enterprise, CEMVO Scotland, National Lottery, community funders, etc.Draft outline program :Week 1 – Introductions, sharing business/community project ideas/Vision & MissionWeek 2 – Where to start/Case studies/Sharing Good Examples• Inspirational speaker (business woman/community leader)Week 3 – Organisational/business structures/what you need to know• Speaker with professional expertise from GCVS/CEMVO Scotland/Senscot/ FirstportWeek 4 – Business PlansWeek 5 – Targeting your Customers/community & Market research• Guest speaker Week 6 – Product/Service Branding & Development• Guest speaker with expertise in Branding and promotionWeek 7 – Pricing & Marketing • Guest speaker with expertise in sales/marketing - Little Gems, Hygeme, others??Week 8 – Business/Community Project Development – Next Steps• Inspirational speakerIntensive 1-1 Support programWeek 1 - Business Planning - Research into their Product/Service, Competitor Analysis = 1 hourWeek 2 - Requirements for their Business – Covering Operations (the who, what, why, where and when); Business Running Costs for e.g. equipment, property, refurbishment etc; Links to other Support AgenciesWeek 3 - MS Teams Group Session: MarketingWeek 4 - Business Plan review - Seasonal impacts/variations, Marketing StrategyWeek 5 - MS Teams Group Session: FinanceWeek 6 - Review of Cash flow, Balance sheet and Personal Survival Budget Extra support - Completion of Business Plan; HMRC & Starting to Trade requirements Celebration/Certificate Presentation event in the local community to showcase achievements, share successes with stake holders, family, friends and invited guests.
21/09/2022 £15,922 KAIROS WOMEN+ [KW+] Community Soup is a community-led food justice based project aiming to respond to the increased need for hot meals for women+ living in poverty. The project has three main elements: Element 1 is a weekly Community Soup session supported by volunteers and the Community Food Worker to cook a hot soup to share together during the session. As we eat, we'll talk about food, ingredients and food justice. Each session will be themed around a topic such as Food for wellness, Low-Energy recipes, Where to buy ingredients, Food support services, understanding ingredients etc. The sessions will be planned by the Community Food Worker in collaboration with volunteers and participants, and we will produce enough food so women+ can take a meal home for their family or wider networks. We also plan to collaborate with local food providers such as Morrisons, food justice orgs and local community gardens for ingredients and co-facilitation of sessions. Element 2 is a Food Justice Consultation to identify the needs within our community. This will be led by a Project Worker who will consult with participants, volunteers and staff as well as women+ not yet accessing Kairos to identify what support is needed. This will be done informally during groups and a survey will also be completed. The aim of this work will be to identify the impact of rising costs of food and energy and what innovative ways local women+ are responding to the crisis in relation to food. We believe that the answers to problems lie in the community, and are particularly keen to build on what women+ are already doing in response to the crisis. For example, women+ might have cost-effective recipes, low-cost ingredients and suppliers, meaningful ways to reduce energy use or they might be providing meals to relatives or friends. Our role will be to bring women+ together to connect, share and organise effectively, offering support and signposting. Element 3 is a Food Justice Group (up to 20 women+) made up of participants, volunteers and the Project Worker to explore ideas for improving Food Justice in Renfrewshire. This element of the project will use the Food Justice Consultation to identify and implement next steps. We'll look at the availability of food within Kairos including snacks and start to innovate the way we work, integrating hot meals into sessions and providing fruit and nutritious snacks for families as well as recipe cards, spices station, herb garden and other community developed ideas. We'll work closely with our Kairos Kitchen (cookery project) to collaborate and learn from key partners to understand food provision and the needs of communities. Services we will visit include The Star Project, Renfrewshire Food Bank, local pantries and health services. This work will culminate in a Food Justice Event planned by the Food Justice Group in 2024, bringing together partners and local people, to continue the work of the pilot project and encourage continued funding. We were a partner in the Food Provision Network in Renfrewshire throughout the pandemic, delivering over 6000 meals to families which means we have pre-existing networks and an understanding of the provision currently available. This project will give power to women+ to influence their local community at a time when isolation and loneliness is high, leading to increased social connections and a sense of fulfilment. Women+ will have access to hot meals, which will extend beyond women+ to their family and wider networks, and they will learn more about food justice and develop ideas to influence change.
21/09/2022 £16,000 EDINBURGH NORTH EAST FOODBANK The Leith Pantry is a new project being developed by the Edinburgh North East Foodbank, it is a model that allows us to move away from the crisis model of the foodbank to a preventative and more sustainable approach to reducing food insecurity and poverty.The Leith Pantry is a membership food shop, within a particular neighbourhood (Leith).Pantries stock an abundant and wide range of food, including fresh fruit and veg, frozen and chilled foods, meat/dairy produce, long life, tinned and packaged foods. Members will pay a small fee (£4.50) each week and in return can choose groceries worth £15, allowing for greater income maximisation. Giving members more money for other essential items such as heating and clothing. Pantries are like other shops; in that you choose the foods you want from the shelves, enhancing choice for the member and moving away from dependency of the foodbank.For the Pantry model to be delivered and developed successfully, we will need to increase the capacity of our current staffing, without which we would be unable to deliver the project.This funding will support our employment of a part time coordinator, who will manage and develop the Leith Pantry. The coordinator will be supported with the daily delivery of the pantry by volunteers from the local community, and once the pantry is established, we will be able to offer volunteering opportunities to pantry members.Initially, the Pantry will be open one day per week, however as the membership increases it is planned for the pantry to be open, two days per week in the first year and three days per week in the second year. We will work in partnership with both statutory and voluntary agencies that currently refer service users to the foodbank to establish our initial membership of 25 people. For many of our members, food insecurity may well not be the only issue they have, so it is important that we have a holistic approach to the service we are providing.We will therefore be working in partnership with YMCA Edinburgh, who will provide support to members with additional issues. Through a relaxed and café style approach, members can have conversation with a support worker which will help establish good relationships. Individuals can be supported to manage any additional issues through sign posting to the most appropriate support agency. It is anticipated that with this two-year funding we will have capacity to increase our membership, in year one to 75 members and in year two to 150 members and demonstrate that the Pantry model, with a wraparound approach, has allowed members to be empowered to move forward with their lives and find a more sustainable approach to moving away from food insecurity and poverty.
21/09/2022 £16,000 CREEM INTERNATIONAL (SCIO) Refugees/asylum seekers, particularly women, are an excluded group in the UK. Factors like language, faith beliefs or education contribute to exclusions from mainstream society; which then affect their productivity socially or economically. Hardest hit are women from Muslim backgrounds. Social inclusion, empowerment or integration are some of the several moving parts of power relations in society and social outcomes. Who sits at the table when decisions are made is important to social outcomes. To sit at the table, whether invited or earned, people need to have the means to be at the table and influence what happens there. To be invited to the table one needs to know what language is spoken at the table and if everyone has a grasp of it. The Refugees’ Dual-Skill Empowerment Programme, digital and language, is a skills acquisition effort that empowers asylum seekers/refugees for social inclusion. CREEM seeks to empower them with these skills for communication and participation in society (education, work, training, etc.). People from Africa/the Middle East learn by storytelling and experience sharing. It is modelled after this learning approach. Using literature rich in storytelling (especially from personal experiences of people of immigrant backgrounds), we hope to engage refugees’ learning abilities.• Programme requires participants who need to learn English language to learn soft digital skills as well. This prepares them for entrance into labour market and/or engage with larger society. • Some refugees have education in other languages or would want to learn vocational skills while here in the UK and be able to work and earn good income. Some will want to improve their level of earning right now if they could acquire the language that enables them to go for training. The project addresses both desires.• The English classes aims to get people to IELTS level 6 (standard for UK universities’ admission). At this level they can then go onto any vocational training and excel. • With digital skills almost a must in most vocations now, this skills programme is getting dual benefits with one effort.
21/09/2022 £16,000 WOMEN ON WHEELS (SCIO) Cycle Lessons - At present we offer 1-2-1 and group lessons (for up to 4 women) delivered at our premises (or parkland nearby) on our cycles, by fully trained and accredited instructors. We operate two days a week, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions. These are all led by volunteers and some paid sessional staff. We want to increase the number of days, times, instructors offered for these sessions so that we can accommodate as many women as possible as the two days currently offered are not suitable for all. We operate a ‘pay as you can’ model so that cost is not a barrier and the revenue generated will help facilitate lessons for those unable to pay.Led Rides - We provide rides for varying lengths and pace (for up to 8 women) to help riders gain (or regain) confidence in cycling around the city. These rides take an instructional and a social focus, nurturing the enjoyment of cycling as well as the acquisition of necessary cycling skills. At present these sessions are offered two days a week as above and we want to open this up further so that more women can take advantage of our services.Bike Maintenance Classes – We offer these monthly for up to 8 women which are led by fully trained and experienced mechanics, to teach riders how to maintain and care for their bikes, covering topics from roadside repairs such as punctures right through to servicing a bike. Thus far, we have delivered two sessions and can continue providing one session per month by volunteers. We want to increase this to weekly sessions as previous sessions have been booked out within hours of going live. Demand is high and many women have expressed a strong desire to acquire these skills so that they can feel confident when out riding their bike, safe in the knowledge that should they be faced with a bike repair, they would be well-equipped to deal with it independently without having to rely on the mercy of others. We would like to be in a position to offer these sessions in a dedicated workshop space to facilitate greater ease for participants and instructors alike.Bike Loans - We want to launch a ‘bike lending library’ so that we can provide a bike and all related accessories for short-term loan, thereby removing the very significant barrier of transport cost. We will offer a bike and accessories (including helmet, lights, lock, panniers and waterproofs) for up to a month, to trial whether cycling will fit into a client’s lifestyle so that they can make an informed decision before they purchase a bike. At the end of this loan period we would encourage and support women to repair an old bike they may own/acquire with the skills they will have picked up through attending our maintenance classes; to purchase their own bike but we would guide them to opt for a refurbished bike or a new one; a third option would be to register for Glasgow wide bike hire scheme.Bike-Buddy Support – We want to provide support so that women feel able to start travelling from A (home) to B (regular place of work). This support would also include learning and actively practising route planning, map reading and relevant cycling Apps for planning/navigating journeys. Additionally, we would give advice on bike storage solutions as this is a very real barrier particularly for many who live in tenement flats. When a client is ready and able we want to support them in purchasing a bike which is suited to them and advise them on what things they need to consider when making their choice of bike. As an extension of this, we would also advise them on suitable clothing which will help keep them comfortable, dry and above all visible to other road users. Social Event programme:Yearly Cycling Festival in Queens Park to engage with women and their families who are not already aware of Women on Wheels and their services Monthly film nights of inspirational women cyclists. Social Coffee drop in - these will be designed to encourage those on the fence about cycling to pop into chat with staff and volunteers and hopefully alleviate their barriers to get started with cycling.Regular speaker event programme - these will be held throughout the year and will include pioneering, inspirational females who have reduced barriers and increased diversity in cycling for women e.g Aneela McKenna of Mor Diversity.Health and wellbeing events - offering yoga, mindfulness and nutritious food (as well as cycling activities)These events will promote community connections and the social benefits of being part of our hub and particularly focus those on the fence about cycling. In this setting, our clients will be able to relax, enjoy themselves and establish new relationships whilst nurturing existing ones as well as supporting each other in our love for all things cycling. We would also invite other organisations to encourage collaboration and a greater sense of community.These activities are innovative and creative because we will be providing a unique, comprehensive support package designed and led by women which up until now, has not been offered by any other service provider . This package is tailored to help women of all backgrounds to not only overcome the many barriers they face, but to provide continued support, vital to keep them cycling. The activities detailed above do not simply have a practical function but they also nurture a strong sense of peer support and community cohesion.As a cycling focused charity we will work in partnership with women’s community based groups to ensure we reach our target audience. Many of them will be referral partners to ensure we target the most vulnerable women. Not only will this get women cycling but it will offer pathways to volunteering, leadership and employment. This will embed legacy from the onset – ensuring we champion women to develop the skills and training they need to support themselves, their peers and reach more women in the future.Some of the groups we have already started developing partnerships with are:North Lanarkshire Mosque Masjid Al Farooq Pollokshields Development AgencyAl-Meezan unconstitued group of Muslim women in East Renfrewshire Glendale Women's cafe Saheliya South East Integration Network Feel Good Women’s GroupREACH Glasgow Science Centre Glasgow Women's Library Glasgow Central Mosque Glasgow Central Gurdwara We have consulted with and offered taster sessions for women in partnership with many of these groups and know they are keen to get active yet find building physical activity and exercise into their daily routine a real challenge. Cycling is a perfect activity to get into as it is a transport option, a social/recreational activity and a way to improve your fitness – all with little or no impact on your joints – ideal for those who have been inactive for a number of years. All of these in turn will lead towards alleviating transport poverty and providing pathways into freelance and paid employment. In our second year we plan to launch:Teens programme - we will develop a Teens programme using young role models and ambassadors at a pivotal point in young girls lives when many stop cycling due to peer pressure. We will also encourage them to take up cycling as a form of sport if so inclined and alleviate transport costs particularly for struggling families.Family programme - we understand with women come kids so we will have a programme of activities (e.g. mother and toddler sessions, families cycling events, activities for women and toddlers all the way to teens) to get the whole family cycling.Volunteer programme - we will offer volunteer opportunities to up-skill people to become qualified Ride Leaders, Cycle Trainers, First Aider and adept at bike maintenance. This training and support will give them the expertise and confidence to involve their own families and wider social circle in their own passion for all things cycling and ultimately will open up new avenues of employment for them as well.
21/09/2022 £14,400 ACCESS TECHNOLOGY SCOTLAND CIC Digital exclusion affects hundreds of people across Inverclyde. Access Technology Scotland and our collaborative partners including - Inverclyde Men's Shed, Moving on Inverclyde, I-fit, Inverclyde Morton Trust and Inverclyde Mental Association are focused on how charities can respond to digitally excluded beneficiaries’ needs and put digital inclusion at the heart of their service delivery - both through leveraging local partnerships, and accessing the support and resources available in local communities. Digital Inverclyde is a collaborative project between (ATS) and local organisations. The project will focus on establishing a network of partners to collaborate on digital challenges and confront problems in areas experiencing poverty and digital exclusion which is fast becoming one of the major challenges in society. From securing work and learning at school to accessing bank details and communicating with friends almost every aspect of life requires at least basic digital skillsTraining will provide participants with an increase in essential digital skills including employability and cyber security skills leading to an accredited SQA award (Digital Skills SCQF3) to recognise their achievements whilst enhancing their opportunities to return to employment or further education. ATS will work with partners to increase their effective digital strategy and increase their skills to sustain their digital engagement.If successful funding will be used to provide- 1:1 support, group and peer support sessions, using clients own devices or through free to use IT provided through Access Technology Scotland. The 1 x 2hr weekly sessions x 36 weeks will introduce beginners to the basics, gaining the skills and confidence they need to get started online (10 participants per session) This covers tutor and assistant costs and will provide a SQA accredited award in digital skills. The aspect of the project will enable better uptake of services and support, engaging ‘harder to reach’ clients and to tackle social inequalities regarding wealth, skills and wellbeing to reduce deprivation in Inverclyde and improve people's lives.1 monthly x 2hr session x 12 months-As part of ATS Net-Zero strategy our new initiative Recycle-Reuse-Reconnect will reduce E-waste and digital poverty across our community. Our Operations Manager will work with all project partners to develop a scheme to enable recycling and reuse of IT equipment to help to address the digital poverty and exclusion which exists in our community, with ambitions to recycle computers and digital devices and divert e-waste from landfill.By upskilling the local community’s digital abilities this project will also help the more households within Inverclyde to go paperless, converting to use of online banking, insurance, benefits etc, thereby reducing their carbon footprint. • Recruiting 10 volunteers per year who are from diverse backgrounds through a robust and transparent recruitment programme.• Coordinate an advisory group where 50% of the participants are beneficiaries of the project.• Assess people’s needs to inclusion including disability access and free access to equipment and wifi. 30 of the most disadvantaged households experiencing challenging circumstances in Inverclyde will benefit from improved access to digital technology to access advice, support and services to improve personal finances and to overcome deprivation.50 Local people have improved access to community based IT learning to enable them to gain skills and confidence.10 Volunteers/staff/participants will be involved in designing evaluation of the project50 local people will increase their awareness to recognise bullying and abusive online behaviour and increase their resilience to develop a safe digital presence.A step by step guidance session to setup technical device and settings. Increase in the number of participants applying for digital skills specific jobs/careers/further educationLeaders will feel confident and motivated about using digital to achieve their organisation’s charitable purpose and goals and to improve its sustainability.
21/09/2022 £16,000 CITIZENS RIGHTS PROJECT The aim of this project is using the multilingual information sheets on welfare rights that we developed with previous funding from SCVO’s Community, Capacity and Resilience Fund to provide wider support, information and advice to vulnerable EU nationals in Scotland by organising workshops in different EU languages. The topics explained and covered at these sessions will be based in the factsheets. These are: Access to Benefits, Housing, Maternity Rights, Pensions, Social Security Rights in Scotland, Universal Credit and Working Rights. In terms of languages, as for the info sheets, we will aim to organise events in the EU languages most frequently spoken in Scotland: Bulgarian, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and/or Spanish, as well as English. Our aim is to organise between 16 to 20 workshops in two years, with 5-12 attendees each. We will start by organising and testing these events in some of the main Scottish towns (e.g.: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth, Inverness) where there is a major concentration of EU migrants. Meanwhile, we will assess interest and potential partnerships and collaboration in smaller towns and rural areas (e.g: Kirkaldy, Motherwell, Ayr, Peterhead, Arbroath, Galashiels, Dumfries, Stirling, Falkirk) where EU migrants tend to be more isolated and therefore more susceptible to discrimination and labour exploitation. We will draw on our previous experience and partnership organising and participating in more than 200 information and drop-in support sessions about the EU Settlement Scheme around Scotland to design the programme of events. We want to create spaces that are easily adaptable to the idiosyncrasy and characteristics of the group. Moreover, participants will feel more comfortable speaking and asking questions and sharing experiences in smaller groups, allowing for more interactions and conversations, especially in those events that require interpretation. Attendees will be able to learn from the speaker, but also from experiences and queries from other attendees. Our aim is not only increasing the knowledge of EU citizens about their rights, but also reduce isolation by knowing other people in their same situation and the fear of migrants to ask for help or navigate a system and a culture that is new to them. We will collaborate with EU Consulates –we have a close relationship with the Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish consulates-, Local Authorities –we have contact with council workers from different Local Authorities who have referred cases to us and have attended many of our information sessions for professionals-, and community groups and third sectors organisations we have work with in the past or that work with migrants. Some examples below: Aberdeen: No Recourse North East Partnership, Shelter, Turning Point, Grampian Regional Equality Council. Dumfries and Galloway: Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association Edinburgh and the Lothians: Oficina Precaria, Feniks, Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC), Edinburgh4Europe. Falkirk: Central Regional Equality Council (CSREC), Fort Valley Migrant Support Network. Glasgow: West Regional Equality Council (WSREC), the Language Hub, The Sikorski Polish Club, The Space, Glasgow4Europe Perth: Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service Ltd (PKAVS), Perth4Europe. Scottish Borders: The Bridge Third Sector Interface. Stirling: Stirling Voluntary Enterprise. The above organisations can help us by providing speakers, promoting the events and identifying citizens that could benefit from attending the workshops. Other agencies, we may approach to get speakers are NHS Inform, law firms like Drummond Miller and JustRight Scotland (they have both done some pro-bono work for us in the past). In other occasions, our own Outreach Officer may be able to deliver the workshop. When needed, training will be provided. An example of this workshop would be the employment rights training provide by Support@work from UNITE. We have already met to explore a potential collaboration. They provide training courses for small groups on contracts of employment, dealing with discrimination, disciplinary measures, flexible working, grievances, health & safety, holiday pay, job applications and interviews, probation periods, redundancy, sick pay & absence, unfair dismissal, wages and/or terms and conditions. They contacted our organisation due to our access to EU communities in Edinburgh. They would like to offer this training in different EU languages.
21/09/2022 £16,000 ORMLIE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION LTD. At present our service/community centre is only open on weekdays. This funding would enable us to open at the weekend. This is what is needed for the community and people we support. Funding would allow us to expand our service delivery and pilot a new innovative creative project within a warm safe hub at the weekends. We would provide a warm lunch; soup and sandwich at a small cost. We receive donations from our local Lidl, some of these donations could be used towards making healthy lunches. The Community Centre has 3 rooms which are warm and offer a variety of opportunities. Attendees would have access to free Wi-Fi, digital devices to ‘surf’ their social media accounts, online shop and/or order medication etc., play pool, darts, board games, benefit from our garden with fresh veg and develop gardening skills if they wish. We also have a quiet area, where someone might wish to sit and chill/read but know there are people nearby if they wished company. We would encourage participation from the service users to create the food menu and make the lunches. To involve partners, we will have discussions with all the partners we are already working closely with, NHS, Health Visitors, Housing, Mental Health teams, Social Work, DWP and 3rd sector agencies; Citizens Advice Bureau, Caithness Voluntary Group, Caithness Klics, Care and Learning Alliance, Thurso Youth Club, Fisherman’s Mission and Connecting Carers are a few of the organisations we work closely with. Through consultations and face to face discussions we would seek their views, but most importantly we would seek the views of the people wishing to attend. All plans for the pilot project would be created around the identified needs and wishes of the planned attendees. We will create posters to distribute through statutory and 3rd sector agencies also Schools (they share all our group information through class DOJO). Also share our information/posters to our FB page and other social media pages Here for Caithness, Thurso Community page and Caithness Voluntary Group who have a huge digital mailing list. This enables us to reach a wider audience. This e3xciting project would help when tackling poverty and social inequality, as the attendees could save on energy costs for their home for the period they attend groups. We would support the attendees to access Benefit entitlement sites to ensure they are receiving their full benefits, share with them all new and relevant advice and benefit information received from Housing, DWP and other agencies. We are a referrer to our local Food bank. Encourage people to engage with CAB who have expertise in accessing energy grants and financial support. People already have weekday access to the donations we receive from our local Lidl to open at the weekend would enable us to provide a 7-day access. All of the above is to assist and support people of all ages and abilities to manage the inequality they are experiencing.
21/09/2022 £16,000 THE BRIDGE CHURCH AYRSHIRE SCIO This project will provide a warm, safe and social space, with the benefit of hot nutritious meals and refreshments within the town of Kilwinning. There is no boundary and surrounding communities are welcome. There is a determination by the volunteers and members of the congregation to alleviate the hardships that a large section of our community will face this winter. This need is more acute now than ever before and as an organisation we would like to scale up the services that we can provide, in partnership with other organisations and potential volunteers within the community, such as the local NAC foodbank in Ardrossan, the Eglinton Growers association, and local businesses such as supermarkets and bakery's. We already have direct links with Turning Point Scotland, CA, and Aberlour Childrens Trust, and along with these and others we can further signpost people towards groups that can address the diversity of needs we are facing. We anticipate that once established our project will enjoy a long lifespan and be able to attract future partners and funding to see the work continue.
21/09/2022 £16,000 UCVO Cidsin Ceilidhs are community kitchens where community centres and village halls throughout Uist and Benbecula can open their doors to the community providing warmth, meals and company.The Western Isles is one of the areas most deprived in relation to fuel poverty in Scotland already, with 56% of households impacted, the continual rise of energy prices has our communities finding themselves facing the choice of heating or eating. Our project is looking to relieve the pressure faced by households by proving a safe warm place to bring communities together to save on home heating costs, providing meals to alleviate pressure on foodbanks, provide nutrition and tackling social isolation by bringing all members of our community to engage in a variety of activities. We anticipate that e.g. financial advisors, Citizen’s Advice personnel, food bank staff will be in attendance at sessions to offer their services discreetly. In the first few months we will pilot the project in 6 halls covering North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist with regular days of being open to the community offering a hot meal and activities throughout the day. We then plan to expand to other halls reducing the need for users to travel, also utilising our local electric community transport service to bring users to the centres and utilising car sharing to reduce transport costs. And finally, an inclusive outreach programme combining befriending services with meal delivery, enjoying nutritious meals in shared company to those who are housebound. Equipping our community halls for these activities will also allow them to be used as resilience hubs during power outages, when bad weather leads to causeways closures and disrupted ferry travel.
21/09/2022 £15,875 LODESTONE CREATIVE We would like to run42 x Batch Cooking Workshops showing people how to meal plan across a week and make use of dried and seasonal foods to avoid waste and make best use of ingredients. We will invite people in for a full day of cooking and learning, providing all ingredients and access to our library of recipes we use for our current recipe kits, a pack of 30 recipe cards to take home and associated herbs and spices required. We will also give practical examples of savings when you buy what you need instead of buying prepackaged in supermarkets and give participants access to our food equipment library (additional pots, graters, pasta makers etc) 19 x Healthy Eating Swaps Workshop helping people make both health, economic and greener decisions about food e.g. Meat Free Mondays, Store Cupboard Herbs for Health and learning about our wider food systems within Scotland, UK, Europe and wider. As an ethical food store we are faced regularly with choices of what and where to buy our food (we stopped stocking bananas for a while due to the impact it was having on workers rights in South America). We would like to share this information for local residents with the aim of them learning more about the impact of food growing across the world, what to consider when buying, how to avoid food waste and most importantly for us to give them the means to connect with ultra local food production in our region. 31 x Site Visits to local growers to volunteer on site and learn where our veg comes from and the issues that market garden growers are facing. We collaborate already with Hub G63 in Drymen/Killearn on a variety of shared projects and we will include them in our site visit plans along with 3 other market gardens we work with. We also work with over 30 local food producers and we will integrate visits to production kitchens into these visits so that participants can learn the links between growing, producing and eating. This element of the project links with a much wider initiative we intend running in 2023 with our local partners to help support, grow and sustain our local food systems. As a social enterprise we are continually checking in with and being responsive to our local community and this takes our zero waste shop into a new realm of work by linking learning directly to how people shop and choices they make. We informally offer education to our customers already (particularly around ultra local food) and this programme will help us solidify this learning as well as connecting food consumers directly to food growers, producers and educators. We already know that there is a 'fear' of how to shop in a zero waste shop with the weighing, measuring and generally people not knowing the quantities in prepackaged items and we hope this will encourage people to engage with confidence in future. We already have a solid foundation of customers who see and support our wider aims and we hope through this project that we can set up a Guid Food advisory group that will be able to inform and guide our future product buying, workshops and initiatives - as they say more heads are better than one! In addition to this fund we will also run a parallel project working with our local youth club to provide recipe kits and talk/film programme to bring together people in a social setting to share and discuss local and global food issues.
21/09/2022 £16,000 RENFREWSHIRE EFFORT TO EMPOWER MINORITIES (REEM) The EMEMIR Project will create a community hub, in Renfrewshire, for minority ethnic men, of all ages, and deliver a range of activities to overcome the impacts of inequality, exacerbated by Covid-19, the rising cost of living and the current refugee crisis, by empowering them with the necessary skills, experience and confidence to facilitate new opportunities for their future, in order to not only help tackle poverty and social inequality but address poor physical and mental health as well as social isolation. We will use an innovative and creative model of delivery to ensure that the needs of our community are met and, if we are successful in our applications for a similar project, focusing on minority ethnic women, then we will combine our learning and findings to create a more holistic service, for all minority ethnic communities, which can then be used as good practice, not only to our advantage for future funding applications, but also as inspiration for some similar work, throughout the country, We have noted our planned activities, over 1 year, and the impact expected. The same activities would be completed in Year 1 and 2, of the project, with a review in place to cater for any required changes – a key focus on taking a community centred approach and working with key stakeholders and partners has been noted here:•36 Weekly Community Café Sessions bringing a diverse range of minority ethnic men together on a regular basis to develop a support network with guidance from key local and national community support initiatives, whom we have built excellent relationships with over the past decade including the Scottish Refugee Council, the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council and Pachedu. Activities will be delivered according to the preference of service users which will seek to develop transferable skills to develop educational and career prospects, hence creating pathways out of poverty and addressing social inequality, particularly with the rising cost of living being predicted to soar further in the coming months. Examples of potential sessions will be focused on: fitness, gardening, IT, reading and health and wellbeing. The impact of this will be improved mental health, less social isolation, increased confidence, improved community cohesion as well as improved mentoring or leadership skills and improved career development opportunities, all of which will address rising social inequalities. •36 Weekly Capacity Building Workshops bringing in local and national partners, particularly those with a focus on working with men, such as Mental Health Foundation and SAMH, to provide support through access to new experiences, skills, mentoring, or other opportunities. Examples will include themed sessions focusing on volunteering, leadership, employability and health and wellbeing. Attendees will be upskilled, more confident and given access to relevant qualifications.
21/09/2022 £15,185 EDINBURGH TOOL LIBRARY As we transition out of the pandemic, we are ramping up our efforts to grow our community and outreach activities to help communities most in need of our support and those disproportionally affected by the pandemic. ‘Building skills for life and learning’ will offer a range of workshops and opportunities for young disabled people from these demographics to design and build practical and often life changing accessibility items specific to their individual needs. Not only will we provide participants with the networks, confidence, knowledge, expertise (and tools) to build practical accessibility items, we will teach them the benefits of sharing everyday resources, including tools, and help them to build community integration whilst mitigating the impact of the climate emergency. Participants will be younger members of the disabled community living in areas of multiple deprivation across Edinburgh. Predominately aged 15-30 years, however we would consider those out with this age range if their needs were not being met elsewhere. These young people will have a range of disabilities including physical disabilities, such as mobility or deafness, to neurodivergence disorders, such as autism and Asperger's syndrome. Workshop numbers will be capped at 10, with up to 6 disabled people plus 2 carer spaces (if required by the individual).‘Building skills for life and learning’ will offer opportunities for young disabled people from low socio-economic backgrounds to access a programme of workshops that they would normally be excluded from. We will lift disabled people onto equal footing and offer workshops that are already available to our wider ETL community. We will ensure income is not a barrier to participation, and engagement with ETL is sustainable, by making workshops free of charge and offering participants free membership to ETL so they can have access to tools, mainstream workshops and our community networks. By increasing accessibility we also hope participants will be encouraged and confident to access our mainstream programme of workshops once this programme has come to an end. We will deliver our projects in a way that isn’t patronising or limiting to their creative ambitions. We will ensure that promotion of the programme is inclusive, for example any pictures used on campaigns are diverse, demonstrating a mix of ages, races and abilities.Workshops are a group affair and will offer opportunities for participants to take part in social activities in a safe and welcoming environment. It is widely acknowledged that people who are socially connected to their communities have fewer mental health problems (Mental Health Foundation, 2021) and over the years we have observed the positive effects on mental health gained from of our community workshops.The programme will provide new skills to help participants move forward with their lives. Woodworking classes will teach practical build skills plus life skills such as team-working and perseverance. These transferable skills will empower people to take more control of their own lives and future careers. Participants will build new social and professional connections outside of their existing networks, helping them to gain confidence to engage in mainstream society and the workforce. We will provide pathways to volunteering at ETL, or via our third sector partner volunteers’ programmes, opportunities which may lead on to future employment.All ETL workshop activity promotes a circular economy, encouraging participants to reduce the number of new items purchased and to use reclaimed or recycled materials.On a practical level, empowering participants to physically change their living environment by building accessible items will boost wellbeing as the home environment can have a huge impact on quality of life.
21/09/2022 £16,000 BOOMERANG COMMUNITY CENTRE [SCIO] Boomerang Centre is going through a period of change since our last manager sadly passed away suddenly. We have a new maanger in post and a new board who are looking to develop the centre into a hub for the local area. We are looking to offer a place based Centre where we can build on partnerships in the local area and work with the community to offer what they would like to see in terms of groups and activities. We are looking to develop the hub so that if people are looking for help with benefits or job applications then there is always someone on hand to help them with this. The fund would help us to develop a morning cafe where people could come to get some breakfast free of charge but also access any support that they may need in terms of energy advice, benefit checks etc. They would also be able to access the food larder that we already have running and the well attended lunch club where a hot meal is offered at a low price.We would also like to create a freecycle area where people can donate items that they no longer use such as clothing, books, games, crockery etc and other people who are accesing our breakfast cafe (or the existing larder) would be able to help themselves to anything that they could use.The breakfast cafe would be free of charge and we would provide training to staff and volunteers so that they would be able to provide advice and guidance to anyone. We would also be able to use this breakfast cafe as a way of tackling social isolation, so that people can come along and chat to others in a safe, warm environment.
21/09/2022 £16,000 LAUDER COMMUNITY AND LEISURE CENTRE We would like to be able to offer a post for an evening and weekend ‘Cooking Club’ organiser, this would allow the community to attend as a family, individually or in groups to help improve and develop the community’s knowledge in budgeting and making the best of what they have on a limited budget. As the cost-of-living crisis takes hold our tenants (Lauder Larder, our local volunteer run foodbank) are finding that they are constantly struggling to keep their shelves stocked with items that may seem less convenient (practical store cupboard ingredients). There is also a perceived stigma in needing to come to the Larder for support in helping users families or individuals. The volunteers that run this foodbank have voiced that they would love to be able to offer those that visit the bank knowledge for improving the users basic cooking and budgeting skills while being able to offer them a fun way to engage, learn, reduce isolation while being able to have a hot meal into the bargain.
21/09/2022 £16,000 CONNECT BERWICKSHIRE YOUTH PROJECT We want to take a new ‘Whole Family Approach’ to supporting families in Coldstream. We will build stronger links with a range of new and existing partners, and reach out to target families, building trusting relationships with parents and engaging them in the design of a range of support services: we want to do the research with parents and understand more about any financial and social barriers. We will use the relationship with local partnerships such as CLD, Parent Space and so on to establish a pathway for struggling families to access our service. This will benefit all partners as the linking up of services will join the dots, so that trusted gatekeepers can refer and signpost to partner organisations, and families can access a range of support for both parents and children. We hope to fund spaces for families to attend after school club to gain access to the same opportunities as those who can afford such services. These will be identified with our potential partners. The session deliveries from the afterschool club side will be led by the needs of the families, for example if the families are struggling with routine, one of the themes of activities for the children could be about routines and making it fun to support their development at home. We believe that by ensuring there are some funded places for struggling families this will increase our capacity and evidence for future funding for more sustainability. Our pilot will allow us to gain enough evidence.
21/09/2022 £16,000 HARBOUR (AYRSHIRE) We have worked hard since the start of 2022 to pilot our Men Only time project aimed at Males suffering the effects of alcohol and drug addiction along with interrelated issues. We have established two men’s support groups targeting residents in KA8 and KA12 two of the most deprived areas as per the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation and where social inequality is at its highest affecting the highest percentage of residents in these communities.The popularity of these groups has created demand and interest for a similar dedicated project for females suffering from the same issues, which is also high in these communities, and we aim to pilot a new project over the course of the next two years. With your funding we would establish our Thrive project which is our Talented, Honest, Resilient, Valued and Empowered programme which can help tackle social inequality and poverty and ultimately deliver change that will improve participants lives. This would be delivered in Ayr, Kilmarnock and Irvine for 40 weeks of the year and deliver programme of group sessions, supported by volunteers with lived experience who can support those most in need. Volunteers will also act as peer mentors for those who require ongoing 1:1 support.The group activities will be open to all and provided free of charge so that no one is excluded based on the ability to pay, full inclusion will be supported in these areas which have rising refugee communities, and will deal directly with core addiction issues and full assessment of needs so that each individual gets all the help they require. This may include help with interrelated issues, help with issues being suffered by other family members, access to services, skills training, support into employment, anything which gives the opportunity to tackle core addiction issues and help improve long term life choices.Your funding would also help with tackling every day problems caused the current cost of living crisis, with highlight on Food poverty. Food would be provided at each session to help fill gaps especially with many going without each day due to prioritising children and their addiction; this will also include lessons on cooking within a budget. With help of other small funding we hope also to provide heating and clothing support. Day Trips would also be organised to help give participants break from their regular routine when otherwise they may not have a chance through poverty.In the communities we propose to target there are some of the worst statistics in Western Europe for drug and alcohol related hospital stays, which is very depressing, and something we are keen to change.With your funding we will work at the very core of our community together with partners such as NHS, Police Scotland, Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous local alcohol and drugs partnerships to establish a referral pathway ensuring that we encourage as wide a level of participation as possible, and this will be supported by our growing number of volunteers.The pilot project will tackle core addiction issues, reduce isolation and give participants the additional support they require, thus directly tackling the effects of poverty and social inequality in these communities and creating the basis of a project that can be upscaled for long term sustainability with the hope that today’s participants become tomorrow’s volunteers.
21/09/2022 £16,000 GLASGOW AFGHAN UNITED This Educational Project will work to reduce the attainment gap by serving children and young people from the Afghan and other diverse communities to overcome multiple barriers to attainment by delivering tailored expert lessons outwith school time to support in-class learning and prepare older pupils for school assessments. The project will use qualified tutors to teach a range of core subjects and will also offer mother language classes and ESOL lessons for pupils for whom English is not their first language. This will support their cultural expression and fluency in written and oral communication. Classes will take on a hybrid model including in-person and online lessons. Classes will first be offered in the Glasgow area before roll-out across Scotland after engagement and relationship-building with Afghan and other families living in other areas. This includes refugees, asylum seekers and newly-arrived households. These groups often experience isolation and multiple deprivation and the project will also create opportunities for peer support networks to help with this. This sustainable and cost-effective project will build on a successful pilot project and take this to a bigger level to benefit more people in more parts of Scotland where services are needed.
21/09/2022 £16,000 UIG PARISH CHURCH OF SCOTLAND Our application relates to the ‘Baile na Cille’ Project within our ‘Hope & Wellbeing’ Hub. For context a little bit of information relating to the Hub is detailed, below: Key projects within the Hub are: ‘Comhla’ – bringing senior citizens and those who are alone together for a simple meal and conversation. Meets monthly in the ‘Little Acorns Room’, Miavaig;. Helping to reduce, social isolation and increase positive mental health; ‘Coibhneas’ – a targeted club for those with dementia but also open to all. Specialist, Art therapy, is provided by a professional artist and the club has the support of NHS Eilean Siar, mental health team. This is presently, fully funded by ‘Community Shout Out Funding’. Meets monthly in the ‘Little Acorns Room’, Miavaig. Aiming to remove stigma associated with Dementia, reduce social isolation and increase positive mental health;‘Baile na Cille Community Gardens’ – to provide growing spaces for those who do not have access to land on which to grow, crops for home use. Meeting, working and learning together, should reduce social isolation, increase positive mental health and enhance community as well as the positive impacts the environment, etc. ; This project will require around £8k grant funding in year 1. The additional, £2.5k funding for year 1 will be donated, through, ‘in-kind’ labour. The land has been identified by the church for the ‘Gardens’. Year 2 is estimated to cost £8,000 in terms of grant funding and again, there will be a £2.5k ‘in-kind’ ‘labour’ contribution’ donated by the applicants. A small management committee will operate, the Gardens for the benefit of the community. A simple schema is attached to this application.,7.0222861,206m/data=!3m1!1e3 [The green field, adjacent to the road and to Baile na Cille Hotel is where the gardens are proposed]‘Oisean a’ Chalman Banca Paisde’ [Dove’s Corner Baby Bank] – began at the end of 2019 by a start-up grant of £5k from the Church of Scotland’s, ‘Go For It Fund’. It provides, nappies, baby consumables, baby clothing, blankets, prams, pushchairs, baths, children’s clothing, limited amount of adult clothing, along with vouchers for clothing, fuel, and heating under the Governments Corra Scheme. By the end of June 2002 £9,500 had been distributed to families and ‘vulnerable’ adults, for clothing, fuel and ancillary items in cash and by voucher. Help has been given to families and individuals, in Harris and across Lewis. Even mothers coming up from the Southern Isles on emergency flights to ‘Ospadal nan Eilean’, having necessary clothing and items provided for them. OAC has pick-up points across Lewis and Harris(see attached) and is fully resourced by donations of clothing and finance made by supporters from across Lewis and Harris. The clothing is new or very high quality, ‘pre-loved’. Tell us what activities you are going to undertake to increase your capacity to deliver core services tackling poverty and social inequality. How are these activities innovative and creative in your organisation? BnC Gardens is innovative insofar it has never been done before, in our parish. We hope to have 6 plots to begin with but there is scope within the project to extend, substantially, depending on demand received.A social housing development is presently, being built nearby as well as those staying in Aird, Uig, covered by the Gallan Head Trust who have expressed a keen desire to be involved in this project.Agricultural and crofting skills will be learnt and developed. Socially, and in terms of mental wellbeing the project,brings hope and encourages, social interaction on a regular basis. In the medium term we expect, the project to be self-sustaining.
21/09/2022 £15,550 ABERDEEN: STOCKETHILL CHURCH OF SCOTLAND The primary activities of the project are: A Community Café providing reasonably priced refreshments and a free/donation based lunch A holiday Lunch Club for families including games, crafts, food and support Budget Cooking coursesThe project is part of a larger work that involves three local community organisations: Cairncry Community Centre, Cornhill Community Association, and Stockethill Church of Scotland. This particular project, with its three primary activities, is being facilitated by Stockethill Church. The three organisations have worked increasingly well over the last few years, but in 2021 Stockethill Church employed Sharron Forsythe on a year’s contract to work across these organisations and the wider community finding opportunities for connection. This was done as the practical part of a Leadership Development programme that Sharron was undertaking. The church employed Sharron in order to release her to undertake this practical aspect of the course otherwise she would not have been able to afford to do so.Her involvement in these organisations has allowed two embryonic activities to begin: a one day a week Community Café with free/donation based lunch; and a one day a week family Lunch Club this summer. Through her involvement across these organisations she has also been able to be part of the planning for a food bank/pantry in one community centre, a budget cooking class in another (for which she is undergoing training), and a community garden.As well as Sharron, what links these various developments is ‘food’ – growing it, cooking it, providing it and eating it together. Together, as these things develop, they will tackle poverty, social inequality and isolation by meeting immediate need, creating community, and building skills and confidence.Having created the connections and experimented over this past year, from October of this year we would like to begin a three day a week Community Café with free/donation based lunch; a family Lunch Club during the school holidays (both based in Cairncry Community Centre and run in partnership with them) and a budget cooking class (based in Cornhill Community Learning Centre and run in partnership with the Community Association and involving the local primary school). These three activities are clearly connected, and will be even more so if we can employ Sharron to lead in each one. Through these connections we hope that there will be a flow of opportunity for those involved in each one and in the other food based community activities that are being developed.The funding we are seeking is therefore to employ Sharron to build on the work she has done in the final year of her Leadership Development programme.It is this joined up approach and partnership working that is new to us and is innovative in its approach. We hope that by working together in this way we will build a strength to the organisations which will be able to attract funding in the future for the current projects, but also give flexibility for future developments.
21/09/2022 £16,000 EAST LOTHIAN YOUNG CARERS LTD (EDINBURGH) We are applying for funding from the Community Capacity and Resilience Fund as we would like to offer support to young carers and their families who are struggling in the current economic environment. Young carers are more likely than their peers to live in low income families. Many young carers are aware of their family’s financial situation and are profoundly affected by it. The effects of poverty can lead to practical, emotional and educational difficulties that can follow a young carer into later life. Covid had a very detrimental effect on young carers mental health as young carers became more isolated and their caring responsibilities increased. Young carers are now having to deal with the consequences of high fuel and food prices. We would like to offer support to help reduce the poverty and inequality currently being experienced by young carers and their families living in East Lothian. We would like to add to our staff hours to allow us to develop a number of new supports for young carers and their families.We would like to increase the core services we are able to offer to young carers and families by staff completing training in welfare benefits. Once trained staff will be able to advise on welfare benefits and carry out checks to ensure that young carers their families are receiving everything they are entitled to. Staff will be able to assist with benefit applications and provide support with any benefits problems. The project will also address the challenges with fuel and food costs affecting young carers and their families. Project funding will allow us to create an easy to understand information pack detailing all the help available with energy costs, how to access it and help with completing applications. We will create local information sheets with details of local organisations that provide free or discounted food. We will establish links with local supermarkets across East Lothian to access surplus items for distribution to families in need. Staff will support young carers and their parents to access support with energy and food costs.We will produce recipe cards for cheap, easy to make meals. We will email the recipes to families and put them on our app and website. For those families who prefer to have a hard copy we will provide laminated copies. We will provide hints and tips sheets on how to save money and keep warm. We have found that families often do not have the kitchen equipment they need to take advantage of the savings that can be made by home cooking and by making larger quantities of a meal at a time. We will distribute 50 “make and freeze “packs to families each year. The packs will contain a hand blender to help make soup and sauces and reusable freezer bags. Parents and young carers have told us how incidental costs at school can add up quickly when household income is limited. For families who are struggling financially we will contact the school to ask that the young carers situation be considered when planning activities and that help is provided to allow them to take part in activities that incur a cost such as school trips, after school activities and World Book Day. We will put a template letter on our website for parents to use themselves.We will promote the take up of the young carer grant. Many young carers are unaware that from the age of 16 they can apply for the young carers grant. We will create a step by step guide on how to apply for the grant and make it available to young carers on our app, website and as a hard copy we can post out. Many young carers have told us that they are unsure about continuing their studies after school as they are worried about achieving the grades required and are concerned about the costs involved. We want to encourage young carers to fulfil their potential and create a future where they are not living in poverty. Although there is now support for young carers wanting to study at college or university many young carers are unaware of it. We will establish links with colleges and universities throughout Scotland to produce a guide for young carers detailing what support is available to young carers at each institution through widening participation, bursaries, grants and other support.At the end of the project, we plan to have created a bank of practical support and advice we can offer young carers and their families. We will have staff trained in providing benefits advice and a library of information and advice we can continue to distribute to young carers and their families. We hope we can build on the work of the project using the experience we gain and the evaluation and feedback from young carers and their parents. We would like to be able to continue finding ways to try and tackle the problems young carers living in low income families face. We hope to be able to continue to work with local colleges and universities to support young carers to be able to access further and higher education. We plan to work with local organisations and charities to build up a picture of the support available in East Lothian for young carers and their families who are living in poverty. We are looking forward to learning more about what other organisations are providing in East Lothian and hope we make long lasting connections. We will share our finished information packs with all the organisations we have worked with. We will also provide copies to other organisations who work with carers and young carers.
21/09/2022 £16,000 EAST FIFE COMMUNITY FOOTBALL CLUB (EFCFC) Running these programmes in schools or at Bayview Stadium we are going to do exactly what the programme title says: Make - use cost effective ingredients to make a meal with both the adults and their children. This will help the targeted group tackle the cost-of-living crisis by improving budgeting and identifying where to source these ingredients locally. Move – many of the families that will be offered this programme won’t take part in much exercise due to the associated costs. However, we will engage them in activities that are free of charge as well as pointing out free organised activities that exist in the area. This long-term approach to fitness will help combat the health inequalities many people in the area suffer from.Munch – there are a number of children attending local schools that may only get their school meal and no other food for the day. There are also adults how now have to make choices around feeding themselves, their children and putting the heating on. By providing this support we know they are eating a healthy meal, but we also have the opportunity to spark chat around tackling inequalities and bring in outside agencies such a Kingdom Works, benefit advisors and the school leadership teams and help support these families closer.These programmes will run in blocks of 8 weeks and be delivered over 1.5 hours each week. We will work with the schools to open this up to families who would benefit from this type of support to ensure we target people who would gain the most from the programme.By engaging the full or majority of the household this project will engage them all and get buy in around changing eating habits and increasing physical activity. We will also offer the family a chance to attend East Fife games free of charge during the programme something which families can often be priced out of. In years gone by the club has delivered lots of successful programmes but none of them have had this focused family approach.By evaluating this project we feel we will be able to attract funding in the future.
07/09/2022 £9,958 GLASGOW ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH LIMITED We've identified that the South West Glasgow Carer Centre requires the following to help build capacity in our service delivery:A refurbished reception area to accommodate more carer engagement in a welcoming and safe environment and to also act as a flexible working space for staff.Devices to allow staff to deliver remotely more effectively and to reduce their time on retrospective admin.A printer to allow key forms, documents or resources can be printed for staff and on behalf of carers.SMS evaluation tool to allow us to engage more effectively with carers to share key updates and gather feedback to improve services.
07/09/2022 £9,953 GLASGOW ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH LIMITED We've identified that the West Glasgow Carer Centre requires the following to help build capacity in our service delivery:A refurbished reception area to accommodate more carer engagement in a welcoming and safe environment and to also act as a flexible working space for staff.Devices to allow staff to deliver remotely more effectively and to reduce their time on retrospective admin.A Go Pro to allow content creation to share key information via online channels and to capture case studies to demonstrate impact.SMS evaluation tool to allow us to engage more effectively with carers to share key updates and gather feedback to improve services.
07/09/2022 £10,000 DOCHAS CARERS CENTRE This funding will enable us to build our capacity by introducing a conference room to use in delivering online sessions with carers as well as hybrid meetings by our geographically spread team. By improving our IT system in this way it will also all outreach staff to connect virtually and more professionally which will improve blended working. The funding will also be used to replace out of date iPads and laptops ensuring that staff can run the most up to date software and have reliable equipment to support them in their work with carers. We plan to convert our existing meeting room into a multi-use combined conference room.We will explore the potential of renting out the conference room when its not in use by us thereby supporting other local organisations and groups and bringing in income for the centre.
07/09/2022 £8,250 SKYE AND LOCHALSH COMMUNITY CARE FORUM SCIO The project has 2 elements:1 Raising awareness of the service in the local area and linking in with schools and other agencies to identify hidden young carers. Supporting the staff and volunteer team to carry this out with up to date technology and leaflets and posters.This project will ensure that all school aged children, teachers and other key services are fully aware of the services we can provide to young carers.As part of the Highland young carers strategy group, it has been discussed with a group of young carers from across Highland that it is vital to engage with as many organisations as possible to reach out to the 'hidden' young carers including all school aged children.Awareness raising is key to getting the right message out to ensure any potential young carer knows where to access support in a safe environment.The key activities that we will undertake are building relationships with all schools and agencies across Skye & Lochalsh, design presentations and deliver them suited to each age range/agency, provide a key point of contact within our service, provide up to date information leaflets highlighting the key messages and a young carer identification tool kit.2. Improving the technology available for the use of young carers in our centre.TinyTablet smart desk and board will support our work with young carers allowing us to deliver training and employability sessions with touch screen technology and more engaging content.Playstation and games will be used for team building to motivate the young carers to work together and develop their strengths and social skills.
07/09/2022 £9,950 NORTH LANARKSHIRE YOUNG CARERS NLYC will be moving to new premises within the next month (Enterprise House). We would like to make two new innovative additions to the environment which we feel will enhance our ability to meet the outcomes of our young carers in regard to GIRFEC and the Shanarri outcomes. We wish to deliver two new enhanced environments within our young carers service:• Young carers podcast and recording suite• Young carers virtual reality suite. Young carers podcast and recording suiteWe will build a specialized room within our new service which will contain equipment allowing young carers to record podcasts, films and digitized recordings which will be used to enhance their creative abilities, improve their social media presence and have lots of fund individually and in groups.Young carers virtual reality suite.Our new premises has an additional space which we would like to turn into a Virtual VR studio. This room will allow young carers to play the latest PS5 games but with the enhancement of VR. We will also use this facility to do training with our young carers on First Aid / Fire Safety and Health and wellbeing. VR will allow our young carers to immerse in experiences and perform actions, making it perfect for skills training around their caring roles. From first aid to medicine management and fire safety in the home, Vr will help our young carers cope with their caring role, and even prepare for a future career.
07/09/2022 £9,780 CAPITAL CARERS LTD The Granton Community Trust has had to wind up the Prentice Centre due to loss of income during and post Covid lockdown. It is on the market to charitable bodies and existing tenants including Capital Carers have to vacate the centre by 30th September. Capital Carers has signed a lease with the Edinburgh Palette a former Corporate main office consisting predominately of large open plan spaces sub divided "plots" without physical divisions. The lease is for sufficient space to set up an office and an adjacent meeting/activity area.
07/09/2022 £10,000 THE BROOMHOUSE CENTRE We would like to purchase some new equipment to help us increase our capacity and support our carers.Due to increased workloads we have recently recruited a number of new staff. This fund would provide them with up to date IT equipment which they will need to carry out their duties.Finally, part of our current mission is to promote services, advice and support for carers in the area, including signposting to other services, such as benefits or energy advice. To do this we need to upgrade our website the bulk of the funds would be spent in this area. To help with this, we would like to purchase a camera, to help document our work and provide evidence for additional funding as well as provide material for case studies et al which could inspire more people to come forward and request help.
07/09/2022 £9,890 SOUTH LANARKSHIRE YOUNG CARERS SERVICE In 2019 Action for children took over the South Lanarkshire Young Carers. Recently the service was successful in getting funding to add three staff to the project on a permanent basis. One of our new features will be delivery of presentations and drop-in sessions to all high schools in South Lanarkshire. (We would like to develop VR components to this work) This has never been done before. However, we need to equip the staff with laptops / projectors and VR equipment to make this possible. We also wish to add a Dedicated Apple workstation and PS5 VR compatible suit for young carers within the service itself (Barncluith) The additional workstation & PS5 (VR Comp) will be used by young carers visiting the service.
07/09/2022 £7,750 CROSSROADS CARING FOR CARERS (COWAL & BUTE) SCIO The Care Centre requires the following to help build capacity:Our website needs upgrading to be more streamlined and user friendly (quote for works provided)The upgrade and refurbishment of a back room to provide a flexible working space. This includes drainage works. re-decoration and furniture. (quote for drainage works provided and budget costs for decoration and furnishings)Purchase of 6 iPads for staff and carers to utilise when engaging with the Young Carers App to complete young carers statements and to undertake remote working. (likely to be purchased from online retailer)
07/09/2022 £17,458 UNITY ENTERPRISE Both North and South Ayrshire Carer Centres are in need of upgraded IT equipment - laptops and desktops - and the joint website requires an update of content and functionality, including online forums, chat and capturing data that will then feed into our other systems. Total costs are for both carer centres combined: £17,458.40 and would be evenly split: £8,729.20 per service Costs of devices have been provided by our current IT provider and can be viewed here:
31/08/2022 £7,445 INVERCLYDE CARERS CENTRE We have been advised that we need to upgrade the server software to Microsoft Azure. We rely on our database and reports produced from the same to make sure we maximise the supports available to Carers.We also want to improve our communications via social media and improve the level and detail of information available in the waiting area of our office. We would like to upgrade our software, purchase a vlogging camera kit, a new monitor for our reception area, a Mac Book and training in social media and iMovie editing. We want to provide more information to Carers via social media and in the Centre to provide Carers with more information on the services we provide and by using film giving new carers a sense of what they might expect when they come to one of our groups. Following the Covid crisis we are aware that there will be many 'Hidden Carers' and that there is a need to let people that the Carers Centre can offer them support and provide breaks from their caring role.
31/08/2022 £9,000 TYKES We are going to improve our IT system which was put in place at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
31/08/2022 £9,057 CAITHNESS KLICS (SCIO) we would like to purchase 3 new laptops, head sets & bags, install office 365 to 4 laptops @£9.40 per licence, install security cameras and recording box to secure the property, create a new Caithness KLICS Webpage
31/08/2022 £10,000 RENFREWSHIRE CARERS CENTRE We would like to make changes to our website which is currently under construction- whereby an option will be given to carers where they can securely update their details that we hold on them via the website. Develop an app similar to the one developed for Young Carers Statements for Adult Carers in the form of a self assessment Staff Training and team building
26/07/2022 £9,092 CARE FOR CARERS As a result of the pandemic we moved our short breaks events and activities to online provision. We want to continue to offer a range of online options as well as hold hybrid meetings for carers events, staff, trustees and volunteer meetings. We need to expand our office space to set up a Hybrid Meeting room which will be set up permanently for Hybrid meetings as well as being able to be used for face to face group meetings. For this space we are fundraising to support the rent, set up and furnishing for the room. As a result of the pandemic all staff are now working from laptops and we need to reconfigure our main office to become set up for this method of working. We need desk top monitors that link to the laptops and more ergonomic desktop working options, such as ergonomic keyboards, vertical mouses, adjustable monitor stands. This will make a much safer, more comfortable and flexible working environment. It will enable us to set up 4 seperate work stations with the same staff sharing them.
26/07/2022 £9,165 EDINBURGH YOUNG CARERS Since Covid, EYC have been and intend to continue delivering a “hybrid” service for all young carers referred to us, including face-to-face (F2F) and online support, depending on the young person’s preference. We are doing this in the face of an unprecedented demand for our core services.Most of our services are targeted at very vulnerable YCs who need intensive support with, for example, looking after a parent with alcohol addiction, or multiple school absences. In the last 12 months we have also seen increasing referrals for YCs who, while still needing support, require less intensive intervention at the point of referral. This applies (for example) to YCs needing help with creating a YC statement, or finding a volunteering opportunity, or needing short-term support in school. Currently these young people will be referred automatically to one of our existing services including intensive groups or one-to-one (121) support. This places additional pressure on our services and stretches our capacity to deliver. YCs with a need for intensive support are added to a growing waiting list while those with less complex challenges are on the same waiting list, but may not ultimately need support at the level provided.To address this, we would like to create a new “light touch” service for YCs who need less intensive support, but still very much need to be part of the EYC family. This would take the form of a membership/affiliate programme (with a user-friendly name TBC), allowing us to maintain contact with the young person, checking in with them regularly and providing information on services which might be of interest, including days out or residential breaks. It would also enable us to identify any change in the young person’s situation or support requirement. The scheme would be supplemented by printed and online resources for use by all young carers, their families and -eventually-professionals.We estimate that at least 50 young people a year could directly benefit from this approach, with the indirect benefits being felt by other YCs who will have quicker access to the intensive support they need and to additional advice and information. Without this additional resource, the YCs with lower-level needs may be “lost” and then reappear later with additional challenges. This in turn will place even more pressure on our services, and potentially on statutory services, including CAMHS.To ensure this approach works for all YCs referred to us, we have to ensure our technology is fit for purpose, allowing us to maintain the necessary communication with EYC, irrespective of their needs. We are seeking funding towards this cost, and towards the development costs of the programme, including upgrades to our website and the creation of printed and online resources. Our total funding request includes:• The purchase of laptops for staff members who are being recruited to manage the additional workload resulting from our increased referrals.• Webcams for all existing staff, enabling us to manage effectively implement our “hybrid” approach to service delivery which will be particularly beneficial to the YCs using the “light-touch”service• Upgrade of our website to create a “members only” area including: resources and signposting for YCs on how to find specific support, for example with mental health, employment, volunteering and eventually:• Citywide information for professionals seeking to make referrals (including teachers and social care)• Production of carer ID cards for all the YCs we support, facilitating access to community-based benefits • Two annual “Open Day” events (one in this funding period) to maintain connections and publicise the service.
26/07/2022 £9,700 VOLUNTARY ACTION SHETLAND We would like to improve our digital capacity to enable us to improve our connectivity with carers. If it is easier for carers to connect with us, we will have more engagement. Project – ‘Drop-In’ App for Young Carers. Vision – Young Carers and Young Adult Carers will be able to access a ‘drop-in’ session virtually and too engaged with the service within time that is convenient for themselves. Description - Investigate different digital technology platforms to find a way to engage with our YC’s. A ‘drop-in’ app feels more beneficial as it is under one platform. They can use this app to go on our website, social media and get updates. They can book an appointment to chat with a trusted adult and where they can choose with method i.e. video, call, text. There appointments can fit around them within our service times. It can be done discreetly and in the comfort of their own home or at place of work/school. Using this method of communication provides all users accessibility, less travel time, less carbon admissions and less workload (i.e. not travelling to the YCs home or vice versa them travelling to the office for a 30 minute chat). Resources – we have signed up to Microsoft Power App Developers, with the help from our local authority ICT department. Background - our YC&YAC Worker has been accepted on the Digital Health and Care Leadership Programme which is an 8 month programme. She hopes this programme will enlightening herself with more skills and knowledge of digital technologies. Future – if this successful the proposal would be to add it so it can be used for our whole service at Shetland Carers. Hopefully we would be able to link in with other services i.e. Mind Your Head, CAB etc. The staffing costs are for outsourcing any development work from our current web providers, who we have started discussions with about the best way forward whether an App is the way to go or a different platform style. The main digital development costings would also include any other digital developments in the future, eg podcasts or other website developments for example changing over to more digital friendly forms eg JOT forms which people can access more easily through their mobile phones.
26/07/2022 £9,400 CARERS OF EAST LOTHIAN We would like to re-fresh and improve our website ( to make it more user-friendly for carers, to introduce some new functionality, and to ensure it is meeting our needs as an organisation. As Carers of East Lothian has grown over the years, our services have expanded, and so have our communication needs, which are now quite different than when the site was first developed in 2014. We have built onto the site, adding additional pages, for example for our Carers' Panel, but now feel it needs a full redesign and development to continue to meet our needs and support us to work with carers more efficiently and effectively. Specifically we would like to:link the website to our CRM system (Charity Log) so that online referrals, evaluation forms, grant application forms, bookings for groups and so on go straight to the database, whereas at the moment they need to be inputted by staff, which takes considerable timeadd in more community and peer support opportunities for carers through the website by creating a discussion forum and exploring other options around thisConsolidate the site navigation, incorporating more recent projects into the design of the site rather than as 'add-ons'work with carers to identify other potential improvements for the site
26/07/2022 £9,767 THE FIFE CARERS CENTRE We need to update our technology to enable us to keep pace with increasing and changing services. A new smart board would give us far greater scope to offer training, groups work and meetings to a wider audience, tailored and flexibly. It would also give us another tool when undertaking consultations with carers and stakeholders, giving us a wider reach. Our current card printer is old and it is difficult to get it repaired now. We issue around 200 Carers Emergency Cards a year as part of our emergency and forward planning work. Our franking machine will become obsolete later this year. Franking mail is the most efficient and cost effective means for us to deal with mail. The amount of mail we generate increases as our staff team grows and our reach to the carers in Fife expands.
26/07/2022 £9,338 QUARRIERS Quarriers Glasgow North West Carers Service seeks your generous support in order to increase the capacity of our volunteer recruitment. We seek funding to recruit a part-time, temporary coordinator post with a focus on volunteer interpreter recruitment and development to support the extremely diverse group of carers we support. This staff post will provide crucial support to our team by leading on developing a sustainable roster of volunteer interpreters. The interpreter service is a vital aspect of mitigating barriers to carers in accessing support from the service. We are applying for the costs related to the staff salary as well as training and insurance costs. We will match fund the post by meeting the costs for our overhead charges as well as equipment required by the Volunteer Coordinator.
26/07/2022 £9,785 QUARRIERS We seek your generous funding to support our pilot project trialling a new online interactive platform provided by The Viewpoint Organisation. This application will enable us to engage digitally with young carers with report writing and information sharing. The Viewpoint Organisation offers a well-established digital approach which promotes the engagement and participation of children and young people in decisions that affect them. It is used by many Children’s Services Departments in Scotland, as well as elsewhere in the UK. The Viewpoint digital resources for Statements and Support Plans for young carers and young adult carers are provided on an annual licence basis. The resources can be accessed through a device browser or through an app for mobile devices. All information is securely stored online and can be accessed for reporting on the collective views of young carers, identifying common issues and concerns as well as what is going well. The licence includes all setting up costs, updates and there is no restriction on the number of uses or users. In addition to the Viewpoint licence, your support will also enable us to invest in updating the staff team’s laptops as the current models are inhibiting the digital capacity of staff. This is a particular challenge as there is now a significant need for the right technology as the service expands the range of supports available to carers following the pandemic.
27/06/2022 £6,175 QUARRIERS We seek your generous support to enable us to enhance our newly established ‘Respitality Bureau’ at our Carer Support Service in Aberdeen. Respitality is a concept which creates opportunities for unpaid carers to have meaningful breaks from caring without financial constraints or the stress of planning a break. Local carer organisations in partnership with donors from the hospitality, tourism and leisure sector, co-ordinate and plan all aspects of the break so that carers can relax, enjoy time for themselves. This project will offer transformational benefits to carers who will be able to come in or phone in and be supported through a discussion on taking a break from caring. This break may come either through a holiday or through the purchase of equipment such as hobby materials, exercise equipment or gardening equipment. It is designed to be as flexible to the carer’s needs as possible. Previously the Service has offered this funding through an application process, however, we learned from this experience through feedback from carers, that the application process is a significant barrier for carers and their ability to access a break. This is due to the administration and coordination involved with trying to organise a break with local providers. In addition to this obstacle, the Service also suffered from a lack of capacity to deliver the additional amounts of funding that came to Carers Centre during the pandemic. This meant we were required to seek support from agency staff to help deliver it to ensure carers did not miss out. In reflecting upon what worked well and what didn’t; the Service decided that in order to improve the process for carers and better facilitate access, it needed to expand beyond application forms. Our new feedback-led approach will mean that the administrative side of Respitality will be organised by two dedicated members of staff who will have key expertise in working with Respitality and Time to Live funding. They will then guide the carer through a set of user-friendly questions to find out what type of break would best suit them and help them arrange this. This makes a significant contribution in reducing the burden upon the time and capacity of carers, in addition to the wider Service who can then completely focus on the direct delivery of support. For the service to evolve to this way of providing support, there are office adaptions required to be made to a current meeting room to turn it into the Respitality Bureau office and create a dedicated functional space for the project. These changes include; the purchase of desks, chairs, a filing cabinet, laptops and docking stations, as well as a phone specifically for the bureau. In addition to these changes, we are also applying for funding for a franking machine to increase our capacity in managing our significant posting requirements associated with our very popular newsletter. Our application further includes bespoke training in Charitylog to make the best use of its database functions for our service.
23/06/2022 £10,000 DUNDEE CARERS CENTRE We have 58 staff as well as over 50 active (or in recruitment stage) volunteers and make most economical use of our space by having a hotdesking system in the office with 30 fixed desks. Following the COVID restrictions we have found that our use of our central office space has changed and whilst we were fortunate enough to secure funds to adapt our public spaces during the pandemic our priority is now to update our office technology to allow staff to work efficiently and flexibly whilst still supporting carers.During lockdown we were forced to ensure that all staff were provided with a laptop - this was partly due to homeworking requirements but also our staff now work much more in locality areas. This means they spend less time in the office but when they do they are increasingly using their laptops and want to connect that device simply to our network. This also avoids the use of hotdesking and shared equipment which may continue to be a risk in terms of infection control. This means we have less use for some old pc's and want to replace approx 16 of these with new docking stations. This also means the docking stations are more economical to replace on an ongoing basis whilst still keeping our staff laptops up to date and efficient given they work out in locality bases so frequently. As we have meeting space in the same building, it also means staff can work flexibly from these spaces when meeting with carers etc but still access networked services such as printers in the main office more easily by simply relocating to the office space and connecting their laptops. This new way of working means we can provide much more flexible support and advice to carers and young carers at times and locations which are convenient to them rather than being limited to one location but at the same time ensuring that we make most efficient use of staff time.We also need to replace some of our outdated pc’s as, due to inactivity during lockdown, we found they were simply too old to cope with the numerous software updates during that period and our IT support company tell us they are not economically viable to update. This means that although we have 30 hotdesking spaces, we only have approx 24 functioning pc’s. We also would like to make 3 pc’s in the office have dual screen capability as, for staff who routinely office work such as support staff, this is a real benefit.Finally, we also now have a shortage of office chairs and as we remobilise and return to the office in greater numbers this is going to be a problem. The shortage of chairs was caused by allowing those staff who needed these to take them home to ensure they were working safely from home and that we continued to meet our health and safety responsibilities during the pandemic.Whilst we routinely budget for general upgrades and maintenance within our annual budgets, to undertake such a large scale upgrade of equipment at one time would be impossible given current challenges with budgets during a time of escalating costs such as utility costs for the office.
23/06/2022 £7,200 ANGUS CARERS ASSOCIATION We are requesting funding to update our current website and to develop additional pages with Mental Health and wellbeing information, podcasts, and videos for adult and young carers. This will involve the addition of a dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing tab, which will be split into 3 separate pages covering adult carers, young carers (Age 16 & 17) and young adult carers (Age 18 – 25). This addition to the website will provide accessible information, advice, and support for the community. Each page will incorporate feedback we have received from carers, and we envisage posting videos of our current Zoom relaxation sessions and self-care sessions. By posting this information on our website it provides carers with the opportunity to dip in and out of the sessions. We know that being a carer can be very demanding on their time and even just a quick 5 minutes with relaxation techniques provided by ourselves may make a difference to their day to day caring role. These separate pages will promote recorded bite sized wellbeing sessions, podcasts, relaxation sessions and cover topics such as hope, resilience, self-compassion, self-care, anger management, relaxation, health & wellbeing, palliative care, suicide prevention and domestic violence, with links to other agencies who can help in addition to ourselves. We are also aiming to introduce a staff health and wellbeing section.This funding would enable us to develop mental health and wellbeing information, podcasts, videos, and workshops that will enable people to take control of their own health and wellbeing, hopefully resulting in them being able to remain in good mental and physical health for longer periods of time. We envisage that this easily accessible and up-to-date information and support will also enable carers to feel more confident in their caring role and may even help support the person they care for with their mental health and wellbeing as well.
23/06/2022 £8,860 NORTH ARGYLL CARERS' CENTRE LIMITED We would like to work with our database provider, IIzuka, to make improvements to our database so that inputting of carer information is more streamlined and user friendly. This will remove redundant processes and reduce bureaucracy, meaning that our carer support workers are required to spend less time on administration and have greater time and capacity to support carers. The creation of new spec and templates will allow us to carry out more effective monitoring and reporting and to extract statistical and carer census data that can map straight into returns. Again this will reduce staff time spent on administrative tasks and free them to focus on carer support. It will help us to collate the monitoring and reporting information we need to ensure and demonstrate that our service is meeting its aims and providing the best possible level of support to carers. Though the focus here is on processes, carers will benefit directly from these improvements because they will allow our team more time to work with carers we already support, and do the vital awareness raising work needed to identify as yet unknown carers. Our administrator who oversees volunteer recruitment and Respitality will see time released to focus on these aspects of her role too. A member of the IIzuka support team will come and spend 2 days with us, first assessing the spec and changes required, and then carrying out the required modifications. They have quoted us £2280 for this work to be completed.We are moving to new, more suitable premises as the building we now occupy does not adequately meet our needs in terms of space or covid safety. It would not be viable to invest in making changes to the current space because the owner, Argyll and Bute Council, has made us aware of their intention to sell the land it stands on for development at some point in the future and we are aware that before the pandemic they had been in discussion with developers regarding this. We have identified a suitable property and are in negotiation with the owner and estate agent to get the lease agreed. The space is ideal as it is open plan at present and therefore a blank canvas for us to create the spaces we want. We would like to create a large open, airy meeting area where we can hold group activities and which is big enough to accommodate social distancing. We will also have 2 smaller, more intimate spaces for use as therapy rooms and for 1:1 work with carers. There will be a staff workroom with breakout space, and a separate office space for the manager and administrator. Ventilation systems will ensure all these spaces are covid-safe environments to meet in. We have been quoted £15000 for the works to put in the stud walls, insulation, additional ventilation and electrics. We have secured £10000 towards the cost of these works. We will also incur costs for decoration and carpeting of the space. The flooring estimate we received is £4942.
23/06/2022 £10,000 CENTRAL CARERS ASSOCIATION (FALKIRK & CLACKMANNAN) Our website is outdated and not functioning as well as what it could be and in order for us to adapt and develop in response to what we have learned through the pandemic, we recognise that we have to invest in our essential digital portal of support so that we can survive and thrive. Critically we want to provide information and support for carers that is easily accessible, interactive and available at times to suit carers. We have a well-established relationship with a local company who have designed, developed and currently support with the maintenance of our website. Over the last year we have successfully secured funding for a digital development worker. This has afforded us the opportunity to reflect on the digital supports that we provide and has allowed us to think about how we can develop flexible and accessible digital supports for carers. As a key element of our digital support our developer has suggested that we rebuild the existing website as the current website would not allow for easy advancement of the improvements that we would like to make. A rebuild will allow us to develop: a range of virtual training supports/groups that carers can access from home at times to suit them. This would include, videos of (but not limited to), for example, home-based exercises, meditation, mindfulness, self-massage techniques, and breathing classes. a range of easily accessible, up to date digital information giving carers more choice and flexibilty over the supports that they access 24/7. portals for involvement opportunities and the ability to respond to enquiries quickly and easily meaning carers will have a platform to share their views and influence local decision making. podcasts and carers stories digital information and better connect community support for carers to help prevent isolation. our Carers Card to promote the health and wellbeing of carers and promote short breaks embedded forms to allow us to streamline support pathways, referrals and evaluations a member site so that carers can access and update their information and support plans offer a space for feedback and continual evaluation update language translation options and improve accessibility.
23/06/2022 £8,643 BARNARDO'S We are going to build capacity for our service by: Purchasing more of the equipment and systems that will improve our capacity to deliver carer support by: Developing new administrative processes such as using tablets to write contact records which will allow workers to do this along with the young people in a way that supports capturing their voice in line with The Promise and our commitment to improving the way we write about the young people we support. It will also allow staff to spend more time completing direct work with young carers, Cared For, and their families. Purchasing software upgrades such as Windows 11, TikTok subscription, What’s App Application to use as a free chat tool, Zoom online subscription for delivering training/ group/ 1-1 sessions as part of hybrid working, and Mind your Own App that helps young people communicate their views in a way that suits them. Young carers will be able to create their own account, and this will support positive engagement. It will help workers to communicate more effectively with young carers, cared for, and families. It will also ensure that young carers voices are heard and listened to in relation to our service development that is based on the wishes and views of the people we work with. Purchasing IT equipment including laptop/tablets, for young carers to use when they attend the service will be hugely beneficial when completing individual focused work, group work, and family work. We are a paperless organisation and using technology is a key skill in our practice. Provide mobile phones for volunteers to maintain contact with their matched young carers. Cameras, video cameras, and microphones to set up TikTok videos to share service updates as feedback is that Facebook is no longer used by the majority of young carers and their families and feedback is TikTok is the most popular social platform. We will record videos for assemblies, media uses, and for young carers to create blogs. This will also be used to complete Life Story work and for young carers to create pictorial work/ memories/ life stories. Purchasing new furniture that includes a larger outdoor gazebo to hold our groups and activities outside due to our current risk assessments in the office still adhering to the one metre social distance guidance. Equipment such as mobile oven cookers to use outside and in sessions rooms instead of using the small kitchen where we are unable to socially distance due to the old style of building. These also help deliver our support safely while minimising Covid risk to unpaid cares who still feel vulnerable to the risks presented by COVID.
23/06/2022 £10,000 THE BORDERS CARERS CENTRE We would like to expand and deliver our current service to reach more carers and to ensure that our staff have access to the technology they require to deliver the service and to increase capacity within the service. We would like to upgrade our case management system, improve our home working provision and upgrade technology. It is imperative that in order to continue to deliver our service and to reach the ever increasing number of carers who require our support that our equipment is future proofed and fit for purpose. Without up to date mobile technology we will be unable to expand our service to reach more carers.
23/06/2022 £9,946 DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY CARERS CENTRE We would like to upgrade our website to make it more user friendly and interactive. Carers or professionals will be able to make a referral, apply for a grant or sign up to events. It will allow us to reach more Carers and support more people due to the increase in staff capacity which is currently taken up by doing these tasks manually. We would also like to apply for two laptops which will allow an additional two new members of staff to work from home.
23/06/2022 £9,949 CARERS LINK EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE We would like to improve/supplement our current IT systems and digital technology in order to ensure the services we provide carers are as efficient and effective as possible. Covid lockdown restrictions expedited our dependence on technology and we adapted successfully to the challenges this brought, however as we continue working remotely our digital needs have evolved. Many carers continue to seek our support remotely as their caring commitments have intensified as a direct result of the pandemic, many of our staff also have caring responsibilities and have adapted their working patterns to reflect this. As a service, hybrid working is now permanently integrated into our organisation and we require additional technology and upgrades to existing devices in order to facilitate this.
23/06/2022 £6,050 EAST AYRSHIRE CARERS CENTRE We will create 5 new work stations for new staff members providing a computer that staff can access to complete applications online, update our databases and record the support we have provided to carers on a face to face basis now we have fully returned to working in our 3 offices in East Ayrshire. We will also purchase web cams and speakers to allow staff to carry out online meetings, zoom/MS Team interviews with carers who are in our rural locations, are wary of going out the house or who prefer this method of contact due to caring responsibilities. We have extra staff members starting beginning of July through additional Carers Act funding we are receiving from our local council as we have a backlog of Adult Carer Support Plans and reviews needing completed due to us being unable to meet carers in person during lockdown and Covid restrictions, we also registered more carers during lockdown due to various government announcements with our yearly figures going up by 130%, we had to produce a shorter version of our registration form to get through these referrals and are looking to get all new referrals into our offices over the coming year to meet them in person. We will be setting up a Short Break Brokerage with a new member of staff, this is due to additional funding from Shared Care Scotland to provide respite breaks to carers and their family, we also got an additional matched funding from our council to run this initiative, we are recruiting for this now and intend to set up a workstation for this person to operate from in our main office in Kilmarnock. We will add an additional work station at our other carer centres in Cumnock and Dalmellington and set up work space for 2 new workers with our young carers service at our Carers Cottage in Kilmarnock. This is to ensure we can return to working out of our offices but also looking at a hybrid model which will allow staff to start up home visits again for those carers who struggle to get into our office due to locality, rurality, transport costs and their caring responsibilities. We have also secured funding to start a new staff member who will work within the hospitals in Ayrshire to identify carers needing support with the hospital discharge process for their loved ones. We ran a pilot for this prior to lockdown which came to an end when we went into lockdown this will be a much needed initiative to support carers and their families moving forward.
23/06/2022 £9,584 GLASGOW NORTH EAST CARERS CENTRE We would like to invest in replacing Laptop equipment that staff are using in their day to day work lives. Equipment they are currently using was purchased in 2019, and is showing signs of wear and tear. The laptops support every aspect of the organisation’s work, whilst also enabling us to support staff’s worklife balance in a hybrid model of home and office working, and along with other measures, helps us to minimise the risk from Covid-19 in our work lives. Two teams of staff alternate a week of office based working with a week of home working, facilitated by the use of their personal laptops. This model helps staff maintain a work life balance, whilst reducing their travel and it’s environmental impact. It reduces the number of staff in office premises at any one time, assisting in maintaining a health working environment. The use of personal laptops and familiarity with home and agile working allows us to respond quickly and preventatively in regards to any Covid -19 risk amongst staff or their close contacts- being able to revert to a home working set up for groups or individuals, at any given time. This helps maintain continuity of service for Carers, and minimises disruption to the service as a whole.
23/06/2022 £9,276 HIGHLAND COMMUNITY CARE FORUM We would like to create an event bolt on to our website which will be directly linked to our database. This will ensure that we control/own all the information therefore meeting GDPR guidelines. Not only will this be GDPR compliant but it will prevent Carers from having to duplicate and re-entering their information when they register for multiple events/training.
23/06/2022 £5,950 CARERS OF WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE LIMITED The grant will help us in two ways:1.To upgrade our IT system, a review has identified that our router is several years old and some of our devices are developing significant efficiency problems simply due to age and use. We have identified a need to purchase more devices and upgrade our router. These are essential to our hybrid model of working and allow the staff to work remotely from home and connect remotely to our main server. We would like to provide our Marketing & Engagement Officer with her own PC which includes additional RAM. 2. To increase the functionality of our data management system which was installed early in 2019 and has already proved very effect in terms of building capacity and efficiency within the team. We would like the funding for the following: 6 x LaptopsX 1 Fujitsu desktop PCX 1 RouterPlus set up costsX Development sessions to add new database functions
23/06/2022 £9,950 EAST RENFREWSHIRE CARERS We would like to update our management information system to allow us to hold more accurate information on carers and the support they require.It would also improve our communication with carers by allowing us to identify and communicate specific groups for example carers of someone with dementia, young carers living in G78 postcode.The new system would also allow us to more efficiently and effectively capture the data required by our funders. The staff will continue to work in a blended model only returning to the office for part of the week and the new system can be accessed securely from any location. We were previously awarded funding to purchase laptops to facilitate this and I would like to request funding to upgrade and replace 2 laptops.
23/06/2022 £9,800 CROSSROADS CARE (ORKNEY) I would like to be able to purchase expertise to steamline our inhouse computer system which is currently very fragmented and time consuming. Mobile phones for use within work and when out doing visits would be hugely beneficial.I would like to be able to purchase a rostering package to enable effective and efficient coordination.
23/06/2022 £7,648 NORTH LANARKSHIRE CARERS TOGETHER As the Information and Advice service for carers across North Lanarkshire, we currently provide a service to around 3,700 adult carers. We recognise that there an estimated 60,000 carers living in North Lanarkshire and many of them are unknown to services. This, we think, is due to multiple barriers which includes carers living in rural areas, and carers from the BAME and LGBTQIA+ communities. We also recognise that having a centre in one location is not feasible to engage with all carers as many have difficulty with travelling distances to access information and support but still prefer face to face contact rather than telephone or digital means. We would like to build capacity within our organisation with an investment in IT which will enable us to do two things: It will enable us to take information and advice to those communities most excluded by way of a ‘virtual office’ to events and local communities to provide information and advice on carer rights, to make active referrals at the time of meeting with carers, register them live with our information and advice services and allow carers from BAME communities to access information in their chosen first language (including BSL) via access to our Language Line facility, which requires our staff to be in the office currently. Will also help complement our service with IT equipment for events that allow us to capture feedback during and immediately following events, training and meetings. One of the key questions asked of carer centres is the difference we make to carers and having an accessible, touch screen, quick-fire way to capture feedback after one to one or group sessions would be helpful to collate this information. These types of equipment are often seen in conferences or health settings using a touch screen ‘traffic-light’ system.
23/06/2022 £10,000 GLASGOW EAST END COMMUNITY CARERS Our Covid Recovery & Wellbeing Project will provide creative solutions for carers as they begin a new life out of lockdown. We provide regular, ongoing breaks from the caring role, delivered via a wellbeing activity breaks programme comprising a broad range of age-appropriate activities and peer groups. Our approach is one of partnership & community, providing breaks that carers and the cared-for person choose. We enable carers, and the person they care for, to engage in meaningful activities; including social and wellbeing opportunities, the chance to reconnect with pastimes and make new supportive friendships. We run training programme for those dealing with Autism to provide coping strategies and provide a better understanding of the condition, as well as a weekly Play Group. We have a sensory room which is used by the cared-for person and is also being utilised by other agencies in our area. Our Information and advise service looks to maximise the income of carers especially in the current economic climate. Additional information provided 21/06: What the IT equipment and software will be and what it will be used for? – The IT equipment has two uses – Firstly we need 2 new laptops for additional staff we are recruiting to meet the increase in demand for our services we have seen especially since the pandemic restrictions have been eased and with the current cost of living crisis. Also we need to replace existing machines that are old and have insufficient memory. When we are processing referrals on our Charity Log system staff are currently faced with a spinning wheel as they wait for the computer to catch up. Software is additional licenses for Office 365 to allow the new staff to function, process applications/ benefits etc for carers• What furniture will be purchased and how is the café space is utilised? - This is small round tables and chairs which will allow us to space carers out more than the existing large tables and chairs allow, without the need to reduce numbers of those attending . Just now – we would need to simply withdraw a table and chairs from the room to create a safe distance , especially now as case numbers of Covid appear to be on the increase• What equipment will be purchased for the sensory room? Bubble tube with seat plinth, sensory wall cascade, bubble table with changing led lights, fibre optic ceiling display
23/06/2022 £5,868 CARERS OF WEST LOTHIAN The pandemic has created a significant shift in the way that services to carers including young carers have been delivered. As a result we require to accelerate the pace of change in modernising and developing more efficient and effective ways of working through increased use of technology as we move towards a more sustainable hybrid approach. This will require additional investment in technology both hardware and software. The modernization project seeks to transform our engagement with unpaid Carers and to improve the service we provide, building on the experience through the pandemic. A key area of change has been how we communicate with our service users, for example our newsletter which is normally posted out and in hard format, has been recreated into a fortnightly Ebulletin.We are now also planning to improve our existing CRM (Salesforce) to enable us to communicate directly from Salesforce sending out texts and emails generated to specific groups removing the need to post out information. This ensures that we are using as many different communications tools as possible to reach out to our registered carers. This will also include added functionality on our website allowing for digital formfilling directly populating Salesforce with data for registrations, referrals, Short Breaks applications etc.We have also updated our website and have employed a Digital Communications Coordinator with responsibility for delivering our Communications workplan, including to roll out social media campaigns covering Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to reach out to those who are engaging with social media but we know that this does not cover all carers. In 2022 we are reviewing and refreshing our website adding on an Event calendar app and software (such as ReciteMe) to improve accessibility through translation and easy read software.To ensure that staff have access to all tools that they need whilst working from home, we have also identified a need from some to upgrade some hardware, including for laptop risers, monitors, chairs and also headsets. We will also purchase 1 new laptop for a new staff member. Purchasing Laptop risers new equipment will enable a more comfortable working environment and headsets/earphones for laptops will act to block out surrounding sound from home working environments whilst also making phone calls confidential. We will purchase additional licences for Wildex and Salesforce our CRM system to allow all staff to participate in the modernization project to improve the delivery of our services to unpaid carers.
23/06/2022 £4,966 Y SORT IT The Young Carers Team consists of a Young Carer Coordinator and 7 Young Carer Support Workers. We are responsible for providing and delivering a needs based services for young carers and their families. Services on offer include 121s; group work; training and development; needs based assessments; respite and activities. Much of what we do is done online and by using IT equipment for example to assist young carers by completing Young Carer Statements, help them apply for Young Carer Grant and look for training and employment opportunities. It is important and essential that IT equipment used by the staff is up to date and adequate to use to allow us to continue to deliver this service.
23/06/2022 £3,500 THE DIXON COMMUNITY We would like to further develop a designated training facility in the Carers Centre, we currently have a small digital hub offering individual and group access to PC's for illness specific information, online applications, e.g. DWP, Blue Badge, Housing, Job Search, College and Further Education applications. We wish to extend this by offering a hybrid model for training and peer support. Some carers will attend in-person, while others will join virtually from home. Training providers will support remote and in-person carers at the same time using online platforms, online exercises and pre-recorded video instruction etc. This will make learning more accessible to a greater number of carers who may otherwise be unable to access training and peer support.
23/06/2022 £6,161 HELENSBURGH & LOMOND CARERS (SCIO) We would like to purchase 3 additional Dell Laptops and 11 Dell Docking Stations for new and existing staff. The laptops will be for our newly recruited staff member, reception desk and a current staff member upgrade from an obsolete model. An upgrade to the use of docking stations as opposed to replacing/maintaining our current PCs has many benefits for the staff team, the way in which they work, time saving and personal development, not to mention the cost to the Charity. We will keep our current PC screens to work alongside laptops and docking station as this will allow staff to move between screens increasing productivity.
23/06/2022 £10,000 QUARRIERS With your generous funding, our team of 23 staff will undertake bespoke training in the Charitylog database system to maximise our knowledge and understanding of its services to ensure we are operating to our optimum capacity. We also seek the following technology to improve service capacity; two laptops to enable us to expand our online counselling service. The laptops will also provide additional benefit to our pilot volunteer befriending project for which we additional mobile phone handsets. In order to accommodate the flexible arrangement of our office and enable staff to provide undisrupted and confidential telephone support to carers, we also require 13 Bluetooth headsets. To further enhance the adaptability, privacy and COVID-aware nature of our office, we will purchase flexible desk screens to provide safety and confidentiality for staff and carers. Further means to make the office COVID-safe include the purchase of air purifiers, as the Carers Centre does not have openable windows. In addition to these office improvements, we will also expand our range of Carer Inclusion resources to increase participation and engagement now that we have resumed the in-person delivery of service. Lastly, we will invest in a year’s licence for “Canva”, a graphic design tool which we will use enhance production of our newsletter and other printed materials.
23/06/2022 £4,147 QUARRIERS We are seeking your generous funding in order to obtain office and IT equipment which will enhance our ability to offer training and support to parent carers. Our Service supports a broad geographical radius of 150 miles in Dumfries and Galloway and the equipment would allow us to better cover this area, reducing the burden of travel for the people we support. Additionally, our Stranraer office is in need of furnishings to enable it to be a welcoming and functional space for families to come and access support. Furthermore, we are also applying for cameras and the associated accessories to improve our ability to capture evidence of support as well as being able to provide families with photos and videos from activities they may take part in. Our application further includes bespoke training in Charitylog to make the best use of its database functions for our Service.
23/06/2022 £2,280 NORTH ARGYLL CARERS' CENTRE LIMITED We would like to arrange for our database provider, IIzuka, to come to Helensburgh and Lomond Carers Centre to deliver 2 days’ training to key members of our teams on creating reports from our databases. Both North Argyll Carers Centre and Helensburgh and Lomond Carers Centre use this database and in order to make the project more cost-effective we will work collaboratively. We are each applying for half the costs of the training.
20/05/2022 £9,500 PERTH AND KINROSS ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTARY SERVICE LIMITED (PKAVS) There are 3 things we'd like to do. These are1/ We'd like to add an automated booking tab onto our website. This would improve the carers journey when booking on things like complementary therapies, training sessions, carers peer support groups, day trips etc. as rather than have to call/email us they could book their spots direct via our website. This would undoubtedly help the carers centre too as it would reduce the volume of calls and emails we are currently receiving. 2/ We would like to turn an under utilised room at the carers centre( it is currently set up as a Beauty Room) into a drop in space that staff/volunteers and carers could all use. These would be equipped with IT and would be open to all to use. We would also utilise this space to have examples of the TEC that is currently available to carers in Perth & Kinross displayed through working in partnership with PKC TEC dept. 3/ Finally, we would like to turn the largest room space we have at the carers centre into a Conference room that the likes of our unpaid carers forum called Carers Voice as well as our staff teams could use. To do this we would need to put a projector on the ceiling and a retractable screen against one of the walls.
20/05/2022 £10,000 FIFE YOUNG CARERS SCIO We would like to buy more office furniture to allow us to socially distance in the office, this will enable more staff to be in the office together and work collaboratively in a safe manner.We would also like to improve our IT infrastructure including having updated software added to laptops, installing docking stations and upgrading laptops and tablets to ensure we can work with our young carers as effectively as possible.
20/05/2022 £7,824 CARERS FORUM STIRLING AREA We were very fortunate that prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with its associated restrictions and lockdowns we had recently invested in a bespoke I-Cloud technology system. This enabled staff to work from home as opposed to being furloughed. The staff were able to use their Laptops to connect to our organisations server and database, their company mobile phones provided vital access to Carers, GPs and other health professionals, Social Work and other pertinent service providers. The office phone was redirected to the mobile phones ensuring that Carers and partner agencies were able to contact us for support. Using the technology, Zoom and facetime along with some creative thinking enabled us to deliver 1:1 emotional and practical support as well as virtual events and activities e. g. cinema nights, baking, quizzes and a Burns night. This experience emphasised beyond any doubt the importance of IT and technology connectivity in maintaining essential and in some instances, life-saving support and services to our unpaid Adult and Young Carers. The Project we are seeking funding for is to allow us to increase our technological equipment which will build on the achievements already made. It will increase our capacity to provide support and services to more carers, to engage effectively with partners, influence local and national policy and promote our services and the plight or Carers. Increased technology will also enable continuity of Hybrid working for staff. COVID imposed home working however, there were very positive aspects to this. A healthy work life balance can be attained and less travel to work will also reduce our carbon footprint. We have already purchased and benefited from an OWL Lab 360 video conferencing system and are seeking funding to purchase a second system which will increase ability in terms of who and where we can reach. The OWL Lab system facilitates Hybrid team meetings, team building events, staff training and Board meetings linking both office and home. Carers can also be linked to the system from home and participate in meetings such as Carers Voice and AGMs. This is particularly beneficial to Carers living in the rural areas of Stirling and those who have difficultly leaving home due to their own health issues and/or unable or wishing to leave their Cared-for alone. In addition to meetings the system also makes it possible to have Break Out rooms offering the ability for seminars and training events. The OWL Lab System integrates with conferencing platforms; Zoom, Teams, GoToMeeting, Webex and BlueJeans so we can have connectivity with any organisation. In addition to a second OWL Lab system we are seeking funding to purchase new up-graded laptops and Bluetooth Headsets for staff. This would make it easier for staff to conduct conversations handsfree while recording information whether on a landline or mobile phone at home or in the office. The headsets can also be connected to other equipment such laptops and computers. Multiple pieces of equipment can be connected to the Bluetooth headset which is very low in energy use. Hybrid working as already stated offers, for many, a healthy work life balance it also reduces the carbon footprint and reduces the cost of travelling into work which is particularly significant during the current cost of living crisis. This additional and optional way of working will benefit every member of staff, Board Members, volunteers, carers and partner organisations. Additionally, should we ever be in the unfortunate position of going into another Lockdown we will be able to respond immediately, efficiently and effectively.The overall impact of the Project will increase the number of Carers we can support, increase Carer involvement, increase the impact we have as partner organisation and benefit staff and volunteers to have the option of effective blended working while at the same time add to their skills baseThe Project also wishes to increase our marketing/promotional materials. Additional Zap Stands promoting our services will allow us to have a presence in several locations at any one time. E.g. Schools, conferences and other events, funding partner premises (DFS and Co-operative) NHS sites
20/05/2022 £9,030 VOCAL - VOICE OF CARERS ACROSS LOTHIAN VOCAL offers over 450 carer events and support groups per year, attracting 2,000+ carer registrations. The events, run in partnership with a range of agencies across Edinburgh and Midlothian, are a core part of VOCAL’s carer support offer, seeking to provide early interventions with a preventative focus (eg. practical training, emotional support, peer support and social opportunities). Evaluations highlight the positive impact that these events have on carers’ confidence, health and social wellbeing, and caring relationships. Over the last two years events have been primarily digital, but as in-person events increase, there is growing demand for hybrid opportunities which would improve the choice and flexibility for carers and enable them to fit attendance around caring and employment responsibilities. To enable the delivery of high quality, hybrid events for carers, VOCAL is seeking:• 1 x smart screen for our Midlothian Carers Centre (CTOUCH Riva Touchscreen)• 2 x Logictech RoomMate interfaces (for our Edinburgh and Midlothian Carer Centres). The RoomMate devices interface with Jabra Panacasts and touchscreen displays to provide a smooth integration with Microsoft Teams for hybrid meeting spaces.• 2 x Logictech Tap devices (for our Edinburgh and Midlothian Carer Centres). The Logictech Tap devices are small tablet-like devices that can sit on the meeting room table and allow the host or participants to control the remote users’ experience of being at the meeting.This technology would work with three existing Jabra Panacast video cameras in our Edinburgh and Midlothian carer centres, to provide: Intelligent camera technology that can auto-focus on the speaking participant to ensure a more equitable experience for online participants. Wide-angle views to allow online participants to feel as if they are in the room and to have the sense of what is happening in the physical space. Integrated speakers and microphone – easy to set up and bypasses the need for the host and other participants to pass around an additional hand-held microphone for the benefit of online participants.To support the technical aspects of delivering hybrid events, VOCAL’s training team have undertaken external training and written best practice guidance to support staff in the facilitation and management of these events. As a result, if VOCAL was successful with this application, we could progress quickly with this project and the offer of hybrid opportunities to carers from July onwards. Whilst funding is for this financial year, the additional capacity and benefits would extend for many years and have a positive impact on an increased number of carers (N.B. the number of expected carers who will be impacted listed in a previous question is based on an estimate of 1,500 per year for five years, although we would expect this technology to last much longer).
20/05/2022 £9,977 WESTERN ISLES COMMUNITY CARE FORUM WICCF would like to purchase equipment for an additional member of staff. This will enable us to increase capacity of our service. One service we wish to offer our carers is Respitality.
20/05/2022 £7,376 EAST LOTHIAN YOUNG CARERS LTD (EDINBURGH) We are applying for a Capacity Building grant to allow us to improve our IT systems and to make our office and clubroom space as safe as possible for young carers and staff. We would like to improve our website and integrate it with our app to allow us to reach more young carers and provide them with timely information that is easily accessible on laptops, PCs, tablets, and smart phones. Having an integrated system with information being inputted once and being shared across different platforms will save on staff time, freeing up additional time to support young carers. We will be able to share information about upcoming activities and let young carers know if there are last minute places available. We also hope to have a facility to offer an online meeting service to make booking time with a worker easier for young carers and parents. We would like to purchase zoom licences as we plan to continue to provide online support to young carers and see this continuing over the next twelve months. We currently provide individual support, group activities and tutoring sessions online and would like to be able to continue to provide online activities as we have found over the last couple of years that young carers benefit from support services being delivered in a number of different ways. We would like to update two of our laptop computers to allow us to continue to have a blended approach with staff working from home and in the office. During the pandemic we did not hold young carers activities in our clubroom. We concentrated on providing activities outdoors and online. We would like to be able to resume holding activities in our clubroom again as it will allow us to support more young carers and we have lots of resources and equipment in the clubroom. We know that young carers are concerned about being in a smaller space and we want to make our clubroom and office space as safe as possible to protect everyone using it. With the grant we would like to purchase protective equipment to ensure we are doing everything possible to make our indoor space as Covid safe as possible. With up to twenty people being in our clubroom at one time we want to introduce a number of safety features to reduce the opportunity for the transmission of Covid and other virus’ as much as possible. We have a number of doors in our space some of which are fire doors that cannot be left open. We would like to purchase door handle and door push plate antibacterial covers. The covers can be easily fitted to doors and handles and emit a small amount of hand sanitiser when touched. We would like to purchase a hand sanitiser station for young carers, visitors and staff to use before they enter our office and club space. To ensure young carers do not have to use our small bathrooms to wash their hands after an activity or before eating we would like to purchase a mobile handwashing station for our clubroom. We have poor ventilation in parts of our unit where there are no windows to open. To help improve the air quality in these areas we would like to purchase an air filtration unit. The unit has two Hepa 14 filters and has been used in an NHS trial with positive results. We would also like to purchase sanitising wipes so staff can wipe down all the surfaces after an activity. We would also like to purchase antiviral fog spray to use in areas and on surfaces, such as soft furnishings, we are unable to wipe down. We would like to purchase some reusable face masks as staff still plan to wear masks to reassure carers who are worried about vulnerable family members that we are doing everything we can to keep them as safe as possible.
20/05/2022 £10,000 LANARKSHIRE CARERS CENTRE LTD We plan to upgrade IT equipment - bridging the digital divide within the organisation so that all members of staff and our volunteer team are better equipped to engage with and support unpaid carers as we progress with our recovery and remobilisation plans.
20/05/2022 £9,500 MID ARGYLL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SERVICES MAYDS would like to use the Carers Capacity Fund to update its I.T. & entertainment equipment, so we are equipped to carry out a high level of blended working. Future proofing the work MAYDS carries out with its young carers. Updating MAYDS entertainment equipment will allow MAYDS to engage with young people both in the room with sound and pictures, via dance, song, film, etc.. whilst also allowing us to connect with young people at home on the big screen, increasing our ability to stay in touch with our young carers and their families in a number of ways.
01/04/2022 £10,000 RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL Detailed information not yet available.
01/02/2022 £10,000 £109,881 DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY MULTICULTURAL ASSOCIATION Detailed information not yet available.
24/01/2022 £9,860 4 THE BENEFIT OF ALL Detailed information not yet available.
24/01/2022 £10,000 LINWOOD HIGH SCHOOL AND ST. BENEDICT'S HIGH SCHOOL Detailed information not yet available.
24/01/2022 £5,634 £17,807 UNITY FOR INTEGRATION PROJECT Detailed information not yet available.
19/01/2022 £10 £28,890,610 SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS Detailed information not yet available.
17/01/2022 £9,916 £276,700 CHECKIN WORKS Detailed information not yet available.
10/01/2022 £9,600 £53,115 AWAZ - THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY Detailed information not yet available.
10/01/2022 £9,876 £49,637 ELDER VOICE (BLAIRGOWRIE & RATTRAY) Detailed information not yet available.
10/01/2022 £9,899 JAMBO! RADIO Detailed information not yet available.
10/01/2022 £9,940 £42,200 OLD KILPATRICK FOOD PARCELS Detailed information not yet available.
07/01/2022 £9,639 £8,171 FRIENDS FOR ALL PROJECT (FFAP) Detailed information not yet available.
03/01/2022 £10,000 £261,791 LEADERSHIP, EQUALITY AND ACTIVE PARTICIPATION (LEAP) IN SPORTS SCOTLAND (SCIO) Detailed information not yet available.
01/01/2022 £9,000 £31,776,708 SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS Detailed information not yet available.
01/01/2022 £3,200 £31,776,708 SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS Detailed information not yet available.
01/01/2022 £10,000 £91,602 SEARCHLIGHT SCOTLAND Detailed information not yet available.
25/10/2021 £5,000 MIDLOTHIAN COUNCIL Detailed information not yet available.
06/09/2021 £9,963 £301,712 STEPPING STONES ORGANISATION Detailed information not yet available.
01/09/2021 £9,978 £9,116 CREATIVE CRIEFF Detailed information not yet available.
01/09/2021 £9,500 £2,215,897 PERTH & KINROSS ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTARY SERVICE Detailed information not yet available.
01/09/2021 £9,500 £84,567 SKILZ ACADEMY Detailed information not yet available.
02/08/2021 £9,500 £171,000 MILAN SENIOR WELFARE ORGANISATION LTD Detailed information not yet available.
02/08/2021 £15,000 £27,393,709 PERTH COLLEGE (UHI) Detailed information not yet available.
01/08/2021 £4,488 £436,846 DUNDEE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S CENTRE Detailed information not yet available.
01/08/2021 £8,396 £420,181 ISLAY & JURA COMMUNITY ENTERPRISES LTD Detailed information not yet available.
01/08/2021 £9,447 £738,960 PAMIS Detailed information not yet available.
01/08/2021 £9,254 £183,946 THE HUB DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY Detailed information not yet available.
12/07/2021 £9,627 £36,782,363 HIGH LIFE HIGHLAND Detailed information not yet available.
12/07/2021 £6,804 £157,008,000 MARIE CURIE (SCOTLAND) Detailed information not yet available.
05/07/2021 £10,000 £22,603,940 CARR GOMM Detailed information not yet available.
05/07/2021 £9,925 £1,373,381 DEAFBLIND SCOTLAND Detailed information not yet available.
05/07/2021 £9,999 £185,565 SHAPER/CAPER Detailed information not yet available.
05/07/2021 £9,500 £569,620 SHOWCASE THE STREET Detailed information not yet available.
05/07/2021 £10,000 £257,004 SPINAL INJURIES SCOTLAND Detailed information not yet available.
05/07/2021 £15,000 £61,193 CASTLE DOUGLAS COMMUNITY IT CENTRE Detailed information not yet available.
03/07/2021 £7,600 £311,098 GOVANHILL BATHS COMMUNITY TRUST Detailed information not yet available.
03/07/2021 £15,000 REPAIR CAFE GLASGOW Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £10,000 £2,384,017 DEAF ACTION Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £8,890 £289,283 FINDING YOUR FEET Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £9,900 £744,375 GLASGOW NORTH WEST CITIZENS ADVICE SERVICE Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £10,000 £1,031,663 GLASGOW’S GOLDEN GENERATION Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £9,880 £251,887 INCLUDE ME 2 CLUB Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £8,079 £29,288 KILMARNOCK AMATEUR WEIGHTLIFTING CLUB SCIO Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £9,805 £571,901 LEAD SCOTLAND Detailed information not yet available.
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01/07/2021 £7,101 £256,852 MORTON FC- INVERCLYDE FOOTBALL ACADAMY LTD Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £9,680 £2,466,518 NORTH EAST SENSORY SERVICES Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £9,960 £897,284 ROWAN ALBA LTD Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £9,150 £88,662 ST MATTHEW'S CENTRE Detailed information not yet available.
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01/07/2021 £10,000 £816,056 VOLUNTARY ACTION ORKNEY Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £14,738 £181,533 BELVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN TRUST Detailed information not yet available.
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01/07/2021 £14,997 £344,156 CLACKMANNANSHIRE THIRD SECTOR INTERFACE Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £15,000 £318,132 COMMUNITY LINKS (SOUTH LANARKSHIRE) Detailed information not yet available.
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01/07/2021 £15,000 £87,866 NORTH WEST GLASGOW VOLUNTARY SECTOR NETWORK Detailed information not yet available.
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01/07/2021 £15,000 £246,610 THE EDINBURGH REMAKERY LTD Detailed information not yet available.
01/07/2021 £15,000 £167,460 TRANSITION STIRLING Detailed information not yet available.
31/05/2021 £5,000 £181,337 EDINBURGH OLD TOWN DEVELOPMENT TRUST Detailed information not yet available.
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31/05/2021 £4,939 £393,928 THE HEALTH AGENCY Detailed information not yet available.
31/05/2021 £10 £28,890,610 SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS Project overview test copy
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24/05/2021 £4,713 £210,964 PILMENY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT Detailed information not yet available.
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17/05/2021 £4,980 £841,287 ACCESS TO INDUSTRY LTD Detailed information not yet available.
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17/05/2021 £5,000 £272,607 EDINBURGH & LOTHIANS REGIONAL EQUALITY COUNCIL Detailed information not yet available.
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17/05/2021 £5,000 £171,000 MILAN SENIOR WELFARE ORGANISATION LTD Detailed information not yet available.
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17/05/2021 £500 £28,890,610 SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS Detailed information not yet available.
19/05/2020 £9,119 £215,408 DOCHAS FUND Detailed information not yet available.
14/05/2020 £4,500 £147,851,000 ACTION FOR CHILDREN (SCOTLAND) Detailed information not yet available.
14/05/2020 £8,514 £350,201 EAST RENFREWSHIRE CARERS CENTRE Detailed information not yet available.
01/05/2020 £8,226 £130,533 CAPITAL CARERS Detailed information not yet available.
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01/05/2020 £4,600 £463,083 FIFE CARERS CENTRE Detailed information not yet available.
01/05/2020 £9,993 £456,570 FIFE YOUNG CARERS SCIO Detailed information not yet available.
01/05/2020 £2,558 £1,763,717 GLASGOW EAST END COMMUNITY CARERS Detailed information not yet available.
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30/04/2020 £9,752 ANGUS CARERS CENTRE Detailed information not yet available.
30/04/2020 £7,473 £497,436 CARERS LINK EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE Detailed information not yet available.
30/04/2020 £11,362 £679,239 HIGHLAND COMMUNITY CARE FORUM Detailed information not yet available.
30/04/2020 £9,414 £367,262 INVERCLYDE CARERS CENTRE Detailed information not yet available.
30/04/2020 £8,190 £311,284 NORTH LANARKSHIRE CARERS TOGETHER Detailed information not yet available.
30/04/2020 £10,328 £1,347,070 VOCAL (VOICE OF CARERS ACROSS LOTHIAN) Detailed information not yet available.
30/04/2020 £10,434 £1,347,070 VOCAL (VOICE OF CARERS ACROSS LOTHIAN) Detailed information not yet available.
30/04/2020 £2,917 VOLUNTARY ACTION SHETLAND CARER SUPPORT Detailed information not yet available.
29/04/2020 £9,540 £172,989 CARE FOR CARERS Detailed information not yet available.
29/04/2020 £9,635 CROSSROADS YOUNG CARERS COWAL & BUTE Detailed information not yet available.
29/04/2020 £6,900 £460,265 DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY CARERS CENTRE Detailed information not yet available.
29/04/2020 £4,631 £541,919 EDINBURGH YOUNG CARERS Detailed information not yet available.
29/04/2020 £10,492 £964,644 LANARKSHIRE CARERS CENTRE Detailed information not yet available.
29/04/2020 £9,945 £45,714,000 QUARRIERS Detailed information not yet available.
29/04/2020 £7,080 £245,808 TYKES Detailed information not yet available.
28/04/2020 £2,924 £190,741 SKYE & LOCHALSH COMMUNITY CARE FORUM Detailed information not yet available.
28/04/2020 £5,730 £1,273,175 SPACE & BROOMHOUSE HUB Detailed information not yet available.
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24/04/2020 £10,320 PKAVS YOUNG CARERS PROJECT Detailed information not yet available.
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18/12/2019 £4,630 SOUL FOOD SISTERS In 2017 in Glasgow North East, the Glasgow North East Food Bank provided over 4,000 food parcels to people in need. It is our aim to assist in reducing food poverty and inequality in our local area. This project is intended to benefit those who are marginalised and face inequalities as a result of welfare reform, providing skills in cooking and budgeting as well as basic equipment for home use. Savvy Sisters is an 8 week introductory cooking and budgeting course for women in the East End of Glasgow who struggle with food insecurity and lack the confidence and skills to cook low cost, nutritious meals. We would be particularly targeting women at risk of social isolation, such as new mums or those in the 55+ age bracket. Currently, we do not have the capacity to support the local community outwith our current offer of low cost meals and paid cookery workshops. We have identified the need for an informal space that welcomes women to learn new cooking skills, receive peer support and create pathways with other services. We have a cafe space which is not being used 3 days of the week and it is our plan to utilise this for other projects and collaborations. In total, we would be able to support 10 women across the 8 sessions within our cafe, which would be used exclusively for the weekly workshops during these hours. This space is fully equipped with industry-standard equipment and has all the functions necessary to run a cookery workshop. Workshops will take place in the early afternoon to accommodate women who may have familial restrictions, such as child care. They will last approximately 2.5 hours. Women would be recruited through networking and linking with other organisations, such as the Glasgow East End Carers Centre, Glasgow North East Food Bank, FARE Scotland and the DWP. The project will be run by a co-ordinator who will be responsible for setting up the project, networking and partnership working, recruiting and supporting participants, supporting the chef, managing the budget, purchasing supplies and monitoring and evaluation. All sessions will be led by one of our chefs, who is from a migrant background. The chef will use their extensive cooking knowledge to lead the session, working alongside the project co-ordinator to create recipes and session plans which meet the needs of the group. At the end of the project, participants will leave with a box of tools which will enable them to continue cooking at home. This will range from kitchen utensils, scales, bowls and tupperware. They will also receive a folder containing recipes as well as a budget planner for future use. Each session will contain a mix of teaching and practical hands-on experience. The plan for each session is as follows: Session 1 - Welcome, induction and an introduction to cooking on a budget Session 2 - Learning how to meal plan and meal prep Session 3 - Chef led cooking session Session 4 - Chef led cooking session Session 5 - Chef led cooking session Session 6 - Chef led cooking session Session 7 - Chef led cooking session Session 8 - Chef led cooking session Project End - Celebratory final meal, inviting family and friends The project overview is stated below. Week 1-6 – Initial set up / course content mapped out, complete lesson plans, gather materials, advertise and network locally Week 7-15 – Deliver programme Week 16-17 - Project reporting and evaluation
18/12/2019 £6,587 £85,130 EDINBURGH OLD TOWN DEVELOPMENT TRUST We will deliver two Monthly food sharing cafes. One in the community centre in Dumbiedykes and one in the newly opened resident led community hub in the Canongate. The food sharing café will be managed by a sessional worker along with volunteer helpers from the communities they are based in. The volunteers will be trained in hygiene training and healthy cooking to create simple but nutritious meals for the café. The twice monthly event will run a pop up café, serving simple but nutritious food such as soups and salads, created by local volunteers and using food where possible from surplus. A communal sharing area will be created in the café area where people can help themselves to what food they need for their families. This will be stocked by donations from local people and from local surplus food sharing organisations. We work closely in partnership with Womanzone who support woman recovering from trauma in the community and who have many contacts with residents in the Dumbiedykes area. Womanzone have worked with women and families from Dumbiedykes for many years and have built trusting relationships, and understand well the acute need in the area for access to food due to poverty and welfare changes in the area. Womanzone will work with us on this project to support women and families from the area to access and help run the pop up cafes. We work with an organisation called SHRUB that provides surplus bread for our drop in sessions and they are happy to expand our partnership working by providing surplus food for more activities. We are also in discussion with Fareshare and the Cyrenians about using surplus food for activities and for supporting them to distribute food to local residents. Fareshare Edinburgh are also able to provide hygiene training for volunteers. At each pop up café Information will be shared about the various food sharing projects in Edinburgh as well as food sharing apps and local community sharing pages on Facebook etc. Residents using the café will be encouraged and supported to use the food sharing avenues available to them and to develop further sharing and swapping activities in the community for example clothes swaps, and toy swaps. Alongside this project EOTDT will also be running a monthly cooking club where people who visit the café will be welcomed to come along and share or learn skills in cooking on a budget and using surplus or food or left overs where possible. At the end of the cooking club people will be welcome to stay and eat together in the community hub. WHY you want to do it and how you came up with this idea/approach. What makes this innovative/creative? We know from the many conversations we have had with local people and with Womanzone, that Dumbiedykes has no local shops that are both accessible and affordable. Dumbiedykes has no bus service that takes residents to larger supermarkets. The only shop within walking distance is a Tesco metro where everyday products are highly priced. This means access to local nutritious food is very difficult for most families, and in particular for the high elderly population in the area or for anyone with mobility issues. A community shop that was in the area for 3 years, and run with the support of many local volunteers, closed down in October 2018 and will not be replaced, as the land is to be sold for housing. Residents have told us how much this is missed, both as a lifeline as a source of affordable food and also as a place where they could meet their neighbours, have a chat and get involved in community life. We plan to pilot this programme to find out what would really help the residents of Dumbiedykes and the Canongate to mitigate the impact of food poverty the most. By trialling the food sharing and café this gives us an opportunity to work alongside local people and find out from residents themselves what their own ideas are, as well as what the local strengths and assets are that could contribute to future resident led food activities that mitigate poverty in the area. WHO will benefit from the activities/services Local residents and families across the Old Town but mostly from Dumbiedykes and The Canongate will benefit from the great grub share. The events will be open to residents of all ages who want to attend and will be advertised as such. Therefore we anticipate attendance from outside of these areas by other users of the community hub and associated contacts through the various other projects which are run by both the Crannie and by Womanzone. All attendees will benefit from a free meal but those who participate in the creation of the food will take home knowledge of how to recreate this for themselves, learning how to prepare tasty and healthy food both cheaply and easily. The Geographical area is; Edinburgh Old Town, South East Locality, Dumbiedykes and Cannongate
17/12/2019 £7,500 £123,819 THE RIDGE SCIO We are seeking funding to pilot a drop-in service in Dunbar that will provide a comprehensive "Income Advice Service" for the community, in particular those struggling to navigate the newly overhauled benefit system with its intensified conditionality and sanctioning regime. We anticipate approx. 30 individuals per month. Our worker will be able to offer support and advice on a wide variety of issues including: • Challenging benefit decisions and providing appeal representation • Providing benefit checks • Income maximisation checks • Completing benefit forms • Assisting individuals to make benefit claims. • Advising on training opportunities within the Ridge and partner organisations • Assisting with digital skills through our digital champion We shall provide a drop-in service (day TBC) at our local library/community centre/medical centre with home visits available on request and subject to availability. The Ridge is very much trusted within the local community and has a proven track record in providing (excellent) support for our clients. Our local knowledge gives us a unique and privileged insight into the lives of the people we work with allowing us to provide independent, tailored support for each individual. It is through our many services and working partnerships with CAB and DWP that we know there is an overwhelming demand for this service. Our Support Team– already over-stretched and beyond capacity are often having to divert energy, time and focus from the needs of other clients to help people who are feeling stressed and insecure – vulnerable to even the tiniest changes in income. Given our grassroots approach that we are known and respected for in Dunbar, we want to bolt this service onto our existing provision and use our solid base to leverage the strong local community trust we enjoy. Providing this hyper-local, flexible approach will break down barriers and reduce the stigmas associated with accessing the benefit system and asking for help to ensure fair treatment by it. The CAB provision that has been in place locally was intermittent at best and is no longer available. The DWP provide a weekly drop in service but are time pressured and not in a position to provide the sort of tailored 1:1 support required and in fact already rely on us to step in here. This is an untenable situation and we need to formalise this offering. Provision of this service within the Medical Centre as well as the Community Centre and Library is both innovative and creative. For many people who are subject to the mercy of the welfare system or facing in-work poverty the detrimental impact on their health and wellbeing leads them time and time again to the GP and whilst GPs clearly have a duty of care here this is not their area of expertise. We can provide direct help and support to those who need it and alleviate pressures on our primary care services. The instability of having no income is punishing. People are living on a cliff edge daily as they make brutal choices between eating and paying for heating. At the Ridge we can offer solidarity, advice and signposting to other services either internally within The Ridge – • Budgeting – Cooking – Nutrition • Essential Digital Skills • Employability Skills • Volunteering for Health and Wellbeing • Opportunities for paid employment within The Ridge Foundations CIC Or we can signpost externally if further support is required that we cannot provide. This benefits system as it stands is failing people because it was never built to help them but at the Ridge, we are built not only to help people with the long and complicated benefits process, but to help move them FROM DEPENDENCY TO CONTRIBUTION. Our worker will be someone who is fully aware of The Ridge and its social ethos and the wrap around support that it can provide so the process of signposting to further services will be a shorter and more personal journey. Dunbar is the fastest growing down in the country and although it does not score 'highly' on SIMD ratings as a community we suffer from the effects of rural isolation. The west end of the county with its larger (for now) population attracts a greater amount of funding that supports provision and services such as we are looking to pilot here. Our clients with their limited financial capability and sometimes chaotic lifestyles are in no position to make the two hour two bus journey trek across the county to ask help from someone unfamiliar with their personal situation. Our services users require accessibility, consistency, hyper local and familiar help. We can offer this and more as we strive to move people on from the aspirational limiting environment of the benefit system to enjoying a secure and meaningful role within their local community.
17/12/2019 £7,500 £79,581 NETHERTHIRD COMMUNITY ACTION TRAINING NCAT will deliver a Community Welfare Champion (and purchase an ICT Tablet with Software) to support all UC claimants and potential claimants via appointments at local community offices (Local Surgeries) or in their own house dwellings (Outreach) within the ex-coalfield rural community of Netherthird. Added value activities such as local money advice campaigns and attendance at community support groups will ensure that the maximum number of residents are aware and engaged with this unique user friendly initiative. Specifically the CWC will offer the following: • Benefit Maximization, • Advice & Guidance, • Advocacy, • Registration and Support for Digital Banking usage • Support Scottish Welfare Fund applicants • Support Crisis Grant applicants • Support with Form Completion and • Sign posting to local Credit Unions. Our CWC service will deliver the following outcomes: • Increase residents' knowledge of the welfare benefits landscape, • Maximize their welfare benefits, • Increase local Credit Union Membership • Increase local usage of Digital Banking facilities • Increase community resilience through knowledge transfer & volunteering and • Deliver a genuine bottom up community service. WHY DWP has now introduced Full Universal Credit for all of East Ayrshire back in October 2017. This means many financial changes and challenges to our resident welfare recipients. One of the big changes is that instead of benefits being paid weekly, they will now be paid monthly in arrears. UC recipients will also be responsible for paying rent directly to landlords, whether they are a Council tenant, in Social Housing, or in a private tenancy. The reality is that this is having a devastating impact on our communities, leading to rent arears, increased debt, benefit sanctions and forcing people to increasingly rely on crisis services to simply put food on the table and keep a roof over their head. Rural Bank Branch Closures. Since 2015, bank branches have been closing at an average of 70 closures per month across the UK, with Scotland seeing 403 banks permanently shut during this period. Scotland has been disproportionately hit by these closures; with Citizens Advice Scotland finding that Scotland suffered 12% of branch closures despite only having 8.3% of the population. As well as losing branches some communities are seeing their banks operating reduced hours. Closures mean that individuals are having to travel further to access banking services which is both time-consuming and expensive especially for those more reliant on cash including the elderly and those on low incomes. We heard from Citizens Advice Scotland and Scottish Rural Action that these negative impacts are felt far more greatly in rural areas where there are: fewer branches to start with; less alternative provision such as Post Offices or 24 hour ATM access; accessibility issues due to reduced public transport and weak mobile phone signal and slower broadband speeds making online banking more difficult. Rural communities have reacted negatively to the closure of their local bank which in some cases has led to protests. Finally, our NCAT Development Manager attended the recent DTAS Conference, where he met up with staff from the nearby Auchinleck Development Initiative (ACDI) charity who currently deliver a local Community Welfare Champion service. This was followed up with a learning and knowledge session at ACDI premises to see first-hand the delivery method and activities of a genuine locally led community welfare champion service. WHO During the initial 35 week grant funded delivery period, the Netherrhird CWC will engage and support the following: • Netherthird residents claiming or wishing to claim Universal Credit • Unemployment benefits • Medical benefits • Senior Citizens • Lone Parents • Residents experiencing "in work poverty" • One off payments (Crisis Loans, Community Care Grants, School Clothing Grants) • Long term unemployed • Claimants on transitional benefits (ESA, DLA etc) • Claimants who struggle to maintain Universal Credit commitments; commonly due to; - Low literacy levels - Low IT skills - Lack of understanding of the Benefits System • Residents who are experiencing housing Issues • Claimants who are unable/have difficulty understanding complex forms • Claimants who are going through appeal processes • Residents who have never claimed entitled benefits In addition, 2 volunteers from Netherthird will be mentored over this period to learn and provide Welfare advice beyond the grant funding period. WHERE The Netherthird Community Welfare Champion service will delivered primarily in the ex-coalfield community of Netherthird, located within the rural part of East Ayrshire. (Our service will focus on disadvantaged local Netherthird residents, however, we will NOT discriminate any individual who requires support who may reside out with our community)
17/12/2019 £7,500 £10,311 FIFE ARABIC SOCIETY We will use the fund to start new pilot project for the Arabic women in Fife. We will deliver a range of support services using the skills and experience of our trained volunteers, mentors and befrienders from previous CCRF projects to address the most critical needs of families and individuals. Unemployment has consistently emerged as a main concern for the Arab and wider Ethnic minority community in all recent scoping studies. Recent figures show that male unemployment in the Fife Arab community is around 15%, compared with 7.7% among the general population of Fife, 8.1% for Scotland and 7.6% for the UK. Equivalent figures for females show 38% unemployed Arab women in Fife, 8.3% among the indigenous population, 6.5% in Scotland, and 6.7% for the UK. Lack of English Language skills and skills development is the biggest barrier to employment and progression. We will utilise the skills of our volunteer, mentors and befrienders in delivering ESOL tuition in homes, community meeting places and in our own Arab community centre in Kirkcaldy. We will build on the success of our skills academy model which was developed for the Syrian community. This model requires intensive one-to-one working with individuals to determine what skills and abilities they have, their level of proficiency in written and spoken English, their familiarity with IT, and the skills development and training that will be needed to help them achieve individual goals. Participants will have access to certified training in ESOL, IT, driving licence, catering and food hygiene. Several of our skills academy graduates are now playing a vital role as befrienders in working with the wider community. We will dedicate resources to empowering Arab women, to reduce their isolation and inequality of access to skills development, employment and training, as well as social, cultural, and leisure opportunities. Women will be encouraged to get engaged in culturally sensitive sporting and leisure activities such as Keep Fit, Swimming and Zumba sessions which will have a positive impact on their health and well-being. We will recruit suitable candidates for accredited VQ training in early years, childcare, and care of the elderly. Our plan is for our community centre to provide nursery, crèche, child care, and day care of the elderly services and activities which will provide a range of full and part-time posts. As a result of these activities we will see: • Clear evidence of the benefits of community led development activities. • An increase in the numbers of people accessing training and employment, and undertaking certificated training. • Higher levels of spoken/written English leading to increased self-confidence and optimism in the Arab women. • Evidence of greater integration between communities.
17/12/2019 £6,100 £44,051 EYEMOUTH & DISTRICT COMMUNITY TRUST - SPLASH PROJECT We plan to develop our successful Community Fridge which runs from Eyemouth Community Centre, to run cooking courses for the local users of the fridge & residents of the Community. We will work with the abundant supply of donated vegetables and other ingredients to run classes to demonstrate how to use these foods to cook and enjoy nutritious meals. We plan to run a weekly 3 hour morning session to prepare and cook a meal in the Community Centre kitchen area. This will then be eaten together with the participants (if they wish) or taken away to enjoy at home with other family members. There will also be a supply of the ingredients and a recipe provided to allow them to replicate this at home. Surplus portions will go into the Fridge for everyone to benefit from. Every 4th week (when the kitchen is unavailable) we will invite along guests representing other groups and agencies who can assist with any issue that the attendees have or to encourage them to join other classes etc – example guests would be Healthy Living Network, Abundant Borders, Citizens Advice, Eyemouth Foodbank, local Chefs etc. We will also use the funding to upskill our volunteers in REHIS Food Hygiene and Welfare Reform Training available through CA so that are able to assist the attendees. Over the 9 months we will run 4 Programmes of 8 weeks duration however participants will be able to continue to attend the new Sessions if they wish to. Our Community Fridge has been running now for 12 months and it is very well used by a cross section of the Community – there are some users who are regularly there every morning and this has allowed us to engage with them – this in turn has led to us referring to our local Food Bank for some of them – The Community Fridge is the main source of referrals for the Food Bank as a result of this. We have spoken to many users and they have all said that this is something they would really benefit from as they are struggling to budget effectively and say that the Fridge is a necessity for them however they don't always make best use of some of the produce as its not 'ready made' Also now that the fridge has been running for a year we know we need to develop this to encourage more people to use it and for it to be a source of more nutritional value to more people and make more use of the vegetables from the supermarket and from donations from Abundant Borders. The Fridge is situated next to the Kitchen in the Community Centre and is in a communal area and we have been offered use of this to help develop the idea We are very fortunate to have an active group of volunteers who run the Fridge – this involves food pick up and delivery and stocking and maintenance of the Fridge – this works very well on a rota system however many of the Volunteers have said they would like to now do more to develop this – 5 of the volunteers have already passed REHIS Food Hygiene Cert as part of this development which we used previous funding for and they now want to be part of a cooking group so that food can be made and put back into the fridge. Some of the regular users who are waiting in the morning are also starting to engage with helping out with stocking and we are keen to recruit more of them to help in the future (one previous user is already a regular volunteer) Our volunteers are keen to learn new skills in cooking too. Although our aim is to help the users of the Fridge who are struggling as a result of welfare reform and who we will target specifically in the beginning we want to create a programme that is open to all and seen as an opportunity for people to learn 'cooking from scratch using what's in the fridge'. We will particularly encourage young and not so young to learn together. This will also assist to reduce isolation as we notice that a large proportion of users are older gentlemen who live alone and we want to encourage the 'eat together' idea where what is cooked that day is eaten together. This Project will be based in Eyemouth Community Centre and will be available to all residents in the locality.
17/12/2019 £7,500 £209,685 CHURCH HOUSE, BRIDGETON [SCIO] The Young Parents Group will be a pilot for 9 months, running weekly on a Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm.We envisage a core of 10 parents but accept others may dip in and out. We will look to discover if we have the need that everyone talks about. An example of a young mum a member of staff spoke with explains she had no idea how to make a bottle apart from looking it up in google, she didn't want to appear 'stupid' so never asked questions, didn't attend parent & toddler groups as she always thought they were for older more experienced parents. We've mapped postcodes of our current beneficiaries against the SIMD 2016 rank using a tool on the Scottish Government website and this has confirmed that: • 70% of those we're engaging live in the worst 5% of datazones in Scotland • 91% of those we're engaging live in the worst 10% of datazones in Scotland • 100% of those we're engaging live in the worst 20% of datazones in Scotland Some of our existing parents talk about when they were pregnant "how lonely I felt, especially after I gave up work and was used to seeing people every day, I felt that I never had anyone to talk to", explaining that they felt there was a lack of support groups that they could attend that was about their needs, not just the babies needs and the pressures to feel amazing as they had a new baby and in reality some of them never felt this. Some parents said they would have felt more comfortable attending somewhere that they knew on their doorstep without the additional stress of travelling on 2 buses to get to a service as they felt quite nervous. That was some of our older parents, so we want to make sure that this is not repeated, that there is a service on the doorstep for young parents to ensure that they do not become socially isolated. Many of the parents we will be working with are young and will suffer from ACE's (adverse childhood experiences) and as such need support with their parenting and relationships. Through no fault of their own they have had poor parenting experiences and lack the tools and techniques for them to enjoy their children The group will offer a chance to support young parents when they can be at there most vulnerable. We would like to offer different activities that target various areas to support them as a person and parent. This could include activities addressing positive parenting, healthy eating/cooking ideas/cooking on a budget, children/parent activities - this may involve messy play, Bookbug, cooking on a budget, music sessions, trips - many of the activities that are on offer with other providers have a fee attached, which makes this unaffordable and then their children miss out on that development. It means every parent can access the activities, regardless of their financial status. We would like to train one of our volunteers, possibly a parent if willing to do this, in Baby Massage so that we can run courses as and when required for the community, instead of waiting for a trained person from a partner organisation by which time we have lost the interest of the original group. We would also offer paediatric first aid training and food hygiene training. This programme would encourage bonding with their child, a chance to learn how to play with their child and participate in actitivies to have fun with their children, to develop their skills and confidence as a person. The group would start with lunch, each week staff would lead different activities/ideas/workshops which would be co-designed by the young parents. The two staff members are experienced in youth work and also are parents. They have been on a range of training that would support the young parents, including counselling, mental health first aid for young people, Understanding Perinatal Mood Disorder. They have made many contacts with possible partners who will enhance the programme. On a monthly basis we would look at an outreach creche to come in and support the parents while they possibly have 1:1 advice or participate in self-confidence workshops, the rest of the sessions would involve their children. An idea of the programme could include: Children Activities 1. Play Group Sessions - Baby Sensory 2. Book Bug 3. Healthy Eating/Cooking with parents Parent Support 1. Bonding & Attachment Continuing Education 2. Positive Parenting Education - sleeping, eating etc. 3. Healthy Eating 4. Child Development Education 5. Play session education for parents 6. Trips We would also trial the idea of a 'baby pantry', the pantry would stock essential items and would be accessible by the young parents attending the group if they are running short of items until they receive their payment. Young parents would be allowed to pay £2.50, and receive three items from the baby box, this may include nappies, baby wipes, which may support them if they are struggling financially. The money would be used to restock the baby box. This would mean that people keep their dignity while providing for their child. Through the Family Nurse partnership we would promote our new young parents support programmes and ask them to signpost parents that would benefit from our service ensuring a local organisation is supporting the Governments Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy. We have also recently met with the Smith Croft Secondary School Young Parent Base Coordinator to discuss the idea for our new young parents group, to talk about partnership working, the gaps in provision and signposting young parents who may have left school who do not currently access any support but may still need that support. Other partners may include Health Improvement Team, Citizens Advice Bureau etc. The group will not only be an opportunity for people to develop new skills as a person and a parent, but also to gain new peer support and relationships, which is crucial to ensure that young parents do not become socially isolated, especially those young parents who do not have the family support network.
17/12/2019 £7,430 SOVEREIGN CREDIT UNION a) What? We intend to employ Financial Inclusion Officer(s) with the remit of doing outreach work to contact people affected by Welfare Reform, particularly those on Universal Credit or likely to be put on it, in order to help them to: • receive their incoming payments, which is an issue for people who do not already have bank accounts; • find the best way to obtain their money in cash, if or when that is what they prefer; • manage online transactions if they wish to do so, including understanding and managing options for bill paying and other money management, particularly for people who are not already familiar with online options and how to use them. The options identified will include those offered by high street banks, the new wave of online banks, and services offered by credit unions such as ourselves - face to face, by phone (not a call centre), by prepaid card, website and app, ordinary savings, Christmas savings and affordable loans; • understand the pros and cons of the various borrowing options that they may be presented with; • know where to go for help. There will be a publicity element in the project to ensure that local residents and organisations have forewarning of what we are doing and that people with whom we come in contact have some information to take away with them including memory-joggers and pointers on how to get in touch with us or other agencies. The where, the why, the how and the uniqueness of this proposal are all closely linked because the project is a response to the nature of the target area, which is both economically disadvantaged and a hostile money management environment for people on low incomes. b) Where? This work will focus on southern East Ayrshire ie Cumnock and environs (Auchinleck, Mauchline, Muirkirk, Catrine, New Cumnock) and the Doon Valley (including Dalmellington, Patna and Drongan). The most recent available information indicates that there are 35,000 people in the target area occupying 16,000 homes, although it may be that this figure has fallen slightly in the interim due to people who are able to do so leaving the area to go to places that offer better economic opportunities. This serves to reduce demand and intensify the loss of economic infrastructure in the local area – bank branches, shops, ATMs, employment opportunities etc. This rural, post-industrial area is deprived in terms of several socio-economic factors and in addition most residents have to contend with isolation and the costs of overcoming distance when carrying out everyday functions. On top of that, social exclusion tends to be related to IT-exclusion and it is our day to day experience that there is a significant section of the community which is not moving seamlessly to internet banking. Some years ago this area had already been identified by the Financial Inclusion Champions project (funded, we believe, by the Scottish Government) as one of the most financially excluded in Scotland. The situation is now worse. The area has lost almost all its bank branches. At time of writing there are only two branches left in the whole area, both of them in Cumnock. According to word of mouth, mobile bank services visiting villages have yet to prove a satisfactory substitute so access to banking services in general and cash in particular is a significant issue. The number of ATMs to provide cash is limited, word of mouth continues to report that they don't always have enough cash to service the demand, some are behind shutters so that when the shop or other building where they are located closes the ATM is inaccessible, and announcements suggest that fewer of them will offer a free service. c) Why? People in our society are currently living through a revolution in financial methods and technology and as with all change, some get left behind and those who do are often those who were disadvantaged to start with. This particularly applies to people affected by Welfare Reform, so this project seeks to address that situation in this particularly disadvantaged area. Our organisation having the social goals described above, we are the organisation based in this particular locality which is most focussed on financial services in the context of the alleviation of poverty. We get up in the morning because we believe in that task and we want to do as much as we can in that respect. Our reasons for wanting to carry out this project are covered in the sections below on how we came up with the idea and how local people were involved, and why the idea is unique, imaginative, innovative and creative. Basically, the project proposal arises from our previous work and our conclusions about going forward. d) How we came up with the idea and how local people were involved This project is a progression from what we have already done under the Capacity & Resilience Fund and uses what we have learned from that work. However, it is a new and separate project. The previous work on which this application builds is as follows: • The project implemented in calendar year 2017 produced and circulated information about money management. The main thrust of this first project in relation to Welfare Reform was to put out the message of 'fixing the roof while the sun shines' i.e. doing things now which may be useful to you if you go onto Universal Credit, particularly joining a credit union. • The project implemented in calendar years 2018 and 2019 involved engaging support work to promote a prepaid card and establish to what extent this technology can help people overcome the challenging local environment if they are given support to access the technology and use it. It sought to promote the card as an entry to IT-based banking for those with no previous experience of it or with an unsatisfactory/non-existent credit rating (the card is available to all regardless of credit rating because there is no overdraft facility). It is therefore particularly appropriate for people on Universal Credit or low incomes in this rural area. The project also included a learning element to increase our own understanding and develop our own responses accordingly. It involved talking to local people at events and by working in partnership with local organisations in order to reach their service users. The project raised awareness of the prepaid card as an option for obtaining cash and as a way to become financially included. Every person who was spoken to agreed that the card is an appropriate response to the situation and feedback showed that use of the card was viewed positively. However, the project also showed up contradictions and stresses between the advantages of an automated system and the barriers it throws up for people who are not yet ready to manage the automation. We also faced hurdles arising from the widespread reluctance to discuss money at the personal level. As we learned from this experience we divided promotion of the prepaid card into two strands – one towards people who are not IT-excluded, mainly via social media; and the other towards people who are IT-excluded, by traditional methods including offering to help them sign up for the card by using outreach work and a laptop. This work highlighted inertia reluctance to engage at a personal level in discussing banking issues. It also found that the people who were taking the prepaid card tended to be under the pressure of immediate 'push' factors – having no bank account and moving on to Universal Credit which is paid by bank transfer. Since the project looked at on the ground experience in this particularly financially excluded area whose circumstances may not be fully appreciated by decision makers, it includes a project report to be compiled with a view to it being suitable for forwarding to policy makers. e) How is this idea unique, imaginative, innovative, creative? To the best of our knowledge this project work is unique because it is endeavouring to mitigate financial exclusion in a largely ignored area of post-industrial blight and rural isolation and is thus particularly interested in the implications of Welfare Reform in this setting. We would argue that this work is imaginative/ innovative/creative because this sort of area seems to be largely forgotten in the design and development of financial inclusion activities. The banks' arguments in favour of branch closures often hinge around online and mobile banking solutions being satisfactory substitutes but local responses suggests that these are only partial solutions. We are trying to find ways to serve the people who are left in banking limbo. This idea is also unique, imaginative, innovative and creative because it builds on our own findings from the previous Capacity & Resilience Fund work (see above). These findings, which will appear in the report to policy makers (see above) are: o people still need to use cash, particularly as a budgeting tool for those on low incomes, although, even for the digitally included, digital banking does not do away with the need for cash; o there are difficulties getting cash – absence of banks and problems with cash machines (not enough of them, often in locations which are inaccessible once shop shutters come down, often running out of money at times of high demand such as long weekends). In addition, small shops and individuals are in competition with each other over an inadequate cash supply and hence use of cashback is not proving to be the solution one might have hoped. Quite simply, the cash supply system doesn't work properly; o inadequate broadband speed and mobile signals are being reported; o people often want to retain their existing bank account even when service is poor or hard to reach or doesn't offer what they want. This is linked to the following point about perception of risk; o it is emerging that the less money people have, the longer it takes them to make a decision and the less likely they are to make a change due to the high impact of a wrong decision, but this leaves them retaining bank accounts that aren't particularly appropriate for them or which cost them money; o people with complex and difficult finances engage with support organisations when they are in crisis but then disengage until there is another crisis. These factors mean that progress in helping people to improve their financial management is slow and there are no quick fixes but we believe that it is important to keep working on it and to try to mitigate 'the devil taking the hindmost'. We will also make creative links as follows: o we suspect that there may be issues for Welfare Reform clients around the additional financial demands of the school summer break and we will investigate through the contacts made by the project, whether there is a demand for a specific summer break saving account similar to our Christmas saving account; o links between unemployment and mental health issues are already recognised and following a recent report by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute looking at how health professionals can help prevent financial problems associated with mental illness, we will particularly focus on trying to grow partnership work with the health sector. The report highlights, for example, that people with depression and problem debt are over four times more likely to still have depression 18 months later, than those with depression who do not have financial difficulty. f) How will the project be done? The budget shows that over the time-limited funding period it will be possible to provide nearly 400 hours of Financial Inclusion Officer time to make contact with people through partner organisations and to discuss ways in which the financial challenges of Welfare Reform and the attendant life experiences can be managed. Because we already know about the cultural reluctance to engage in discussing money at a personal level, the project will focus on making contact in group situations at partner organisation venues to share group information-giving and discussion on modern money management in the generality and thence to invite/encourage people to move the situation to personal issues if/when they wish to do so. Thus, the project will raise overall awareness within the target area and will also provide a way by which individuals can, if they wish, be helped or signposted to go further. This might be in the form of encouragement to take up other services eg debt advice, help with setting up an online account such as the prepaid card, referral to the Credit Union etc. Whenever this work throws up new information about needs and issues we will look at how we might adjust our service to respond. g) Delivery within a limited funding period. The project can be delivered within a limited funding period because it will have a short lead-in time. Financial Inclusion Officer(s) to work the available hours will be employed on a sessional basis and we already know that there are people based within a reasonable travelling distance of the target area who have appropriate skills. Use of sessional workers means that recruitment can take place quickly and work can start promptly. Similarly, we are aware of local organisations which are likely to be interested in building partnership working and we can do preliminary work in this regard before the sessional worker(s) start. h) Increase partnership working Our previous Capacity & Resilience Fund projects have built links and/or partnerships with local organisations including Auchinleck Community Development Initiative, East Ayrshire Homelessness Network, Community Routes Hub and Buns R Us Cafe as well as making contact with the Health & Social Care Providers Network, the Alcohol & Drugs Prevention Network and the Community Connectors Network. We will use this project both to increase the level of work with these, particularly the mental health-related networks (see above) and to involve other organisations not previously involved in the Capacity & Resilience Fund projects such as the Job Centre. i) Increase our capacity to mitigate the impact of Welfare Reform by providing people with the support and skills they need, promote social inclusion and combat inequality A classic problem for credit unions is that we do not have the marketing and publicity budgets of the commercial finance sector so we cannot reach people or build our services in the way that we would like. This project will increase our capacity to reach more people and thence to help them to know more about their options and choices, to access more personal information if required, and to get more in control of their financial situation. The project will do this more economically and effectively than the private sector can, by working at a face to face level in the local area through local channels of communication and local networks, as described above.
16/12/2019 £6,070 £174,560 CROOKSTON COMMUNITY GROUP WHAT: We will provide a 3-Tier Approach to Combat the Impact of the Welfare Reform Tier 1) Drop-in Help Desk Tier 2) 121 Meetings Tier 3) Group Workshops HOW: We will employ & train a "Welfare Reform Advisor" to deliver this project. This person will be allocated 2 dedicated volunteers to provide assistance Training undertaken by the Advisor will be: • Introduction to Welfare Rights • Income Maximisation for Families • PIP and Attendance Allowance • Challenging PIP Decisions • Universal Credit – Claimant Responsibilities & Sanctions • Universal Credit – For People with Ill Health & Disabilities And provided by CPAG. TIER 1) Drop-in Help Desk – 2 set hours per week 30 mins will be allocated per session: 4 people per week x 32 weeks = 128 service users ( realistically this could be 100 due to times running over) TIER 2) 121 Meetings – 2 set hours per week It is estimated that 35 of those attending the drop-in desk will need additional 121 assistance, such as: • Providing advice to prevent sanctions • Checking & verifying eligibility • Maximising income • Providing advice on budget planning & debt problems • Accompanying to sanction & other meetings • Signposting to our partners & making introductions 2hrs per week x 32 weeks = 35 service users TIER 3) Group Workshops – 2 set hours per week for a 4-week block with 4 blocks These groups will be kept to a maximum of 10 attendees with some attending all Workshops and some attending individual Workshops depending upon their needs. 10 attendees x 4 weeks = 40 people x 4 blocks = 160 service users Some service users will overlap therefore we estimate we will reach 125 unique individuals Week 1: Family Benefits Workshop • Grants, Child Benefit & Universal Credit • Financial help available from pregnancy to starting school • Financial help for those with school age children • Help with childcare costs • Other support available, including for families still getting tax credits • Q&A Session Week 2: Universal Credit Workshop – How to Make Claims • Universal Credit - help make effective claims, work out entitlement and advise on payments • Q&A Session Week 3: Universal Credit Workshop – Work & Benefits • Universal Credit and Work – how work-related requirements and sanctions operate inc those with a health condition or disability • Other Working-Age Benefits • Q&A Session Week 4: PIP & Attendance Allowance • Who is Entitled to PIP • Who is Entitled to AA • How to Claim • Q&A Session WHY: 1) Formal Food Bank Referral Questionnaires & Casual Conversations: We continue to witness how a person's life experience is heavily influenced by social & economic status resulting in erratic & poor decisions being made which quickly spiral to what then feels out of control. The impact of poverty experienced due to the Welfare Reform is the Number 1 reason identified from our service users. Our service users are very vulnerable, their life experience and circumstance have found them in desperate need for a helping hand due to: - low wages; high unemployment rates; families with several generations out of work; few local work opportunities; young people lacking a work ethos; low educational achievement - lack of understanding on how to budget; high debt levels; reduced payments; delays in payments; and sanctions - lack of awareness or inability to access help due to language barriers, anxiety, lack of confidence, lack of knowledge etc. Adults living in poverty focus on short-term survival, their decision-making ability is rushed and their attention span narrowed, leading to erratic decision makings. Although stated within the "Glasgow Financial Inclusion Strategy 2020 – 2025" that those most effected by the welfare reform are single parents & the BME community and although a high number of our service users fall into this category, we have also identified that: i) Poverty is hereditary to many who do not know how to or can't break the cycle ii) Some have found themselves in debt due to long term illness (eg cancer) or they/their loved one has a long term disability and iii) Adults retiring without adequate pension and no knowledge of the benefits system with many beginning with a short-term financial issue which then snowballed rapidly to crisis point. Adults living in poverty are less confident in their ability to succeed, leading to decreased personal attainment and ill health due to lack of food, depression and anxiety. Negative self-stereo typing is common, believing the media stereotyping that they are fundamentally flawed, with any achievements tempered by lack of confidence and for many self-loathing resulting in social isolation. All this can be exasperated for the BME and Refugee communities with language barriers, faith and dietary restrictions. Child poverty leads to various negative consequences, including weight & height deficiency, low self-esteem, which is a risk factor for mental illness, suicide or poor academic achievement. Our children should have equal rights to obtain the type of diet, participate in activities, opportunities and living conditions that their peers have. 2) CAB - Welfare Reform Officer Since October, CAB have provided a Welfare Reforms Officer to our premises every 2nd Thursday due to the demand from our service users. We arrange for 4 service users to meet with him for a 121 on every visit – the diary is full to the end of January and we have no guarantee that he would be able to return from February onwards. 3) CCG Development Day (attended by Service Users, Volunteers, Staff, Partners & Trustees) On the 20 November, the Impact of the Welfare Reform repeatedly became the topic of conversation and after some brainstorming incorporating the issues where most service users sought help from us and our partners, the 3-Tier Project was drafted. We know that this project will have a positive impact not only on improving the financial benefits of our service users but their mental and emotional well-being too. We can make a positive impact in breaking the cycle. All will be encouraged to take part in any of our services that could be beneficial to them eg social activities, language classes and the Independence from Foodbank Project (currently funded until 2022 by the Scottish Government) WHO: • A local community individual will receive a contract and will receive invaluable training to become our "Welfare Reform Advisor". • A group of 2 volunteers will be trained by our Welfare Reform Advisor sharing their knowledge obtained from the training courses. These volunteers will then rotate throughout each Tier to help our Welfare Reform Advisor. These volunteers could then go on to further education and / or employment in this field and / or continue to support our service users as volunteers on completion of this project. • Estimated 125 different services users, from age 16+ who are experiencing poverty and social exclusion due to the welfare reform including those lacking awareness or inability to access help. The knowledge and help received will have a domino effect on their dependents and own individual health (financial & emotional). WHERE: All 3 Tiers will take place within Crookston Community Centre (located in Beltrees Road, SIMD stats show Education & Skills ranked as 1, Income, Health, Unemployment & Crime ranked as 2, with Housing at 3). Our service users live within some of the most socially and financially deprived areas including Greater Pollok, Govan, Linn, Newlands / Auldburn, Cardonald, Pollokshields, Langside and Southside Central and we have now branched out due to demand to Dunterlie, East Renfrewshire – we work within many areas within the most deprived 5% on the SIMD. As many of our service users seek support from and are signposted by organisations with branches throughout Glasgow eg. Money Matters, Turning Point, Glasgow Housing Association & Citizens Advice this in-turn has increased the number of individuals approaching us, the needs of the individuals and the geographical spread. Current Services: Throughout the years, our activities & services grow as needs are identified and continue to evolve to meet ever-changing hardships, necessities and currently now include: - Foodshare Drop-in Centre (at our Community Centre, Crookston bridging with Pollok) - Foodshare on Wheels inc emergency parcels (Glasgow Wide and Dunterlie– we have 2 vans) - Foodshare Pop-Ups (Glasgow Wide & Dunterlie) Foodshare includes Food, Toiletries, Toys, Furniture, Clothing and Bedding ie. all hygiene and household necessities etc. Every Wednesday we offer a drop-in service free Sanitary products. Every Wednesday we sell bags of groceries worth between £25/ £30 for £3.50 to help reduce stigma and help with household budgeting. - Children's School Holiday Lunches (local children receive a healthy lunch daily throughout school holidays, funded by Cash for Kids & Glasgow City Council) - Independence from Foodbanks (helps transition frequent users away from their reliance on Foodbanks, funded by the Scottish Government) - Get Yourself Connected (basic IT skills for employment and other economic outcomes) - Adult & Children language classes (4 languages) - Youth Games & Movie Club - Thursday Cook n Chat (cooking & eating together, doing arts & crafts, guest speakers eg Money Matters etc) - General Drop-in / Advocacy Service - Volunteering, Training & Work Placement opportunities. - Multi-Culture Fun Days - Local MP Chris Stevens Surgery every 2nd Friday - Energy Scotland every 2nd Wednesday to offer Fuel Poverty advice - Money Matter, Turning Point & Citizens Advice (alternate) every Thursday to offer general advice Current Partnerships: Food donated by: Aldi, Fare Share, Locavore, Tesco Silverburn, Tesco Barrhead, Asda Mearns, Greggs, Co-op, Eurasia, Glasgow Markets, One stop Shop , Key store Paisley, Local Schools & football teams e.g. Pollok FC, Beith FC, Celtic FC & Rangers FC. Referrals made by: Money Matters, Citizens Advice, Various Medical Practices, Housing & Social Work Departments, Central Mosque, City Mission, Local Councillors & MPs, Turning Point Scotland, Rossdale Housing, Glasgow City Council, Flexible Homelessness, Women's Aid, various Social Work Departments, Learn Direct, Leverndale Hospital, Loretto Care, North East GAMH, Pollok Social Work 80/20 Initiative, SACRO, SAMH, Scottish Prison service, DWP Centre, Urban Roots, Wheatley Group, Woman's Aid & YPeople, Catch Scotland Ltd., Migrant Help UK, Serco UK & Europe, People Plus, Children 1st,Brittish Red Cross, Action for Children, Merry-Go-Round Glasgow, Unity Centre Glasgow, Apex Scotland, Includem, Shelter Scotland, Trussell Trust.
13/12/2019 £5,276 £76,870 CASTLEMILK COMMUNITY CHURCH Our Furniture Project provides help entirely freely to individuals and families in particular need of help to set up a first tenancy. These may be people newly granted refugee status, young mothers fleeing violence, someone with a history of of addiction. All our service users face the effects of poverty. We are invited to help at a positive time in a a person's life when they have taken the steps to get a tenancy and come to us for help to settle. This means that we are made aware of other help needed for someone planning for a better future. This has led us as a group of staff and volunteers to develop other supports when our skills and funds allow. Thus we run English classes for parents with young children with very little English and provide child care support for this. Volunteers and service users cook an international meal most weeks allowing people to share their skills and providing a popular drop in for some local socially isolated single men. Many of our English class students have worked with our Community Work student for the last 3 months to identify what they see as the key areas they need to address to improve integration into Scottish society , reduce isolation and prepare for employment. This work has been facilitated by a couple of group members who have better English and by Scottish "peer educators" sharing about cultural issues. The group identified the following 7 priorities: Some of these can be met by our existing services, some will be met within the new mini-courses proposed: others need extra funding' (1) The opportunity to learn English. We already provide ESOL classes and our qualified volunteer will continue to teach. (2)Raising children in a society with different values and expectations. (3)Addressing barriers to cultural integration. (4)Cross cultural learning, (5) Increasing self confidence Much of this will be done by sharing in the new groups. For some of these issues we will use external visitors, such as a social worker who is available to explain Scottish child care laws and expectations. Similarly after 19 years of working with asylum seekers and refugees we have volunteers and friends who are happy to share their journeys with the group. (6) Navigating welfare rights issues, school dinners, Universal credit etc. (7) Accessing employment and CV writing. The group's work identifying need and our general experience of shows a clear need for welfare rights input. We wish to employ a 5 hour a week welfare rights assistant. We also wish to offer two workshops with "Radiant and Brighter" to help prepare CVs and look at realistic routes to employment The group work we have done has been funded out of reserves and one small grant for a workshop with Radiant and Brighter, a pre-employment service for BME people. So we are now applying for funding for two strands of the work we wish to do Firstly we propose to run 3 eight week mini-courses between late February 2020 to mid October 2020. Each "course" would run once a week for the eight weeks, facilitated by our Community Work Assistant. The course will address the priorities identified above and aim for the group to find ways to change. Much of this will be done by sharing in the group. Other issues will use external visitors, such as a social worker who is available to explain Scottish child care laws and expectations. Similarly after 19 years of working with asylum seekers and refugees we have volunteers and friends who are happy to share their journeys with the group. Secondly the groups' work identifying need and our general experience shows a clear need for welfare rights input. We wish to employ a 5 hour a week welfare rights assistant. We already have funding in place for a 5 hour a week "extra support worker" to work alongside families in crisis We would appoint one person to cover these two related remits.. . (Last year we found we had helped 30 families or individuals in need of major support to prevent eviction, deal with family breakdown basically in addition to our administrator's already busy schedule.)
12/12/2019 £7,500 £133,630 THE WELL MULTI-CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTRE The Well proposes to work in partnership with Southside Housing Association (SHA), paying them directly for a Welfare Rights Specialist to be based in The Well half a day per week to deal with a full range of client cases. The Well would pay SHA for one whole day per week to cover both the surgery and the time dealing with the cases outwith the surgery, for example when preparing for and representing a client at an appeal. For the past five years, a Welfare Rights Specialist from SHA had run a surgery at The Well every Friday morning. This was the Association's most successful outreach surgery with an average of eight appointments every week. In November this year, SHA regretted to inform us that they no longer had the funding to hold any outreach welfare rights surgeries. The Well's volunteer Advisors are trained to be able to give first tier advice and support regarding benefits. This may involve checking eligibility, helping the client through the application process and supporting the client in maintaining their benefits. However, on the occasions that benefits have been refused, they were previously able to refer clients to this specialist surgery. At the specialist surgery clients could be assisted with mandatory reconsideration as well as representation at appeals and tribunals. Without this specialist surgery, The Well can only refer people to their Housing Associations for specialist welfare rights advice. There can be very long waiting lists and the appointments are outwith the familiar culturally-sensitive environment that The Well provides. Furthermore, The Well now has nowhere to refer clients who rent from private landlords, of whom there are many, as the Housing Associations only deal with their own tenants. Private tenants' cases have to be dealt with quickly as private landlords cannot/will not wait for cases to be resolved before demanding rent payment. The only place locally that can help with these cases is Govanhill Law Centre and they generally only deal with the most complex cases and have long waiting lists. This is likely to lead to desperate situations and evictions for some families. The Well would like to re-establish a surgery within its own centre on Albert Road, Govanhill, paying SHA directly for this service. This would provide better, more seamless, accessible care and service for our ethnically-diverse clients, and would crucially allow fast help for those renting from private landlords whose cases, and rent payments, cannot wait. In addition, The Well would like to send two of its committed volunteers on a five-day CPAG Welfare Rights Training Course so that they can work alongside the Welfare Rights Specialist, and expertise among The Well's own Advice Workers is advanced.
12/12/2019 £7,471 £154,060 LAIRG & DISTRICT LEARNING CENTRE • WHAT – Improve the financial literacy, education, employability and digital skills of people impacted by welfare reform. • HOW - Deliver 18 group workshops and up to 20 one to one training sessions as required at our office in Lairg and at outreach locations in East & Central Sutherland. 6 workshops in financial literacy covering the following topics: Basic maths, budgeting, setting financial goals, setting up a bank account or setting up online access to existing accounts, understanding income and outgoings. 6 workshops in employability covering the following topics: Creating and updating a CV, writing a job application, applying for jobs, developing skills for self-employment (referral to business mentor project, Business gateway), support with creating and updating a CV, using Microsoft Office packages, reviewing their online presence & social media presence through the eyes of an employer, basic English 6 workshops in digital skills covering the following topics: Using a computer or electronic device, accessing online banking, accessing benefit journal, using excel to manage a budget, using an app to manage a budget, applying for jobs online, online learning opportunities, using Microsoft Office packages As an SQA approved centre we are able to offer a qualification Core Skills and will offer this to project participants. Overall it is expected that 50 people will engage with the project through attending a group workshop or one-to-one session. Partners and their role: East & Central Sutherland Citizens Advice Bureau will raise awareness of the project to their clients, in particular those attending the bureau for their debt service and their Money Talk Team, and will offer direct referrals to the project. Brora Learning Zone has partnered with us on numerous projects and classes, most recently being a major partner for our Climate Challenge Fund project. We will offer sessions and courses in their facility and they will support us with referrals and promotion of the project. Job Centre Plus (Invergordon and Wick) work with us to support people impacted by welfare reform through accessing training and learning opportunities and this project will allow us to build our partnership with the JCPs and to receive direct referrals in for support. Clearview 2020 is an employability service which covers Caithness and part of Sutherland. We refer some of our employability students to them and they do the same for us. Through this project we will strengthen our partnership by being able to offer more for students in the Central & East Sutherland areas and will receive referrals into the project both for group sessions and on-to-one training. WHY - East & Central Sutherland, and in particular Lairg and the surrounding areas, are rural and isolated and the communities have suffered through poor public transport links, poor internet speeds, lack of long term employment opportunities, closure of all banks except for one and other issues which have a major impact on our rural communities. Sutherland does not have a Job Centre Plus, the nearest being in neighbouring counties Caithness and Ross-shire, and also does not have a dedicated foodbank, which further impacts those who have been negatively impacted by welfare reform. The project idea has been shaped through requests from current students, members of the community and partners for workshops and one to one support in various different areas, particularly relating to managing budgets, using IT for employability or benefit maintenance and confidence building. Learning from this project will be used to shape a funding application to the Bank of Scotland Foundation which will enable the project to both continue and expand to support a greater number of people. The organisation used to receive funding to run a weekly job club but this funding was cut. We continue to run it on a voluntary basis but with no paid staff to cover it we are unable to advertise it or to support people on a drop in basis. The project would enable us to build on the weekly work club with regular, tailored support for people impacted by welfare reform. • WHO – the project will be open to anyone who requires support with financial literacy, employability or digital skills and has been impacted by welfare reform. By working with partners we will reach these people. • WHERE – the project will be delivered from our office based in Lairg and will cover areas in East & Central Sutherland.
12/12/2019 £7,497 £121,718 HOPE AMPLIFIED Our project community was named in a recent report as one of the most deprived community in Scotland. It is the most economically disadvantage community in Scotland and two-thirds of the local population live in a data zone among the 15 per cent most deprived neighbourhood in Scotland. The elderly African community are economically disadvantaged due to the welfare reform and the squeeze in UK Government public spending which has taken its toll on Local Council service provision by reducing funds/budget allocated to the elderly. The elderly in our community have nowhere to go and socialise or take part in any project activity as their counterpart from other indigenous population. They practically have nothing to do, but to sit-out in the house 24 hours a day for those who are currently unable to work due to infirmities (various forms of health issues) or have passed their retirement age. Older African community are particularly vulnerable to social isolation or loneliness owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income. Social isolation and loneliness impact upon individuals' quality of life and well-being, adversely affecting health and increasing the use of health and social care services. The Elderly from the African community (excluded from mainstream activity) who accompanied their Grandchildren to our activities are sometimes left out, unable to participate in any activity as they specifically tailored for young people. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is a comparable risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is worse for us than well-known risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity. Also, research by Voluntary Health Organisation shows that social isolation and poverty are major contributing factors to health inequality in Scotland. A total of 91% of Voluntary Health Organisation taking part in new research for Voluntary Health Scotland said that social isolation was a major issue underpinning health inequality and 71% highlighted poverty as a key issue. From our experience working with young people and their parents shows that having a place to visit, play, relax, meet new people or forget about their worries for a while is vital for the well-being of the participants. The Equal Opportunities Committee, convened by Margaret, published a landmark report on age and social isolation last year, which found evidence that the effects of loneliness in society could be as harmful as smoking. MSPs on the committee called on the Scottish Government to prioritise loneliness and isolation alongside issues such as poverty and poor housing as part of the public health agenda and called for a national social isolation strategy for Scotland. In the last eight (8) months, we received several requests from the elderly population, Parents, young people and volunteers to start a new activity specifically designed for the elderly BME who are increasingly isolated and socially excluded in the communities. We are unable to commence any meaningful activity directed at the elderly population for the lack of organisation capacity. However, early this year, we worked with our older young people to carry out an initial one-off consultation to find out what sort of activities or programme that would meet the need of the adult community. Some of the activities listed were Budgeting, arts & craft, cookery and sewing workshop. This initial consultation is not far reaching enough as they would need to stamp their input in terms of what they want, how long should it be and when would the best time to hold it. The findings from the elderly community will help guide us in our decisions about the suitability of the project activities, what to include and when to hold it. Consequently, we are seeking funding from the Community Resilience and Capacity Fund to enable us trial a new project which will provide sixty (60) isolated and socially excluded African community age 50s and above resident in Glasgow with a variety of activities such as arts & craft, sewing & budgeting and give them the chance to choose the most preferred activities they will like to do going forward. Also, the funding will help increase the capacity of our organisation to handle the elderly project through the training of five volunteers in Safeguarding vulnerable adult, Financial Planning for non-financial managers, Managing & Supervising people and Demonstrating impact and value to funders. Community Inclusion Project seeks to address economic inequality, reduce isolation and loneliness, experienced by older people, and enable them to make a positive lifestyles changes associated with ageing, and ultimately, to bring about a better quality of life for the elderly from the African Communities resident in the target council area. The Community Inclusion Project is an initiative designed to pilot this great new idea so that we can understand and establish how keen the elderly in the African community are to trying activities that are new to them, and to find out which ones they wanted to get involved. The project will focus on three specific activities which came on top during consultation-Arts & Crafts, Sewing and Budgeting. The grant will help pay for two Sessional staffs, Venue hire, Volunteer Expenses, training for 5 volunteers and Community Consultations. The project will focus on three key areas: Piloting and monitoring of the new idea to develop the organisation capacity to meet the demand relating to welfare reform; develop collaboration with carers and other support agencies by developing a new systems to track referrals and progress and aid networking between organisations; develop participant's confidence through budgeting education to prevent themselves from reaching the crisis point. We wanted to reduce the effect of poverty due to welfare reform and isolation for the elderly African community and raise the bar on their aspirations. Coming to a place like ours to participate in an activity they helped to establish will encourage the creation of supportive inter-generational networks that lead to a more cohesive and aware community. By the end of the project activities, the participants will have opportunity to choose through feedback two project activities they feel will improve their mental health and well-being, reduce isolation and improve financial literacy that will help them cope with the welfare reform. ACTIVITIES FRIDAY Activities: Budgeting & Sewing workshop-The activities will run every week for two hours (3.30pm-6.30pm) on Friday for 28 weeks. Budgeting workshop- (budgeting sessions; support with DWP claims; credit check, switching energy suppliers and opening bank accounts, Practical steps to reducing living costs, reducing energy bills by switching providers and being more energy efficient, Shopping about for the best deals). Sewing Workshops- (Sewing patterns and dressmaking patterns-How to make simple curtains, making of cushion covers, bodice a sleeve block pattern and embroidery concept) SATURDAY Activities: Arts & Craft Workshop -The activities will run every week for four hours (3.30pm-6.30pm) on Saturday for 28 weeks. Arts & Craft Workshop- (knitting, crocheting and weaving) SUNDAY Activities: On-going Community Consultation and engagement event (The activities will run once every for two hours (14.30pm-16.30pm) on Saturday for 28 weeks. TRAINING: Five volunteers to attend Safeguarding Vulnerable Adult Training.
11/12/2019 £6,561 £89,734 WEST LOTHIAN FINANCIAL INCLUSION NETWORK Due to local demand via our community volunteer advisers we are seeking funding to pilot a new service in the West Lothian Area that will provide those in the community access to individual money budgeting related assistance and support. Due to the Semi-rural nature and poor transport links some of the area's residents require to travel to the nearest large town, up to 15 miles from some villages, to access national or local advice services i.e. CAB. Providing they can get an appointment and are able to coordinate the public transport links and appointment times. This also has a financial cost which can often be unaffordable for the resident. Our communities of interest experience higher levels of unemployment, fuel and food poverty and high levels of debt. Assistance is often required to complete DWP forms , housing forms but access to internet is sporadic in the rural areas of West Lothain, both in digital coverage and lack of affordability for residents. Recent changes in the welfare and benefit system has had a huge impact in the areas , the areas are slipping down the index of multiple deprivation, mainly due to the welfare and benefit changes , the roll out of Universal credit and the changing method of PIP assessments and awards. Compounding the lack of capacity in handling personal finances and ability to safeguard income. We would deliver one to one session, group sessions and tapping in to specialisms of our local partners, ensuring our participants accessed the correct level of assistance.Form filling assistance would also be available via our trained volunteer advisors. We would work with local community management boards to access local community centres or halls within the communities to make the service accessible to those in the more rural communities. We will be asking participants via surveys and evaluations how we can mould the service to their needs. These services will be available West Lothain Wide in communities of need.
25/11/2019 £4,615 £30,383 DEVELOPING POTENTIAL What we want to do We have learned more about the impact of poverty levels caused by welfare reform and experienced by our drop-in service users and also from the local community awareness events. Subsequently we have held focus groups and talked with partner organisations who also work locally with those in real hardship. We have also seen an increase in poor emotional and mental health caused by the poverty and effects of welfare reform placing people under stress and at disadvantage. New Hope locally provides food and acts as a resource for those without money to adequately feed themselves and their family although it is not strictly a foodbank. However, speaking with people in Oban itself and in the surrounding areas the need spoken of has been that clothing has become unaffordable for many. People are telling us that the local charity shops, all nationally owned, are now so expensive (some say more expensive than new Primark although the nearest is Glasgow ) and they can no longer afford to replace worn out clothing for themselves or their children, dress smartly or feel confident about how they look. Following research we now seek support to establish a new service which provides a clothing bank. This will support those affected by welfare reform and poverty and living on minimum incomes or no income. The concept is simple in that we would establish this on a 'pop-up' basis to ensure that the more rural outlying settlements were not excluded. Those living rurally often have little choice than to buy clothing online which is an expensive option; for many this means not buying at all. Welfare reform means the majority do not have a car and public transport in the area is very limited which effectively isolates people. Our plan would be to: Accept donations and sort these retaining those suitable for reuse Ensure that any unsuitable garments were sent to textile recycling Offer 'pop-up' clothing banks where people could access free clothing on similar principles to some school clothing banks (there are none locally) The clothing banks would rotate around Lorn and central Oban and take referrals from professionals as well as partner third sector organisations. Referrals would ensure that traders could not access free clothing. We would aim to offer women's, men's and children's clothing subject to donations received. How we will deliver this We would recruit four additional volunteers to assist this project. One existing staff member would extend their hours over a six-month period working an extra 8 hours each week. This will enable the marketing, awareness and publicity to establish the new service as well as volunteer recruitment and training. Collections of donations would be advertised in local and hyper local areas. Clothing would then be collected using our own vehicles and taken to our rented premises in Oban for sorting. We use the Baptist Church premises twice weekly and they are supportive of offering additional space for this. Clothing would be sorted into re-wearable men's, women's and children's and stored ready for distribution. Clothing which is unsuitable would be taken for textile recycling. We would then on a rota basis, take available clothing for distribution in either central Oban or outlying settlements (for example, Kilmelford, Dalmally, Appin, Lochawe etc). Staff would receive referrals and volunteers would support the distribution. The cycle of receiving donations, sorting, recycling and distributing following referrals to help identify areas would operate on a monthly basis once established. Appropriate health & safety measures would be instigated following risk assessments. Costs incurred are initial additional hours for a staff member, travel costs and the purchase of clothes rails for display. Black bags and zip up storage bags would also be required plus a small amount for initial literature and promotional materials. Why we want to do this Through focus groups and conversations we have been told how being unable to dress decently by replacing worn out clothing, and thereby look presentable, impacts on wellbeing and exacerbates the feelings of inadequacy experienced by those suffering the impacts of welfare reform. Poverty is insidious affecting all aspects of life and feeling 'shabby' impacts on self- esteem, and emotional capacity. Resilience is therefore affected and reduced by the stigma and shame felt. One service user was told us that not only if she could volunteer (in a supportive environment) for 3 hours a week, then she was perfectly capable of working for 16 hours a week, but also told that she needed to 'smarten up' before going to an arranged interview. She said she just crumpled, partly due to her fragile mental health and at the implication that she looked a mess. Dignity was mentioned by many attending our groups and this is important for anyone as it impacts on their perceived place in the community. We heard feedback that it is easier to stay away and at home than to go out feeling that everyone else was better dressed, smarter and somehow a 'better person' due to how they looked. We noticed particularly amongst women that there was a tendency to compare themselves and how they looked with others. When coupled with sanctions or existing on a meagre and inadequate income confidence is so badly affected that around 40% of 30 attendees spoke of hiding away and dreading going out even if to jobcentre appointments. This increases social exclusion and inequality and is a direct result of welfare reform. We believe that this can be addressed if people can access good quality preloved clothing without costs. Of those we spoke with, most do not want to remain in poverty depending on the welfare benefits and unpredictability that comes with the new regime. Katrina spoke for all, saying 'if I look unkempt or untidy because my clothes have long since worn out I am no longer part of my community. People shun someone wearing old clothing that has seen better days but after a year of existing on this income the last thing I can afford is a change of clothes. It takes away my confidence, and I avoid trying to find work or going to parents evening because I am ashamed. Every time I look in the mirror I am reminded that I have failed'. Who will benefit By accessing clothing and feeling presentable we will be benefiting anyone living in poverty to regain dignity and feel they do not have to hide away from their community. Those participating and receiving clothing will increase their confidence, and therefore be more resilient and better able to cope. We know that much clothing thrown away is of very good quality and we also know that appearance matters not only to the individual but sadly, society judges us firstly by appearances. If we can intercept this lack of suitable clothing then we can have a real impact on families, men, women or children by helping them feel equal to others and able to stand alongside anyone without feeling inadequate. We estimate that we could support in this initial period a total of 70 – 100 people of all ages. We anticipate a greater number of women but that will be tested during roll out.
25/11/2019 £5,806 £146,515 COMMUNITY ONE STOP SHOP We are seeking funding to allow us to deliver a dedicated Black and Ethnic Minority advice provision. At the moment we offer a mainstream advice service 5 days a week, an emergency drop in and an evening out of hours surgery. After evaluating our work and reviewing our statistics we have identified that 27% of our client base is from the increasing BEM community in the Broomhouse area. At the moment due to language barriers and other cultural issues we do not feel we are meeting their needs. We are also concerned that some of the clients do not have a sound understating of the various issues they are asking for help with primarily benefits and housing issues and we are worried that they are not comprehending the advice we are giving them. Many applications for various benefits or jobs are done online - and this can be extremely challenging if English is not your first language. We could help with that. Language is such a barrier to many of these clients who many have literally just arrived in this country and need support. Signposting is important and useful but we want to be able to support these clients in their own area where they are starting to feel more comfortable so more likely to engage with us. There is currently no support for this group of residents in the local Broomhouse area and we feel we are in a strong position to be able to deliver this new service with success as being a well established, trusted local project. Delivering the service locally would also reduce travel costs for clients already affected by poverty. We would recruit a specialised advice worker with additional languages for two days per week based in our offices in Broomhouse. Part of their remit would be to recruit and mentor volunteers that can deliver the service in support of their deliver so we can offer long term support to this client group whilst we continue to seek funding. We feel that we would be in a strong position to be able to fund this project longer term once we have statistical information that evidences need that we could gather during the duration of this grant. During these two working days we could offer 10 appointments . Offering support with various non-immigration issues. These would include benefit advice, housing issues, fuel poverty, training, employability and most other ancillary services.
18/11/2019 £6,680 £60,577 THE COMMUNITY BUREAU What we want to do This project is informed by our experience working with survivors of domestic abuse and our continued contact with many which has been recently supplemented with callers to our community space and to our other activities who have spoken about their experiences. We wish to respond to the poverty and lack of confidence this group have expressed by offering a combined project offering 1) financial and budgeting workshops providing information and support in areas without CAB provision; 2) benefits advice and support and 3) confidence building workshops to equip survivors with the emotional strength and confidence to challenge decisions impacting on their lives and rebuild their lives. There are a significant number of survivors particularly in western Argyll and estimates of around 1400 do not include those who are 'hidden'. Poverty and welfare reform, they tell us, ae impacting hugely in their lives and their attempts to rebuild their lives. As one woman told us; 'this is stripping me of any last dignity. I feel I am answering questions and giving details that make me feel naked in front of staff. I am trying to prove how impossible my situation is and they are trying to prove that I am worth nothing if I don't work' Or another woman who was being sanctioned, ' I tried to explain, explain the things I just cannot face. This man just said 'well you're not living with him now so you're alright then' and then he gave me the address for the nearest foodbank 53 miles away' Experiences such as this and feedback from holding four focus groups have formed this project. We recognise that domestic abuse is not a popular issue but it is rising in parts of Argyll, and support most often ceases once someone is rehoused. Often though, that is when problems begin and we can see desperation in the faces of those we have met. We want to offer practical and emotional support that can equip survivors to face the future stronger and armed with the information and resources they need. How we will deliver this By partnering with other organisations we can identify those who would benefit and supplement our support with other resources. This partnership approach includes organisations working with young people, (Young Carers, youth centre) and also those working with victims and survivors (Rape Crisis, Argyll Therapy Rooms) and connecting and with agencies such as JobCentre to help increase staff understanding. To deliver the financial and budget support, and the benefits advice and information we have a staff member who is a WiserAdvisor, previously working with a major bank as a financial advisor. Our plan is to train volunteers over the period of the project to enable this support to continue. The confidence building is a short course and will bb delivered iby one of our staff who has experience as a STEPS accredited facilitator, a Diploma in Counselling and is also a Mindfulness Practitioner. Again, we would aim over the project period to train volunteers thus building our capacity to offer support after the project completes. The project plan is designed over a seven month period from 1st March to 30th September 2020. During that time we would deliver the following: Six volunteer training sessions 14 workshops on finance and budgeting; 14 sessions of benefit advice, 7 confidence and personal development building courses each of four days duration. We would train 6 volunteers in both the finance / benefits work and a further 5 to deliver the confidence building courses. A referral system will be established for service users within the project and thereafter. People may also self- refer. To do this we would need to increase hours for two staff members by 6 hours per week each over the project period. We would equip volunteers with 6 tablets that can be used anywhere to access information to offer the advice and support relating to finance, budgeting and benefits. This ensure in future that our volunteers can reach people without service users needing to pay for travel and that information and contact details are readily to hand. There will also be cost of materials and of travel during the project period. By building our own capacity and with our volunteers fully trained the work will have far reduced delivery costs at the end of the project and can be integrated within our work. The future shape will be refined as necessary based on evaluation, feedback and monitoring over the seven month period. Why we want to do this Women, and a limited number of men, who have suffered abuse, often fled for their lives or sanity, experienced stress, depression and anxiety are simply treated as lone parents for benefits purposes. They are expected, when their children whom they have struggled to keep with them need them most, to actively seek work and are subjected to sanctions if they fail these tests. At the lowest point in their lives we have met women who feel they are being asked to explain what has happened to them – however intimate - they feel they have to 'prove' entitlement. Little is said about this group of people – and we recognise that domestic abuse is an uncomfortable subject. However, as we have become more aware of this double suffering, we are seeking help to provide this project. Research from CPAG and IPPR already shows that welfare and benefits cuts mean lone parents are amongst the very worst off with an income estimated at 44% below the Minimum Income Standard on which to exist, and assuming no sanctions are applied. The new system according to national research states that lone parents are amongst the very worst affected losing an average of £40 per week under the new systems. This is a monumental amount for anyone on a very low income and if sanctions are applied then crisis can be almost inevitable. This is exacerbated where someone previously had received Disability Living allowance, and now has reduced payments from Personal Independence Payments. Moving, as most survivors have to to escape abuse, is a change of circumstances which affects the benefits available. Worse still, there are cases considered fit for work in what have been described as ''unreasonable ways, MS for example is a fluctuating condition what can be accomplished one day may be impossible the next. Little or no account is taken of this'' (MS Society caseworker) Amongst lone parents local research identifies a significant number who have fled domestic abuse and violence. Frequently women and most often parents they and their children have suffered deeply. To expect that quite young children can be left by a mother when they are trying to rebuild a shattered life seems inhuman, and yet it is happening. The impact of abuse leaves most without confidence or self-esteem, both children and parent, and least able to manage their household budget or to tackle the decisions being made about them. Most support ceases at the point where they can be safely rehoused, and yet that is often where the problems begin. We aim to give people the tools to sustain a new life and the skills to grow in confidence. We have heard from a number of women just how belittled, and powerless they feel, and how they fear being unable to support their children and that they may lose them. When self- esteem is at rock bottom, and people have suffered trauma they are less empowered, and less likely to be able to work or challenge decisions. Anxiety, low mood and depression often result and a cycle of helplessness created. We want to intervene as early as possible and give people the tools to rebuild and repair their lives as well as manage on a minimum income. We also want to help them avoid sanctions and to understand their entitlements. We also believe, and evidence supports that if those who engage are more confident they will be able to engage or re-engage with their communities. Often this will be a new community since having to uproot and resettle is an outcome of fleeing domestic abuse. To reach and connect with the community requires sufficient confidence to integrate. We can also assist this by signposting to local services, activities and even making introductions. These are the reasons for this blended approach of the very practical assistance, information and support combined with building the lost confidence. In this way we can make a sustainable difference to life and combat the impacts and poverty exacerbated by welfare reform and the feelings of social isolation. Who will benefit This project is targeted at lone parents who have survived domestic abuse and their children. This group are particularly poorly equipped emotionally and often physically to deal with the complex benefits system and frequently find themselves in or approaching crisis. This can extend to using foodbanks, where they exist (there are only two in Argyll, over 100 miles apart) and to losing a tenancy, plunging the small family unit into homelessness and greater insecurity. The impacts can be devasting. We understand that this a very specific target group but it is also a group where their own personal needs are high and their children are at risk of suffering huge detriment as a result of welfare reform in addition to existing issues. Beneficiaries are likely to be 90% women although men are not at all excluded. This is based on available figures within west Argyll & Bute. We would work across the western area (the area of highest levels of domestic abuse and violence and also most likely areas of resettlement in a new community). Geographically this extends from south Kintyre to Oban and Lorn in the north. We believe if we can give parents the tools to have confidence in their abilities, and their right to speak for themselves and challenge decision coupled with the financial and benefits knowledge we can achieve a very high impact on a group of people frequently overlooked.
01/11/2019 £9,950 £5,162,158 BARRHEAD HOUSING ASSOCIATION LTD Connecting Communities will be delivered by our new network of digital motivators champions working in social housing. Utilising our Digital Champions and Motivators our staff will work with individuals who are experiencing multiple disadvantages and utilise digital tools to overcome disadvantages. Through signing up to the Digital Participation Charter, BHA have committed to the 5 key pledges within this which include skilling up and supporting our staff This will be developed as a result of our attendance at the recent Digital Motivator/Champion Bootcamp and resulting training The programme will operate from 1ST Jan 2020 to 31st Dec 2020 and will aim to 1) Deliver awareness raising and digital resource use around accessing information online and developing confidence around using digital resources 2) Deliver ICT training based on identified skills gaps, needs analysis and themed around financial capability, digital skills for employment and accessing further education, learning and development opportunities. 3) Support our elderly residents to increase awareness of digital information and accessing public services through digital resources We will provide an appropriate number of laptop/tablet devices at community venues and access to internet. We will also encourage participants to use their own devices or those that they can easily access elsewhere. BHA will also recruit volunteers to support the sessions, this will support the sustainability of the programme and would encourage more service users to deliver digital skills mentoring within their own communities. Significant consultation has determine our priorities by reflecting local needs have helped us to gain support on a local basis for the projects that we may develop, this has included our Community Regeneration Strategy 2018-20, of which a Digital/Financial Inclusion has been set an Objective, including the following objective: Support our communities to develop their IT skills and become digital champions so they can assist those less confident in the use of IT within their neighbourhood; Centre for Ageing Better says 4.8 million people over the age of 55 are not online. They make up 94 per cent of all non-users of the internet and are likely to be poorer, less healthy and less well educated than their peers, the report says. By enabling people to do the things they need and want to online – the internet is an enabler of access to information, services, better deals and cheaper goods, and can help to improve wellbeing, access to social connections, financial security and health.
01/10/2019 £10,000 ROMA LIFE CIC Detailed information not yet available.
30/09/2019 £9,944 £4,418,918 CYRENIANS The project will be embedded within Cyrenians' current Learning and Work service - working with people who are far from work and/or socially isolated, through unemployment, relationship breakdown, debt, addiction, trauma, mental ill-health: A relational, psychologically informed approach, where barriers are acknowledged and addressed, informs our teaching/learning methodology. Sessions will be one to one, focused on identified needs and working at the pace of the individual. The initial session (perhaps more than one) will concentrate on: 1. Discussing why the person needs to gain digital skills, 2. Finding out what skills the person already has and what they need to gain, 3. Creating a bespoke individual plan to meet the needs of the individual. From this initial session the tutor will assess participants and develop a tailored learning programme which will be drawn from: * Keyboard/mouse skills/navigating equipment (primarily laptops/tablets but also smart phones) * Creating an online persona * Basic online browsing and searching * Using email * Completing forms * Uploading documents * Finances online * Shopping online * Using applications to communicate with friends and family (e.g. Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, etc) * Online diaries * Staying safe online * Job search skills * Job CVs and Applications * Help with DWP online activity * Use of community resources; e.g. libraries and using wifi remotely (including hotspots, Cafes, etc) The use of small group learning will be sensitively explored as it may be an appropriate next step for some people.
02/09/2019 £9,800 £1,273,175 SPACE We want to provide basic digital skills training to older people with dementia who attend the Beacon Club over a 12-month period. To do this work we would like to work with Cre8te Opportunities and utilise a trainer through them on a sessional basis, as well as purchase some iPads and our application is for funding to support this. This IT training and support will be delivered by the trainer and volunteers and will also involve the development of digital champions from within the beneficiaries and their carers. The digital champions will keep the programme going beyond the life of the funded project and will support individuals to get online, access the internet, email and other basic digital skills like shopping, banking and accessing public services including health and wellbeing. The specific outcomes would be to recruit a trainer, to establish a network of digital champions across South West Edinburgh and to provide free training and one-to-one support for 30 older people over 12 months, with the specific objectives of the programme being to provide a combination of skills, confidence and ongoing support. The benefits will be: -Address inequalities caused by move to online - health care, social care and wellbeing advances being missed by those who need them most -Access to online GP services -Access to information on health information, local wellbeing activities and clubs will improve wellbeing and have a positive effect on mental health -Access to internet support forums and reliable advice sources, thereby reducing strain on health service provision -Reduce social isolation by visits/contact with trainer and digital champions - mostly face-to-face, one-to-one, but also group where appropriate -Leave a legacy through Digital Champions to provide ongoing support - formal and informal -Support carers who are often acting as proxies through training and support -Based on individual/personal needs and interests -Make it fun -Leave individuals better equipped to deal with modern world -Support delivered at local level in familiar surroundings There is a call for growth of telecare, telehealth and online resources, but these are no help to those not able to use the technology. Our training will give users skills to be able to use and access technology by giving them confidence and practical training. With GP services moving online for prescriptions and appointments, self-management of conditions, access to test results etc we will support the older people and their carers to access these services
02/09/2019 £8,850 £479,499 THE MARIE TRUST The Marie Trust service users would really benefit from the establishment of a Digital Cafe on the premises, operating 5 days per week from 10-4 each day. This would facilitate the following: 1. Job Club availability from Remploy once per week. 2. DWP attendance to assist service users with benefits - especially Universal Credit applications - once per week. 3. Focused financial inclusion and daily budgeting support delivered by fully trained Marie Trust staff twice-weekly to service users, to specifically help those in tenancies be supported with managing their money to sustain utilities, clothing and general other household requirements to keep them off the streets for longer. 4. Afternoon availability once-weekly from dedicated The Marie Trust volunteers to empower and enable service users to access the internet for resources that helps with health advice in particular, eating well and healthily, keeping good daily hygiene and the affordability of this as tailored to that service-user's individual accommodation circumstances and budgets. 5. Daily morning training sessions provided by dedicated The Marie Trust volunteers on how to make the best use of your own digital devices, where to access wifi, and how to navigate the internet to find resources and contact information. The Marie Trust Digital Cafe will make a mammoth difference to complementing the range of services that we provide to complex needs individuals in an environment that they trust and one which will encourage their individual development onto more positive pathways, such as volunteering with us or other providers, or getting back into work, sustaining their tenancies for longer and hopefully long into the future, and with maintaining good general physical and mental health and where to go on the internet to access the best advice and resources for out-of-hours help and support with any emergencies etc. The Marie Trust Digital Cafe will create an accessible environment that caters for our complex needs service users that are aged between 16-65 on the whole to be empowered whatever their capabilities with digital technology or regardless of their current knowledge, or lack of. Our volunteers will also benefit as they will be trained via this funding with the resources and knowledge to be able to enhance their own individual development and to work more closely with service users in this new area of proposed service delivery in The Marie Trust.
01/09/2019 £9,970 £692,165 LIGHTBURN ELDERLY ASSOCIATION PROJECT We are seeking in to improve the digital skills of people in South Lanarkshire aged 50 and over. We propose to do this by holding a range of digital activities in South Lanarkshire that are easily accessible for participants, many of whom are lonely, isolated and live in urban and rural areas of significant deprivation. We will recruit a part-time Development Worker (10 hours per week) who will be responsible for establishing further digital activities in different areas of South Lanarkshire, including Avondale and East Kilbride. A key role of the Development Worker will be to recruit and train volunteers from the local communities to become Digital Champions and support participants to get online and learn digital skills. We will run activities in a range of settings, including sheltered housing complexes and community venues. We will also run activities that are not obviously digital but that will encourage people to learn digital skills. These will include a supper club using tablets to look at recipes, and art classes where we use a smartphone to take pictures of the students' work and then upload them to Facebook. The Development Worker will also network with statutory services, other third sector organisations and local community groups to ensure that opportunities are offered to as wide an audience as possible. LEAP will supply a range of digital equipment to assist in the delivery of the activities. We are currently developing social groups in various sheltered housing complexes, and these will introduce digital technology to older people gradually in a relaxed environment, focussing on their interests and using peer support to enhance the learning experience. LEAP has more than 15 years' experience of successfully delivering digital skills to older people, and aims to develop this further by training new and existing volunteers as Digital Champions. In 2018 LEAP ran Digital Champions training, through SCVO, for 10 staff and volunteers and has since set up a Digital Champions group that is keen to develop further over the coming year. We also aim to run a number of one-off sessions covering issues such as online safety, digital banking, shopping online, and how to use energy comparison sites. This would help to dispel some of the fears older people often have around using technology; however, with the added benefit of being able to empower participants to access better deals on things such as home energy and shopping.
06/08/2019 £9,630 £559,980 CARERS OF WEST LOTHIAN We want to develop a more place-based approach to supporting carers, removing barriers and therefore enabling people to identify as a carer, seek help and be involved in care planning. To do this, we will roll out our existing service in localities in West Lothian which are more remote, are more affected by poverty (SIMD rankings) or are in areas where a higher number of people from BME communities live. Currently services are offered from Livingston; through this project, staff will spend more time out of the office working in the communities of Polbeth, West Calder, Fauldhouse and Bathgate' Resources: Existing staff will lead the project with support from locally recruited volunteers with lived experience as a carer. Staff will train and support volunteers, co-ordinate all workshops and training, and will be the main point of contact with both carers and the partners we work with. Volunteers will be responsible for talking to carers about local services, introducing them to community groups, linking beneficiaries together where appropriate, through technology and facilitating or being present at groups and making them feel welcome. Volunteers will be there to offer "lived experience" support in group situations. The above staffing and volunteer costs will be met from existing funding under our IJB Contract. However to enable us to optimise staff time and effectively reach remote communities, we want to make use of technology and provide equipment for remote working. Funding will be used to purchase Smartboard technology for our Livingston Centre from which we will run training or groups, connecting virtually with groups located in the targeted communities or to individuals in their own homes. The Smartboard will remain in Livingston but enables workshops, groups and training to connect real-time to remote locations through a "room-chat" environment. Carers in different locations can then participate virtually in these sessions, being able to contribute when appropriate - being as interactive as they want. This gives us a way to reach carers both using rooms in community centres and linking in from their own homes. We will also purchase 3 laptops enabling staff to work remotely. These will be set up on the network, allowing real-time access to our server and CRM system. By working in this way, staff will be able to spend more time raising awareness, running local groups and supporting local peer volunteers in specific communities developing the profile of COWL to local volunteers, groups and beneficiaries. How we will measure impact: We will measure the impact of this project through KPIs to track carers registering in each community, demographic profile, uptake of support (type) in specific communities (both geographical and from BME communities), source of referrals, referrals we make to local partners, and how beneficiaries interact with our support (i.e. information provided and groups, workshops or training attended).
06/08/2019 £5,500 £1,273,175 SPACE We would like to redesign our website actively involving our young and adult carers – this involve carers helping to design a web brief and specification, working closely with a web designer to explore different options, beta test a new website, launch our new website and promote it to local young and adult carers. Purchase two Ipads: one would be used with the young carers service to help track and capture the benefits of the Young Carers services, to implement Young Carers Statements and will be used to produce evidence for activities such as Saltire Awards. One would be used for similar benefits for adult carers, helping them complete Adult Carers Support Plans. In order to meet the demands of the Scottish Government's Carers CENSUS we want to create an effective carers data base. Currently we use a simple excel spreadsheet which we have found is not fit for purpose in terms of capturing and reporting complex information. 17/7 - applicant confirmed a consultant would develop an excel database We would also like to purchase a dedicated laptop for our carers services that will help us improve the services we off adult and young carers.
05/08/2019 £7,000 £36,760 HANOVER (SCOTLAND) HOUSING ASSOCIATION LTD We want to trial two tablet lending library and training programmes at Sheltered Housing developments in Glasgow. We want to provide tablets to lend for up to 10 weeks. The training programme of 8 weeks will be based around developments regular coffee mornings. There will be 8 sessions, with an introduction and mop up run by Hanover staff and six sessions provided by Glasgow Clyde College. The tablets will make use of the free Wi-Fi we have installed in the Communal Lounges at the developments. This pilot aims to support our residents and their families who are not computer literate and are digitally excluded, socially isolated and feel lonely. We want to give residents the opportunity to start without the burden of purchasing an expensive device or signing up to a broadband contract. We hope that that this digital taster will encourage them to buy their own devices and to come and use them in the lounges at their developments (which have free Wi-Fi). The funding will cover: 21 Tablet devices (we have already purchased one) Screen protectors, cases and management software for the devices We have already bought a tablet that has been tested by one of our residents to check suitability and our ICT team has committed to providing basic technical support to the project. The project will also have the benefit of getting residents into their communal lounges and interacting with their neighbours. There is an opportunity to build support networks and a stronger community in each of the developments that runs alongside the training part of the project.
05/08/2019 £10,000 £125,208 THE ADVISORY GROUP Detailed information not yet available.
01/08/2019 £9,500 £9,364,754 WILLIAMSBURGH HOUSING ASSOCIATION Williamsburgh on the Web proposes to offer a 3 x2 hour weekly drop in sessions and one-to-one support. These sessions would be planned and lead by WHA's Digital Motivator and would involve both one to one and small group provision. The aim of these sessions would be to support residents and the wider community to gain basic digital skills at their own pace following an identification of need (through existing referral mechanisms), or on a drop in basis (self-referral or signposting). We will provide an appropriate number of laptop/ tablet devices at each venue and access to internet and accessible meeting space. We will also encourage participants to use their own devices or those that they can easily access elsewhere – however we will ensure that devices are appropriate to the activity being undertaken. In addition to one-to-one support, 2 of the Williamsburgh on the Web sessions would be marketed as digital employability drop ins, with the aim being to provide the basic digital skills required to be able to fulfil the claimant commitments required of jobseekers such as updating Universal Credit accounts, creating and uploading CV's and cover letters, email accounts and website jobsearch and would therefore meet the requirement of supporting working age people to increase financial capability, employment and other economic outcomes. 1 of the Williamsburgh on the Web sessions would be marketed alongside some of our group sessions that operate – this will provide them with basic digital skills such as websearch, and use of social media, and can be expanded organically in response to the desire of the participants on how digital devices can improve the groups experience.
01/08/2019 £9,560 £3,520,769 ABERDEEN FOYER Everyday Digital will enable individuals and groups who are already participating in Aberdeen Foyer services across North Aberdeenshire to further enhance their learning, personal development, self-management skills and social connectedness by developing their digital knowledge, skills and confidence. The project will achieve this employing a part time Digital Skills Coach who will work alongside existing Foyer services and enable participants to make the links between the activities they are already participating in and the ways in which these can be enhanced with digital literacy and confidence. For example: Aberdeen Foyer delivers REACH - a 12-week recovery and employability programme for adults of all ages. An essential part of this programme is learning ways to keep well and manage long term conditions that have been a barrier to employment. The Everyday Digital Skills Coach will work with programme participates to enable them to access You Tube tutorials and apps including yoga, Pilates, mindfulness, exercise etc. This will enable participants to try new things at home and at their own pace. We also deliver a Financial Inclusion Outreach Service for individuals who are isolated due to rurality and low income. This project will provide them with the knowledge and digital confidence to make price comparisons and take advantage of savings through shopping and paying bills online. They will also be upskilled to use budgeting apps. Our Prince's Trust programme works with individuals aged 16 – 25 to empower them to realise their full potential. This project will enable PTT participants to make best use of recently donated film making and editing technology to capture their personal and team journey as an effective and meaningful way of self-evaluation Many of the people we engage with across North Aberdeenshire are experiencing social isolation. Low income and poor public transport make it difficult to stay connected to friends and family. This project will offer relaxed and informal drop in sessions for Foyer participants to make effective use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc Many of the people we work with have long term mental health conditions and have experienced thoughts of suicide. The Everyday Digital Skills Coach will support both programme participants and staff to become familiar with and make best use of the ChooseLife Suicide Prevention app specific to Grampian.
01/08/2019 £9,688 £221,765 COMMUNITY LED ACTION AND SUPPORT PROJECT The Project we would like you to fund is an extension to our already established CLASP Digital Project currently funded by the Scottish Government as a pilot. The Project was established in August 2017 and continues to receive a steady flow of older people expressing a desire to gain digital skills. However with only 1 Digital Participation Officer funded via the Scottish Government supported by a team of 8 active volunteer Digital Buddies our capacity is limited in reaching many who could also benefit. We would therefore seek funding for 2 No. Sessional Digital Tutors who could deliver one to one digital sessions in 4 new outreach locations to be identified and established within North Ayrshire on a weekly basis along with weekly group sessions supported by our volunteer Digital Buddies. This would build capacity to reach more older people who are currently digitally excluded and experiencing loneliness and isolation. The additional outreach locations would be in venues that were fully accessible and on a public transport route. The digital services would be widely promoted using social media, local press, poster and leaflet distribution and via partnerships with other statutory and voluntary organisations who have been very proactive to date in making referrals for support and also via our own HOPE Project who support approx. 450 older people per year via their services. Our CLASP Digital Project uses the nationally recognised Essential Digital Skills Framework (formerly Basic Digital Skills framework) adapted to allow learner to gauge their own progression via CLASP Digital's Bronze, Silver and Gold Skills levels through which learners progress at their own pace. When the learner first engages with the Project, the Coordinator completes both an Initial Bronze Skills Sheet as a baseline skills indicator and a Digital Awareness/Aspirations form. The former tells us how much experience and knowledge the learner has of 'smart' technology and the latter focuses on what s/he wishes to learn. Through learners' responses, this record then informs the focus of support required. Regular revision of these responses indicates the progress (or otherwise) of the learner. Although CLASP Digital has access to several tablets for learners to use, they have rarely been necessary as all to date have brought their own device e.g. Android and Kindle Fire tablets, iPads, smartphones of all types and laptops.
01/08/2019 £9,427 £571,901 LEAD SCOTLAND This project is a partnership between Lead Scotland who understand the barriers to learning essential digital skills experienced by disabled people and carers and the Open University (OU) who will host an accessible online Lead Scotland course on their OpenLearn Create platform. We will widen access to learning and reduce isolation by connecting disabled people with each other and with opportunities to learn and progress. We will bring together and support disabled people to learn essential digital skills whilst they co-produce an online learning resource which will become hosted on the OU platform. The project will engage 70 disabled people during the development and trialling phase and 150 learners per year for a further 2 years. These 70 people consist of: 5 participants as the core group leading the project supported by a paid staff member working discretely on this project. A further 15 disabled people shaping the content/course design, a further 50 from across Scotland, trialling learning resources, simulating the online experience. As well as the legacy of 150 Lead learners per year undertaking the course one to one and in small groups we will actively encourage partners to support their clients through the programme. Lead Scotland will loan devices if people don't have access to their own from our pool of equipment. Not only will participants build knowledge, develop understanding and motivation, improve their confidence and skills along the way, but they can claim involvement on their CV from this course becoming hosted on the OU OpenLearn Create platform as an active legacy from this work. The course will be accessible to learners throughout Scotland, beyond the 370 Lead learners identified above. Course outcomes will be decided by the group and course production will be facilitated by a Lead Scotland staff member and volunteers, with guidance and technical support from the OU. Outcomes are likely to cover cyber security, free accessibility options to learn how to personalise your device. The course will have video content and mixed methods of assessment so that people can check their understanding and gain a digital badge. This course will be for disabled people, written by disabled people, which will stand it apart from other basic digital skills courses. This project widens access to learners who stand to gain from signing up to other free courses, once they have the initial knowledge, digital skills, confidence and trust to go online and connect.
01/08/2019 £9,989 £140,112 THE LGS COMMUNITY TRUST Who we will support: We will be supporting young people aged 18-25 years old and individuals claiming jobseekers' allowance who lack the essential digital skills such as, communicating online (emails), using online tools and systems (outlook, Microsoft office), storing and handling data which complies with IT policies (GDPR) and identifying and reporting suspicious behaviours online. This can negatively affect an individual being successful at gaining employment. Delivery: Sparks will be delivered to two different groups of people in two different weekly sessions, ensuring we are engaging as many people as possible. Both groups will consist of 18 people each, and sessions will be delivered for 90 minutes. We will deliver four topics in total, each topic will last two weeks (eight-week project total). We will deliver Sparks six times throughout the year, maximising our reach with the hope of engaging over 200 people within Dumfries and Galloway. Sparks will include the following activities: - Communicating – how to use social media platforms safely, how to use online tools, systems and apps such as outlook, Gmail and Skype. How to link laptops to the TV and use it for video conferencing or Facetime. - Handling information and content – how to save information and find it again on another device, how to share, store and handle sensitive information, how to upload files from other devices on to laptops or computers (Go Pro and mobiles). - Problem Solving – using the internet to find solutions to problems using digital tools and online services. - Transacting – applying for services, buying and selling online and managing transactions – being able to use online banking. We will also be updating IT equipment in Lochvale House, which will include purchasing three new computers, six tablets, six laptops, two Go Pros, and TV and a walkie talkie set. All this will be used within Spark. Through Sparks we will be offering five passionate and determined individuals the chance to volunteer at Lochvale House for six months, in the hope they gain valuable skills and experiences that are transferable into their future employment opportunities. Sparks will be delivered by experienced two staff members at Lochvale House, who will report to our project manager.
01/08/2019 £9,891 £1,150,123 ROSEMOUNT LIFELONG LEARNING We have been delivering IT support to local people for many years from our IT suite, however this project takes a fresh approach by embedding digital skills within other activities such as the Young Parents Café stork, our International Café for local families, Sewing groups, Womens Recovery group and other existing and new group settings within the community. This project is a new way of delivering digital upskilling at Rosemount & although our focus will be on existing groups, we will not restrict this project to Rosemount LL projects alone, we will seek other established community groups where we can offer Digital upskilling support to local adults within families. We recognise the value of participant input and will ensure this project is user led in its approach. This project will create a digital resource library including tablets and laptops to encourage participants to develop their learning and be able to access job searching and communication activities at times that suit them. Often parents/grandparents/carers are constrained by lack of childcare to allow them the time to develop their skills or apply for jobs online. By allowing them to take home the resource we are extending its benefit. We will also provide information about local outreach facilities with free wifi including our own Learning and Event space. We recognise that one to one support is often the best route for those who lack digital confidence, but we also know that peer support and introducing digital skills within areas of personal interest can also encourage adults within families to get motivated to increase their digital skills. The Family Digital Support worker will attend different group activities and use the individual members of the groups and the groups interest to encourage relevant digital skills development, for example they may go into the sewing group and help them to use digital tools to find patterns, tips on how to do tasks, low cost materials etc. using their interests to encourage digital upskilling. They may then go on to one to one support using tablets or laptops to encourage them to make better use of IT for economic benefit , or progress onto taking part in group digital access in our IT suite. We will introduce parents to cyber safety - helping them keep themselves & their children safe online. The primary focus of the project is to improve family incomes through employment & financial capability.
01/08/2019 £9,996 £496,655 WEST OF SCOTLAND REGIONAL EQUALITY COUNCIL From our experience of running a number of inclusion projects, we are aware that there is still a need for minority ethnic communities to be capacity build to reduce poverty, access mainstream services, lead healthier lives and be socially integrated. There are a number of publications such as the Scottish Governments Race Equality Framework 2016-30 that highlights the ongoing barriers, such as language, cultural identity, lack of knowledge and inequalities that continue to marginalise communities from specific ages and or backgrounds. This includes the need for additional engagement for areas such as community safety and cohesion, employment and education, participation and health and home. Other studies such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have highlighted that poverty and ethnicity often go hand in hand and women are more likely to be isolated and socially inactive. We also have first-hand experience of the extent of barriers that these communities face in accessing online information due to a lack of digital skills. We will deliver a 1 year project 'reducing isolation' with an added benefit of increasing 'economic prospects' supporting South Asian, Middle Eastern and African communities with further engagement to reach women and people over 40. The project will focus on building capacity through coaching and training people to become digitally included in a number of areas including employment, welfare and overall health and wellbeing. To reduce linguistic barriers, we will employ staff and volunteers from diverse communities to provide language support and utilise some of our tried and tested materials for training workshops and one to ones. Our main delivery will therefore be focused on * Weekly drop in surgeries to our IT suite that will support individuals on adhoc requests such as completing applications, CV building, job search, welfare forms and becoming active on social media. We will use our computers, tablets and phones for these activities. We will finish the drop-in with a 15-30 min social activity. * One-to-one in depth support for in need for further capacity building on how to use modern day technology. This will include setting up e-mails, creating social media pages, looking for specific information relating to interest and downloading apps that support health and well-being. * Quarterly Media and Digital skills workshops We will have tools in place such as the Essential Digital Skills Audit, Personal Development Plans, Journals to track changes and case studies to record the impact of our activities.
01/08/2019 £10,000 £207,461 FORRES AREA COMMUNITY TRUST Detailed information not yet available.
01/08/2019 £9,907 £367,892 WHALE ARTS WHALE Arts' "Wester Hailes Digital Skills Development" project would see our Digital and Communities Lead run two-hour drop-in sessions three times a week focusing on teaching basic digital skills to those who feel they need it. The sessions will use the Digital Sentinel, Wester Hailes' local news website, to show how any skills learned can be used in a practical real life way to improve economic prospects. The topics covered in these sessions would be raised by participants, allowing them to learn at their own pace and focus on topics they have an interest in. As topics covered are raised by participants, we cannot say for sure what topics will be covered. Past experience though has suggested it could include: Word processing skills to write an article, photography to promote an event, internet use to look up local events, activities or job offers. Completing online job searching application: creating accounts with popular job search sites, writing CVs, creating an email address, how to send CVs using smartphones Completing online benefit applications, help entering the necessary data, creating accounts, completing work Journals. Assistance with new technology and devices, help setting up new smart phones, explaining the difference between wifi and mobile internet. The regularity of the sessions will allow as many people as possible to fit them into their schedule, allow participants to build relationships with staff, support them to feel comfortable and encourage them to give the time required to practice and develop the skills to a level where they feel able to proceed alone. This is something that previous participants have told us they prefer to other courses where they feel bombarded with information and forget some of the things they learned soon after the course. The drop-in nature of the sessions allows people to stay for as long as they are comfortable and removes the pressure caused by more formal classroom conditions. We will provide Desktops and iPads for participants to use during the drop ins but whenever able will encourage participants to bring their own devices so they can practice with the technology they will likely have access to at home. Moreover, to ensure people can continue to use the skills they have learned at home the sessions will not only show regularly used software (such as the Microsoft suite of Office tools) but will also inform participants of free or low cost alternative software available.
01/08/2019 £9,358 ALIVE & KICKING PROJECT Detailed information not yet available.
01/08/2019 £9,880 PEEBLES CAN Detailed information not yet available.
30/07/2019 £10,000 £320,747 CARERS OF WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE LIMITED The grant will help us to upgrade our IT system, a review has identified a challenge in that our server is several years old and some of our PC's are developing problems. We have identified a need to put in place more efficient server hardware and PCs– allowing us to improve efficiency and ensure that the new data management system which we installed early in 2019 can be used to maximum effect. We would like the funding for the following: 1 x Fujitsu Primergy TX1330 M4 1 x APC Smart UPS 1500va 9 x Fujitsu Esprimo D538 desktop PCs 1 x Fujitsu Esprimo D538 desktop PC (for the backup process) Including installation & configuration. This includes backing up our existing email and migrating it over to Office 365, set up the users and any distribution lists/shared mailboxes required. Storeage Craft Recovery Ability will also be installed. This is a suite of software to protect our system more securely.
30/07/2019 £7,350 £2,215,897 PERTH & KINROSS ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTARY SERVICE We would like to work in partnership with Lead Scotland. They are a voluntary organisation which is set up to empower disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland to access learning opportunities. We would like to work with them around raising awareness of the Jointly APP created by Carers UK. Jointly APP is an innovative mobile and online app that is designed by carers for carers. Jointly makes caring easier, less stressful and more organised by making communicationand coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message. PKAVS would like to work in partnership with Lead Scotland in training up our staff and volunteers who have direct access with carers on how to set up and use the Jointly app. We would then like to work with Lead Scotland on delivering group sessions for carers as well as the option for Lead Scotland staff to accompany PKAVS support workers to carers homes so they can be shown how to set up the app. These home visits may be particularly beneficial due to the geography of Perth & Kinross meaning that it isn't always possible for carers to be able to travel to a central point for these opportunities. Ideally we would like Lead to deliver 3 two hour sessions in August to PKAVS staff and volunteers on this Jointly app. Depending on numbers attending that Lead would think manageable we may also be able to extend an invite out to staff from other third sector carer related organisations for them to attend these training sessions too. We would then like to look to set up 2 training sessions each month (2 hours each) for groups of carers to attend. These would be delivered throughout Perth & Kinross and not just in Perth City. We would also like to retain some of this time though just in case there was the need to do some home visits to carers (especially those living in very rural locations who cant easily access transport). We have allocated a budget for 30 one to one visits during the 6 months from October to March (this would give us the time needed from receiving the funding to promoting then setting up these groups). The only other thing we would like funded is 3 tablets. Not all carers will have access to their own device to see the app. What we'd like to do is have some available to take on home visits and possibly leave with the carer for a spell to see if the app helps. If this was the case we could then put in an application to our Time4Me respite fund for carers so we wouldn't just take the tablet back but could instead award up to £250 to the carer to purchase one of their own if they had found having this available to them really beneficial.
29/07/2019 £10,000 £1,284,367 RENFREWSHIRE CARERS CENTRE We were part of a consortium bid last year to purchase a new management information system, office 365 , txt messages etc which has made a real impact on the centre and being able to deliver and report on outcomes for carers. Having got the new system it has highlighted other areas of need including: Training on office 365: we currently feel staff are not making best use of the system which training will assist with and enable them to have more time for direct carer services as they will manage their workload better. Database update: We would like to commission work to enable us to streamline some of the database processes e.g. need to input information for census twice which is time consuming, printing of ACSP in suitable format Tablets/mobile phones: With the new system in place being cloud based we now have the facility to carry out adult carers support plans in the carers house rather than writing plans then transferring to computer but don't have the equipment to carry this out therefore the purchase equipment to make this possible Update equipment: As part of cyber essential work being carried out by our IT provider they have identified that our software packages for our computers and server need to be updated to ensure the operate adequately Development of App for Adult Carers Self Assessment: The Young Carers Statement have been very successfully developed through an APP. The development of an App for Adult Carers to complete a self assessment on line will make it more accessible for carer to complete on their own- highlighting the need they have identified. Txt messages: the txt messaging system has been invaluable to carers and the centre to communicate support events for carers and would like to expand this
29/07/2019 £32,323 £3,192,116 GLASGOW ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH We would like to use the fund for the implementation and procurement of an online software solution to be used by the Glasgow City Carers Partnership (GCCP) in a city wide database/caseload management system. This software solution would be used by all of the third sector partners and care services for carers and would be accessible by 60 concurrent users. This fund would enable the GCCP to complete the final stages of procurement which involves some further consultation between the third sector GCIS steering group. After software demonstrations from both suppliers and evaluation and testing of both systems the next stage is the design, build, test and deployment phase. The Partnership has been through a detailed process with milestones to reach at each stage of this process. Extensive work and collaboration has been carried out with the help of all of GCIS steering group partners 15.1.19 – Workshop with steering group facilitated by Storm ID a) Identify internal and external user groups b) Capture their goals, motivations and frustrations c) Identify and map out the existing business processes d) identify and understand user experiences of current processes 22.1.19 – Second workshop with steering group was facilitated by Storm ID a) Identify user requirements for a new system b) writing user stories to reflect these requirements c) Prioritising user stories 7.2.19 – Project Manager prepared an evaluation process document along with a Software Requirement specification for the steering group to use for the selection process for the new case management and reporting system 11.2.19 – Project Manager created and submitted a proposal to the GCCP steering group to carry out an options appraisal for the (GCIS) Glasgow Carers Information System 25.4.19 – Storm ID Consultancy completed the Options appraisal exercise and this was circulated between the GCCP partnership and GCIS steering group for discussion. 28.5.19 – Discussion and sign off for options appraisal report with the next stage agreed to meet the two shortlisted suppliers for demonstration. Introduction to partners and volunteered to take on the responsibility from Volunteer Glasgow. At present the GCCP partners do not have a centrally standardised and efficient system for managing cases, monitoring and reporting. They use collections of databases, excel docs, word docs and paper processes to try and manage this currently. This is labour intensive and inefficient and can be complex for staff to use and errors and corruption can occur. This fragmented approach places a strain on the current services with burdening office administration and limits the reporting capabilities and the time that can be spent directly with carers. The procurement and deployment of this new online system will have a large impact on the carers support service and will enable the staff to work more effectively and efficiently. This will increase the service capacity and allow more time to be spent working directly with carers. SEE ATTACHED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
29/07/2019 £10,896 £344,885 NORTH ARGYLL CARERS CENTRE LIMITED We would like to apply for funding for organisational development enabling our team of staff and volunteers to increase their skills and have the opportunity to reflect on work practice in relation to our work with carers. The training is a blend of -Team development where we can explore how we can work as part of a high performing team and how to deal with change positively: impact of the Carers (Scotland) Act on our work practice and how each and every one of us fits into the picture of carer support locally. Training to include • Feel more united and connected as a team • Work even more effectively together as a team with common objectives and a shared vision • Identify what it takes to create healthy and engaging relationships within a team • Explore team dynamics and how to lead and get the best from teams • Understand difference and how to value and celebrate it within a team • Feel more able to have open, honest and crucial conversations with each other • Learn how to deal with change in the organisation/team Practical communication skills for carer support, particularly around Adult Carer Support Planning, Young Carers Statements, Carer Support including insight into communication styles, preferred styles and how and when we can adapt for most impact: • Develop key communication skills including listening, questioning and offering feedback working to an outcomes model for carers • Learn about different communication styles, personal preference and how to adapt to get the best from yourself and others • Learn about Transactional Analysis and how this approach can help have appropriate, adult-to-adult dialogue and relationships with our peers • Learn how to manage courageous conversations -Report Writing for Carer Support Workers • Apply learning to everyday work with carers (6 days over 4 months ( 3x 2 day training courses) with staff keeping diary logs throughout the period for active learning sets during training) Practical Skills for Bereavement Support - A one day workshop for our staff in their roles as we encountering bereaved carers. It aims to help us best to support those individuals and families with whom we have on-going relationships, how to continue those successful relationships after bereavement has occurred, and how to sensitively work with the common 'need to do' after the death of someone close. It will also develop staff and volunteer skills in understanding the boundaries of their roles and when and how to empathetically signpost individuals for further support. (1 day workshop) Practical Skills for Young Carers Workers -two day training is to raise participant's knowledge and confidence in intervening effectively with Children and Young People in emotional distress. (2 day training course and 2 x half day group supervisions following training to reflect on actual practice = 4 days in total) 1 day Benefits awareness workshop for all front-line staff
29/07/2019 £10,000 £861,266 VOLUNTARY ACTION SHETLAND We are looking to get carers more involved in the planning of services, specifically short breaks. We have had difficulty in the past in getting the carers engaged but at the moment, one of the council local services has been engaging with their carers about the respite service that they are offered. This group are interested in working with us and we would like to bring them together but expand the group to cover those that aren't within the current scope for the local authority review, for example including carers of people who are in children's services, as these will be future users and also those caring for adults who do not have a learning disability. Within the local authority review they have looked at some options but we would like them to go further, to do this we need to inspire carers to look at ways of doing tings differently, much of the current project has worked on making changes to the staff attitudes. From some of the information already gathered there are ideas that the service will be able to change but the project is very much local authority led. We hope that by opening up the group to a wider group of carers and us being able to contribute by using our budget to explore other options we will truly be able to offer carers choice in how they receive their shortbreak. Some of these ideas will need to be tried and tested by carers before other people will be willing to put them into practice. For example this may involve bringing up speakers to give new ideas for example some of the campaigns that are being run South such as "Stay up Late", "Shared Lives" or "Gig Buddies" We would like to create a few opportunities for carers to come together where we will facilitate how things can be done differently to give people new ideas for different ways of achieving their short break. We would develop a short action plan from this which would have money available to overcome hurdles that may be put up by the local authority. We will need to work closely with the local authority to make any changes but we have already identified that some staff are open to doing things differently so we will involve these people at all stages to ensure we are working from within too. We will measure the change by providing case studies of where a new idea has been tested to show how things can be done differently. We will organise an end event to promote to all carers "Real life changes in their community in achieving a shortbreak" and also put them on our website. We hope the impact will be more choice for carers and that to achieve a shortbreak it does not have to be in the traditional way that has always been offered. The process will be to inspire the carers of how things can be done differently, follow some sort of support planning to help them come up with the ideas that would suit their personal circumstances and then test the change. So this should work that we would look for 2-3 people to come up and speak, examples of this may be Shared Lives, Gig Buddies, Stay up Late, Altogether Travel – these give people ideas about how things could be different for a shortbreak. We then work with a trainer / organisation to do support planning with families We then give each of the families a budget of up to £600 to try something that hasn’t been done before. The process will be to inspire the carers of how things can be done differently, follow some sort of support planning to help them come up with the ideas that would suit their personal circumstances and then test the change. So this should work that we would look for 2-3 people to come up and speak, examples of this may be Shared Lives, Gig Buddies, Stay up Late, Altogether Travel – these give people ideas about how things could be different for a shortbreak. We then work with a trainer / organisation to do support planning with families We then give each of the families a budget of up to £600 to try something that hasn’t been done before.
29/07/2019 £5,557 £463,083 FIFE CARERS CENTRE We are asking for funding to purchase 7 laptops to enable our service to me more flexible and efficient in delivering tailored support to individual carers. Our service covers a wide geographical area and laptops for individual workers to be able to complete work such as form filling, letter writing and also to be able to undertake admin work whilst out in the field would enhance our service delivery. These laptops will also be networked to staff files and our client database, funded through previous CATS fund applications.
29/07/2019 £5,018 £367,262 INVERCLYDE CARERS CENTRE We want to purchase, install and train our staff to use video conferencing equipment. We envisage this having multiple uses and benefits including engaging with Carers who are not able to visit the centre or locations we operate in, through 1-1's with staff or volunteers, or group activities. This will help reduce isolation, better inform and increase digital skills of Carers. We will measure this increase in the number of Carers using technology to engage with the centre. This will help reduce isolation, better inform and increase digital skills of Carers. We will also show "Alex's Experience" a skit, performed by our Carers Drama Group, about a local Carers experience of Adult Carer Support Planning and other informative films. This will help raise Carer Awareness of the benefits of ACSP and support. It will also improve the efficiency and quality of Carer Awareness training which we provide for up to 150 professionals coming in contact with Carers, helping them understand the benefits of identifying and supporting Carers. Some Professionals do not know of the centre and those that do may not have had any direct contact with the centre. Finally, we will use this as a tool for evaluation and engagement with Carers, to share Carer experiences with their peers, professionalism and capture feedback from Carers in a less formal format. We will measure the impact this investment has on staff by staff self assessment of skills, knowledge and experience before and after training.
29/07/2019 £7,000 £1,347,070 VOCAL (VOICE OF CARERS ACROSS LOTHIAN) New methods of carer engagement using video based digital resources to: • Improve self-identification early in the caring role, providing access preventative support • Express complex information/concepts, increasing awareness of the Carers Act and Self Directed Support for carers • Offer more choice, options and flexibility for accessing support • Diversify methods used to capture impact, providing opportunity to capture non-verbal or non-written impact • Enhance existing training programme with new delivery methods This will include newly developed material, alongside use of existing hardware and video, with the following activity planned: • Produce a carer identification video and distribute through social media, GP practices and training sessions. Carer identification is a well documented challenge, particularly for new carers who often wait until crisis before seeking support. This resource will support early access to preventative support. VOCAL's Communication Officer with support from carer support staff will edit existing carer digital stories to produce a short and engaging film aimed at carer identification. Impact: Increased number of new carers access VOCAL, earlier in caring role. VOCAL captures data on how carers heard about us, and when they started caring and will use this data to measure impact. Additional measurements will include social media engagement and views, and carer feedback. • Produce four videos tailored to capture practice in Midlothian and Edinburgh on Adult Carer Support Plans/Carers Act and Self Directed Support for carers. Both topics are potentially complex concepts for carers, and the videos are opportunities to present information in short, visually accessible formats without the need to read lots of information, recognising that both time and literacy will be barriers for carers accessing this information. VOCAL will recruit an external agency to support the storyboard, filming and production of these videos. Impact: Carers are more aware of the choices and options available. In addition to capturing feedback through regular reviews with carers, carers will have opportunities to comment online and via training on the effectiveness of the videos. • Use existing hardware and video software and testing impact (with 40+ carers) of: o video calls and video information messages (as opposed to voice or SMS) o video recording of outcomes or activity/impact that does not lend itself to words or text. This would take place during ongoing support plan reviews with the carer. o webinars enhancing the content and delivery of VOCAL's existing training programme. Time, transport, rural locations and availability during working hours are all barriers for carers accessing support. Undertaking these small tests of change will enable VOCAL to build staff digital confidence in using new channels of communication; prioritise the most effective video options and enhance the options currently available to carers.
29/07/2019 £4,948 £367,262 INVERCLYDE CARERS CENTRE We want to provide additional Salesforce and Microsoft 365 training for our team of staff and volunteers. Initial training was provided to the staff team shortly after moving to cloud based computing last year however since then staff members have left, new staff have joined us and key administrative staff have returned from maternity leave. As a small organisation with limited IT support this has meant that much of skills and knowledge we were building was lost along with part of the support mechanism which we had created. We recognise that we have varying levels of confidence across the team and that some need more support than others to ensure they can work in an efficient manner and be confident using Microsoft 365 and that others are confident supporting them to do this. For that reason we wish to bring in a local organisation Software Training Scotland to provide staff, on-site at Inverclyde Carers Centre with Microsoft 365 training to all our staff. Analysis of Individual Training Needs/Training Plan: Producing a detailed analysis of each member of staff's requirements and producing an individual training plan to achieve a set of mutually agreed, individual learning outcomes. Group Learning Sessions: Providing group learning sessions in Microsoft 365 where content is applicable to all staff. Individual Learning Sessions: Providing individual learning support in Microsoft 365 where content is specific to the individual. We believe that by observing our staff in their working environment, trainers will be better placed to address issues faced and identify solutions using the available apps, this will lead to a more tailored learning plan and better outcomes. The impact will be our staff are more confident using technology to support carers and record work. Thus reducing the amount of time and effort required to evidence support provided and communicate better with Carers. We will measure success by comparing skills, knowledge and understanding of staff at the beginning and end of learning.
29/07/2019 £2,840 £460,265 DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY CARERS CENTRE This application is for funding to enable a 4 day course to be provided to staff to aid staff development, build staff resilience and further develop emotional intelligence. Carers Centre staff endeavour to provide a service based on our core values, see above: Over the last few years the service has become increasingly busy with increasing numbers of Carers. Last year support was provided to over 1400 individual Carers and Young Carers with 725 of these being new to the service. In turn the complexity of the cases that staff are dealing with has increased and this puts added pressure on the staff. In preparation of for the Carers Act implementation prior to April 2018 all staff have completed Good Conversations training and more recently training on Psychological Approaches to providing One to One Support. The organisation would like to invest in the staff skills and competencies by providing a 4 day course over a 6-9 month period to assist staff to further develop skills for managing the stresses and anxieties of working life as well as techniques for developing resilience and managing healthy relationships. The course will also be supportive to the Carers that are employed with us and those that will become Carers in the future while employed with the service. The course outline is below: Day 1: Awareness & Automatic Pilot and Living in our Heads • Recognising the tendency to be on automatic pilot and getting lost in rumination • Noticing the chatter of the mind and how the chatter tends to control our reactions to service users, colleagues and workplace events/situations Day 2: Gathering the Scattered Mind & Recognising Aversion • Becoming familiar with behaviour of the Mind working away in the background to complete unfinished work tasks and striving for work based future goals • Developing the skill of 'coming back' to the task in hand by seeing more clearly what 'takes us away', distracts us • Recognising when we try to cling to jobs and avoid other jobs Day 3: Allowing and Letting Be & Thoughts are not Facts • Relating differently to experiences by bringing a sense of allowing and letting be, without judging or trying to make it different • Bringing an attitude of acceptance which is a major part of taking care of oneself • Realising that our thoughts are just thoughts and that the same pattern of thought recur again and again Learning to stand back from our thoughts and see them as passing states of mind, negative thinking as distorted products of those mind states and reducing stress. Day 4: How can I best take care of myself and Maintaining and Extending New Learning • Using skilful action to take care of ourselves in the face of stress and anxiety. • Learning how to respond more promptly and effectively to stress/anxiety (both in the workplace and home) by learning to recognise our personal pattern of warning signs • Maintaining a balance in work and life • Preparing for the future "what do I do when I notice early warning signs?"
29/07/2019 £6,410 £1,580,904 DUNDEE CARERS CENTRE Development of a series of e-learning modules, for carers and workforce members, that outline carer's rights and the support options available in Dundee on the Carers of Dundee platform. Along with the modules, we will develop an interactive events calendar and learning portal on the partnership platform that enables Partnership and community organisations to upload their own events and resources pertinent to carers and the workforce that support them. This will require resources during setup, but once running will increase efficiency and communication between partners and will streamline the experience for carers looking for information and support. All resources being available directly or linked in to one central place online will make the process easier for carers who are often time limited due to their caring role and may not have time to search for all they information they require. This expansion of the existing Carers of Dundee website will provide a new method of carer engagement using digital technology as a tool for carer and workforce skills development. We have found that the flexibility offered by online learning suits carers who are often time poor, unable to travel to face to face training sessions, or may need to change plans at the last minute. We also know that flexible learning suits the needs of a diverse, busy workforce. The portal will ensure the site is up to date, dynamic and intuitive, enabling carers to find the information they need, when they need it. Over the past year, we have delivered an increasing amount of face to face training which carers, staff and volunteers have participated in together. The feedback from this has been positive, breaking down the barriers between paid workers and carers, enabling carers to feel valued and respected as equal partners in care, and providing the paid workforce with valuable insight and information. This proposal will enable us to bring that partnership approach into the digital sphere, making training and information sharing more accessible to busy carers and workers than face to face interventions. The modules will accessible as a full course to be worked through, or as 'bite size' chunks for people to dip into and find exactly what they need, when they need it. Testing of modules will take place throughout. SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT FOR FULLER INFO ON CONTENT
29/07/2019 £8,943 £45,714,000 QUARRIERS To enable FWWs to provide the most appropriate support for Adult Carers and Young Carers, developing enhanced assessment and interview skills is essential, and contributes to identification of individual carer outcomes through the ACSP and YCS process. We are seeking funding to increase capacity within the staff teams across Aberdeenshire and Moray in relation to: • understanding and creatively supporting identification, recording and achievement of personal outcomes • having appropriate knowledge of a range of assessment and interview techniques to support carers to understand and acknowledge the challenges they face and the steps possible to overcoming them • having the practical skills to motivate, encourage and empower carers to take ownership and make progress The training will enable staff to; • more effectively support those carers who don't recognise their caring role or its impact on them to explore their circumstances and identify areas where change and improvement could be made • support carers to complete more detailed and focused ACSPs and YCS, leading to improved outcomes recording and monitoring and increased engagement from carers in the process • tailor their approach to individual carers more effectively, through more accurate identification of key issues and areas of concern • more appropriately support and encourage those carers who are unable to see what control and choice they have over their situation, by enabling incremental change through outcomes-based support programme planning Training will include 'Carers Outcomes Star', 'Motivational Interviewing' (MI) and 'Intermediate Motivational Interviewing' (IMI). The training will be provided by Triangle Consulting and the Scottish Drugs Forum and will mainly take place at two locations, in the service offices in Elgin (Moray) and Inverurie (Aberdeenshire). This will allow easy access to training for staff and volunteers in both local authority areas whilst keeping travel costs and staff rota disruption to a minimum. The 'Carer Outcome Star' training will take place over 1 day for 15 FWW in the Elgin office. The 'Motivational Interviewing' training will take place at over two days in Quarriers Elgin (Moray) office for up to 20 FWW and over 2 days for up to 18 FWW in our Inverurie (Aberdeenshire) office. The 'Intermediate Motivational Interview' Training is a 3-day course and will take place in our Inverurie office for 6 senior staff. We have included costs for lunches and refreshments at all the training. Accommodation and travel costs for 3 staff attending the Intermediate Motivational Interviewing over 3 days have been included in the budget.2. Training Evaluation; All FWW and Senior Staff training in Motivational Interviewing, Intermediate Motivational Interviewing and Outcome Star training will initially be evaluated from Training feedback forms which will be administered immediately after the training has taken place. At Quarriers staff supervision reviews take place every 6 weeks. Once staff have been able to use their learned knowledge and skills, this will be evidenced on their training evaluation report. The impact on carers will be measured to via ACSP/YCS completion in terms of improved recording of outcomes. That also forms part of regular staff supervision and caseload monitoring.
29/07/2019 £9,888 £1,514,000 UNITY We are seeking funding to provide staff with arrange of training that will increase their skill, knowledge and confidence to undertake this work and to produce high quality, outcome focused plans/statements which accurately reflect the carers needs and how these can be best met. Each Centre has held staff meetings to discuss with staff about what training they would benefit from and we have contacted several training organisations, we also sought the advice of colleagues within the HSCP about the training and training providers that would be most relevant and of the highest quality. From this activity we have identified In Control Scotland as a suitable training provide and would like to work with them to deliver the following 1 day sessions • Understanding self-directed support • Getting to grips with support planning • Support planning • Embedding a personal outcomes approach in practice • That's Life – person centred approaches to risk • Recap and Review session These sessions are relevant to all 3 centres. Individually each Centre's staff teams are quite small and the respective managers think it would be beneficial to undertake the training with peers from other Centres as this would facilitate greater discussion, sharing of practice and encourage network and peer support. The above training is very relevant to the specific duty of adult carer support plans and young carer statements but will also influence the practice of how our staff support carers on a day to day basis. During the staff consultation, they also identified training and support in relation to hosting meetings, information events and support groups. For this reason we would also like to incorporate a session called Crafted Meetings by Tic Toc training. This training provider has recently worked with Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre and evaluated extremely positively. Finally in addition to the above training we have identified the need to improve the staffs ability and confidence in using information technology. All 3 Centres were part of a consortium application to the first round of CATS funding and were awarded funding for a new management information system. This new system can be accessed from out with the office and this has required the Centres to change their IT operating systems to Microsoft Office 365 and our staff need support to make the most out of this system. Again we have identified a training course delivered by Tic Toc training called, "Time management and putting outlook to work." Some of the stated outcomes of this training include • Full utilisation and value from Office 365 • Less pressure and stress – develop 'e-resilience' • More in control of daily tasks and projects • Handle interruptions better • Distinguish being 'busy' from being 'productive' • More reliable – less procrastination • Less time spent dealing with emails • Time saved due to better prioritisation/focus • Better 'work life balance' • Better team working • More efficient processes After every training session we would ask all staff who attended to complete a training evaluation form. We would then gather the information and discuss with staff. We would have follow up sessions at the 3 month & 6 month stage. Again, fully involving staff and management. We would also discuss with staff at team meetings and at each staff members supervision sessions. We would also have a team catch up specifically to discuss the training and the impact it was having. This would all be documented and assessed by management. We would speak to carers after the training and ask them if the service has improved since staff received this training. We have centre evaluation forms and we would have questions around the training added to it. Carers could then directly let us know the impact of the training after staff have attended.
29/07/2019 £6,305 £446,407 CARERS OF EAST LOTHIAN We are applying to Strand 2 to support 2 separate (but important) aspects of organisational development. Firstly we want to invest in the skills of our team of CoEL's Carer Support Team by funding staff to participate in Seasons for Growth adult programme companion training (our 2 staff members who work with parent carers would also participate in the parent programme "add on" training). The Seasons for Growth programme aims to build resilience and bring hope and confidence to adults who have experienced significant change or loss in their lives - as is often the case for unpaid carers while the cope with huge changes in relationships and in their lives, loss of companionship and aspirations for the future, and often ultimately death and bereavement. Secondly, we are applying for training / consultancy to enhance both CoEL's and other Carers Centres use of the Charitylog Client Record Management system. CoEL was the first Carers Centre in Scotland to adopt Charitylog and we have been using it since early 2016. It is well embedded in our day to day operations and we have shared our experiences of using the system with a number of other Centres. However, we are conscious that our usage of the system has remained largely static. We have not been able to take full advantage of system enhancements nor were we aware before preparing for this CATS3 application of the bespoke developments brought in by Dizions (the company who created and maintain Charitylog) to support the Scottish Carers Centres who recently adopted the Charitylog through the first round of CATS funding. We are therefore applying for 2 days training and consultancy from Dizions to work directly with CoEL to support and enhance our usage of the system and take fuller advantage of system enhancements to date. Furthermore, CoEL has lead discussions with the several Carers Centres in Scotland who are now using Charitylog, about the setting up of a Scottish Charitylog user forum where all centres can learn from each others' experiences. Although all centres are at different points in their adoption and familiarity with Charitylog, there is a strong appetite amongst us all to take this forward as we all see this as becoming a self-sustaining and very cost effective way of getting best value from Charitylog and to help ensure that all centres can maintain this over time. This approach is very much supported by Dizions. CoEL is therefore applying on behalf of all the centres who would be involved in the user forum for 2 additional days consultancy and support from Dizions to act as a catalyst for, and to support the setting up of, the user forum.
29/07/2019 £4,890 £446,407 CARERS OF EAST LOTHIAN We are applying to Strand 1 to pilot an innovative project setting up and facilitating carer knowledge exchange forums and connecting them with East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership's Strategic Change Board Reference Groups to enable much greater partnerships between both groups in the strategic planning and development of services. Central to this project will be promoting and embedding the use of agile, social collaboration technology - in particular Slack (see as the key tool to enable this. CoEL is a member of these reference groups and, following our participation in SCVO's CATS funded digital accelerator course, we proposed to them the adoption of Slack as a much better tool to promote engagement and collaboration on the policy and planning issues the reference groups are working on. This was positively received but at a time of competing demands no action has followed. At the same time, CoEL is in contact with a number of carers who have expressed a wish to be more involved both policy development and forums where they can share knowledge and experiences with others. However, many carers struggle to find the time to be able to participate in meetings which currently are the only forum on offer to facilitate this kind of knowledge exchange and policy collaboration. We are applying for funding to hire a sessional Carer Support Worker to bring these 2 opportunities together and drive forward a step change in the involvement of carers in the strategic planning and development of services in East Lothian. This worker will support both the adoption of Slack within the statutory and 3rd sectors as a tool to enable greater engagement and will work to identify and support groups of interested carers and engage them with Slack as a key vehicle for participation. The key tasks for this post will be: • Engage with the key officers in ELHSCP to get them to act as champions for the adoption of Slack as better tool for co-working in the Reference Groups • Engage with 3rd sector partners to promote the same • Gaining commitment to using Slack – possibly initially within the one or two reference group communities most open to its use • Supporting adoption by demonstrating the intuitive nature of Slack to members of these reference groups with a view to developing a critical mass of early adopters • Building on and developing CoEL's current network of carers interested in being involved in strategic policy and services development • Supporting carers adoption of Slack through group meetings, 1 to 1 support where needed initially and buddying support • Disseminating the lessons from the adoption of Slack across all reference groups and wider into other areas.
29/07/2019 £6,588 £497,436 CARERS LINK EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE Carers Link provides a range of support services to carers, tailored to each person's needs at any particular time. One aspect of this support is 'Carers Call', an essential telephone support service providing emotional support to 551 carers (this year so far) over the phone. Talking with others is a fundamental part of our lives, but caring for someone can be an isolating experience. Carers Call addresses both the social isolation, and the need for information and support. This peer support service is delivered by nearly 30 of our volunteers - most of whom were carers - and managed by our Volunteer Coordinator. Sometimes the sheer amount of time and energy that carers dedicate to their caring role means that the carer can forget they are important too. The volunteers call to suit the carer, varying from weekly to 3-monthly. They build a relationship with the carer, making sure the conversation is focussed on them, and not the person that they care for. The volunteers answer any questions the carer might have about their caring role, and can refer the question to staff if the carer needs in depth support or advocacy. The relationship between the carer and volunteer means that Carers Call acts as a monitoring service, and the volunteer can spot early signs of increased stress or an impending crisis, worsening or breakdown of the caring role. They are also able to highlight any changes in the carers own health and wellbeing. The data collected for the Carers Census has highlighted the fact that at least 25% of the carers we support are parent carers and 31% were adult carers i.e. aged between 18-64. Given these demographics and our experience of delivering the service, we know that many of these carers work and so find it difficult to speak about their caring role over the phone during the day. We therefore seek funding via the CATS Fund to test whether offering Carers Call via digital communication will mean that more carers are able to engage with the service, and receive support that they would not otherwise have been able to access. This pilot will test the use of Skype or FaceTime, Live Chat, Click Meeting as well as traditional e-mail. To achieve this, we would like to replace the 8 PCs currently used by the Carers Call volunteers with new Windows 10 Pro PCs and install MS Office 2016 Standard. At present, the computers used by volunteers are the oldest within the organisation – almost 10 years old. These computers use Windows 7, have low levels of operating RAM and whilst sufficient for reading and typing in Microsoft Office Word are unable to cope with much more, certainly not the capacity required for online and digital communication. SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT GIVING FULL DETAILS OF DELIVERY PHASES
29/07/2019 £2,600 £258,349 SOUTH LANARKSHIRE CARERS NETWORK LTD Carer engagement and involvement are crucial elements to both the work of SLCN and in the successful implementation of the Carers Act. If successful, CATS funding will upskill staff in community development approaches and methods of engagement, involvement and participation. This will enable us to implement a young carer engagement programme that reaches known and unknown young carers giving them the opportunity to shape a future young carers service. In addition, a carer and volunteer training programme designed to support carers to fully participate in local decision making processes raising the profile on the issues and interests of unpaid carers in South Lanarkshire. This grant will develop staff understanding, improve their skills and assist in the identification of new ways to engage carers in local decision making structures. Delivered by the Scottish Community Development Centre, training will comprise: • An Introduction to Community-led Health: utilising 'Community-Led Health for All: developing good practice', this training will draw on the key competencies set out in the resource to support communities and practitioners to explore how a community-led approach can support healthy communities. • Community Engagement De-mystified: The active participation of communities and service-users in decision making processes and the design and delivery of public services is now a central theme of public policy and service delivery. This introductory training explores the principles, standards, processes and methods that underpin good practice in community engagement. • Health Issues In the Community (HIIC): This is a training programme aimed at increasing community capacity, increasing community participation, and establishing / consolidating community development approaches to tackling inequalities in health. The training will be delivered in the order shown above to enhance staff learning by taking them through a process that starts by introducing the concept of community-led health and how it can help tackle health inequalities, before going on to explore different approaches to community engagement becoming tutors in delivering Health Issues In the Community (HIIC) courses. Staff will develop a deeper understanding of the value of implementing a community development approach to carer engagement and involvement. Following the training, a carer and volunteer training programme will be developed and implemented to increase engagement and participation in local planning structures.
29/07/2019 £4,884 £731,781 THE HAVEN Our Haven carers have fedback to us that as well as the 1:1 support provided within The Haven Model of Care they really would gain a lot from increased group sessions. The request for funding is that we would like to commission The Kinharvie Institute to deliver a bespoke training course on facilitation skills. The Kinharvie Institute aim to facilitate individual and organisational change. Their expertise is in facilitating people to think creatively and act courageously in achieving the organisation's mission. Our service delivery team are the best suited staff members to take these group sessions, however to ensure that our clients outcomes are continued to be met, that boundaries are being maintained and everyone is getting their needs met through these additional activities these team members will benefit from Facilitation Skills training. This particular kind of skills training will not only give our service delivery team increased facilitation skills but it will enable them to work in an assests based way which will link in directly to the WIN model of care practiced at The Haven. The facilitators would work with us in advance to create a training course that would meet all of our desired outcomes. The training will enable our service delivery team to guide our carers through group activities to ensure the self-identified outcomes of carers are met. For example, following training our staff will be able to: Set boundaries It will be important to set ground rules and objectives as well as building in time for reflection. In order to achieve individual and group outcomes, the facilitator would need to know how to help the group to establish session activities that are reasonable and achievable within the time of the group. They will also need to know how to keep within the boundaries. Remain impartial Our facilitators will need to know how to remain impartial. They will need to build skills in influencing the group but not dominating it. Understand the group dynamics Training will help our team to understand the process on how people feel about taking part. The training will guide them in how to unlock the potential of the group to achieve its goal. Use their personal style A facilitator should bring their energy and personality to the group to create an open and honest environment. This will enable our carers to open up and lay their trust in the group. Intervene when appropriate Training will show the team how to be continuously aware of what's going on, how to make sense of it and how to decide what to do about it. Challenging the group can be tricky to handle as difficult questions may need to be asked which is why it is so important that our team are trained properly on how to do this. Handle difficult situations Dealing with possible conflict within groups is the biggest challenge to effective facilitation which again is why it is so vital that our team are trained in the best way possible.
29/07/2019 £10,000 £679,239 HIGHLAND COMMUNITY CARE FORUM As well as delivering all aspects of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, Connecting Carers is dedicated to raising awareness of the rights of unpaid Carers through its services. In order to do this more effectively, reach more areas and deliver consistent key messages, we propose the development and creation of an online e-learning platform aimed at unpaid Carers and health and social care staff. The platform would offer a module aligned with the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 which would be informative, interactive and accessible, and provide relevant and updated information so that Carers and health and social care staff have a good knowledge of legislation surrounding Carers and information about support available. It would also include information relating to Carers in the workplace and inform employers of the support they can offer to working Carers. This platform of learning would be delivered in the heart of communities throughout Highlands to ensure that all unpaid Carers have access to this opportunity via training and awareness sessions. The target audience will be adult unpaid Carers and health and social care staff, as our Connecting Young Carers team are in the process of producing e-learning modules for young carers and health and social care staff. Once completed, both e-learning tools would complement each other and serve as learning platforms, with a family approach, accessible to all unpaid carers, of any age, across the Highland area. Currently there is much more of an emphasis on digital learning, particularly in remote and rural communities and now would be a good opportunity to develop an online resource. To achieve this we would require: • The creation of an e-learning platform which will be co-produced by Carers to ensure, involvement, recognised as equal partners and their voices are listened to. This platform would enable our module to be accessed via PC desktops/laptops/tablets and mobile phones. It would be web-based and accessible from anywhere, with a default mobile-compatible interface and cross-browser compatibility. • 15 tablets to use as learning tools at facilitated sessions within communities • The hire of venues and involvement of Carers to host and deliver events to demonstrate the new e-learning module • Promotion We will deliver across the Highland area, by providing events/workshops with carer groups covering key areas across the region, at development and testing stage. We will then visits these groups and other community again, once the e-learning module has been created, to promote and demonstrate the new e-learning module using tablets and other presentation methods. Numbers that will be involved -30-40 (a mix of Carers and Health & Social care staff) • will it assess the user on questions asked? Yes, we will include questions at the end of each topic. • Is it a one-off module? Yes, it will be a one-off module which will be updated according to any new legislation and any other updates that are required. • What will a user be learning? The user will be learning about the 8 key section of the Carers Act; terminology of the Act; what an unpaid carer is; what a Adult Carers Support Plan is; signposting and advice; about breaks from caring. The module will involve two learning strands, one for carers and one for professionals. • How will you measure the impact/success of this testing? The creators of the platform will be responsible for analytical reporting including data on number of people accessing; completion stats, geographical spread etc. They will also provide users’ evaluations on content/usefulness/ease of access etc. SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
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Cumulative Grants
Amount Grantee
£85,000 SHINE
£20,000 PASS IT ON
£16,080 TYKES
£16,000 UCVO
£16,000 SIMY
£16,000 'STAND EASY'
£15,922 KAIROS WOMEN+ [KW+]
£15,000 RE USING IT
£15,000 INPUT SCIO
£15,000 DG VOICE
£15,000 CARR GOMM
£14,794 STILLS LTD
£10,772 LEUCHIE
£9,717 COTHROM
£9,447 PAMIS
£4,975 YPEOPLE
£4,966 Y SORT IT
£4,884 THE HAVEN
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