Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority is recruiting a Media and Communications Manager. The position is 37 hours per week (Monday- Friday), with a salary of £31,438 – £37,844 (Band D) per annum and a fixed contract of 2 years (with possible extension). The position currently involves home-working, but is normally based in Balloch. The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 7th December.
Volunteer Scotland is holding several online webinars in the coming months, covering topics usually included in their face to face training courses, including: Developing Volunteer Strategy (next session: Thursday 3rd December, 10am – 12pm); Volunteers Mental Wellbeing (next session: Tuesday 8th December, 2pm – 4pm); and Volunteer Induction (next session: Wednesday 16th December, 10am – 12pm). The webinars are free and will each last 2 hours, delivered online through Zoom.
Ecclesiastical Insurance’s annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign offers nominated organisations the opportunity to win a £1,000 festive financial boost. Through Movement for Good, Ecclesiastical Insurance will give 120 different registered charities, not-for-profit organisations and community interest companies (CICs) a £1,000 donation, with 10 winners announced each weekday from Monday 7th December – Tuesday 22nd December. Nominations are now live, and people can nominate their preferred group or organisation; the deadline for nominations is Monday 21st December.
The Health and Social Care ALLIANCE Scotland (the ALLIANCE) is holding a series of online workshops on the My World My Health project, taking place in January 2021: Thursday 21st January, 1:30pm – 4pm or 5:30pm – 8pm, aimed at people from ethnic minority groups, and Monday 25th January, 10am – 12:30pm or 5:30pm – 8pm (aimed at people living in remote or rural areas, and/or people over 60 years old). My World My Health aims to shine a spotlight on things that contribute to wellbeing which are not necessarily clinical in nature. The workshops will gather people’s views on how information can be better used for health and wellbeing, and will ask how people feel about this type of data sharing, and what methods should be used.
Scottish Government has launched a new Carers’ Wellbeing campaign, which launched yesterday on Carers’ Rights Day and focuses on carers’ wellbeing and mental health throughout the festive period.
Strathcarron Hospice’s Compassionate Communities team has produced a new Autumn/Winter edition of their Activities and Encouragement booklet. The booklet is filled with puzzles, pictures, poems and colour-in pages, aiming to inspire and encourage people over the next few months, and is available as a digital pdf or in print.
Falkirk Council has established the Self-Isolation Support Team, working alongside the existing Support for People helpline to provide support to those who need to self-isolate. The team receive daily updates from Test and Protect, of people within the Falkirk Council area who have either tested positive for COVID-19, or been identified as a close contact of a positive test. The team then contact people on the list, by phone, to check they have support in place to allow them to self-isolate correctly and to check if they are eligible for the £500 self-isolation support grant.
Applications for the Scottish Child Payment are now open. This new payment is for families on certain benefits or tax credits, to help towards the costs of looking after a child. It’s £40 paid every 4 weeks for each child under 6 years old, and does not affect other benefits. People can apply for Scottish Child Payment whether in work or not. People may be eligible if they, or their partner, are the parent or full-time carer of a child who will be aged under 6 years old on Monday 15th February 2021, and if they get certain benefits or tax credits.
Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS) is holding a series of events in December, including: “Renewing Scotland’s full potential in a digital world: a voluntary health sector response”, taking place Thursday 3rd December, 10:30am – 12pm; “Ageing Well: Sixth Talk with the Open University – Standing Tall”, on Tuesday 8th December, 10am – 11:45am; “COVID-19 Research: Impact on Communities & Priorities for Recovery” on Wednesday 16th December, 2pm – 3:30pm.
Police Scotland Forth Valley Division’s Safer Communities Department has released new dates for their CONTEST (the counter terrorism strategy) training sessions. The next sessions are: Wednesday 2nd December at 11am, focusing on “Pursue”; Friday 4th December at 10am, on “Prepare”.