Scottish Government’s whole family approach working group has developed a draft framework, “Improving Holistic Family Support: Towards a Whole Family Approach and Family Inclusive Practice in Drug and Alcohol Services”. They are now seeking feedback from Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADP), Children’s Service Planning Partnerships (CSPPs) and other partners with a leadership role, via local ADPs. The deadline for responses is 5pm on Wednesday 22nd September.
Alzheimer Scotland, in partnership with Forestry Land Scotland, is running a woodland activity group for people with early-stage dementia, with a taster session taking place next Wednesday 15th September from 12:30pm in Callendar Wood. The group will run for 10 weeks afterwards, and is designed for those who want to take part in different woodland activities (including conservation activities and bushcraft).
NHS Forth Valley is holding an online interactive workshop on the future of palliative and end of life care in Forth Valley, open to local people across the area. The workshop takes place via Teams on Thursday 7th October, 11:15am – 12:45pm; people interested in attending must register before Wednesday 15th September. Attendees will discuss key aspects of the draft Forth Valley Strategic Review of Palliative and End of Life Carer 2020/2021 (which focuses on adult care), and the future direction of this care in Forth Valley.
As schools are closed across Falkirk this coming Monday for the September weekend, Outside the Box’s Falkirk Food Connections will be holding a FREE picnic at Westfield Park Community Centre. The picnic will take place 11am – 1pm, and everyone is welcome. Ideally, the picnic will be outside, but if the weather is wet, it will take place inside the Centre (with all appropriate COVID-19 precautions in place). Falkirk Food Connections will be providing food, though people are also welcome to bring their own.
As part of their Big Dig September events, Great Place Falkirk will be in Denny on Saturday 11th September, 10am – 4pm with their travelling community hub, at Herbertshire Castle Park. People are welcome to drop by at any time to see the range of excavations, workshops, games, heritage tents, historical re-enactments, and medieval villages.
For World Suicide Prevention Day – which takes place every year on 10th September – Samaritans has released a toolkit for groups and organisations. This year’s theme is “Creating Hope Through Action”, a response to the latest statistics, and practical options for staying safe during an incredibly difficult time, globally and personally.
Our team at CVS Falkirk recently welcomed Beverley Francis as our Interim CEO, who will be working with us in the coming months to continue our commitment to Falkirk’s diverse third sector groups and communities, and our partners. Beverley has an established career in helping charities thrive through change and strengthening their abilities, and we’re delighted to be working with her.
Scottish Government is recruiting for a new Chair for the Accounts Commission for Scotland. The position is voluntary, with a £346.20 per day, equating to £45,006 per year for 130 days, plus reasonable expenses. The time commitment is just over 10.5 days per month or around 2.5 days per week. The Accounts Commission is the public body which oversees the performance and spending within Scotland’s 32 councils, 30 Integration Joint Boards and other local government joint boards. The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on Monday 20th September.
Connecting Scotland has announced the reopening of phase 3, which provides devices, data, training and support to people who are from low-income households, digitally excluded and seeking employment. Applications can only be submitted by groups and organisations on behalf of the people they support; applications from individuals cannot be accepted. The deadline for applications to Phase 3 Round 2 is 5pm on Monday 27th September.
The Bank of Scotland Foundation’s Change Programme is now open for applications. Registered charities in Scotland (who have been operational for more than one year and have an income of £500,000 – £2 million) can apply for capital costs or project costs of £50,000 – £100,000 per annum over a maximum of 2 years, to ensure they can provide continued, reliable support for people. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Tuesday 14th September