Food for Life (FFL) Get Togethers’ Small Grants will close to new applications at 5pm on Wednesday 8th September. The £150 grants are designed to help groups and communities take part in Cook and Share Month (which runs from World Food Day on Saturday 16th October – Tuesday 16th November), and can be used for food, tools and materials to help bring communities together.
Voluntary Health Scotland’s (VHS) Annual Conference will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 6th October this year. “Health at the Heart of Communities” is aimed at a range of staff, volunteers and board members with a direct interest in health policy and practice. Tickets are £16.76 for VHS members, £27.54 for non-member third sector groups, and £38.32 for NHS and public sector attendees. VHS also has a range of opportunities to sponsor or exhibit this year’s online event.
The next Tuesday “Care with Confidence” free session from Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre are: “NHS Pharmacy First Scotland” on Tuesday 7th September, and “Fatigue” on Tuesday 14th September. As before, these sessions takes place via Zoom, 10:30am – 12:30pm. The Centre’s new Power of Attorney programme is also now available, this time as telephone appointments. The new format allows carers to receive one to one information and support on POA when they need it most, at a time that suits them best.
The draft Falkirk Plan has been published, and is now open for public consultation via an online survey. The Plan is a new 10 year strategy, developed by the Falkirk Community Planning Partnership (CPP) to help tackle the most pressing issues of poverty and inequality across the entire Falkirk area. The current draft was developed through engagement with Falkirk’s different communities. The deadline for responses is Thursday 30th September.
The Practitioner Pages are a public resource for all community planning partnership staff working with children and adult services in Falkirk, Clackmannanshire and Stirling, and are available to statutory and third sectors partners and groups. The pages have recently been updated and are intended to be a one stop shop to support staff.
includem has launched their new research report into the school experience in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report calls for schools to be underpinned by a children’s rights perspective, to ensure that children and young people can have their voices heard, increased provision of whole family support to “bridge the gap” between home and school, and the expansion of restorative practices to both build positive relationships and help young people feel they can put mistakes behind them.
Ahead of changes to the fire and smoke alarm standards in Scotland, Falkirk Council has created a leaflet to help people avoid scammers and rogue traders who may try to take advantage of any confusion or worries. By February 2022, every home in Scotland must meet Scottish Government’s new standard for interlinked alarms. The leaflet covers various approaches scammers might use, and how to find trusted information, including from Scottish Government, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Care & Repair Scotland, and the Trusted Traders website.
The Trussell Trust – which runs Falkirk Foodbank, amongst others – is engaging with people who have personal experience of struggling to afford basic food and household items, through an online survey. The responses, which will include participants’ lived experience and their ideas about helping with food poverty, will help to shape the Trust’s work in the future.
Falkirk Council’s Adult Support and Protection team is holding virtual training on Third Party Reporting (TPR), on Friday 17th September, 9:45am – 12pm. TPR is the mechanism for organisations to report issues and crimes on behalf of adults in local communities who require help and support to report these to the police. The training aims to ensure attendees are aware of the reasons for TPRs, processes in completion of the relevant forms and Police processes once the form has been completed.
Link Living has announced that its Link Academy will return to in-person in September. They will deliver a series of workshops aimed at supporting young people aged 15 – 22 years old to better understand their own wellbeing as well as preparing to live independently. The workshops are designed to be fun and interactive, beginning on Wednesday 15th September. This is a rolling programme and will continue through to December.