As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, CVS Falkirk has pulled together different guidance, resources, and amazing efforts by our local communities to support each other, in order to make them as widely available as possible. The page will be updated regularly with additional resources and guidance as they become available. Our team at CVS Falkirk has set up an online TapaTalk group to discuss third sector responses and offers for help, which anyone can join and feed into.
A message from our CVS Falkirk CEO Jen Kerr on the current COVID-19 pandemic:
We have had a really busy and inspiring week because of all of the amazing kindness and compassion taking place across Falkirk. I apologise that we’ve not been in touch properly before now.
Inside is an update on what we are doing to support and enable your efforts.
Please be patient with us while we re-assemble and get organised! But I want to reassure you that there is an incredible amount of support being mobilised across Falkirk’s communities and that we are working hard (from home mainly) and listening to what you are telling us you need to do that.”
Please find within a series of online resources available during the current COVID-19 situation, including Falkirk community and third sector responses, COVID-19 advice for UK employers from CIPD, and Health Protection Scotland’s COVID-19 Guidance.
The new CVS Falkirk Funding Portal is now live on our website! The online portal is powered by Grantsonline, the UK’s most comprehensive and up to date UK grant funding information service. Once registered, users will be able to search for a range of different funding opportunities, across local and national organisations.
Our team at CVS Falkirk would like to thank all of our exhibitors, suppliers and especially our attendees who joined us at Falkirk Funders Fayre 2020 on Tuesday! Special thanks goes to: our social enterprise pop-up café, Community Focus Scotland CIC, Marie from THINK Consulting Solutions for delivering the afternoon’s presentation on community fundraising, our partners at Falkirk Council, and Bowhouse Community Centre, our wonderful local venue. Without them, the event wouldn’t have been possible. We’re delighted to have been able to bring 23 funders and support organisations from across both the local and national landscapes to Falkirk this year.
Following today’s successful Falkirk Funders Fayre 2020, we’d like to remind everyone that we are also holding a FREE participation requests workshop on Thursday 12th March, 1pm – 4pm at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Redbrae Road, Camelon, FK1 4DD. Held in partnership with the Scottish Centre for Community Development (SCDC), the workshop is aimed at local community groups looking to find out how to use participation requests to start discussions with decision-makers about improving public services. A light lunch will be available from 12:30pm.
Forth Valley College in Falkirk will open the doors to its old campus building for the last time on Tuesday 10th March for third sector groups and organisations (including charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community groups) to take away any equipment that is still left. These items are only available on Tuesday 10th March, and there is no provision for storage or delivery, so groups will need to organise a way to collect their items before arranging a collection time.
With only FOUR DAYS until Falkirk Funders Fayre 2020 on Tuesday 10th March, 10am – 2pm at the Bowhouse Community Centre,, it’s the last of our weekly spotlights – and after adding quite a few new exhibitors, we have 6 of them: Corra Foundation, Forth Giving (formerly Sons of the Rock), Falkirk Business Gateway, Social Investment Scotland, Burnhead Moss Education Training Fund, and Asda Foundation.
Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is recruiting a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer to support third sector organisations to evidence how their contribution is having an impact. The position is 16 hours per week, with a salary of £25,000 (pro rata) and a fixed term contract until Wednesday 31st March 2021. The role will be based in CVS Falkirk, working closely with community-led initiatives that work in support of the Partnership’s strategic plan. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop and innovate in a cross-sector collaborative environment. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 20th March.
Our FREE Falkirk Funders Fayre 2020 is now only one week away! We’re also delighted to announce that we will be launching our new CVS Falkirk Funding Portal on the day. Those attending Falkirk Funders Fayre will be able to sign up to the portal on the day, and receive a demonstration, along with early access to the portal’s Funding Insight bulletin! The event takes place on Tuesday 10th March 10am – 2pm at the Bowhouse Community Centre, Bowhouse Road, Grangemouth, FK3 0EU.