As this will be a very different winter for everyone, in Falkirk, Scotland, and across the world, we have launched our Wellness in Winter campaign, helping our communities look after each other. We want to focus on people’s health and wellbeing throughout the winter – everything from physical health (including access to Vitamin D, and flu vaccinations and how they are being rolled out) and mental health, to how to keep spirits up during the festive period (and beyond, into January), and financial worries.
We are updating parts of our website to respond to the needs of the local sector and communities during COVID-19. Part of this work includes a new online directory of local initiatives (including food banks and other services responding to COVID-19), to help people support their local efforts and find the help they need.
From the bottom of our hearts, our team would like to thank everyone who joined us yesterday for our first ever virtual AGM. We’re so glad you all found it useful and interesting, and it meant a lot to see everyone there. We would also like to extend our thanks to our keynote speaker Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council, for taking the time to join and speak with us.
Our first ever virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up this Thursday 19th November via Zoom, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you there. We’re pleased to confirm that our keynote speaker will be Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council. Welcome and introductions will begin at 1:30pm, with the AGM starting at 2pm. You can access the event via the Zoom link (linked for your convenience), or with the meeting ID: 966 5462 9534 (password: 482566).
CVS Falkirk is pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria McRae as its new Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Victoria has been with the organisation since 2010 as a key member of the management team, overseeing the delivery of all key strategic objectives locally and nationally for the organisation, while successfully leading and managing a staff team within their core activities and funded specific projects. We are delighted to appoint Victoria as the new CEO.
Alongside Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) and Clackmannanshire TSI (CTSI), we are delighted to announce a new date for the Forth Valley Third Sector Conference, which was postponed earlier this year due to COVID-19. We will now be hosting an entirely digital event on Tuesday 9th February 2021. Tickets will go on sale in early December.
We at CVS Falkirk are thrilled to announce our first ever virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM), taking place on Thursday 19th November 2020 via Zoom. Welcome and introductions will begin at 1:30pm, with the AGM starting at 2pm. This is an opportunity to find out more about what we do here at CVS Falkirk, to reflect on this past year (including COVID-19 and its impact), and to look at the future and how we can continue to support our sector and communities to make Falkirk the best it possibly can be.
This year’s Halloween will be a bit different for everyone. Some of our local people and community groups are organising alternative outdoor Halloween activities and sharing their crafty ideas so everyone can still enjoy the holiday safely across Falkirk. Our team has gathered some of them on our website, including costume competitions, spooky recipes, pumpkin trails, crafty ideas and old Scottish traditions that might be worth reviving this strange year.
The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) has been invited by the Cabinet Secretary for Scotland to lead on engagement work with people and communities across Scotland, to ensure remobilisation efforts across health and social care services have a core person-centred focus, post COVID-19. As part of this work, the ALLIANCE has launched an online survey, and (in partnership with Healthcare Improvement Scotland) organised free online discussion events taking place: Thursday 22nd October, 10am – 11:30am; Tuesday 27th October, 10 am – 11:30am; Thursday 29th October 10 am – 11:30am; Thursday 29th October 6pm – 7:30pm.
It has been a month of change for our team at CVS Falkirk, saying goodbye to our Chief Executive Officer Jen Kerr after 2 years with us. On her leaving, Jen said: “When I started in the summer of 2018, I wanted to raise the profile of the third sector in Falkirk, and I feel we at CVS Falkirk have achieved this. The sector is now more integrated in community planning, with its own voice – we feel this is really important, as they are the experts on what’s happening in our communities.”