The Falkirk School Holiday Food Fund for Children and Young People is open for the Easter 2022 school holidays, which take place Monday 4th April – Monday 18th April in Falkirk. The aim of the fund is to support local organisations help improve the wellbeing of children and young people during the school holidays across Falkirk. Funding of up to £1,000 is available. As COVID-19 cases are rising locally, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 groups are encouraged to consider providing activities that can be delivered at home or outdoors. Applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday 5th of April.
All children aged 5 – 11 years old are now eligible for the first of 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, following clinical advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) which was issued in February 2022. Appointments are now being sent out to those with parental responsibility, with vaccination taking place in community clinics.
It’s now that time of year again when we begin our preparations for Volunteers’ Week in June! Stay tuned to our e-bulletin, website and social media channels next week, when we’ll be announcing our plans for 2022, as well as how to request Celebrating Volunteering certificates for your group’s volunteers.
We at CVS Falkirk want to say THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our second Virtual Falkirk Funders Fayre this week: to all the funders who presented at different sessions over the 3 days (and a special thanks to those joining us for the first time!), and every single one of our attendees, whether you joined us for one session, or all 9 of them. Without you, the event wouldn’t have been possible.
We have been amazed, but not surprised, by the overwhelming response to support Ukrainians here in our Falkirk communities. Just as you all did throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support Syrian and Afghan refugees, we have seen people and groups come together to help people however they can, whether it’s donating food, clothes or supplies, organising collections, or raising awareness. As everything is moving so quickly, response across Falkirk has been a social media co-ordinated effort; we are working to share as much of these efforts and updates as possible across our own social media channels.
In the build up to our Virtual Falkirk Funders Fayre this year, we’re spotlighting the funders who are attending the event for the first time ever. This week’s spotlight focuses on TWO of our new funders: the Foyle Foundation and the Henry Smith Charity. Both have significant funding programmes, and we would urge people to book into their sessions to find out about how they can access these, along with tips and recommendations on what they look for in applications. The Virtual Falkirk Funders Fayre 2022 takes place Tuesday 8th March – Thursday 10th March, with 3 workshops each day; tickets are FREE, and can be booked via the Eventbrite page.
The Forth Valley Third Sector Conference is now finished for another year! We want to say thank you to everyone involved in 2022’s event – the first time we have ever run the conference over multiple days. We hope you enjoyed all the workshops and discussion, with thanks going to all our wonderful facilitators. Special thanks also to the Deputy First Minister John Swinney, MSP, for his Closing Remarks and the wonderful things he said about the third sector, including the local Winter Pressures project! We must also thank the leaders of each Forth Valley local authority for taking the time to speak with our attendees. But most of all, thank you to YOU. To all our attendees, everyone who joined us this past week, and the Forth Valley third sector in general.
In the build up to our free Virtual Falkirk Funders Fayre this year, we’re spotlighting the funders who are attending the event for the first time ever. Our first spotlight features an organisation many may not think of as a funder, but who has a new and exciting programme with over £800,000 available: Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP)! Falkirk HSCP’s session takes place on the first day of the event, Tuesday 8th March at 1pm.
Join Grangemouth Community Council for the launch of the brand new Community Action Plan for Grangemouth! Taking place next Thursday 24th February, 7pm – 8pm via Zoom, the launch event will showcase the new plan, with a short presentation from Walter Inglis (vice convener of Grangemouth Community Council) all about the plan and the work being done to make Grangemouth an even better place to be, and future opportunities everyone can get involved in. The launch is completely free to attend.
Our team at CVS Falkirk are thrilled to confirm new funders for this year’s Virtual Falkirk Funders Fayre, with a number attending for the first time, including Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership (who have a substantial and very exciting funding programme available), the Henry Smith Charity (which has been running since 1628!), and Tesco Community Grants (the programme behind the blue tokens in Tesco stores). Taking place Tuesday 8th March – Thursday 10th March, the Virtual Falkirk Funders Fayre will feature 3 one hour sessions each day, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.