Volunteer Expo will hold their annual national event for volunteers online this year, on Friday 7th May – Saturday 8th May. The free event aims to connect volunteers, organisations and the third sector to harness the power of volunteering. Speakers this year will include Ben Fogle, Katie Thistleton, Matt Hyde, and Frank Bruno. Volunteer Expo Online is suitable for for all ages, including those looking to make their first steps into volunteering, or for those already actively volunteering.
The Creative Breaks funding programme is now open for applications, with a total of £600,000 available to fund short breaks projects for carers and the people they care for. The programme provides 12 month grants to third sector groups and organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults, young carers, and the people that they care for. Applicants do not have to be a registered charity, but must have a constitution. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 20th May.
The Falkirk Community Justice Annual Report 2019/2020 has been published and is available to view or download as a pdf. The report summarises the progress made towards achieving community justice outcomes in Falkirk, from April 2019 – March 2020, with a focus on the Falkirk Community Justice Partnership.
The Still Going Project is looking for research participants across Scotland. The project uses the Living Well Falkirk app to help people keep active and healthy in later life, based on research which says there is a set order where people lose the ability to do everyday activities as they age.
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Scotland would like to hear from organisations supporting people with disabilities, so they can learn more about the barriers that exist to people with disabilities when accessing the outdoors. They have created an online survey to gather this information.
Strathcarron Hospice is running further online Storytelling sessions, and has also added a new Musical Memories event each month. The sessions are designed to be relaxed and informal, providing some light relief from the current pandemic. They are open to everyone; you do not need to have a connection to the Hospice to attend. The sessions all begin at 2pm via Zoom, on: Musical Memories: Thursday 15th April, Thursday 6th May and Thursday 10th June; Storytelling: Tuesday 20th April, Tuesday 18th May, Tuesday 22nd June.
Easter 2021 represented hope and the promise of better times to come – the sun came out, COVID-19 restrictions eased enough to allow for some outdoor fun and many Falkirk third sector organisations and community groups showed that they are weathering the storm of COVID-19 and are ready to inject some fun and positivity into their own local areas! Groups and organisations working together was the magic ingredient that brought Easter fun to our local communities, and we would like to say a huge thank you to all the groups who helped make this as lovely an Easter as possible.
This week, we’re celebrating the 300th edition of our e-bulletin! Thank you to everyone who has been with us since the first edition, to everyone who has just joined us, and all those in between. We hope you find this weekly email useful and informative, and that you know we are always here to help in any way we possibly can.
Spring is here, and with it, the news that COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are due to ease over the next few months! We know that, after a full year of lockdown, people feel their reserves are running a little low – personally, at work, and in their communities. While this is a very hopeful springtime, we are living through a time of incredible change and stress, and we need to recognise that. As a result, we have launched our new Spring Forward campaign, continuing to help our communities in Falkirk look after each other, and themselves.
Scottish Government has launched the second of its 3 Social Enterprise Action Plans. “Inclusive Growth Through Social Enterprise (2021 – 2024)” reasserts Scottish Government’s long-term vision of social enterprise at the forefront of a new wave of ethical and socially responsible business in Scotland, becoming central to the way Scotland chooses to do business.