Foundation Scotland has launched the Co-op Food Fund, with grants of £1,000 – £5,000 available for projects starting after Monday 21st December. The Co-op Food Fund aims to support organisations or projects which provide access to food and sustainable solutions to food poverty in Scotland (including foodbanks and holiday food schemes). Only constituted groups, with a governing document, can apply. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 13th November.
You can now download all October Funding Insight Bulletins, including this week’s, wc Monday 26th October. This week’s new bulletin includes funding from Creative Scotland to support the creative sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, funding for community-based food initiatives, and information on British Science Week grants.
Wednesday 21st October saw the first birthday of the Young Carer Grant. The Young Carer Grant is a £305.10 payment available on an annual basis for 16 – 18 year olds who spend an average of 16 hours a week caring for someone who receives a disability benefit. Young carers can spend the money on anything they want. If it has been a year since they received a payment, young carers are encouraged to check if they’re still eligible and apply again.
Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre has announced further “Care with Confidence” Zoom sessions for unpaid carers in Falkirk, including “Reducing Our Energy Costs” with Home Energy Scotland and Scottish Water, on Tuesday 3rd November, 10:30am – 12:30pm, and “Diabetes: How to Reduce Your Risk”, on Tuesday 10th November, 10:30am – 12:30pm. Support is available for carers who would like to attend but are not sure how to get online, or how to join a Zoom meeting.
Poppy Scotland is promoting an alternative Scottish Poppy Appeal this year, so people can safely show their support for the Armed Forces community. People can get involved by donating, downloading and displaying an A4 poppy in the window of their home during the Remembrance period (similar to the NHS rainbows earlier in the year).
Falkirk Council has launched an online consultation in order for people to share their views on Falkirk Council’s proposed rent increases for 2021-24. They are looking to gather people’s views on how much of a rent increase they would like to see, and how much they would like Falkirk Council to invest in council properties across the area. The deadline for responses is Friday 13th November; Falkirk Council will donate £1 to Strathcarron Hospice for every response.
Outside the Box is starting a new Walk and Talk Group for people working from home. The group will meet for the first time at 12pm on Friday 6th November, in front of Arnotdale House, Dollar Park, Camelon Road, Falkirk, FK1 5SQ. The group aims to encourage people to get away from their desk and keep active, getting people active and reducing the isolation a lot of people have experienced while working from home.
Falkirk Stadium has created a new hotdesking offer during November for those still working from home across the Falkirk communities, for the price of a hot drink from the Westfield Café. The offer aims to reduce isolation and benefit people’s mental health by providing a form of human interaction and a change of scenery. Booking in advance, participants order and pay for a hot drink of their choice in the café, and receive a 2 hour hotdesk booking.
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.