As part of their role in supporting the third and social enterprise sector to prepare for challenges and opportunities ahead, Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has organised a series of webinars: “Restructures, Mergers and Routes to New Markets”. In partnership with Social Shifters, the webinars take place Tuesday 7th July – Thursday 9th July and will be developed afterwards for on-demand use on Social Shifters’ digital learning platform.
A message on volunteering in recovery, and support available for Falkirk’s local sector, from a member of our Volunteering Team, Lynsey: “As lockdown restrictions ease and more of our local third sector groups and organisations take steps to renew their valued services and activities, involving volunteers in a safe and appropriate way is a hot topic. We know that volunteers will be needed more than ever during recovery and reconnecting, and we’d like you to tell us how this will look for your organisation, and help people choose the opportunity that fits them.”
NHS Forth Valley’s Health Promotion Service has grants of up to £500 available. The COVID-19 Response Grants support organisations to do one or all of the following: health and wellbeing activities in response to COVID-19 addressing a reduction in health inequalities; piloting new ideas and initiatives or adapting previous activities; development of employees, volunteers or clients directly relating to the funded programme; purchase equipment relating to the programme’s work.
As part of our focus on the recovery phase, we are highlighting local Falkirk providers of PPE and other safety equipment. MinuteMan Press in Falkirk has launched new Clear Protective Roll Up Banners. The banners stand at 800mm wide and 2 metres high, costing £48 + VAT each (with a free carry bag as standard).
Trading Standards Scotland is providing free call blocking devices to vulnerable individuals (including older people and adults with additional support needs) who are most at risk from scammers and rogue traders.
Youth Scotland has developed a guide to help youth groups and organisations to plan for re-opening post COVID-19. The “Post Lockdown Readiness Guide” aims to support groups and organisations and offer practical advice for re-opening. There is also a detailed summary of Scottish Government’s Framework, and which areas apply to youth groups and organisations.
Volunteering Matters has created a practical checklist around re-opening a building for work, for staff, volunteers, or anyone else. The checklist is designed to inform a risk assessment (though not replace it), and covers equipment checks and tests, signage, floorplans, and staff and volunteer behaviour.
The Skills Network Scotland provides a range of accredited and fully-funded online training courses for people in Scotland. Courses include a Cleaning Knowledge and Skills course, which covers learning about infection control, and may be particularly useful for local groups and organisations who are considering how to safely resume their services and activities as lockdown restrictions ease.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has complied a range of workplace advice on gas safety, air conditioning and ventilation, and other guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, which may be useful during this next recovery phase.
Forth Environment Link (FEL) has “Veg Your Ledge” kits available for local community groups and organisations across the Falkirk area. The veg box kits are designed to help people realise the benefits of growing their own fresh food on their windowsill. Each kit contains upcycled wood planters made by the FEL reuse team, a bag of compost, vegetable seeds and planting instructions.