CLES (the national organisation for local economies) is currently recruiting an Associate Director. The position is full time and home-based, with a one year fixed term contract and a salary of £41,000 – £51,000 per annum. Applicants should have experience in a think tank, charity, local government, academia or NGO setting. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 1st October.
The School Holiday Food Fund has been set up to support local projects tackling food insecurity in Falkirk communities. Applications for the Fund will be during school holidays in October, and possibly December 2020. Groups can apply for up to £1,000. Groups wishing to apply must be constituted; partnerships involving unconstituted community organisations can apply, but the lead partner must be constituted.
Forth Environment Link (FEL) has developed a Climate Conversation Survey which seeks to better understand how they can offer support to community groups, organisatons, and local businesses to build resilient and adaptable communities that respond to the changing environment. The survey invites local Falkirk communities, residents, local businesses and groups to provide their views on climate change and the ways they want to help their own communities reduce their carbon footprint.
The Virtual Meeting of the Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF) takes place on Thursday 24th September, 2pm – 3:3pm. SPIF has been organised to celebrate International Right to Know Day, and will be part of global celebrations promoted by UNESCO, focusing on to the right to information in times of crisis. The meeting is open to members of the public and those in the public or private sectors, or civil society.
The Neighbourhood Alert and Neighbourhood Watch Scotland has highlighted a bank transfer scam currently in use, which people should be aware of. Neighbourhood Watch Scotland was alerted to the scam by Fettes Sawmill Ltd (based in Muir of Ord), whose full account of the incident was posted to their Facebook page.
As a result of COVID-19, contactSCOTLAND-BSL has not been able to hold face to face awareness-raising sessions tostaff, volunteers and end-users of the service. They are keen to continue to provide these sessions, especially as demands on the service have increased, and have announced several upcoming webinars, taking place using either Zoom or Microsoft Teams, with the first on Friday 18th September at 2pm.
The free app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is now available to download through the Test and Protect website, and via the App Store and Google Play. The app has been designed to help keep Scotland safe from COVID-19. The app is the next step in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and complements existing contact tracing measures, helping Scottish Government and NHS Scotland to determine contacts that may have otherwise been missed, and allows them to alert people at risk far more quickly, so they can steps to reduce the risk of infecting others. As we see the rate of infection increase, it’s important that we all download and use the Protect Scotland app. The more of us using the app, the better it will be.
Falkirk Football Community Foundation has a number of Self-employed Sessional Tutor vacancies within their Falkirk Work Academy. The position has variable hours (typically 3 or 4 days per week, 5 hours per day), with a wage of £10 – £18 per hour depending on experience. Applicants should have experience of delivering groupwork sessions focused on soft skills and employability skills. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 23rd September.
Volunteer Scotland is holding a review of the current Volunteer Friendly Award (VFA). They would appreciate hearing thoughts and ideas from a range of different volunteer-involving organisations and groups regarding VFA. They have created 2 surveys to gather this information: one survey for organisations and groups who have already achieved, or engaged with, the Award, and one survey for those who have not yet been involved. Each survey should take 10 – 15 minutes; the deadline for responses to both surveys is Friday 2nd October.
Our team at Volunteer Falkirk would like to invite you to join our upcoming “Pop-In” remote volunteering support sessions – each session will be a space for creating, developing, adapting and troubleshooting all aspects of your volunteering programme. The first session will be held on Friday 25th September, 1pm – 3pm. Each session will be held on Zoom, with a slight difference to the format to other Zoom meetings you may have joined, to allow you to maximise your time and avoid “Zoom burnout”.