The first 2021 meeting of the Compassionate and Included Communities Forum takes place on Wednesday 27th January, 2pm – 4pm, and can be accessed via the Zoom link, or with the meeting ID: 972 2993 0991.
Scottish Government researchers are recruiting people to help them better understand and predict the next stages of the COVID-19 epidemic in Scotland. People are eligible to take part if they live in Scotland and are aged 18 years old or over. Participants will be sent a survey every 2 weeks by email. Participation in the surveys is entirely voluntary, and participants can opt out of receiving or completing them at any time.
Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) is now recruiting volunteer Panel Members, and accepting online applications until 11:59pm on Monday 15th February. Panel Members take part in children’s hearings, often otherwise known as “children’s panels”, where their role is to listen and make legal decisions for, and with, infants, children and young people. Panel Members are supported by CHS, and are required to undertake comprehensive training to prepare them for the role.
The Third Sector Homelessness Fund is open to applications from third sector organisations on the frontline of delivering homelessness services in Scotland. The fund aims to support third sector organisations to innovate and transform the services they provide to people around homelessness; organisations that originally applied to this fund in early 2020 will need to complete a new application for funding. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 8th February.
Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre’s “Care with Confidence” Falkirk sessions return on Tuesday 26th January, with “Dentistry and Dementia”. Sessions take place via Zoom, 10:30am – 12pm. All carers are welcome, and sessions are free.
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) is working with Scottish Government and other partner organisations to understand more about people’s experiences of using family support services, with an online “Ask the Family” survey. They ask that anyone aged 16 years old and over in Scotland, who is affected by alcohol or drug use (their own, or someone else’s), and who is being supported by family support services completes the survey.
Holyrood Events, sponsored by British Heart Foundation Scotland, is holding an online event, “Reducing Women’s Health Inequalities” on Thursday 4th February, 10am – 3pm. Attendees will hear about the information, support and treatment options available to women in Scotland, and have the opportunity to discuss how they can be improved. The event is free for groups and organisations from the third and public sectors, but there is a cost of £72.50 + VAT for attendees from the private sector.
Time to Talk Day 2021 takes place across the UK and Ireland on Thursday 4th February. Time to Talk Day is an annual event which aims to help people throughout the country talking about mental health; this year, the theme is “The Power Of Small”. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the normal physical events will not be possible; as a result, SeeMe Scotland has organised a number of virtual events on the day
NHS Forth Valley has organised 4 sets of online “Ask, Tell: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention” workshops, taking place via Microsoft Teams, with the first workshop on Monday 25th January, 11am – 12pm. The workshops cover mental wellbeing, suicide prevention, and having compassionate conversations with people who are experiencing mental distress, or who may feel suicidal. It is recommended that participants attend all 3 workshops in each set. Places are limited to 12 per set, and booking is essential.
Anti-fraud authorities across the UK have reported an increase in people attempting to use the COVID-19 vaccine to target the public and convince them to hand over cash or financial details. Scammers are sending seemingly official text messages to people, which say that they are eligible for the vaccine, or phoning people directly, where the scammers pretend to be from the NHS, or local pharmacies. The NHS will NEVER ask for payment – the vaccine is free.