The next Tuesday “Care with Confidence” sessions from Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre will take place: “Mobility and Dementia” on Tuesday 30th March, “Scams” with Trading Standards Scotland, on Tuesday 6th April, and “Walking Aids” with the NHS Forth Valley ReACH Team on Tuesday 13th April. As before, sessions are via Zoom, 10:30am – 12:30pm.
The Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) has developed and made available materials for organisations to deliver the SRN “Peer2Peer” course online. The “Peer2Peer” course provides an opportunity for people with lived experience of mental health problems to develop their knowledge and skills in supporting others in their recovery journey.
Alzheimer Scotland has released their latest What’s Online document, as well as information on a new supported art class and archaeology sessions. The art classes start at 11am on Tuesday 6th April, with this first session inspired by the beginning of spring. Classes are open to both carers and people living with dementia, with a cost per place of £25 (including materials) for the full block. Currently, there are 3 archaeology sessions planned; the first takes place online on Tuesday 18th May at 10am, focusing on the Rosebank Distillery and the Lock Keeper’s Cottage.
People aged 16 – 64 years old in the Forth Valley area, who provide face to face care and support for others (and have not already had their first vaccine dose or appointment letter), are being invited to register for their COVID-19 vaccination. A new self-registration service has been launched to help people check if they are eligible as an unpaid carer.
Falkirk Community Planning Partnership (Falkirk CPP) will soon create the “Falkirk Plan”, a 10 year plan that will detail the priorities of our local communities. The views of local people are a crucial part in identifying what these priorities are and shaping the Plan. From mid-April, Falkirk CPP will hold online video meetings for people and community groups from different areas across Falkirk. Our local third sector organisations have a crucial part to play in this. Paul Anderson, the Community Planning Coordinator, will attend the COVID-19 Third Sector Response Forum on Wednesday 31st March, 3pm – 5pm, to provide information about how they can help to gather feedback from the people who use their services.
Applications to the 2027 Scotland programmes close at 12pm on Wednesday 24th March. The programme offers participants the chance to complete a full-time, paid, 12 month placement in a trust or foundation while receiving extensive professional development from the 2027 team. This year for the first time, they are running recruitment for a Scotland-specific programme stream, with up to 10 placements for individuals based in Scotland.
Social Enterprise Academy and Just Enterprise are offering a series of short online programmes which are designed to help sustain, develop and grow social enterprises in Scotland: “Leading Remotely”, “Rebuilding Income Streams”, “Managing Change”, and “Leading Growth for Aspiring Leaders”. Each programme will involve self-directed online learning and facilitator-led learning on Zoom.
Project Scotland will hold online training sessions next week on the new Youth Volunteering Guidelines, on Monday 22nd March, 10 am – 11:45 am, and Tuesday 23rd March, 10am – 12pm. The Guidelines aim to encourage organisations to explore how they currently recruit, retain and develop youth volunteers, or how they might do so in future.
The Adapt and Thrive programme is open to applications to help third sector organisations and groups adapt to and recover from lockdown. Organisations can apply for grants of £5,000 – £25,000 (£75,000 for a partnership) to allow a range of activities, including reviewing current operations and services in light of COVID-19. The fund is open only until the end of June 2021.
The Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is offering a new e-learning course, “What is Happening on the Streets with Benzos?”, on the use of benzodiazepines in Scotland. The course is free to access and aims to increase understanding of the escalation of benzodiazepine use, and the associated harms, in Scotland, helping participants identify and understand the physical and psychological effects of the drug.