The next Forth Valley SEN (FVSEN) meeting will take place on Thursday 19th May, 10am – 12pm, via Zoom. We are delighted to confirm that Chris Martin, CEO of Social Enterprise Scotland will be delivering a presentation, and will take questions following the outcome of the Social Enterprise Intermediary Review. There will also be presentations from Dollar Community Development Trust, and the Funding Officer for Stirling and Clackmannanshire at the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland.
As part of the development of the Forth Valley Suicide and Drugs-Related Deaths (DRD) Prevention Plan, NHS Forth Valley is keen to hear from people on what they would like to see included in this plan, via an online survey. The survey is open to service providers as well as individuals, families and community members affected by suicide. The closing date for responses is Wednesday 6th July.
The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee is holding an inquiry into the provision of allotments, as part of its post-legislative scrutiny of Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act (2015). They are looking for responses from anyone with an interest in allotments, including the wide range of community organisations and social enterprises who provide gardening and food growing initiatives. The deadline for responses is Tuesday 24th May.
This year, Scottish Bus Week runs Monday 23rd May – Sunday 29th May. Scottish Bus Week is an initiative from #lovemybus at Transform Scotland, aiming to provide an opportunity to celebrate all that bus can do for people, raise awareness about all the benefits of bus. It is designed as a chance to promote and support bus as a solution to reducing emissions, improve health, reduce congestion, sustain jobs in manufacturing low and zero emission buses, running services, and to realise a fairer transport system.
Maggie’s Forth Valley is holding their first ever Summer Fayre. The Fayre will feature stalls with treats, local crafts and gifts available to buy, plus refreshments. It will be held at the Dobbie Hall, Main Street, Larbert, FK5 4BL, on Sunday 22nd May, 10am – 3pm.
Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre is now taking bookings for their next Professional Information Afternoons, taking place via Zoom, 2pm – 4pm on Wednesday 18th May and Wednesday 15th June. The information afternoons aim to provide an opportunity for professionals to meet with unpaid carers and learn more about the Carers Centre, the support they offer unpaid carers and how they work, along with the Carers Act and Carers Rights.
CVS Falkirk is pleased to offer the opportunity to attend a fully funded “Lasting Leadership” in-person training programme taking place on Tuesday 24th May and Tuesday 31st May. The programme is aimed at third sector groups and organisations, and individuals, involved in community leadership roles, and is designed to cover topics for personal development, and improve your capacity and resilience to lead your group and your community.
The Marie Curie charity shop in Bo’ness is seeking friendly volunteers who can spare 2 – 3 hours a week to help out. Volunteers will help sort bags of donations, process items for sale, serve customers at the till, and help create attractive seasonal window displays; an eye for fashion and design would also be an ideal skill. This opportunity is open to those aged 14 years old and over.
Go Forth & Clyde is seeking 6 enthusiastic Repair Shop Volunteers who would like to pass on their skills to the community in their new project. They are looking for volunteers who would like to help others learn new skills – this includes people who are just starting a new activity and would like to learn more, and those with skills and hobbies they have been doing for years and would like to show others.
The Helix Green Team is open to everyone, with meetings on Tuesday mornings. This opportunity may suit people interested in some outdoor practical conservation volunteering within the Helix Park. The group’s volunteers plan, prepare and supervise these conservation sessions with the park’s staff. Volunteers should bring their enthusiasm, weather appropriate clothing, and wear sturdy shoes.