EVOC Christmas Opening Times

Please note, EVOC offices will be closed from Wednesday  24th December 2014 at 12.30pm. We will reopen on Monday 5th January 2015 at 9am. 


EVOC Submits Edinburgh’s Third Sector Interface response to the Edinburgh Budget

Edinburgh Third Sector Interface (TSI) partner, Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC), has submitted the TSI response to the Edinburgh Budget Consultation.

City of Edinburgh Council is currently consulting on their proposals for savings and investments for the annual budget 2015/16. 

The response comes in light of the suggested cuts that the Third Sector is facing – making up 15% of the local authority’s proposed budget reductions, whilst only accounting for only 8% of the Council’s total spend.

EVOC has been at the forefront of the debate, hosting a Budget Consultation thinkSpace at which 45 organisations attended, in late November at City Chambers with local Councillors, as well as CEC’s Head of Finance, to discuss the Council’s budget proposals for 2015/16.

The eight page report, entitled ‘The Year of Reckoning’, acknowledges the extent of the cuts and states quite simply, that the Council cannot, “keep doing what you’ve always done, and expect different results.”

With the hard facts of Edinburgh’s Third Sector laid bare – 15,000 people employed through Edinburgh’s Third Sector, generating over £2 Billion to the Edinburgh economy  – as well as case studies that reflect on the ‘Better Outcomes’ the Third Sector strives to achieve, the report shows the disproportionate impact that a fiscal approach would have on the people of Edinburgh who are living an unequal life.

Calls were also issued for Third Sector organisations to respond to the budget, and those seen by Edinburgh TSI partners have all echoed the forewarning of the disastrous consequences of such cuts – including increased crisis intervention, increased inequality and increased poverty – ultimately costing the city much more.

View the TSI Response – as well as other Third Sector organisation responses and resources – on EVOC’s dedicated Council Budget web pages.

CEC Budget – Third Sector Response Required

City of Edinburgh Council is currently consulting on proposals for savings and investments for the annual budget 2015/16. 

EVOC has pulled together a dedicated CEC budget consultation page, with information and resources, which are available here.

We cannot emphasise enough how it is really important that as many organisations as possible respond to the consultation.

We’d also be grateful if organisations could send us a copy of anything you submit to: comms@evoc.org.uk. We plan to publish responses on CEC budget consultation page, to help other people consider the issue for themselves.


EVOT Update

Grant Applications

As previously advertised, 1st April 2014 EVOT implemented a change in the way applications are submitted. To cut down on paperwork and streamline the administration processes of grant processing, we stopped accepting paper applications.

All applications are now only accepted electronically through the EVOC website. 

Please visit http://www.evoc.org.uk/grants/ for more information and to access an online application form.

EVOT Grant Receipts

From 1st January 2015, each week EVOT will select 1 – 2 agencies to randomly checked receipts for their clients receiving EVOT grants. Please ensure that all receipts are kept and in condition in the event of a spot check.

Further Information

Should you have any further queries regarding EVOT Applications or Grant Receipts, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Cyber Monday Training Sale

We have already seen the madness that is Black Friday; people fighting and getting arrested in the name of ‘grabbing a bargain’!

We at EVOC have decided to take on the more civilised Cyber Monday. Stay warm and cosy at home, and make your training savings online!

Between Monday 1st December and Wednesday 3rd December 2014, you can SAVE 15% on booking any EVOC training course with the discount code ‘cybermonday‘.

We have limited places on our wide range of training courses so don’t hesitate to book and save your place!

Please note, terms and conditions apply. Code is valid from 1st dec to 3rd dec on any training course before 31st March 2015. Discount cannot be used on pre-existing bookings.


Thank you for attending EVOC’s AGM

On behalf of everyone here at EVOC, we would like to thank everyone who attend our 2014 AGM & Conference, ‘Chasing Unicorns’. 

A special mention to our fantastic speakers:

As well as our Workshop hosts:

  • NHS Lothian Strategic Ten Year Plan – Libby Tait
  • Business Continuity Taster Session –  Nicola Brown 
  • Integrated Care Fund 2015/16 – Caroline Clark
  • Compact 10 & Compact Voice – Denise Horn & Sarah Wade
  • EVOC’s Forward Plan 2015 – 2018 – Ella Simpson & Ian Brooke

We will be adding more slides from our speakers shortly. Please keep an eye out here for further details.




Integration, Care and You

Workshop to discuss the integration of health and social care in Edinburgh and the integrated care fund

Friday 14 November 2014 from 2 to 4pm

Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Rd, Edinburgh EH7 5QY

2014-11-14 H&SC Integration Information

2014-11-14 H&SC Integration: Integrated Care Fund and Wider Context

Second Workshop now arranged on 10 Dec 2014 – http://www.evoc.org.uk/noticeboard/notices/integration-care-part-2/


- – – – Original publicity and advert:

You are invited to attend a workshop to discuss:

  • What is happening about the integration of health and social care in Edinburgh and how you can get involved; and
  • The development of a plan for the Integrated Care Fund announced by Scottish Government in the summer

We expect interest in this event to be high and therefore need to limit attendance to one representative per organisation.  Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To book a place please contact Dianne Morrison by email Dianne.morrison@evoc.org.uk

Chasing Unicorns UPDATE

Chasing Unicorns

Sometimes illusive transformational change for the better seems a lifetime away, or if it’s nearer, it’s a shimmering mirage on top of a sand dune.

We don’t believe it needs to be like this. Chasing Unicorns is much more worthwhile, and might actually take everyone on a journey that makes things happen in a small but important break from the past – or as we hear all the time ‘how we’ve always done things’. Plus unicorns are cute and can do magical things, like Edinburgh’s Third Sector.

‘Chasing Unicorns’, Edinburgh’s Third Sector Conference and EVOC’s Annual General Meeting, will be held on 11th November 2014 at 10am at the Norton Park Conference Centre in Edinburgh. We will be exploring the future of Scotland’s Third Sector – and any opportunities or challenges that may arise post Referendum. 

Last year’s inaugural event generated a huge amount of discussion and debate, and we are sure that at this time of people-led change there will be lots to talk about!

Date: Tuesday 11th November 2014

Time: 9.30am for 10am start – 1.30pm

Address: Norton Park Conference Centre
                   57 Albion Rd, Edinburgh,

                   EH7 5QY


Time Event
10am Welcome
10.10am ‘People Power’ – Lorna Edwards (NESTA)
10.30am Chasing Unicorns
10.50am Compact 10
11am Coffee
11.15am Workshops
12.15pm AGM
12.45pm Networking Lunch
1.30pm Close


  • NHS Lothian Strategic Ten Year Plan
  • Business Continuity (Nicola Brown) Taster Session
  • Health & Social Care Integration and the Integrated Care Fund 2015/16
  • Compact 10 & Compact Voice
  • EVOC’s Forward Plan 2015 – 2018

Register your place on our Eventbrite page. The event is FREE, however there are limited spaces available so book early to secure your place!



Celebrating Janette’s 25 years with EVOT!

Janette 25 yrs GROUP

Congratulations to EVOT’s Trust Administrator Janette Scappaticcio, who recently celebrated her 25th anniversary of working with EVOC and EVOT!  EVOC certainly have good staff retention, with Office Manager Dianne Morrison having been with us for 30 years, and Course Programme Coordinator Julie Anne Hill for almost 25 years!

Janette 25 yrs CROP

EVOC Convenor Joan Fraser presented Janette with a card signed by all the team and a lovely gift from Swarovski; as well as lovely homemade scones and jam from EVOC Director Ella Simpson.

Well done Janette!




Health & Social Care: Integrated Care Fund

£8.19 million sounds like a lot of money doesn’t it?

This is the Scottish Government’s allocation for Edinburgh’s Health & Social Care Integrated Care Fund. Then you stop and think:

  • It’s for one year
  • It must build on the learning from the RCOP change fund
  • It must tackle multi-morbidity issues
  • Edinburgh’s plan for this fund must be signed by – 

                                        – CEC
                                        – NHS Lothian
                                        – Independent Sector
                                        – Third Sector Interface (EVOC)

and submitted to Scottish Government in December 2014.

Read more on the Integrated Care Fund Guidance.

As with RCOP EVOC is working with statutory sector colleagues to consider the realistic priorities for this fund.

Our Annual third sector conference will host a workshop on these issues. We will also ensure that the EVOC thematic forums discuss learning from RCOP and priorities and that this feedback will be strongly represented at the strategic discussion.