Events: Adult Health & Social Care Integration – the Strategic Plan

Inviting Edinburgh’s Third Sector to help shape the Integrated Joint Board’s Strategic Plan

Adult Health and Social Care integration is moving forward across Scotland, and here in Edinburgh the next stage of development is just starting.  A shadow Strategic Planning Group has now met, bringing together people from across the NHS, Health & Social Care, the Third Sector and Independent Sector. 

We want to feedback to everyone in the Third Sector interested in shaping the future of health and social care services on how the Strategic Plan is being developed, update people on integration itself and invite you to share your aspirations and thoughts on what we can feed into the planning process.

A number of opportunities to feedback and discuss are taking place in Edinburgh over the coming months. More information and booking for our ‘Feedback, Engage and Create’ events can be found on our Health & Social Care Partnership pages.


The Smith Commission: An Enduring Settlement?

Friday 27th March 9am (for 9.30am start) – 12.30pm
EVOC, 14 Ashley Place, EH6 5PX
Free event – register here.

This thinkSpace is an opportunity to consider the impact of the proposed new powers for Scotland.  Aware of the controversy around the issue EVOC has invited speakers to share expert views on the opportunities that exist for people in Scotland, and for the Third Sector in particular.

Come and hear from those in the know –

  • Stephen Kerr, Head of the Scottish Government’s Social Security Policy & Delivery Division

  • Professor Kirstein Rummery, University of Stirling, Senior Fellow at the Centre of Constitutional Change

  • Jenny Bloomfield, SCVO (who has written a guest blog on the subject)

We want the Sector to engage in the discussions, share your views and let us know how we can support you through the changes ahead.

Find out more about the event, including the event programme, on our thinkSpace page.

Spaces are filling up fast, so book your place via Eventbrite.

EVOC Voluntary Sector Led Training Programme – Spring 2015

Working in Partnership to support Children and Young People  

The Edinburgh Voluntary Sector – Led Training Programme will take place over the months of April/May. The events will have a GIRFEC focus and include the following sessions:

2nd April – GIRFEC, the Voluntary Sector and Culture Change
23rd April – Families Outside – Out of the Shadows
24th April – The Work of Counselling Children
1st May – Joint Seminar dedicated to adolescent development
5th May – Working with Children and Their Families Affected by Child Sexual Abuse/Exploitation
14th May - Supported Parenting – Getting it right for parents with learning disabilities
21st May 2015 – Sharing songs and rhymes with babies and young children – How to deliver a Rhymetime in any setting

These events are all free and are open to all working within Edinburgh Children’s Partnership, however please be aware spaces are limited and early booking is advised. More information about each course can be found by clicking on the relevant link above. You can also download and share the Voluntary Sector Led Training Programme.


EVOC Localities thinkSpace – Save the Date

More and more local and national governments have come to the view that engaging with citizens, and planning, purchasing and delivering services at a ‘sub-local’ or ‘localities’ level is the way to add value.

In Edinburgh the City of Edinburgh Council has agreed a localities way of working, with the city divided into four quadrants, or localities, as described in the Council’s ‘Organise to Deliver’ reports. Simultaneously, there is a drive within the legislation covering the integration of Adult Health with Social Care that services will be designed and delivered closer to communities.

EVOC intends to bring organisations together to consider current plans, and their implications for our communities, by means of a series of four thinkSpace events spread across the city.

This comes out to you as a request to ‘save the date’ to attend the event within the locality most relevant to your service provision. More information can be found on our thinkSpace page.



EVOC Training Grants – Update

EVOC Training has reached the end of a three year grant fund.  This fund helped provide access to training for Voluntary Sector staff at EVOC for free. Due to high demand, the funding has now come to an end.

We plan to reapply for more funding in April, but please note that for the moment we are unable to accept any further training funding applications. We will advertise as soon as future funding becomes available.

Should you have any queries regarding this update, please contact Julie Anne on 0131 555 9100.

EVOC Board Member Opportunity

Do you have a background in charity finance, and want to play a key role in helping shape Edinburgh’s Third Sector?

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC) is a registered charity working in Edinburgh to further our strategic objectives:

  • Consulting, supporting and representing the Sector
  • Building the capacity of and developing the Sector
  • Developing partnership approaches, principles and practice
  • Providing improved services by supporting and developing our people
  • Being a high quality, effective and developing organisation

We are seeking an experienced Accountant to join our Board of Directors this year. Candidates should ideally have a good knowledge of charity finance and an understanding of the Third Sector.

It is intended that the successful applicant will in due course assume the role of Treasurer when our current long serving Treasurer stands down in the course of this year. The Treasurer has responsibility for oversight of finance and resources, delegated appropriately to the Chief Executive, the Finance Manager and the staff team. As a member of the Board you will be involved in strategic planning, compliance with statutory financial requirements, and governance.  We hold four Board meetings per year and four Finance and Resource Committee meetings per year. The Treasurer is also the chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. The post is unpaid but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

For further information and to apply, please contact our Chief Executive, Ella Simpson

Edinburgh Fire Fund Launch

 B8iEuSQCMAAc0swA fund established with money raised nearly 200 years ago has been launched to help people affected by house fires in Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Fire Fund (previously known as The Surplus Fire Fund) was originally founded in 1824; with money raised by locals to help victims of a series of fires on Edinburgh’s High Street. Today, the money left over from the fund has a value of £1.25 million, and produces an income of around £40,000 a year which will be available to be awarded as grants to help Edinburgh victims of fire and fire damage.

An Act passed in the Scottish Parliament in March 2014 paved the way for the management of the fund to be transferred to the Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund (formerly known as EVOT), which will be handling all applications and making awards. Referred applicants (who are in receipt of state benefits, or who are currently earning the living wage or less), can apply for grants to help cover the cost of interior damage caused by house fires – such as replacing house contents damaged by fire or cleaning/decorating rooms following smoke damage – as well as counselling for psychological trauma.

Joan Fraser, Chair of The Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund, said:

“I am delighted that the Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund is taking over responsibility for providing support to individuals suffering hardship as a result of a house fire. We look forward to continuing the assistance that the Surplus Fire Fund has provided since 1824. I’d like to thank the Lord Provost and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for their co-operation in moving to a new stage in the life of this historic Edinburgh Fund.”

The Rt Hon Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, said:

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service carries out a vital service in Edinburgh, eliminating hundreds of blazes a year and staffing many stations with fire-fighters twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The trauma of surviving a fire and of losing keepsakes and possessions can continue long after the flames have been put out. The Edinburgh Fire Fund, which was handed over to The Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund after being reactivated by the Council last year, can make a world of difference to people in Edinburgh.

The fund is specifically for those victims of fire who earn less than the living wage, and might struggle to cover the cost of replacing household items if they aren’t covered by insurance. It can also help residents to receive counselling and support after their home has been destroyed, or in severe circumstances when they have suffered mental or physical injury or lost a loved one.

Welcoming the Edinburgh Fire Fund is our way of thanking the people who carry out this vital work, and to help raise awareness of the funding that is available.”

Today the launch of The Edinburgh Fire Fund was held at Edinburgh City Chambers on Thursday 29th January, hosted by Lord Provost Donald Wilson. It was a great success, with members of Edinburgh Fire Service, Edinburgh Council, EVOC and The Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund (formally EVOT) attending. The event was also covered in an article by STV Edinburgh.

Further information about the fund and how to apply can be found on the ELTF website.

EVOC thinkSpace: Consultation on the Scheme of Integration of a Joint Body for Health and Social Care 

Evoc will be hosting a thinkSpace event on the Consultation on the Scheme of Integration of a Joint Body for Health and Social Care.

To fulfil their obligations under the Public Bodies (Scotland) Act 2014 CEC and NHSL are creating a new “integration authority for Edinburgh with responsibility for delivering national health and well-being outcomes”.

This new body will provide services currently delivered under the aegis of the Edinburgh Community Health Partnership along with some important operational additions, and will have new governance arrangements.
The event will take place on Wednesday 18 February  8.30-10.30am at EVOC, 14 Ashley Place, EH6 5PX. More information & booking details are available on our thinkSpace page.

EVOC Training January Sale – EXTENDED

The EVOC January Training Sale has been EXTENDED until Tuesday 10th Feb, meaning there’s still time to grab a training bargain!

It’s that time of year again, where we all make resolutions to follow for the rest of the year. What could be a better resolution than learning some new skills?

We are delighted to announce EVOC’s 2015 training programme is now live, with a diverse and exciting training programme that hopefully meets your training needs. We have a wide range of courses which include old favourites, as well as some exciting new ones.

What’s more, book any two training courses in January 2015 and get the third free*! Simply add ‘JanSale2015′ in the discount code box in the booking form to take advantage of this great deal.

To make sure you are first to know about upcoming training and funding opportunities; please subscribe now to our monthly Training Updates Newsletter.  This is the best way to keep up-to-date with the latest training news.

Happy Training!


*Please note, terms and conditions apply. Offer applicable to bookings made up until Tuesday 2nd February 2015 23:59 ONLY. Offer applies to any course that is held at EVOC until 31st March 2015. The least expensive of the three courses booked will be the free course offered.  Bookings can be three people for the same course, three different people for three different courses, but the three people must all be from the same organisation. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with funding/RCOP funding.