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The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership is seeking people to provide both a service user perspective and a carer perspective to the Partnership.
The Partnership is comprised of the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council, (EVOC) who are committed to the vision of ‘working together for a caring, healthier, safer Edinburgh’.
The Members’ key tasks will be to attend Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership meetings and ensure that the Partnership is provided with a service user and a carer perspective on agenda items. The members will ensure oversight and scrutiny of decisions and policies made by the Partnership.
The closing date for applications is 31 January 2014.
For further information, please contact Rachel Howe on 0131 529 6552.
Further information about the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership is available on the City of Edinburgh Council website.
The EVOC office will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 24th December, and we will reopen on Friday 3rd January 2014.
This holiday season, we wish all the very best to our colleagues and partners across Edinburgh’s Third Sector.
Please note that unfortunately this event scheduled for 10th December has been cancelled.
Please consider giving your consultation feedback via the online survey.
Download the consultation document.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about the strategy then please get in touch by email in the first instance.
EVOC and the Volunteer Centre Edinburgh will be hosting a number of ThinkSpace consultation events on the Review of Council Grants to Third Parties.
The Review has now progressed to the point where a number of broad proposals have been identified including:
- Develop discrete grant programmes to provide better alignment with strategic priorities including capital coalition pledge commitments
- Embed the development, awarding and monitoring of grant programmes within the appropriate Executive committees
- Establish the principle of time limited funding packages, typically three years
- Report the total support to 3rd parties by acknowledging other forms of funding e.g. concessionary lets
- Encourage innovation and change allowing an enhanced emphasis on early intervention and prevention
A number of meetings have been organised to provide opportunities for Third Sector organisations (whether currently funded or not) to hear more about the review and express views about its proposals.
- Tuesday 3rd December from 8:30am to 10am, at EVOC, 14 Ashley Place, EH6 5PX
- Tuesday 3rd December from 5:30pm to 7pm, at Volunteer Centre, 24 Torphichen St, EH3 8JB
- Thursday 5th December from 8:30am to 10am, at EVOC, 14 Ashley Place, EH6 5PX
- Thursday 5th December from 5:30pm to 7pm, at Volunteer Centre, 24 Torphichen St, EH3 8JB
Submissions are entirely voluntary and open to organisations whether or not they attend any of the above meetings.
The Council is keen to get feedback from Third Sector organisations so please participate through the meetings and/or the survey.
For more details or to RSVP, please contact Dianne Morrison on 0131 555 9100.
The EVOC office at 14 Ashley Place will be closed until 3pm on Tuesday 26th November, so that staff can attend our annual conference and AGM.
We will be open from 3pm to 5pm on that date.
Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC) has partnered with eight drug and alcohol services in Edinburgh to develop an exciting new initiative to ensure people affected by substance use get the right help, quickly, to address welfare rights, debt and basic needs. Financial Inclusion Workers will be based within drug and alcohol services, and together with the Project Manager, will both provide advice and support, develop group work on financial inclusion issues, and explore the most effective methods of working with people with challenging needs and circumstances.
Project Manager, f/t, £30,006
The Project Manager must be an experienced advice professional, with a track record in developing and delivering advice services, with ideas about innovation to ensure financial inclusion with the most disadvantaged people.
Project Administrator, p/t 17.5hrs, £10,194
The Project Administrator will oversee the HQ base of this project and co-ordinate the communication, monitoring and administration of this team, which largely works on an outreach basis.
7x Financial Inclusion Worker, f/t, £23,082
The Financial Inclusion Workers will work flexibly within 8 drug and alcohol services and on an outreach basis to their clients (including home visits). The team will specialise in offering advice, support and personal development to substance users and their families, including claims, appeals and tribunals, debt negotiation and personal budget planning.
These posts are funded for two years by the Big Lottery. Secondments will be considered.
For job descriptions and application forms, please see our vacancies page.
EVOC has received a Big Lottery award of £535,133 for a new money advice service. We are one of six Scotland projects sharing in £3,811,950 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities programme.
The Recovery Essentials Project will provide financial advice for thousands of individuals within eight specialist drug and alcohol services, led by EVOC. This will form part of a holistic service that will provide vital support during the person’s road to recovery. Up to 20 volunteers will be trained to provide initial advice and advocacy while skills and knowledge will be passed onto partner agencies.
EVOC Director, Ella Simpson, said: “This project has been developed by a consortium of organisations, responding to an increasing need and distress caused by financial difficulties. Over the next two years 4600 people will be helped to tackle their immediate financial problems and importantly gain the confidence and ability to manage their finances in the longer term. People who are affected by substance use and associated issues are particularly vulnerable and this project will help to build their resilience against the potential impact of welfare reform.”
Please watch this space for further details and information in the near future, regarding the development of this project.
Book an information talk for your group now!
EVOC’s ‘at 800′ project has now been extended until November 2013 due to delays with the roll out of 4G on mobile phones. This has meant that we have extended our remit to go back to groups that have already had a visit and remind them about the possible interference with Freeview TVs as a result of these changes. For some it’s several months since they received the postcards and help information.
Also, we are now extending the work to speak to groups of carers.
We can come out and speak to your pre-arranged group meeting and can do a flexible short session to help people understand potential problems at the beginning or end of your meeting.
We really want to highlight the free home visits which can be arranged by calling 0333 3131 800.
If you have a group of older people, disabled people, or carers and your meetings are based in Edinburgh, please get in touch with Josie Isles on 0131 555 9100 to book a slot for your group.
We’re very excited about the Early Years Development Fund and the innovative work that it will nurture, with funds awarded to projects supporting young children and their families.
In particular, we would like to encourage applications from organisations wishing to work together as collaborations/joint bids or consortiums. The application guidance has been amended to reflect this:
It is anticipated that there will be 10 – 20 awards of between £15,000 and £50,000.
Joint applications will be considered from organisations that are wishing to work together as collaborations/joint bids or consortiums. For these awards, no upper limit is prescribed, but applicants need to carefully consider that their proposed outputs and contribution to the outcomes is sufficiently impactful to justify a larger investment, when considered against other bids.
For more details, please see the information and complete paperwork. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 30th October.
In addition, applicants are invited to attend the EY Development Fund information workshop taking place on Friday 11th October from 9:30am to 12noon at the Scottish Youth Hostel Association on Leith Walk. The four Early Years Change Fund Work Stream Leads at the City of Edinburgh Council will give an overview of the four key outcomes. This is a free event but you are asked to please book your place in advance.
For the last three months the City of Edinburgh Council has been running a consultation on its draft Market Shaping Strategy for social care provision. During that time EVOC has organised a couple of exercises to gather views and comment from the sector, and has facilitated a number of conversations on the issues.
In offering a vision for the future of social care over the next ten years, the Strategy contains opportunity and risk to voluntary agencies (according to scale and capacity), and to people who use services. The Strategy proposes some significant changes to the way care is structured and takes the view that change will happen at a steady pace. EVOC welcomes this aspect of the approach and looks forward to working with the Health and Social Care Department to develop the approach and ensure the interests of people who use services and the voluntary agencies which provide them.
EVOC’s response to the consultation highlights some of the major issues for voluntary agencies and seeks engagement with Health and Social Care Department as the strategy evolves.
You can read EVOC’s response here.
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