Community Empowerment Act, Participation Requests
2pm–4pm, Thursday 23rd February 2017, EVOC, 14 Ashley Place
This thinkSpace was an opportunity for a briefing on the Community Empowerment Act with a particular focus on Participation Requests. Participants found out how community organisations can make use of participation requests to start a dialogue with public bodies about things that matter to them and how they could be involved.
The even included practical tasks to help people understand the basic steps of developing a participation request.
Attendees got a better understanding of how communities can use participation requests to bring their skills and experience to make improvements to the services that they use.
Ian Turner from Scottish Government contributed.
Self Directed Support (SDS) thinkSpace event
Wednesday 28th September 2016, 10.30am – 1.30pm
Over two years after Self-Directed Support (SDS) legislation came into force, to what degree have the potential benefits been realised and what is left still to do? EVOC brought together people with lived experience, carers, third sector organisations, councillors and NHS and council officers to consider the picture and help to map out the way forward in Edinburgh.
Resources from the meeting:
- Presentation-2-SDS-Implementation-The Story So Far
- Report-It’s Just Us Collaborative Assessments
- thinkSpace Report
Procurement thinkSpace event
Tuesday, 28th June 2016, 10.30am– 1.30pm
European Room, Edinburgh City Chambers,
Resources from the meeting:
- Presentation 1 – CEC Procurement
- Presentation 2 – MacRoberts Robin Fallas
- Presentation 3 – CCPS Dee Fraser HIS Des McCart
- BLOG on the event and the work here
Advert: EVOC are holding a Compact thinkSpace on procurement, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.
The event will examine the opportunities available to those commissioning services under the new regulatory framework, and explore how a light touch procurement regime might operate. This is a complex and much debated topic, and we hope to use this event to move things forward and with your help identify positive solutions and specific actions which partners can sign up to on the day.
We have contributors lined up from Healthcare Improvement Scotland, MacRoberts LLP and the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland.
Adult/Public Protection thinkSpace
Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, 2pm – 4pm
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace
Resources from the meeting:
Advert: Adult protection is often highlighted within many of EVOC’s forums as an area where providers would welcome additional information, advice and support to ensure that service users, families, friends and carers are receiving the best possible care and support. Frequently, misunderstandings about the functioning of the Child and Adult Protection Committees and case conferences exist.
On 22nd June 2016 at 2pm, EVOC, in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council, will be hosting a thinkSpace event to discuss the city’s current arrangements around public (adult and child) protection within the city.
This thinkSpace is an opportunity for providers to come together with representatives on the Committee and staff from the Public Protection Team to:
- Better understand the roles and responsibilities of the Team and Committee
- Better understand the processes involved with case conferences
- Provide feedback about current arrangements
- Learn more about forthcoming training events
We will be joined by Kate Fennell and Sean Byrne of the Public Protection Team and the event will be delivered in partnership with Marion Findlay of Volunteer Edinburgh in her capacity as a representative to the Public Protection committee.
- CEC Procurement June 2016 (above)
- Adult Protection June 2016 (above)
- The Big Lottery Fund (Scotland) Information & Surgeries – Second Event April 2016
- Pension Auto Enrolment & Pensions Deficit
- City of Edinburgh Council Budget
- Fairer Scotland thinkSpace
- Human Trafficking
- Tenderising Tendering? – An EVOC thinkSpace on Procurement
- Why Localities?
- The Smith Commission – An enduring settlement?
- Pension Auto Enrolment
- Consultation on the Scheme of Integration of a Joint Body for Health and Social Care
- City of Edinburgh Council Budget – Balancing the Books?
- EVOC’s 4th Welfare Reform thinkSpace – Making the best of difficult times
- Our Health, Our Care, Our Future – August 2014
- Self Directed Support – Older People’s Service Providers – June 2014
- Health & Social Care Integration – June 2014
- The Referendum on Scottish Independence – May-June 2014
- Perpetual Reform – April 2014
- People – Participation – Power – January 2014
- Experts @ Breakfast – Series Two – Welfare Reform – October-November 2013
- The Future is Market – September 2013
- One Door, One Key – August 2013
- More Markets, Money and Power – August 2013
- Experts at Breakfast – Series One – Welfare Reform – June-July2013
- Welfare Reform: A Right State? – April 2013
- Integrating Health and Social Care: Beyond Old Dogs, More Than New Tricks – August 2012
- Markets, Money and Power: Perspectives on Self Directed Support – June 2012
- Edinburgh’s Twilight Talks with council candidates – March 2012
- Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill – November 2011
- Consultation briefing EVOC
Due to unprecendented demand for our first The Big Lottery Fund (Scotland) Information Event, we have decided to hold a second event at our EVOC Offices.
PLEASE NOTE, as there is already a full waiting list from the previous event, there will not be any further funding surgery slots available. There will, however, be an extended time for questions after the presentation.
The Big Lottery Fund (Scotland) launched their new five-year £250 million funding scheme to applications at the end of last year. With a focus on helping people and communities most in need, groups across the country can now share these life changing funds.
If you are applying for The Big Lottery Fund (Scotland) funding, you will be asked how you plan to include these three approaches in your activities:
The Big Lottery Fund (Scotland) aim to fund activities that embrace these three approaches. This will be hugely important when your application is being considered.
EVOC and The Big Lottery Fund (Scotland) are hosting workshops which will help to explain what is meant by each of these three approaches, as well as outline the Big Lottery Scotland funding application process.
This an ideal opportunity to ask any questions regarding funding and to help ensure your application is considered.
Thursday, 17 December 2015 from 10:00 to 13:00
EVOC, 14 Ashley Place, Edinburgh EH6 5PX
Following the success of our Pension Auto Enrolment thinkSpace earlier this year, our second event will provide information, support and advice on Pension Auto Enrolment as well as the pressing issue of Pensions Deficit for Third Sector organisations.
Guest speakers are confirmed from Burness Paull to discuss Pensions Auto Enrolment, and David Davison from Spence & Partners will be discussing Tackling Pensions Deficit issues for the Third Sector.This event promises to be helpful and informative to all Third Sector organisations who will be affected by Pensions Auto Enrolment and Pensions Deficit.
Friday, 27th November 2015 9.30am – 11.30am
The Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Please join us for our annual input to the Council’s Budget Decision Making. We will be joined by senior officials and Councillors to explain their proposals and hear Third Sector views.
***Update on CEC Budget***
Join EVOC’s Fairer Scotland thinkSpace and hear speakers from the Scottish Government and the Third Sector consider the questions in the current consultation:
- What are the main issues that matter to you?
- What do you think needs to be done to create a fairer Scotland?
- How can you and your community play a role in helping to shape our future?
We are actively inviting you to bring two other stakeholders from your organisation, eg service users and/or trustees.
Robin McAlpine of the Common Weal will be speaking on People Power plus we have facilitators confirmed from Scottish Government, Citizens Advice Scotland, Crisis Edinburgh, Poverty Alliance, LCIL and One Parent Families Scotland. Ella Simpson, EVOC’s Director will be leading the discussions on what we can do in Edinburgh and how we can feed back into the consultation process.
View the Fairer Scotland thinkSpace Programme.
Presentations and Reports
- Fairer Scotland thinkSpace Report
- Fairer Scotland thinkSpace Report – Appendix I – Wordclouds
- Fairer Scotland thinkSpace Report – Appendix II – Workshop 2
- Fairer Scotland thinkSpace Report – Appendix III – What we can do now
Tuesday 1st September, 8.30am – 10.00am
EVOC, 14 Ashley Place
Human trafficking is often described as modern day slavery to enable people to understand this topical subject. It shows that slavery is not an issue confined to history or an issue that only exists in certain countries. It is something that is still happening today. It is a global problem and the UK is no exception.
This short briefing and presentation from Police Scotland will provide you with an understanding of how human trafficking presents itself in Scotland, how you can recognise its indicators in your day to day work and what you can do to assist Police Scotland tackle this crime.
It will also provide details on how Criminals linked to Organised Crime are living lavish lifestyles within our communities, funded from their involvement in drug dealing, organised thefts, and exploitation of the people within the communities.
Tuesday 4 August 2.00pm – 4.00pm
At this thinkSpace we wish to see the assumption to tender challenged. We all might be well aware of the Council’s aspirations to be co-operative and collaborative in the work it does with partners. However, many of us question the application of these principles and the sincerity of this sentiment, when the road of procurement always leads to compulsory competitive tendering – the very opposite of co-operation. We want to advocate thinking differently with more flexible approaches that build capacity and champion prevention, bringing with them more value and better outcomes for Edinburgh’s citizens.
- Cllr Maureen Child
- Cllr Bill Cook
- Cllr Alasdair Rankin
- Coalition of Care and support Providers in Scotland (CCPS)
- Edinburgh TSI Case Studies
Presentations & Further Information:
- 01 Tenderising Tendering thinkSpace (EVOC & ECTOG slides)
- 02 CCPS – Future of Procurement
- 03 Procurement Tales (Volunteer Centre Edinburgh)
- 04 Compact 10
- 2015 EVOC Tenderising Tendering
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.
- What does this mean for Edinburgh?
- What does this mean for the city’s Voluntary Organisations?
- What are your hopes and your fears?
- What are your expectations of EVOC?
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.
|South West||Tues 21st April, 2.00 – 4.30pm||WHALE Arts|
|East||Thurs 30th April, 10am – 12.30pm||The Halls, South Leith Parish Church|
|South Central||Wed 6th May, 10am-12.30pm||City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square|
Mon 11th May, 2.00 – 4.30pm
|Muirhouse Millennium Centre|
If you have any comments or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Dianne Morrison on 0131 555 9100 in the first instance.
an EVOC thinkSpace
Held on Friday 27 March, EVOC Offices
This thinkSpace was an opportunity to consider the impact of the proposed new powers for Scotland. Aware of the controversy around the issue EVOC invited speakers to share expert views on the opportunities that exist for people in Scotland, and for the Third Sector in particular. We wanted the Sector to engage in the discussions, share views and let us know how we can support the sector through the changes ahead.
- Tea and coffee will be served from 9.00 for a 9.30 start
- 9.30 – 10.00 Stephen Kerr, Head of the Scottish Government’s Social Security Policy & Delivery Division
Reflections from the Smith Commission
- 10.00 – 10.30 Professor Kirstein Rummery, University of Stirling, Senior Fellow at the Centre of Constitutional Change
Draft legislation: Impacts and potential
- 10.30 – 11.00 Jenny Bloomfield, SCVO
Impact on Welfare Reform agenda – looking at the opportunities..
- 11.00 – 11.30 COFFEE BREAK
- 11.30 – 12.30 Open floor: a chance to share your views and tell EVOC what you expect from us.
Following the Smith Commission report, further consultation is taking place around ‘Scotland in the UK – An Enduring Settlement’ which will form the basis of legislation defining changes in the relationship between Scotland and the UK.
The potential impacts of such legislation are significant for Scottish society, and could mean a major change for Scotland’s Third Sector. EVOC is committed to supporting the Sector through these changes. To this end EVOC hosted a thinkSpace event on the morning of Friday 27th March, and the Speakers were –
- 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
Read the Discussion notes from the event.
Deborah Adam is a Director in the pensions team at law firm Burness Paull. She has specialised in pensions law since 2001 and advises employers, pension scheme trustees and pension providers on all aspects of pensions law. Deborah will cover the legal aspects of auto enrolment with an emphasis on what employers need to know to ensure they comply with the auto enrolment regime.
Gillian is an Actuary in the Actuarial and Benefits private sector practice at Hymans Robertson. She has been providing pensions consulting advice for over 6 years and has recently been focusing on auto enrolment and governance, providing pensions advice to employers and governance committees. Gillian will cover the practicalities of setting up a pension arrangement for auto enrolment.
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”.
At this thinkSpace event, we were joined by Councillors Burns, Rankin, Cook and Child, as well as Hugh Dunn, Head of Finance at CEC, to take us through the Council’s budget proposals for 2015/16 and into the future. There was short presentations, discussion and participants had the opportunity to quiz officers and politicians on their plans and highlight third sector interests once again.
Join EVOC in our 4th series of Welfare Reform related thinkSpaces. The focus this time is on local solutions to national problems. We will be inviting speakers throughout October to talk around the following subjects:
- Sanctions and the Claimant Commitment
- Food poverty and Community food initiatives
- Income maximisation and Financial inclusion
- Challenge Poverty Week
National problems – Local solutions
Other thinkSpace events coming up in the series:
Friday 10 October: Income Maximisation and Financial Inclusion
Laura Plumb, Project Manager for Recovery Essentials at EVOC will talk about the work of this financial inclusion project based in drug and alcohol agencies in Edinburgh. Ross Craig from Elizabeth Finn Care will talk about their work and share the Turn2Us tools that can help people find and claim the benefits they’re entitled to – and access grants too.
Friday 17 October: Challenge Poverty Week
Our final thinkSpace event falls during the Poverty Alliance’s Challenge Poverty Week. The main aims of this week are to highlight the reality of poverty and challenge stereotypes about it, as well as demonstrate what is being done across Scotland to address poverty, increase public support for more action to combat poverty. Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance will be with us to speak about this, and then Noel Mathias will talk about WEvolution’s work in bringing together people into Self Reliant Groups.
The aim of these events is to offer help and solutions to anyone working with people affected by welfare reform, and we hope you will feel inspired by some of the creative ways organisations have found to help their community. It is also an opportunity for you to share your experiences and opinions so that EVOC can use this to inform our work.
These breakfast sessions will be on consecutive Fridays at EVOC with an ‘8.15 for 8.30’ start. What better way to start your Friday than with a coffee and a croissant and a bit of lively discussion?
Dates: Friday 3 October / Friday 10 October / Friday 17 October
Time: 8.15 for 8.30 start
Venue: EVOC, 1st Floor, 14 Ashley Place, Edinburgh EH6 5PX
Our Health, Our Care, Our Future
NHS Lothian are currently consulting on their Draft Strategic Plan for 2014-2024. EVOC is delighted to host a thinkSpace event to look at the plan and its proposals. Chaired by Ella Simpson, EVOC Director, this morning event will discuss in a workshop format, the Draft Plan with input and presentations from NHS Lothian staff, including the NHS Lothian Health Inequalities Plan and the patient- centred pathway work.
We hope to have present:
- Alex McMahon, Director of Strategic Planning
- Jamie Megaw, Stategic Programme Manager -Integration and Older People’s services
- Sheila Wilson, Public Health Specialist
This thinkSpace is a great opportunity for Edinburgh’s Third Sector to influence the strategic direction of our Health Board on the priorities for health and care and the actions needed to achieve these.
Read thinkSpace – EVOC response to the NHS Lothian Consultation.
Members of both the Older People’s Service Providers’ Forum and the joint CEC H&SC/EVOC Older People’s Registered Services Co-production Partnership met on Friday 20 June 2014, to find out more information about how SDS is working now, the principles behind the new assessment process and how it is bedding-down, challenges/solutions, future thinking etc. To this end, Wendy Dale Strategic Commissioning Manager provided information and an update. The format of the morning was then very much a conversation around information sharing, looking at good practice and developing a common understanding amongst organisations.
Held on the morning of Monday 16 June 2014, over sixty people gathered at the Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Terrace, to receive information on the latest developments and discuss the Third Sector’s role in Edinburgh’s process to integrate NHS Lothian community services and CEC’s Health & Social Care Department. The following resources and transcriptions of the event and the conversations that morning give a good insight into both the process of integration and the wider issues and themes of interest to our sector:
Thursday 18th September has been described as ‘the single most important decision we’ll be asked to make during our lifetime.’
To make an informed choice, the first step is to gather the necessary information. To help you make your decision wisely, we have invited representatives of the ‘Better Together’ and ‘Yes, Scotland’ campaigns to speak to a Third Sector audience, to answer your questions and to hear your concerns.
We are running two twilight thinkSpace sessions on consecutive Thursday evenings. Thursday 29 May saw the ‘Better Together’ campaign event and Thursday 5th June save the ‘Yes Scotland” camp.
N.B. EVOC is strictly non-partisan on this issue, we are promoting neither a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote. We would encourage the Third Sector to carefully consider the guidance from OSCR (The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) to help ensure that you follow best practice.
We are now two years from the UK Welfare Reform Act receiving Royal Assent. A lot has changed in that time. Two days, let alone two years, is a long time in politics.
EVOC ran the following Breakfast thinkSpace Sessions on Welfare Reform as follows:
- Friday 04 April – What is EVOC doing on Welfare Reform?
- Wednesday 09 April – What is the City of Edinburgh Council doing on Welfare Reform?
Thank you to all who attended. Find the morning’s presentation on our Welfare Reform current resources page
- Friday 11 April – What are the biggest impacts of Welfare Reform on families with children? Child Poverty Action Group Scotland
Thank you to all who attended. You can click through to the morning’s presentation on our Welfare Reform current resources page
- Wednesday 16 April
What are the biggest impacts of Welfare Reform on poverty and inequality? Edinburgh Partnership Poverty & Inequality Theme Group
THE Scottish Government has announced its intention to bring to Parliament a new piece of legislation – designed to ensure that communities have more of a say in the factors which affect our lives.
The Community Empowerment & Renewal Bill has been discussed, in various forms, since Autumn of 2011. An initial pre-consultation drew significant interest from across Scotland. EVOC submitted a response on behalf of the city’s Third Sector.
Now a formal consultation has been launched. The deadline was Friday 24th January 2014.
Thank you to those who joined us for a Breakfast ThinkSpace discussion on Thursday 16th January 2014 – 0830 for 0900 to 1100 at EVOC.
The Draft Bill envisages a pivotal role for Scotland’s Third Sector, so we are very keen to gather your views to inform our submission to the Scottish Government on behalf of Edinburgh’s Third Sector.
We will publish our submission to the Scottish Government in due course.
EVOC and the Volunteer Centre Edinburgh hosted four events on the Review of Council Grants to Third Parties, in order to provide opportunities for Third Sector organisations (whether currently funded or not) to hear more about the review and contribute views and opinions about proposals.
The meetings took place on Tuesday 3 December (morning and evening sessions) and Thursday 5 December (morning and evening sessions.)
These sessions ran at EVOC on consecutive Tuesdays, with the following guests:
- Tuesday 15 October – Alan Sinclair and Eileen McHale of the City of Edinburgh Council
- Tuesday 22 October – Olive Hill of the Scottish Government
- Tuesday 29 October – Kate Burton of the NHS Lothian
- Tuesday 05 November – Ruchir Shah of the SCVO
Participants were led through a process of identifying the key issues connected to Welfare Reform which impact on communities, and considering possible solutions. We then put these to our expert guests, inviting them to respond – from a Public Sector perspective. At the last session, we welcomed the SCVO’s Ruchir Shah, and put an overview of the points made over the previous three weeks to him.
This consultation event considered the Council’s draft Market Shaping Strategy. Dee Fraser of CCPS gave a short presentation on issues around shaping a market and significant features to consider in a strategy. This was followed by a round table discussion to explore the issues and gain a stronger understanding of the implications for providers. Slides from the presenation are available below.
Analysing, critiquing and using market strategies (to be re-posted) – Dee Fraser, CCPS.
EVOC hosted this presentation and discussion event about changing community care assessments. With the introduction of Self-Directed Supported, City of Edinburgh Council Health and Social Care Department piloted new Social Work assessments to better reflect personal outcomes for people assessed as eligible to receive support.
Third Sector adult care providers are very much at the sharp end of providing support, services and interventions for people assessed as eligible for a service, and we wanted to bring together this experience with the managers developing the new assessments, to help get them right.
Self-Directed Support provides an opportunity to move away from allocating service to those in need, to enabling personal outcomes to be realised individually. What should this look like? What happens to those that are not assessed as eligible?
Contributors to this event were Nikki Conway (Senior Manager, Assessment and Care Management – South) and Wendy Dale (Strategic Commissioning Manager.)
In July 2013 the City of Edinburgh Council Health & Social Care Department launched a 3-month consultation of its Market Shaping Strategy. The Strategy is far-reaching, looking several years in the future, and reflects the Council’s response to new legislative requirements and economic pressures on public funds. The Strategy seeks to manage change, attempts to build in choice and control for people who use services, realign resources to meet legislative requirements and alter patterns of service use to address economic pressures. The implications for voluntary sector providers are profound and vary widely across the piece.
We held this ThinkSpace consultation event on 6th August in order to develop and gather views and comments on the draft Strategy.
Presentations from the day are available below:
Market Facilitation: The Strategic Process – Christina Naismith, JSC Programme
Market Shaping Strategy Consultation – the story so far – Wendy Dale and Chris Whelan, CEC
Analysing, critiquing and using market strategies – Dee Fraser, CCPS
Our thoughts as a Provider – Linda Tuthill, The Action Group
This series of breakfast-time discussions took place on Friday mornings from 28th June to 19th July. Presentations from featured speakers are available below.
28th June: Bill Scott, Inclusion Scotland
5th July: Jon Shaw, CPAG, Scotland
12th July: Lynn Williams, SCVO
- SCVO’s mapping report May 2013 – executive summary
- Scottish Government Expert Working Group on Welfare report
- Scottish Government’s initial response to the Expert Working Group on Welfare report
19th July: Moira Tasker, Citizens Advice Edinburgh
- Moira Tasker’s presentation slides
- Moira’s ‘Useful Links’
- Citizens Advice Edinburgh Services
- Timeline of key changes from Citizens Advice Scotland
Thank you to all those who joined us at our ThinkSpace event on the topic of Welfare Reform. We will publish a brief report on the event, along with our plans for taking your suggestions and ideas forward. You can view the feedback from the event on Twitter via the hashtags #WelfareReform and #ARightState.
Integrating Health and Social Care: Beyond Old Dogs, More Than New Tricks
This consultation event looked at the Scottish Government’s proposals for the Integration of Health and Social Care. The purpose of the event was to consider implications for service design and delivery, and to articulate a strengths-based Third Sector response.
This ThinkSpace event, hosted by EVOC and the Third Sector Strategy Group and held on 28th June 2012, considered the provisions of the Self Directed Support Bill and its implications for voluntary sector providers.
The programme featured presentations from local authority officers and voluntary sector experts. Providers learned about the latest thinking and how possible responses could be shaped to uphold core aims and values, making a positive difference to the people of Edinburgh. The day was organised around those presentations and discussions to garner views and comments in order to directly influence and inform the development of SDS locally.
For more information, contact Colin Murray.
Edinburgh political parties spoke to the third sector at a series of Twilight Talks in the run up to local elections on 3rd May 2012.
To help Edinburgh’s third sector engage with the issues, on behalf of Edinburgh’s Third Sector Interface, EVOC hosted a series of Twilight Talks where a range of third sector interests met prospective candidates party-by-party on successive Tuesdays in March.
Each party was invited to respond to the challenges set within the Edinburgh Third Sector Manifesto, and party representatives welcomed the opportunity to hear from the sector as they were developing their own manifestos for the local council elections.
Milind Kolhatkar organised these events and he reports back with details in this blog post.
This ThinkSpace event took place at EVOC on Wednesday 16th November 2011 in our office at 14 Ashley Place. Its purpose was to gather views on the Scottish Government’s upcoming Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill.