Looking Back at 2020 by Roisin HurstI don’t think 2020 is a year that any of us will forget anytime soon, so as we start a new year, it seems like a good time to reflect on both the challenges and positives (there were some!) of the last 12 months. I started working at EVOC on the first day of lockdown, […]
Regional Resilience: The Big PictureThis is a guest blog written by John Beresford (Senior Resilience Co-ordinator on the East of Scotland Resilience Co-ordination Team). My name is John Beresford and I am the Senior Resilience Co-ordinator on the East of Scotland Resilience Co-ordination team. The Scottish Government has three of these teams which are aligned with the East, West […]
What are the Best Actions that Organisations Can Take to Avoid Burn Out?This is a guest blog written by Duncan W Wallace (Facilitator, Coach, Consultant & Trainer). As we all head into winter from this unprecedented year, I have been working with multiple organisations about how to avoid Burn Out. The graphic above outlines the results from a recent survey, and – for me – the number […]
Lessons Learned: COVID-19 Food ProgrammeCOVID-19 has challenged us all in so many different ways. We’ve made new alliances, tested established partnerships and put real commitment into supporting the communities and people we care so much about. From zero to 100mph is high octane stuff and the food delivery programme was a task-intensive pressurised programme at every stage in the […]
Governance: Keeping the positives and reaching out for assistanceI don’t know if anyone is keeping track of all the unpredicted consequences of COVID-19 but the list will be long. For our very own little niche of things we’ve noticed is governing documents. Like them or ignore them, they are your organisation’s handbook for how your governance operates and if it is lacking, ambiguous or outright prevents you from doing something, then you and your Board need to have a look at reviewing it.
Online training sessions: our thoughts, tips and adviceOur usual training sessions for trustees have been on pause as we all went into lockdown and adjusted to new challenges and new ways of working. But, after getting some requests to restart we decided it’s time to take the plunge into online delivery! We know there are a lot of organisations looking closely at […]
Inspiring Change: Voluntary Sector Responses to COVID-19“Thanks for still being there for me.” As we read through the stories of local responses to Coronavirus this one stood out. Said by a young person who is being supported by The Junction, it was the shortest and simplest, but summed up the fact that in the toughest of times, local organisations have found […]
Google Ad Grants – FREE Advertising for Non-ProfitsI recently came across Google’s ‘Ad Grants’ for non-profits, and wanted to share my insight from this to EVOC’s members and readers.
Extension of FOI regulations to voluntary organisationsMany organisations may be aware, and others not yet alert to the fact that a Scottish Government consultation has just closed, seeking views on further extending the coverage of FOISA, with a focus on those who provide services on behalf of the public sector. The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) The full consultation description is […]
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019 – It’s Good 2 GiveThis is a guest blog from one of the winners of the 2019 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) – it focuses on It’s Good 2 Give, a charity that supports young cancer patients and their families, it is written by Co-founder and Chair Lynne McNicoll OBE MInstF.