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.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019 – PF Counselling ServiceThis is a guest blog from one of the winners of the 2019 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) – it focuses on the PF Counselling Service, written by Director, Alison Hampton. This is the first of three blogs, see the others and more info here. PF Counselling Services, which has been established for over […]
The Road to Growth Blog: Money, Impact & ChangeDoing the right thing isn’t always the easy thing.
Drug related deaths in the newsIt’s good to see media support for drug and alcohol funding, although of course sad that the stark drug related deaths figures released this week were needed to bring this about. Drug related deaths are an indicator of the increasing pressures but are unfortunately only the tip of the iceberg. It’s always helpful to have […]
UN Poverty RapporteurAt the end of May the UN’s final report on the impact of austerity on human rights in the UK was published. Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty sets out a damning 21 pages. “Close to 40 per cent of children are predicted to be living in poverty by 2021. Food banks have […]
Guest Blog: Jan-Bert from Artlink on the Art in Action CampaignFOCUS ON: ART IN ACTION ‘If your world’s never interesting and always predictable, eventually you will keep your eyes shut and you don’t need to see it because you know exactly what’s going on round about you, you become almost totally desensitised to everything. It’s a kind of learned dis-engagement.’ Colin Hattersley Photography The Scottish Contemporary […]
Guest Blog: Training Trainers – The importance of Learning to LearnDuncan W Wallace Coach, Government Advisor and Organisational Development Consultant “Brilliant, practical way of building a training course”…. The “Training for Trainers course was very helpful in learning the do’s and don’t as well as how to design a programme incorporating all learning styles.”…. “Duncan’s course is well-structured and inclusive of different professions (not always […]
Mike McCarron: Edinburgh Recovery Activties project to be live soonThings are moving along nicely with the next recovery project in Edinburgh. Discussions and plans are underway with regards to the long term project, taking into account things like locations, social enterprise involvement and other operational considerations. The interim project, now called ERA – Edinburgh Recovery Activities – will be live soon, following input from […]
Transforming Urgent Care Out of HoursEVOC and NHS Lothian have been working together since December 2018 to consult people about Urgent Care Out of Hours. We have met with groups of older people, carers and people accessing mental health services in North West Edinburgh, and more widely, during February to hear people’s experiences. We have gathered everyone’s views to produce a […]