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.
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 […]