You are absolutely amazing! You have responded not just to the needs of the people you were already in contact with, but to the wider community.
There has been much publicity about funds to support your incredible work. I have been working (and shouting and arguing) to get this promised funding released as quickly as possible so you can keep going. I know you are living on promises and goodwill, and that’s not good enough.
There is a Wellbeing Fund (£50 million nationally with approx. £3million for Edinburgh) sitting somewhere, while national organisations and civil servants create a system. This is a piece of nonsense – you know and I know that EVOC has the systems in place. We’re already working with many of you and we know how to make the best possible use of this fund. There is a Supporting Communities Fund – £40 million nationally which is promised “soon”. To put it mildly, my blood boils. It isn’t good enough.
I promise I will continue to shout and scream at people who have decided that creating a bureaucratic system is more important than getting the resources to the people who will make best use of them.
COVID-19 Sector Survey
Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey – the response has been absolutely fantastic and is already helping to shape the support we’re providing here at EVOC.
The survey is helping us to co-ordinate and understand the city-wide picture. It’s helping us make sure that the statutory sector is connected in as much as possible and we’re also looking for extra resources to support you from the Scottish Government and local sources. The next step is a more thorough analysis of what organisations need across different localities and thematic areas, and to share it with other strategic partners providing support.
EVOC continues to advocate for and raise the profile of the voluntary sector through participation in:
Edinburgh Resilience Partnership
This group is supported and administered by CEC and has representatives of all statutory sectors, interfaith groups, the voluntary sector, transport, Forth Ports and Chamber of Commerce. Regular updates on what each organisation is doing and looking at common issues e.g. HR. EVOC has highlighted the directory of voluntary sector responses and emerging issues, including funding to sustain the level of activity. Initially there has been a significant focus on people who are homeless and supported.
Lothian and Borders Caring For People Group
This group is supported and administered by Scottish Government and is similar to the above but covers a larger geographical area. Considers emerging issues e.g. protocols for shielding were high on the agenda, sharing data etc. Issues re PPE, adult protection, public messaging, compliance with “stay at home” and “social distancing” etc are all discussed.
Edinburgh Caring For People Group
Bringing together the NHS, Health & Social Care Partnership and voluntary sector to work out how to support vulnerable people locally in Edinburgh in a co-ordinated way, and tapping into the national recruitment of local people wishing to volunteer.
Online Local Sector Forums
Finally, one of the key actions we’ve taken is to move all Local Sector Forums online through Slack. Find out more below and please join in, now more than ever we need to collaborate and stay connected.
Best wishes and good luck.
Ella Simpson, Chief Officer
NETWORKS AND FORUMS ARE NOW ON SLACK
EVOC has launched a Slack Workspace for Edinburgh’s voluntary sector to share information, updates, offers and needs.
Slack is an online space that allows us to organise conversations and replace communications that might otherwise be scattered across 100’s of emails, texts and meetings.
Please join if you are an Edinburgh voluntary sector organisation – it is where you’ll get the most up to date information, be able to share things quickly and stay connected.
How it works
When you join you’ll have access to a number of ‘public channels’ on topics such as community food, funding, legal regulation, offers of help and training.
Each network and forum will also have a more focused ‘private channel’ which members will be invited to join – both the geographic Voluntary Sector Forums and the various thematic networks and forums.
How to join
We’ll be supporting you all the way to get to grips with Slack – once you’ve got started it’s easy to use.
Please contact the forum leads for access to specific channels:
|Older People’s Forum||Roisin Hurst|
|Substance Use Network Edinburgh||Maria Arnold|
|Edinburgh Mental Health Forum||Christina Hinds|
|Edinburgh Disabilities Forum||Hugo Whitaker|
|Children, Young People and Families Forum||Katherine Anderson|
|Voluntary Sector Forums – across Edinburgh’s localities||Kate Barrett|
HR & COVID-19 Webinar | Thursday 9 April | 12:30 – 13:30
Morag Hutchison of Burness Paull will be offering guidance on managing HR covering the latest guidance, including furlough, and you’ll be able to submit questions beforehand once you’ve registered.
EDINBURGH AND LOTHIAN TRUST FUND (ELTF)
The ELTF team is processing applications remotely and is welcoming applications for the following funds.
General Fund grants for individuals: Applications are still being accepted but please note that only applications where the grant can reach the service user will be progressed. If you are able to complete an online shop on behalf of the client, please add this in the ‘Purpose for which grant is needed’ field in the online form.
Grants for Voluntary Organisations: The deadline for applications is 28th April 2020
Edinburgh Fire Fund: Applications will be progressed on receipt.
Edinburgh Police Fund for Children: Please note that only applications where the grant can reach the service user and the children concerned are still attending school e.g. children of key workers, will be progressed. If you are able to complete an online shop on behalf of the client, please add this in the ‘How much is the grant for’ field in the online form.
EVOC + LAW AT WORK MEMBERSHIP DEAL
All EVOC members can now benefit from our partnership with Law at Work. You’ll be able to access their exclusive online client area which contains their employment law and HR template letters, style policies and guidance notes. There’s also a complete template staff handbook to download and you’ll also be able to see what legislation is changing soon.
Voluntary Organisation Membership Fees for 2020
Income below £25,000, full membership is FREE
Income between £25,000 and £500,000, full membership is £35 annually
Income above £500,000, full membership is £55 annually
Associate membership: £55 per year for organisations and £10 per year for individuals wishing to support the aims of EVOC.
COVID-19 FUNDING AND SUPPORT
Funding (funds open at time of publishing)
Standard Life Covid-19 Fast-track Funding >>>
Family Recovery Initiative Fund >>>
Youth Scotland Covid-19 Action Fund >>>
Faith in Community Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund >>>
Foundation Scotland Covid-19 Resilience Fund >>>
Creative Scotland Emergency Funding >>>
Rural Response Emergency Grant >>>
Support & Resources
EVOC Covid-19 Resources >>>
Charity Bank Emergency Funding Database >>>
City Region Deal launches Covid-19 Job Support >>>
Law at Work Covid-19 Resources and Checklists >>>
Inspiring Scotland Emergency Funding Summary >>>
SCVO Funder Database >>>