In what seems like another lifetime back in February, and after extensive consultation with all our stakeholders, team members and the Board, we agreed a new strategic plan for EVOC.
The headlines were leadership, development and advocacy.
Who would ever have thought those values and principles would be tested so dramatically. Our role is to support the amazing collective leadership demonstrated in communities across Edinburgh, the rapid development of effective working partnerships and advocating at every opportunity for the sector – now, during whatever transition takes place and as a force to be taken seriously as the statutory sector re-assess how they engage with communities.
To help us with this can you please take 15 minutes from your really busy day and complete the survey in this newsletter. We have worked with colleagues across Scotland and our aim is to collect information which we can then interrogate locally and thematically.
This will provide the hard evidence of the effort and work you have done in the last 2 months; alongside the amazing stories of the differences you have made we can and will work together to ensure the voluntary sector is central to future planning.
Its particularly important that we have this evidence at this time as every strategic planning group is now considering the “transition and recovery” journey.
Take care and stay safe,
Chief Executive, EVOC
VOLUNTARY SECTOR TOGETHER: NATIONAL SURVEY
As the coronavirus pandemic continues it is important that we have a strong understanding of its impact on community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, as well as the people and communities you support.
Edinburgh TSI, which EVOC is part of, is a member of a network of Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) covering every local authority area in Scotland.
We are asking you to complete a survey. We know this is a busy time, but good quality information will help us provide better support to you and enable us to make the right asks of government and funders.
Before you begin you should know:
- This is a national survey with the results able to be used locally and nationally. If your organisation covers more than one local authority area you may be asked to complete this more than once. Ideally we would like a single response from your whole organisation covering the full area you cover.
- It would be helpful if the survey was completed by a senior person in your organisation. Some of the questions are about the leadership and strategic challenges at this time.
- The survey contains 26 questions and will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. Most of the questions are multiple choice.
- The survey is confidential and no individual organisation information will be published. Your individual response will be shared with the TSIs where you operate.
TOP TIPS IF YOU’RE APPLYING TO THE WELLBEING FUND
The Wellbeing Fund is open again for applications until noon, 22nd May.
EVOC, ESEN and Volunteer Edinburgh are supporting the assessment process so we’ve put together a list of top tips based on the applications we saw in the last round.
Top Top Tip: The criteria is very strict – please read it carefully!
Funding Newsletter: Our colleagues at GCVS in Glasgow have created a funding newsletter which covers a lot of what’s happening nationally >>>
The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund: Open to third sector organisations so they can provide enhanced peer support, parenting support and perinatal counselling services during pregnancy and in the early stages of life >>>
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme: Supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances >>>
EDINBURGH COVID19 SERVICES MAP
The map is continually being updated with information submitted to the Directory – please use and share it to promote what you’re doing.
In Edinburgh, thanks to the incredible hard work of over 20 organisations working together, over 17,000 meals have been delivered to people who need support in just one week.
In the sector we talk a lot about ‘partnership working’ but we want to shine a light on the fact that ‘partnerships work’.
We’re collecting examples from across the city and across thematic areas to show Government, the statutory sector and the public that the voluntary sector rises to current challenges again and again, that we’ve done it quickly, effectively and together.
Please also also share your partnership stories with SCVO’s new campaign #nevermoreneeded
CYBER RESILIENCE & COVID SCAMS: LATEST NEWS
As a result of the significant rise in COVID-19 related scams, over the next few months, the Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Unit will share important information. They aim to share these updates weekly.
Advice and information is changing daily as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, so please ensure you only take information from trusted sources.
FORUMS AND NETWORKS: CONTACTS
Any Edinburgh Voluntary Sector organisation can join these forums, please just get in touch:
|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|
|Voluntary Sector Carers Forum|
EVOC + LAW AT WORK PARTNERSHIP
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 a template staff handbook to download and you’ll also see legislation updates.
They also have a wide-ranging Covid-19 resource section with toolkits and checklists.