In my wildest dreams I couldn’t have predicted my final year of paid employment. 2020 has felt as though I’m living in a snow globe – someone took everything I know and literally shook it. My life is built around relationships – personal and professional – working with people, debating, disagreeing and trying to find a compromise, frustrating, exhilarating and celebrating. I took for granted the physical presence of people I respect and care for without recognising how important that presence was to me. I’m sure other people are feeling the same way. So it’s even more important that we lift our head and make the time to connect any way we can.
I’m delighted that so many of you were able to join in our wellbeing series recently. I know from the feedback that it was a much appreciated and needed series. Hopefully we will be able to run these again.
This newsletter is packed full of ways to stay connected. We have an incredible range of events, discussions, seminars, training and hopefully some fun leading up to winter. From the really necessary and series issues of managing finance (RSM Charity Finance in difficult circumstances) to Round Table events re-imagining our future to our AGM. In partnership with our colleagues in Glasgow (Glasgow Council Voluntary Services) we are bringing together a programme of challenge speakers, learning and “Ted talk” reflections for the last week in November. Watch this space for more details under the banner “People Places Possibilities”.
Stay in touch, take care of yourself and each other.
Chief Executive, EVOC
BOOK NOW: ROUND TABLE EVENTS
We’re holding a series of FREE, online ‘Round Table’ events in partnership with the Third Sector Strategy Group (TSSG) and would like to invite you to attend and contribute to what we believe will be informative and actionable sessions.
Wednesday 14th October, 10am – 11.30am
Using information from the Poverty Commission, Food Fund Work and the Mind the Craic report as a basis for the discussions, we will discuss and highlight the experience of inequality and the urgent need to come up with ideas about how these could be addressed.
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AN URBAN COMMONS
Wednesday 28th October, 9.30am – 11am
The focus of this session is how to increase participation, create purposeful partnerships and continue to develop community wealth building.
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AGM / ONLINE CONVERENCE
Tuesday 3rd November, 9.30am – 11.30am
Introduction & welcome: Jan-Bert van den Berg (Convenor of EVOC Board)
Key Note Speaker: Dr Jim McCormick (CEO Robertson Trust)
The New New: Hosted by journalist Karin Goodwin, we will look at what we should practically change to make our aspirations to end poverty and redesign services from a community-led approach.
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The ‘Mind the Craic’ report has been published and is available to read on our website. Based on lived experiences of prevention and early intervention at community level, this report is a must read for everyone and informs the foundations for our Round Table events.
Summary of COVID Related Publications Issue 8: September 14th 2020
Alongside summaries of statistical updates, this issue also refers to articles and papers that provide a more focused analysis and predicts what the situation might look like over the next few years. It also argues for changes in policy to reduce unemployment and help the economy.
Read the full report on our website Noticeboard.
NATIONAL LINK WORKER DAY 2020
Friday 9th October was National Link Worker Day and to celebrate we released the Edinburgh Community Link Worker (CLW) Network Annual Report. It focuses on the work carried out by CLWs in Edinburgh (April 2019 to March 2020) engaging with over 2000 clients. The report looks at:
- Referrals to a CLW.
How and why were clients referred? The number of referrals was above average in winter months, with mental health and social isolation being the main reasons.
- Engagements with a CLW.
What are the different types of engagements CLWs have with clients, with over 7,800 face-to-face and telephone engagements taking place in the year.
- Demographics of the clients.
Details of client demographics, helping to understand who is referred to the CLWs in Edinburgh.
- Links and outcomes for the clients.
Finally the report focuses on onward referral destinations and found activity-based referrals, mental health support and social and community groups to be the most common. We use a mental wellbeing scale (sWEMWBS) to assess whether engaging with a CLW had a positive effect on mental wellbeing.
PEOPLE, PLACES, POSSIBILITIES
In partnership with our counterpart the GCVS (Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector), we are delighted to invite you to join us for our first ever joint annual conference.
People, Places, Possibilities. will be full of debates, ideas and learning – focusing on priorities for our communities and how we plan for the future.
A full week of sessions are planned, all online so you can pick and choose which ones to join.
We will be ready to share full details soon, but to make sure you can attend mark the week in your calendar now – 23 to 27 November.
The Trust welcomes applications from Voluntary Organisations who meet the following criteria.
- Are properly constituted and registered with OSCR as charitable
- Have aims and objectives to provide social welfare and support those in need
- Are specifically for the benefit of people in Edinburgh and the Lothians
- Are solvent, not in debt, and having an annual turnover of under £200,000
- Have reserves of no more than 6 months operating costs
- Volunteer expenses
- Recruitment and training of volunteers
- Training of staff
- Essential equipment, including IT
- Printing and publicity
- Telecommunications and postage
Details of other funding opportunities are available on our website Noticeboard including information about:
- Better Breaks Funding Programme
- The Robertson Trust funding opportunities
- Self Management Fund: Resilience, Recovery and Development
How to do Appraisals Well, Especially in 2020 & Beyond (EVOC)
Monday 9th November, 10am – 1pm
In this half day course leaders and managers will get to know the essentials of doing an annual appraisal well, so that your staff get congratulated as well as signposted to what is needed for 2021. This course can be a refresher or new managers and it is also for Chairs of Boards who should be doing the appraisal of their CEO as well as doing appraisal type meeting with each board member.
EVOC Members £63, Voluntary Organisations £70, Private/Statutory £80 I Book a place
Governance Four: Trustees Roles & Responsibilities (EVOC)
Tuesday 10th November, 12.30pm – 2pm
This online workshop will explore up-to-date Scottish legislation regarding trustee’s roles and duties. We will also focus on the rules on charity trustee remuneration as well as looking at the common pitfalls of conflicts of interests in the boards.
FREE I Book a place
THE NEW LOOK RED BOOK ONLINE DIRECTORY
There are currently over 330 COVID safe services and activities provided by voluntary organisations across the city to meet local needs and overcome adversity during the current restrictions.
Please view your entry HERE and check to see if it is up to date and share.
CYBER RESILIANCE & COVID SCAMS