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Did you know that Midlothian Third Sector Interface consists of Volunteer Midlothian, Midlothian Voluntary Action and also the Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian (known as SEAM)? Every local authority area in Scotland has a Third Sector Interface (TSI) and each TSI receives core funding from the Scottish Government to achieve specific outcomes alongside local people and other community planning partners.
Our friends and colleagues at the TSI Network have just launched a new 'Manifesto for Change' campaign to raise awareness of the third sector, community leadership and volunteering. The importance of these things for a healthier and fairer society can't be overstated - particularly in such challenging times when the input of volunteers and community members makes a huge difference by keeping people safer, warmer, and better connected.
Check out the TSI Network's website for more info: https://tsi.scot/manifesto/
Core Skills in Volunteer Management is normally a four-day long course run for volunteer managers and coordinators by Volunteer Edinburgh. CSVM provides a comprehensive introduction to volunteer management in all its varied forms. We can say from experience that the course content is both informative and challenging. Facilitators are also highly skilled and critically aware of best practice and other topical issues in the field of volunteering. We recommend that anyone involved in volunteer management considers doing some if not all of CSVM, which has recently gone digital - for obvious reasons. At present there are two 7 hour courses available, each running over a period of two weeks. Courses include virtual contact with other volunteer managers and the trainer, as well as coursework and the use of online forums.
There is a small fee for each course, but it would be money will spent and would help to ensure that organisations are fully up to speed with the implications of working with volunteers in the current context. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Volunteer Edinburgh's training and events webpage.
Volunteer Midlothian and Health in Mind recently launched the 'Midlothian Mental Health in the Community Small Grants Fund', using money from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund, to enable local organisations to pilot new activities that serve the community. The six month project will provide mental health and wellbeing support for those that have been affected by Covid-19 and lockdown. The funded projects will offer internet and telephone-based listening, counselling and peer support. Any face-to-face services will only commence in due course, in line with the Scottish Government's social distancing guidelines and lockdown routemap.
We are delighted to announce that the seven projects being funded are: Alzheimer Scotland, Anam Cara, Cyrenians, Dalkeith and District Citizens Advice Bureau, Midlothian Sure Start, Rosewell Development Trust and Vocal Midlothian. The projects will support a range of different needs across Midlothian, including those of carers, families, people who are socially isolated, people living with dementia and vulnerable women. All project volunteers will have access to specialist mental health training designed and delivered by Health in Mind specifically for this project.
You can follow on social media for regular updates on the progress of each project: Twitter: @VolMidlothian and @Health_in_Mind
The Midlothian 'Mental Health in the Community' Small Grants Fund has now opened. The fund aims to build the capacity of local organisations to support individuals whose mental health has been adversely impacted by the pandemic and lockdown. This is an opportunity for charities and social enterprises working with volunteers to apply for small grants of up to £10,000 each, to expand and develop their mental health and wellbeing support services. The fund aims to build your organisation’s capacity to provide volunteer-led mental health support in the community. Volunteer Midlothian have partnered up with Health in Mind, who will deliver bespoke online training to the volunteers providing this support.
To apply for a grant, you must:
- Be providing a service to Midlothian residents;
- Have been in operation for at least one year;
- Be able to demonstrate a track record of mental health service provision.
Funded projects will need to adhere to current social distancing guidelines, so delivery may initially be via telephone or online platforms. We are looking to support a span of activities for people of all age groups, including children, young people, working age adults and older people.
A few key dates for those interested in applying:
Launch of Grant: 2nd July
Online surgeries for those interested in applying: 6th and 8th July
Grant Deadline: 12pm Thurs 16th July
Please email completed application forms to email@example.com You can also get in touch with Natalie if you have any questions or would like to discuss in more detail.
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