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Improving public services From: Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government Directorate: Local Government and Communities Directorate, +1 more … Part of: Communities and third sector, Public sector

The Scottish Government want to devolve more power to more local levels. 

The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly launched a Local Governance Review, which will ensure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run.

The Local Governance Review will consider how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government, and with communities.

They have produced a short animation explaining what they /are doing and how to get involved.

International Volunteer Managers Day

The 2018 theme for International Volunteer Managers day is “Time for change”  The hope is that this timely theme will allow more exploration of the changes needed in Volunteer Management and to ensure it remains relevant and powerful into the future. Click here for resources and use #IVMDAY18 on twitter to get involved. 

Nominate your 2018 Get Inspired Unsung Hero

The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award returns to celebrate volunteers who dedicate their free time to help people participate in grassroots sports and fitness activitiesReturning for its 16th year, Unsung Hero 2018 will search for the most dynamic, forward thinking and driven volunteers from across the UK, who are inspiring people of all ages to get up and get active. We are once again asking you to champion an Unsung Hero from your area. 


Better Breaks 2019 funding programme OPEN NOW – grants for third sector organisations

Maximum Available: £50,000
Closing Date: 15/11/2018 - 17:00
Information Source: Email

The Better Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for children and young people with disabilities (aged 20 and under), and their carers (adult carers and/or young carers).

The Better Breaks programme funds a wide range of short breaks projects and services, including activities and breaks for:

ILF Transition Fund

Maximum Available: £7,500
Information Source: Email

ILF (Independent Living Fund) Scotland has opened an exciting new fund (totalling £5 million per year) for young people who need support in Scotland. The Transition Fund supports those aged between 16 and 21, offering short term grants to provide opportunities that facilitate their participation and inclusion within their communities. You can find out more about the fund at

Events and Training

Taking steps to measure your impact on health inequalities

Venue: Various locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee

Free workshops are being offered to support you to understand the role that you and your organisation play in tackling health inequalities and take steps to measure your impact. This training is funded by NHS Health Scotland through the National Learning Collaborative on Inequalities. There are two workshops available in various locations. Further details can be read below. 

Volunteering on the Ledger: The Inside Track on Blockchain

Date / Time: 29/10/2018 - 14:00 to 17:00
Venue: Dovecot Studios Ltd,10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

Volunteer Scotland and the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Design Informatics, invite you to join us for Workshop #1 of ‘The Inside Track on Blockchain’ series.

This unique research event is designed to shape an innovative and emerging technology towards the practical needs and aspirations of volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations.

Join a small group of peers and help determine how blockchain technology can solve key challenges and create new forms of value within the sector.

Care Training Consortium AGM

Date / Time: 25/10/2018 - 13:30 to 15:30
Venue: Care Training Consortium, First Floor Office, Franklin Steel Building, Dumfries Enterprise Park, Dumfries, DG1 3SJ

CTC would like to invite you to their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 25th October from 1.30pm.  Refreshments will be served.

CTC are keen to source Trustees to join our current Board of Charity Trustees.