Community Transport Association News

At the beginning of August 2017 the Department for Transport sent out a letter which could have major implications for charities, community groups and public bodies that provide transport for their service users.

This is intended to settle how European regulations relating to passenger transport operator and driver licensing are interpreted into UK law. Whilst there will be a consultation in the autumn on exactly what this looks like, nobody should lose sight of the biggest risk that might result from this decision.

Social Bite Village house unveiled as founder bids to help solve homeless issue

Work has begun on the Social Bite Village in the Granton area of Edinburgh, which is expected to welcome its first residents near Christmas.   It will have 10 transportable homes and a communal building where residents can eat together, socialise, work, learn and receive support.

“A crucial part of the jigsaw to solving the issue of homelessness is really addressing the temporary accommodation system. ”  It is anticipated the scheme will save the council almost £200,000 a year, with the current average cost per homeless person in the city being more than £17,000 for B&B accommodation.

'The make-up of the board' Resource from Co-operatives UK

Research commissioned by the Co‑operative Governance Expert Reference Panel found that is not uncommon for co‑op boards to be made up of like-minded individuals with similar interests, experiences and backgrounds. Whilst this might mean having a board that works well together, it in fact increases the risk of a “homogenous” board – one where a lack of diversity of thought can result in insufficient constructive challenge.

The Stove - Community Jobs Scotland Opportunity

We are looking for someone to join our Operations Team, based at The Stove, 100 High Street, Dumfries.

The role is 25 hours per week, ideally 5 hours a day Monday to Friday, although we can be flexible. Some evening and weekend hours will be required. Occasional travel within the working day is to be expected as there will be frequent contact with individuals, organisations and groups in the community.

Project Officer, Health and Social Care

The post holder will support and facilitate the development and impact of the third sector’s role in health and social care. This will be done through developing and building relationships with relevant third sector organisations and health and social care partners, sharing knowledge of the third sector with these partners and communicating information about health and social care to the third sector. A key aspect of the role will be supporting the third sector representative on Dumfries and Galloway’s Integration Joint Board, collating information and preparing policy papers.

Children’s Services Executive Group Briefing No.67 - Scottish Government Consultation on Information Sharing

Since last year’s Supreme Court ruling on information sharing in relation to the role of Named Person, the Scottish Government have been working on a Bill to amend parts 4 and 5 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
The Scottish Government have now produced draft documents for consultation. These include the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill and also an illustrative draft Code of Practice on information sharing. These draft documents are available on the Scottish Government Website where a public consultation is taking place. If you would like to give your views on either document there is information on the website on how to do this.