Five Provocations for the Future of Health and Social Care

The Five Provocations focus on transformation and where radical change can make a difference to peoples' wellbeingThe Academy’s work is driven by the Five Provocations, and we aim to embody these in our work. These are intended to focus transformation on key areas where radical change can make a difference to the wellbeing of Scottish people. 

Improving public services

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. 

The PVG Consultation Report

On 25th April 2018 the Scottish Government and Disclosure Scotland launched a consultation document that will form the basis of the PVG scheme going forward. On 2nd October 2018 the report was published. The consultation received 352 responses; 268 from organisations and 84 from individuals. The full consultation response can be viewed here.

Scottish Household Survey (2017)

The Scottish Government has just released the results of the latest Scottish Household Survey for 2017. It still provides the very best view we have on who volunteered where and in what capacity across Scotland. This latest survey on formal volunteering shows that 28% of adults in Scotland volunteered at least once in 2017, a marginal (but none the less encouraging) increase from 27% in 2016.

Independent Living Support are recruiting

Independent Living Support is a local charity supporting people from “simply surviving to actively thriving”. We are looking to recruit a highly motivated:

Member of our Outreach Housing Support Team

Project Scotland

Project Scotland is now active in Dumfriesshire, helping young people get on in life through structured volunteering. 

New report shares the experiences of autistic children missing school

Children in Scotland, the National Autistic Society Scotland and Scottish Autism are calling for Scottish Government to work with local education authorities and education professionals to take action to address the barriers to autistic children accessing a fulfilling education and in particular, stop the use of unlawful exclusions.The findings from the report show that immediate efforts are needed to ensure that autistic children are properly included, engaged and involved in their education.

Over a third (34%) of those who responded to their survey reported that their children had been unlawfully excluded from school in the last two years – with almost a quarter (22%) of those parents saying this happened multiple times a week.