The next round of the Digital Participation Charter Fund is now open for applications. The Digital Participation Charter Fund (formerly Challenge Fund), supported by the Scottish Government and BT, invests in community digital participation projects across Scotland. It provides small grants (typically up to £10,000) to help a range of organisations tackle poverty, social isolation … Continue reading Digital Participation Charter Fund now open for applications
A new report published by the Carnegie UK Trust sets out the key questions to be addressed to pave the way for a successful basic income pilot in Scotland. The report, written by the Scottish Basic Income Steering Group, highlights learning from basic income pilots underway or in planning in Finland, Ontario and the Netherlands, compiled … Continue reading New report sets out lessons for a Scottish Basic Income pilot
Scotland has become one of the first countries in the world to develop a national strategy to deal with the serious problem of social isolation. To kick start the strategy, Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie said the strategy would be backed by £1 million over the next two years to support and … Continue reading World-leading strategy to connect our communities
Britain is going into Brexit with half a million more children trapped in poverty, following a relentless rise in the number of working families struggling to make ends meet over the last five years. It means in a typical classroom of 30 children, nine are now living in poverty. The assessment comes in a state … Continue reading Unacceptable rises in child poverty as more working parents left unable to make ends meet
The Trussell Trust says not only was December the busiest month for foodbanks last year, but year on year December figures are rapidly increasing, as it prepares for its busiest Christmas yet New data released today shows December was the busiest month for foodbanks last year. During December 2017, The Trussell Trust’s network provided 159,388 … Continue reading More people than ever expected through foodbank doors this Christmas, as charity releases new figures
A review by the by Centre for Ageing Better of community contributions in later life, ‘Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering’, calls on charities, voluntary organisations and the public sector to do more to support and sustain the good will and effort of older volunteers. Over 40% of people over the age of 50 contribute in some … Continue reading Making a contribution to our communities is good for us but some people face barriers to getting involved
The British Heart Foundation has found that over a quarter of Scots say they would not attempt CPR to save a life. The organisation is now urging other local authorities to follow Glasgow City Council's lead and teach life saving CPR in schools. More than a quarter of adults (26%) in Scotland wouldn’t perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation … Continue reading Scots urged to save lives through CPR training
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new set of rules amended to the current Data Protection Act (DPA) that come into effect on 25 May 2018. It is designed to give people greater control and transparency when it comes to the personal data companies are collecting and storing. The regulation insists on safeguarding personal information … Continue reading GDPR – is your business prepared?
What makes a great conference or event? Is it the venue, the food, the speakers, the delegate pack, networking opportunities or something else altogether? For me a good conference is one where you not only learn something new but one where you are challenged to rethink your position on a particular subject and so expand … Continue reading What makes a great conference or event?