East Lothian Third Sector Update 09/12/2022 — Volunteer Centre East Lothian

East Lothian Third Sector Update 09/12/2022 — Volunteer Centre East Lothian

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Grants link to boost Fair Work

Organisations applying for public sector grants will need to pay at least the real Living Wage and provide channels for staff to have a say in the workplace from July 2023.

The condition applies to organisations receiving grants from the Scottish Government, enterprise agencies and public bodies. Exceptions may only be applied to emergency funding and where an organisation is heavily dependent on grant funding and paying the real Living Wage would threaten its survival.The requirement for organisations to pay the real Living Wage and give workers an effective voice in order to receive public sector grants will be introduced on 1 July 2023: The conditionality will be introduced for eligible agriculture grants from 1 April 2024 following Ministerial consultation. All employed staff, including apprentices and any other workers engaged in the grant-funded activity must be paid at least the real Living Wage. The requirement for having channels that allow staff to have a say in the workplace will apply to all workers employed in the organisation. Exceptions to the requirement, along with compliance and monitoring measures, will be set out in the Fair Work First Guidance and relevant grant policy guidance. The Real Living Wage rate of £10.90 for employees outside London was announced in September 2022.


Volunteering Hot List

Organisations keen to hear from new volunteers.


Christmas Presents

Home-Start East Lothian becomes a hub for Christmas for children. Anyone working with children can come and collect toys for their families. We just require numbers of children collected for and age range. The room is open 9-3 Monday to Thursday. Other times can be arranged where possible. We have a constant flow of donations so pop along , it will be lovely to see you.
Home-Start East Lothian, Early Years Centre, Sandersons Wynd, Tranent, 01875 616 066


Personnel and Administration Officer | CAPS Independent Advocacy
A unique opportunity has arisen to join CAPS Independent Advocacy in a key role which has responsibility for the important functions of Personnel, Health and Safety and IT along with some office administration and finance tasks.
Deadline: 23 January 2023 @ noon



Asda Foundation – Cost of Living Grant
Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available for local community groups in the UK who are affected by the increase in the cost of living.
Deadline: 01 February 2023

Community Windpower Energy Fund
The Community Windpower Energy Fund is a partnership between Community Windpower and Advice Direct Scotland, delivering a fund of £1,000,000 to people in East Lothian affected by the cost-of-living crisis.
Deadline: Ongoing


Children’s Rights and the UNCRC: bespoke blended learning for your organisation
Did you know that Children in Scotland specialise in providing bespoke training on children’s rights, the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child and children and young people’s Participation and Engagement?
Click here to find out more about our children’s rights and UNCRC training
Email [email protected] for a no-obligation chat to find out more

An Insight to Mental Health – 2 parts | East Lothian Council
This online introductory course is designed to build understanding and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. ‘An Insight into Mental Health’ is evidence-based, factual and offers examples of lived experience. The sessions are designed to be encouraging, inclusive, engaging and interactive.
1st Part: Tuesday 17 January 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
2nd Part: Thursday 19th January 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
WHERE: Online Via ZOOM


Crafty Kit Company Session | Cares of East Lothian
Jo Lochhead, Director of craft kit company is offering a felting session for carers. Come along and felt your own Christmas tree.
WHEN: Tuesday, 13 December 2022 | 11:30am – 1:00pm
WHERE: East Lothian community Hospital, Community Hall

Mental Health Café | Keep The Heid
Will open in Tranent in the New Year – first session will be at 7pm at the Fraser Centre, Tranent on Tuesday 10 January. Information session on Tuesday 13 December from 4pm until 6pm at the Fraser Centre, Tranent.  This will be an opportunity for potential attendees to find out more about the café and meet staff and volunteers.  It is also designed for professionals from all areas that support people with mental health to attend in the last hour of their working day. Any queries at all please do let me know by email or call 078158 833591

Mince Pie Morning | Headway East Lothian
Mince Pies & more, come along, bring a friend, say hello & enjoy the morning.
WHEN: Thursday, 22 December 2022 | 10:30am – 12:00pm
WHERE: Hallhill Centre, Kellie Road, Dunbar
For more information email [email protected] or call 07895 193974


Budget Consultation | East Lothian Council 
Like other local authorities across Scotland, East Lothian Council is facing unprecedented budget challenges due to constrained funding, increasing costs and a growing population. This will mean that the council and its partners will need to make difficult decisions about the services delivered over the next five years.
Closing Date: 18 December 2022

Third Sector Engagement in WFWF Planning Survey
Announced as part of the Programme for Government, the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund aims to help families to overcome challenges before they reach crisis point.  The fund aims to significantly reduce the number of children and young people in care by 2030.
Children’s Services Planning Partnerships have the collaborative decision-making responsibility for the fund, and would like to gain a better understanding of what the Third Sectors role in this has been so far.
Closing Date: 9 January 2023

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