The Access to Childcare Fund was launched on 6th July. This Scottish Government fund is being administered by Children in Scotland and will provide grants to test models of delivering accessible and affordable school age childcare for low income families, allowing parents to reduce childcare costs, work more flexibly and increase their incomes. The £3 million fund will be delivered over two years with a total of £1.5 million pounds allocated between successful applicants in this funding round.

We know that families currently rely on many different arrangements and services to meet their childcare needs. We are encouraging applications from services offering registered childcare, activity groups and clubs that work with school-age children and young people - such as breakfast clubs; after school clubs; holiday clubs; registered childminders; arts and activity-based clubs; youth work provision and play services. This could also include partners delivering cultural, outdoor or sports and leisure activities as well as integrating food provision. We welcome applications where partnerships approaches are taken to delivery of projects. Projects will be supported over the period of the fund and encouraged to change and adapt their delivery in response to local need.

-      The fund launches from 6 July and applications will be open for 3 weeks, closing on at 17:00 27 July.

-      Applications can be made electronically via Children in Scotland’s website:

The Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund is open for not-for-profit community groups to apply for an emergency £500 grant to support their work with vulnerable groups in the local community. It will support groups who are doing things differently or doing new things to support those needing help at this time.  

There is a simple online application form, and awards will be made weekly.  

For more details please visit

The Community Enabler team at greenspace scotland can help you apply   

Children are not the face of this pandemic. But they risk being among its biggest victims.

(United Nations, April 2020)

Children are more at risk of sexual harm than ever. They are isolated from traditional support networks and many are exposed to greater risks online or in their own homes. Pressures on social services mean that many children are falling through the cracks and abuse is going undetected.

In response to this, we at Stop It Now Scotland have created an Upstream Prevention pack designed to help keep children safe, using the knowledge and experience we have gained over the past 12 years of working to keep children safe from harm. These free resources are designed to be distributed to multiple audiences and across multiple platforms. The pack contains practical advice for professionals, individuals and families. If you wish to receive printed copies of any of these items, please get in touch with us via

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The Corona Virus pandemic is encouraging us to find new and creative modes of distribution and sharing – if you have any ideas as to how we might be able to reach a wider audience, do not hesitate to get in touch. Additionally, if you know of other organisations or individuals out there that might benefit from this pack, please pass on the link ( or let us know so that we can reach out.  We will be campaigning about this pack on Facebook and Twitter, and we hope that you may be able to help us spread the word.

Stop It Now! Scotland is a child protection charity dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse. Since 2008 we have been providing confidential support services to individuals and families to protect the next child from harm. Together, we can prevent child sexual abuse.


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Dismantling Barriers, Co-producing Solutions Project

Community Engagement Worker


Fixed Term Post to 30th August 2022

35 hours per week

£27,620 inc DIA and pension

Based in Kirkwall, Orkney

We are seeking a suitably skilled and motivated person to develop and deliver an innovative community engagement project that will ensure as many people as possible, particularly those experiencing disadvantage and inequality, have a say in shaping future services as we move out of lockdown and focus on the renew agenda. In addition, you will develop programmes and mechanisms to contribute the views of the community to Locality Plans, which will be the focus of future activity for The Orkney Partnership Board.

Applicants will have an understanding of different community engagement approaches and techniques, excellent communication, presentation and reporting skills and the ability to work collaboratively and sensitively with a range of people and organisations.

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Application packs for this post are available below (CVs not accepted). For further information please contact Gail Anderson on 01856872897 or at

Closing date for applications is Thursday 16th July 2020 at 5pm

Interviews are being held on Friday 24th July 2020.

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In order to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of coronavirus on the Third Sector, the TSI Scotland Network carried out a national survey over a two-month period with community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, as well as the people and communities in which they support.
A total of 1,184 organisations took part, from local neighbourhoods to national level organisations across Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities. 25% of participants self-defined as community groups, 61% as voluntary organisations and 14% as social enterprises. This report highlights the main survey findings on a national level. It is intended that each TSI will produce their own local version of this report.

TSI National Survey Report available here 

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