The Scottish Charity Awards are back for 2018, and SCVO want you to tell them which Scottish charities and individuals have been the best, most innovative and effective during the past year! With eight award categories there's something for everyone, so take a look at the SCVO website and apply now! Deadline is 5pm on Thursday 29 March.

Damning figures show a third of Scots councils are using the “degrading” practice of flying care visits for vulnerable clients.

Over 5,000 Scots are being subjected to the 15 minute visits - referred to as time and task - according to the charity Leonard Cheshire. 

At least 5,182 people received personal care visits of 15 minutes or less for support with intimate care, based on data from councils that responded to the charity's Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to Scottish councils.   

The figures show that one in three - 31% - were commissioning 15 minute visits for the provision of personal care in 2016/17.

Ten councils responded to the FoI request while a further 13 local authorities gave unclear responses or did not provide responses at all.



It is an exciting and interesting time for British Sign Language (BSL) and for those who speak this language in Scotland. The British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 placed a duty on public bodies in Scotland – both national and local – to set out how they will provide access in British Sign Language and promote this full, proper and now legally protected language.

This will be done through BSL plans – a national plan for national public bodies and authority plans for local public bodies.

BSL, as the name suggests, is used in Britain only; other countries across the globe have their own indigenous sign languages with their own associated histories. However, not all sign languages are recognised as BSL has been – there are varying degrees of recognition in different parts of the world. Sign language is has constitutional recognition in Kenya, parliamentary in England and Spain, governmental in a Australia, and Scotland now has its own specific legislation.




A charity that works with families whose babies have died is expanding in Scotland and rolling out a bereavement services.

Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) and partners have announced the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) for pregnancy and baby loss project will be extended to Scotland from April onwards, thanks to £94,000 funding from the Scottish Government.

The NBCP seeks to improve the quality of bereavement care provided to parents and families when a baby dies before, during or shortly after birth.

Sands will work with the Scottish Government, a number of baby loss charities and other healthcare partners in Scotland to develop the approach over the next two years, with the plan to pilot, implement and embed the NBCP across Scotland by March 2020.


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