Social Enterprise Academy training in the North of Scotland

Sep 26&27 - Exploring Social Enterprise for the Private Sector - Grantown
Oct 2&3 - Wide Horizons, Working in Social Enterprise – Forres
Oct 31 – Pre-Start Leadership – Aberdeen
Nov 3&4 – Leadership Award for Teachers (Gaelic Medium) - Contin
Nov 6 – Enterprising Village Halls – Kinlochewe
Nov 7&8 – Leadership for Social Enterprise – Kingussie
Nov 7&8 -  Coaching Skills – Oban
Nov 28&29 – Facilitation Skills (Gaelic Medium) – Portree

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Asda Community Capital

Asda Community Capital, a fund set up in partnership between SIS and Asda, and which uses proceeds from the Scottish Government’s 5p single use carrier bag charge, has lent more than £1million in small loans to communities across Scotland.

Alastair Davis, CEO, Social Investment Scotland, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have the passed the £1m mark for Asda Community Capital. The fund has been instrumental in supporting local groups across Scotland who were struggling to gain access to capital through traditional routes. By offering loans free from interest payments for the first year, these organisations have been able to focus their energy on increasing local community impacts and making a real difference to people’s lives. Not only that, but we have been able to help these charities and social enterprises become more financially sustainable, allowing them to stand on their own two feet. The future of the fund looks bright, we are continuing to work with Asda and all money raised through interest is now being reinvested in more good causes.”




Meet the Buyer Day, 5th October 2017-additional information

The OIC Meet the Buyer Day will be held on Thursday 5th October in The Library, Junction Road, Kirkwall.  Attached are the Programme and Workshop Descriptions.

Local businesses who are interested in doing business with the public sector in Orkney are being invited to attend a 'Meet the Buyer' event next month.

The event, being run by Orkney Islands Council and Business Gateway Orkney, will give businesses a chance to find out more about working with the public sector and give public sector organisations a chance to network with potential suppliers.

A similar event last year attracted over 40 attendees.

Topics to be covered at the event include details of future contract opportunities, information on work that is underway to improve access to contracts for smaller businesses and the launch of a consultation on the Council's draft Sustainable Procurement policy.

Sessions will cover a range of topics of Community led Care to the opportunities surrounding the Early Years and Childminding priovision locally.

This is an exciting opportunity to bring new ideas and explore solutions to meet some of the local authority’s needs.

The event takes place on 5 October in the Orkney Library and Archive in Kirkwall. To find out more about the event contact Business Gateway Orkney on 01856 898490. You can book a space at the event online at

Meet The Buyer - 5 Oct 2017 Final Programme


For those who will attend the health and social care workshop I attach additional information from the facilitators along with two sets of questions. You are asked to, briefly, complete the questionnaires in order to prepare for the conversations on the day where the facilitators want to capture your thoughts and concerns.

What is working well

What presents challenge

Meet the Buyer - 5 Oct H&SC workshop information

Further Information for the Workshops - Event Programme






Weir Charitable Trust Open to Applications for Funding in 2018

Funding for Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community.

The aim of the Weir Charitable Trust is to support individuals, groups and charities, new or established, which are based in Scotland and provide services in Scotland. The Trust anticipates supporting charitable groups with an annual income of less than £100,000 that find difficulty in sourcing funds from traditional or mainstream funders.
Although grants of up to £25,000 are available, the average grant is typically £3,500.

To be eligible for funding, proposals should fall within the following five main areas:
• Health
• Sport
• Culture
• Recreational Facilities
• Animal Welfare

Applications are invited for projects and activities that improve the quality of life for people wherever they are in Scotland. There are two funding rounds per year.
Please note that the Weir Charitable Trust made 16 awards to small community groups and charities in the latest round of funding.
The first 2018 deadline for applications is 28 February 2018 (5pm).


Orkney Youth Awards 2017

The annual Orkney Youth Awards will take place on Tuesday 7 November 2017 at the King Street Halls, Kirkwall and we are looking for your support to make it another night to remember.

The Youth Workers Forum come together to celebrate young folks’ achievements in the community through their participation in various awards including Youth Achievement, Duke of Edinburgh and the Saltire Awards.

We are looking for your support to ensure that young people across Orkney are recognised for their achievements – three ways in which you could help are:

1. If you are working directly with young people (aged 12-25) that are working towards ANY Youth Award please support and encourage them to complete the award/fill out time sheets so as they can receive their award on the night. Please fill out the nomination form before Wednesday 4 October 2017 to register interest.

2. We are seeking nominations for the Summit Award which is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering in the community.  The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

3. Spread the word.

If you have any questions about the Youth Awards or how to nominate a young person for a Summit Award please do not hesitate to get in touch with

Brian Cromarty -
Cheryl.Rafferty -
Laura Leonard –

Thanks in advance for your support and we look forward to hearing from you.


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