The Place of Kindness: Combating loneliness and building stronger communities

The Carnegie UK Trust has launched a new report, which explores how we can encourage kinder communities. The report finds that it can be hard to talk about kindness and that there are many things that get in the way of acting in a friendly, generous and considerate way. It identifies that, along with creating spaces and places to act in kindness, the simple fact of talking about it has a powerful effect on our behaviour.
To inform the report’s findings, the Carnegie UK Trust worked with seven organisations across Scotland over the last nine months. Individuals, charities, and local businesses are being asked to take action, to create welcoming places as settings for relationships, provide opportunities for people to come together, remove barriers to kindness and to question the values which underpin what kind of society we want to live in.
The report, The Place of Kindness: Combating loneliness and building stronger communities is available to download here.

Are you ready for data protection reform?

Are you ready for data protection reform?



Scottish charities need to prepare for the upcoming changes in data protection legislation.

From 25 May 2018, all businesses and public bodies will have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Although the GDPR shares similarities with the existing UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), it also has some new and different requirements.

Read about how you can prepare for data protection reform here.

Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel launch website

Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel launch website


'Good Fundraising' has information on:

• good fundraising standards;
• how the public can make a complaint about a Scottish charity’s fundraising; and
• how Scottish charities should manage fundraising complaints.

The site has been designed to be easy to navigate, with clear language used throughout. It also contains useful case studies to encourage best practice.
The Panel hope the website will be a hub of useful information for both charities and members of the public.

Read more about 'Good Fundraising' here.

Firstport is coming to Orkney!

Firstport is Scotland’s development agency for start-up social entrepreneurs and social enterprise.

Brian McMillan from Firstport shall be in Orkney to speak about the support and funding that Firstport offers, individual appointments are available on either the 29th or 30th of August to discuss your business idea and any support you might need. There are daytime and evening appointments available.

There will be a workshop session the 30th: What Is Social Enterprise & Ideas Generation workshop/ presentation
To register your interest, please R.S.V.P to Meghan at VAO.

If you would like to meet with Brian individually please email him at:

Consultation on Principles and Purposes of Sentencing

A Public consultation has been launched by Scottish Sentencing Council on “Principles and Purposes of Sentencing”
Deadline 27th October, via their website; 

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