The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is seeking your views on its draft Fundraising Guidance.

Fundraising is an essential activity for many, if not most, charities. It’s what supports them in pursuing their charitable objectives – and it ultimately rests on public confidence. When fundraising, there are rules that must be followed and charity trustees must be aware of their responsibilities.
The laws around fundraising have not changed but due to the changes in fundraising self-regulation over the past 2 years and the heightened awareness about fundraising practices, those at OSCR feel that new guidance is necessary.

To ensure that guidance is as robust as possible it is important for the sector to provide input. Consultation is an essential part of OSCR’s policy making process. It gives them the opportunity to seek your opinions.
The consultation on our draft Fundraising Guidance is open from 07 September to 1 December 2017. The response is split into parts:

Online usability questionnaire -  this strand will take a few minutes to complete and asks you to rate how easy the draft guidance is to navigate and understand.  is strand asks more detailed questions about the content of the draft guidance and the technical guide. Respondents will provide their answers to a series of questionson a consultation response form, which can be returned by post or emailed to

Workshop – Planning for Transition

Contact has now confirmed six free workshops across Scotland this autumn for parents of young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Booking for these is now open through

Workshops in Inverness, Alloa, Inverurie and Livingston will give parents an insight into the process of transition along with information, tips and tools to support their own planning and preparation. A workshop in Galashiels will look at powers of attorney and guardianship, introducing parents to the legal considerations around ongoing support for their family member, and equipping them to make the best decisions for their own circumstances.

Please note the workshops are aimed at families and are not open to professionals. They are part of a wider parent consultation funded by the Scottish Government through the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (CYPFEIF and ALEC) Fund. For more details visit and click on “Going Forward – Preparing Parents for Transition

Tracey Francis
Transitions Officer
Craigmillar Enterprise and Arts Centre (SPACE)
11/20 Harewood Road
Edinburgh, EH16 4NT

Direct Line:  07458 046071

The Contact free helpline is an advice service for families caring for a disabled child.
Freephone helpline 0808 808 3555 (9.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri) or 


The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has been renamed as the Corra Foundation though its core principles and grant programmes will remain largely the same.

 The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has decided to develop a brand with relevance to its organisation, connecting with history whilst reflecting future direction. From August 2017, the Foundation will be known as the Corra Foundation. The name ‘Corra’ comes from Scots mythology and relates to ideas of knowledge and change.

For the last three decades, the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has contributed to improving the lives of individuals and communities across Scotland and in developing countries. Although the name has changed, the organisation itself remains the same, and the grant programmes administered by the Foundation are unaffected.

 The Foundation offers or administers the following grants programmes: 

  • The Henry Duncan Grants Programmes is a general grant-making programme which supports grassroots charities working in Scotland that have an annual income of less than £500,000 and are delivering services to improve community disadvantage. These one-off grants of up to £7,000 are aimed at charities working with people who may typically be experiencing challenging family circumstances, disability, mental ill health, abuse or poverty. There is particular interest in work supporting vulnerable children and young people; isolated older people; carers; families in poverty; and people affected by disability or mental health issues. Applications are considered six times a year.

  • The Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) - promotes voluntary sector work with vulnerable children and young people affected by substance issues. It is currently closed to applications.

  • Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Programme is specifically designed to support the work of small international NGOs in Scotland who might not otherwise be funded through larger mainstream funding rounds. It is currently closed to applications.

    The next deadline for applications for a Henry Duncan grant is 25 September 2017.








Funding is available to support Scottish young people aged 14-20 to develop their talent in a range of creative areas. (2)

The Creative Scotland Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund supports young people aged 14-20 who require financial assistance in developing their talent within the creative industry. Funding will be awarded to those young people who demonstrate enthusiasm, ambition and talent in their chosen field and who would benefit from financial assistance in order to develop this further.
Both individuals and groups may apply for funding ranging between £50 and £600.

Funding is available to young people aged between 14 and 20 who live in Scotland and wish to develop their talent in one or more of the following areas: Drama; Dance; Music; Film; Visual Arts; Literature; and Digital Arts.
Funding is particularly targeted at those who may not be able to develop their talent further due to the barriers of:
• Affordability – inability to afford costs related to arts activity.
• Geography – issues with accessing opportunity due to their location.
• Disability – issues with taking part due to cost or unsuitable infrastructure or support.
Applications are welcomed from individuals or groups.
Grants can be awarded to help support talent development through:
• Artistic development – eg auditioning, training, participating in workshops, work shadowing or mentoring.
• Promotion and showcasing – eg staging an exhibition, recording a demo, marketing a performance or publishing written work.
• Peer-to-peer delivery – eg hosting a workshop or setting up a local group.

The next deadline for applications is 9 October 2017.




Drop in at Stromness Library

Rob McGregor from Voluntary Action Orkney will be holding a drop in at Stromness Library on 25 August from 11am to 12.30pm.


Rob will be available to discuss any aspects of volunteering in Orkney or any of the other activities VAO is involved in.


So if you would like to know more about how you can become more involved in your community come along and have a chat with Rob.

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