Training courses: Employing Staff, Understanding the Finances and Playing Your Part (as a Board Member!)

These three courses will be offered in the run up to and including Trustees Week 2017. Subject to numbers, the training will be offered as a free session, booking essential. All courses will be held at VAO, Anchor Buildings, kirkwall.

Employing Staff
Tuesday 31 October, 7.00-9.30pm or
Thursday 2nd November, 2.00-4.30pm
Are you sure of your responsibilities as an employer?
This workshop will provide an introduction to being an employer.  We will  explore the employment process from recruitment, issuing contracts, managing holidays and absence, dealing with discipline and grievance through to ending the employment relationship.

Understanding the Finances
Tuesday 7 November, 6.30 - 9.00pm or
Wednesday 9 November 9.30am - 12.00 noon
Do you understand the financial information that is presented to you?
One of your most important duties as a trustee or director is to understand the finances of your organisation. This workshop will help you to develop the knowledge and confidence to understand, monitor and question financial information and to use this to contribute to Board decisions regarding financial planning and expenditure.

Playing your part
Wednesday 15 November, 6.30 - 9.00pm or
Thursday 16 November, 2.00 - 4.30 pm
Do you know what your responsibilities are or do you just focus on meetings?
This is an informative and relaxed session aimed at ensuring that you understand your role within your organisation. The workshop will explore a range of topics including the basics of charity law, your responsibilities as a company director and the function of the CIC regulator as appropriate to your organisation.

Please click here for a leaflet about the training. For more information or to book your place please contact VAO on 872897. 


Orkney ADP Commissioning for Outcomes 2018-20: Now Open for Applications

The Orkney ADP is happy to announce its Commissioning for Outcomes (2018-20).  The £100,000 fund for applications up to £35,000 is now open.
The ADP is seeking to commission the following services:
• Children and Young People’s Service
• Adults and Older Adults Service
• Families and Wider Communities Service

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Friday 1st December 2017.

If you would like to discuss the commissioning opportunity further or request an application pack, please contact Katie on  or 888 116.


Young Scot's Create18 Fund Welcomes Applications to Round Two

Groups of young people (aged 8-26 years) can still apply for funding to run events across Scotland that support the Year of Young People 2018.

Young Scot, in partnership with EventScotland, set up the Create18 Fund for young people to run events alongside EventScotland’s programme of major ‘signature’ events during the Year of Young People (YoYP) 2018.
Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available to groups of three or more young people (aged 8 -26 years) to run their own events to commemorate the YoYP.
The funding is for events that incorporate at least one of the following YoYP themes:
• Participation – looking at how young people can influence public services and decisions which affect their lives.
• Education – creating a stronger role for young people in shaping their learning.
• Health and Wellbeing – supporting young people to lead healthier, active lives and have opportunities to learn about and improve their mental health and resilience.
• Equality and Discrimination – broadcasting the value of young Scots, challenging negative perceptions of young people, and supporting young people to take leading roles in challenging discrimination in all its forms.
• Enterprise and Regeneration – celebrating young people’s role in innovation, entrepreneurship and the Scottish economy as well as making Scotland a greener and more pleasant place to live.
• Culture – celebrating young people’s talent and contribution to Scottish culture and arts.
All events must take place in Scotland during 2018 and be open to the public so that all of the community can attend and enjoy. Events must celebrate and engage young people and be led by young people who will be at the heart of the decision making process, including the creation, development and delivery of the proposed event.
Grants can support new event or existing events that will be enhanced as a result of receiving YoYP funding.

To be eligible, applicants must have appointed a Project Support person who is over the age of 21 years.


The deadline for Round Two applications is 22 January 2018 (5pm) for projects taking place between 1 July and 31 December 2018.








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.”




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