The ADP’s next round of commissioning is now open for applications. A service specification is attached.

If you would like an application pack, please email Katie Spence, ADP Co-ordinator at

Returned applications need to be with me by 1pm on Monday 2nd December 2019.

Specification here

From 7 - 13 October, Challenge Poverty Week gives you an opportunity to raise your voice against poverty and show what needs to be done to tackle poverty across Scotland. Find out what it's all about and how you can get involved in our guest blog by Irene Tortajada from the Poverty Alliance

Today, 9th October, Johann Lamont MSP will formally launch her proposed Member's Bill, the Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill, announced in the Scottish Parliament at 1.30pm today, would give a right to a Transitions Plan to every child or young person with an impairment or long term health condition. Support would remain in place until it was no longer needed, or until the young person's 26th birthday.

The Bill has been developed by Ms Lamont, with support from Camphill Scotland and Inclusion Scotland.

More information will shortly be available on the Scottish Parliament (Bills) website. 

Our 2020 Senior Leaders Programme is now open for applications!  We have worked with over 90 voluntary sector leaders since the programme started in 2016, helping and supporting them to successfully navigate the digital landscape and be leaders in the 21st Century. If you're thinking about applying, be sure to check out our blogwhich reflects on key observations and learnings so far - we're also running a webinar at 3pm on Monday 21 October with SCVO’s Digital Team and programme facilitator, Ross McCullochto answer any of your questions - register to join now



During October Police Scotland’s Cyber Harm Prevention Team is raising awareness of Ransomware attacks as part of European Cyber Security Month. Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. It is increasingly used by cyber criminals to exploit money from individuals and businesses. Police Scotland's advice is:

  • If threatened to pay a ransom for your information, don't - there's no guarantee you will get access to your data and your device will still be infected
  • If you receive a phone call offering help to clean up your computer, hang up immediately
  • Keep your apps up to date - don't put off applying updates! 
  • Make sure your antivirus product is turned on and up to date

For further information about protecting yourself from Ransomware attacks see the cyber security section on Police Scotland's website.



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