Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund is open for applications

Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change.

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 17:00 on 28 August 2017.

CCF Development Grants of up to £1,500 are available until further notice to help community-led organisations identify and scope out potential climate action projects - with the aim of enabling the organisation to apply for a CCF grant or to another funder. Applications for Development Grant are invited monthly.

To date, the CCF has awarded grants totalling £85.8 million -supporting a range of successful projects, including energy efficiency improvements to community-owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options and community growing initiatives, plus schemes that help reduce waste and move Scotland further towards a more circular economy.

Apply Now - Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the CCF website to find out if their organisation and project idea is eligible for funding.

Keep Scotland Beautiful advise all potential applicants to submit an Expression of Interest as soon as possible, (deadline is 17:00 on 28 August 2017), to allow as much time as possible to develop their application.

One Hour taster sessions!

One-Hour Taster Sessions
'Self-Care for Carers' 5th July
'Breaking the Cycle of Depression' 19th July
'Confidence Building' 2nd August
Venue: VAO Board Room 2pm – 3pm

These sessions are partially a demonstration and also serve to provide awareness about three courses that will be offered as 8-week (12 hour) evening classes starting at KGS in September.

The trainer is kindly offering her time free of charge, so there will only be a small charge of £2 per head to cover refreshments and room hire, payable on the day.

'Self-Care for Carers' 5th July

How balanced is your life?
Understanding your own health needs
Handling difficult conversations
The importance of social structure
Planning for your needs
Putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others

'Breaking the Cycle of Depression' 19th July

Recognising your own triggers & warnings
Understanding chemistry of the brain and body & how to change it
Why you wake up tired and unmotivated & what you can do about it
Why some types of counselling make depression worse
How to control negative thought patterns & turn them around
Finding positive triggers & anchors
Writing your self-care routine
Your own action plan into the future

'Confidence Building' 2nd August

Get to know yourself, your goals & values
Banish the negative self-talk
Small positive actions to boost confidence
Finding the balance
Aligning big goals
Confident action plans
Flying solo
Being your own role model
Big dreams
(Optional Study Skills & Exam Strategies, depending on participants’ requirements)

Booking essential, please contact


Angela is a qualified Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a Certified Havening Techniques ® Practitioner with many years’ experience as a phobia and trauma specialist. Angela specialises in working with children and families, having trained with Childline and NSPCC. She recently relocated to Orkney to be closer to family following many years of holidaying here. Her practice as a Happiness Coach is based at the Suilven Centre, Kirkwall and her website is




VAO delivers training around the PVG Scheme


When you see the letters PVG does it sent you into a panic?
Do you know what PVG stands for?
Do you know what it means?
Do you know what you have to do?

Don’t Panic! VAO are here to help!
Here’s a quick rundown -
The Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) was introduced on Feb 28th, 2011, to ensure that those who have regular contact with vulnerable groups (children and Protected Adults) through the workplace do not have a history of harmful behaviour.
Also the scheme aims to deliver a fair and consistent system that will be quick and easy for people to use, ending the need for multiple written disclosure applications.
The legislation applies to a wide and diverse range of organisations and groups across the statutory, voluntary and private sector that provide services, activities and amenities for children and protected adults.
Did you know that, VAO delivers training around the PVG Scheme, including
• What is and what isn’t regulated work
• How to join Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services
• How to complete and process the application forms
• How to manage the scheme on an ongoing basis for your organisation.

If you would like to find out more about PVG or register for the next training session, please contact or call 01856 872897

Evaluation Support Scotland resource to download

Charting the waters is a resource from the third sector for the third sector and is now available to download on the Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) website.

Open Learn – free Open University short courses

Want to learn more about the voluntary sector in just 3 hours (or less) a week for 8 weeks?

Then take a look at these short, free online courses.


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