National Tree Week is the UK's largest annual tree planting campaign and aims to raise public awareness of trees and to encourage tree planting and good management. The festival is organised by the Tree Council, one of the UK’s leading charities for trees, and takes place at the start of the tree planting season. In 2019 it will be held on 23 November to 1 December.

As part of this celebration, the Tree Council’s new Tree Futures Grant Scheme offers funding for projects planned in conjunction with the event that will educate and encourage young people under the age of 16 to work towards a greener future. The scheme replaces and combines the Tree Council’s three previous funding schemes (Trees for Schools, Community Trees and Orchard Windfalls).

Grants of between £300 and £1,000 are available towards the cost of purchasing trees, hedges and orchard trees and for equipment to help support or aid growth, such as stakes, ties and fertiliser.

Applications are accepted from schools or community groups in the UK whose proposed planting sites are on public/trust or charity-owned/leased land. Planting must start during National Tree Week or as near as possible afterwards, depending on when trees are available from the suppliers (seasonal variations affect this date).

The deadline for applications is 17 May 2019 (5pm).

Please visit thier website listed below for full details


In December 2019, Scottish Ministers laid before Parliament a report on actions relevant to children and young people’s rights taken over the past three years and an Action Plan for the next three years, in line with Part 1 duties.  

As part of our work towards achieving the commitments laid out in the Action Plan, the Children’s Rights and Participation Team are hosting six unconference events, ‘Rights Cafés’, around Scotland.

The Scottish Government would like to invite you to make a reservation at one of our six Rights Cafés to work with us to design a menu of approaches to raising awareness of children’s rights across all groups of society, as set out in the Programme for Government.

At our Rights Café you will have the opportunity to design your own menu and consider the resources, programmes and training packages you have experience in using, delivering or participating in and help us identify those areas/groups you feel are not covered by existing materials.

If you’d like to get involved in shaping the menu, make sure to book onto an upcoming Café via Eventbrite:

3 April, The Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling  

5 April, Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries

11 April, The Studio, Glasgow  

17 April, Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

25 April, Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee

29 April, COSLA, Haymarket, Edinburgh

Both adults and children are encouraged to attend these events. 

The Scottish Government is holding a formal consultation on the continued effectiveness of statutory guidance provided to Community Planning Partnerships in support of Part 3 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. The consultation will run from 25 March to 17 June 2019 and can be accessed on the Scottish Government website, at Citizen Space and via this link -

They would welcome your thoughts, opinions and insight on the current provision as well as any suggestions for how this could be enhanced, improved and strengthened.

Should you have any questions in relation to this exercise please contact Rab Mackay at">C& or 0131 244 8055.

The Scottish Government and SDG Network have published a first draft of the Scottish Supplementary Review on Scotland’s progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are aligned to Scotland’s National Performance Framework.

This is a unique opportunity to see how the draft chapters look as they stand and provide comments on the content to inform the drafting process early in the process. This comes on the back of a call for evidence that closed last Friday.

This really is a work in progress and more details about this stage, including how to access the Google Drive and submit comments, can be found here.

The window for comment is only a week, but I’d highly recommend having a skim through the goals most relevant to your work and use the response form in the Google Drive to suggest changes or make clarifications. 

The goal chapters currently available to view on the Google Drive are in bold.

GOAL 1: No Poverty

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 5: Gender Equality

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 14: Life Below Water

GOAL 15: Life on Land

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



Community Justice Scotland have commissioned Dughall Laing to undertake a study of best practice and exemplars of employability projects & delivery from across the country with a view to developing a wider strategic response from CJS to employment needs. A short survey (link here) has been prepared to gather insight and thoughts, any suggestions of wider models or programmes which could be adapted or investigated will also be gratefully received."

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