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

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.

New business models needed in social care

In recent months, we’ve seen growing tensions between councils and charities over the cost and provision of care.

In this landscape, third-sector care providers should clue up on their contracts with councils and NHS trusts and take an assertive stance in (re)negotiations

However, these are short-term tactics. In the longer term, social care charities must develop more innovative solutions.

After all, the Accounts Commission said in a 2016 report that current approaches to providing social care in Scotland are unsustainable.

Solutions will take many forms, including delivery of services in the community and use of digital technology, as well as new business models and funding arrangements.

The third sector is certainly not responsible for coming up with all the solutions itself: commissioners and funders of care services must drive change.

Even so, charities should proactively consider new business models, looking at different structures and partnerships.

Read More HERE


Trustees are too scared of challenging charity executives - what do you think?

Trustees are too scared of challenging charity executives, the chair of RNIB has claimed.
In a no-holds-barred critique of charity governance, Kevin Carey has called for radical changes to how charities are structured and regulated.  
In an essay written for think tank New Philanthropy Capital, he said the sector needs brave, in-your-face, hard-headed governance.
Divisions between boards and senior staff are outdated said Carey. Instead, he said the sector needs more unitary boards that are made up of both senior executive staff and trustees. 
He said: “Most charities don't fail because they lack a governance code, a risk register and a trustee handbook. They do so because of trustee cowardice.
“Assemble all the 360 degree appraisals, skills audits and Nolan Principles you like; they are redundant if nobody has the guts to say that the chief executive is useless, the deficit is structural or, more widely, that the emperor has no clothes - and if there is one paramount reason for trusteeship it is this last.” 
Read More Here

Women’s Aid Orkney are currently offering free domestic abuse awareness training.

The sessions are once a month and can be held within Phoenix House or at another venue if more suitable
The training is 3 hours long and every attendee receives an information pack and a certificate of attendance.
The aims and objectives of the training are:
• To  understand current research findings in relation to the prevalence and nature of domestic abuse
• To consider commonly held attitudes held by people towards domestic abuse and how to challenge it
• To explore some of the reasons why people might find it difficult to recognise and  disclose abuse
• To understand some of the ways people may behave in response to abuse
• To understand the importance of risk assessment & safety planning
• To understand the importance of child/vulnerable person protection measures & working with other agencies to improve current responses
The training also covers how to refer and provides information on the local MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences)
Please contact
Michelle G Robertson
Service Manager
Women's Aid Orkney
01856 87 1311

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