Gender Based Violence – Explanatory booklets

Gender-based violence is a major public health issue which causes immense pain, injury and suffering, particularly to women and children.
The Scottish Government Health Directorate has issued guidance to health boards on identifying and responding to gender-based violence as part of its commitment to improving the health and healthcare of those who have experience of such abuse.
The following booklets explain the nature of gender-based violence and its impact on health, and outlines how to respond. 
•_ Domestic abuse
•_ Rape and sexual assault
•_ Childhood sexual abuse
•_ Commercial sexual exploitation
•_ Stalking and harassment
•_ Harmful traditional practices (for example female genital mutilation, ‘honour’ crimes and forced marriage).
The booklets can be downloaded from 

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Funding for small to medium sized charitable organisations with a track record working to address local problems in communities in areas of extreme urban deprivation or remote and deprived rural districts in the UK.

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has published new guidelines for 2017 which include raising the maximum amount for Large Grants, Hospices, Village Halls and Community Centres from £45,000 to £50,000.

The Foundation offers funding to established charitable organisations (including CICs, social enterprises, not-for-profit registered companies, voluntary organisations) in the UK that are working to address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.

The level of the applicant's income will determine which grants programme they can apply for:

• Groups with a total annual income of up to £100,000 can apply for Small Grants of up to £6,000 for revenue costs such as core costs, salaries, overheads, project costs. Decisions are made within four to six weeks.

• Groups with an income over £100,000 and under £250,000 can apply for Small Grants of up to £6,000 for one-off capital cost for new buildings, repairs and improvements, purchase of equipment. Decisions are made within four to six weeks.

• Groups with a total annual income of over £250,000 and under £500,000 can apply for Standard Grants of between £6,001 and £12,000 for revenue or one-off capital costs. Total cost of capital projects must be less than £1 million. Decisions are made quarterly.

• Groups with a total annual income of over £500,000 and under £5 million can apply for Large Grants of over £10,000 and up to £50,000 for one-off capital costs only. Total cost of the project must be for less than £1 million total. Buildings must be owned by applicant or leased for a minimum of five years. Decisions are made quarterly.

• Village halls and community centres with any income up to £5 million can apply for village hall and community centre capital grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 for new builds, repairs, improvements or extensions. Decisions are made quarterly.

• Hospices only can apply for capital grants of between £6,000 and £50,000 for new builds, repairs, improvements, extensions and equipment purchase. Decisions are made quarterly.

The Trust is in the process of updating the application forms which have the maximum grant as £45,000. The Trust assures groups that have recently made an application for any of these schemes that it will factor in the increased grant amount when considering their application.

Grants Committee meetings are held in February, late April/early May, July and late October/early November. Applications need to be received at least six weeks before a meeting to be included on the agenda.

For full informatoin please visit thier website here

Equally Safe – consultation on a draft Delivery Plan

In 2016 Scottish Government published a revised version of Equally Safe, Scotland's strategy to eradicate violence against women and girls. The strategy envisions a Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and abuse - and the attitudes that help perpetuate it.

This consultation is on the delivery plan, which sets out the actions undertaken by Scottish Government, COSLA and key partners to make Equally Safe a reality

The consultation can be accessed here and closes on 30th June 2017


The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched a new guide on new EU data protection rules.

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched a new guide on new EU data protection rules.
The guide, GDPR: the essentials for fundraising organisations, has been produced in partnership with law firm Bircham Dyson Bell. It will be an important resource to help charities understand the coming changes in data protection law and support them to be ready for the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.

GDPR will come into effect in the UK on 25 May 2018 replacing the current Data Protection Act and introducing new and different requirements for all sectors and organisations. Charities, alongside any private sector organisations, businesses, or public bodies, will have to follow these legal requirements when processing individuals’ personal data.

Read more here

Ever thought of trying a session of philosophy?

Ever wondered what philosophy was all about?

noun, plural philosophies.

the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being,knowledge, or conduct.


an attitude of rationality, patience, composure, and calm in the presence of troubles or annoyances.

OR more….?

Want to find out more? Two trial sessions will be delivered at VAO on Thursday May 18th and Thursday June 8th, 5.30 to 7pm each evening.

Philosophy offers a way to open up dialogue through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. Participants learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of others have value too. Through the Philosophical Community they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.

Tutor, Emma Clements, the head teacher at Shapinsay School, uses this process within school and also within the community.

There is an adult group in Shapinsay they call “Philosophy for Community” so it works well with adults too!

To book contact

There will be a small cost to cover refreshments and Emma’s ferry fare!


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