Constituted community groups and small registered charities with an annual income of £100K or less can apply for funding of £500-£2,000, to fully or part-fund work which fits with one of our funding strands. They intend to run the pilot for a period of six months, until 20th December 2019 and organisations can apply at any time, however, they anticipate demand will be high so there is some chance the fund will close early

Full details of the programme, including the application form and guidance, can be found on The Robertson Trust website:

The Legal Aid Reform in Scotland – Consultation was published on the Scottish Government website on June 27th and will be open for responses until 19 September 2019:   

Responses may also be provided through the Scottish Government Consultation Hub:

Please direct any email correspondence to:

From 01 May 2019, they will no longer accept any paper-based applications to become a charity.

Anyone who wishes to apply to become a charity must do so using the online application process. The Thinking of Becoming a charity section of their website will explain the steps you need to take before applying and provide links to the online application. The section contains guidance on navigating the application but if you need further support feel free to contact them

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government today announced a brand new benefit – the Scottish Child Payment – that will provide low income families with £10 a week for every eligible child. 

Further details on the Scottish Child Payment are included in the news release which can be found here.  The Scottish Government’s social security webpages also contain details of the new benefit.  This includes a policy position paper which sets out the development of the Payment and anticipated policy impacts (available here), plus an analytical report which explores the wider policy options (available here).

Out of The Shadows Multi Agency Training delivered by Families Outside,
Monday 5th August 2019 from 1.30-4.30pm in the MacGillivray Room, Orkney Library

This training is free for participants and aims to promote better outcomes for families by raising awareness of the issues facing families when a significant person is sent to prison; and by increasing understanding of ways to support them.

By the end of the session, participants will;

·         Understand the policy context of support for prisoners' families

·         Understand the issues experienced by families when someone goes to prison

·         Understand the particular wellbeing challenges faced by children and young people

·         Recognise the role of stigma as a barrier to families seeking/getting support

·         Gain knowledge of support sources and good practice

·         Have increased confidence in working with and supporting families affected by imprisonment


The session is interactive and includes a range of exercises, presentations, case studies and small group discussion.

Participants will receive information packs and supporting resources

This course is aimed at Social Work and Social Care, Health, Teaching, Housing, Police, Prison and Voluntary sector colleagues.

If you would like to attend, please advise Allana Bell via email ( at the earliest opportunity.

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