Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel Website Launched

The Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel oversees enhanced self-regulation of fundraising in Scotland, and is responsible for fundraising standards in Scotland and the handling of fundraising complaints related to Scottish registered charities.

The Panel has launched ‘Good Fundraising’ its new website which has information on: 

• Good fundraising standards;
• How the public can make a complaint about a Scottish charity’s fundraising; and
• How Scottish charities should manage fundraising complaints.

‘Good Fundraising’ has been designed to be easy to navigate, with clear language used throughout. It also contains useful case studies to encourage best practice. The Panel hope the website will be a hub of useful information for both charities and members of the public. In addition to the new website, the Panel has launched a new logo and a Twitter account.


Personalised Registration Logos now Available from OSCR

Scottish charities can now publicise their charitable status by using a personalised registration logo designed by the Official Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). This updated logo replaces the logo released in February 2016. The logo can used on websites, email signatures and publications, including hard copy.
To get the logo, all you need to do is visit your charity’s entry in the Scottish Charity Register on OSCR's website; under your ‘Charity Details’ section there will be a link to download the logo. From Here 

Out of Hours Services – consultation

NHS Orkney staff who deliver out of hours unplanned services / emergency response health and social care services have been working together to look at how these services can be organised and delivered to provide the best possible service in Orkney. As part of this work the involved staff would like to gather views from people who have experienced these services. We would be much obliged if you could take a short time to give responses to a small number of questions which seek to get a sense of your experience, so we can consider that as part of our ongoing work. Please feel free to share this questionnaire with anyone else you think may want to express a view on this subject. Please return completed forms to by Friday 25th August 2017.

 Download questionnaire here 




Life Chances of Young People in Scotland

A report from the Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality to the First Minister, has found that aspirations for young people advancing in terms of employment, education and housing are felt to be beyond the reach of some young people in Scotland. 
This report highlights the position of young people from less advantaged backgrounds in modern Scotland. While recognising that there is much to be optimistic about, such as improving school performance, record low youth unemployment, and the vast majority of young people leaving school with a positive post school destination, the report also states that "the persistence of the social class gradient is deeply worrying", concluding that "The fundamental fact remains that life outcomes are largely determined by the wealth and social class of one's parents at birth", comprising "a fundamental unfairness, but also significant waste of talent and opportunity for the economy and social cohesion of Scotland".
The report, published this month comes as Scotland approaches the 'Year of Young People 2018'; a programme of events, activities and ideas, which aim to "inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities, and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally." 
Read the report here. 

Voluntary Arts Scotland’s new project, ‘Putting the social into social media’


Are you 50+ and involved in a creative group or project?
Keen to learn new digital skills you can use to help run your group?
Then register for Voluntary Arts Scotland’s new project, ‘Putting the social into social media’ to take part in FREE digital training for people aged 50+.

Tell us where in Scotland you’re based, which group you’re involved with and what skills you would like to learn. We’ll use the information to shape a series of digital training sessions, which will take place at four locations across Scotland – and we’ll also record the sessions to watch online.

Why take part? The internet, and other digital technologies, can help creative groups grow and flourish in a number of ways. They offer new ways to communicate, secure funding and reach out to potential members, audiences and volunteers.

Many people aged 50+ are already digital experts and regularly use their skills to help run creative groups and provide organisational support. But research suggests that some people would benefit from training to help boost confidence in carrying out tasks on computers, mobiles and tablets.

This project aims to help you and your creative group benefit from taking an active role in the digital world.

If this training sounds useful, please register your interest by 7 August 2017 at or give us a ring on 0131 561 7333.

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