Big Lottery Fund - Realising Ambition

Realising Ambition is a £25m Big Lottery Fund programme supporting 22 organisations across the UK to replicate services aimed at preventing youth offending. Their Insights are designed to support anyone undertaking or commissioning services with a focus on replication and evidence.
The eighth Programme Insight considers the realistic costs of delivering high quality services for children and young people. It argues that a comprehensive estimation of the costs of service delivery is essential for both commissioners and service delivery organisations
This briefing looks at why realistic cost estimates are important and highlights the dangers of cost under-estimation. It also summarise key learning on cost estimation and implications for both delivery organisations and commissioners of children’s services. Key learning points include:

  • Understanding the real cost of delivering a service helps ensure that it is viable and sustainable.
  • A firm grasp on costs is central to informing the preparation of competitive yet realistic tenders for potential commissioners. It also helps commissioners know what is realistic within the resources available.
  • Work with children and young people entails a great degree of unpredictability and variation, which can translate into difficulties in estimating one single unit cost.
  • Direct costs accounted for, on average, just under three quarters of full unit costs in Realising Ambition projects.
  • Work with children and young people requires careful planning and management, which carries a cost: on average, 47% of full unit costs in Realising Ambition were attributed to this, with 19% to set-up, 11% to face-to-face time with paid practitioners and 19% to volunteer or non-paid staff time.

Read more here.

Out of Harm Toolkit

Out of Harm Toolkit
The Out of Harm Tool Kit is a resource for family, teachers and other professionals who have contact with a young person they are worried about. The aim of this resource is not to teach you everything you need to know about self-harm, but instead to build confidence in approaching the issue with young people and laying the foundations for learning more about an individual’s experiences.
The toolkit has been developed through a creative collaboration with young people from Penumbra’s North Ayrshire Self Harm Project with experience of self-harm, therapeutic storyteller Wendy Woolfson, photographer Lisa Craig and illustrator Josie Valley. It consists of a conversation guide, a full toolkit with background information and links to further resources, photographs, films and stories.

The Toolkit can be downloaded here

2017 National Awards for Play in Scotland

2017 National Awards for Play in Scotland


Could you be a Nancy Ovens Trust Award winner? The National Play Awards celebrate and encourage those providing stimulating and innovative play experiences for children. Winning an award is a great achievement and shows that you have raised the bar to make play an outstanding experience for children in your home, project or community.
The awards recognise the innovation in play in communities around Scotland. Individuals and community groups can now apply for awards in play at nursery and school, in the home, in the community and for positive support for play. The criteria for each category are described below:-
Before entering please download and read the Nancy Ovens Awards for Play Guidelines 2017.

Categories include:


• Play in the home.
• Play at nursery or school.
• Play in the community.
• Positive support for play.


The closing date for entries is Friday 19 May 2017.


Read more here.

Investment will help develop new approaches for employment services

Around £1 million will be used to develop new ways of integrating and supporting the Scottish Government’s new devolved employment services to help disabled people and individuals at risk of long-term unemployment.
The investment through the 2017 Draft Budget, will look at ways of using new and innovative approaches to join up employability services with other key areas such as health services, and to improve the support that is available to individuals who are out of work.
From 1 April 2017, the Scottish Government will deliver devolved employment support to up to 3,300 disabled people through Work First Scotland, and help up to 1,500 people with a disability or health condition and who are at risk of long term unemployment through Work Able Scotland.
A 12 month transitional arrangement will come ahead of a full Scottish programme of support from April 2018 which will be flexible, tailored and responsive to the needs of disabled people and those at risk of long term unemployment.
Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn announced details of the funding during a visit to see employability projects at Remploy in Edinburgh. Remploy together with the Shaw Trust and Momentum Scotland, will deliver the Work First Scotland programme.
He said:
“This £1 million funding will help develop our approach to join up support for disabled people and those at risk of long-term unemployment and allow us to better integrate and align our new devolved employment services.
“With our new powers, we have an opportunity to do things differently and create new services that generate greater opportunities for the people of Scotland.
“We are currently exploring ways of joining up devolved employment services with other key areas like health and justice. Making these important links across Government is vital and will help us to enhance employment opportunities for people.
“This funding forms part of the £20 million we are investing in the first year of devolved services which will help us provide continuity in support for those who are unemployed with significant barriers to work, while building towards a Scottish programme of support from April 2018.”

Repsol Sinopec Small Grants Scheme (incorporating Liam McArthur Awards)

The VAO Board has awarded the following grants from the Repsol Sinopec Small Grants Scheme (incorporating the Liam McArthur Awards):

Arthritis Care Orkney: an annual members’ outing Crafthub CIC: to provide a weekly arts club for children
Flotta Day Club: a members’ summer outing
Friends of Happy Valley: to create a surfaced path to improve access
Orkney Amateur Swimming Club: a coach training course for volunteers
Orkney Creative Hub: to expand access to workshops
Orkney ViQueens Roller Derby: to hold a midsummer boot camp
Orkney Youth Café: sail training for 10 young people
Sanday Afternoon Club: members’ outing to Mainland Orkney
Shapinsay Church of Scotland: extension to car park to improve access
Stromness Golf Club- Junior Section: hold a series of coaching events
Stromness Flower Club: to extend their flower exhibitions
The Cromarty Hall: to purchase 2 table tennis tables
Westray Heritage Trust:  to set up an internet café
Youth Workers’ Forum: towards the cost of hosting the Annual Youth Award

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