Creative stars across Scotland awarded funding

In the first round of funding, 36 talented young people from across Scotland have received Nurturing Talent Funding for new projects to help develop their creative talents.

With support from Creative Scotland and Young Scot, the Nurturing Talent Fund is administered by young people for young people. Over the two-year project, the National Youth Arts Advisory Group will issue £40,000 to individuals and groups across Scotland. 

In this first round of funding, members of the National Youth Arts Advisory Group have awarded over £3,500 to provide financial support to nurture a broad range of projects and individuals from across the country including dancers, musicians and authors. Read the list of recipients.

Applications for the Nurturing Talent Fund are available for young people, aged 14-20, from a diverse range of backgrounds across Scotland.  Young people with a creative passion can apply for funding from £60 to £600.

The Nurturing Talent Fund aims to support young people’s creative work regardless of geography, affordability or disability. It is part of the Scottish Government’s Time to Shine youth arts strategy, which seeks to change the way the arts are viewed and help Scotland become an international leader in young people’s creativity.

Applications for next round funding close on 28 August and young people can apply via

Journey through Justice

Journey through Justice is an interactive online resource that will help children and young people understand the journey through the youth justice system, following being charged with an offence by the police. The name of the resource, as well as its look and content, was devised by young people from a number of settings, working closely with CYCJ and Iriss.

Journey through Justice is a development of Youth & Criminal Justice in Scotland: The Young Person’s Journey, which aims to simplify how the youth and criminal justice system works for under 18s in Scotland. This has received an update for 2017.

CYCJ is very keen to make young people, their families and supporters aware of this valuable resource. Journey through Justice postcards will be placed in police stations, social work waiting rooms, schools and other relevant places – get in touch if you would like copies for distribution in your workplace. 

CYCJ will be adding to Journey through Justice as further resources become available. If you have any feedback or links you would like to add, please contact

LEAD Scotland – a message from Chris Purnell

Supporting Disabled People to Learn

My name is Chris and I am an intern with the Information Service here at Lead Scotland. We provide free information and advice on the full range of post-school learning and training opportunities in Scotland. Lead Scotland (Specialists in Linking Education and Disability) is a charity that empowers disabled people and those who care for them to improve their lives through learning.

It is my role to reach out to people we can support and who would benefit from our service, and I wondered if you could signpost any constituent you may have who is facing barriers to learning and training, or perhaps disability groups in your area?

We provide tailored, impartial advice about learning, education and training options, including accessing additional educational support, funding and benefits for disabled learners, legal rights for disabled learners, and much more.

The Information Service has a freephone helpline, funded for 10 hours per week by the Scottish Government and can be reached on 0800 999 2568, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 2pm-4pm and Tuesday & Friday 10am-12pm, or by emailing It is open to disabled people, carers and family/friends of disabled people as well as staff who support or provide advice to disabled people.

We also provide free downloadable guides on topics like Post School Learning Choices in Scotland, The Equality Act in Post School Learning and Supporting You at College and University. These are available to download from the Lead Scotland website.

We are also available to provide free information sessions to a group of disabled people, carers or those who experience barriers to learning due to ill health who you may support, or information sessions for your staff or team. In these sessions we cover:

  • Why we think learning is for everyone, no matter what you want to learn, what your learning level is or what your motivation for learning is. We want to raise awareness that there are many different and flexible options for learning, beyond going to college or university and multiple routes to becoming qualified, if that’s important to you. We also want to talk about the wellbeing benefits of learning for leisure.
  • We want to raise awareness of the fact starting to learn doesn’t necessarily mean having your benefits stopped, there are a number of circumstances where you can study and continue to receive benefits;
  • Support and funding is available to learn, for example specialist equipment, software and educational assistants to support your learning;
  • Disabled people have a legal right to support, adjustments and flexibility when learning.  These rights are protected under the Equality Act and education providers have a legal duty to uphold these rights.

We can also tailor the sessions to ensure they are relevant to any group or individual. For example we can provide information about local learning providers and courses as well as talk about what reasonable adjustments might be available for people with specific impairments. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this or anything else further.

 I have attached our leaflet for your information which contains details about our helpline-please feel free to share this amongst your networks and with the people you support. Please also feel free to visit our website, look for us on  and Facebook and have a look at past issues of our newsletter if you would like to learn more about Lead Scotland and what we can do to support disabled people to learn.

The Place of Kindness: Combating loneliness and building stronger communities

The Carnegie UK Trust has launched a new report, which explores how we can encourage kinder communities. The report finds that it can be hard to talk about kindness and that there are many things that get in the way of acting in a friendly, generous and considerate way. It identifies that, along with creating spaces and places to act in kindness, the simple fact of talking about it has a powerful effect on our behaviour.
To inform the report’s findings, the Carnegie UK Trust worked with seven organisations across Scotland over the last nine months. Individuals, charities, and local businesses are being asked to take action, to create welcoming places as settings for relationships, provide opportunities for people to come together, remove barriers to kindness and to question the values which underpin what kind of society we want to live in.
The report, The Place of Kindness: Combating loneliness and building stronger communities is available to download here.

Are you ready for data protection reform?

Are you ready for data protection reform?



Scottish charities need to prepare for the upcoming changes in data protection legislation.

From 25 May 2018, all businesses and public bodies will have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Although the GDPR shares similarities with the existing UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), it also has some new and different requirements.

Read about how you can prepare for data protection reform here.

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