Lismore Community Trust is amongst the 100 groups across Scotland who learned this week that they will share £677,936 of National Lottery cash.

The funding comes from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland which makes grants from £300 to £10,000 with funds raised by the lottery.

Thanks to an award of £8,960, the community trust will transform two phone boxes on each end of the island into information kiosks. Chair Sebastian Tombs said: “Transforming our two red telephone kiosks into welcoming information hubs at the arrival points on the island will be a real boost for us. Meanwhile in Falkirk, exciting plans are also afoot as the Communities Along the Carron Association picked up £10,000 to buy two tricycle rickshaws that will get people in local care homes out and about enjoying cycle rides. Project coordinator Christine Bell said: “We were absolutely delighted to be awarded this money which will help build our fleet of trishaws for our Cycling Without Age Falkirk project. The trishaws will visit local care homes on a daily basis ridden by volunteers who take elderly people out to enjoy fresh air, get the wind in their hair and enjoy a sense of fun and freedom.” A National Lottery Awards for All spokesperson said: “This funding will help a range of arts, sports and community groups from across Scotland to bring their projects ideas to life.

If you, and your local community group, would like to join them in celebrating a National Lottery award, you can find out how to apply by visiting our website.”

The Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of Youth have provided a free online 6 week course for youth workers, youth leaders, youth researchers and youth policy makers. 

By the end of the course, learners will:

  • Understand the “essentials” of youth policy (concepts and definitions, scope, objectives, actors, history, European and national levels).
  • Become aware of the relevance of the key elements for youth policy (cross-sectoral, evidence -based, participation, inclusion, youth work).
  • Understand how to build a framework for youth policy (identifying key issues, priority areas and themes).
  • Understand the major steps for youth policy development, implementation and delivery, and evaluation.
  • Reflect on the future of youth policy and their own future engagement in youth policy.
  • Be ready to take steps for further involvement in youth policy.

Register now.

Course start date is 30 October 2017. 






Staff of Third Sector organisations in Orkney,

Members of health and well-being groups,

Members of patient groups,

Disabled People, People living with long term conditions and family carers

Come and find out about Our Voice at an information workshop or drop in session taking place at The Community Centre, Kirkwall by emailing your interest in attending to .

If you are part of an organisation supporting people who use health or social care services in Orkney and are interested in engaging people who use services to make improvements this workshop is for you.

The Scottish Health Council invite you to an information session. We would like to explore mutual benefits: how can Our Voice support you and members of your organisation and how can you support Our Voice?

Our Voice is a partnership initiative with the Scottish Government, COSLA, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, the Scottish Health Council and the ALLIANCE and aims to strengthen the voices of people who use health and social care services, their carers and families.

Our Voice is all about engaging the people of Scotland to make health and social care better. It is about engagement, listening and improvement.

Our Voice is for everyone who wants to get involved.


Our Voice will help the Scottish Government, as well as staff and managers who work in health and social care services to listen more and make improvements based on what people and communities say.

Many Third sector organisations have already been involved in the development of Our Voice and we are keen to explore future collaborations. Chest Heart Stroke Scotland, for example, have already contributed through providing workshops and you will hear more about this and other initiatives underway as part of Our Voice that may be useful to members of your organisation.

Our Voice Workshop


Our Voice Drop in Session


9th November 2017, Kirkwall Community Centre

Did you know that the British Red Cross offer fully funded workshops in schools and youth work settings in areas where young people are at higher risk of experiencing a crisis related to drug/alcohol use and stigmatising behaviour?

These free workshops, delivered by Red Cross educators, aim to help 10–19 year olds learn first aid and/or explore the impact of stigmatising behaviour towards refugees, migrants and asylum seekers.

The aim of the Everyday First Aid workshop is to promote the wellbeing of young people in the community in their everyday lives. The British Red Cross also support young people in assessing risk and understanding the impact of risk-taking behaviour whilst addressing potential barriers to providing help in a crisis. Young people will learn valuable first aid skills in these sessions, for example, how to respond to someone who is unresponsive and breathing/not breathing, choking, burns and bleeding heavily etc. 

The aim of the Refugees and Migration workshop is to reduce stigmatising behaviour in the community and develop self-awareness and respect for others. Our workshops also address common misconceptions held about refugees and migrants and these are delivered through activities such as games and quizzes.

Contact Sarah McCrory at: or phone 07739331866. Alternatively, contact the Youth Education Support Centre at: or phone 0344 412 2734.

This year, our National Youth Work Conference and YouthLink Scotland AGM on 14 November, will explore youth work and the health and social care sector’s contribution to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

This event is being organised jointly with NHS Health Scotland.


• Youth work sector have increased their understanding of mental health and wellbeing.

• Health, social care and other professionals have increased their understanding of youth work, participation and prevention approaches.

• Youth voice and a young person centred approach to mental health and wellbeing is more evident. This conference is aimed at

• The youth work sector.

• Health sector. • Social care sector.

• Other related professionals concerned with young people’s mental health and wellbeing (eg sports, police, youth justice etc).

• Integrated authorities and community planning partnerships.

Draft programme.

Costs: £90.00 plus VAT for members/£125.00 plus VAT for non members

You can book a place at this year's conference online.

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