In this country, the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 is the main piece of legislation affecting charities.

Changes reflect proposals put forward by the Scottish regulator, OSCR, to enhance public trust and confidence in the charity sector by increasing transparency and accountability, providing OSCR with greater enforcement powers, streamlining operations and increasing efficiency.

The consultation is now open here and rus until 1 April.

OSCR will be issuing more information about the proposals in the next few weeks, including a summary of the changes requested to the law and why.

Read more here


The Community Transport Grant Scheme is to assist constituted community groups and trusts, with the objective of delivering transport services to improve connectivity and reduce isolation where or when there are no conventional public transport services available or accessible. Applications are now invited and the closing date for applications is 12:00 (noon) Friday 1 February 2019

More information is available from the Council website here

If you would like more details or an informal chat please contact the OIC transportation service at or call 01856 873535.

The Scottish Government made a commitment in the 2018-19 Programme for Government to consult on updating charity law to promote transparency and accountability, to ensure the public continue to have confidence in charities and the Scottish Charity Regulator.


The consultation is now live on the online consultation hub and can be accessed here: .  The following press release has also just been issued:

Computers can help people to gain or regain their independence by allowing them to shop or bank online. Technology can prevent isolation as the internet can connect people via email to family and friends. It can also provide something fun and relaxing to do with online games, TV, radio and other entertainment services. When something goes wrong with a person's technology suddenly all of this is taken away - Abilitynet volunteers help them to get it back.

Abilitynet volunteers might help an older person with their general PC usage or they could be assisting with special hardware and software adaptations that would meet a disabled person's specific technology needs.

Are you interested in this exciting opportunity? If so, apply now to start the process of becoming a volunteer. As you will often be working one-to-one with clients in their homes we will conduct a basic disclosure check and an interview will be conducted with the volunteer coordinator in your region.



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