Deprivation affects young people living in every part of Scotland campaigners have warned.

With new figures showing one in three children in Glasgow living in poverty, urgent action is needed says campaign group End Child Poverty.

The coalition of charities has produced a map showing the level of poverty in all 32 council areas.

Gasgow has the highest level of childhood deprivation (34%), followed by North Ayrshire (29%), Dundee (28%) and Inverclyde (26%).

Since the introduction of the benefit freeze, the coalition of charities, faith groups and unions has warned that as prices rise, low income families would find it increasingly hard to pay for the same basic essentials.


Animal rights campaigners have scored a major victory with the announcement shock collars are to be banned.

It comes after ministers saying in November they would continue to allow the use of the training devices for dogs - despite animal welfare charities warning that the collars can cause suffering.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has now announced that the government will implement a total ban.

Electric collars are used to train animals with behavioural problems - but campaigners argue that they are cruel, and have questioned their effectiveness as training aids.

MSPs including Scottish Conservative Maurice Golden and the SNP's Ben Macpherson, as well as animal charities including OneKind, the Kennel Club, the Scottish SPCA and the Dogs Trust, all backed the ban. 



18 to 30-year-olds could win support to pursue an innovative idea under a new scheme run in partnership by the Prince's Trust and Innovate UK.

A new nationwide initiative has been announced to find the next generation of young UK innovators and provide them with support, advice and funding to explore new ideas for enterprise.

Open to 18-30 year-olds who are looking to take their ideas to the next level, the Ideas Mean Business - Young Innovators' Programme will enable applicants to quickly receive advice, guidance and the chance to access transformative backing; helping to turn their ideas into reality.

The ‘Young Innovators’ programme of support includes regional ‘Innovation Live’ events across the UK and an award competition, with the following support package:

• An allowance to cover living costs (similar to an apprenticeship)
• 1:1 coaching and mentoring from an Innovation Champion
• A pot of funding to support specific requirements, eg travel to meet customers/partners, attending relevant training courses, equipment, hiring office space and IT support

Those who do not win an award package will still have access to the Innovation Module and support offered by Enterprise Online.
Applicants need to register with The Prince’s Trust, where they will then be able to sign up to attend one of a series of regional events. These events will help young people to develop their ideas and give more information about the application process. Applicants must attend an event in order to apply.

There will be two batches of events: The first events are:

• Cardiff, Wales, 5 February
• Ipswich, East Anglia, 5 February
• Birmingham, West Midlands, 6 February
• Brighton, South East, 7 February
• Plymouth, South West, 8 February
Those attending one of these events will need to submit an application by 1 March 2018.

The second batch of events will be:
• Newcastle, North East, 26 February
• Belfast, Northern Ireland, 26 February
• York, Yorkshire and the Humber, 27 February
• Manchester, North West, 1 March
• Glasgow, Scotland, 2 March
• Nottingham, East Midlands, 2 March

Delegates to these events must apply by 22 March 2018.
The best ideas will be announced in March 2018 and these future innovators will go on to receive funding and ongoing business mentorship.




Does your group need help to buy equipment; is there training you want to attend but don't have the funds?  The Small Grant Scheme could be what you're looking for.  Aimed specfically at small groups, the Small Grant Scheme is easy to apply to and can award grants of up to £500.  Projects must have local impact and priority will be given to groups that aim to address inequalities, e.g. geographical, social, health, etc.

Small Grants Scheme Supported by Repsol Sinopec and Liam McArthur MSP

Grants are offered to voluntary and community groups through the Small Grants Scheme, administered by the VAO Board of Directors. Groups with charitable objectives (excepting party political groups), are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £500 maximum for a project to help their community.

The VAO Board of Directors will consider all applications and decide which projects will benefit. Their decision will be final.

Recipients of grants must claim the total sum awarded within twelve months of allocation. To claim the grant, VAO will require proof of expenditure, either a receipted invoice or an invoice to be paid. Grants will not be paid retrospectively.

Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) is grateful to Repsol Sinopec for their donation which the VAO Board has decided to disburse as grants to support the work of small, community groups. VAO is also grateful to Liam McArthur, MSP, for his continuing donations which have been added to the Small Grants fund to increase the amount available.

Application forms are avilable by contacting:

Voluntary Action Orkney,
Anchor Buildings
6 Bridge Street,
Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HR
Tel: (01856) 872897

Deadline: Completed forms must be returned by 2nd March 2018.

Funding is available to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland's communities

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to support and develop a range of projects/initiatives which deliver targeted interventions designed to tackle alcohol-related harms across three themes: young people (aged under 18 years); families; and communities.

The Fund particularly welcomes applications from new/innovative or pilot initiatives which aim to test new approaches within these themes and which will offer learning that others can use. Applications from existing projects which can demonstrate success in reducing harm are also welcome.

Funding is available for the following:

  • Preventative projects that aim to reduce alcohol-related harm within communities, families, and young people aged 18 and under.
  • Projects that aim to educate people and communities about the dangers and consequences of misusing alcohol.
  • The development of new, innovative projects designed to reduce alcohol-related harms.
  • Pilot projects that will test out new initiatives and ideas designed to promote responsible attitudes to alcohol consumption and prevent alcohol-misuse.
  • Projects that promote alternative leisure and lifestyle choices for adults and young people to prevent alcohol-misuse.
  • Constituted voluntary or community groups, registered charities, Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIO), Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies (CIC), not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies in Scotland are eligible to apply to this fund through Foundation Scotland which is managing the fund.

Projects should start on or after 1 November 2018.

The deadline for applications is 29 June 2018 (4pm).



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