Voluntary Arts Scotland’s new project, ‘Putting the social into social media’


Are you 50+ and involved in a creative group or project?
Keen to learn new digital skills you can use to help run your group?
Then register for Voluntary Arts Scotland’s new project, ‘Putting the social into social media’ to take part in FREE digital training for people aged 50+.

Tell us where in Scotland you’re based, which group you’re involved with and what skills you would like to learn. We’ll use the information to shape a series of digital training sessions, which will take place at four locations across Scotland – and we’ll also record the sessions to watch online.

Why take part? The internet, and other digital technologies, can help creative groups grow and flourish in a number of ways. They offer new ways to communicate, secure funding and reach out to potential members, audiences and volunteers.

Many people aged 50+ are already digital experts and regularly use their skills to help run creative groups and provide organisational support. But research suggests that some people would benefit from training to help boost confidence in carrying out tasks on computers, mobiles and tablets.

This project aims to help you and your creative group benefit from taking an active role in the digital world.

If this training sounds useful, please register your interest by 7 August 2017 at www.voluntaryarts.org/onedigital or give us a ring on 0131 561 7333.

Important Changes to Data Protection Legislation

The General Data Protection Regulation is a new EU law that will come into effect on 25 May 2018 to replace the current Data Protection Act. It’s the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years, and will introduce new requirements for organisations that process personal data. .

The regulations will affect all organisations holding personal data and new processes and procedures must be in place and evidenced by the May implementation date. We will keep you up to date with developments and encourage you to read the attached document from the Information Commissioner's Office which details 12 steps that you can take now to get ready for the changes.

Further information on the Data Protection reform can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

12 Step Guidance available here

Scottish Drugs Forum Report – Older People with Drug Problems in Scotland: Addressing the needs of an ageing population

On the 26th June, Scottish Drugs Forum launched the final report of an expert group on the challenges Scotland faces in responding to the needs of some of its most vulnerable citizens – the growing population of older people who have drug problems.

The report, entitled ‘Older People with Drug Problems in Scotland: Addressing the Needs of an Ageing Population’ looks at the needs of people with drug problems who are 35 years and over and highlights the increasing number in their 50s and 60s.

Older people with drug problems face significant health issues including the effects of premature ageing and the complex causes and results of their drug use.

The Expert Working Group on Older People with a Drug Problem has spent over two years looking at evidence, commissioning research and hearing from testimony from experts including older drug users themselves.

The report’s key findings include:
• That older people with drug problems will increasingly become the norm within services and services need to adapt to better meet the needs of this population – both specialist and non- specialist
• This group have a range of complex needs, including being very isolated and experience significant underlying physical and mental health problems
• They are not engaging well with existing services and tend to drop out of services on a regular basis
• This group is at high risk of fatal overdose and dying of other causes if they are not retained in care
• There is significant and increasing cost to the health service.

Scottish Drugs Forum have also published a companion report, which informed the Expert Working Group on Older People with a Drug Problem’s report which is entitled ‘Older People with Drug Problems in Scotland: A Mixed Methods Study Exploring Health and Social Support Needs’

The report has already attracted some media attention and will feature on BBC Scotland news programmes, including this evening’s Reporting Scotland (available subsequently on i-Player).

SDF will continue to work on this issue and asks other stakeholders including SDF members to work with us to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use amongst this vulnerable group.

Evaluation Support Scotland resource to download

Charting the waters is a resource from the third sector for the third sector and is now available to download on the Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) website.

Open Learn – free Open University short courses

Want to learn more about the voluntary sector in just 3 hours (or less) a week for 8 weeks?

Then take a look at these short, free online courses.




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