Cashback for Communities Youth Work fund deadline approaching

The Cashback for Communities Fund (CCF) has been set up by the Scottish Government as part of the Proceeds of Crime (Act) Investment which takes funds confiscated as part of the proceeds of crime and redistributes them back into local community-based projects.
The Youth Work Fund strand of CCF is administered by youth work agency YouthLink Scotland, and will focus on supporting projects to benefit young people from areas of multiple deprivation. Other areas will also be funded if they are seen to be suffering from particular problems or lack of resources.
Eligible organisations can apply for funding to support proposals which:
•Provide diversionary youth work activities for young people (aged between 10 and 24) that are: 
oLiving in areas of deprivation (priority will be given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD).
oUnemployed, not in education or training (NEET).
oExcluded, or at risk of exclusion from school.
oAt risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending.
•Offer free diversionary youth work activities which raise the attainment, ambition and aspirations of these young people by: 
oBuilding capacity and confidence. (Mandatory outcome)
oDeveloping personal and physical skills. (Mandatory outcome)
oChanging behaviours and attitudes. (Mandatory outcome)
oImproving wellbeing. (Mandatory outcome)
oIncreasing school attendance and attainment.
oIncreasing engagement in learning, training, work and volunteering (positive destinations).
oIncreasing participation in positive activities.
oDiverting young people away from criminal behaviour or involvement with the criminal justice system.
oHelping young people to contribute positively to their communities.
•Take a proactive approach to ensure the activities are accessible to the target group of young people.
•Fill gaps in provision for young people or add value/build on existing provision.
•Support and encourage the involvement of young people in the development, management and running of the project.
•Demonstrate sustainability (whether in attracting other resources or in leaving a legacy).
Each Local Area has its own allocation of funds and its own local Assessment Panel.
Applicants operating in more than one area must submit a separate application for each area targeted.

eighth Inequality Briefing from NHS Health Scotland, this time on ‘Income, wealth and poverty’

This briefing explores the role of income, wealth and poverty in creating health inequalities, and the evidence for effective actions to reduce health inequalities in this area. As this briefing complements those already available (including their briefing on good work), the focus here is on broader economic and taxation issues.
You can also search for the briefings on Twitter using #inequalitybriefing

Scottish Government New Mental Health Strategy

Scottish Government New Mental Health Strategy
The new strategy, Mental Health in Scotland- a 10 year vision aims to organise mental health care and provision around three key 'life stages' :
'Start Well' (ensuring that children and young people have good mental health),
'Live Well' (supporting people to look after themselves to stay physically and mentally healthy, and to seek help when they need it); and,
'Age Well' (ensuring that older people are able to access support for mental health problems, and to live as long as possible at home). 

Two young ladies receive their Saltire Awards for being great Friday Friends!

Elsa Bain recently received her 10 and 25 hour Saltire Award alongside Chloe May who achieved her 25 hour Saltire Award for volunteering at Friday Friends.  
Friday Friends is an intergenerational befriending project that meets weekly at Eunson Kloss -facilitated by VAO’s Adult Befriending Service it supports young people to volunteer to deliver activities to elderly residents.  The sessions are fun, friendly and enjoyed by all involved.
Arlene Montgomery, Development Worker for the Adult Befriending Service said,
“The young lasses are fantastic!  They are always keen to get involved, yap to everyone and give up their time to join in with the group.  It really is a great experience for everyone involved.  Well done to the girls in achieving their Saltire Awards.”

To audit or not to audit?

Does your governing document, which sets out the rules by which the charity must operate, require your charity’s accounts to be audited?
Some governing documents contain reference to a requirement for an audit as a generic term for checking the accounting records. The word audit in charity law will mean that the accounts need a full statutory audit by a registered auditor, even where the law would not require it on the basis of the charity’s income or asset levels.
If this is the case, it may involve additional expense for the charity. You may want to amend your governing document so the charity trustees can choose not to have an audit if it would not be otherwise required.

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