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02/03/18 VOLUNTARY ACTION ANGUS WEEKLY BULLETIN Voluntary Action Angus Quarterly Magazine Are you an organisation with a story to tell? Do you have any upcoming event you would like to feature? Any funding grants that would benefit organisations and social enterprises across Scotland? We want to feature you! email: for more information

Voluntary Action Angus Quarterly Magazine · VENUE: KirrieConnections, 5 Bank Street, DD8 4BE— Tuesday 6th March 2018 5.30-7pm Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland . relies on a team

Jul 18, 2020



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    Voluntary Action Angus

    Quarterly Magazine

    Are you an organisation with a story to tell? Do you have any upcoming event you would like

    to feature? Any funding grants that would benefit organisations and social enterprises

    across Scotland?

    We want to feature you!

    email: for more information

    Ben Stephen02/03/2018WEEKLY BULLETIN�

  • Over the next few weeks Voluntary Action Angus will be undertaking a consultation with organisations across Angus to ensure that our services are built across the needs of those who use them. As the Dev elopment Worker for Forfar/Kirriemuir and the Deans, this will also be an opportunity for me to meet with you and update you about the recent changes within Voluntary Action Angus. To ensure we can reach as many organisations as possible we will be arranging a number of drop in meetings where you can come to us if possible. We would be happy to come to you if this would be more convenient and meet individually. Alternatively, we can also send the consultation documents out electronically or by post for those who would rather fill this in independently. I would be grateful if you could let me know if you would like to arrange for us to visit you or send out the consultation document to you—I can be contacted by phone on 01307 466113 or email at I’ve put the last date below; VENUE: KirrieConnections, 5 Bank Street, DD8 4BE—Tuesday 6th March 2018 5.30-7pm Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland relies on a team of volunteers to help support paid staff, making a difference to Scotland’s health by helping out in one of our stores to raise funds needed to deliver services. The Forfar store are currently recruiting the following vol-unteers: > Displaying and Merchandising Volunteer > Customer Care Volunteer > Stockroom Volunteer > Charity Stock Driver Volunteer Potential volunteers must have a competent level of the English language. Chest, Heart & Stroke will provide all necessary training and authorised expenses are reimbursed. If interested get in touch with Sam Senkel ( or pop in to see them at their store in Castle Street, Forfar. Angus Talking Newspaper Association Volunteer Opportunities Brechin - looking for a volunteer once a month to read from the local newspaper, and a volunteer who can use a laptop to be a stand-in Recorder. They meet alternate Monday either morning 10am to 12 noon or Monday afternoon 2pm to 4pm. Arbroath – looking for volunteers once a month to read from the local newspaper, and a volunteer who can use a laptop to be a stand-in Recorder. Montrose – looking for a volunteer to use a laptop to be a stand-in Recorder. Please contact for more information on these opportunities. Barnardos Barnardos Drop In at Academy Medical Centre, Forfar Come along to find out more on... Monday 5th March Monday 26th March 2018 from 4pm -5pm The Strengthening Families Programme helps to make your family stronger. The Programme offers 7 sessions to help improve communication between parents/carers and their young people aged 10-14. For more information come along to one of our drop ins or contact Angela Duncan on 01241 873146 or email You can also speak with our Senior Community Health Development Worker, Ashley McGregor for more information on this and other Third Sector services, contact Ashley on 01307 462316 or email POLICE DROP IN Gail Beattie PC D9207 will be at the Millennium Hall on the following days; Saturday 3rd March—9.15am to 11am

    Monday 26th March—5,45pm to 7pm

  • HOSPITALFIELD—volunteer opportunity Hospitalfield is an historic artist’s house in Arbroath. We host events and exhibitions within the beautiful setting of our gardens and collections. Volunteering with us is an opportunity to get to know Hospitalfield, learn or develop a skill, and meet new people. Volunteers are a vital part of all our activity. From gardening, walks, collections care, tour guides, exhibi-tion assistants, there are plenty of ways to get involved. We welcome people from all walks of life to get involved. Find out more here or get in touch with Volunteer Coordinator Annie Crabtree on 01241 656 124 & FORFAR OPEN GARDEN SCHEME—volunteer opportunity Volunteer Gardener To help in the Open Garden in Forfar. Can be anything from planting to tidying up. To provide general help within the garden in Forfar, the gar-den is an open space for people to come along and enjoy. Garden Mentor To provide support to those who would like to volunteer in the garden. To provide support and encouragement to volunteers of Forfar Open Gar-den Scheme that may require additional support If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us on stating which area you live in. ANGUS LONG TERM CONDITIONS SUPPORT GROUP – paid opportunity There has been a survey handed to people at the Long-Term Conditions clinics asking various questions to understand what and when they would like a Forfar group of ALTCSG to consist of. We have gained funding from the Community Innovation Fund to employ someone 3 hours a week initially to collate the surveys and then we hope to relaunch the Forfar ALTCSG responding to the survey answers. The person will Facilitate those meetings. Eventually the time will be spent upgrading the ALTCSG website and introducing a Social Media page. The post is for a year. We hope to employ someone by the end of April, if you are interested in this position please contact for more information.


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    Angus Cardiac Group (Forfar Branch) Evening Talks 2018 The Guide Hall, the Myre Forfar 7-9pm. Refreshments. Raffle and Quiz Admission free. Anybody can attend.

    March 28 Scottish Health Council - Ways to have your voice heard in Health & Social Care April 25 Bob Watson Strathmore Mineral Water com-pany May 30 Rev. Brian Ramsay Desert Island Books Sept. 26 Mark Hodgkinson Angus Council - Adult Protection and Financial Harm (Scams!) Oct 31 Forfar Barber Shop Chorus (including some of our members!) Nov 28 Heather Kelly Mercy Ships (and chocolate!!)

    Any items for the bulletin get in touch;

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    Page 5 Angus Carers Centre has just launched a Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds for a makeover of some of the Centre’s rooms. We’re want to raise £5,000 before the deadline of 14 March 2018. If you’re able to support our campaign or can help to spread the word about the it we’d really appreciate it. Click here for more information. Cycling UK Event This event aims to bring public health practitioners together with active travel professionals and volunteers. The event is for primary care practitioners including GPs and practice nurses, public health professionals, projects and organisations interested in delivering cycling activities and volunteers/staff who would like to join up cycling with health outcomes. Click here for more information.

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    The Overview Experience is a day of Music, Art, Food, Ideas,

    Workshops and performances to be help on September 8th 2018. We are currently looking to recruit people with passion who want to make a difference. Team members and volunteers are needed to organise, plan, and make this event happen. The following roles are available;

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    Greener festival award coordinator Sponsorship Manager Funding and Finance Manager Venue Operations Manager Curation Team for Musicians, Artists, Performers and Speakers Branding and Marketing Manager Event Storyteller/Blogger Event Programmer Photo and Video Operators and Editors MC If interested please contact Gavin Gowans at

    Skills for Work Do you need help with Employability Skills? We have a new course starting in Arbroath Various dates in January, February and March The part 2 week course will offer; One to One tailored support aimed at helping customers positively move towards employment being a realistic prospect. Positive thinking Personal Effectiveness Health & Wellbeing Job Search Work Skills Understand your Labour Market Please speak to your Jobcentre Work Coach for further information.

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    Over 1,000 amazing Volunteers form the backbone of the Walk the Walk Team, providing support, encouragement and (most importantly) hugs to the Walkers during our iconic MoonWalk challenges. Whether you are new to us, an ex-walker or a seasoned member we would love you to join our incredible family!

    The MoonWalk starts on Saturday and goes into Sunday. For the benefit of our Volunteers there are many different roles and tasks which we split into manageable chunks, depending on when we need you.

    Evening Crew

    Join in the party atmosphere at MoonWalk City, starting around 5pm through to midnight on Saturday 10th June. Help us make this a night to remember by choosing one of our 24 different roles... there is something for everyone! Find out more

    Overnight Crew

    MoonWalk City based roles start around 10pm on Saturday 10th June through to 6am Sunday morning. Start times on the route vary - the earliest Volunteers will start is around 7pm, the latest start around 11pm. Find out more

    Perfect to cheer friends or family over the Finish Line – just

    request an early finish.

    Sunday Morning Crew Support our Walkers towards the end of their journey... the most testing and inspirational part of their challenge! Starting around 6am on Sunday 11th June through to around 12pm, once the last Walker crosses the Finish Line. Find out more

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    ANGUS VOICE vacancy

    Participation Development Officer (Job Share) To develop service user involvement for people with

    mental health problems in Angus and to assist members to make the participation project sustainable going


    Accountable to the Development Manager of Community Enterprise with support from the Chief Executive of

    Community Enterprise - £26000 pro rata

    Please see background information (attached). Angus Voice has been operating since April 2015 and is a well-respected initiative that is now a fledgling SCIO in its own right. There has been a full-time member of staff in post since that time. Due to the maturing of the project, we have decided to restructure this post as a job share to

    diversify the capacity and skill set we have and to provide better peer support within the very small team.

    In particular we are looking for someone who is an excellent communicator, an efficient organiser and

    someone who can help us build practical systems that will invest in the effectiveness of the project as it grows.

    Please see attached files for more information.

  • Making Enterprise Happen Making Enterprise Happen offers investment packages of between £61,000 and £500,000 to social enterprises, community organisations and charities to develop and expand their enterprising activities. Making Enterprise Happen investments are always part grant and part loan. The split of grant and loan will be negotiated during the assessment process, taking into account the potential social impacts, ability to repay and current State Aid regulations (if applicable). years and are charged at a fixed interest rate of base rate (currently 0.5%) plus 6%. Resilient Scotland aims to help you to make enterprise happen. Investments have been made for providing key services to local people, purchasing community assets, and shops and cafes bringing vibrancy back to local high streets. No two Making Enterprise Happen investments will be the same. Locally based social enterprises, community organisations and charities are best placed to bring social and economic improvements to the lives of ordinary people, especially in disadvantaged areas. In order to access the investment you must ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and then discuss your proposal with Making Enterprise Happen over the phone. For more information please visit the Resilient Scotland Website.

    Charity Grants The British and Foreign School Society gives grants to charities for educational activities. Grants are given to organisations with UK charitable status and are for the purpose of advancing educational opportunity in the UK and developing countries. Applications from charitable organisations which meet the grant criteria are initially reviewed by the BFSS office, and may then be submitted to the Grants Committee, which normally meets three times a year. Applications for the remaining 2017 meeting of the Committee is now closed. The next Grants Committee meeting will be held at the end of May 2018, and the closing date for applications is the end of Monday 09 April 2018. For more information on this fund please click here.

    Workplace Equality Fund The aim of the £500,000 one-year Fund is to support private businesses in reducing employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers in the workplace. Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available. In exceptional circumstances, applications of up to £100,000 will be considered. To be eligible applicants should be a private business or a third sector organisation whose project proposes to work with private business. The funding will support employers in reducing employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers particularly across the arts, culture, leisure, tourism, finance, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and fishing, transport and communication and STEM sectors. Fund Outcomes:

    Employment opportunities and progression in the workplace are improved for participant groups and consideration is given to how this can be embedded into the workplace to ensure lasting change; Knowledge, skills, policies and practices are improved in order to address employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers/ challenges within the workplace; A more inclusive working environment is created through employees and employers working in partnership.

    Knowledge, skills, policies and practices are improved in order to address employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers/ challenges within the workplace. A more inclusive working environment is created through employees and employers working in partnership. Funding rounds and timescales:

    08 February 2018 funding round 1 opens for applications 29 March 2018 round 1 closes to applications at 12 o'clock 02 July 2018 funding round 2 opens for applications 30 August 2018 round 2 closes to applications at 12 o'clock

    For more information please visit their website.

    Loans are repayable over up to ten

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  • Hear Me We are recruiting volunteers now!

    Volunteer Counsellors – URGENTLY REQUIRED

    Volunteer Coordinator Finance worker Administrator Fundraisers

    Are you interested in joining a fun, dedicated and dynamic team? Can commit to 4 hours per week?

    Have experience in any of the above roles? For more information and an application pack please contact Carol on 01307 850741 or email

    ORGANISATION BACKGROUND - Hear Me is a registered Scottish Charity, established in June 2013. Providing specialised counselling and support in Angus for men, women and children (aged 8+) who have either recently,

    or in the past, been

    Angus Long Term Condition Support Group hosts two meetings monthly in two different locality areas.

    All are welcome to attend and there is a £1 admission charge

    Mar 26th Links Medical Centre 2-4pm TBA TBA

    Mar 28th Parkview Medical Centre 2-4pm Independent Living Allison Taylor

    Volunteers urgently needed!

    Voluntary Action Angus are always looking to recruit volunteers in all areas of Angus for 100’s of varied

    opportunities to help in your local communities.

    If you would be interested in becoming a Volunteer please get in contact by phone on: 01307 466113 or 01241 875525 or alternatively by email at or search online

    This bulletin is created by Voluntary Action Angus and the views and opinions within are not expressed by any persons involved in the bulletins creation.

    If you have anything you would like to add to next week’s bulletin, please contact Ben by email to or alternatively by phone on 01307 466113.

    Voluntary Action Angus Tel: 01241 875525

    Registered Office: 32 – 34 Guthrie Port, Arbroath, DD11 1RN VAA is Company limited by guarantee – Scottish Charity No. SC032830, Scottish Company No. SC248473