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#SDSblether week

#SDSblether week

How does a good conversation support people to get the help and reassurance they are looking for? How can the principles of SDS be applied when people are not eligible for a social care budget? iConnect North East is a local independent support organisation in Aberdeen city that provides information and advice on Self Directed

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An extraordinary, positive journey: 10 years of support for Action for Children Scotland

An extraordinary, positive journey: 10 years of support for Action for Children Scotland

When Action for Children Scotland applied to the 14:19 Fund in 2008, it had just begun a pilot employability programme for young people. The charity had a long history and pedigree in supporting vulnerable young people with difficult childhood experiences who, as a result, faced multiple and complex challenges holding down a job or succeeding

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Andrew’s story: A pathway to employment

Andrew’s story: A pathway to employment

Growing up, Andrew had to deal with a wide range of challenges in his life. After struggling to cope with a close family bereavement, his behaviour took a turn for the worse as did his engagement in school. He became involved in gang behaviour, substance issues, and ended up in the criminal justice system. He

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Archery group engages the community and transforms lives

Archery group engages the community and transforms lives

  When residents in an East Ayrshire neighbourhood set up an Archery Group in January 2012 there were doubts about its viability. More than five years later and the group is a thriving pillar of the community. Attracting adults and young people, the group has led to increased levels of social interaction in the area.

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Barbara’s story: Supported to re-engage

Barbara’s story: Supported to re-engage

As a young carer to two young relatives, Barbara’s home life led her to become socially isolated and she began falling behind in school. Barbara is 15 and registered as a young carer at the beginning of 2016 due to her parents becoming foster parents for family members who were removed from their family through

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Cassie’s story: “I got my life back.”

Cassie’s story: “I got my life back.”

  Two years ago Cassie Scott feared to face the world. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she fell into a deeper darkness when she was then domestically abused by her partner at the time. “I went downhill. I started to drink excessively and use drugs daily to numb the pain. Everybody noticed that the happy

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Dates n’ Mates – Jackie’s story

Dates n’ Mates – Jackie’s story

Jackie has been a member of the dates-n-mates project for a few years now and said that being a member has “changed her life”. Like many individuals living with a learning disability, Jackie spent a lot of time at home or with family.  As Jackie has made new friendships through the project and built new

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Edinburgh Play Rangers

Edinburgh Play Rangers

Inspiring Scotland has created an innovative collaboration between three charities and a local authority who are working together to reach the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in Edinburgh and engage children and families through play. As part of the citywide Edinburgh Play Ranger project, Community Play Rangers facilitate outdoor play in communities. Play Rangers bring ideas and free resources and the

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Elisha’s story – 14:19

Elisha’s story – 14:19

Elisha, 22, comes from a large extended family in the northeast area of Glasgow.Her mum is Scottish and her dad is Afro-American and does not have citizenship in the UK. Her mum and dad had been in an on-off relationship for 22 years, which meant her dad drifted in and out of her life sporadically

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Family group promotes fitness and friendships

Family group promotes fitness and friendships

Responding to local people’s concerns about obesity and low levels of physical activity, Link Up Whitfield teamed up with the Dundee Healthy Living Initiative, One Parent Families Scotland and a local fitness instructor to run a small-scale 12-week cooking and physical activity programme. Family Fun Fit focused on both cooking healthy meals as a family

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Financial modelling – KPMG work with Calman Trust

Financial modelling – KPMG work with Calman Trust

Deploying the invaluable expertise from pro bono supporters Inverness based 14:19 Fund venture, Calman Trust, is an ambitious and innovative charity. It combines its work supporting young people to overcome challenges with its social enterprise businesses so young people benefit from real life work experience. Calman’s existing social enterprises include the award winning Café Artysans

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Golfhill Primary School

Golfhill Primary School

Golfhill Primary School in Glasgow’s Dennistoun area has been taking part in the Glasgow Active Play programme, run by go2play with funding from Glasgow City Council Education. The programme has been delivered by go2play partner charity PEEK and involves weekly Active Play sessions in school, separate from PE and break time, for primary 4 pupils.

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Inspiring Scotland Pro Bono Supporter Elaine Speirs helps FairShare Glasgow

Inspiring Scotland Pro Bono Supporter Elaine Speirs helps FairShare Glasgow

Inspiring Scotland Pro Bono Supporter Elaine Speirs helps FairShare Glasgow to help more and more people by helping them make their processes more streamline.

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Kevin’s Story: Faith in myself

Kevin’s Story: Faith in myself

My life could have so easily have turned out a different way if it wasn’t for FARE. I didn’t have the best start in life. In fact, those early years were pretty tough. Living in the east end of Glasgow, I was brought up by a single parent household and my Dad died when I

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Link Up group offers vital support to stay in recovery

Link Up group offers vital support to stay in recovery

Hugh (not his real name) is in his forties and has been attending one of Link Up’s men’s groups since March 2014. He had a drug addiction until he managed to get off them approximately ten years ago. “Getting off the drugs isn’t just about stopping taking them, it’s about changing everything. I had to

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Organisational transformation – Murton Trust

Organisational transformation – Murton Trust

In 2009 Murton Trust for Education and the Environment’s journey changed when they secured 10 years support from Inspiring Scotland. At the time of investment the organisation had two staff running a 200 acre site. It was home to a 180 acre nature reserve and a 20 acre site that the staff and trustees had

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Privileged access to a leading international law firm

Privileged access to a leading international law firm

  For many charities, negotiating complex property leases or dealing with difficult HR issues can have a serious effect on their day-to-day work simply because they lack the financial resources and capacity to deal with them. Thanks to our pro bono network, several charities have been able to access free expert legal advice with law

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Rory’s and Callander’s story

Rory’s and Callander’s story

  The story of Inspiring Scotland’s first 10 years is a story about people. A lot of people, thousands from all around Scotland, their relationships with one another and the impact we have been able to create together. To tell our story is to tell the story of the people we were set up to

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Siobhan’s story

Siobhan’s story

Connect 2 is a partnership of the Glasgow based 14:19 Fund charities including: FARE, Impact Arts, Move On, Tomorrow’s People and Venture Trust. It provides a clear pathway to securing a positive destination for young people who are hardest to reach and who have significant challenges to overcome. This case study was written by Siobhan, one

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Tessa’s story

Tessa’s story

I come from the Gallatown in Kirkcaldy. Poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and lack of opportunities have had a massively detrimental impact in the Gallatown and it has been in serious decline for years. I spent most of my life thinking this is how life is – but why should it be? We are not statistics;

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