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Showcase demonstrates the power and potential of creativity in Scotland’s communities 

Showcase demonstrates the power and potential of creativity in Scotland’s communities 

A showcase of projects involved in the Creative Communities Programme took place Thursday 19th May in Glasgow, creating a powerful and diverse exhibition.  The showcase aimed to demonstrate how individual communities, facing barriers to engaging in culture, have formed their own unique creative activities: developing their own connection to culture and improved their wellbeing and

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Mapping outdoor play in Scotland

Mapping outdoor play in Scotland

Thrive Outdoors is mapping the outdoor play sector in Scotland, aiming to find out where outdoor play is happening, how outdoor play organisations are run and the challenges these organisations face. Extensive research highlights the social, physical and emotional benefits of outdoor play for children and young people. But the Covid-19 pandemic has meant more

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New Outdoor Community Play Fund Open

New Outdoor Community Play Fund Open

The new Outdoor Community Play Fund was announced by Children’s Minister, Clare Haughey on Tuesday 12th April 2022.¬† This funding will support charities¬†providing outdoor community play opportunities for children and families experiencing disadvantage, as defined by SIMD. Up to ¬£15,000 can be applied for by registered Scottish charities meeting the criteria. Funded by Scottish Government,

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New commitment to mentoring programme supporting children and young people living in kinship care arrangements.

New commitment to mentoring programme supporting children and young people living in kinship care arrangements.

An award of £450,000 from The Robertson Trust will enable Inspiring Scotland to expand intandem, the national mentoring programme for children and young people looked after at home, to include 8-14 year olds living in kinship care arrangements across Scotland. intandem recognises that young people looked after while living at home can experience challenging circumstances.

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Social media top tips for the third sector

Social media top tips for the third sector

  Social media can be a fantastic resource for charities in particular when communicating your cause and key messages. The world of communications has shifted quite dramatically over the last 2 years due to the pandemic and this is where the importance of social media comes in! We asked Amy part of Inspiring Scotland’s Communications

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2021/22 Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund

2021/22 Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund

  Applications are now closed for the Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund. ¬†Funded by the Scottish Government, it aimed to support charities who provide organised outdoor play opportunities for children and families in Scotland‚Äôs most deprived communities. In 2020-21, the fund distributed ¬£380,000 across 23 play charities, reaching more than 5,000 children in Scotland. In

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SVN support to develop digital communications channels

SVN support to develop digital communications channels

  My name is Angie Alexander, and I am the Chief Operating Officer for Held in Our Hearts, an Edinburgh-based baby loss charity. We provide specialist baby loss counselling and peer support to bereaved families. Our families are the heart of everything that we do, and we offer free, personalised, long-term support including counselling, one

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New Youth Action Fund sees collaboration as key to transforming the lives of young people across Scotland

New Youth Action Fund sees collaboration as key to transforming the lives of young people across Scotland

An ambitious new charity initiative from the Scotch Whisky industry launched on  8th March, driven by a commitment to make a positive impact on the lives of young people across Scotland for the long term. To ensure the funds create real, sustainable and long term impact, the Distillers’ Charity has commissioned Inspiring Scotland to co-design

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Launching a fund during a pandemic ‚Äď lessons learned

Launching a fund during a pandemic ‚Äď lessons learned

  The Creative Communities programme was due to launch just as the pandemic struck. Erica, head of the Creative Communities team¬†takes a look¬†at just what this meant for third sector organisations and Inspiring Scotland as a funder, and shares key learnings from the experience. The Creative Communities¬†Programme¬†was¬†conceived as part of the Scottish Government‚Äôs Culture strategy,¬†which

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Highlights from our work in 2020/21

Highlights from our work in 2020/21

At our core, Inspiring Scotland is all about providing support to organisations to enable social impact, and this past year was no exception. In a year of such challenge, we had to adapt to continue providing robust support to over 450 organisations across Scotland ‚Äď responding to new challenges within our portfolios and sharing learnings

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£2 million investment in the creative arts continues to positively impact Scotland’s communities

£2 million investment in the creative arts continues to positively impact Scotland’s communities

  The second year of the Scottish Government‚Äôs Creative Communities programme has now launched, seeing a total of ¬£2 million invested in creative projects across Scotland. Since the programme began in 2020, it has supported 46 community-based charities working with communities where social or geographical circumstances make engaging with culture more challenging. Film production workshops,

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New Trustees join Inspiring Scotland

New Trustees join Inspiring Scotland

Inspiring Scotland, has appointed Joyce White, Chief Executive of West Dunbartonshire Council, and Emma Congreve, Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute, to serve on its Board of Directors. These appointments will support Inspiring Scotland to take forward its new strategic plan, which will see the organisation further its commitment to driving social

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Training to keep your board on track

Training to keep your board on track

Part of Inspiring Scotland’s work as a partner to third sector is supporting charities to develop strong governance, improving their resilience and better positioning the charities to drive impact. Our Specialist Volunteers team is on hand to coordinate free training sessions for charity Boards. We spoke with Elaine who heads the team to get the

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‚ÄėOur Future Leaders‚Äô course paves the way for greater inclusion in the charity sector

‚ÄėOur Future Leaders‚Äô course paves the way for greater inclusion in the charity sector

The Our Future Leaders course, now in its third cohort is a unique leadership course for people with learning disabilities developed by Inspiring Scotland and the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities. Life is about choices, and this course is about helping participants develop the skills and tools to make choices that can lead

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Creative Communities: V&A Dundee host film premiere 

Creative Communities: V&A Dundee host film premiere 

Artists and participants of the £2million Creative Communities programme gathered for the first time at V&A Dundee for the premiere of their film highlighting the power of creativity to support wellbeing during the last year. Creative Communities is a Scottish Government initiative aiming to connect communities by providing creative opportunities in communities where social or

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Successful organisations announced for Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities programme

Successful organisations announced for Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities programme

  Nearly 40 organisations around Scotland have been announced as recipients of funding from Inspiring¬†Scotland’s new Creative Communities Programme, which will support the development of grassroots creative and cultural initiatives.

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Supporting healthier lifestyles on Scottish islands

Supporting healthier lifestyles on Scottish islands

    This fund is now closed for applications. People living on Scottish islands will soon benefit from a new fund to influence healthier lifestyles on the islands through community-led wellness initiatives. The Healthy Islands Fund will help to deliver these initiatives with ¬£1.3 million of funding from the Scottish Government from the wider ¬£30

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New £1.5m fund to support new ideas in rural communities launches

New £1.5m fund to support new ideas in rural communities launches

Not-for-profit community groups in rural areas can now apply for funding of up to ¬£50,000, to trial new and innovative ways to address local challenges and benefit from local opportunities. The Rural Communities ‚ÄúIdeas into Action‚ÄĚ Fund¬†is supported by ¬£1.5 million of Scottish Government funding and is delivered in partnership with Inspiring Scotland. It is

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Legal support a key benefit of Inspiring Scotland’s Specialist Volunteer offering

Legal support a key benefit of Inspiring Scotland’s Specialist Volunteer offering

Inspiring Scotland‚Äôs Specialist Volunteer network consists of over 500 professionals who provide their expertise free of charge to charities across Scotland. All types of support can be arranged, from HR, finance, and strategic planning to marketing, governance and mentoring. This support ‚Äď available to charities outside our portfolios as well as portfolio members ‚Äď allows

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Saltcoats Link Up ‚ÄėWins‚Äô The Lottery

Saltcoats Link Up ‚ÄėWins‚Äô The Lottery

The National Lottery Community Fund announced today that Inspiring Scotland‚Äôs Link Up project in Saltcoats will benefit from an additional two-year funding of ¬£95,400. ‚ÄúOur success in securing this new funding through National Lottery‚Äôs Community-led Fund will be critical in helping us to enable local people to drive the change they want for Saltcoats.‚ÄĚ Brian

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Funding to tackle violence against women and girls

Funding to tackle violence against women and girls

  The Scottish Government announced today additional funding for frontline services and prevention.¬† More than 121 projects across Scotland will share ¬£38 million to support survivors of gender-based violence and focus on prevention. The Delivering Equally Safe Fund includes more than ¬£28 million for frontline services which provide direct support to women and girls, prioritising

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Investment secured to launch outdoor nurseries in Scotland

Investment secured to launch outdoor nurseries in Scotland

Inspiring Scotland has secured social investment funding to launch outdoor nurseries in Scotland. Inspiring Scotland’s newly launched not for profit trading subsidiary РWillow Den  Рwill offer Early Learning and Childcare in exclusively outdoor settings for children in Scotland aged 3 to 5 years old. The funding package includes £225,000 loan funding from Social

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Scottish play charities receive funding to help local communities get outside to play

Scottish play charities receive funding to help local communities get outside to play

  25 Charities across Scotland will share ¬£500,000 of funding to develop and deliver more free outdoor play opportunities in local communities, aimed at improving children‚Äôs health and wellbeing. Creative outdoor play sessions, an outdoor playgroup for children and their dads, nature play spaces for local communities and gardening sessions are just some of the

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PIMH Small Grants Fund is now open for applications

PIMH Small Grants Fund is now open for applications

As part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving perinatal and infant mental health, Inspiring Scotland is now seeking applications for the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Small Grants Fund. Funded by the Scottish Government, the Fund is open to smaller third sector organisations and community groups that support parents and families who are experiencing

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New fund opens to support island communities

New fund opens to support island communities

  Businesses and community groups located across Scotland‚Äôs inhabited islands are now able to apply for grants of up to ¬£150,000 through the new Island Communities Fund (ICF) for projects focussed on supporting sustainable island economies and the journey towards net zero. The fund is backed by ¬£2 million of Scottish Government funding, which comes

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National Position Statement on Outdoor Play relaunched

National Position Statement on Outdoor Play relaunched

Outdoor activity plays a major role in supporting our health and wellbeing ‚Äď something that has become increasingly clear over the past year. For children and young people, playing outdoors has an even greater impact ‚Äď enhancing and supporting learning and development. Scotland has become the first part of the UK to directly incorporate Children‚Äôs

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Every one can benefit from using nature to support mental health

Every one can benefit from using nature to support mental health

  Inspiring Scotland works with some of the most innovative charities in Scotland today. This Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on the power of nature ‚Äď so we‚Äôre sharing our key learnings from the projects we work with on how to use nature to improve mental health and wellbeing of new parents, children, young people,

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Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund 2020 now open!

Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund 2020 now open!

Please note, this funding round (2020) is now closed, but you can find more information about the current fund here. Inspiring Scotland is seeking applications for the Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund, funded by the Scottish Government and set up to support children’s health and wellbeing through outdoor play.  The Scottish Government is providing £380,000

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Delivering Equally Safe fund launched to tackle violence against women and girls

Delivering Equally Safe fund launched to tackle violence against women and girls

  Organisations who work to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) are being invited to apply for a share of up to ¬£13 million to help them develop and further their vital work over the next three years.

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Christmas Boost for Green Island Projects

Christmas Boost for Green Island Projects

  UPDATED: 21 initiatives have now been selected. A full list can be found here. A map of all 21 funded initiatives can be found here. 12 initiatives have been selected as some of the first projects to benefit from the ¬£2m Islands Green Recovery Programme (Pr√≤gram Ath-Shl√†nachaidh Uaine nan Eilean).

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Launch of £7 million Equality and Human Rights Fund

Launch of £7 million Equality and Human Rights Fund

Projects invited to apply for support A new £7 million fund has been announced to improve equality and human rights in Scotland. It will support work which advances human rights, promotes equality and tackles discrimination around age, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability and race.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day at Inspiring Scotland

Celebrating International Women’s Day at Inspiring Scotland

  This March to mark International Women’s Day, a group of Inspiring Scotland¬† staff reflected on their own career experiences to prompt discussion, share stories and connect on all our individual experiences.¬† We #ChooseToChallenge by sharing these reflections today.   We posed these questions and prompts below: ‚ÄĘ How would you choose to challenge gender

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PIMH Small Grants Fund announced to support innovative local perinatal and infant mental health services

PIMH Small Grants Fund announced to support innovative local perinatal and infant mental health services

As part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving perinatal and infant mental health, a Small Grants Fund will open for applications in May 2021 for third sector organisations and local groups that support the mental health of parents, carers, and infants.

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TV presenter signs up to outdoor play pledge and Out to Play guide launched

TV presenter signs up to outdoor play pledge and Out to Play guide launched

Scottish wildlife filmmaker and television presenter Gordon Buchanan ‚Äď best known for his close encounter with a curious polar bear on BBC‚Äôs The Polar Bear Family and Me – has added his name to a growing list of people and organisations committed to getting kids out to play. The raft of pledges will be announced

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Successful Perinatal and Infant Mental Health fund organisations announced

Successful Perinatal and Infant Mental Health fund organisations announced

  Charities providing counselling, peer and parental support are to share funding to help improve the life chances and wellbeing of pregnant women, new mums and their families. The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health fund will provide annual funding of up to ¬£1 million to help third sector organisations deliver vital services.

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Funding support for outdoor play and learning

Funding support for outdoor play and learning

  New ¬£1 million children‚Äôs winter clothing fund. New funding of ¬£1 million will mean more children can reap the benefits of outdoor play and learning, whatever the weather. Nurseries and other Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings can apply to the fund for help to buy winter clothing for young children who need it.

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COSLA the latest signature to Scotland’s National Position Statement on Outdoor Play

COSLA the latest signature to Scotland’s National Position Statement on Outdoor Play

Momentum continues to build in embedding play and learning outdoors as a fundamental part of growing up in Scotland. COSLA, the national association of Scottish councils is the latest major new signatory to sign the national statement which is a commitment to making play and learning outdoors an everyday activity for all children in Scotland.

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Inspiring Scotland appointed Fund Manager for Scottish Government Equality and Human Rights Funds

Inspiring Scotland appointed Fund Manager for Scottish Government Equality and Human Rights Funds

Following a tender exercise, Inspiring Scotland has been appointed as Fund Manager for Scottish Government’s Equality and Human Rights Funds. This work will start in November 2020 and involves supporting Scottish Government to develop the new Equality and Human Rights funding streams РDelivering Equally Safe (DES) and the Supporting Equality and Human Rights Fund

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National position statement on outdoor play sees signatories double at 2 year anniversary

National position statement on outdoor play sees signatories double at 2 year anniversary

The national position statement on outdoor play and learning hits its 2 year anniversary this month ‚Äď and the number of signatories signing up to this collective ambition has more than doubled. Two of the latest signatories, Scottish wildlife Trust and Clackmannanshire Council join over 100 organisations who recognise playing and learning outdoors as an

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Inspiring Scotland announced as delivery partner for islands recovery programme

Inspiring Scotland announced as delivery partner for islands recovery programme

  Island communities will benefit from a ¬£2 million programme of locally-led green projects designed to help support their economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Islands Green Recovery Programme, announced in the Programme for Government and now open for applications, is split into four strands and managed by four partners, delivering investment in

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Inspiring Scotland-backed Get On Board programme wins national award

Inspiring Scotland-backed Get On Board programme wins national award

  An Inspiring Scotland-backed project has been named a winner of a prestigious national award recognising and celebrating the role of teamwork in higher education. Get On Board, a Edinburgh Napier University initiative designed to help students get on to the boards of third sector organisations was one of 15 projects from across the UK

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SiRD projects secure £2.9m in extended funding for social care

SiRD projects secure £2.9m in extended funding for social care

  Funding for 31 third sector projects in social care has been extended to March 2022 with the announcement of an additional ¬£2.9 million in Scottish Government backing. Inspiring Scotland‚Äôs ‚ÄėSupport in the Right Direction‚Äô programme was initially funded until March 2021 with the organisations receiving funding providing information, advice and advocacy for people accessing

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New Support in the Right Direction (2021) grants announced

New Support in the Right Direction (2021) grants announced

Scottish Government today announced the successful applicants to the Support in the Right Direction 2021 (SiRD2021) programme. SIRD2021 will fund 31 projects delivering direct and local independent support across 31 local authority areas, to help people and carers make informed decisions and plans for their social care and work towards maximising their choice, control and

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Scotland commits to life-enhancing outdoor play

Scotland commits to life-enhancing outdoor play

50 people and organisations sign up to national pledge on outdoor play and learning Playing and learning outdoors will be a fundamental part of growing up in Scotland, following a national commitment from 50 people and organisations across the country. Alongside the Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland, bodies as diverse as the Royal Zoological Society

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Abriachan opening marks outdoor nursery first for Thrive

Abriachan opening marks outdoor nursery first for Thrive

The first outdoor nursery directly supported by the Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland through its Thrive Outdoors programme has opened at Abriachan Forest near Inverness. Joining local children and parents at the nursery’s first day was Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd, who cut a bespoke ceremonial ribbon made from greenery. Also there

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intandem film marks three years of Scotland’s mentoring programme for young people

intandem film marks three years of Scotland’s mentoring programme for young people

intandem, Scotland’s national mentoring programme for children looked after at home has launched a new film to celebrate the third anniversary of their first mentor-mentee match. Screened for the first time at an event at Edinburgh’s iconic Scotsman Picturehouse, the film takes a closer look at some of the individual stories of eight young people

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Community Play Fund 2019

Community Play Fund 2019

  [APPLICATIONS FOR THIS FUND ARE NOW CLOSED] The Community Play Fund, aimed at supporting childhood health and wellbeing through play, opened in May 2019. Outdoor play improves childhood health and wellbeing, helps to raise attainment and aspiration, thereby addressing inequality and improving the life chances of Scotland‚Äôs most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families.

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£600K Creative Communities cultural funding programme launches

£600K Creative Communities cultural funding programme launches

Inspiring Scotland has launched a new programme that aims to support and empower individuals and communities to develop cultural activities.  Open to applicants from July 1, the Creative Communities programme will distribute up to £600,000 to support communities to develop new initiatives involving culture and creative arts for the period October 2020-June 2021. In addition

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Inspiring Scotland’s new role in¬†supporting greater use of outdoor learning in the early years

Inspiring Scotland’s new role in¬†supporting greater use of outdoor learning in the early years

Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd, has announced the number of hours nursery children spend outdoors is set to increase, and Inspiring Scotland will play a key role in  encouraging and supporting greater use of outdoor learning in the early years.  Ms Todd made the announcement during a visit to City of Edinburgh

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New perinatal and infant mental health fund launched

New perinatal and infant mental health fund launched

Inspiring Scotland are delighted to support the Scottish Government to launch the new Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Third Sector Fund. Directed at improving mental health care for new mums, infants and families, the fund will open to applications on the 5th  May 2020 and run between August 2020 and March 2023, subject to annual

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Free COVID-19 charity support service launched

Free COVID-19 charity support service launched

The Third Sector‚Äôs response to COVID-19 has been incredible. However, the strain being put on the leaders and staff of Scottish charities cannot be underestimated. At Inspiring Scotland we are committed to doing all we can to support the sector through this time of unprecedented challenge. To help ensure the Third Sector’s continued resilience, we

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A message on COVID-19

A message on COVID-19

We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times and we appreciate this will be a very challenging time for us all. We are acutely aware of the impact COVID-19 may have on people and communities across Scotland. At times like this the role of charities and community groups is more vital than ever. I would

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New portfolio focused on understanding autism announced

New portfolio focused on understanding autism announced

Nine charities offering a range of community and employment projects from around Scotland have been announced as recipients of almost £400,000 of  funding aimed at raising society’s understanding of autism. This fund aims to make employment and community participation more accessible and to help autistic people to live active and independent lives. The fund will

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Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund

Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund

[THIS FUND HAS NOW CLOSED] Thanks to a generous donation from a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, we have established a new Fund to offer seed-corn investment to develop innovative approaches for the creation of a new generation of outdoor early learning and childcare (ELC) settings. Funding will be available for 12 to 18

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Survivors of Childhood Abuse Support Fund

THIS FUND IS NOW CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS. A Scottish Government fund to support organisations offering emotional and practical support to survivors of childhood abuse is now accepting applications. The new £10 million fund aims to help organisations improve access to services which can reduce the impact of inequalities and disadvantage experienced as a result of childhood

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Improving understanding of autism in Scotland fund

Improving understanding of autism in Scotland fund

This fund is now closed for applications. Applicants will be contacted in due course. Inspiring Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Government, are delighted to announce the launch of a fund to help improve the understanding of autism in Scotland amongst non-autistic individuals. This fund aims to address the real lack of understanding across Scottish society

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The Play Rangers are back: community play gets under way for summer 2019

The Play Rangers are back: community play gets under way for summer 2019

Thousands of children will be out playing in their communities across Scotland this summer after local charities received funding to run Play Rangers in their neighbourhood. 15 charities have received money to increase outdoor play opportunities through Inspiring Scotland’s Thrive Outdoors community play programme, which is funded by Scottish Government. Thrive Outdoors supports Scotland’s children

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Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland launch Understanding Autism campaign

Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland launch Understanding Autism campaign

Inspiring Scotland and Scottish Government will be working together on a new national programme to raise understanding of autism in Scotland. This announcement was made by Ms Claire Haughey, Minister for Mental Health, at the Scottish Strategy for Autism Seventh Annual Conference in Glasgow on the 26th March 2019. We welcome the Scottish Government’s focus on

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Young people’s talent on display at ten-year celebration event

Young people’s talent on display at ten-year celebration event

Success of Inspiring Scotland helping 35,000 young people¬†celebrated by Scottish Government   The achievements of the young people of Scotland were celebrated as Inspiring Scotland marked 10 years of our flagship 14:19 Fund. Scottish Government, an investor in the fund throughout its 10 years, hailed the success of the partnership as the fund is on

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Inspiring Scotland confirmed as SiRD2021 delivery partner

Inspiring Scotland confirmed as SiRD2021 delivery partner

Following a successful tender, Inspiring Scotland has been engaged as Scottish Government’s delivery partner for the Support in the Right Direction 2021 (SiRD 2021) programme. As fund managers, Inspiring Scotland will support 30 projects across Scotland to deliver independent support to people and carers accessing social care. SiRD 2021-funded projects are locally based throughout Scotland.

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Work begins to expand outdoor nurseries in eight local authorities

Work begins to expand outdoor nurseries in eight local authorities

Inspiring Scotland’s Thrive Outdoors team has begun work with eight local authorities to encourage and support greater use of outdoor play and learning in the early years. Inspiring Scotland was awarded funding from Scottish Government earlier in 2018 to increase the delivery of outdoor play and learning opportunities as part of the expansion of the

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Link Up receives lottery funding to support a new kind of community activism in two Scottish communities

Link Up receives lottery funding to support a new kind of community activism in two Scottish communities

Link Up, Inspiring Scotland’s pioneering community project led by local people, has been awarded funding from Big Lottery Fund Scotland‚Äôs Supporting Great Ideas Fund to help combat long-term poverty and disadvantage. The ¬£296,452 award will support Link Up in the Whitfield area of Dundee and Saltcoats in North Ayrshire to support more local people to

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Care Inspectorate partners with Inspiring Scotland for outdoor nurseries guide

Care Inspectorate partners with Inspiring Scotland for outdoor nurseries guide

  Inspiring Scotland has partnered with Care Inspectorate to produce a How-to guide for establishing outdoor nurseries in Scotland. Karen Quinn and Donna Conroy from Care Inspectorate will work alongside Inspiring Scotland‚Äôs Thrive Outdoors team for the rest of the year and will support development of the guide, focusing on how to ensure safe, high-quality

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10 charities to form £1.3m Building Brighter Futures Fund

10 charities to form £1.3m Building Brighter Futures Fund

            Ten charities that support disadvantaged young people across Scotland are to benefit from a share of a ¬£1.3 million Building Brighter Futures Fund (BBFF). BBFF is managed by Inspiring Scotland on behalf of Hub Community Foundation. The BBFF was set up to create long-term training and job opportunities for

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Free global pro bono legal service comes to Scotland- TrustLaw

Free global pro bono legal service comes to Scotland- TrustLaw

A free global pro bono legal service is expanding to Scotland through the collaboration with Legal firm CMS and Inspiring Scotland. TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme which connects high-impact NGOs and social enterprises with the best law firms and corporate legal teams to provide them with free legal assistance.

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Building Brighter Futures Fund Open

Building Brighter Futures Fund Open

Building Brighter Future Fund is looking to support disadvantaged young people with the opportunities to gain the skills and confidence to succeed through education, training and employment, throughout Scotland. Building Brighter Futures Fund will distribute up to £300,000 in total per annum over three years to selected organisations supporting young people, aged 12 to 21,

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SiRD2021 Fund to increase the delivery of independent support now open.

SiRD2021 Fund to increase the delivery of independent support now open.

Scottish Government’s Support in the Right Direction 2021 (SiRD2021) Fund aims to continue to embed Self-directed Support as the mainstream approach to social care. Support in the Right Direction 2021 (SiRD2021) opens to applications today Monday 5 February 2018. Aiming to increase the delivery of independent support for people who require social care, SiRD2021 has

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Inspiring Scotland marks its 10th birthday

Inspiring Scotland marks its 10th birthday

Today Monday 29 January 2018 marks 10 years since Inspiring Scotland launched its first fund with the target of helping 35,000 disadvantaged young people into destinations of education, training and employment. The youth employment-focused 14:19 Fund is on track to meet its ambitious target by the end of 2018 and has so far helped 27,897 young

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A. Sinclair Dunlop appointed Chair of Board

A. Sinclair Dunlop appointed Chair of Board

To coincide with our 10th anniversary, leading third sector funder, Inspiring Scotland has appointed Sinclair Dunlop of Epidarex Capital as Chair of its Board of Trustees.  Mr. Dunlop succeeds Professor Niall Lothian OBE who led the Board since Inspiring Scotland was founded in 2008. Today, Monday the 29th of January 2018, marks 10 years since

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Consultation on new Support in the Right Direction Funding

Consultation on new Support in the Right Direction Funding

Last November and December, we worked with Scottish Government and Self-directed Support Scotland to consult with the independent support sector on potential criteria and process for applying to a new Support in the Right Direction Fund (SiRD) . Through a series of events, a survey and webinar we discussed preferred application methods, thoughts on potential

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Outdoor nurseries launched by Deputy First Minister in Castlemilk

Outdoor play and learning was given a boost when Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney officially launched the Welly Wanderers outdoor nursery in Glasgow’s Castlemilk woods on World Children’s Day, 20 November 2017. The Welly Wanderers is one of three outdoor nurseries being established in Glasgow under a partnership

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Callander Youth Hostel leader named Social Enterprise Champion

Chris Martin, Managing Director of Inspiring Scotland-supported charity Callander Youth Project Trust (CYPT), has been named Social Enterprise Champion by Social Enterprise Scotland. CYPT runs the Callander Youth Hostel and Bridgend café in Callander as a social enterprise offering training and employment for young people in the hospitality industry. Chris, pictured above with Angela Constance MSP,

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Inspiring Scotland supports Scottish Government’s Early Learning & Childcare Quality Action Plan

Inspiring Scotland supports Scottish Government in its commitment to improving the quality of Early Learning and Childcare through the publication of it’s Quality Action Plan. Through the work of the go2play fund, Inspiring Scotland has championed and encouraged play-based outdoor learning in Scotland’s communities, schools and natural spaces since 2010. We are pleased to see

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UK Recognition as Best Family Friendly Third Sector Employer

UK Recognition as Best Family Friendly Third Sector Employer

Inspiring Scotland has received further recognition for its Family Friendly practices picking up the award for the Best UK Family Friendly Third Sector Employer. The judges of the UK wide Family Friendly Working Award were impressed by Inspiring Scotland’s flexible culture and the way it uses flexibility of time to attract and retain high calibre

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Health, education and natural heritage leaders back #AwayandPlay campaign

Leaders of Scottish bodies from health, education and natural heritage have backed the #AwayandPlay campaign highlighting the benefits of outdoor free play for young people and children. Senior figures including the Deputy Chief Medical officer and representatives from bodies such as Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Care Inspectorate, Scottish Natural Heritage

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Extension to current Support in the Right Direction funding

Extension to current Support in the Right Direction funding

Audit Scotland today published a review of Self-directed Support. As part of their response to the review Scottish Government have announced a six month extension to current funding to 31 September 2018. The extension is very welcome and will give Scottish Government time to take account of the findings of the current review of Independent

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Minister for Childcare and Early Years launches #AwayandPlay to help Scotland’s kids get the best start in life

Iconic Beano comic character, Dennis the Menace, joined Mark McDonald MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Childcare and Early Years, to launch a new campaign highlighting the benefits to children of free and creative play. The year-long campaign, ‚ÄúAway and Play‚ÄĚ, is powered by Inspiring Scotland.¬† It will highlight the benefits of free and unstructured play

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Youth employment fund delivers record year.

Last year the 14:19 Fund helped over 5,000 young people into a positive destination of employment, education or training.  This is more young people than previous years and brings the total young people who have secured a positive destination to 26,000. These results have been delivered by the portfolio of 20 Scottish charities who have

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Raising Attainment in Schools

The latest evidence shows that Inspiring Scotland’s Active Play Programme is helping to raise attainment in primary schools in Glasgow. Commissioned by Glasgow City Council Attainment Challenge, the ten-week programme trains teachers and works with children in both structured and unstructured play. Already the changes noted by teachers include increased communication, physical fitness, creativity, teamwork,

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Inspiring Scotland named Family Friendly Employer

Inspiring Scotland was announced as joint winners of Scotland’s most Family Friendly Third Sector Employer Award with Routes to Work South, in front of a 150 strong audience of leaders from all sectors at the Working Families Awards on 9th March. Commenting on winning the award, Celia Tennant, Inspiring Scotland Chief Executive said:Being a family friendly

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Minister joins South Lanarkshire kids for Active Play session

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, joined children from Rigside in South Lanarkshire for an Active Play session on Friday 4 March to celebrate the success of the national initiative in the area. Ms. Campbell met pupils and teachers from Rigside Nursery and Rigside Primary School who have been taking part in an

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1419 charity wins ‘Exceptional Employee’ Award 2016

Chris Martin of Inspiring Scotland’s 1419 Fund charity Callander Youth Project wins Exceptional Employee Award at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards. Judges deemed Chris’s dedication and innovation key in transforming Callander Youth Project Trust into the success it is today. The founder of one of the country‚Äôs most innovative social enterprises has spoken of his

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Chinese institute learns from Inspiring Scotland’s philanthropy approach

A Chinese charity group, backed by leading philanthropists including Bill Gates, visited Inspiring Scotland to learn about our approach to tackling social issues. Delegates from the China Philanthropy Global Institute (CPGI), a charity education group whose founding members include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, visited the offices of Inspiring Scotland on Tuesday 26 April to see

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Vulnerable young people offered chance of unique supportive relationship

Some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people will be given the chance to build positive, supportive relationships with caring adults thanks to a new fund from Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland. The intandem programme will support 13 Scottish charities to mentor children aged 8-14 who live at home and are subject, through the Children’s Hearing

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Delighted tenants thank advocate David Cobb for pro bono help

Inspiring Scotland Pro Bono supporter David Cobb provided vital legal advice for the Lorne Community Association in their fight against eviction. Celebrating residents have been quick to acknowledge the help of a volunteer advocate in a successful 18-month fight to avoid losing their homes. The tenants of 92 flats in Lorne Street, Leith, Edinburgh, had feared

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