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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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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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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’s Supporting Great Ideas Fund to help combat long-term poverty and disadvantage. The ÂŁ296,452 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’s 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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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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10 charities to form ÂŁ1.3m Building Brighter Futures Fund

10 charities to form ÂŁ1.3m Building Brighter Futures Fund

            Ten charities that support disadvantaged young people across Scotland are to benefit from a share of a ÂŁ1.3 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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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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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 ÂŁ300,000 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 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

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’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

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

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, “Away and Play”, 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.

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

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 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

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

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’s most innovative social enterprises has spoken of his

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Chinese institute learns from Inspiring Scotland’s philanthropy approach

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

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

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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