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STRONGER COMMUNITIES


FW: Stronger Communities Update - 18th November 2021 

Hi there,

As we get closer to the end of another year, we are looking forward to hearing all about everyone's plans and aspirations for 2022. Highland Stronger Communities Network met for the first time in September to share information about what groups were doing in the area, how they could work together and if there was any support they required. The Network will meet again on Tues 30th Nov from 2-3.30pm and we would welcome any additional groups from the Highland ward area to join us in these discussions. If you would like details on joining, please send an email to Cat (CatherineGordon@pkc.gov.uk) and we will get you added to the circulation list for meeting notes and invites.

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 This week's news items are:

FREE Cyber Resilience Training Opportunity

Local Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer 4X4 Drivers Wanted During Winter

FREE Online Digital Skills Learning Opportunities

PKAVS TSI Launch 1st Edition of Funding Directory

Fuelled For Fun - open to applications

Sport for Change Grants has launched TODAY!

The Promise Partnership Fund 

New Child Disability Payments

Young Scot Info

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Programme 

Workshop for Gaelic Projects - (English)

Bike Station Kids Bike Sale

GrowBiz Self Employment + Entrepreneurial Development

CAP Highland Perthshire

Tenant Rent Fund

Warm Connections

Visitor Management Survey

Rent Level Survey

Newsletters

 As always, if you have any information you would like to share, please send it to CatherineGordon@pkc.gov.uk so we can share the details on our next email update.  

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LEARNING & VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

 

FREE Cyber Resilience Training Opportunity

Help Your Organisation with Cyber Security

FREE Cyber Resilience training available for individuals working for organisations in the Third Sector.

The aim of the 1 hour session is to enhance your knowledge in the following areas:

• Password security

• Scam/ phishing emails - how to spot and what to do

• Device security

Making small changes can have a big difference on an organisation's online security. Learn the cyber resilient behaviours to have the tools you need to protect your organisation.

This session is delivered online using Zoom. For more information please contact Gisele Hall on 07563 024381 or email Gisele.hall@pkavs.org.uk

Click Find Out More to register via our EventBrite page

 

Local Volunteering Opportunities

There are a range of fantastic local opportunities available just now for volunteers so please share our volunteer alert with all your local contacts.  The Volunteer Alert can be found here - Volunteering Opportunities (office.com)

 

Volunteer 4X4 Drivers Wanted During Winter

We often experience disruptive weather conditions in Perth and Kinross that make travel extremely challenging. If you are a confident 4x4 driver, or know of someone who is, who'd like to help vulnerable residents and key workers in communities across Perth and Kinross, you may wish to consider volunteering for Tayside Local Resilience Partnership's dedicated team of 4x4 volunteers. The Partnership is now looking to grow the number of 4x4 volunteers ahead of this winter (2021/22) so that Tayside is well prepared. Volunteers will be reimbursed for mileage travelled during an adverse weather event. Signing up in advance is particularly important as unfortunately the partnership is unable to accept kindly meant spontaneous offers of help in disruptive weather, as training and checks must be completed first. So, if you or someone you know are confident drivers who own a 4x4 vehicle, are willing to be PVG checked, and would like to join a friendly team who make a real difference to people's lives please find out more and complete the online application form or call the Scottish 4x4 Response Helpline on 0333 880 4409.

 

FREE Online Digital Skills Learning Opportunities

PKC Adult Learning Hub is now offering free digital skills sessions that will cover essential digital skills for life and work such as: staying safe online, communicating with others, setting up an email address, accessing services online and much more. Find out more here.

 

One of our friendly team of staff from Perth and Kinross Council will be available to support you and answer any questions you might have.

To get in touch with our team for more information, please contact:  Email:  learningcurve@pkc.gov.uk  Tel: 01738 477097   Mobile/text:  0777 555 3245  

 

 

FUNDING

 

PKAVS TSI Launch 1st Edition of Funding Directory

Many trends come and go in Third Sector life, but one component remains stubbornly consistent - the constant search for funding. 

Taking this on board, PKAVS TSI is delighted to bring you, the first ever edition of our funding directory. 

This is very much a work in progress so we are very very keen to hear your feedback on info@thirdsectorpk.org.uk

Click Find Out More to take you to the funding directory.

 

Fuelled For Fun - open to applications

Applications for funding are now open for schools and community groups planning to run initiatives aimed at reducing holiday hunger across Perth and Kinross during the upcoming Christmas school holidays (23 December 2021 – 5 January 2022). 

The "Fuelled for Fun" Programme aims to support local groups/organisations with whole or partial funding towards initiatives that meet criteria to tackle what is referred to nationally as FIHP (Food Insecurity during the Holiday Periods). 

You can find full details of the essential and desirable criteria here:- 

If you are interested in participating, and your holiday programme meets all of the essential criteria, please contact us in the first instance to request an application form, this then requires to be completed by Sunday 21st November 2021.? Please assist us by including the name of your organisation or group in the subject line of the email.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Council's FIHP team by emailing fihp@pkc.gov.uk if you have any other queries.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Sport for Change Grants has launched!

The Live Active Sport Development Team are excited to announce that our new funding stream, Sport for Change Grants has launched.

The grants are for creating or continuing any project which enable an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, along with wider social outcomes. Clubs must be PACES accredited to apply, apologies for any repeat of information from our communications with PACES club contacts.

The deadline is the 31st of January 2022, however the team welcome potential applicants to get in touch before then for any assistance in creating their project or applying for the funding. Contact us for on sport@liveactive.co.uk to discuss your idea, or to request Zoom access to our online information sessions taking place on 24 November and 1 December, 5.15pm - 6pm.

There is a total of up to £10,000 available which will be split up into £1000 for each successful club (full terms and conditions in the Guidance Notes).  More information, including the Guidance Notes, application form and information video, can be found here on our website: https://www.liveactive.co.uk/Sports-Development/sport-for-change-grants

 

In addition, the team have also published the latest version of our Funding Newsletter, which covers a wide range of funding opportunities for organisations and individuals. Please see the link below.

 

https://www.liveactive.co.uk/sport-development/713-sport-funding-newsletter/file

 

As always, if we can be of assistance in any way, please feel free to get in touch.

 

The Sport Development Team, Hazel Donaldson, Community Sport Hub Officer, Live Active Leisure

M: 07557 800893

E: hazeldonaldson@liveactive.co.uk

 

The Promise Partnership Fund 

Sharing on behalf of Scottish Government Keeping the Promise Team.

 

"I wanted to highlight a new funding opportunity for public, private and third sector organisations through The Promise Partnership Fund and I would be most grateful if you could share this with relevant stakeholders and encourage them to also share with their networks.

The Promise Partnership, administered through Corra, offers funding and support to organisations and collaborations to #KeepThePromise and help drive forward change that matters to children, young people and families.

The Promise Partnership – A Good Childhood is an investment of circa £3.25m from the Scottish Government. It is intended to deliver change in-line with Scotland's commitment to #KeepThePromise and ensure children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected.

The importance of maintaining loving, safe relationships is one of five priority areas of the Promise Scotland's Plan 21-24 this area is detailed in Change Programme One - A Good Childhood. This funding strand aims to offer investment that will help ensure children and young people experience a good childhood in a loving family environment, recognising family will mean different things to each child or young person.

Up to £100,000 is available per proposal and is open to individual organisations or collaborations. The investment is to help build upon or put structures in place that will create the space to think, plan and start to co-design changes that ensures a Good Childhood. Your proposal needs to reflect and consider what has to happen within your organisation, collaboration or local area to support a Good Childhood. You should detail how investment will be an enabler for systemic or infrastructure changes. This could include organisational cultures, changing practices, listening and planning, embedding participatory approaches that will support future service re-design.

Deadlines for applications is 3 December and decisions for the funding will be made in January 2022".

For full details click Find Out More.

 

 

New Child Disability Payments

As you may be aware, the new Child Disability Payment has opened for application from people living in the three pilot areas. From today, families of children with a disability or long-term health condition living in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and Western Isles council areas who need financial support should apply to the new system, administered by Social Security Scotland. The Scottish Government announcement re this can be found here: Child Disability Payment pilot opens for new applications - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Our website has been updated to include the following information in relation to Child Disability Payment in our stakeholder resources section .

Claire Taylor (She/Her), Social Security Scotland  Phone: 07341790126  Email: claire.taylor@socialsecurity.gov.scot

 

 

 

Activities and Events

Young Scot Info

The QR code attached will take you to our local Young scot pages. Full of lots of useful info and activities.

 

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Programme 

Sharing the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Programme to get the week started.  A host of different workshops, sessions and events available this year, with the annual Reclaim the Night march happening on the 2nd of December.

 

The full programme, including links to EventBrite pages etc is available by clicking Find Out More.

 

 

Workshop for Gaelic Projects - (English)

Bòrd na Gàidhlig will be holding workshops to support those who want to deliver Gaelic projects and to develop their ideas into action.

Workshop for Gaelic Projects - (English) Tickets, Wed 1 Dec 2021 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

 

Bike Station Kids Bike Sale

We ran a very popular kids bike event last year and are repeating it this year for Christmas - it will run from 24 -27 Nov and there will be lots of kids bikes at very affordable prices!

Please see attached poster for details and promote within your networks. Or if you would like to share on social media you will find posts about the event on our Facebook page.

 

The Bike Station is passionate about the environment and encouraging people to cycle more.

We refurbish donated bikes for our community and sales. We deliver training to develop people's skills and bike confidence.

 

GrowBiz Self Employment + Entrepreneurial Development

GrowBiz have a brand new initiative and we need your help.

 

We're looking for people with great ideas and the drive to Make it Happen! We'll provide support, expertise and grant money, all you need to bring is your passion and commitment.

Application deadline is 30th November, the programme starts in January.

 

What is it?

SEED is a programme for young people in Perth and Kinross who are interested in starting a business or enterprise or becoming self-employed. It's free to take part.

By dedicating just a couple of hours a week over 2022, SEED will help participants explore their ideas and develop the skills they need to make informed decisions about their careers.

What it is? SEED: self-employment + entrepreneurial development is a fully funded year long part time programme to help you develop a business idea and get started. By taking part you'll: explore if self employment is for you, develop your own business idea, discover the confidence and skills to make it happen, get a grant of £1000 to get you started.

 

Read more here

 

 

SUPPORT & ADVICE

 

CAP Highland Perthshire

We know that most people want to have a nice Christmas but it's hard to do when bills are piling up. Getting help now can take the pressure off and stop the worry and misery.

Christmas is supposed to be a lovely celebration, but we know that for many people in our area there's not enough money to pay essential household bills, so there's nothing left to make Christmas Day special.

 

CAP Highland Perthshire is here to help with debt problems and because we're local we can also support clients practically too.

We're urging people to get in touch now for debt help because we don't want anyone worrying about how they'll manage this Christmas.  This year has been challenging enough with the coronavirus pandemic, so we want to encourage people to get help now so that they can have a more positive end to 2020.

 

CAP client Joanne said: "Like any single parent, I was doing my best, I had a job but I struggled to provide for us on the money I could earn. Looking back now I didn't realize how much my finances impacted every aspect of my life. Even though I was working hard to earn money, I was constantly having to deal with the feeling of disappointing [my son]. I heard about CAP and now everything has changed. This Christmas we have peace. And I realize that's what makes [my son] happy."

 

If you know someone struggling with debt who needs help, get in contact with CAP today on 0800 328 0006 or visit capscotland.org to request a call back

 

If you've built-up rent arrears during the pandemic the Tenant Rent Fund could help

Social housing or private tenants who have built up rent arrears during the pandemic can apply to a new fund for help to pay off their debt.

The Scottish Government has set up the Tenant Grant Fund to provide financial help to tenants in social housing and in the private sector who are at risk of becoming homeless because they have fallen behind with rent payments.

The grants will help tenants who have struggled financially as a direct result of the pandemic, allowing them to reduce or pay-off any rent arrears. The money does not have to be repaid and is available to tenants in Council, Housing Association or privately-rented accommodation.

Perth & Kinross Council has received an allocation of funding which is only available until 31st March 2022, so please apply as soon as possible if you think you may qualify for a payment.

Visit our website for information on how to apply for money or email TenantGrantFund@pkc.gov.uk

 

 

Warm Connections

The overarching aim of Warm Connections is to provide a free, impartial energy advice service to households in the Aberfeldy area, with specific emphasis on low-income households, houses off the gas grid, older harder to treat properties and households badly affected by COVID 19.

We raise awareness of the links between energy use, household disposable income and climate change, and help to people make informed choices about their energy use. A number of things can be done through simple behaviour changes or very inexpensive measures, but we also advise on things such as changing energy supplier, sourcing grants for material changes to properties, etc.

 

Find out more here: http://www.warmconnections.net/

 

 

HAVE YOUR SAY

Don't forget to vote for your rent level!

Don't forget to have your say on the level of rent you pay! The Rent Level Options consultation for 2022/23 is now underway.

Once again, we're giving you three different rent level options to vote on. You can complete the form that is being sent out to you with On The House magazine or you can take part online.

You can win a £50 High Street shopping voucher.

Full info can be found on our website.

 

Visitor Management Survey

Our online survey on Visitor Management in Rural Areas is now open. It asks residents about the work of the Visitor Management Group, led by Perth & Kinross Council, and how issues such as inconsiderate parking and mess compared between the two seasons. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete, and we ask that you encourage any of your staff resident in Perth and Kinross to take part. This will help us continue to support our residents, communities, and visitors effectively and shape our plans for 2022 to 2025. The survey will run until 30 November and is aimed at communities impacted by the huge influx of visitors in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

NEWSLETTERS 

Scotland Learns, Education Scotland News - Scotland Learns - Important resources to support your first term (edscot.org.uk) 

 

Growbiz - Get ready for winter (mailchi.mp)

 

Sign up to receive PKC newsletters and alerts here: Perth & Kinross Council - Perth and Kinross email subscriptions (pkc.gov.uk)

 

 

 

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As always – do please keep safe and well.

Kindest regards

Cat, Audra, Fiona, Alison, Jeannie, Jeni and Kim

 

The Highland and Strathtay Stronger Communities Team

 

West side A9 Strathtay (Bankfoot, Moneydie, Pitcairngreen, Almondbank, Harrietfield, Logiealmond, Bertha Park, Dalguise and Amulree)

Fiona Johnstone, Community Engagement Worker

FJohnstone@pkc.gov.uk   07935354561

 

East side A9 Strathtay (Dunkeld, Stanley, Luncarty, Meikleour, Airntully Spittalfield, Murthly, Caputh, Meikleour, Kinclaven, Dowally etc.) area.

 Fiona Johnstone, Community Engagement Worker

FJohnstone@pkc.gov.uk   07935354561

 

Aberfeldy and surrounding areas, Grandtully, Strathtay, Kinloch Rannoch, Kenmore & Glenlyon areas

Audra Webster, Healthy Communities

audrawebster@nhs.net   07896280852

 

Pitlochry, Tummel Bridge, Blair Atholl, Calvine, Killiecrankie, Ballinluig, Logierait

Cat Gordon, Community Learning and Development

CatherineGordon@pkc.gov.uk 07795368453

 

 

 

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Telephone 01738 459701

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