In Memory...

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It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the very sudden passing of Margaret Duffy on Thursday 14th June 2018. Margaret joined the board of Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire in May 2016, after a long and distinguished career in Social Work in Glasgow. She also held numerous voluntary sector appointments and brought wide ranging knowledge and experience to support our organisation.

Volunteering Opportunity: The State Hospital Board of Scotland

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Role Title: Fundraiser

Location: The State Hospital, Carstairs, Lanark, ML11 8RP

The State Hospital is one of four high secure psychiatric hospitals in the UK. Located in South Lanarkshire, the principal aim is to rehabilitate patients all of whom are detained in the hospital under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act (2003).

FUNDING NEWS: Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation

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The Foundation supports projects that seek to influence values and attitudes, promote equity and social justice, and develop radical alternatives to current economic and social structures.  The main priorities are: peace, sustainable security and environmental sustainability.  They only support practical projects when they are clearly of a pioneering nature, with potential for influencing UK national policy.

More information here.


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The Agar Trust supports young people (8-21) resident in rural Scotland, who demonstrate exceptional musical ability and potential and wish to further their musical education.

Candidates can apply for a grant towards attendance at an educational opportunity which relates directly to their musical studies.  For example this might be:

FUNDING NEWS: Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund

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The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.

Launched a decade ago, the CCF has awarded 1,097 grants totalling £101 million to 658 communities, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and has staff to support applicants and those awarded grants.

Grow 73 Gain Charitable Status

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A group that focus on developing growing opportunities in Rutherglen along with developing the community have gained charitable status after help and guidance from VASLan.

Grow 73, founded by Rutherglen residents Lynn Semple and Eugenie Aroutcheff, first approached VASLan in 2015 for support in establishing a community growing project