VASLan Membership: More than just free membership

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We are delighted to see many more organisations in South Lanarkshire signing up to join VASLan Membership Programme. We would like to ensure that our membership is representing the diversity and extent of South Lanarkshire’s third sector. One of the benefits of joining VASLan free membership is to access our managed funds. Peter McGhee, Development Officer for Sustainability and Collaboration, explains how the programme works.

WAT IF? Community Trust is Awarded A Grant by Scottish Land Fund to Purchase Loanhead Farm

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A small farm in South Lanarkshire will pass into community hands as communities across Scotland today start their Christmas celebrations early with grants from the Scottish Land Fund.

Loanhead Farm near Tarbrax is set to be bought by WAT IF? a local community development trust following an award from the Scottish Land Fund. The award is part of a package of grants to 12 groups in Scotland totaling £2,754,897.

Scottish Recovery Consortium Recovery Seed Fund

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The Scottish Recovery Consortium (SRC) has just announced the launch of their new Recovery Seed Fund.

This fund is available to all new (under 12 months) and unconstituted Lived Experience recovery groups/organisations, with an initial award of up to £5000 on offer to help towards start-up & running costs. A key advantage of this fund is the additional on-going support that will be given to develop your group/organisation to become sustainable, skilled and independent.

Enquiries are encouraged for this exciting new opportunity.

GoodCall Mobile Phones for Non-Profit

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GoodCall is a Social Enterprise that provides affordable, high-quality digital resource exclusively to the third sector. This includes mobile phones and line rental, saving customers on average 40% on their current contracts. As a social enterprise, any profit they achieve is re-distributed into the organisations they work with to help them deliver their services, and to create sustainable employment for individuals furthest from the job market.

Scotland's Climate Festival

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Scotland’s Climate Festival is now open for registration on November 2.

Would you like your community to be involved? The Climate Festival, which is funded by Scottish Government, and run by Keep Scotland Beautiful will support communities across Scotland to host events on climate action – be it a growing workshop, led bike ride or introduction to community energy.

The Communities Mental Health & Well Being Fund is now open for application

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The Communities Mental Health & Well Being Fund is now open for South Lanarkshire area!

The ambition of this fund is to support initiatives that promote mental health and well being at a small scale, grassroots, community level. It should be accessible to all groups, no matter how small or inexperienced they are.

Investing in Communities Fund Webinar Sessions

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The Investing in Communities Fund is a streamlined communities fund that is delivered as part of the Scottish Government's Empowering Communities Programme. It aims to support community anchor organisations based in the places they serve by delivering activity across the following four areas for action in our most disadvantaged and fragile communities across Scotland: