Roles Played by TSIs During Covid -19

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Evaluation Support Scotland carried out a review which aimed to better understand the role of Third Sector Interfaces during the Covid-19 pandemic. The review was funded by Scottish Government and prepared in partnership between Third Sector Interfaces and Evaluation Support Scotland. The review included a desk review, case studies of six TSI areas, and independent interviews with local partners. The review identified the types of activities undertaken by TSIs during Covid-19, the effectiveness of different approaches, and lessons for the future of TSIs.

Relocation and Relaunch of VASLan

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At the beginning of 2021 VASLan experienced a vast amount of change in the wake of COVID-19. We welcomed our new CEO (Steven Sweeney), relocated to new premises (128 Almada Street, Hamilton) and now we are delighted to share with you our new branding.

As we move through this exciting period of change, we want to ensure that our brand represents our strategy and the future of VASLan.

South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership Funding

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South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership recently approved 2 years’ worth of funding totalling £1.26m to 12 South Lanarkshire based third sector organisations. 

This funding will go some way to strengthening and developing community-based services in South Lanarkshire to deliver person-centred support, reduce social isolation, improve and maintain mental health and well-being and promote independence. 

Volunteers Week 2021

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2021 marks the 37th year of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), when VASLan will join thousands of charities and voluntary organisations recognising the contribution volunteers make across the UK and thanking them for all they do.

Building and Celebrating Communities Development Coordinator

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Are you interested in generating more spaces for communities to create things that matter to them?

Our new Building and Celebrating Communities Development Coordinator vacancy may be just the role for you! This role will involve you working across all four South Lanarkshire Localities with community groups, Third Sector organisations, the TSI, the Community Engagement Team, and wider stakeholders to build awareness and levels of community activity in support of the BCC capacity-building program.

First Friday Funding is Back

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First Friday Funding is back, the first session will take place on Friday 7th May.

This is a free funding advice service from Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan). These sessions are tailored to meet the needs of attendees, so please get in touch if there are specific topics you would like covered.

VASLan can help and advice on:

Message from Our New CEO

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Dear All,
I am delighted this week to join Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan) as Chief Executive, as my first action I'd like to reach out and open communication with you all. Successful collaboration is built on human connection and positive relationships, I look forward to meeting with many of you over the initial coming weeks and months in post. VASLan, and indeed South Lanarkshire's Third Sector, is open for business and I'd love to hear from you as I familiarise myself with the local context.

Relocating from Montrose Crescent

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On Monday 1st March we locked the doors to 155 Montrose Crescent for the last time as we continue our relocation process! Throughout this time and until our relocation is complete our staff will continue to work from home.

We want to assure you that it remains business as usual, all our staff and systems are fully equipped to operate remotely, and you should see no change in how we work with you during this time.

We currently have a temporary telephone number 01698 478583, and we look forward to welcoming you when it is safe to do so!

Impact of COVID-19 on the Third Sector in South Lanarkshire

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A recent national survey highlighted that several Scottish charities foresaw a critical threat to their finances at some point within the next 12 months.

To consider this at a local level VASLan would ask that you complete this Survey asking about the financial impact on your organisation. In addition, uncertainty has been a commonly referenced operational challenge for many organisations, with many feeling frustrated that they do not know when they will be able to resume usual activity and feeling unable to plan long term. The survey also looks for your view in this regard.