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MEMBER NEWS: Law Society: Top FAQs For those considering mentoring

David Bryson (Senior Legal Counsel, Baillie Gifford & Co) Charlotte Edgar (Solicitor, Morisons LLP) and Emma Shewan (Trainee Solicitor, Pinsent Masons LLP) formed a panel that received questions from an audience of prospective mentors and mentees at a recent Mentoring Information Evening held at our offices. Here is a selection of some of key questions that the audience wanted answers on: 22 March


NEWS: First GP mentors for the Highlands

GPs working in the Highlands now have access to mentor support to help promote staff health and wellbeing, for the first time. 22 March


NEWS: RTS opens newly expanded bursary scheme

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has expanded the eligibility of applicants for its 2019 bursary scheme. 20 March

NEWS: Teenagers given a writing boost by book trust

The Scottish Book Trust has today announced the seven teenage writers and illustrators who will join the What’s Your Story? programme. 20 March

First Minister announces £100,000 for women leaders scheme

The Future Female Business Leader programme matches female entrepreneurs with leading businesswomen as mentors. 13 March


FUNDING: Young Placechangers Ideas Fund

The Young Placechangers Ideas Fund supports Youth Groups to engage with others in their communities to take action to improve the environmental quality, biodiversity, playability and vibrancy of neighbourhoods. Click here to apply. 13 March


FUNDING: Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Seek applications from local charities or not-for-profit organisations working with residents of urban areas (i.e. more than 10,000) classified in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation as being in the most deprived 20%. Includes: youth clubs; training schemes to help people out of unemployment; drop in centres for the homeless. Applicants must clearly fit into one of the following categories: 13 March


FUNDING: Trefoil Organisational Grants

Trefoil supports the interests of children and young people with special needs, including physical disability, caring obligations, other disadvantage or learning and psycho-social needs to foster their independence, confidence and assertiveness. They will in particular consider funding for: projects promoting education, health and social welfare; team building activities; recreation with an educational element; therapeutic activities not core funded by the statutory authorities; new development and start up project costs. Click here for more information 13 March


FUNDING: Big Lottery Fund - Improving Lives

The Improving Lives programme will fund projects which: support children, young people and families experiencing difficult circumstances support people that have experienced abuse tackle loss, isolation and loneliness challenge discrimination and supports people affected by it. 13 March

NEWS: Cameron House chef Gemma Arnott mentors Abby Coote

A ST Peter the Apostle High pupil has grabbed second place at a regional cooking competition following a month of preparation with a top chef. 13 March


Reminder for Members: Scottish Government Consultation on Scottish Charity Law

The Scottish Government's consultation on Scottish Charity Law closes on 1st April 2019.  SMN has prepared a short overview briefing on the proposals, available to download below.  You can view the full consultation paper by clicking Read More below.  6 March

SMN Parliamentary Reception Showcase Event: "Mentoring Works"

Scottish Mentoring Network recently held a Parliamentary Reception, bringing together member projects and MSPs to provide an opportunity to share stories of the mentoring activity that is taking place across Scotland.  This event took place at the Scottish Parliament, in the Burns Room (Committee Room 1), from 6-8pm on the 26th of February 2019. 6 March


Edinburgh and Lothians Networking Event

19 March 2019, 11am - 2pm, Financial Conduct Authority, Quayside House, 127 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG

CANCELLED Central Network Event

22 May 2019, Link Academy, McKinven House, George Street, Falkirk, FK2 7EY

SMN: Youth Arts Mentoring Symposium

28 May 2019, 10:30am -2:30pm Motherwell Concert Hall, Windmillhill St, Motherwell ML1 1AB

Fife and Tayside Network Event

12 June 2019, DC Thomson, 2 Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 1DD

SMN: All network Event Dates released

7 August 2019

Glasgow Networking Event

27 August 2019, 10:30am - 1:30pm Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, 20 Dumbreck Rd, Glasgow, G41 5BW

Education Networking Event

2 September 2019, 11am-2pm, Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Mary's St, Edinburgh EH1 1SU

SMN NATIONAL EVENT: The deadline for booking your place is Tuesday the 5th of November so please BOOK NOW to secure your place at the event.

13 November 2019, St Paul's & St George's Church, 46 York Place, Edinburgh

SMN: Business Network Event

28 November 2019, 4th Floor, Hayweight House, 23 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DQ

SMN: Edinburgh and Lothians Network Event

4 December 2019, 11am-1:30pm YMCA Edinburgh, The Acorn Centre, 1 Junction Place, EH6 5JA

Rescheduled : Mentor Training Guidance for Mentoring Coordinators

14 January 2020, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow G1 1UZ

SMN: Care Experienced Network Event

24 January 2020, 10:30am- 2pm Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow,G11UZ

Fife and Tayside Network Event

29 January 2020, Old College Building, Abertay University, Dundee, DD1 HG

SMN: Glasgow Networking Event

5 March 2020, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew St, Glasgow G2 3DB, 10:30am -2:30pm

NEW DATES - Professional Certificate in Coordinating Mentoring Programmes Training Course

19-20 March 2020, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

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