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MEMBER NEWS: ACOSVO Magic of Mentoring Event - POSTPONED

The Magic of Mentoring Conference 26th March (9am – 1.30pm) Hanover Conference Centre, Edinburgh.  This event will celebrate the magic of mentoring and provide the chance for individuals to network informally, share experiences & learn new techniques & best practice.  There will be a mixture of speakers, workshops and table discussions on the day covering topics on: Setting goals and learning from mistakes, Endings – Knowing When & How, Boundaries and Confidentiality, Mentor Supervision, Coaching/Mentoring/Counselling – Getting Clear, Staying Clear, Reverse Mentoring, Quality Standards It will be an engaging & reflective event for existing mentors, those interested in becoming mentors now or in the future, or those running mentoring programmes within their own organisation.  A mix of different mentoring programmes from across Scotland will be represented on the day including those from third, public and the private sector.   To find out more and to register your place click here 27 February

MEMBER NEWS: Research shows it's worth skipping a class for mentoring

This article, originally published by TES and written by Emma Seith, discusses how new research shows big gains over a short period of time for care-experienced pupils – if they have the support of a trusted adult.   26 February

SMN Board Assesses its Governance

25 February

MEMBER NEWS: Volunteer Glasgow are urgently fundraising for their Young Persons Befriending Service

Our members, Volunteer Glasgow, support young people across Glasgow through a number of projects. In recent months, they have faced cuts to one of their core services; the Young Persons Befriending Service. We wanted to share their fundraising appeal with our readers:  25 February

MEMBER NEWS: Young People invited to Meet First Minister

YOUNGSTERS from a North Lanarkshire mentoring service delivered by charity Ypeople were among a group invited to meet with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a special event to celebrate the intandem programme’s success. Ms Sturgeon welcomed the youths to her official Bute House residence and spent time with them privately, listening to their ideas for the Scottish Government, what they would change in the world, and the many ways in which mentoring has had a positive impact on their experiences. 25 February

NEWS: Home Group ranked top Scottish housing association by Stonewall for second year running

Home Group has been named Scotland’s best performing housing association in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers Index for the second year running. The Index, representing an annual audit of LGBT+ inclusive workplaces and services across the UK, recognises organisations that have sought to create an accepting environment for all LGBT+ people. 25 February

NEWS: Glasgow Film Festival unveils expanded industry strand, launches mentorship scheme

Glasgow Film Festival (GFF)’s expanded Industry Focus strand (March 2-6) will spotlight the distribution sector, and launch a talent mentorship scheme for underrepresented groups. 25 February

FUNDING: Hostelling Scotland Explorer Fund

The Explorer Fund gives young people in Scotland the opportunity to have a break away, discover Scotland and make life-long memories through funded residential trips.  We know that residential trips have a huge range of positive impacts and can be life-changing for children and young people. Through the Explorer Fund, we want to ensure every child and young person can access these amazing experiences. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2020. This is for trips taking place anytime up until 31 January 2021.  For more information, click here 25 February

FUNDING: Mickel Fund

Grants are distributed twice a year with the sole purpose of improving the lives of others through charitable donations in and around Scotland, and where possible on a global scale, with a focus on five core funding priorities: the advancement of education; the prevention or relief of poverty; the advancement of health and saving of lives; the advancement of art, heritage, science and culture; the advancement of public participation in sports. Fund award Minimum: £500 Maximum: £10,000 Average: £2,598 http://www.mickelfund.org.uk/   25 February


FUNDING: Carrier Bag Charge Funding Available

Funding opportunities are available to organisations through the carrier bag charge.  See below how your organisation can benefit from two supermarkets carrier bag charges:  25 February

FUNDING: Foundation Scotland

Foundation Scotland offers a number of funding awards, made up of money from the many different funds they distribute on behalf of companies, individuals, charitable trusts and community benefit funds. More here 25 February


FUNDING: National Lottery Funds

Scottish Land Fund: current round runs until summer 2020. Grants of up to £1 million to help communities purchase buildings / assets, including some project development costs. Won’t fund refurbishment, rebuilding etc. More here.   National Lottery Awards for All can fund or contribute to capital or building projects, including purchase, building or refurbishment. Grants go up to £10,000. More here.    Community-Led Activity grants can fund up to £50,000 capital work as part of a wider project for the benefit of a neighbourhood or local community”. More here 25 February


FUNDING: The Woodward Charitable Trust

Trustees will consider applications for core costs which will achieve a positive impact in at least one of the following areas: Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people; Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour and in particular organisations that work to discourage individuals getting involved in gangs or violent behaviour; Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically or learning disabled as well as charities supporting mental health issues, particularly where it relates to our other priority areas; Disadvantaged women and their children, covering refuges and domestic violence shelters and groups; Disadvantaged families including parenting support; Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders as well as requests to help prisoners’ families; Projects that promote integration and community cohesion particularly amongst minority groups, refugees and traveller communities. Smaller grants of under £3,000, usually around 100 grants per year; and larger grants of over £3,000usually no more than 5-8 per year, are available. The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year. In addition, 60-70 grants of £250-£1,000 per year are made towards Children’s Summer Playschemes. Applications for these are made separately and considered in April/May each year, grants are only given to charities whose annual income is under £100,000. More here25 February


FUNDING: The Ragdoll Foundation Open Grants Scheme

The Ragdoll Foundation is dedicated to supporting the creation, appreciation and awareness of imaginative and innovative content, programmes and projects that reflect the world from a child’s point of view.  Proposals are invited from organisations developing creative and innovative approaches to engage children and young people using the arts and creative media. In most cases, they expect that the applicant will be an arts organisation, however applications will be considered from other organisations which intend to partner with arts organisations or work with artists within the project. More here 25 February


NEWS: Care Experienced Young People Have Their Voices Heard

First Minister has met 1,000 young people with experience of care. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has met the challenge of listening to more than 1,000 care experienced young people as they discuss the changes they want to see to the system just days ahead of the publication of the forthcoming Independent Care Review. 25 February

MEMBER NEWS: Children To Be Guided Away From Life in Crime as Project Heads to Edinburgh

A project to divert children from a life in organised crime is being launched in Edinburgh following its “astonishing” success in Glasgow. 25 February


NEWS: Professional Practice Award in Training and Development now available!

Our training delivery partner, Training and Enterprise Development, has just launched a brand nrew training course, the Professional Practice Award in Training and Development.   25 February


SMN: Glasgow Networking Event

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

POSTPONED - Professional Certificate in Coordinating Mentoring Programmes Training Course

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

POSTPONED SMN: Mentoring Information Event

23 March 2020, The Barracks, Stirling

POSTPONED : Mentor Training Guidance for Mentoring Coordinators

27 March 2020, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow G1 1UZ

SMN Online Networking Event

20 May 2020, Online Zoom (11am-1pm)

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE GrowBiz: How to use Zoom Effectively

2 July 2020, Zoom

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