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Watch this space for the latest updates on news, events, consultations and funding opportunities relevant to groups and organisations in North Lanarkshire's third sector.

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Legal Advice Qualifications Motherwell & Wishaw Cab Press Release

Motherwell & Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau is planning to introduce new Legal Advice vocational qualifications.  We would like to receive the opinions of advice and information workers, to learn if the Legal Advice vocational qualifications are something that they feel would be useful and valuable in their chosen profession.   

To this end, we would very much appreciate your assistance and participation in our survey.

Your valuable feedback will help us establish the level of demand for the Legal Advice qualifications in Scotland.  The evidence may also be used to make the business case to The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), for the accreditation of these awards.   Please take the time to participate in our survey.   Your input will help us to decide on our future course of action in relation to the Legal Advice qualifications.

We would really appreciate if you could ask all advice staff in your office to complete the survey.  If we receive your response by 17 December 2014; you can enter a raffle prize draw and you could WIN Argos gift vouchers worth £100.  

Brief information about the qualifications that we would like to introduce can be found in the attached leaflet here.

The attached case study is about Joyce Ryan, who is one of the first people in Scotland to undertake one of the Legal Advice qualifications – the Level 3 Award in Providing Initial Legal Advice.

To complete the questionnaire, please click the survey URL below:



We very much appreciate your assistance and participation in our survey. If you have any questions or difficulties, please e-mail our Research Intern Asif



Thank you for taking the time to fill out the questionnaire.

Click Here for the information leaflet

Click Here for Joyce Ryans Case Study


Short Breaks Fund for mental health carers

Do you care for someone with a mental illness? Are you in need of a short break? Then the “Short Break Fund” could help you. You can apply for financial help of up to £350 towards a short break; this scheme is also open to young carers (carers under the age of 18), for more details click the link above or see the links below.

Click here for the Short Breaks Fund application form.

Click here for the Short Breaks Fund FAQs.

Click here for the Support Worker Guidelines.

Click here for the Quick Checklist for Support Workers.


DisabledGo North Lanarkshire Consultation and Introduction Meeting

DisabledGo is working in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council to provide an access guide to 1000 venues covering North Lanarkshire. DisabledGo will be providing information on all sorts of venues such as: shops, restaurants, leisure centres, hotels, parks, places of worship, resource centres and many more.  The guide will be available spring 2015 online at www.disabledgo.com and in paper based format too. Both will be totally free to use and of interest to residents and visitors.

To book your place please click the link above.


C-Change 'coming together' day for people in Airdrie and Coatbridge Communities

C-Change and Ms Mole Chapman are facilitating a 'Coming Together' day in the Airdrie and Coatbridge area on Thursday 27th November 2014 and Thursday 11th December 2014 at Springfield Community Centre, Airdrie, from 10am-2.30pm.  

The aim of the two days is two talk about the benefits of A.B.C.D. The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the centre of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

The day is being facilitated by Mole Chapman. Mole is a highly skilled practitioner and programme facilitator with a sound knowledge of equality issues she has worked as an educational consultant for many years and C-Change are honoured that she has agreed to facilitate these two days.


If you know of anyone that lives in the Airdrie and Coatbridge Area or the surrounding area’s who may be interested in attending please pass on the information. This is not a ticketed even it’s a community day and we hope that if people cannot come along from 10am–2pm that they would pop in during the day and have a chance for some lunch and to speak to other people in their community.

This event is not intended to be a professional workers day but we would welcome anyone with an interest of finding out more about A.B.C.D. and the benefits of this in local communities.

To book places, of for further information, please contact Audrey Crilly on 07717794063 or Audrey Gardiner on 07720591235.


Scotland’s best employability programme seeking volunteering opportunities for young unemployed people in North Lanarkshire

Do you have a to-do list as long as your arm? Are looking to provide taster opportunities to young people in your area? Then Scotland’s Best volunteering could be for you! 

Volunteer Scotland is delivering a volunteering and employability programme in the Bellshill area, where we are helping young people get work ready. The young people complete 3 days, group based volunteering and 3 days classed based work. This will help build their own skills and confidence, while providing a recognised qualification. 

We would love it for a group of supported young people to come into your organisations and volunteer for 1, 2 or 3 days. If you want to get invoLved please contact Douglas Maxwell on 01786 479593 or email atscotlandsbest@volunteerscotland.org.uk

Volunteer Scotland will pay all travel and subsistence expenses, and provide a paid staff member to support the group.


Bellshill and Mossend YMCA Animar Project recruiting part-time support worker (female only)

The Animar project within Bellshill and Mossend YMCA is seeking to recruit a Part Time Support Worker (female only) for five months commencing in January 2015. The Animar project is based around improving independent for young people with additional support needs aged from 12-18. The project helps improve the young people’s access to services within their community whilst development their social skills. To see the Job description Click Here and for the application please click the link above.


Motherwell & Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau Vacancies

Motherwell and Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have been successful in securing Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) funding for a period of two years for a project which will support families of HMP Addiewell prisoners and ex-prisoners. They will work in partnership with the charity Families Outside, CABx, HMP Addiewell and other organisations working closely with Lanarkshire Community Justice Authority.

This project will provide this vulnerable client base with holistic, generalist advice, debt advice as well as ongoing financial capability support before the admission to prison, during family and prisoner induction as part of admission, during the sentence served and after the release.


Key objectives of the project will be to: connect low income families affected by imprisonment to appropriate help; carry out preventative work to avoid future debt problems; empower families to make informed choices about their finances and build lasting and effective working relationships with local partners.


This project will employ two full time Regional Money Advisers/Income Maximisers and a part time Project Coordinator:


Moira Anderson Foundation Hosting A Night of Stars Concert

Moira Anderson Foundation, a local charity which supports those affected by childhood sexual abuse, is hosting a glittering Night Of Stars Concert to raise funds for the organisation on Thursday 27 November 2014 at Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Airdrie. For further information, including details of who will be performing and booking tickets, please click the link above.


Moira Anderson Foundation Autumn Newsletter

Moira Anderson Foundation have released a new newsletter for teh Autumn Period. To have a look at what has been going within their organisation and future events please click the link above.


Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2015

Strategem are delighted to announce that the applications are now open for the 2015 Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards, which take place on Friday 27th February 2015 at the Motherwell Concert Hall.


Scottish Mental Health First Aid Day

There are three spaces available for the Scottish Mental Health First aid course taking place next week.  The course offers basic general information about mental health problems.  The knowledge presented and understanding developed in the course helps to remove stigma and fear, and to give confidence in approaching a person in distress.


If you would like to reserve a space please contact the One Stop Shop at lanarkshireoss@scottishautism.org or call on 01698 267023. Spaces are limited therefore a place must be reserved prior to attending


These sessions will be held at 141 North Orchard St, Motherwell, ML1 3JL

British Gas' Day Volunteering at Yooz Recycling

A few British Gas employees recently volunteered at Yooz Recycling in Bellshill. Very few of the British Gas employees had heard of Yooz before and were suprised at what they found. To read the story that the British Gas team wrote click the link above.

Invitation To Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau AGM - Thursday 6th November

Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 6 November 2014 at 2.00pm at St Patrick’s Church Hall (Iona Suite), St John Street, Coatbridge, ML5 3HB, with an open invitation extended to all. The organisation provides a range of free, impartial and confidential advice services for citizens in the Coatbridge area. Key supports are delivered in the areas of welfare rights, debt and money advice, housing, consumer issues andlegislation, to name a few.


If you would like to attend the Annual General Meeting, at which more information about the organisation’s work over the last year will be showcased, please contact Bureau Manager Norma MacDonald on NormaMacDonald@CoatbridgeCAB.casonline.org.uk.


Well-Informed Mental Health & Well-being workshop

Well-informed are hosting a workshop by Neighbourhood Networks on Thursday 4th November at Motherwell College. This will involve a speaker from an organisation/service talking about a topic of interest related to mental health and well-being. Spaces are limited, to book your place or for futher information click the link above.


Healthy Valleys Job Vacancies

Healthy Valleys have two vacant posts available for female applicants. These vacancies are "Complementary Therapist" and "Valleys Therapies Co-ordinator". For further information and to apply please click the link above.


CACE Winter Ball Event

CACE Cumbernauld are hosting a winter ball event on Friday 24th November from 7:30 to midnight in Cumbernauld Town hall. For more information and to book your tickets please click the link above.


Healthy Working Lives - Networking Event

Healthy Working Lives (HWL) is running a FREE Networking event on Thursday 23 October 2014 in the Lighthouse, Glasgow.  The aim of the event is to highlight the FREE services that Healthy Working offer and to encourage businesses that haven’t previously engaged with Healthy Working Lives to do so around various topics linked to occupational health, safety and wellbeing. Further information is included in the flyer linked above.


Blameless – Charity Fundraiser, Crown Plaza Hotel - Friday 1st November 2014

Blameless, a charity supporting children affected by addiction and alcoholism issues are holding a charity fundraising night on Friday 1st November at the Crown Plaza Hotel.


NHS 24 Website Survey

NHS 24 have created this short survey in an effort to understand your needs and improve their website. The survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete. All feedback is appreciated. To Fill in the survey please click the link above.

Require a printable version? Click Here.


Clydesdale Community Initiatives - Development Officer Vacancy

Clydesdale Community Initiatives, an organisation which models enterprise and inclusion to provide opportunities for people with complex support needs to make a contribution to their communities, is seeking to recruit a full-time Development Officer. The post is based In Lanark, with further information attached and available through contacting Niall on 01555 664211 or e-mailing enquiries@cciweb.org.uk.

Clydesdale Community Initiatives - Adopt a Station

Clydesdale Community Initiatives are promoting Scotrail's ‘Adopt a Station’ project, where community organisations or groups are encouraged to take care of garden areas and land adjacent to and within railway stations in Scotland. At present, stations within North Lanarkshire that are particularly requiring an organisation to support are Cleland, Shotts and Hartwood. For further information please click the link above.

Fundraising for the Scottish Spina Biffida Association - Friday 24th October - Sunday 2nd November

Could you organise your own fundraising event during those dates or would you simply like to make a donation?

Big or small it will make a massive difference to the lives of over 3500 people affected by Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in Scotland.

Life in the Towers - Premiere

Details of the launch of ’Life in the Towers’ a documentary highlighting life in the towers from past to present within the Muirhouse area. Filmed by Culture NL and shown as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival the documentary provides unique insight into the life’s of the tenants and residents of Motherwell’s high rise tower blocks.

Free Exploring Social Enterprise learning programmeevent - 15th October 2014

Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted that the Social Enterprise Academy is delivering a one day social enterprise event as part of the Community Action Support programme for the Climate Challenge Fund.

The event is free for any Scottish based community group with an interest in tackling climate change.


Third Sector Views on Future Powers For Scotland - Update

An update to our previous post regarding third sector proposals on future powers of the Scottish Parliment. Previously the deadline was the 6th of October, The deadline has now been extended to Friday 24th October.

Third Sector Views on Future Powers For Scotland

Opportunity to contribute to third sector proposals on the future powers of the Scottish Parliment.

Free Podiatry Information Session

Do you provide foot care to the person you care for? Then come along to Lanarkshire Carers Centres free podiatry information session in partnership with NHS podiatry service in Safety Zone, Bargeddie on Monday 6th October 11am – 1pm


Moira Anderson Foundation Fundraising Event - Cabaret Night 2014

The Moira Anderson Foundation are holding a fundrasing Cabaret Night in Airdrie on Sunday 28th September. For More information and to book your ticket please click the link above.

Moira Anderson Foundation Fundraising Event -  Sportsman's Dinner 2014

The Moira Anderson Foundation are hostinng a Sportsman's Dinner event at "The Tudor Hotel" in Airdrie. For more information and to book your place please click the link above.

NHS Stress Control Classes - Winter

For more information on the areas covered in the sessions as well as contact details to book your place please click the link above.

Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution Events – Improving Relationships, Improving Lives

Wednesday 10th September - Family Life Centre, Stirling.
‘What about me? Supporting Young People Through Family Breakdown’ want to find out more on how best to support young people through family breakdown? Then this seminar facilitated by Family Mediation Central (Relationships Scotland) is for you!

Tuesday 23rd September - Falkirk Stadium
‘Family Mediation: Preventing Homelessness and Repairing Relationships’ – interested in mediation as a tool to prevent youth homelessness? Come along to this event facilitated by Family Mediation Service (Falkirk).

Both events will run from 9.30am-1.00pm with tea and coffee provided.

Wednesday 1st October – the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock
‘Untangling the Knots: Practical Approaches to Family Conflict Resolution’ – with the key note address from Professor Phil Hanlon (University of Glasgow) and workshops delivered by family law mediators and family therapists, this one day event proposes to be dynamic and engaging. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Thursday 13th November – the Dewar’s Centre, Perth
‘What about me? A young person’s guide to conflict resolution’ – Tam Baillie (SCCYP) will be joining us in the morning at this interactive event for young people aged 14-21.

For further information and to reserve your place at these FREE events please visit www.scottishconflictresolution.org.uk/events. You can contact the event organiser catrionamacgregor@cyrenians.org.uk or call 0131 475 2493.

Alzheimer Scotland - Memory Walk 2014-Saturday 20 September, 11am–2pm

A fun, family day out to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland

.Enjoy a gentle 3 mile walk that is suitable for most ages and abilities, ordo the shorter Memory Mile (suitable for wheelchair and buggy users

North Lanarkshire Carers Together - Post of Carer Information Worker

North Lanarkshire Carers Together is a well-established Carer Organisation that works in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, the Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre and other third sector organisations to ensure that carers have a voice in the planning and delivery of services for both carers and the people they care for. A key element of our work is around information and signposting for carers as well as developing innovative ways to engage and consult with carers in order to influence policy development and local service provision.

If you have proven experience in IT and Administration, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to empathise with carers we would welcome your application. This position provides an excellent opportunity for development and partnership working which is both challenging and rewarding.

If you would wish to discuss any aspect of the post please contact Allison Smith on 01698 404055.

The post is for a fixed term until 31st March 2016 and will be subject to an Enhanced PVG Disclosure.

Closing Date – Friday 29th August.
Interview Date - Tuesday 9th September.

Legacy 2014, Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund

Strand 2: Revenue Support for Business Development

Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities is a £1m Fund established with £500k of Scottish Government 2014 Legacy Funds and £500k from The Robertson Trust.  The overarching goal of the Fund is to support more sports social enterprises to be able to own and/or manage facilities and deliver sustainable services which meet the needs of their communities.

Strand 2 of the Fund, which opened for applications on 11th August, offers sports social enterprises the opportunity to apply for up to £30,000 of support towards the direct costs of employing a Business Development Officer,  or similar post, with the aim of developing the organisation, its services and its financial sustainability through the adoption of a social enterprise model.  Funding is available for one or two years.

Applications are invited from sports social enterprises which are at an early stage of considering how to make their community facility and/or services more sustainable.

In addition to delivering sporting activities, applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they are seeking to make a wider difference in their community through their work.   Making a difference in areas including health and well-being, employment and education are key aims of the Scottish Government’s Legacy ambitions in addition to a primary aim of getting more people active.

This programme will deliver a package of support to successful applicant organisations.  This means that in addition to receiving direct funding for a position, successful applicants will also benefit from a range of development support which will include including mentoring, coaching, training and networking opportunities.

Full details of the fund are available online from 11th August at www.therobertsontrust.org.uk.  The closing date for application is Wednesday 8th October 2014.


Dates-N-Mates Volunteer Invite

Dates-N-Mates invites you to come along and learn about what the charity does and how you can volunteer with them. Click the link above for more information.


Dates-N-Mates Invites you to a beach party

For Information on an event hosted  by Dates-N-Mates held in Coatbridge, Motherwell and Bellshill please click the link above.


Scottish Pre-School Play Association Vacancy

Information regarding a Job Vacancy at Scottish Pre-School Play Association.


Alpha Project Buses For Sale

Alpha Project have the following buses for sale, All buses have been regularly serviced & MOT’d.  All buses are suitable for wheelchair users and Tail lifts have been regularly serviced.

For any enquiries please contact Suzanne Watson (Project Manager) or Elaine Kennedy (Team Leader) Acting on Tel : 01236-736941.  


REG NO                                                                PRICE                            APPROX MILEAGE   DKO6 NTN (Black Mercedes)                           £8000                                        59,520  

SA58 UVY ( White Renault)                             £5000                                        59,580  

SN12 EFH  (Gold Citroen)                      please phone for price                     17,860



Scottish Families - Alcohol & Drug Helpline

For further information and contact detail please click the above link.


SAMH Big Fit 6k Walk

Information On an event run by Scottish Association for Mental Health.



In late September to early October, Shared Care Scotland will re-open its 'Better Breaks' fund to improve the lives of unpaid carers and the people they care for through developing more opportunities for them to get a break. The fund provides grants to organisations that work with disabled children and young people and their families. Typically, it funds projects like summer play schemes for disabled children, activity scheme of youth clubs for disabled young people, sports activities, befriending and buddying schemes, etc.  

Applications to the fund from North Lanarkshire have been relatively low recently, and Shared Care Scotland is keen to receive local applications for 'Better Breaks', which is funded by the Scottish Government. Further information can be obtained by contacting Alison Stevenson at Shared Care Scotland on 01383 622462 or via e-mail at alison.stevenson@sharedcarescotland.com


FREE training on Preparation and Examination of Charity Accounts

The course will run in Glasgow and Edinburgh:

The People's Health Trust Press Release

Further information on The People's Health Trust from the latest press release.


Scottish Autism - 10K and Fun Day

Information about an upcoming event on 3rd August hosted by Scottish Autism. Contact Scottish Autism for more details.


Now You're Talking - WRAP Training

Details of a forthcoming training session offered by Now You're Talking.



The achievements of young volunteers from volunteer-involving organisations and schools from across North Lanarkshire were celebrated in style by 60 local people at a very special recognition ceremony hosted by Voluntary Action North


The People's Health Trust

The People's Health Trust will be opening their active communities fund on the 16th July. This fund is aimed at small local projects and is open to a wide range of activities. Read this update from VANL's Collins McKay for more infromation.


Summer Activities in Gowkthrapple

Gowkthrapple Organisation for Leisure and Development have organised a series of activities for the summer.See Jamie at CentrePoint or call 01698 274 670 for information.


Scottish Spina Bifida Association- Vacancy

The Scottish Spina Bifida Association provide a range of direct support services to over 3,000 children, young people, adults and families throughout Scotland.

We are seeking an energetic, articulate and proactive individual to develop and maintain the corporate and community income streams across Scotland with an emphasis on development within Lanarkshire

Closing Date - 13th July


"Keep Volunteering Voluntary"

In light of the latest round of welfare reforms, the introduction of the new 'Help to Work Scheme' has once again raised the issue of 'mandatory' volunteering. This potentially undermines a key principle of volunteering, that of free will. Therefore, Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire has signed up to the campaign to "Keep Volunteering Voluntary" and would encourage our members to do likewise, as some have already done. Full information on how to become a signatory can be found here.



The Get Active Lanarkshire campaign is aiming to encourage Lanarkshire residents, businesses, organisations, clubs and schools to get more active, more often as part of Lanarksh

Replacing Windows XP

Support for Windows XP expires today - here are a few things you can do to keep your PC's secure


Alzheimer Scotland - Dementia Cafes - Venues and Dates in North Lanarkshire

Are you worried about your memory? Do you have dementia? Do you care for someone with dementia?


NHS Lanarkshire is asking people their views on the GP Out Of Hours Service and how it could be improved.

Airdrie & Coatbridge Round Table

Airdrie and Coatbridge Round Table have launched their Small Grants Fund to help smaller groups in Airdrie, Coatbridge and surrounding villages, who cannot access funds from mainstream sources.

NLC Consultation on Community Asset Transfer Policy -
Closing Date 9 May 2014

North Lanarksshire Council has agreed to consult on a draft new Community Asset Transfer Policy

Views on this policy from interested parties, including third sector organisations that have taken on an asset, or are considering taking on and running an asset are being sought by 9 May 2014.

For more information and to have your say by completing the online survey please click here.


RSPB Scotland Seeking Organisations to Host Pin Badge Boxes

RSPB Scotland is seeking the help of local organisations and companies willing to host a donation box to support the RSPB's conservation and environmental activity in the North

The Resource Efficiency Pledge

Demonstrate your organisation's commitment to resource efficiency and the environment

Free Stroke Training

The Stroke Association in Scotland is now offering free training to organisations from the voluntary, statutory and private sector who provide social care services or community support.

Terrence Higgins Trust launches two new rapid HIV testing clinics in Lanarkshire

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is to expand its network of rapid HIV testing clinics to include two locations in Lanarkshire.



Moira Anderson Foundation is hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Open Night on Wednesday 26 March 2014 at 7pm at The Tudor Hotel, Airdrie. Potential volunteers are being sought to support the organising with fundraising, befriending, administration and events organising.

The organisation, which was founded by Sandra Brown in the year 2000, provides a place of safety and support for children and adults who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse. If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer or attending the open evening, further information can be obtained by contacting Colin Scougal at Moira Anderson Foundation on 01236 602890, or e-mailing colin@moiraanderson.org. A poster providing information about the upcoming information evening is attached.

Free Training Event for Community Workers - The Financial Ombudsman Service

The training day is aimed at all front-line community and advice workers who deal with enquiries from consumers about debt or other financial services related problems. Delegates typically include staff from Citizens Advice, money advisers/ debt support agencies, local council departments, charities (for example, Age UK) and other consumer support networks that are trusted advisers in their communities.

Deaf Awareness Training.

Deaf Services Lanarkshire are delighted to announce they will be providing another 3 dates in 2014. Click on the link for more details.


Scotland's Future

On 18th September this year, the people of Scotland are being invited to take part in a referendum on the question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ The Scottish Government recently published Scotland’s Future, setting out its case for independence. Scottish Government Ministers are hosting discussions in communities across the country to talk about Scotland’s Future. This is your chance to ask questions about the issues that are important to you.


Part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group, Viridor is Scotland’s leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste partner. Working with 96% of Scottish local authorities, public bodies and Scotland’s leading businesses, Viridor operates a £100m Scottish network of advanced recycling infrastructure and is investing £500m to translate Scottish zero waste policy into practice.

Tesco Charity Trust - Larger Grants Available

One-off donations, of between £4,000 and £25,000, are available to pay for practical equipment and resources for charities operating around Tesco stores, and in the countries where Tesco sources from.

Government proposes more savings for charities

Third sector organisations are to have their say on Scottish Government proposals to exempt charities with a turnover of less than £75,000 per year from water and sewerage charges.


The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Details on how you can nominate a local voluntary group who make a difference in your community.


Do you know someone who helps out in your local community? Then give them a big thank you from the whole Commonwealth. We’re looking for local champions to carry the Queen’s Baton throughout Scotland. To nominate someone, go to glasgow2014.com/baton-relay

Please note the deadline has been extended to Friday 29th November.

Last chance for not-for-profit organisations to get Healthy Heart Funding in Scotland.

Community groups in Scotland and surrounding areas have just two weeks left to apply for a grant to help local people lead Healthy Heart lifestyles.

Learning to Lead in Health - Collaborative Leadership, Healthy Partnerships

Details of 1 day taster programmes exploring leadershp skills and strategies for working in partnership with statutory bodies


Employ-Able is a vital new service that helps veterans back to work. Set up by Poppyscotland and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health),it provides support, workshops, training and practical advice to assist veterans in their
search for a job.

Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2014.

Applications are now open for the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2014.

Up to £10k plus Development Support for Social Enterprise

CRT are seeking applications from new and emerging social enterprises to submit an expression of interest to pitch for up to 10k at our Dragons Pit event in November, awardees will not only be in the running for an injection of cash but development support to help grow their social enterprise.

Involve - Autumn 2013

Download a copy of our quarterly magazine.

One Parent Families Scotland - Autumn Training Courses

Details of forthcoming training courses offered by One Parent Families Scotland on

Welfare Reform, Universal Credit and the Child Maintenance Service

Coalfields Community Challenge Programme - Support for Social Enterprises
CRT have opened their doors for applications to the Coalfields Community Challenge Programme. The Programme aims to help develop new and emerging social enterprises who will create new sustainable employment opportunities through the delivery of a social enterprise in former coalmining communities


Well-informed Information Afternoon

The Well-informed Information Service runs regular Information Afternoons. The Information Afternoons involve a speaker from an organisation/service talking about a topic of interest related to mental health and well-being.The topic for this next event will be Self-help and mental health at Motherwell College 1.30 - 3.30pm Tuesday 3rd September.

Free Stress Control Classes

NHS Lanarkshire are running a series of stress control classes - click on the link above for more details or email stresscontrol@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.ukor phone 08458 725 132.


12 hours to Change your life:

Sleep better, feel more energised, get out more, gain confidence. Living Life to the Full is a free course that can help you tackle everyday problems that everyone faces from time to time. It’s also really useful if you are caring for someone who is feeling low, depressed or anxious.

The course is free and starts on Monday the 2nd of September for 8 weeks. 6.30pm-8pm in Shotts Community Centre. Call or email Fiona to book fionat@actionondepression.org 07919564155


Best Possible Start - Newsletter - July 2013

Downlload a copy of the Best Possible Start newsletter. This issue contains information on topics such as the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, the new universal child health review and family nurse partnerships.

Scotland’s annual social enterprise awards launched

Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and development in social enterprise are now open for nominations.

Practical Cookery and Nutrition Training for Trainers course

Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership are offering a free one day training course which will cover basic nutrition, guideline daily amounts, 5-a-day, food labelling, portion sizes, the eatwell plate and cooking on a budget. Click on the link above for more information.

Click here to download a Course Booking Form in Word format.

Completed forms can be e-mailed to healthycookinglcfhp@hotmail.co.uk


Early Years Collaborative Third Sector Briefing Events

The Scottish Government is holding a series of Third Sector Briefing events in order to give third sector organisations the opportunity to discover more about the Early Years Collaborative. Click on the link above for more inforation.


Did you know that you can nominate anyone for an honour?

There are so many unsung heroes who deserve to be honoured – but they need someone to nominate them! Women in particular are missing out: they made up only 43% of the New Year’s Honours List in 2012. And some regions are under-represented too – notably the Midlands, Yorkshire, Humberside and the North of England. You can help us to put that right


Important Funding support message: Peoples Health Trust Active Communities Fund

Peoples Health Trust Activities Communities Fund. This funding stream is not just for health related activities and is for projects who have an income of under £350,000 per annum and offers grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 for up to two years

North Lanarkshire Greenspace Diary

The Greenspace Diary is your guide to greenspace events and activities around the towns and villages of North Lanarkshire.

This year's diary is bigger than ever and is crammed full of events and activities to suit all tastes.  So if you want to find out more about the wonderful wildlife in your area or simply want to keep fit doing a healthy walk, the Greenspace Diary has an event for you..


Reshaping Care for Older People
We need your views to help shape the future of support and services in
North Lanarkshire. Find out more and Download a consultation draft copy of the North Lanarkshire Joint Strategic Commissioning Plan 2013 -2023.

Open Day for Postgraduate Programmes in Social Enterprise
The Social Enterprise Academy and Glasgow Caledonian University will be hosting two open days in Edinburgh and Glasgow to promote their joint postgraduate programmes in social enterprise.

VANL Bulletin - Summer 2013

Download a copy of our latest news bulletin.

Motherwell Citizens Advice Bureau Advice and Information Community Event

Details of a forthcoming event hosted by Motherwell Citzens Advice Bureau on Saturday 22nd June from 10am - 2pm.

Volunteer Driver Opportunity with LAMH Recycle

LAMH Recycle Ltd is a Motherwell-based Social Enterprise with charitable status which provides work opportunities for people with mental ill health and other disadvantaged groups.


Well-informed Information Afternoon Tuesday 6th June

The next  Well-informed Information Afternoon will be taking place on Tuesday 6th June 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Motherwell College

Liber8 Lanarkshire

Liber8 Lanarkshire Limited is a charitable organisation which aims to reduce the effects of Alcohol and Substance Misuse within the Lanarkshire area


Lauren King, 17 from Wishaw, and Paul Stephen, 20 from Motherwell, were the first young people in North Lanarkshire to receive the prestigious Saltire Award 'Summit' accolade at the recent Motherwell Youth Voice AGM.

Kilsyth Superheroes & Legends

While we all love a caped crusader and demonstrations of super powers Civic Week looking for a different kind of super hero - a local super hero and legend.
A local super hero and legend is someone who has made a difference to the life of another individual, a group or our community.

Guide Dogs For The Blind Association has set up new fundraising teams in the Motherwell and Airdrie areas and are hosting Volunteer Information Sessions in both areas in May 2013.

The Drop In Café Project Steering Group

The Drop In Café Project Steering Group are hosting a Feasibility Study Launch Event on Monday 22nd. April 2013 at 12.30 in Cornerstone House Centre.This event will look at the development of a Drop-In Café for Cumbernauld & the Northern Corridor

Click on the link above for more details or click here to download an invite.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Red Cross is looking for volunteers throughout Lanarkshire. There are a range of volunteer roles and training opportunities available. Whatever you do, you’ll be making a positive difference to someone’s life.


Volunteering Support Fund Now Open
The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) is now accepting applications for its Volunteering Support Fund


Welfare Reform – What comes next..

North Lanarkshire Disability Forum would like to invite you to their ‘Welfare Reform – What comes next..’ event. Click on the link for more details.


Lanarkshire One Stop Shop

Following the official launch of the new One Stop Shop for Autism in
Lanarkshire we are pleased to inform everyone of a variety of workshops and information services which are now available. Click here for information on activities that are taking place in March 2013. Details of drop-in advice clinics can be found here.

Airdrie & Coatbridge Round Table

Airdrie and Coatbridge Round Table have launched their Small Grants Fund to help smaller groups in Airdrie, Coatbridge and surrounding villages, who cannot access funds from mainstream sources.

Don’t get caught out - make sure your business is prepared for these new waste regulations

From January 2014, new regulations will require all businesses in Scotland to separate their waste paper, card, metal, plastics and glass ready for recycling and some businesses to separate their food waste. These regulations will affect businesses of all sizes, and across all business sectors.

Feasibility Study

'Community Councils in Coatbridge are undertaking a feasibility study on business use within the existing Coatbridge Library.

North Lanarkshire Social Economy Partnership – Development of North Lanarkshire Social Enterprise Framework and Action Plan Consultation

Click on the link above to find out more and complete this on-line survey.


Clydesdale Community Initiatives

Some information on Clydesdale Community Initiatives is an award winning landscaping social enterprise that has worked with many high profi le projects.

Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013

Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013 is a year long initiative which will recognise our regions achievements over the past 200 years.


Third Sector Representative to NLP Local Area Partnerships

A process has commenced to identify and appoint a Third Sector Representative to sit alongside other Community Planning Partnership representatives at each of the six North Lanarkshire Partnership Local Area Partnerships (LAPs) within North Lanarkshire. Click on the link above for more information.

Friends of CACE - Charity Night

Friends of CACE are holding a charity night at the Burroughs Social Club in Cumbernauld from 7.30pm on Friday 15th February.



LAMH Recycle Ltd, a Motherwell-based Social Enterprise, is offering a FREE uplift of all types of redundant electrical/electronic items particularly computer equipment for all North Lanarkshire voluntary/charitable organisations who arrange an uplift prior to the 31st March 2013.


Volunteer Information Evening For Maggie's Lanarkshire Cancer Care Centre

Maggie's Lanarkshire Cancer Care Centre is hosting a Volunteer Information Evenining on Thursday 24 January 2013 from 5pm-7pm at Maggie's Lanarkshire Cancer Care Centre, within the grounds of Wishaw General Hospital.


Introducing the Lanarkshire Business Show 2013
Join us at the fabulous new Ravenscraig venue for a fantastic morning of Business Opportunities, Speed Networking, Seminars and Business Exhibition. Mee the Business Services teams from both Councils to hear how they might be able to help your business.


Scottish Youth Parliament Elections March 2013

North Lanarkshire is leading the way in local Youth Democracy. Since 2007 North Lanarkshire has been empowering Young People by enabling them to vote for Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament using E- Voting Technology.


SCVO’s Welfare Reform Survey

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is carrying out a Scotland-wide mapping exercise to help the third sector deal with the impact of UK welfare reforms.

A major part of this is a survey to capture the sector's views, information on who is doing what, intelligence on the effects of this crisis, and ideas on how we can mitigate the impact of welfare reform on people and communities throughout Scotland.


The Wishaw Guitar Club

Read an article and watch a video about our Guitar Club.

CultureNL- Recruitment of independent board members

North Lanarkshire Council is in the process of establishing a cultural trust to manage all arts, theatres, concert halls, libraries, archives, museums, local studies and community facilities in North Lanarkshire and we are currently seeking to recruit independent directors to the Board. Click on th link for more details.


World AIDS Day

The red ribbon is the international symbol of AIDS Awareness and has been in existence for over 20 years now. It is a simple and powerful way to challenge stigma and prejudice around HIV and support people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is on Saturday 1st December 2012 an ideal way to raise awareness among all communities about HIV and to show support for people living with HIV.

The Moira Anderson Foundation Christmas Fayre

Click on the link above for details of The Moira Anderson Foundation's Christmas Fayre on Saturday 1st December.


Coatbridge College Information Day

Coatbridge College is holding an information day this coming Tuesday for people interested in starting one of the evening classes in January. Click on the link for more details.

Welfare Reform/Fuel Poverty Event
Craigneuk Community Council are holding an event for the people of Craigneuk and the surrounding areas around the issues of Welfare Reforms, Fuel Poverty and Energy Advice.

OSCR - Equality Strategy Consultation

Click on the link to read OSCR's equality strategy consultation.This strategy outlines how OSCR will seek to advance equality and meet its equality duties through its
work in an effective and proportionate manner.

VANL News Bulletin - November 2012

Click on the link to read our new bulletin


A team of enthusiastic workers from a local company led by example as part of Make a Difference Day 2012 festivities by making a huge difference to the life of one grateful North Lanarkshire citizen.


Free Training Opportunity with Voluntary Action Fund
As part of our Community Grant support programme, Voluntary Action Fund would like to invite you to one of our free half-day workshops on Managing Money or Making Successful Funding Applications during November 2012.

Applications are now open for the 20th year of Lanarkshire’s premier awards celebration.
Click on the link above for more details on the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards.

The Way Ahead

Click on the link above to complete North Lanarkshire Council's survey on the various savings options.

SCVO invites you to Taking on Welfare Reform Conference
21 November 2012

Click on the link for more details.


Invitation to free training workshop for community organisations
Voluntary Action Fund is delighted to invite smaller organisations to a workshop aimed at helping local groups become more sustainable.


Generations Working Together

Details of a free training course for those who are keen to embed intergenerational approaches within their programmes of work.

Practical Cookery and Nutrition - Training for Trainers

This is a FREE 2 day course to provide trainers with skills and ideas to run their own healthy eating and cookery sessions. Click on the link for more details/

Voluntary Arts Scotland are recruiting for Arts Ambassadors

Click here for the flyer and here for the role description.

Show and Tell Community Workshop
Loch Lomond Galleries, Main Street, Alexandria
1st December 2012, 12-3pm

Single Parents and Tax Credits – Glasgow 13th November 2012
Free places available for Voluntary and Community Sector staff

Seven Lochs Volunteers Group

The Seven Lochs Volunteers group have a range of forthcoming events and activities. Click on the link above for more details.


Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire has been contacted by North Lanarkshire Council Education Department regarding a large schools event being organised for Thursday 1 November 2012 at Coatbridge College to launch the Prince's Trust XL programme within secondary schools in North Lanarkshire

Lanarkshire NHS Board - Chair appointment
NHS Lanarkshire is looking for a Chair to lead its Board

The Scottish Health Awards

Nominations are open for the Daily Record’s Scottish Health Awards which are looking to give recognition to those who work in and with NHSScotland, especially staff who do an exceptional job and who are prepared to go that extra mile to deliver these services.

Living Well Event

Details of the Living Well Event to be held onFriday 5th October - Cumbernauld New Town Hall

Community consultation event

Equality for all - help shape our future-
Saturday 29th September- Cumbernauld New Town Hall.


£1,000 Community Grants Available - next deadline 17th September!

The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) is delighted to announce the next deadlines for its popular small community grant programme. Community groups and voluntary organisations can apply for up to £1,000 and receive free training if their annual income is under £25,000.

Now You're Talking present: Life Is For Everyone

Now Your're Talking are hosting a forthcoming event "Life Is For Everyone" on 7th September at 7pm in the Muirfield Centre Main Hall.

Social Media: Strategies for Success

CEiS are offerin free training in Social Media strategie. Click on the link above for more details


Details of a forthcoming event from the Health and Wellness Hub

The Moira Anderson Foundation - Details of Forthcoming Events

The Moira Anderson Foundation have organised a series of  findraising events for 2012. Click on the link for more details.

New fund to pilot innovative ways to prevent litter gets underway.

Zero Waste Scotland has recently launched a new £250,000 fund to give community groups, as well as local authorities, businesses and landowners, the chance to trial innovative projects to prevent littering in the first place.

Social Enterprise Scotland - Annual Social Enterprise Awards 2012 Announced
Invitation to apply / make a nomination for the 2012 Social Enterprise Awards.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Lanarkshire is preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a range of events from a weekend festival to business and community visits and a special multi-faith service.

Young Persons Volunteering Media Project

Details of a new media project from VANL.

Social Car Rental Scheme

An update on the Social Car Rental Scheme.

North Lanarkshire Disability Access Panel - Newsletter
Download a copy of North Lanarkshire Disability Access Panel's Spring newsletter.

Volunteering Opportunities with Sacro
Sacrp are seeking to recruit volunteer/mentors to support men and women who are or who have recently been in the criminal justice system.

Volunteering Opportunities with the British Red Cross in Lanarkshire.
Details of new volunteering opportunities with the British Red Cros.s


Scottish Spina Bifida Association Recruiting Volunteer Community Ambassadors

The Scottish Spina Bifida Association is currently recruiting 'Volunteer Community Ambassadors'

Protection of Vulnerable Groups / Police Act Disclosure Surgeries
Details of forthcoming surgeries to assist organisations with PVG or Police Act Disclosures

Masters in Citizenship and Human Rights by Learning Contract
SCVO receives support from ESF funding in Highlands & Islands to develop this programme

Introducing the New Saltire Awards for young People in North Lanarkshire

Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire is pleased to announce the launch of the Saltire Awards in North Lanarkshire as of 1 April 2012.

NHS - Review of No Smoking Policy

NHS Lanarkshire is reviewing its policy which prohibits smoking on all its grounds.

Sessional Work Opportunities at Sacro

Details of sessional work opportunities with Sacro's Intensive Support & Monitoring Service

Lead Scotland - National Conference
Details of Lead Scotland's national conference which is to be held on Friday 8th June 2012 in Dundee.

Airdrie Round Table- Small Grants Fund

Airdrie and District Round Table have launched their Small Grants Fund to help smaller groups in Airdrie, Coatbridge and surrounding villages, who cannot access funds from mainstream sources.

The aPLaNet LLP project

Details ofThe aPLaNet LLP project

The search is on to find the UK’s favourite National Lottery-funded projects

National Lottery Draw Show host and new mum, Jenni Falconer, is calling on people in Lanarkshire to nominate local Good Causes for the National Lottery Awards 2012 – the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.


Details of the next Equally Well seminar.

Recruiting Now - 4 New North Lanarkshire Connections Clubs

North Lanarkshire Connections are recruiting for four new clubs that are free to join. Click on the link for more details.

Just Enterprise - Training Opportunities
The Just Enterprise programme is offering a range of workshops (including finance training, procurement & tendering awareness and a variety of business development topics) in a spread of locations throughout Scotland

Volunteer Grant Assessors Required

The Scottish Community Foundation currently have vacancies for volunteer grants assessors

James Keir - Obituary


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