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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.

Articles are added daily, just click on the link to read the story. If you have an article you would like to be included, contact us at info@vanl.co.uk



Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and success in social enterprise are now open for entries! Social Enterprise Scotland is calling on all social enterprises to step up and demonstrate how they’re improving Scotland’s economy and society. The deadline for award applications is Friday 10 July.


Free VANL Membership for 2015/16

In previous years the membership fee has been £15 per member per year. For 2015-16 however (i.e. from 1 April) membership will be free. Organisations will still have to complete a membership form to gain access to our services.

Membership allows members to take part in our Annual General Meeting and to vote on any matters that come up at the AGM. In addition membership allows an organisation (or volunteer) to access the range of services that VANL offers – usually free but sometimes at a reduced rate.

To download a copy of our membership form Click Here. Alternatively a copy can be requested by calling 01236 748011 or by email to info@vanl.co.uk



Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire launched its Annual Review of 2013-14 at its Annual General Meeting on Friday 20 February 2015 in Wishaw. The Annual Review includes reflections from Chair Francis Fallan MBE and Chief Executive Officer Kenny Moffat on a highly successful year for the organisation, as well as a focus on employability, recognition, development, volunteering, enterprise, partnership and performance.



Following comprehensive self-assessment activity undertaken by Community Planning Partners and the third sector in North Lanarkshire during 2014 to review how the third sector can improve its engagement and linkage to Community Planning in the local area, Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire is pleased to present a Draft Framework for Third Sector Connectivity to Community Planning inNorth Lanarkshire.

Water and Sewerage Exemption Scheme for Charities

Applications are open for a new scheme to assist eligible organisations with the payment of water and sewerage charges.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.



Scottish Families - Alcohol & Drug Helpline

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



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


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.


"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.

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?

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.


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.


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


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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


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 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.


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


James Keir - Obituary


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