Important Message On Coronavirus

Foundation Scotland – We are open

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.
We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are now are working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Staff work travel has been suspended so we will hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

Please do get in touch, as normal, if you have questions.


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Front Lounge, Dundee - Bringing Up Baby

09 August 2019

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Front Lounge, Dundee

Bringing Up Baby

Front Lounge was established in 2001 to deliver activities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Originally focusing on the arts, they have responded to emerging needs and now work with hard to reach, at-risk young people, including those with mental health issues, care experienced young people and a young parent’s group (Bringing Up Baby). Front Lounge works with 300 young people each year. The organisation has good representation from previous service users, and is managed and governed by individuals with a high level of qualification and experience in the arts, youth work, education, social work, and community development.

Funding: In March 2018 Front Lounge received £1,690 from the George and Grace Thomson Trust towards a summer activity programme for the Bringing up Baby group.  In consultation with the group members, the grant enabled several summer trips to take place - to Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, a scavenger hunt in the park, a trip to a local beach, animal handling with Eden Garden and a trip to Activity Kids.  Several new starts continued with BUBS into the new year, underlying the importance of summer trips to BUBS recruitment of new participants. 

‘We are very happy about the summer of 2018 and the impact of your support continues to reverberate into the new year’.  Chika Inatimi, Project Leader. 

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Impact story: "Overall my involvement with the group became a lot more focused due to the confidence boost that these experiences gave. The girls and I talk about how Kindred Clothing and BUBS are like an extension of our family. To me they are much more than a parent and child group! It gave me my life back and has had a massive impact on myself and my daughter. Before I started going, I was scared to leave my house. I never left without someone being with me and even then it was a massive task. My first step out of this was going to Kindred Clothing and BUBS and it really has changed everything for me..."  from a Summer 2018 participant.

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