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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Fischy Music

09 July 2020

 

Edinburgh-based Fischy Music supports the mental health of children by singing songs, writing songs and listening to songs with children. They also resource adults who work with children with musical resources and approaches.

Much direct work with children takes place in primary schools in both larger groups and small groups sing and write songs with children to help them explore, reflect on and manage the emotions they experience in everyday life. They also train teachers and those who work with and care for children in the use of music and song in health and wellbeing. They provide online and digital musical materials that resource those who work with and care for children. Around 50% of Scottish primary schools regularly use Fischy Music songs.

Fischy Music received £1,388 from our Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund to enable them to continue to provide online resources and services for thousands of children and their carers across Scotland at this critical time.

Delivering online 'Assemblies' for children and families at home has been taken up widely across Scotland (10k views of Monday's assembly). The site Fischy Music Online has been made available to parents of children in schools so that they can provide resources for mental wellbeing during the crisis. The website Fischytunes is aimed at supporting positive mental wellbeing in children, particularly during challenging times. They aim to publicise this widely so children have increased nurturing resources at this critical time.

"The financial support from Foundation Scotland has enabled Fischy Music to buy much needed audio visual equipment. to help us deliver weekly online Assemblies for thousands of children across the country. We are very grateful for this practical support in helping us to continue to nurture children's wellbeing in an online setting". Stephen Fischbacher (Creative Director, Fischy Music)

To find out more about funding available to organisations needing additional support during the pandemic visit our Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund page for application guidelines.

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