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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Response, Recovery, Resilience | Weekly Highlights

29 May 2020

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The Response, Recovery and Resilience (RRR) Fund has been created in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust (NET) to support Scottish communities during the coronavirus pandemic. So far, we have distributed over £2.5 million in Scotland and here are some examples of organisations who have received funding in the last week.

 

Menzieshill Community Hub LMG

Menzieshill Community Hub LMG provide classes and run projects for their local community. In response to the current situation, they are working with the local parish church and Dundee City Council to ensure that vulnerable individuals in their local area have access to the food and other essentials. 


 

Forget Me Notes Project

Forget Me Notes Project

The Forget Me Notes Project is a charity that uses music to build community, combat social isolation and encourage self-expression. They work with older people and particularly those living with dementia. Since becoming a charity in 2018 they have developed a range of services including running a dementia-friendly community choir, Music Memory Sessions in care homes and community settings as well as delivering staff training in care homes.

Due to the current situation they are unable to deliver their usual services. However, they are continuing to support their participants by establishing weekly virtual choir sessions, enabling those living with dementia to have a sense of routine during this difficult time.

 

Bangla Centre

Bangla Centre Glasgow

The central focus of the Bangla Centre is to promote and strengthen the Bangladeshi community in Scotland. They do this by delivering a cultural exchange, sports and health, educational development and skills development programmes as well as organising Bengali cultural activities for the local community.

Unfortunately, due to the current coronavirus pandemic the group are unable to deliver their usual programme of events. However, with help from the RRR fund the group are providing hot meals, shopping assistance and online educational activities and support for vulnerable households in their community. 

 

Shoot for Success

Shoot for Success are a charity basketball programme, delivering a range of activities for young people in additional support schools throughout Renfrewshire. The young people they work with have a wide range of additional support needs including hearing impairment, visual impairment and emotional support conditions.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic they are currently unable to deliver their normal activities. However, with help from the RRR fund they are able to continue contact with the young people by delivering drill packs and posting weekly online basketball sessions.

 

The Scottish Men’s Shed Association

Scottish Men's Sheds Association

The Scottish Men’s Shed Association was launched in 2015 and Galashiels’s Men’s Shed SCIO was one of the first in the Borders. The overall aim of the Men’s Sheds is to increase the wellbeing, health and education of all men throughout Scotland.

In response to the current situation Galashiels Men’s Shed are manufacturing and distributing face visors, based on the Bauer face visor design, to any key worker in their community who requires one.

 

Befriends Dundee

BeFriends

Befriends Dundee provides 1-1 befriending for 5-25 year. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic the group are unable to meet with the young people as normal. However, a grant from the RRR fund is enabling them to deliver their programme online ensuring that the young people in their community continue to be supported.olds in the Dundee area. They receive referrals from CAHMS, local schools, social work, parents as well as self-referrals. Young people are matched to trained, vetted, volunteers who meet with them weekly.

 

The Westhill and District Men’s Shed

The Westhill and District Men’s Shed, Aberdeenshire is a meeting place where men and women are able to share skills, actively pursue hobbies, work on community projects and relax knowing they are among friends. It is free of charge to users. There are work benches where members can engage in activities such as woodworking, repair work and other hobbies.

Currently the Shed is closed but their members are busy at home using their skills and 3-D printers to make face shields for care homes, key workers and vulnerable individuals in their community. The team of volunteers have been making shields since April and are making on average 500 per week but expect to increase this to 700 per week to meet the demand.

 

Inclusive Skating

Inclusive Skating Champs & Opportunities – Scottish Disability Sport

Inclusive Skating in East Dunbartonshire was registered as a charity in 2011 and provides skating activities for people with additional needs.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic around half of their members are currently shielding and the group are unable to run their usual training and events programme. However, with a grant from the RRR fund the group have been able to host a number of virtual events and activities ensuring that they stay connected to their members and help them to stay active and healthy during this extremely difficult time.

 

Input SCIO

Input SCIO are a charity based in North Ayrshire. They provide a skills development programme for people with learning difficulties called ‘Preparation for work’. The programme helps the trainees (people who attend Input) develop the soft skills required for work and life. In addition to this they promote citizenship, help raise the profile for people with learning difficulties, recycle donated used computers and promote digital inclusion. Once the computers have been refurbished, they are distributed to members of the local community who are unable to access digital equipment. The trainees who attend their programme get a great deal of satisfaction from this facility as they see their efforts have contributed to helping others.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the group are unable to run their skills development programme but with a grant from the RRR fund they have continued to refurbish donated computers and are distributing them to vulnerable households in their community. Thus, helping to reduce the feeling of isolation at the same time as ensuring these households are able to access vital online information and services. 

 

Find Out More

If you'd like to know more about our Response, Recovery and Resilience (RRR) Fund visit our fund page for details on how to apply.

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