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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Property company tackles the Caledonian Challenge to help vulnerable children

09 March 2016

HopScotch, a children's charity providing respite breaks for disadvantaged children living in Scotland, has been chosen as Coulters Property’s charity partner. And the company has entered teams of employees in the Caledonian Challenge this June to raise much needed funds for the charity.

Mark Coulter, Managing Director, commented, “As someone who has been involved with endurance events I know that this challenge is one of the hardest of them all. It is a real test of mental toughness and attitude, and these are things that we pride ourselves on at Coulters. I am sure it’s going to be immense. What will drive us forward is our relationship with HopScotch and knowing the money will make a real difference to disadvantaged children. We encourage other companies to take part in support of their chosen charities. A moment of pain is worth it!”

Since the first Challenge back in 1996, the majority of the 18,000 participants have come from companies taking advantage of team building, charitable giving, staff incentives, health and fitness, as well as social and networking benefits. To celebrate 20 years of the Challenge, Bond Places are now available for charities to raise funds directly for their own causes.

Alison Bass from HopScotch added, “We were delighted to be chosen as Coulters Property’s charity partner, which has helped raise awareness of our work. The funds raised on the Caledonian Challenge will enable a group of vulnerable children to have a respite break at Ardvullin this year, our centre in Ardgour near Glencoe.”

 The Caledonian Challenge weekend on 11th/12th June this year, offers participants two distances, both taking in some of the UK's most iconic scenery: THE 54 is the ultimate physical and mental endurance test - 54 miles in 24 hours over rugged terrain; starting on the Great Glen Way, following the West Highland Way south, finishing at Strathfillan near Tyndrum; THE 24 is no walk in the park, tough but achievable - 24 miles in 12 hours; starting in Glen Nevis, following the West Highland Way south, finishing in stunning Glencoe. Whether teams choose to take on THE 54 or THE 24 it’ll be harder than they think but more rewarding than they could imagine!

Online applications remain open for Bond Places via: www.caledonianchallenge.com

Charities are encouraged to get in touch with the Challenge Events team on 0131 524 0350 to find out more or visit the website.

 

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