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Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund – second year of funding announced

On Saturday 7th May the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart MSP, announced that the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has been awarded a further £15 million to support mental health and wellbeing in communities across Scotland.

TSI Scotland Network is delighted that the fund will continue being delivered and managed by Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) in partnership with local integrated health authorities and other partners including Community Planning Partnerships and local authority mental health leads.

Over the past year, the fund has supported nearly 2,000 community projects including sport, outdoor initiatives, arts and crafts and nature, and covering groups such as older people, those with long-term health conditions or disabilities, people living in rural areas and the LGBT community.

More information about this fund will be made available in due course, with TSIs publishing details of eligibility criteria and the application process on their own respective channels. Prospective applicants are advised that applications will be made via their local TSI.

To find your local TSI, please visit our directory.

Details of the application processes in each area will be published here when available.

Read the full announcement from Scottish Government here.

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Statement on decision on Single Intermediary Body supporting Social Enterprises in Scotland

TSI Scotland Network represents the third sector close to communities across Scotland and in particular this covers the range of organisations that trade solely for community benefit – social enterprises and social entrepreneurs, charities, development trusts and community benefits societies. The Network often also provides leadership and support directly or indirectly to local Social Enterprise Networks (SENs). In both capacities, it is keen to work closely now with the newly-agreed single intermediary body, Social Enterprise Scotland, to ensure the central values of the third sector are retained at the core of the work led by Social Enterprise Scotland (SES).

The TSI Scotland Network looks forward to building beneficial relationships with SES that will champion the principles of the third sector around community wealth building, social justice, ethical and environmental benefits to communities, in line with government policy and by doing so protect the community assets established and delivered by social enterprises as a continued legacy for local people and communities. We also hope to see the recognition of volunteering as key part of the role and success of social enterprises highlighted and the integral way that TSIs support volunteering in communities.

Anthea Coulter, Chief Officer of Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface on behalf of the TSI Scotland Network added, “ The TSI Scotland Network has worked more closely with SENScot over the last twenty years in community settings in particular and I would like to thank them on behalf of the TSI Scotland Network for their huge contribution to the development of the sector. The Network is keen to see their expertise and wealth of knowledge that they have within their organisation not be lost but built on in the future. SENScot developed out of their own social enterprise membership and the services they offer including SENScot Legal and P4P, as well as the support to members is critical for social enterprises and the sector more widely. We look forward to entering into constructive discussions with SES on these points along with starting positive planning on how we can work together on behalf of the SEN communities across Scotland going forward and the wider third sector.”

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Introducing Scotland’s Voluntary Sector – A briefing

The TSI Scotland Network was delighted to be a part of a joint event with SCVO where we connected with MSPs to highlight the key role third sector organisations play our local communities.

Our jointly produced guide provides details of the size and scale of the sector, and the ways in which it can support you and your constituents nationally and locally.

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Scottish Labour response to TSI Scotland Network Manifesto

TSI Scotland Network believes that the third sector should be at the heart of the journey to recovery from the COVID19 pandemic. Recently, we have reached out to political party leaders to highlight issues vital to the sector and were delighted to receive a response from Scottish Labour. Thank you for taking the time to engage with us.

Please see below.

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Thank you for highlighting the TSI manifesto. This document was considered by our Policy Forum and influenced the final manifesto.

Scottish Labour recognises the importance of a strong voluntary sector in our plans to decentralise powers and democratise the economy. We will support a continued partnership approach between government, charities, social enterprises and other sectors, modernise charity law, strengthen governance, and provide longer-term financing for projects delivered by the voluntary sector. We support ‘Volunteering for All’ outcomes and will promote employer engagement with awards and training, as well as support for community organising.

A fairer wellbeing society is at the core of our manifesto and community wealth building has been pioneered by Labour local authorities in Scotland. Our focus is on delivering a Parliament focused on a national recovery to create a fairer and stronger Scotland.

You can find the full details of our National Recovery Plan here.

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We look forward to continuing the conversation on the crucial themes affecting our sector and communities.

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SNP response to TSI Scotland Network Manifesto

Recently, we have reached out to political party leaders looking for a response on vital themes for the third sector in Scotland. We were delighted to hear from Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish National Party – thank you for taking the time to consider our asks.

Please see the response we received below.

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looking to buy Clomiphene SNP Response to TSI Network Manifesto Requests:

buy Lyrica cheap An enhanced role for the third sector – we ask for grassroots organisations become critical partners at the top table, ensuring decisions made reflect on-the-ground realities.

During the pandemic we witnessed the incredible efforts of the third sector in providing lifeline support to people, communities and society. The third sector is also at the forefront of the recovery from the pandemic.

The vital role of the third sector was recognised by the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery and the sector was represented strongly on the Social Renewal Advisory Board and we will take forward their recommendations if we are returned in May. The SNP in Government has always consulted widely on policies and legislation and the third sector has always had a high profile role in scrutiny. We have also pioneered lived experience and rely on hearing directly from people as well as stakeholders.

We know that to enable our voluntary sector to continue its vital work it needs reliable funding. We will work towards multi-year funding for the sector to ensure a more secure and sustainable future. Our Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme is backed by £50 million and awards will be completed by this summer. A further £13.5 million will support the third sector to recover and transition from the pandemic. Social Enterprises are vital in building a wellbeing economy. We will back a new three year Social Enterprise Action Plan with £5 million.

buy Pregabalin cheap Implementation of place-based approaches – the TSI Scotland Network supports the national ambition to adopt the Place Principle and devolving more power to local levels.

We believe in building the wealth of our local communities. This means keeping resources and wealth in the local economy, with control in the hands of local people, helping communities be more resilient, sustainable and economically secure.

The Place Principle is an approach that seeks to ensure that we, as policy makers, have increased collaboration and community involvement as we know that local solutions can tackle local issues and deliver positive outcomes for  people and communities. The Principle has been followed by the SNP Scottish Government for some time and was formally adopted in March 2019. The Place Principle also supports the government’s National Performance Framework’s collective purpose.

This principle is exemplified in the funding programmes the SNP in Government has ensured has gone direct to communities. For example, the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund  has funded hundreds of projects and supported jobs in locally-led regeneration projects. In addition, The Empowering Communities Programme comprises two targeted funds. The Investing in Communities fund reflects our commitment to investing in communities so that they can develop the resources and resilience to decide their own aspirations, priorities and solutions in response. The Aspiring Communities Fund helped community bodies and third sector organisations in our most deprived and fragile communities develop and deliver long-term local solutions that: address local priorities and needs, increase active inclusion, build on the assets of local communities to reduce poverty and to enable inclusive growth

We will take forward our ambitions for 20-minute neighbourhoods: the creation of liveable, accessible places, with thriving local economies, where people can meet their daily needs within a 20 minute walk – enabling people to live better, healthier lives and supporting our net zero ambitions. By changing our approach to transport, housing and public services we can make 20 minute neighbourhoods a reality as we recover from the pandemic.

To further shift the balance of power to communities, we will bring forward a Community Wealth Building Act to redirect wealth, control and benefits to local economies. The Act will require local authorities and public bodies to spend in their local communities through increased local procurement, greater use of small businesses and ensuring taxpayers money is reinvested as far as possible in their local communities.

We will review the Community Empowerment Act and consult on ways in which it could be expanded to put more power in the hands of people and communities and increase the amount of local funding allocated by communities themselves through participatory budgeting.

Gobernador Ingeniero Valentín Virasoro Volunteering and the empowerment of people – as the crisis unfolded, a new wave of neighbourhood volunteers stepped up to the numerous and complex challenges of Covid-19. We call for recognition that the TSI Scotland Network can make a unique contribution to empower inclusive volunteering and maximise the social and community action.

We would not have coped during the pandemic without the thousands who volunteered their help – delivering food and essentials to those shielding or even just checking up on vulnerable friends and neighbours. We have all discovered this last year how much we rely on each other. That is why the SNP in Government ensured TSIs were provided with funding through our initial £350m community and wellbeing funding in response to the pandemic to support local initiatives and volunteers step up to help their local areas.

Volunteers, in all their diversity, played a huge part in the response to the pandemic across Scotland. Acts of kindness, generosity and compassion across our communities have told a story about Scotland and its people that we need to celebrate and build on. For thousands of people, volunteering during the pandemic provided a sense of purpose and community that may otherwise have been missing.

We have a unique opportunity to build on that. A thriving third sector is vital to Scotland and as such it is an essential partner to Government. We are committed to working with partners across Scotland to ensure that volunteering is for all, tackle inequality and dismantle the barriers to volunteering. The TSI Scotland Network can make a unique contribution to empower inclusive volunteering and maximise the social and community action.

Our Young Person’s Guarantee will ensure that every young person aged between 16 and 24 in Scotland has the opportunity to participate in a formal volunteering programme.

A fairer wellbeing society – we call for employment schemes that are linked to community wealth-building and creating fair, inclusive and sustainable economies, to maximise community benefit, reduce poverty and inequalities and tackle the climate emergency.

Recovery from the pandemic must have sustainability, wellbeing and fair work built in from the outset. We will deliver a wellbeing budget, ensuring that all budget decisions benefit the wellbeing of people across the country. As stated above, we will continue to ensure our programmes and funding directly support local communities tackle poverty and inequality and provide the best solutions to meet local need.

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We look forward to continuing the conversation on the crucial themes affecting our sector and communities.

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Scottish Election 2021

With the Scottish Election just over a week away, the TSI Network has reached out to political party leaders looking for a response on vital themes for the third sector in Scotland. Please see below what we asked for. We will share all the responses we receive here and on our Twitter channel.

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Dear Leader

We wish you all the very best in your campaign in the upcoming Scottish Parliament election.

The past year has created quite a storm, with the COVID 19 pandemic causing exceptional damage to people’s livelihoods and wellbeing. During this time, as I am sure you will agree, community groups, charities and social enterprises across Scotland have been instrumental in helping those most in need.

It is crucial that the third sector remains at the heart of the journey to recovery. The TSI Manifesto outlines the sector’s role in creating a fairer, wellbeing society which also tackles the climate emergency.

There are vital themes that we would like to hear your response to and more importantly share with the members of the TSI Network and the wider sector. We would be delighted to receive your response by video or in writing so that we can share across our digital communications channels.

We would like to bring your attention to key themes below:

An enhanced role for the third sector – we ask for grassroots organisations become critical partners at the top table, ensuring decisions made reflect on-the-ground realities.

Implementation of place-based approaches – the TSI Scotland Network supports the national ambition to adopt the Place Principle and devolving more power to local levels.

Volunteering and the empowerment of people – as the crisis unfolded, a new wave of neighbourhood volunteers stepped up to the numerous and complex challenges of Covid-19. We call for recognition that the TSI Scotland Network can make a unique contribution to empower inclusive volunteering and maximise the social and community action.

A fairer wellbeing society – we call foremployment schemes that are linked to community wealth-building and creating fair, inclusive and sustainable economies, to maximise community benefit, reduce poverty and inequalities and tackle the climate emergency.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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If you would like to see our full manifesto please click here.

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