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Dundee Funeral Support Services 27 Feb 2020

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Hot Chocolate Trust 07 Oct 2019

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The Speech Language Communication Company 01 Feb 2019

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Dundee Carers Centre 29 Jul 2019

Development of a series of e-learning modules, for carers and workforce members, that outline carer's rights and the support options available in Dundee on the Carers of Dundee platform. Along with the modules, we will develop an interactive events calendar and learning portal on the partnership platform that enables Partnership and community organisations to upload their own events and resources pertinent to carers and the workforce that support them. This will require resources during setup, but once running will increase efficiency and communication between partners and will streamline the experience for carers looking for information and support. All resources being available directly or linked in to one central place online will make the process easier for carers who are often time limited due to their caring role and may not have time to search for all they information they require. This expansion of the existing Carers of Dundee website will provide a new method of carer engagement using digital technology as a tool for carer and workforce skills development. We have found that the flexibility offered by online learning suits carers who are often time poor, unable to travel to face to face training sessions, or may need to change plans at the last minute. We also know that flexible learning suits the needs of a diverse, busy workforce. The portal will ensure the site is up to date, dynamic and intuitive, enabling carers to find the information they need, when they need it. Over the past year, we have delivered an increasing amount of face to face training which carers, staff and volunteers have participated in together. The feedback from this has been positive, breaking down the barriers between paid workers and carers, enabling carers to feel valued and respected as equal partners in care, and providing the paid workforce with valuable insight and information. This proposal will enable us to bring that partnership approach into the digital sphere, making training and information sharing more accessible to busy carers and workers than face to face interventions. The modules will accessible as a full course to be worked through, or as 'bite size' chunks for people to dip into and find exactly what they need, when they need it. Testing of modules will take place throughout. SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT FOR FULLER INFO ON CONTENT

Graduate Programme 16 Dec 2008

A three year grant for the Graduate Programme that aims to facilitate creative social enterprise activity driven by young people across Scotland. Entirely youth-led, the programme will employ 'graduates' of the past seven years of operation to be tutors/mentors/facilitators. It will also develop creative safe spaces for marginalised sections of the community.

Amount: £198,000
Funder: Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Recipient: Pure Media UK
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

New ViP trainer 13 Oct 2009

To deliver violence prevention programmes to children and vulnerable young people in Scotland, particularly addressing issues of bullying and violence that lead to school refusal, non-attendance and persistent truanting.

Amount: £140,227
Funder: Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Recipient: Eighteen And Under
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

Youth Listening to Youth 25 Mar 2014

Train and support NEET young people to develop their communication and conflict resolution skills and provide peer support to other young people at risk of exclusion in local schools.

Amount: £152,068
Funder: Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Recipient: Eighteen And Under
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

Aphasia iPad Partners 01 May 2017

This is a collaborative project between the Dundee AAC Research Group (DARG), Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) and NHS Tayside speech and language therapy (SLT). DARG runs the “Tap and Talk” aphasia iPad group (TaT). Through working with TaT, they have identified the need to train aphasia communication partners (ACP) in the use of iPads especially when they support people with severe aphasia (PWSA). Over two one-day workshops they will up-skill aphasia communication partners in iPad use. Two technology educators will teach key iPad skills which will be interspersed with training in practical application for communication support delivered by two speech and language therapists. Communication partners (such as spouses, family members, friends, staff from care facilities or volunteers) will learn how to use the iPad as a shared communication space in which partners and PWSA can co-construct rewarding conversations. A quality film will be produced through the training with the final product being uploaded to youtube. The project therefore has two key aims. Firstly, to achieve better conversations and interactions between people with aphasia and their partners through the multi-modal communication that an iPad offers. Secondly, over a longer period of time, for individuals with aphasia to increase their iPad skills through example, instruction and supported practice from their peer partner.

Tap into Life 01 Feb 2017

This project will provide information and training sessions around using smart phones and tablets to access the internet. The programme will be defined by the needs of the women taking part - it is expected activities will include: setting up emails; creating and using online accounts; internet safety; price comparisons; searching for local information etc. A sessional project tutor will be recruited and supervised by the communities worker. All activity will take place across Dundee.

One for all 02 Dec 2016

All of our work is built around bringing people together. At the moment all we can offer is group based working; offering people from chaotic, often isolated lives the chance to make art in a safe space along with others who have similar experiences. However, we have long been aware of a substantial number of people who are so isolated and disconnected from every day life that the offer of a place in one of our groups would be way to much to even consider, let alone manage. It seems that a smaller initial step is required; in time working towards one of the groups when ready. We propose this smaller step out of isolation to be one to one working, where the person will attend our premises but work with one member of staff expert in whatever mode the person requests - photography, art, sculpture or creative writing. Depending on the person's wellness we will offer one or two 2 hour sessions per week. This will allow us to collect a bank of knowledge which will inform our future plans. There is no other project in Dundee offering this type of creative approach to loneliness and isolation.

Amount: £4,800
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: Art Angel
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

One for all 08 Aug 2018

It would help us to reach people who could benefit from the many positive outcomes we have seen over many years - to get better and stay well. We have been able to work with people whom in the past would have been unable to sustain a place at Art Angel. It will help us gain further insight into how to work with hard to reach individuals so that we can constantly improve our working practice to achieve the goals set out in our mission statement. We wish to empower participants to take control of their lives, be more hopeful for their futures, be happier and more healthy. We want to encourage people to invest in their own health and wellbeing by taking steps to engage with the project. It will also help us to raise awareness of mental health issues by having exhibitions both at Art Angel and in the community. It will demonstrate the crucial role that the arts can play in recovery and wellbeing. Any films or publications (hard or electronic copy) will be available publicly.

Amount: £9,920
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: Art Angel
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

One for all 09 Aug 2017

We would be able to successfully work with more difficult to reach and engage people with mental health issues in Dundee and provide a service which is responding to individual needs. We want more people in Dundee with mental health issues to recognise their talents, abilities and potential. We want people suffering from a wide spectrum of distress to have a wide range of opportunities and experiences that build their confidence, well being, recovery, self-esteem, self-management skills, motivation towards a hopeful future. We wish to enable people who participate to build a powerful voice in the community through their creative expression. We will do this by providing exhibitions both locally and nationally. We wish to see people happier, more in control of their futures and able to get involved in further education, volunteering and part-time employment. We hope that this work will help to prevent suicide, self-harm and self-medication with drugs and alcohol. We have seen evidence that this work can help to achieve this. People who engage in this project are investing in their health and wellbeing. They may have had to think about coming here the night before, making sure they get to bed on time, knowing which route they will take to get here, making positive choices to ensure they will get here on time. This in itself is a start towards healthy choice making. People are coming because they want to get well and stay well and we want to support them to do this.

Amount: £9,920
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: Art Angel
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

Tea in the Centre 02 Dec 2016

Many of our young people are care leavers, from broken families and many are young single mothers. They have not been taught to cook, shop or budget yet they have to fend for themselves and live on takeaways. We would like to set up a project within which the young people would learn about healthy, cheaper foods and how to budget. We would plan a weekly meal with the young people, guide them towards healthy choices, help them source cheap foods and bring them to tether to cook and share food once a week. Through this, they will learn the many different things that can be done with the humble potato, realise there is more to life than a microwave meal and become better able to budget. The life long skills they will learn will be transformational for the young people and their children.

The Wonderbox Initiative 02 Dec 2016

Have you ever cooked something in a bean bag? Well, the Wonderbox is a heat retention bag (in the shape of a box), made from material and polystyrene balls in which food can be fully cooked at little cost. Basically, a bean bag cooker. Heat Retention Cooking works by bringing food to the boil in an ordinary pot and then placing the pot into an insulated container (the Wonderbox). This keeps the heat in and allows the food to cook over a period of time – it might be simplest to think of a heat retention cooker as an unpowered slow cooker. Testing with a women's group in Glasgow demonstrates that used 2-3 times a week a Wonder Box can save anywhere between a quarter to a third on a user’s electricity or gas spend. One user in Glasgow consistently saves £5-£6 per week on electricity. Wonder Boxes are inherently safe, food won’t stick or burn and there is no risk of fire. Many people experiencing poverty have good cooking skills and know how to make good nutritional choices for their families but the high cost of fuel coupled with inefficient appliances means they rely on microwaves because this is the fastest and therefore lowest cost route. Our aim would be to work with 15-20 people who are struggling with poverty or inequality, through developing the Wonderbox Initiatives in 2-3 support groups, giving them the skills to make the boxes for themselves, the confidence to use them, the encouragement of sharing and trying favourite recipes and the capacity to continue these initiatives within their support groups once our worker has finished. Cooking in a bean bag. Strange, but true. And good for the environment too.

LIFE TRANSITION THROUGH VOLUNTEERING 02 Dec 2016

Izzy's Promise would like to set up a Life Transition Project for ex offenders, people who have been released from prisons and ex addicts or people recovering from addiction. Through this project we will recruit a Sessional worker who will recruit volunteers to help in the delivery of this project. The project will target people who come to our service for support just after they have been released from prisons or those ones trying to overcome a drug and alcohol problems. The people we are targeting to support and help to turn their lives around are those ones who are most affected by the cuts. Due to the economic cuts, most ex offenders and people who have just been released from prison do not access their benefits immediately. This forces some people to sleep rough, homelessness and some are tempted to get involved in petty crimes and street prostitution to make ends. The sessional worker will recruit and train 5 volunteers to help with the project. We plan to reach out and work with 10 vulnerable people who have been adversely affected by the welfare reforms. We will offer them practical support, and also help them to train as volunteers. By supporting such vulnerable people and offering them training on different volunteering roles we will help them to learn new skills that will help them access work. This project is innovative, creative and different as it focused on the most neglected groups in our society. People who have been released from prison, people with addiction problems and people engaged in prostitution are very much stigmatised and lack opportunities that can help them to turn their lives around. Through our project we will be able to support such people, help them overcome their social stigma and hence support them through volunteering.

Amount: £6,500
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: Izzy's Promise
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

CAPACITY BUILDING FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN DUNDEE 02 Dec 2016

Sexual exploitation has become widespread in Dundee city affecting vulnerable people, young care leavers and ethnic minority women and girls. Due to the economic cuts, most vulnerable women and girls in Dundee city are at risk of being involved in sexual exploitation. Those mostly at risk are women and girls drug addiction and alcohol problems and young care leavers who cannot access further support from the government due to the economic cuts in local authority services. We would like to expand and develop capacity of our organisation to be able to meet the support demands and raise awareness on the risks of sexual exploitation in Dundee. We will use the funds to recruit a sessional worker who will help in the delivery of this project. This project will target to work with 15 young care leavers and vulnerable people with drug and alcohol problems at risk of sexual exploitation. The sessional worker will also recruit and train 5 volunteers to help in raising awareness, street outreach activities, and reaching out to the most vulnerable and hard to reach and at risk of sexual exploitation. The worker will create a dedicated team of volunteers to help young care leavers access housing support and help them to build skills that will enable them to avoid getting into sexual exploitation. Our project is innovative as we are trying to reach out to the most vulnerable people who due to the cuts in government spending they are at risk of being involved in risky behaviours such as sexual exploitation to earn some money for drugs, alcohol and even food. By reaching out such people and supporting them our project will help them turn their lives around for better.

Amount: £6,500
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: Project No.1
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

ENGAGING DUNDEE AFRICAN FAMILIES IN GARDENING AND VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITIES 08 Aug 2018

The additional funding will help us to consolidate the success we have made with the African women and also help us scale up the project to involve African men and their young people. This project will increase the number of beneficiaries from just women to focusing on the entire African families who are lonely and isolated to help them get involved in community work through gardening activities and volunteering. The funding will help us increase the hours for the sessional worker from 12 hours per week to 20 hours per week which will enable the worker to create 3 project delivery groups: a group for young people, men and women; recruit an additional 9 volunteers to help with the project delivery and deliver 12 training and awareness sessions for young people, men and women for 12 months. The sessional worker will bring in new specialists from garden specialists, welfare specialists, employability/volunteering specialists and welfare people to help the African people in Dundee to overcome the negatives as a result of welfare reforms. The sessions will be attended by 10 men, 10 young people and 15 women monthly. The sessional worker will also invite gardening specialists to help the 35 people with weekly gardening activities. The sessional worker will also organise and coordinate outreach work involving 5 women going out in the community to recruit that hard to reach and isolated African families in Dundee to get involved in the project. The sessional worker will have more time to help the women, men and young people build support networks that will help them cope with the negative outcomes of welfare reforms. By supporting the whole African families in Dundee to overcome their loneliness and isolation through the gardening activities, community outreach, training sessions and awareness sessions, community events and volunteering will help such families to integrate easily in the society.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: STRIDE
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF ETHNIC MINORITY WOMEN IN DUNDEE CITY THROUGH VOLUNTEERING 02 Dec 2016

Our project is aimed at ethnic minority women living in the most deprived areas of Dundee city such as Hiltown, Lochee, Kirkton who have been adversely affected by the welfare reforms such as the sanctions from the job centre plus. Our project is aimed at ethnic minority women with young children and not in employment due to child care responsibilities. This project is also focused on ethnic minority women with no recourse to public funds due to their immigration status. Most ethnic minority women this project will target to work with are people who have come to the UK as asylum seekers, refugees or spouses joining their husbands coming to study in the UK. Such women lack proper skills and training to get employment within the Scottish economy. Furthermore, due to the welfare reforms such women have been denied access to child benefit, employment support allowance and house benefits. Such women and their children have endured negative outcomes with their children not having enough food to eat, some women cannot afford childcare hence they are isolated, lonely and locked in their houses with no social networks and support. The outcome to some women has been very negative with some women developing mental health problems. We would like to recruit a Sessional Worker to bring together 10 ethnic minority women affected by the welfare reforms to help them to develop their skills through volunteering and groups support sessions. The Sessional Worker will recruit 5 volunteers to help deliver the networking and volunteering sessions for the women. The sessional worker will also organise merry go around child care sessions which will enable ethnic minority women to go out and meet other people, engage in volunteering and socialise. This is an innovative project as it will help such women overcome loneliness and isolation.

Amount: £6,500
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: STRIDE
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

ENGAGING DUNDEE AFRICAN WOMEN IN GARDENING ACTIVITIES 10 Nov 2017

From pilot project delivered by STRIDE, it is very apparent that African women suffer from a myriad of social problems. The main problems encountered by African women in Dundee city are: • Through funding from Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) Social Isolation and Loneliness Funds (SIALF) we reached out to more than 100 African families in Dundee through community events, outreach work and a variety of indoor activities. • Feedback from the participants indicated that African women were very much lonely and socially isolated as a result of child-caring responsibilities, no recourse to public funds due to their immigration status, poor communication skills due to lack of English language, very poor networks of friends due to lack of a common community project that could bring such women together. • There is a problem of high levels social isolation and loneliness among African women and their families living in some of the most deprived neighborhoods of Dundee city and nearby towns. • Their social isolation and loneliness is made worse for lack of an African led community project and the welfare reforms that are impacting negatively to such families. In response to the demand from African people especially women for STRIDE to set up a community project that can bring them together, we have recently acquired an allotment at the Dundee Law Hill. The allotment is managed by Kinnaird Gardens Association located at Committee Hut, Kinghorn Road, (at the west end of allotments) in Dundee. • We would like to set up a volunteering project aimed at bringing together African women and their families in gardening activities to improve their health, reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst such women and their families. • We will recruit a sessional worker with some gardening skills working 12 hours per week for 9 months to coordinate and bring together 10 African women and their families in Dundee City to engage in gardening activities aimed at encouraging them into volunteering. • We will recruit the sessional worker from some of our volunteers who have been doing some gardening, and they have skills on how to do gardening. • We will also recruit an occasional gardening professional to come and deliver 8 gardening sessions to the participating African women, their families and other volunteers. • The sessional worker will train the 10 African women on the basic skills of gardening helping them to understand the crops, vegetables, and fruits that they can grow in the Scottish weather. The sessional worker will organise 18 gardening sessions (which will be busy during the summer time). The women will engage in weekly gardening sessions. During winter time in the month of December to March, the sessional worker will be busy recruiting the African women to be involved in the project through church groups, ethnic minority organisations and by relying on our STRIDE members to reach out to the hard to reach families to get involved in the project. The sessional worker will publicise the project widely to community centres in Dundee, GP surgeries, mum groups, African women groups and any other gathering where African women can be reached. We will put posters in the local shops and supermarket to reach out to many women. • We will use the funds to buy seeds and gardening inputs. • We will also use the funds to buy gardening tools and equipment. • By bringing together African women living in Dundee area to engage in volunteering through gardening activities will help them and their families learn how to grow food, it will help the women to get out and connect hence reducing levels of social isolation and loneliness. • This project will also help African families to easily talk to other families at the allotments hence helping to increase community integration. • Gardening is a very good starting point to engage lonely and isolated African women into volunteering. • By the women growing some vegetables at the allotment will help to supplement their nutritional needs of their families. With the welfare reforms now affecting many vulnerable people, some families cannot afford to buy fresh vegetables for their families. By growing their own greens and fresh vegetables in the allotment, it will help the women to make savings. • The allotment will also enable women who are lonely and isolated in their own homes due to lack of support with childcare will be able to come out and meet other women at the allotments and share parenting skills. The welfare reforms have resulted in reduced support for families with children forcing the women to stay home and look after children exacerbating their loneliness and social isolation. • By the women engaging in the gardening activities, they will meet other women and learn from them about volunteering opportunities, further education, and job opportunities to help them improve their lives. • The women who participate in this project will be motivated to start small gardening projects in their back gardens as a source of food and earning extra income.

Amount: £5,000
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: STRIDE
Region: Scotland
District: Dundee City

Coldside Community Cupboard 31 Oct 2018

We would like to access the fund to create a Community Cupboard, working alongside our local community and other stakeholder groups we hope to test out the concept over the next 9-12months. The fund would be used to purchase the materials and services needed to enable us create a physical space to test out this idea. We will then deliver the project for a 9-12 month test period. We know from research that there are other examples of Community Cupboards or Larders elsewhere in Scotland this research also informed us that each one operates differently because of the differences and needs of the communities they serve. Therefore rather than us presuming that the idea we have in place right now is the right one we would like to use the fund to support re-iterations or adaptions that will occur from the learning that comes from delivering this new project and evolving to the emerging needs of the community it will support. We know from our years of serving the local community that there are many individuals and families who are living on extremely low incomes. To try and mitigate some of instances of financial insecurity, welfare reform and health inequalities that have been prevalent for generations we have and continue to deliver an extensive list of activities that can alleviate some of the pressures people face daily. As a community centre we aim to create a feeling of community or at the very least articulate to people that they need not face there problems alone. We are one of the biggest referrers to the foodbank in the local area which is a vital lifeline of food provision for many people. We know that Food Banks have in stock, largely non-perishable goods but there is a lack of access to fresh food for many people on low incomes. We have been successfully running a community garden and cooking programmes for adults and children alike for a number of years. Despite doing these things to help improve people's lives we know that there is still much to do. Geographically the area where we are situated presents logistical challenges for residents on low incomes or those with mobility issues to access food. The Hilltown is located as the name suggests on a hill, there are no supermarkets in the neighbourhood or the wider ward area (Coldside). There is a Tesco Metro and some local shops but the choices are limited due to space and prices are generally a bit more expensive than supermarkets prices. The hilliness of the local area is also a factor when you consider that the ward area has proportion of over 65's in the whole of Dundee. However as well as the challenges there is also opportunities we have support from other successful projects running elsewhere in the community. Many of these projects use food provision as a way of connecting with those who feel the impact of inequality the most. The food theme has led to likeminded organisations getting together and sharing information that has been gathered from listening to people they engage with and exploring tests of change to collaborate on. One of these tests of change is the food cupboard I am writing to you to ask funding for. The community cupboard concept began with at first, an easy point of access for free produce that is grown in the local area and perishable produce that is donated by organisations like fair/share and possible others. However in the brief period of time we have collaborated we have begun to delve a little deeper beneath the surface and new ideas are beginning to emerge. As a group we intend to utilise the individual expertise of each of the stakeholders involved to collectively strengthen the Community Cupboard concept. Access the fund will enable us to not only test the idea but also involve the local community a lot more in shaping the design and delivery of the project. The local stakeholders currently committed to developing this pilot project in addition to the Maxwell Centre include Dundee Carers Centre, Dundee Voluntary Action, Nourish Coldside and Coldside Community health inequality workers. We know and understand there is a lot of stigma attached to accessing support for food. Again this is where we can learn lessons from community cupboards elsewhere in Scotland. Some have promoted the community cupboard as an ecological/food waste project rather than making it all too apparent this is a response to welfare reform and poverty (even though this was the main driver).