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Tap into Life 01 Jun 2016

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.

Aphasia iPad Partners 01 Jun 2016

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.

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

Dundee Carers Centre 18 Dec 2018

In late 2016, Dundee Carers Centres' Carer Support Team piloted a Localities approach to delivering its services across the city, involving three members of staff supporting, adult, young adult and young carers. The success of this pilot has meant this approach is to be rolled out across the whole team over the coming months. This will mean our staff will be working predominately in communities as opposed to the main office. To help enable this, they will need new hardware, which will include laptops, tablets and mobile Wi-Fi -devices. This will allow them to access our server and work remotely in any location, allowing for more streamlined working, efficiency in recording their work and being further able to support carers regards offering information, advice and signposting.

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

The Speech Language Communication Company 01 Feb 2019

Detailed information not available.

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

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).

Every1's Garden - Tend & Share 09 Aug 2018

We will implement and develop all the knowledge we have acquired during the pilot project. We will approach potential participants in a focused manner from other local organisations and deliver workshops that are tailored to their individual needs. Specifically we will: - Deliver weekly cooking workshops covering modules such as kitchen safety and hygiene, food preparation and storage, pickling, jams and others. In addition from March to August we will include additional gardening workshops on planting, germinating, tending crops and harvesting. Also, we will store summer produce by pickling and making jams so we reduce food waste and have top quality ingredients in the middle of winter to use in our recipes (herbal oils, jams, canned vegetables and sauces etc.) As in the pilot all our workshops will focus on providing cheap, satisfying meals that use foodbank ingredients and bulking them up with garden produce. We hope to have over 30 individuals participating in the workshops over the year. -Provide members of our community visiting the centre with access to bags with fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden along with recipes and ideas on how they can use it. We aim to provide over 200 bags of fresh garden produce in this way over the year. -Prepare in our workshops additional portions of food that workshop participants enjoyed here to take home with them. -Develop our database on Facebook with recipes, cost per portion and other important information on how to store and handle food. -Continue to develop our food cupboard where in addition to fresh garden produce we are able to offer up to 20 individuals a day access to free bread, rolls, bakery products, fruit, vegetables and goods on their sell-by date donated by local bakers and supermarkets. We also plan to look at how the project can be outsourced to other local groups and organisations so there will be a wider impact in the local area. That can be achieved by arranging workshops and presentations in other organisations. Having had one year of cooking and gardening workshops, we now feel confident in which practices work and which ones don't and we have established a committed core of participants. For that reason less time will be spent in trying to acquire participants for MAXwell workshops and more can be spent on expanding our cycle of operations to other local organisations. Finally, the additional funding will allow us to gather much more evidence of all the additional social benefits we identified in the pilot. This is in addition to the benefits and impact the project is having on providing dignified ways of alleviating food poverty locally. More evidence of the impact of the pilot project will also contribute greatly to long term sustainability.

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

Hot Chocolate Trust 07 Oct 2019

Detailed information not available.

Dundee Carers Centre 20 Aug 2018

The organisation currently has a main website www.dundeecarerscentre.org.uk and over the years has added three other sites, to support additional services for carers and disabled people that have been secured by the Centre. These are specifically for young carers, short breaks and self-directed support. The main site (and young carers site) were designed in 2009 and therefore navigation is complex and these sites are not optimised for use by mobile devices. This funding would be used to consult on, design and build a new main website for the organisation and re-design www.youngcarers.co.uk. This and the current sites for short breaks and self-directed support would be incorporated into specific areas on the main one, whilst still keeping their own URLs' and identity. The consultation process for re-design will involve carers and young carers to ensure they contain the relevant information, are easy to navigate and also address any issues regarding accessibility. The new site(s) will reflect the ethos and values of our organisation and most importantly allows us to provide easily accessible relevant information and digital content, to support the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 locally, to carers of all ages.

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

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.

Every1's Garden - Grow, Care & Share 02 Dec 2016

Our project will provide local community members accessing our centre for a food bank referral with not only access to a supply of fresh fruit and vegetables but the knowledge, ability and confidence to grow their own in the future. We will develop a dedicated plot and raised beds in our community garden for this sole use. An average of 30 individuals come to the centre for a food bank referral each month. Our project is innovative in that we will not only provide these individuals and families the support and assistance needed for the referral but much needed access to fresh fruit and vegetables. What makes this project special is we will also provide the equipment and know-how for participants to grow their own in future. A diet of tinned and packet food can lack the required amount of vitamins and minerals that are essential to fitness and well-being. In addition to improving diet, the benefits of gardening are well documented to have a positive effect not only on physical but mental health. We will offer fresh garden produce to each referee and the space, tools, equipment and support to anyone wishing to learn how to grow their own. We will do this by running workshops which will focus on all aspects of growing your own fruit and vegetables. We will also incorporate workshops that will focus on cooking with recipes using the food bank parcel contents and seasonal garden produce to make nutritious, home cooked meals. Our project will allow participants of all ages, facing the challenges of a welfare system that provides little income access to a safe, green space. They can grow their own food and interact in a pleasant, social environment, building on learning experiences and increasing social inclusion.

Every1's Garden - Grow, Care & Share 09 Aug 2017

-Increased project participation and resulting participant benefits. The target group we are approaching is in its vast majority not accustomed to eating a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, gardening or cooking. Our pilot project took place in our most productive months which was positive because participants saw an abundance of produce from the garden and the plot they planted but it had the drawback of being overwhelming to some, due to the fact that it was too much information too fast and thus it was difficult to retain. The fast pace of the project both in the manner of material taught as well as the creation of partnerships with other organisations to bring us more new participants well after the project started meant that there could not be a specific schedule that would allow a complete introduction, overview, progression and refinement of a specific module. The additional funding would allow us to surpass this challenge by pacing down the speed of the teachings and ensuring the more essential adoption of habits in the participants' everyday lives. As one participant commented; "You cannot push these things on people, you have to take time" - Allow a full seasonal cycle to take place. This point is very important to expand and develop the project. The pilot has highlighted the need for the project to run all year not just the 6 month 'growing' season. Gardening is not a short term endeavour for the most experienced for gardeners, let alone a group of completely inexperienced individuals. We have tried to incorporate as much gardening and cooking knowledge as possible in the pilot project but a full 12 month growing season that includes late harvests in the autumn storage and conservation, soil preparation and plot design during the otherwise slow winter months, cultivar selection and seed germination during the spring and intensive planting, thinning out, harvesting, pest control, feeding etc. during the busy summer. An all year project will allow the participants to get the full picture of the growing cycle, the best harvesting and storing methods as well as the nutritional and financial benefits they can get from seasonal produce. Further funding will also help us expand and build on the benefit from the newly formed partnerships with other organisations as it would allow additional the time will be provided for exchange of participants, ideas and collaborative events. As mentioned in the previous section, we have approached and decided to collaborate with many local organisations, complementing each other's activities in a manner that will ensure longevity of our projects. That however is an endeavour that takes greatly benefits from time as partnerships are built from common events, common workshops, exchange of participants and setting common goals. -Lastly, Running a year round this year would allow us to record and document a full cycle for the project which, along with the bi-weekly feedback from our participants would provide excellent material for the creation of a case study for this pilot project. It would include our full cycle of operations with pictures, data, challenges, successes, all the issues that were covered monthly and suggestions for improvement. This would greatly benefit other community centres, third sector organisations and even governmental organisations that would be interested to run a similar project as it would set a precedent of good practice to follow. We believe that it would further help our community in a larger sense.

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

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

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

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