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Support for Ordinary Living 07 Oct 2019

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Recap home furniture packs 29 Oct 2018

The funding will expand Recap's capacity by making a contributing to a driver's wage for nine months .This will mean that Recap can increase the delivery and installation of its home starter packs to tenants who are on benefits. Recap will supply these new Housing association tenants with an essential furniture pack which when they are offered new house. The starter packs will consist of a mixture new and second hand furniture. Essentially it will give the new tenant furniture to cook, sleep and sit on. The Furniture packs will include Bed, Settee, Fridge Freezer or Washing Machine or Cooker, Bedding, Pots & pans, Cutlery and Kettle. The project will help new tenants many who are homeless, on benefits and are affected by welfare reform and living in poverty. Recap has established a partnership with Sanctuary a local Housing Association to help new tenants. Currently Recap does supply a limited number of tenants with furniture. The funding would enable Recap to expand and develop the service and help an increased number of tenants. The project will help the tenants to settle into their new home in the longer term sustain their tenancy. There has been an increase in demand for the service due to welfare reform which means it is more it more difficult for people to access grants when moving into a new home. The project will help to allieviate the effects of welfare reform, poverty, social inequality and prevent people reaching a crisis situation. Over the period Recap supplied the tenants with essential household items such as bed, sofa's electrical goods, bedding pot, cutlery and soft furnishings. Recap staff installed many of the cookers and washing machines so they were ready to use.

Family Learning Activities @ Viewpark Family Centre 18 Oct 2018

Our organisation is looking to offer additional Family Learning Activities to local parents/carers and children to meet an existing waiting list of available spaces. Our activities target local poverty and social issues and recognise that parenting is a struggle and that the stresses of parenting are heightened for those families coping with poverty. Our aim is to tackle these issues while addressing health and wellbeing topics. A fully inclusive service is available to all. Funding from the Community Capacity and Resilience Fund will allow us to offer additional:- Baby Discovery Sessions (ages 3 months to 12 months) additional 4 x 8 week blocks. Additional sessions to be offered from 3rd December 2018 to 30th September 2019. Sessions will introduce babies to a world of rich, varied sensory experiences in a creative and enjoyable environment to encourage learning and development. Activities are aimed at developing physical, social and emotional, language skills, co-ordination, awareness of the world, a love of music and the concentration so needed for further development. These sessions encourage positive interactions between parent and baby, as research confirms that early relationships play a critical role in babies' development. As well as contributing to better outcomes for the child it will help their cognitive development, future relationships built and their resilience to cope if life gets tough. Through these early experiences baby builds up a store of memories of being cared for – these memories will provide the building blocks for their future emotional health. For parents/carers these sessions will allow them to understand the importance of sensitive parenting to develop a loving, consistent and secure attachment with their children. This will also allow them to reduce any risk to the early parent-infant relationship i.e. by helping to prevent isolation, anxiety and low level depression. Also, this funding will help us to offer an additional:- Tweenies Group (age 1 to 2 years) additional 1 session per week. Additional session to be offered from 3rd December 2018 to 30th September 2019. Fully inclusive, Early Learning & Play, shared parenting skills and knowledge. Incorporating Play @ Home and Play, Talk Read sessions. Sessions provide activities and free play which allow adults to be more involved with their children's play and learning. Provides our children with an environment in which they are able to play independently with other children, while still having the security of their parent/carer close by. This can be a great help in building children's confidence. Allows children to experiment with independence, socialisation with peers, learn to share and make their first friendships. Provides parents/carers with an opportunity to play with their child, giving them their undivided attention, away from the distractions of home. It is also a way of meeting other parents/carers in similar circumstances and it can be reassuring to realise that there are other people going through the same experiences. For some parents/carers it can be their only social contact during the day and this group will provide a great support network. Lifelong friendships could be formed as many parents/carers do not have family support close by. We constantly evaluate our services through local needs surveys, questionnaires and focus groups. We are flexible, representative and responsive to our local community – not one size fits all. We are constantly approached to be proactive members of other local initiatives. We are one of the top 20 third sector organisations of importance operating within the field of children and families within the North Lanarkshire area. We have been offering services locally for 17+ years, and have a vital role within the area as a thriving third sector organisation. We are best placed within the local area to help tackle and prevent social inequalities. We are supported fully by the local community; an organisation that is complimentary to other statutory agencies locally. Our organisation offers local services that are available from birth to the elderly - Crucially meeting our local authority's priorities. This is evidenced through our engagement with families, children and volunteers - all from the local community. The feedback from services, and the support we provide to individuals has been positive and described as being fully inclusive, invaluable and much needed. Our specific client group are local parents/carers/families and children. Our organisation supports key transition periods in many of our children's lives. The direct/indirect benefit from our activities will allow us to continue with the increased support to parents allowing them to maximise their parenting skills, promote a sense of belonging, encourage and raise moral standards, taking a more active role in shaping Viewpark – thus improving economic opportunities and outcomes locally. This funding will allow a staff member to be fully trained to facilitate the Family Learning Activities. They will understand the early years, child development and the importance of attachment and early intervention. We are based within Viewpark Community Facility - Our geographical area covers North Lanarkshire Council, Ward 14 – Thorniewood. The defined data zones in Viewpark (S01011533/535/539/541/542/543/544) ordered by SIMD 2016, rank our area as having 4 out of a total of 7 data zones as having the most deprived (worst 10%) communities nationally – all 7 data zones are ranked overall as Decile 1 or 2.

North Lanarkshire Carers Together 20 Aug 2018

H&SC NL have provided NLCT with some Carer Act pre-implementation funding to recruit a Carer Act Infomation Worker to work alongside the current carer information team, along with some funding to develop our data base as we are currently using to systems which are not mutually compatible. We would like funding to purchase two full desk pc's with 24" display screens as this would be more conducive to creating and editing carer information publications (currently working on lap tops). This will also be more beneficial in terms of working on the data base as laptop operation makes navigation cumbersome and time consuming. These PC's will be installed , linked to our current network and maintained as part of our IT maintenance provision. Our organisation has also been working toward compliance with GDPR and have prepared our transparency statement which has gone to all of our members and we are currently working on our Data Protection Policy. The board has identified a member of who will act at Data Protection Officer (DPO) - we would like to purchase some specific training to support this role.

Routes to Work Ltd 07 Oct 2019

Detailed information not available.

Beyond the Screen 01 Jun 2017

With the development of ‘digital by default’ systems e.g. universal credit, digital capability has never been more important to tackle poverty, isolation and disadvantage facing communities. ‘Beyond the Screen’ aims to make the large and expansive digital world seem that much smaller – increasing confidence and knowledge of frontline workers to support the community in their digital needs and equip the community themselves with skills to use and enjoy all that the world-wide-web has to offer. IT suites within the bureau and in partnership with Airdrie Library will have a dedicated Adviser with access to PC, Laptop, tablet and mobile phone to provide one-to-one support. Using SCVO Digital Charter online resources, clients will be supported and assisted in using digital mediums to apply for welfare benefit applications, carry out web searches, open and maintain email accounts, understand safe browsing and basic MS Office packages. Individuals will be made aware of advantage of Apps and their ease of use in travelling, managing budgets and accessing information. Front-line workers will receive support, ensuring they are up-to-date with digital developments and confident in directing communities to maximise use of them. Volunteers, being at the heart of our services, will support the project at every stage - improving our communities’ digital presence and participation.

LDC - Employment and Welfare Service 02 Dec 2016

We aim to provide an employment support to enable the Deaf community to access welfare advice and support to seek employment by using their first language of British Sign Language. There is no service in place to provide support for the deaf community in the area. With welfare reform and lack of employment opportunity this is leading to deterioration in many families and individuals mental health. The communication barrier faced by many Deaf in our society is a huge hurdle that needs to be addressed. Rather than valuable members of our society being left at home we need to put things in place to enable them to access and have the same rights as their hearing counterparts. We already have strong links with other advice agencies such as North Lanarkshire Disability Forum and CAB. Through these links we would be able to signpost and provide the much-needed advice to the Deaf community. Our communication support worker will be there to translate from BSL to English. Within the Deaf community there is a very high unemployment rate. This was highlighted in the information gathering in the lead up to the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 being approved. Many young Deaf and deaf families live in poverty and are unaware of changes to the welfare system due to nothing being sent out in their own language of BSL. There have been many changes in how to access information and apply for jobs. Many companies now choose to put their applications online. Many Deaf people cannot access this as they cannot understand written English and cannot afford to have Internet at home. We aim to provide a service where Deaf people can come and have help in accessing application forms, making phone calls on their behalf and assisting with welfare benefits advice.

Action For Children (Scotland) 20 Aug 2018

To support our Young carers, their families and our staff to meet the requirements of the Carers Act for Young Carers and meet the outcomes for Young carers, we would like to purchase 3 Microsoft Surface Laptops and the required software internet access to allow our Young carers to complete their Young carers Statements within our project and in the community. (we want to design a Suite where YC and staff can complete and process the YCS) The laptops would also allow our Young carers to access and investigate potential short break availability and allow them to apply for short break support while at our project. We would also like to purchase the required software to ensure confidentiality as well as the ability to record the statistics needed for the Scottish Government, in a safe and secure way. The larger part of our funding relates to us getting a project website built specifically around the carers Act and the requirements around the young carers statement. This would allow us to communicate with existing and potential Young carers around the Carers Act. It will allow us to arrange assessments, referral processing and update the public in NL on the Young carers part of the act. We would be able to provide information on the act as well as being able to communicate with potential Young carers and their families. This would be a secure site with limited capabilities. The site would be designed to require minimal upkeep and staff (existing admin) would be guided on this by Skylark Technology.

Digital Skills for the Future 01 Jun 2017

The project will provide basic digital skills learning to people in Lanarkshire who are not computer literate and are digitally excluded, economically disadvantaged and socially isolated. The aim of this project is to help reduce isolation and poverty by getting more people online, increase their digital capability and employment prospects. Due to the fact that the benefits claim systems is now online, we are seeing more and more people needing help to be able to access core services they need to survive. Transacting online, registering for and using digital government services will therefore form key parts of the sessions we will provide. Teaching will be personalised and flexible, offering support in managing information; communicating; transacting; problem solving, job search and creating basic digital content. The plan is to offer a mixture of small, informal group sessions and 1 to 1 support. Each participant will be offered a weekly, 2 hour learning session for a period of 8 weeks. Our team will work with each individual participant to identify their starting point and learning needs, which devices they want to use, and then build in specific skills within the lessons such as security and staying safe online. We will utilise our wide range of refurbished PC’s and laptops to deliver the training; to showcase how fast and efficient these machines can be, red-educating people on the benefits of a circular economy. Participants will also have the option of bringing their own hand held devices along and can take training notes away on a pen drive. The sessions will be organised and delivered by our IT Co-ordinator and Digital Skills Trainer assisted by a number of volunteers. The project will support and train up a number of volunteer digital champions who will be able to assist customer queries on an ongoing basis

Kinnect 29 Oct 2018

We are seeking funding to provide a new service in the North Lanarkshire area that will help alleviate poverty amongst new kinship carers referred to us , self referred to us or already supported by us who suddenly become in crisis particularly from the new benefit changes within the rural areas of North lanarkshire. As kinship carers become carers during a family crisis finances become stretched. For those Kinship carers who have been approached by agencies to care, they have complained to us many times that kinship funds are not processed efficiently or quickly enough, thus causing financial problems. For those informal carers we have been advised that their finances are even more stretched as they are unknown to authorities and they are oblivious to their welfare and financial rights. For both formal and informal carers, household difficulties to accommodate new bodies can also cause anxiety and stress. Gaining access to the correct advice and support can be difficult especially to those in rural areas. Especially now that DWP offices are closing, rural transport is limited and access to children and young people's groups restricted. We would like to provide outreach advice and support to kinship carers living in rural areas and anticipate supporting 15 families. This service will provide one to one visit to kinship carers homes to assess their needs, support them to try to meet their needs and to reduce isolation. We want to ensure that all kinship carers are receiving the correct income maximisation advice available, that all funding via statutory sector responsibility is met and that all relevant agencies that can improve kinship carers needs are utilised. We will also ensure that kinship carers supported by us are referred into other, newly available to us, funding streams and food initiatives . We wish to be in a position via staff to successfully refer into these funding streams eg the Buttle Trust Kinship Grant and the Family Fund. These are robust applications which require an in depth assessment of need are means tested and require a staff member to make an online application . We want to employ an existing qualified volunteer to this new position. Their existing skills and knowledge will benefit them when training, to provide the new service, to help alleviate poverty, reduce isolation and improve social and emotional needs.

Moira Anderson Foundation 07 Oct 2019

Detailed information not available.

CAB Support at Airdrie Foodbank 31 Oct 2018

Airdrie Foodbank operates three days per week at three different venues across the area. At present our partner agency, Citizens Advice Bureau Airdrie (CAB) are only able to provide their services at our foodbank session at Airdrie Baptist Church on Fridays. This has quickly become the busiest of our three sessions as clients know that, as well as collecting their food parcel and having a light lunch and chat with our friendly volunteers, CAB are also there to offer wider professional support and assist with applications such as the Warm Homes Allowance and benefits advice. The Community Capacity & Resilience Fund would allow us to expand our services and offer CAB support at our Monday foodbank session in the outlying village of Calderbank and at our Wednesday session at St Edwards Church, Airdrie. This will enable us to reach out to a greater number of clients than we currently do at present. There are no barriers to accessing our service and we have helped families, the elderly and young and those with physical and mental health issues. However, the one commonality is that all our clients are facing an immediate income crisis. This can be caused by a variety of factors such as redundancy, change in family circumstances and delays in benefit payments and therefore does not single out a specific social group. Our CAB advisor is qualified in benefits, debt, housing issues, consumer issues, immigration, and family and personal problems. He is also a qualified Energy Advisor and helps clients with fuel debt, switching, emergency credit for those in threat of going off supply and on going support for vulnerable clients. He is experienced in completing grant applications for clients that can clear thousands of pounds at a time for those unable to pay historic debt. He is also able to complete grant applications that can provide replacement boilers and heating systems for some clients with old heating systems that are unable to afford upgrades themselves. He also works as a debt administrator for the bureau, helping clients with debt issues and rent and mortgage arrears cases. This is particularly relevant as the roll out of Universal Credit in North Lanarkshire has seen a large increase in rent/mortgage arrears cases leaving more people in debt and requiring assistance from both food banks and Citizens Advice. His presence at the food bank will assist in identifying clients in this position and if court action has begun or is imminent CAB have an in-court service where representation can be provided and negotiation with debtors can be done by the debt adviser. If we were successful, we would also use the fund to purchase a laptop with internet access and a printer. This would allow CAB advisors and the foodbank volunteers to help our clients with a range of additional support, such as online applications and signposting to other agencies such as local health services.

LDC - Employment and Welfare Service 09 Aug 2017

This funding will enable this vital service to continue to support the Deaf Community. By encouraging the Deaf Community to access employment opportunities it in turn has a positive impact on their mental health. Some Deaf people can go for days without being able to communicate with anyone. The increase in the job club to two days encourages the Deaf population to move from the welfare system and into employment thus combating poverty. By increasing the service we are giving the Deaf community somewhere to go to chat in their own language. It has been proven that social communication can have a dramatic impact on reducing the occurrence of Dementia. Our expectation is that we will have 5-10 people attending on a weekly basis. Although the numbers will fluctuate as we gain employment for more people. This funding will enable us to develop a presentation that we can take to local businesses to raise awareness about legislation, financial support and break down barriers and inequality. If more of the Deaf community is in employment this in turn has a positive impact on the community as a whole. It provides the younger generation with positive role models that they can aspire to. On the longer term the impact that employment has on the individual is immeasurable. There is a change in financial status, positive mental health, increased confidence and being able to participate in other activities. At present 19% of the Deaf community are unemployed due to mainly the communication barrier. The long-term aim is to reduce this number significantly through the support and guidance of the job club.

LDC - Employment and Welfare Service 08 Aug 2018

This funding will enable this vital service to continue to support the Deaf Community. By encouraging the Deaf Community to access employment opportunities it in turn has a positive impact on their mental health. Some Deaf people can go for days without being able to communicate with anyone. The increase in the job club to two days encourages the Deaf population to move from the welfare system and into employment thus combating poverty. By increasing the service we are giving the Deaf community somewhere to go to chat in their own language. We are also planning to raise awareness with employers about Deaf awareness and how some of the the new technology being used is discriminating against not only Deaf people but people with other disabilities.