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Grant to Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers 15 Feb 2019

as a development grant to support training on governance and trustee development and work on future planning

Amount: £6,558
Funder: The Tudor Trust
Recipient: Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute A...
Region: Scotland
District: Glasgow City

Carers Link East Dunbartonshire 29 Jul 2019

Carers Link provides a range of support services to carers, tailored to each person's needs at any particular time. One aspect of this support is 'Carers Call', an essential telephone support service providing emotional support to 551 carers (this year so far) over the phone. Talking with others is a fundamental part of our lives, but caring for someone can be an isolating experience. Carers Call addresses both the social isolation, and the need for information and support. This peer support service is delivered by nearly 30 of our volunteers - most of whom were carers - and managed by our Volunteer Coordinator. Sometimes the sheer amount of time and energy that carers dedicate to their caring role means that the carer can forget they are important too. The volunteers call to suit the carer, varying from weekly to 3-monthly. They build a relationship with the carer, making sure the conversation is focussed on them, and not the person that they care for. The volunteers answer any questions the carer might have about their caring role, and can refer the question to staff if the carer needs in depth support or advocacy. The relationship between the carer and volunteer means that Carers Call acts as a monitoring service, and the volunteer can spot early signs of increased stress or an impending crisis, worsening or breakdown of the caring role. They are also able to highlight any changes in the carers own health and wellbeing. The data collected for the Carers Census has highlighted the fact that at least 25% of the carers we support are parent carers and 31% were adult carers i.e. aged between 18-64. Given these demographics and our experience of delivering the service, we know that many of these carers work and so find it difficult to speak about their caring role over the phone during the day. We therefore seek funding via the CATS Fund to test whether offering Carers Call via digital communication will mean that more carers are able to engage with the service, and receive support that they would not otherwise have been able to access. This pilot will test the use of Skype or FaceTime, Live Chat, Click Meeting as well as traditional e-mail. To achieve this, we would like to replace the 8 PCs currently used by the Carers Call volunteers with new Windows 10 Pro PCs and install MS Office 2016 Standard. At present, the computers used by volunteers are the oldest within the organisation – almost 10 years old. These computers use Windows 7, have low levels of operating RAM and whilst sufficient for reading and typing in Microsoft Office Word are unable to cope with much more, certainly not the capacity required for online and digital communication. SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT GIVING FULL DETAILS OF DELIVERY PHASES

Carers Of West Lothian 06 Aug 2019

We want to develop a more place-based approach to supporting carers, removing barriers and therefore enabling people to identify as a carer, seek help and be involved in care planning. To do this, we will roll out our existing service in localities in West Lothian which are more remote, are more affected by poverty (SIMD rankings) or are in areas where a higher number of people from BME communities live. Currently services are offered from Livingston; through this project, staff will spend more time out of the office working in the communities of Polbeth, West Calder, Fauldhouse and Bathgate' Resources: Existing staff will lead the project with support from locally recruited volunteers with lived experience as a carer. Staff will train and support volunteers, co-ordinate all workshops and training, and will be the main point of contact with both carers and the partners we work with. Volunteers will be responsible for talking to carers about local services, introducing them to community groups, linking beneficiaries together where appropriate, through technology and facilitating or being present at groups and making them feel welcome. Volunteers will be there to offer "lived experience" support in group situations. The above staffing and volunteer costs will be met from existing funding under our IJB Contract. However to enable us to optimise staff time and effectively reach remote communities, we want to make use of technology and provide equipment for remote working. Funding will be used to purchase Smartboard technology for our Livingston Centre from which we will run training or groups, connecting virtually with groups located in the targeted communities or to individuals in their own homes. The Smartboard will remain in Livingston but enables workshops, groups and training to connect real-time to remote locations through a "room-chat" environment. Carers in different locations can then participate virtually in these sessions, being able to contribute when appropriate - being as interactive as they want. This gives us a way to reach carers both using rooms in community centres and linking in from their own homes. We will also purchase 3 laptops enabling staff to work remotely. These will be set up on the network, allowing real-time access to our server and CRM system. By working in this way, staff will be able to spend more time raising awareness, running local groups and supporting local peer volunteers in specific communities developing the profile of COWL to local volunteers, groups and beneficiaries. How we will measure impact: We will measure the impact of this project through KPIs to track carers registering in each community, demographic profile, uptake of support (type) in specific communities (both geographical and from BME communities), source of referrals, referrals we make to local partners, and how beneficiaries interact with our support (i.e. information provided and groups, workshops or training attended).

Carers of East Lothian 29 Jul 2019

We are applying to Strand 2 to support 2 separate (but important) aspects of organisational development. Firstly we want to invest in the skills of our team of CoEL's Carer Support Team by funding staff to participate in Seasons for Growth adult programme companion training (our 2 staff members who work with parent carers would also participate in the parent programme "add on" training). The Seasons for Growth programme aims to build resilience and bring hope and confidence to adults who have experienced significant change or loss in their lives - as is often the case for unpaid carers while the cope with huge changes in relationships and in their lives, loss of companionship and aspirations for the future, and often ultimately death and bereavement. Secondly, we are applying for training / consultancy to enhance both CoEL's and other Carers Centres use of the Charitylog Client Record Management system. CoEL was the first Carers Centre in Scotland to adopt Charitylog and we have been using it since early 2016. It is well embedded in our day to day operations and we have shared our experiences of using the system with a number of other Centres. However, we are conscious that our usage of the system has remained largely static. We have not been able to take full advantage of system enhancements nor were we aware before preparing for this CATS3 application of the bespoke developments brought in by Dizions (the company who created and maintain Charitylog) to support the Scottish Carers Centres who recently adopted the Charitylog through the first round of CATS funding. We are therefore applying for 2 days training and consultancy from Dizions to work directly with CoEL to support and enhance our usage of the system and take fuller advantage of system enhancements to date. Furthermore, CoEL has lead discussions with the several Carers Centres in Scotland who are now using Charitylog, about the setting up of a Scottish Charitylog user forum where all centres can learn from each others' experiences. Although all centres are at different points in their adoption and familiarity with Charitylog, there is a strong appetite amongst us all to take this forward as we all see this as becoming a self-sustaining and very cost effective way of getting best value from Charitylog and to help ensure that all centres can maintain this over time. This approach is very much supported by Dizions. CoEL is therefore applying on behalf of all the centres who would be involved in the user forum for 2 additional days consultancy and support from Dizions to act as a catalyst for, and to support the setting up of, the user forum.

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

Fife Carers Centre 29 Jul 2019

We are asking for funding to purchase 7 laptops to enable our service to me more flexible and efficient in delivering tailored support to individual carers. Our service covers a wide geographical area and laptops for individual workers to be able to complete work such as form filling, letter writing and also to be able to undertake admin work whilst out in the field would enhance our service delivery. These laptops will also be networked to staff files and our client database, funded through previous CATS fund applications.

Amount: £5,557
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: Fife Carers Centre
Region: Scotland
District: Fife

Inverclyde Carers Centre 29 Jul 2019

We want to purchase, install and train our staff to use video conferencing equipment. We envisage this having multiple uses and benefits including engaging with Carers who are not able to visit the centre or locations we operate in, through 1-1's with staff or volunteers, or group activities. This will help reduce isolation, better inform and increase digital skills of Carers. We will measure this increase in the number of Carers using technology to engage with the centre. This will help reduce isolation, better inform and increase digital skills of Carers. We will also show "Alex's Experience" a skit, performed by our Carers Drama Group, about a local Carers experience of Adult Carer Support Planning and other informative films. This will help raise Carer Awareness of the benefits of ACSP and support. It will also improve the efficiency and quality of Carer Awareness training which we provide for up to 150 professionals coming in contact with Carers, helping them understand the benefits of identifying and supporting Carers. Some Professionals do not know of the centre and those that do may not have had any direct contact with the centre. Finally, we will use this as a tool for evaluation and engagement with Carers, to share Carer experiences with their peers, professionalism and capture feedback from Carers in a less formal format. We will measure the impact this investment has on staff by staff self assessment of skills, knowledge and experience before and after training.

Perth & Kinross Association Of Voluntary Service 30 Jul 2019

We would like to work in partnership with Lead Scotland. They are a voluntary organisation which is set up to empower disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland to access learning opportunities. We would like to work with them around raising awareness of the Jointly APP created by Carers UK. Jointly APP is an innovative mobile and online app that is designed by carers for carers. Jointly makes caring easier, less stressful and more organised by making communicationand coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message. PKAVS would like to work in partnership with Lead Scotland in training up our staff and volunteers who have direct access with carers on how to set up and use the Jointly app. We would then like to work with Lead Scotland on delivering group sessions for carers as well as the option for Lead Scotland staff to accompany PKAVS support workers to carers homes so they can be shown how to set up the app. These home visits may be particularly beneficial due to the geography of Perth & Kinross meaning that it isn't always possible for carers to be able to travel to a central point for these opportunities. Ideally we would like Lead to deliver 3 two hour sessions in August to PKAVS staff and volunteers on this Jointly app. Depending on numbers attending that Lead would think manageable we may also be able to extend an invite out to staff from other third sector carer related organisations for them to attend these training sessions too. We would then like to look to set up 2 training sessions each month (2 hours each) for groups of carers to attend. These would be delivered throughout Perth & Kinross and not just in Perth City. We would also like to retain some of this time though just in case there was the need to do some home visits to carers (especially those living in very rural locations who cant easily access transport). We have allocated a budget for 30 one to one visits during the 6 months from October to March (this would give us the time needed from receiving the funding to promoting then setting up these groups). The only other thing we would like funded is 3 tablets. Not all carers will have access to their own device to see the app. What we'd like to do is have some available to take on home visits and possibly leave with the carer for a spell to see if the app helps. If this was the case we could then put in an application to our Time4Me respite fund for carers so we wouldn't just take the tablet back but could instead award up to £250 to the carer to purchase one of their own if they had found having this available to them really beneficial.

Quarriers 29 Jul 2019

To enable FWWs to provide the most appropriate support for Adult Carers and Young Carers, developing enhanced assessment and interview skills is essential, and contributes to identification of individual carer outcomes through the ACSP and YCS process. We are seeking funding to increase capacity within the staff teams across Aberdeenshire and Moray in relation to: • understanding and creatively supporting identification, recording and achievement of personal outcomes • having appropriate knowledge of a range of assessment and interview techniques to support carers to understand and acknowledge the challenges they face and the steps possible to overcoming them • having the practical skills to motivate, encourage and empower carers to take ownership and make progress The training will enable staff to; • more effectively support those carers who don't recognise their caring role or its impact on them to explore their circumstances and identify areas where change and improvement could be made • support carers to complete more detailed and focused ACSPs and YCS, leading to improved outcomes recording and monitoring and increased engagement from carers in the process • tailor their approach to individual carers more effectively, through more accurate identification of key issues and areas of concern • more appropriately support and encourage those carers who are unable to see what control and choice they have over their situation, by enabling incremental change through outcomes-based support programme planning Training will include 'Carers Outcomes Star', 'Motivational Interviewing' (MI) and 'Intermediate Motivational Interviewing' (IMI). The training will be provided by Triangle Consulting and the Scottish Drugs Forum and will mainly take place at two locations, in the service offices in Elgin (Moray) and Inverurie (Aberdeenshire). This will allow easy access to training for staff and volunteers in both local authority areas whilst keeping travel costs and staff rota disruption to a minimum. The 'Carer Outcome Star' training will take place over 1 day for 15 FWW in the Elgin office. The 'Motivational Interviewing' training will take place at over two days in Quarriers Elgin (Moray) office for up to 20 FWW and over 2 days for up to 18 FWW in our Inverurie (Aberdeenshire) office. The 'Intermediate Motivational Interview' Training is a 3-day course and will take place in our Inverurie office for 6 senior staff. We have included costs for lunches and refreshments at all the training. Accommodation and travel costs for 3 staff attending the Intermediate Motivational Interviewing over 3 days have been included in the budget.2. Training Evaluation; All FWW and Senior Staff training in Motivational Interviewing, Intermediate Motivational Interviewing and Outcome Star training will initially be evaluated from Training feedback forms which will be administered immediately after the training has taken place. At Quarriers staff supervision reviews take place every 6 weeks. Once staff have been able to use their learned knowledge and skills, this will be evidenced on their training evaluation report. The impact on carers will be measured to via ACSP/YCS completion in terms of improved recording of outcomes. That also forms part of regular staff supervision and caseload monitoring.

Amount: £8,943
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: Quarriers
Region: Scotland
District: Inverclyde

Space 06 Aug 2019

We would like to redesign our website actively involving our young and adult carers – this involve carers helping to design a web brief and specification, working closely with a web designer to explore different options, beta test a new website, launch our new website and promote it to local young and adult carers. Purchase two Ipads: one would be used with the young carers service to help track and capture the benefits of the Young Carers services, to implement Young Carers Statements and will be used to produce evidence for activities such as Saltire Awards. One would be used for similar benefits for adult carers, helping them complete Adult Carers Support Plans. In order to meet the demands of the Scottish Government's Carers CENSUS we want to create an effective carers data base. Currently we use a simple excel spreadsheet which we have found is not fit for purpose in terms of capturing and reporting complex information. 17/7 - applicant confirmed a consultant would develop an excel database We would also like to purchase a dedicated laptop for our carers services that will help us improve the services we off adult and young carers.

Amount: £5,500
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: Space
Region: Scotland
District: City of Edinburgh

Unity 29 Jul 2019

We are seeking funding to provide staff with arrange of training that will increase their skill, knowledge and confidence to undertake this work and to produce high quality, outcome focused plans/statements which accurately reflect the carers needs and how these can be best met. Each Centre has held staff meetings to discuss with staff about what training they would benefit from and we have contacted several training organisations, we also sought the advice of colleagues within the HSCP about the training and training providers that would be most relevant and of the highest quality. From this activity we have identified In Control Scotland as a suitable training provide and would like to work with them to deliver the following 1 day sessions • Understanding self-directed support • Getting to grips with support planning • Support planning • Embedding a personal outcomes approach in practice • That's Life – person centred approaches to risk • Recap and Review session These sessions are relevant to all 3 centres. Individually each Centre's staff teams are quite small and the respective managers think it would be beneficial to undertake the training with peers from other Centres as this would facilitate greater discussion, sharing of practice and encourage network and peer support. The above training is very relevant to the specific duty of adult carer support plans and young carer statements but will also influence the practice of how our staff support carers on a day to day basis. During the staff consultation, they also identified training and support in relation to hosting meetings, information events and support groups. For this reason we would also like to incorporate a session called Crafted Meetings by Tic Toc training. This training provider has recently worked with Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre and evaluated extremely positively. Finally in addition to the above training we have identified the need to improve the staffs ability and confidence in using information technology. All 3 Centres were part of a consortium application to the first round of CATS funding and were awarded funding for a new management information system. This new system can be accessed from out with the office and this has required the Centres to change their IT operating systems to Microsoft Office 365 and our staff need support to make the most out of this system. Again we have identified a training course delivered by Tic Toc training called, "Time management and putting outlook to work." Some of the stated outcomes of this training include • Full utilisation and value from Office 365 • Less pressure and stress – develop 'e-resilience' • More in control of daily tasks and projects • Handle interruptions better • Distinguish being 'busy' from being 'productive' • More reliable – less procrastination • Less time spent dealing with emails • Time saved due to better prioritisation/focus • Better 'work life balance' • Better team working • More efficient processes After every training session we would ask all staff who attended to complete a training evaluation form. We would then gather the information and discuss with staff. We would have follow up sessions at the 3 month & 6 month stage. Again, fully involving staff and management. We would also discuss with staff at team meetings and at each staff members supervision sessions. We would also have a team catch up specifically to discuss the training and the impact it was having. This would all be documented and assessed by management. We would speak to carers after the training and ask them if the service has improved since staff received this training. We have centre evaluation forms and we would have questions around the training added to it. Carers could then directly let us know the impact of the training after staff have attended.

Amount: £9,888
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: Unity
Region: Scotland
District: Glasgow City

VOCAL (Voice Of Carers Across Lothian) 29 Jul 2019

New methods of carer engagement using video based digital resources to: • Improve self-identification early in the caring role, providing access preventative support • Express complex information/concepts, increasing awareness of the Carers Act and Self Directed Support for carers • Offer more choice, options and flexibility for accessing support • Diversify methods used to capture impact, providing opportunity to capture non-verbal or non-written impact • Enhance existing training programme with new delivery methods This will include newly developed material, alongside use of existing hardware and video, with the following activity planned: • Produce a carer identification video and distribute through social media, GP practices and training sessions. Carer identification is a well documented challenge, particularly for new carers who often wait until crisis before seeking support. This resource will support early access to preventative support. VOCAL's Communication Officer with support from carer support staff will edit existing carer digital stories to produce a short and engaging film aimed at carer identification. Impact: Increased number of new carers access VOCAL, earlier in caring role. VOCAL captures data on how carers heard about us, and when they started caring and will use this data to measure impact. Additional measurements will include social media engagement and views, and carer feedback. • Produce four videos tailored to capture practice in Midlothian and Edinburgh on Adult Carer Support Plans/Carers Act and Self Directed Support for carers. Both topics are potentially complex concepts for carers, and the videos are opportunities to present information in short, visually accessible formats without the need to read lots of information, recognising that both time and literacy will be barriers for carers accessing this information. VOCAL will recruit an external agency to support the storyboard, filming and production of these videos. Impact: Carers are more aware of the choices and options available. In addition to capturing feedback through regular reviews with carers, carers will have opportunities to comment online and via training on the effectiveness of the videos. • Use existing hardware and video software and testing impact (with 40+ carers) of: o video calls and video information messages (as opposed to voice or SMS) o video recording of outcomes or activity/impact that does not lend itself to words or text. This would take place during ongoing support plan reviews with the carer. o webinars enhancing the content and delivery of VOCAL's existing training programme. Time, transport, rural locations and availability during working hours are all barriers for carers accessing support. Undertaking these small tests of change will enable VOCAL to build staff digital confidence in using new channels of communication; prioritise the most effective video options and enhance the options currently available to carers.

Grant to Highland Foodbank 12 Feb 2019

Food bank warehouse dollies and new PC

Amount: £5,000
Funder: the Trussell Trust
Recipient: Blythswood Care
Region: Scotland
District: Highland

Grant to North Ayrshire Foodbank 12 Feb 2019

Community kitchen pilot project sessional worker and equipment

Amount: £5,000
Funder: the Trussell Trust
Recipient: Church Of The Nazarene Ardrossan
Region: Scotland
District: North Ayrshire

Grant to Asylon Theatre 29 Jan 2019

Salute! Home Front Heroes of Haghill 1914-1919 - community engagement

Amount: £9,900
Funder: The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Recipient: Asylon Theatre
Region: Scotland
District: Glasgow City

Grant to Kelso Heritage Society 29 Jan 2019

Engaging the community in investigating the rich archaeological heritage of Kelso Abbey and Lands

Grant to Civic Room 29 Jan 2019

The life of LISA

Amount: £5,000
Funder: The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Recipient: Civic Room
Region: Scotland
District: Glasgow City

Grant to Orkney Historic Boat Society 25 Feb 2019

Save the fleet launch Cingalee which served the Royal Navy in the First World War

Grant to South Kintyre Development Trust 25 Feb 2019

Top Skipper's Choice: The Story of Campbeltown Shipyard