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Hello everyone

I hope you and your families are well and keeping each other safe. Hopefully, we may see a bit of sunshine in the coming weeks…

My team and I are continuing to do our best to provide you with as much information as we can about Coronavirus. We know the importance of having access to relevant information, support and resources in a timely fashion.
We update our Covid-19 Resource Hub on our website with important developments on a regular basis. For example, along with others, we are keeping a watching brief on lockdown easing arrangements. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has developed some helpful templates and guidance for voluntary orgs to consider as lockdown measures ease. These including advice on office risk assessments, keeping staff and volunteers safe as well as business planning tools - You`ll find a host of other links on our Resource hub.
We also continue to be active on social media - If you don’t already, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks to my team for pulling all this together!

Third Sector Summit - Creating A New West Lothian
Along with third sector partners, we are planning an important summit on Monday 7 September to recognise the importance of the third sector in the economic and social recovery plan for West Lothian. The summit will also look to:
  • Highlight the work of the sector during Covid-19
  • Show case what communities have achieved in west Lothian
  • identify the key pillars needed to build on this work.
  • Forge stronger and equal partnerships to support the most vulnerable
  • Find solutions to the creation of a new West Lothian
More details about this event will be available soon.

VSGWL COVID-19 Third Sector Response Fund
We will be opening a second round of funding that will help to support local, grass roots organisations and groups respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Keep an eye out on social media and our website for details in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, please let us know f you have any other ideas on how we might further improve the information we provide to you.

Stay safe!
Alan McCloskey
Employment Opportunity

Job Vacancy with MOOD MOOD are currently recruiting a PArt-Time Project Support Administrator.

Funding Available

Charity Bank COVID-19 Funding List As a result of the Coronavirus, many organisations are now in an extremely precarious position, often having to deliver additional services with fewer volunteers and staff members, while having to cancel fundraising activities. Here you will find a list of emergency funds for charities and social enterprises that are experiencing difficulties. It will be updated as new opportunities are identified.
Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme The fund has re-opened to applications from registered charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Charities can apply for between £1,000 – £10,000. The scheme has been revised as a result of COVID-19, and will provide one year grants to cover only core costs or essential equipment, enabling ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.
Independent Grant Funding The funds listed here are specifically for supporting Scotland’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund - In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Foundation Scotland is delivering the Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund. The RRR Fund will support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact. (Please note this fund is temporarily paused and applications will reopen in early August.)
Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities FundThe Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund is open for not-for-profit community groups to apply for an emergency £500 grant to support their work with vulnerable groups in the local community.
Third Sector Resilence Fund - The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund supports organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.

General News

COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills - 10% Discount To VSGWL Members - Smile Counselling is now offering a 10% discount to VSGWL & West Lothian Social Enterprise Network members for the below course, starting on 24th August, 2020. This is a saving of over £100!!
Community Regeneration NewsletterCommunity Regeneration Newsletter focusing on skill support for workers in furlough or facing redundancy.
Masks for Sale - MOOD are making masks with proceeds going to other charities.
Musical Memories Group - Featuring music & singalongs, reminiscing, and a chance to make new friends.
Org in the Spotlight - This months Org in the Spotlight is The Schoolbank West Lothian.
Senscot BulletinLatest Senscot Bulletin.
Westspace Newsletter - July Newsletter from Westspace.
Volunteer Club Secretary Required for Bathgate FABB Club - Bathgate FABB Club are looking for an enthusiastic communicator to join their committee as Club Secretary.
Volunteering with Real Life Options - If you are interested in this role or wish to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Nick Mclaughlin on 07767 472376 or email
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