Engage Daily Update - 09 December
These are the people whose role is to be responsible for the running of the organisation. The titles used are Chairperson, secretary, and treasurer. You will have to decide amongst yourself who will take on these roles.
Connecting Scotland – Fast Track Applications Deadline Sun 12th December
The latest round of applications to support the most vulnerable and digitally excluded get online is now open as part of the Scottish Government’s Connecting Scotland programme. The closing date is Sunday 12th December 2021. Please don't be put off by an application as the process is really straightforward and if you've been rejected in the past we can help.
The programme, which was set up in response to coronavirus, with the aim of getting every person in Scotland online, is now inviting ‘fast track’ applications from organisations working with people from low income, digitally excluded households who are at risk of social isolation and loneliness.
Who can apply?
- Voluntary and/or public sector organisations can apply for support for up to 10 devices
- Social housing providers can apply for support for up to 100 devices
The three priority groups are:
- Older people (aged 60+)
- Disabled people
- Single parents
What support is available?
- Digital devices – iPads and/or Chromebooks
- Internet connectivity – a mobile WiFi hotspot with 24 months unlimited data
- Training and support – for staff and volunteers to become ‘digital champions’ to support people to use the internet confidently and safely
What people are eligible?
- Organisations can apply for support for people that they work with that meet all the following criteria:
- They are digitally excluded – they currently do not have access to an appropriate device and/or internet connection at home.
- They are from a low income household – they cannot afford to buy a device or pay for internet access from their household income.
- They are at risk of social isolation or loneliness.
How to apply
The deadline for applications is Sunday 12th December, and awards will be made on a rolling basis until this date.
You can apply using the relevant online application form on the Connecting Scotland website, where you will also find more information about the programme, as well as guidance and a set of frequently asked questions about the application process and the awards criteria.
Please get in touch if you need advice or help in any way with your application.
BOARD MEMBER AND CHAIR OF FINANCE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE - HOSPICE
Unpaid, but with reimbursement of reasonable expenses.
St Vincent’s hospice is the “little hospice with a big heart”, serving patients with life-shortening conditions, and their families, in Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire. We are rated “Good” across all of our inspection areas by Healthcare Improvement Scotland and we have ambitious plans for both future service development and income generation. We are looking for a new Board member who shares our ambitions, who will additionally chair our Finance Governance Committee.
The time commitment for this role is attendance at quarterly Board meetings, which are held in the early evening, and the leadership of four meetings of the Finance Governance Committee in-between. Input will also be required to prepare for committees with our Management Accountant and Chief Executive, and to read papers in advance of meetings.
We are looking for someone who is a qualified accountant and is comfortable working with committees and/or boards. People skills are essential, as is an empathy and enthusiasm for the work we do – providing high quality palliative care and support from diagnosis of a life-limiting condition to end-of-life care to all who could benefit from it. It is not essential that you live within Renfrewshire or North Ayrshire, but a connection with the area is always welcome.
For an informal discussion with our Board Chair or our CEO, please contact our Governance Lead, Georgina McGhie, who can set this up for you. Georgina.McGhie@SVH.co.uk