At last! The Recovery Fund is up and running. Don’t immediately go out and apply though as it runs through to next March and they will be keeping funds back to make sure everyone gets a fair shot. I have attached 2 lots of slides (links above) about the funds so hopefully these will give you a bit more info. If you are in any doubt, I strongly suggest you get help from Just Enterprise or Firstport and they will point you in the right direction. If neither of those avenues work, let me know and I’ll get the answers you need for you.
I have also attached new funds for October.
Another thing I want to make you aware of is Kickstart. This is a £2 billion fund to help the youth get into work.
Under the scheme, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of his Plan for Jobs, employers can offer youngsters aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement.
The Government will fully fund each “Kickstart” job – paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.
Employers will be able to top up this wage, while the Government will also pay employers £1,500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other set up costs.
Now the downside to this scheme is that you need to be able to offer 30 placements BUT they are accepting consortium bids. So, I was thinking that if there are enough of you that want to do it, we could get 30 between us? Do a FSEN bid? I really need to see how many of you are interested so PLEASE get in touch with me ASAP with:
How many places you could offer, when you would want them to start etc.
P4P have been given Govt Funding to help set up the Consortiums so we could have a meeting with them in the first instance to see how it would all work.
More about the scheme HERE
FREE training sessions from FVA:
- Understanding the Scottish Approach to Service Design
Tuesday 29th September from 12noon – 1pm via Zoom
How the Scottish Approach to Service Design connects with and supports the delivery of human rights-based principles, policies and practices
For more information and to book your place, contact FVA
- Roles and Responsibilities of a Trustee/Committee/Board Member
This session will be repeated over the following dates (please click on the dates to book your place):
- 14:30 – 16:30 on 24 September 2020
- 18.30 – 20.30 on 27 October 2020
- 10.30 – 12.30 on 19 November 2020
- 14.30 – 16.30 on 09 December 2020
This course is intended to encourage new and to support existing trustees/board members in the valuable voluntary work they undertake and includes:
- What is governance and why does it matter?
- What could go wrong? Why does it go wrong?
- Understanding the role
- Perceptions & boundaries
- Delegated tasks
- Conflicts of Interest
- Seeking help
Lastly, let me know what you think of this:
#BuySocialScotland is a national initiative to encourage Scottish consumers to buy from social enterprises and make a difference with their purchasing power. By shopping locally and ethically, we can all play a positive role in fixing social and environmental issues. https://www.buysocialscotland.com/
The Scottish Govt are really behind the scheme and are putting resources into it. I’m interested in whether you think it’s something that will help your SE and if you would like to be involved, either contact them direct or let me know and I’ll put you in touch with a contact at SES who are rolling it out.
As always, let me know if you need me,
Commercial Enterprise Manager
Fife Social Enterprise Network (FSEN) Co-Ordinator
Crosshill Community Enterprise Centre, Main Street,
Crosshill, Lochgelly, Fife KY5 8BJ
01592 860296 ext 119
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