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CLS Volunteers celebrate their achivements in the last year

CLS Volunteers celebrate their achivements in the last year

It was time for all of our volunteers to meet again and reflect on their work in 2013, share with us their ideas on how our volunteering service could improve and receive certificates celebrating their achievements.

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Testimonial: Arrochar YOUTH and Youth Club

Testimonial: Arrochar YOUTH and Youth Club

We have been providing a lot of training and volunteering opportunities in the recent years and we have helped a number of youth and community groups set up and run projects that improve life in local communities. Angela Mckell from the Arrochar YOUTH and Youth Club, one of such organisations, has sent us her comment […]

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Volunteer Case Study: Morag

One of our key aims is to support volunteers to gain crucial work based experience skills and access a comprehensive relevant training programme which equips them to help meet the needs of their local community and a progression route into further training/education or employment. Morag is a mature volunteer who came to CLS to enquire […]

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Chocolate Fueled Bid Frenzy

Chocolate Fueled Bid Frenzy

It was ‘all hands on deck’ in the CLS office in late August and early September for round two of the Big Lottery Fund’s Support & Connect Programme. Building on our success in round one, when we secured approximately £500,000 in funding for client projects supporting Starter Packs Inverclyde, tackling fuel poverty in Inverclyde and […]

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Staff Profile: Ali Smith – Project Officer

Staff Profile: Ali Smith - Project Officer

In the last newsletter, we profiled one of the two project officers at CLS. This time, it’s the turn of the second one – Ali Smith. Ali has a degree in Community Arts and 13 years experience working with a diverse range of community groups and individuals.  She joined us in 2006 and is involved […]

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New Ground for CLS

New Ground for CLS

We are delighted to have started a piece of work with Blair Atholl Village Hall committee. The village is lucky enough to have a beautiful and spacious facility in the centre of the historic village.

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CLS Celebrating Funding Success

CLS Celebrating Funding Success

Despite the background of cuts affecting public and community projects, 2012-13 was our most successful year to date in facilitating funding for client projects. We secured a total of £2.9m in funding across 28 different projects, the largest single amount in any one financial year over the last 11 years – a fantastic return on […]

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CLS Supporting SURF Awards Winners

CLS Supporting SURF Awards Winners

Nominations for the SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration are now open and applications can be submitted up till 19 August. This year, the winners will be offered an opportunity to work with a consultancy firm who will provide 2 days of support to help them develop their projects.

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Staff Profile: Stephen Horsburgh – Project Officer

Staff Profile: Stephen Horsburgh - Project Officer

For this issue of the newsletter, we chose one of our project officers to answer a few questions about their job and life. Stephen Horsburgh has been at CLS for just over 10 years and consumes about 80% of office tea supplies. He also helps with project funding and he was partly responsible for our […]

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Staff Profile: Suzannah Roberts – Project Manager

Staff Profile: Suzannah Roberts - Project Manager

For this issue of the newsletter, we picked one of our project managers to profile in our regular series of articles introducing members of staff. Suzannah – or Suz as she’s known around the office – has been with Community Links since 2005 with one short break when she went back to her homeland of […]

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We Can Do ‘By Canoe’

We Can Do ‘By Canoe’

And we did – but not intentionally!  As part of the feasibility work we were carrying out on behalf of Oban based social enterprise Stramash, we arranged to meet their Chief Exec Niall Urquhart on the small island of Kerrera. Stramash have secured a long term lease on the island’s old primary school and are […]

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Staff Profile: Alison Shaw – Finance Officer

Continuing our regular profiles of members of our staff, this time we’ve asked Alison Shaw, our finance officer and office manager, a few questions about her job and life outside the office.

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Big Lottery Fund’s Hardship Action Plan

Big Lottery Fund's Hardship Action Plan

The Big Lottery Fund Scotland is keen to respond to growing levels of hardship and is exploring options for how they can support organisations working with individuals and families in urgent need and crisis. They have therefore identified the following as current key areas that they could support frontline organisations to deliver:

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Updates to the PCF Application Form

In December 2012, People and Communities Fund updated their application form, help notes, guidance and eligibility checklist. The form is now much more user friendly and we would like to give you an overview of the changes and updates and highlight some improvements to the new version of the application.

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CLS Volunteers Awarded for their Work in 2012

CLS Volunteers Awarded for their Work in 2012

At the end of last year, our volunteers met to reflect on their work in 2012, discuss how our volunteering service might improve and receive certificates celebrating their achievements.

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Staff Profile: Caitlin Gillen – Modern Apprentice in Business and Administration

Staff Profile: Caitlin Gillen – Modern Apprentice in Business and Administration

I am an apprentice with Community Links Scotland. An apprenticeship is when a young person goes straight into a job to learn on the job. At the end of your year, or sometimes 2 years, you get an SQA.

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Staff Profile: Lisa-Marie Lees – Student placement

I am Lisa-Marie Lees and I am currently on placement at Community Links Scotland (CLS). I am studying a BA in Community Development at Glasgow University.

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Staff Profile: Janette Devlin – Training & Volunteer Development Co-ordinator

Staff Profile: Janette Devlin - Training & Volunteer Development Co-ordinator

About the job We have been successful in securing funds for a new Training & Volunteer Development Co-ordinator from PCF and The Robertson Trust to roll out the Volunteers in Progress Programme (ViPP) and will offer up to 50 volunteers per year substantial experience with immediate access to training, support, supervision and front line work […]

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Is it really ten years?!

Is it really ten years?!

Yes, we are ten years old and this is a really exciting time for Community Links Scotland. We are going to mark the occasion with a booklet showcasing the best of the exciting projects and work we have been involved with over the past 10 years, in the meantime however, here is a summary of […]

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