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Welcome to the latest edition of the weekly Dundee TSI Newsletter. Dundee TSI is a partnership between Dundee Social Enterprise Network and Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action. We aim to provide you with all the latest information of interest to the sector in Dundee.  If there is a story you would like to share in the next Friday edition let us know by end of day Wednesday:
We're delighted to have launched The Volunteer Podcast! This series explores local voluntary projects in Dundee; including their origins, goals, successes and most importantly how you can get involved!

Most recently, our host Rachel, chatted to Michelle from Making Recovery Real Dundee to find out how those sharing their mental health journeys can help others.
This week:

Voluntary Sector Vacancies


Third Sector Updates

Organisational Support


Training and Events 

Social Enterprise 

Take Part 

Contact us

Dundee Independent Advocacy: Advocacy Caseworker

Dundee Independent Advocacy: Paid Temp Admin Worker (8-12 weeks) 

Dundee Women's Aid: Facilities Worker - Payments & Income

Dundee Women's Aid: Lead Childcare Practitioner - Holiday Club

Dundee Women's Aid: Childcare Practitioner - Holiday Club

Dundee Women's Aid: 2x Specialist Support Worker (Domestic Abuse)

Wellbeing Works: Peer Development Worker 

Wellbeing Works: Peer Worker 


Who do you help and in what way? Plusone Mentoring  provides an early intervention aimed at supporting and engaging vulnerable young people between the ages of 8 – 14 years who are deemed to be at risk of entering the children’s hearing system/criminal justice system. The project engages with young people and their families at a critical time to divert them away from negative pathways.

Link Up Mentoring provides support for young people aged 8-19 years old, who are marginalised by their communities as a result of their own behaviour, whether that is involvement in substance use or antisocial/ offending behaviour, or that of their family members.

We offer support to young people through the mentoring relationship and hope that this will provide a safe and trusting environment that will encourage the young person to consider their own potential and ability and encourage the growth of their confidence and self-esteem.

What difference do volunteers make to your organisation? All of the mentors for our mentoring programmes are volunteers so without them we would not be able to run these projects. Our volunteers meet their young person once a week for a year to empower them to make more positive choices whilst giving them a more positive outlook of their community. We are so grateful to the volunteers for their commitment to us and the young people.

What benefits can volunteers expect? The volunteers can expect to have the rewarding experience of empowering young people to become valued citizens of the community whilst being supported throughout the whole process by us. We will also offer free training courses throughout the year and chances to represent TCA at different events.

If no-one volunteered, where would you be? Without our volunteers these services would not go ahead.  The 2 mentoring projects rely solely on Volunteers to meet with the young people referred to the service therefore without them these young people would not be offered the service and this may impact on their future as an empowered and valued Dundee Citizen.

If you would like to volunteer with TCA as a Plusone Mentor or Link Up Mentor contact Georgia on 01382 456012 or email

Interested in Volunteering?

Search for opportunities or have a look at the Outreach Programme if you would rather chat with someone at a location near you.

Latest Volunteering Opportunities

DeafLinks - Citizen Advocate
Boomerang - Foot Care Helper
The Stroke Association - Event Volunteers
Terrence Higgins Trust: Clinic Reception, Mass Events Volunteer, Health Promotion Assistant
CLIC Sargent: Collection Tin Coordinator, Fundraising Engagement Volunteer
Dundee Stroke Exercise Club: Volunteer Coordinator
NHS Tayside: Meet & Greet at Ninewells Hospital
Marie Curie: Helper Service
Feeling Strong: General Volunteer 

Better Services by Design Workshop (Dundee)

Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action are delighted to be hosting a free half day workshop on Monday 20 January to introduce a service design approach to public and third sector organisations delivering services to citizens.
You will learn:
👉 A systematic approach to making apparently intangible services clear to a team
👉 How to explore the perspectives of those involved in your services and pinpoint service improvements
👉 Where you could cut unnecessary cost, risk, effort and friction
👉 The potential for digitally enhancing your services making use of free-to-use tools developed by the project
The session, delivered by Jenni Inglis and Jon Gill on behalf of Mydex CIC and The University of Edinburgh can be booked via Eventbrite.

THAT Singing for Wellbeing!
For People living with MS in Dundee and surrounding area

THAT will be delivering an 8 week singing for wellbeing programme for people living with MS in the Dundee and Angus Area commencing Thursday 6th February at 1.30-3.30 in St. Aidans Centre, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry.

Participants can register their interest by contacting Karine Neill or 01382 835509/835507. 

Football Fans in Training 

FFIT Would you like to join our long list of Dundee United Football Fans in Training graduates on our second intake of the 2019/20 season?
The FREE SPFL Trust course for men and women starts on the week beginning 13th January!  FFIT is delivered to groups of men and women aged 35-65 who have a waist size of 38’’ or more. Participants attend 12 weekly sessions at Tannadice to learn useful skills and techniques to help them improve their levels of physical activity and diet. Each meeting involves time in the classroom and also a training session with the DUCT coaches.

For more info, please get in touch with Michael Malone at Dundee United Community Trust.

Get involved at V&A Dundee 

Life at V&A Dundee has been non-stop since we opened our doors in September 2018. 2019 has built on that momentum with visitor from near and far exploring the amazing stories of Ocean Liners, Videogames and Robots in our major exhibitions as well as taking part in workshops, talks and events. As V&A Dundee moves into it’s second full year, we have an incredibly exciting programme ahead including a major exhibition on fashion designer Mary Quant and later – in November – an immersive dive into five decades of nightclubs’ design and culture.

For our local groups, we offer free guided tours of these major exhibitions, as well as tours of the building and our incredible permanent collection covering over 500 years of Scottish design and creativity. Alongside this, we have a range of workshops, aimed at providing free social, creative activities to those who might benefit or be at risk of isolation. Lastly, for those unable to visit the museum, we offer the option of coming out to visit you and can bring a range of objects from our collection to share, discuss and tell stories around.

If you are interested in any of these, or would simply like to know more, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact: Peter Nurick, Communities Producer – Access and Inclusion via email: or Tel: 01382 411588

Whether it is visiting the museum for a coffee overlooking the river, taking part in a practical workshop, or spending three hours in one of our incredible exhibitions, we genuinely believe that we have something for everyone and can’t wait to share it with you.
Feeling Strong, Dundee's youth-led mental health charity, has organised ASIST Suicide First Aid training to be delivered in Dundee by ASIST Master Trainers on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th February, a great way to keep communities safe and a valuable CPD opportunity! For more information: Book here

Please, pay it forward! Book your place on this course, learn the skills to keep someone safe, and also fund the place of a young person in Dundee. Together, we’ll create suicide-safer communities.

Voices Forum meeting

About the Dundee event
Throughout 2019, our Voices Forum has focused on the different themes of our 25 Calls campaign, which we will continue into 2020. At this meeting, run in partnership with Dundee Voluntary Action, we will be covering the 'supporting children, families and communities' theme with a focus on the provision of early learning and childcare (ELC) in the context of the expansion of funded hours

Hear from experts about how ready Scotland is for the expansion of ELC provision. Discuss your own work and influence our thinking on this key issue. Explore how the presentations that we hear on the day link with your local context and what Children in Scotland can do to support better outcomes for the children, young people and families that you work with. 

We are delighted to welcome Alison Hay from CHANGE (Childcare and Nurture Glasgow East) as a presenter. We also hope to hear from Scottish Government officials on the progress towards early learning and childcare expansion. 

How to book a place
By emailing
By calling 0131 313 8828

This event is free for Children in Scotland members.

Not sure if your organisation is a member of Children in Scotland?
Give us a call or drop us an email to find out whether you can join this event. 

Early learning and childcare:
readiness for 2020
Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9.30-12.30, Dundee

Our Voices Forum brings together the diverse knowledge, skills and experience of our members. It is a fantastic opportunity to make valuable connections as well as to explore and discuss topical policy areas with experts and officials. 
Corporate Football and Golf Events with a Charitable Impact  
As part of our national business five-a-side tournament, Business Fives, the Tayside event is one of 8 events throughout Scotland and is taking place at the SoccerWorld venue in Dundee on the afternoon of Thursday 27th February

Our reigning winter champions for the last two seasons, Begbies Traynor and Graham Pest Control both came from Tayside and companies like EQ Accountants, WM Donald, Curtis Bank, Dover FS are already involved in the event which has had Sean Dillon, Rab Douglas and Alex Rae as past after match speakers. You will find further details on our site here

We were thrilled to have passed the £100,000 mark for charity over the summer and looking forward to continuing to grow our impact as we edge towards the £150k mark.  Companies taking part will be playing for the chance to win our 10% company donation for your chosen charity as well as using the events as a vehicle to fundraise in advance. 

January 2020 Induction

The January 2020 induction for the Good Governance Award and Introduction to Good Governance Programme is now open for registration.  The session will be held at Number Ten from 10:00-12:00 on Wednesday 22nd January 2020.

Interested charities can contact us for more information and to request a registration form.

The Good Governance Award is the quality standard for Scottish charities.

The Award provides a clear, structured approach to assessing and improving a charity’s policies and procedures. Once completed, it provides proof that an organisation is actively engaging in excellent governance through our Award Certification.

The Introduction to Good Governance Programme has been developed to support small charities strengthen their core governance, and is a great precursor to the full Good Governance Award.

Rooms & Resources at DVA 

Looking for a place to meet or host an event in Dundee City Centre? Our spaces are bookable and we offer a discounted rate to DVA Dundee members! 

Support Across the Sector

👉 SCVO has helpful information available on its website to help you with running your organisation, from legislation and governance to managing volunteers and funding.

👉 Sign up to the OSCR Reporter to keep informed of the latest developments, news, consultations and forthcoming events for Scottish Charity Regulator updates.

👉 The Scottish Governance Code has been created for the third sector, by the third sector. It is a statement of best practice and has been developed by Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum following consultation with over 250 individuals and organisations.

Applications are now welcomed for the Al-Maktoum Community Grants Fund

Al-Maktoum Community Grants Fund aims to build the capacity of communities to address local issues which impact on people’s ability to look after and improve their own health and wellbeing and live the best life possible. Further information about the purpose and scope of the fund is detailed in the Guidance Notes. 2020 Application deadlines are Friday 29th February and Friday 5th June 2020.

Scottish Natural Heritage has launched a new fund as part of the Scottish Government's Year of Coasts and Water 2020. The fund is called Plunge In! and will provide grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 to help community groups participate in and celebrate #YCW2020 in their own way. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2020. 

Postcode Community Trust opens for applications on 21 January 2020. Postcode Community Trust provides project based funding in Great Britain under the themes 'Improving community health & wellbeing, Increasing participation in arts & physical recreation and reducing isolation'.

👉 You can search for funding on the Funding Scotland database, access local funding, List of Local Trusts 2018 and find more funding opportunities on the DVA Website.

Music is Medicine

Every Wednesday, 12:00-14:00 
Douglas & Mid Craigiebank Church, Balbeggie Place

Every Thursday, 12:30-14:30
Community Services Complex, Whitfield 

IMPACT Guide: Smoking and Mental Health Training

Monday 13th January, 12:30-15:30
Link Up Whitfield, Community Services Complex, Whitfield 

Better Services by Design Workshop 

Monday 20th January, 09:00-13:00
Luna Place, Gateway West, 7 Luna Place, DD2 1XF

Dundee Carers Centre: Carer Learning Sessions

*Sessions are open to both unpaid carers and the workforce who support them*

Seasons for Growth Seminar 
Wednesday 29th January, 10:00-13:00

Anger Workshop
Thursday 13th February, 10:00-13:00

Anxiety Workshop
Thursday 20th February, 10:00-13:00

Carers Wellbeing Workshop 
Thursday 5th March, 12:30-15:00

Caring Counts
Thursday 26th March or Thursday 9th April, 10:00-15:00

Evaluation Support Scotland: Make to measure: Evaluation Methods and Plans

Thursday 6th February, 10:00-16:00
Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action, Number Ten, 10 Constitution Road 

Social Isolation Network Meeting

Tuesday 18th February, 14:00-15:30
Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action, Number Ten, 10 Constitution Road 

DVVA & St Andrews University Information Session 

Wednesday 19th February, 14:00-15:30
Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action, 7 Luna Place, Dundee, DD2 1XF 

Barnardo's: Multi-Agency Practitioner Workshop. Child Sexual Exploitation Briefing 

Thursday 20th February, 10:00 or 12:30 and Friday 28th February, 10:00 or 13:00
Dudhope Castle, Dudhope Park, Barrack Road, Dundee

Community Health Team: Mind Yer Heid +

Wednesday 4th March, 09:15-16:15
Commitee Room 3, City Chambers, 14 City Square

Monday 25th May, 09:15-16:15 
Training Room, Dudhope Castle

Thursday 27th August, 09:15-16:15
Room 17, Mitchell Street

Tuesday 6th October, 09:15-16:15
Training Room, Dudhope Castle 

Let's Talk About Mental Health Recovery 

Wednesday 4th March, 14:30-16:30 
Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action, Number Ten, 10 Constitution Road

Dundee SmartCare 2020

Wednesday 25th March, 09:00-16:45
Bonar Hall, Park Place, Dundee, DD1 4HN
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