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Welcome to the latest edition of the weekly Dundee TSI Newsletter. Dundee TSI is a partnership between Dundee Voluntary Action, Dundee Social Enterprise Network and Volunteer Dundee. 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:

📣 As we approach the end of 2019 please note this issue is the last Dundee TSI Newsletter of the year and will resume in the new year on Friday 10th January 📣
Merry Christmas to you and yours from everyone involved with the Dundee Third Sector Interface, we look forward to working with you in 2020 🎄
This week:

Voluntary Sector Vacancies


Third Sector Updates

Organisational Support


Training and Events 

Social Enterprise 

Take Part 

Contact us

Dundee Blind & Partially Sighted Society: Social Activities Assistant

Dundee Independent Advocacy Support: Fundraiser & Social Media Developer

Dundee Women's Aid: 2x Specialist Support Workers (Domestic Abuse) - Employed by DWA and seconded to Housing First

Dundee Women's Aid1x Facilities Worker – Payments & Income

Feeling Strong: Administration & Operations Assistant

Dundee Age Concern: Care Assistant 

Maggie’s Dundee are really looking for a lot more support with Volunteers, so any help you could give would be amazing.

We are looking for more support in the following locations:
  • Drop in Volunteers – welcome visitors and make tea and coffee
  • Event volunteers – stall, bucket collections, event stewards
  • Admin support – Thank you letters, help with banking, volunteer admin jobs
  • Speakers -  people who can go do talks / presentations for Maggie’s and also collect cheques on our behalf.
Any help you could give would be amazing.

Laura Boyd
Centre Fundraiser

T 01382496384
M 07860271415

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

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
Ye Amphibious Ancient Bathing Association:  Steward - New Year's Day
Marie Curie: Helper Service
Feeling Strong: General Volunteer 

Older Peoples Services: Fire Safety and Electric Blanket Testing Roadshows

The nights are fair drawing in, so to keep you safe and warm this winter we have three more Fire Safety and Electric Blanket Testing Roadshows with 
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at BoomerangSt Mary's Community Facility, St Kilda Road and the new Menzieshill Community Centre.

You can find out more about the drop in sessions in the event listing on Facebook 

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, 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

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. 

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. 
Learn more about KEN

In 2020 the Knowledge Industries in Dundee are projected to overtake Manufacturing for the first time, increasing the talent pool and becoming a predominant force for change in the city.  With many new and upcoming developments and investments in the city, it is a prime opportunity for the Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) to tap into the social responsibility of business. 
KEN aims to build a directory of individuals and businesses who can offer their skills and expertise to the Third Sector.  By sharing skills, knowledge and expertise, business can help to mitigate the impact of funding cuts on Third Sector organisations, increasing their resilience and sustainability.  This will create a positive impact in the city as a whole through the promotion of social responsibility, inspiring positive change and making Dundee a go to for talented individuals with a conscience.
Skill and knowledge sharing can take many forms: one to one, short term, goal specific opportunities, workshops which can benefit multiple organisations, group volunteering opportunities which offer team building skills and virtual volunteering e.g. short pre-recorded videos, live webinars or remote short term, goal specific opportunities.
The network is currently looking to build a shopping list of wants and needs from Third Sector organisations and projects, which will qualify our knowledge requests, and to network with businesses and individuals in Dundee to facilitate inclusion in the network/directory.
So, if you have a want or need that you would like us to include, if you have skills you would like to share or you would like further information on the project please get in touch with us at or contact Gill Faichney KEN Business Planning Officer on 07719 969233 or 01382 305705.


16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence 25th November to 10th December 2019. More information, and full programme on our website.

The Credit Union Elf Escape

From the 2nd December, Discovery Credit Union - a local Credit Union based in Dundee, will hide 50 Christmas Elf Dolls in and around the community, in post codes DD1 all the way through to DD7 for local people to find.

Carole Smith, Member Services Manager at Discovery Credit Union said
“This Christmas, we want to bring a little fun and adventure to the people in our communities so we set about planning and hiding some elf dolls in what we’re calling ‘The Great Elf Escape’. Each elf doll has a prize attached to it and anyone who finds one needs to bring it back to our main office, in the Central Library to have the prize money deposited into their account.”

The elves are hidden across the local area, in libraries, community centres, shops, parks and on benches. There are a variety of cash prizes available ranging from £2.50 up to £100 if you find one of the little elves, return it to the Credit Union before the 31st December 2019 and claim your prize.


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.

SCVO will be opening another round of Cyber Essentials Grant Funding on 4th November 2019.  This will run as an open call until March 2020, with applications being graded over the course of the period.  
(see for details)


Bank of Scotland Foundation expands funding programmes for Scottish charities
Bank of Scotland Foundation, an independent charity supporting people and their local communities across Scotland, has started to expand its funding programmes. ‘Supporting Positive Change Across Scotland’ is the Foundation’s five-year strategic plan which will see a range of new funding programmes open in 2019 and 2020 as the Foundation rethinks its approach.

👉 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 Complex, Whitfield 

Digital Festival Scotland
Wednesday 13th November - Tuesday 17th December 

The Circle Networking - Social enterprise ecosystem showcase event and Q&A
Friday 6th December, 10:00 - 12:30

Fire Safety and Electric Blanket Testing Roadshows
Monday 9th December, 10:30–12:30
St Kilda Road Community Facility, St Marys

Monday 9th December, 14:00–16:00
Menzieshill Community Centre

Tuesday 10th December, 16:00-18:00

Dundee and Angus College, Gardyne Road, Dundee, DD5 1NY

Dundee SOUP
Tuesday 10th December, 18:00-20:00
The Circle 

PAMIS Emergency First Aid at Work 
Thursday 12th December, 09:00-17:00
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Older People’s Psychology Service Information Sessions
Friday 13th December, 10:00-12:00
DVA, Number Ten, 10 Constitution Toad, Dundee, DD1 1LL

Golden Oldies Cinema Club Christmas Event
Friday 20th December, 12:30-16:00
The Friary, Tullidelph Road
Take Part
Scottish Government Consultation

Do you provide childcare in your community – including breakfast clubs, after school clubs or holiday programmes?

Do you provide any activities for children and young people in your communities – what do they want and need from these activity programmes or would you like to offer more?

Do you support children and families in your community – how could affordable and accessible childcare and access to a range of activities benefit them?

A new consultation on Out of School Care has been launched by the Scottish Government. We published our draft framework on Out of School Care on Friday 30th of August and welcome responses until the closing date of Friday 6th December.

You can find the consultation and our draft framework document here:

This draft framework sets out a vision for out of school care in Scotland, considers the current picture and asks questions about the benefits and challenges of accessing out of school care. In this context, the term “Out of School Care” encompasses a wide range of childcare and activity services which are provided to school-age children outside of school hours – this includes breakfast clubs, after-school clubs, holiday clubs, childminders and activity programmes including youth work. These services are most commonly used by primary school children but we want to hear from services for older children too.
Available evidence points to the importance of out of school care for both children’s and parents’ outcomes - including play, learning and socialisation benefits for the former; and opportunities to work, train or study for the latter.  Research also suggests that for low income families school holidays can increase financial pressure and may lead to food insecurity and missing out on opportunities that are available to children in higher income families.

We would like to invite organisations involved in supporting children and families to respond to the consultation, and we would be grateful if you could share widely with your stakeholders as well. There are 18 questions but you can answer as many or as few as you want.

We want to understand what children, young people, parents and carers, professionals and experts think about the ways in which out of school care can give children opportunities to play and access life-enhancing experiences and support parents to work, train or study and what difference this makes for children and families. What could this look like in the future?

We have produced a parent pack to help facilitate group discussions about what families want and need from out of school care. We’re also including a poster with a QR code so that parents can access the consultation on their phone. Encouraging parents to think about what a future system of before, after school and holiday childcare and activities could look like will help us develop future policy which is effective for those who need it most.

If you are able to also engage children and young people so that their voices are heard as part of this developing future policy, we can accept responses to Q6 and Q7 from the consultation in any format – you can send their recorded views to We made a film of some theatre work we carried out with children as part of our engagement as we developed our draft framework.

If you need any more information, we’d be happy to chat more about the draft framework and the consultation.

Please contact Eilidh Henry on 0131 244 5392

Dundee SOUP 

After a great September SOUP at Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee SOUP returns to The Circle on 10 December, 6 – 8 pm. Come along to help kickstart some brilliant Dundee projects and have a tasty soup dinner with the city’s supportive community. Book your ticket here

What is Dundee SOUP?

Based on the popular Detroit SOUP model, with a Dundee twist, Dundee SOUP is a micro-funding dinner celebrating and supporting creative community projects in Dundee.

For a donation of £5, attendees receive soup, bread and a vote and hear from four presentations and then cast the vote to their favourite one. At the end of the night, we count the votes and transfer them into cash that goes directly to the projects presenting.

Hungry for details? Learn more about the project here.

What’s great about Dundee SOUP?

The Dundee twist is that all participating projects are guaranteed to get a little bit of money and a lot of support from an encouraging community.

Pitch at Dundee SOUP  

Do you have a project that needs support? Apply to pitch at the next Dundee SOUP at The Circle on 10 December, 6 – 8 pm, present your idea to receive direct support from the amazing Dundee SOUP community. 

The deadline for December SOUP proposals is 30 November!

Our Mission:

Dundee SOUP’s mission is to promote community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, trust and fun. It is a place where everyone is welcomed and supported.

Independent review of Prevent: call for evidence

This is an open call for evidence. We want to hear a broad range of opinions, expertise and experience from those who can offer an insight into what Prevent means, how it works, and how it affects individuals and communities.

This includes

  • those working to deliver Prevent locally and nationally
  • those responsible for implementing the statutory Prevent duty(for example, health care professionals and schools and higher education institutions)
  • civic groups and charitable organisations
  • research and academic institutions with an interest in Prevent

We also want to hear from individuals who have been referred to, or accessed, Prevent services, and parents, carers, friends, or others close to those individuals. We would also like to hear from members of the public and communities who are crucial voices in thinking about how we, as society, can best safeguard those vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

How to submit your response

You can complete our online survey and submit your views. You can also paste links to existing reports and articles you think are relevant at the end of the survey. There is a limit on the length of responses per question.

The survey can be made available as a paper questionnaire if required. To request a copy by e-mail please contact us at

Information at:

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 9 December 2019

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