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News Archive 2019

Independent Living Fund - Increase in Age Range

Are you aged 16-25, and living with a disability / additional support need in Scotland?

You could be eligible for up to £7,500 in funding from ILF Scotland’s Transition Fund!

ILF can support you to try new activities, gain new experiences, improve your independence, build your confidence, help you to spend more time with other people.

To be eligible to apply to the Fund you need to;

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 25 (you can apply at 15);
  • Have lived in Scotland for the last 6 months;
  • Have an impairment or disability (including additional support needs at school);
  • Have less than £26,250 of personal savings

For more details about the eligibility criteria and to apply, please visit their website.

They have had lots of young people apply with some inspiring and creative ideas. Examples include musical instruments / music lessons, photography classes / cameras / mobile phones, make-up courses, DJ equipment, gym memberships / gym clothes, karate classes, driving lessons, sports equipment, laptops, iPads and much more. Find out more from our case studies.

If you don’t know what to apply for, ILF Scotland can provide a person centred planning grant to help you find the support you need to make an application. You can find out more about the person centred planning grants here.

There is no deadline or closing date for the Transition Fund.

Spruce have a sale!

Spruce Carpets have a 50% off sale on all showroom stock of carpets and vinyls until Friday 21st Feb.

Find out more and where you can find them here.

Space for Growth - Survey

Glasgow City Council (GCC) is committed to delivering inclusive economic growth that supports the creation of jobs, tackles poverty and improves the city’s health; and have developed the Space for Growth initiative, which looks to assist start-up businesses, social enterprises, creative organisations and community groups in supporting access to affordable accommodation. In doing so, it will provide a platform for sustainable growth, helping to grow local economies and build stronger communities with the overall aim of increasing local employment opportunities.

To assist GCC with this they are now seeking:

  • Interested parties for space identified within Partick Burgh Hall
  • Information from organisations who are seeking space, or in the near future, to inform future planning

Any organisations interested in space would be assessed against the intended outcomes of the initiative and determined on a ‘best-fit’ approach aligning the organisations purpose and its potential for success against the needs of the local community. Terms of occupancy will be agreed that best meet the needs of the tenant and will reflect the particular needs of individual buildings and their locales, and the application of the council’s concessionary rents policy may apply.

Partick Burgh Hall

Partick Burgh Hall has been chosen as the location of a Hub for the city’s North-West Strategic Planning Area. The hall is managed by Glasgow Life, is located to the west of the city approximately three miles from the city centre and less than half a mile from Kelvin Hall subway station. Dumbarton Road is located to the south and the property overlooks the West of Scotland Cricket Ground to the North. The hall is well used and valued by the local community and there are opportunities to extend the use of the building for Space for growth purposes. Currently, a room has been made available within the hall (approx. 8m x 10m), located next to kitchen and toilet facilities, which can be remodelled to accommodate a range of activities. The council will provide development funding for this purpose in collaboration with the successful tenant and Glasgow Life.

Please take some time to fill in the survey which can then be passed onto GCC to progress further.

Please take some time to fill in the survey which can then be passed onto GCC to progress further.

Mindfulness for Health & Wellbeing 4 wk course

This 4 week course is aimed specifically at promoting overall health and wellbeing. In it, Mindfulness practitioner Gemma Cummins will teach simple but surprisingly effective techniques drawn from the Zen tradition to help manage everyday life, deal with stress, improve your concentration, and boost general health and well being.

Friday Feb 21st – Friday March 13th: 3-4.30pm

There is a discounted price if you're a GSEN member!

Find out more and book your place here.

Health Issues in the Community (HIIC) training course

CHEX hosts the tutor network for HIIC and the tutor training for the courses. HIIC is designed to enable participants to develop their understanding of the range of factors that affect their health and the health of their communities and to explore how these factors can be addressed by using community development, that is by coming together to take collective action on the issues of importance to them.

For more information about the course itself follow this link.

If you think you might be interested in becoming a tutor more information about what is involved is available via this link.