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BIG Decision on SVA Programme
Date: 25th Oct 2007

Following the meeting of the Big Lottery Fund's Scotland Country Committee last week, colleagues from the CVS network, SCVO, the Scottish Government's Third Sector Team, VDS and CAS met BIG staff today to hear the Committee's view on the SVA programme.


Blears - Empowering people
Communities and Local Government
Date: 25th Oct 2007
Communities Secretary Hazel Blears will today publish an 'empowerment action plan' - setting out how the Government will deliver on its commitment to bring about greater devolution and empower communities....more

The Ambassadors
Date: 18th Oct 2007
In England the government commissioned the Social Enterprise Coalition to select 34 Ambassadors to go about the country extolling the benefits of social enterprise. They are now in place and reading their individual stories is indeed inspiring.  ...more

Empowering Communities
National Strategic Empowerment Partnership
Date: 12th Oct 2007
Empowering Communities is the South West regional consortium of the
National Strategic Empowerment Partnership...more

Innovation in the Public Sector
Date: 12th Oct 2007
 Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector, this week launched the Innovation Exchange with the announcement of a new £200,000 fund to support the programme’s work in 2008-09, drawing on investment provided by NESTA The Exchange is being set up to foster innovation within the sector and to find ways of improving relationships between third sector social innovators, public service commissioners and investors.


Opening of the Melting Pot
Claire Carpenter
Date: 12th Oct 2007
The Melting Pot finally opened last Monday after over 100 volunteers took part in a week long eco-fit out party. ...more

Core values
The Guardian
Date: 12th Oct 2007
The legendary founder of the time bank movement tells Annie Kelly why our communities' long-term health depends on the strengths of their social networks, family structures and economic self-sufficiency ...more

Community-buyouts of industrial land
Govan Workspace
Date: 12th Oct 2007
One of the largest community-buyouts of industrial land in urban Scotland has been completed by Govan Workspace with the purchase of a five-and-a-half acre site on the banks of the Clyde....more

£1.4m project to foster sector innovation launched
Ben Cook, Third Sector Online
Date: 11th Oct 2007
The £1.2m Third Sector Innovation Exchange was officially launched this week with an additional £200,000 of funding from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, taking the total investment to £1.4m. ...more

The story so far
Local People Leading
Date: 11th Oct 2007
LPL is the campaign for strong and independent communities.  It was initiated in Jan 2007 by an alliance of 4 network organizations; Development Trust Association Scotland, Community Woodlands Association, Community Recycling Network Scotland and Senscot....more

Executive Summary
Avanté Consulting
Date: 5th Oct 2007
Avanté Consulting's report on supporting Voluntary Action - Needs Analysis (August, 2007) ...more
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