The following organisations submitted successful applications to the Community Capacity & Resilience Fund:
Bute Advice Centre – Financial Capability Across Bute & Cowal
Bute Advice Centre will support 100 individuals across Bute & Cowal to become better prepared for the roll-out of Universal Credit. Working in conjunction with the Job Centre and Adult Learning, they will provide a series of workshops on financial management, meal planning and IT literacy.
Cheviot Youth – The Budget, Shop, Store and Cook Project
Cheviot Youth will offer young people a series of workshops around cooking on a budget. The project will working in partnership with Tomorrow’s People and a range of other third sector and statutory organisations and through a number of Pop-Up Restaurants invite older people as diners to be part of a fitting end to each of the three courses.
Clydesdale Citizens Advice Bureau – Health and Disability Benefit Support
The project will provide a new specialist service to deliver advice and support to people who have not been granted benefits relating to their health and/or disabilities, to which they are entitled, and who wish to challenge that decision.
Community One Stop Shop – COSS in the Community
The holistic service will expand to weekends and evening sessions, providing benefits and employability advice and a foodbank.
Crookston Community Group – Breaking Poverty Barriers
An outreach programme aimed at BME communities, sensitive to cultural needs, will work with a variety of partners to provide advice in an individual’s own language, practical support, early intervention and prevention work.
Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus – Out of Sight, Out of Mind
The project will focus on multiple disadvantage providing training for agencies, networking and information sharing meetings and seminars, welfare training for staff, and one to one support and advocacy sessions.
East Ayrshire Churches Homelessness Action – Community Friends
The project will expand with an additional staff member and increased hours, providing food, advice and volunteer befriender support to vulnerable members of the community.
Edinburgh Food Project – Niddrie Foodbank Centre
The Edinburgh Food Project will extend to a high deprivation area of Edinburgh, using its existing infrastructure and working in partnership with a local community group.
Fife Arabic Society (FAS) – Employment, Volunteering and Welfare Training project
Fife Arabic Society will recruit and develop volunteers to deliver a programme of activities aimed at reducing the isolation and disadvantage of many members of the Fife Arabic community, including providing a job club and basic welfare reform advice and support.
Forres Area Credit Union Ltd (FACU) – Family Finances Coach and Support Worker
This project will expand the School Savings Co-ordinator duties to provide an individualised package of coaching support to parents, via one to one family finance support and four-week financial literary courses.
Gallatown Gala & Community Group – Gallatown Community Food & Internet Café
The community group and Kirkcaldy YMCA will work together to run a community café with internet access, job search support, parent support, basic skills courses, which aim to increase social interaction and well-being of the community.
Glasgow South East Food bank – Glasgow South East Food Development and Advice Project
This pilot project will trial expanding the remit of the food bank to provide advice to local people in partnership with Castlemilk Law centre.
Hope Kitchen – HOPE Access to Information
Hope Kitchen will hold verbal information sharing sessions with partners for the Gypsy-Traveller Community, where illiteracy is a barrier to learning about the advice and rights services on offer.
Inch Park Community Sports Club – Sports Café
The Sports Cafe provides a series of sessions for young people who come to engage in sport and are then taught to cook a healthy low cost meal. Their family attend at the end to eat with the participants.
Izzy’s Promise – Bridging the Gap of Worklessness Through Volunteering
Vulnerable BME people who have never worked will be recruited as peer mentoring volunteers. They will be trained in communication, computer skills, and financial management and will in turn support other BME people in a similar situation.
Kincardine & Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau – Rural Outreach
The CAB will open an advice outreach service for seven hours a week, allowing the welfare benefits officer to have a base within the area to meet clients one to one.
Let’s Get Sporty – Link Officer
Let’s Get Sporty will hire a housing association link officer to support young people who have become homeless or are in supported housing due to welfare reform. The link officer will also recruit young people for the Let’s Get Employed programme.
Luing Shopping Club – Community Transport
A bus will be hired to transport the local people on the island to the local shop and to the Oban ferry which will prevent pensioners from being socially excluded.
Midlothian Financial Inclusions Network – Better Banking
The pilot project will try to improve the range of banking options available to people on benefits by mapping the availability of current services, working with the local credit union, and talking to high street banks about supporting vulnerable people’s needs, amongst other actions.
North West Women’s Centre – Supporting Women on Benefits and into Work
This funding will increase North West Women’s Centre’s capacity to assist women seriously distressed due to recent changes to the welfare system by providing financial, welfare and basic employment skills support.
Penny Burn Community Association – Support Help Advice Reassure and Enable (SHARE)
Volunteers will run SHARE, a one stop shop that will provide practical support whenever it is needed to help prevent individuals and families from reaching crisis point.
SHAX – Emergency Starter Packs and Homemaker Project
SHAX will increase and expand capacity to provide emergency home starter packs to clients in crisis as well as developing a pilot project with the local credit union to support clients to manage their money better and purchase essential household items.
Shetland Islands Credit Union – Shetland College Outreach Collection Point
In order to keep the credit union going and expand its business, volunteers will be recruited, trained and reimbursed for expenses.
Solway Credit Union Limited – Rent First Account
The funding will cover the cost of additional admin staff required to run the credit union’s new Rent First Account. This product will help tenants of Social Landlords on Universal Credit to budget, and make sure they don`t fall behind with their rent.
Souper Saturday – Food and Social Service
In addition to providing a higher quality of food and meeting more demand, Souper Saturday will provide a warm and friendly environment where people can socialise, play board games, and relax for up to six hours.
South Ayrshire Foodbank – CAN (cheap & nutritious) Cookery Course
The food bank will provide a six-week rolling programme of healthy low-cost cooking courses for food bank clients, using a fully equipped mobile kitchen transported throughout South Ayrshire.
South East Integration Network – South East Community Action
The community action project will increase the capacity of local organisations to provide high quality advice to those in desperate need with targeted welfare reform training, meetings showing people where to access welfare reform support, and an event to plan welfare reform mitigation activity for the future.
Speak Out Advocacy Project – Speak Out Extra
Speak Out Advocacy will employ a dedicated advocate to support the most vulnerable to appeal benefit sanctions, to visit employment disability advisors and in other welfare related issues.
Sunny Govan Community Radio – Welfare Radio
This project is to use the medium of community radio to create a weekly one hour radio programme on the various issues around welfare reform, providing advice, signposting and creating an opportunity for people to share their stories.
The Larder West Lothian – Let’s Cook
Let’s Cook will link with West Lothian Food Bank, working to relieve food poverty by teaching people to cook healthy meals within their allocated food budget.
The Libertie Project Limited – Better Off
The Libertie Project will provide ‘better off bags’ to prevent people reaching crisis point, containing hard to afford non food essentials alongside information, resources, vouchers, free digital cafe, training and creative solutions to managing on a small budget.
The Zone Youth Committee – Outreach Welfare Advisor
The Zone Youth Committee will employ someone with extensive knowledge of welfare reform to hold advice surgeries, provide home visits, and train staff and committee members to advise peers and the broader community.
WestGAP (West Glasgow Against Poverty) – Building Capacity at WestGAP
This project will increase capacity allowing the building of relationships with local support services, production of new informational material in multiple languages, recruitment of volunteer advisors and collaboration with local organisations to deliver reciprocal training.
Whitburn and District Community Development Trust – Whitburn CAB project
The Trust will contract a Citizen’s Advice professional to provide a locally accessible weekly advice surgery for range of enquiries including benefits, debt, employment, housing and relationships.
Woodlands Community Development Trust – Local Food Social Support Hub
This project will expand capacity to meet demand by developing a course to train volunteers who will help to deliver community cafe sessions, cooking demonstrations, and networking meetings to develop people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point.