Nominations invited for local Cup- Jean Macdonald volunteering in a Care setting

Nominate a Volunteer for Local Cup

The Jean MacDonald Cup for volunteering is inviting nominations from groups or individuals for this award.  The cup is in Honour of Jean Macdonald, a remarkable woman who had volunteered with many organisations in the Wick community for over 50 years.   She spent a lot of time volunteering in the Care sector and wanted the Cup to recognise volunteering in this field, in later life she volunteered with the Laurandy Centre in Wick.

To be nominated for the award, volunteers must have spent over 5 years volunteering and some of this time must be in a care type role with a vulnerable group.  This includes working with individuals as well as organisations. Roles such as caring for the elderly, people with special needs, supporting children/adults with learning difficulties etc. will all be included.

Nominations close on 4th August 2017                                            

 Forms are available from Catherine Patterson or Margaret Allan email:   or

Volunteer Newsletter Summer 2017- lots of volunteer photos

Check out the new Summer newsletter, many photos of local volunteers enclosed.

East End Football club Young Coaches
volunteer newsletter 2017

Small environmental grants up to £500

Grants Going Fast!  

Volunteering Matters Action Earth only has 33 grants left to allocate for 2017 – 25 grants of £250 and 8 Local Nature Reserve grants of £500.  Now is the time to apply for events you are planning for either Summer or Autumn!  We are now looking to support projects which involve a minimum of 25 volunteers and will prioritise applications which take place in areas with multiple deprivation or involve volunteers from these areas.

Remember to get your grant claim and feedback forms into us as soon as your project is over.  You will be sent a link to the online feedback once your end date approaches.  Complete this and then email receipts and pictures to  

changes to Awards for All Funding

, Awards for All is being updated as  (10thJuly 2017). As part of this, this funding will be renamed as National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.

There will be a new application process (along with a new form and guidance notes) which is more customer friendly. There will be fewer application questions so it should be quicker to complete. Successful organisations will receive funding more quickly. A payment will be made within two weeks of receiving notification of being successful.

What other changes/differences will there be?

  • New minimum request – funding can be for between £300 and £10,000 (rather than £500 to £10,000).
  • If an application is successful, the organisation will receive an unconditional offer. Currently it is a conditional offer. This means some more information will be asked for upfront. These are to submit a bank statement and signature (scanned/photo or post them).
  • The ‘£75,000 land/building rule’ is being removed. There will in turn be no total project cost limit when an organisation applies for land and/or building work.
  • New organisations (no more than 15 months) don’t need to give a financial projection. On the application form they can put ‘0’.
  • Only two unrelated committee/board members are needed. Currently at least three unrelated members are necessary.
  • We can now be flexible on projects running for slightly longer than 12 months.
  • Second hand vehicles will now be considered.
  • The main application contact can now be 16 plus (the legal contact still have to be 18 plus).
  • A landline phone number will no longer be needed/preferred.

Other details to be aware of

The current application form will only now only be accepted until 7 August 2017. If you know of groups who are thinking of applying, please let them know about this, or, they should download the new application form (as of10th July]

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland will continue to fund the same projects as Awards for Scotland. Creative Scotland and sportscotland remain part of this funding.


Nominate a young Volunteer for the Saltire Summit Award

The Summit award is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering.  It will be  awarded to recognise volunteers who have completed a 200 hour Saltire Award but have also exceeded expectations and gone out of their way to help the community.  Applications are assessed by a panel of young people gathered from throughout the Highlands and only 12 awards are issued annually from the Highland region. Please consider nominating someone ,download a form today or for more information contact Catherine at CVG Summit Nomination 2017