Life Changes Trust

Life Changes Trust

This is a new grants programme for local organisations across the Highlands.  Local projects can apply for up to £15,000 to deliver work which will support people affected by dementia living in the Highland area. They know from experience that, very often it is local, grassroots organisations which, by their very nature of being local, have the most immediate impact on people living with dementia, their families and unpaid carers. These local projects may have few resources but have real potential to make a difference in the lives of local people who are affected by dementia.

They believe that supporting local organisations will deepen understanding of what is working well, and we plan to roll these events and the small grants programme out across Scotland over the next two years.  This approach to funding will also strengthen confidence among people and organisations who are already providing support to people affected by dementia in their community.  

We want to see communities get the financial support they need to really deliver on what local people affected by dementia say would make the biggest difference to their everyday lives. Applications for grants from the Highland region of between £2,000 and £15,000 can be made up until 26th April.   Please read the Guidance document thoroughly before applying –

 Enquiries can be made to Colm McBriarty –



Pupil Equity Fund

A Scottish Government fund which aims to boost the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils in 183 schools across Highland Council's region is still open. The Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) is being provided as part of the £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund which will be invested over the current parliamentary term (2016 to 2021). PEF is allocated directly to schools and targeted at closing the poverty related attainment gap. The purpose of PEF is to close the poverty related attainment gap, by improving the educational outcomes of children affected by poverty. In Highland, third sector organisations can register to become a provider to schools of services that meet the needs identified. Schools should identify the issue to be addressed, and the target group (or groups) of pupils most in need of additional support, based on an analysis of local evidence and data.
If you would like more information or would like to apply to be included in the list of PEF providers email

SSEN Resilient Fund open

SSEN (Scottish and Southern Electricity Network) north of Scotland Resilient Communities Fund is now open for applications. You live within an area which has an identified resilience need but has not received funding from the fund in the past. The £140,000 fund is available for non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities working in the SSEN distribution area. Applications will be accepted until 23 May 2018.

The Resilient Communities Fund supports local projects that:

•              Protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness.

•              Enhance community facilities, services and communication specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency event.

to find out more contact



Highland Council Community Play Award 2019

The Highland Council, in association with Play Highland, are offering an award of £1000 to the group, organisation or community that has done the most to promote benefits of play for children this year.

The annual award is presented by the Council’s Play Improvement Group, which works to promote self-directed free play with daily access to the outdoors. The 2018 award was won by Lundavra Primary School Nursery in Fort William. They provide an excellent range of self-directed and inclusive play that incorporates, loose parts, imagination and creativity at its core. The Play Improvement Group felt the Lundavra application demonstrated how included the children were in consultation, development, and the range of opportunities the children had to explore, develop and play.

The 2019 award is open to any school group, charity or community organisation working with children and young people at any age group from infants up to aged 18. Applicants for 2019 will be assessed under the following criteria.

  1. Promotion of inclusion
  2. Promotion/implementation of the Highland Play Strategy
  3. Promotion of free play
  4. Innovation
  5. Can we learn from it – is it transferrable?

For further information about play initiatives and developments across the Highlands, and to obtain an award application form, please visit

The closing date for submissions will be noon on 15 March 2019.

Police Scotland Survey

Police Scotland want to hear from the public and partners about how they shape the service that they provide.

In 2017 they agreed a ten year strategy for how they want to build a sustainable service able to adapt to the needs of a changing Scotland. Since then, they have been planning for and delivering change, whilst continuing to provide the local and specialist services that keep people safe.

Each year they are required to publish an Annual Police Plan which sets out operational priorities for the year ahead.

This year they will enhance that, by bringing together the work they do locally and nationally across all functions with their change activity, into one plan covering the next three years.

This will show how all the parts of the service come together to make a positive impact for policing and society and to keep people safe across Scotland against a set of strategic outcomes.

As part of ongoing engagement, they are looking for opinions from people across Scotland on our proposed outcomes, their approach, and how you want to be involved in working with them to continue to shape future services. They are also keen to hear your views to help shape the future strategies in respect to prevention and public contact and engagement.

Your opinions will help them to make sure that the plan fits with expectations and enables continued collaboration, and that we identify any areas of the plan that require to be amended or strengthened.

Their plan will be laid before the Scottish Parliament by the end of March.

The survey will be open until 18 March 2019.

To take part, please visit: