Scottish Governance Code for third Sector

The Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector
This Scottish Governance Code has been created for the third sector, by the third sector. It is a statement of best practice and has been developed by Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum following consultation with over 250 individuals and organisations. The first Code to be produced specifically for Scotland’s third sector, it recognises the need for the sector to have its own principles of governance and sets out the core principles and key elements of good governance for the boards of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Scotland. The Code has been developed with reference to a broad range of other governance codes across the UK.
Good governance matters because it underpins successful organisations. It matters in all sectors, but especially in ours where the purpose is to serve our beneficiaries as best we can. A good reputation takes years to build and seconds to destroy. Good governance underpins our effectiveness and is also the best way to protect and enhance the reputation of our individual organisations and our sector as a whole. Over 250,000 trustees in Scotland are volunteers and give their time and skills on a voluntary basis to steer the work of third sector organisations. Individually as trustees and collectively as boards, they are the bastions of good governance. This Code is for them. For you. Please use it, share it and help us promote good governance. Visit: https://governancecode.scot/

Befriending Caithness looking for referrals for 40-60 years project

Befriending Caithness

The main aim for Befriending Caithness 40-60 year old project is to make people feel less isolated and lonely, due to circumstances outwith their control, we can all get very easily isolated and this project brings people back into the community by joining other groups to meet other people, this will help these individuals quality of life by showing them that their community cares and hope that in many situations through support and friendship these people can feel part of something again.

They also recruit volunteers to become befrienders and then match them with a befriendees with similar interests to go and chat with them on a weekly basis.

They have had befriendees who have used the service and have now become befrienders which is a great outcome seeing their confidence blossom.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from this service please contact Isobel Campbell assistant befriending coordinator on 01955609962.

Data Protection for Organisations – new legislation started in May!

Data Protection for Organisations – new legislation started in May!
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – the new legal framework – applies in the UK from 25th May 2018. The government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR. Although the GDPR shares similarities with the existing UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), it also has some new and different requirements. Under GDPR, UK citizens will benefit from new or stronger rights:

  • to be informed about how their data is used;
  • around data portability across service providers;
  • to erase or delete their personal information;
  • over access to the personal data an organisation holds about them;
  • to correct inaccurate or incomplete information; and
  • over automated decisions and profiling. 

Scottish charities must be aware of all of their requirements and should prepare for the GDPR prior to its launch. They may need, for example, to put new procedures in place to deal with the GDPR’s new transparency and individuals’ rights provisions. To assist you, the Information Comissioner’s Office (ICO) website contains information on how you can prepare for the GDPR, including this document which outlines 12 steps to take right now: https://ico.org.uk/media/1624219/preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf.

Highland Third Sector Awards

 

The Highland Third Sector Interface is delighted to open nominations for the 2018 Highland Third Sector Awards.  We are looking forward to once again celebrating the phenomenal work of our Third Sector here in Highland! Please note the deadline for nominations is the 27th of June 2018. 

Categories

Youth Volunteer of 2018

Community Initiative 2018

Volunteer of the Year 2018

Highland Partnership 2018

Board Trustee of the Year 2018

Outstanding Achievement Award 2018 For recognition of an individuals outstanding and sustained

Social Enterprise of the Year 2018

Third Sector Organisation of the Year 2018

To find out more go to http://www.highlandtsi.org.uk/