Sheds Grant Fund

Royal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation, has established a Sheds Grant Fund to provide small scale funding to Sheds who are looking for help with either set up or early stage development costs.

Sheds are community spaces where people can come together to take part in practical skills and activities. Sometimes called Men’s Sheds or Community Sheds, they are designed and run by their members and provide opportunities for people to share tools, resources and skills in order to create, learn and develop social networks.Shed activities often involve traditional crafts such as joinery, furniture renovation, metal work and mechanics, but each Shed meets the interests of its members and therefore may also include a broad range of activities such as gardening, model making, photography or baking. To find out more go to


Heart Research, Healthy Heart Grants

Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grants are available thanks to the fundraising done in Subway® stores and through the Subway Helping Hearts™ Family 5Ks.  They are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease near you.

The grant programme rolls out on a regional basis throughout the year.  Everything you need to check your eligibility is

the next closing date for Scotland is July 2nd.



Caithness Rural Transport are seeking to employ two drivers, one based in Wick and one in Thurso to drive our vehicles

Applications must be made in writing no later than 20th June to Coreen Campbell, Caithness Rural Transport, Telford House, Williamson Street, Wick, KW1 5ES or

THURSO post is part-time to cover maternity leave, a minimum of 16 hours per week paid at the rate of £8.75 per hour

WICK post is part-time for a minimum of 10 hours per week paid at the rate of £8.75 per hour

For more information and a detailed job spec please contact Coreen or Valerie on 01955 605588 or email the above address

Fair Food Transformation Fund 

Fair Food Transformation Fund 
The Scottish Government invites applications for the Fair Food Transformation Fund. The fund is part of a £1 million-a-year Fair Food Fund, which aims to ensure that everyone can feed themselves and their families and reduce reliance on emergency food provision. The fund supports community projects that offer dignified and sustainable responses to food poverty. The Scottish Government has adopted the ‘Dignity Principles’ developed by the Independent Short Life Working Group on Food Poverty (June 2016) to inform how we direct the Fund. The additional £1 million investment (£500,000 per year in 2018-19 and 2019-20) will be focused on supporting children who can experience increased food insecurity during school holidays. The specific activities to be supported will be defined in consultation with key partners over the coming months. The fund will be open for applications until 18th July. For more information, visit:

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: