Archive for tag: scotland

Raising Attainment in Schools

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The latest evidence shows that the Active Play Programme is helping to raise attainment in primary schools in Glasgow.

Cost Benefit Analysis Series | A Charity's perspective

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Andy Virasami from Aberdeen based VSA, writes about their experience of conducting Cost Benefit Analysis on Building Blocks, an Early Years Family Support Public Social Partnership which operated in Aberdeen City from June 2014 to March 2016. 

Cost Benefit Analysis Series | How to approach CBA

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Social care charities are particularly adept at spotting gaps in services for the most vulnerable in our communities, and as such are able to respond with early intervention programmes that can save both local authorities and health services a large amount of money. But as a charity how can you evidence that, or even start the conversation?

Catherine Alexander

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After 35 years working in banking and financial services, six weeks into her role as a Performance Advisor,Inspiring Scotland's newest recruit, Catherine Alexander, provides a little insight into her new role, those valuable first impressions of Inspiring Scotland and the sector.

See what is right, not what is wrong

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Our latest guest blogger is Isobel Grigor, Chief Executive of Calman Trust, a 14:19 Fund Venture, based in Inverness, covering the Highlands.  Calman Trust offers housing support, training and employment opportunities to young people looking to get on the road to independent living.  It also has grown to operate three successful, and award winning, social enterprises.  

Isobel takes a commercial view on running social enterprise and dismisses it as being a fluffy business.  More importantly, Isobel reminds us all we shouldn't start by looking at what's wrong with young people. Isobel first wrote this blog for Calman Trust's website but we felt it was too good not to share! 

Recognising flexible working

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Celia Tennant, reflects on winning and being a finalist in two recent awards which recognise Inspiring Scotland's family friendly and flexible approach.   

For me, a flexible approach is the common sense approach and I am delighted that this was recognised by the Institute of Directors at their most recent Awards.  We successfully won the Director of the Year for Family Friendly and Flexible Working, sponsored by the Scottish Government and also at Scotland’s Top Employers Awards where we were a finalist. 

An outstanding few days for play


Julia Abel, Go2Play Performance Advisor writes about a really important week for one of our funds - Go2Play.

Five years of investing in play was celebrated last week by returning to the venue (The Scottish Youth Theatre) where Inspiring Scotland launched its play fund in partnership with the Scottish Government. 

How droochit folk could influence public sector investment


Andrew Magaowan, shares how our Link Up fund is helping to break down barriers between old and young in communites and outlines the potential for a new type of community to improve lives.  This blog was first published in the Scotsman newspaper on 28th August 2014.  

The serious business of play.


Earlier this month we welcomed seven new ventures to our Go2Play Portfolio, bringing the total charities we support to 30.  We’ve been funding play charities for over four years now and Go2Play Performance Advisor, Julia Abel explains  just why we invest in Play.

Marking five years of impact

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Five years into our journey of using venture philanthropy to tackle some of Scotland's toughest issues, Chief Executive Celia Tennant, reflects on what we've done and more importantly, what else we can do.