Work Able Scotland Contract in partnership with The Wise Group

The Wise Group is one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises, transforming lives since 1983. We are currently developing bids for the Work Able Scotland contract and we are considering the areas in which to bid as a lead bidder.

Skills Development Scotland is inviting bids for the Work Able Scotland Service which will be a case managed package of employment support for ESA or Universal Credit recipients, aged 18+, who want to work and require support to progress towards and into sustained employment. More information can be found at

Our approach is to work with partners who can bring local knowledge or expertise, are already embedded into local delivery and can demonstrate the impact of their work.

Please complete the expression of interest at submit by 5pm on 28th September. The list of questions to be completed can be found on the Partnership Opportunities section of our website at Please note that we will only accept responses through the online survey.

Any queries can be submitted to Neil Young, Development Executive at with the words “Work Able Scotland” in the subject line.



Community Capacity & Resilience Fund

Community Capacity & Resilience Fund open for applications on 19th September 2016

New round of grants for smaller grassroots, third sector organisations working hard to tackle welfare reform and poverty in communities throughout Scotland.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) are delighted to announce that we have £330,000 to support innovative and creative projects that help mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative impact in communities. This investment from Scottish Government will increase the capacity and resilience of communities and third sector organisations to provide people with the support and skills they need.

Awards will range from £1,000 to £5,000 with project activity starting and finishing between Jan 2017 – August 2017.

We can support projects that will achieve one or more of the following criteria;

  • Expand/develop your organisation’s capacity in order to meet demand relating to welfare reform
  • Develop a pilot project which focuses on tackling the impact of welfare reform and inequality
  • Help bring organisations together in partnership to support people
  • Develop people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point

If you work for or know an organisation that’s tackling the impact of welfare reform and poverty (with an annual income of £200,000 or less) then we look forward to reading about your great ideas.

Applying to this fund is simple, with an easy online application process. Applications open on Monday 19th September 2016 and close on 31st October 2016.



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Launch Me

What is LaunchMe?

LaunchMe is Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator. It supports ambitious, early stage social enterprises to scale up and increase their social impact. LaunchMe provides seed funding, intensive business support, investment readiness support, investment brokerage, mentoring and access to match funding.

We are looking for social enterprises that

 are less than 3 years old

 operate in Scotland

 have a track record of trading and achieving social impact

 have ambition to scale

Case studies

LaunchMe has already supported 14 ambitious social enterprises across Scotland. Click on the link below to read more about their stories and how LaunchMe helped them achieve their goals.

have the appetite to take on social investment



ACOSVO Leadership Exchange

Acosvo run a programme called Leadership Exchange which matches public sector leaders with third Sector leaders.  Participants are encouraged to open their world to each other to experience what it is like to work for another sector and to share knowledge and networks.  An awareness event is being held in Dundee on the 20th September 2016, 10am 12pm, Lecture Theatre,  Baluniefield Police Scotland, Dundee, DD4 8UT.  There is an open invite to anyone in the sector to attend.  Bookings need to me made though via event bright