Dundee Funeral Support Service are seeking Trustees for their new funeral advice and brokerage service. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved at the early stages of setting up a social enterprise that will reduce the cost of funerals for people at their most vulnerable.
After an initial phase of focused research and consultation DFSS, are ready to build a new funeral and brokerage advice service offering dedicated support at the time of bereavement.
Such support is hard to find but its absence creates real hardship and social injustice. For example:
• As an unexpected ‘purchase’ many grieving people seek a quick solution rather than shopping around.
• People in poverty are commonly required to make significantly large deposits which are not asked of wealthier people.
• People feel both pressure and desire to honour the deceased which makes choosing lower cost options difficult even when such options are made available.
• For most of us funerals are an unplanned expense.
• For people on low incomes the deceased often leaving no savings, life insurance or funeral plan.
This new advice and brokerage service is supported by key agencies – Discovery Credit Union, Dundee City Council Dundee Social Enterprise Network Faith in Community Dundee and the Dundee Pensioners Forum – working together under the banner of the Funeral Poverty Action Group.
DFSS are seeking Trustees who would catch the vision of this new service, have a strong vision for social justice and can bring their energy to work alongside others to take the initiative from this development stage into an effective sustainable operation.
Closing date is 31st January 2018.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jacky Close at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01382 825351.
As part of our resilient communities programme and new community offering.
Firestarter events that will ignite your creativity and spark your aptitude for innovation and enterprise.
January 29th – Feb 9th 2018 Firestarter Events
A series of free events that inspire, engage and facilitate communities or system shakers to take action with regards to opening conversation around public services, enterprising the change stakeholders want to make happen for Scotland.
Firestarter events are run under the banner of Scottish Government as part of their wider engagement strategy.
The Circle is working with various stakeholders to deliver an ongoing, “Resilient Communities” Programme in partnership with UnLtd* as part of enabling sustainable change and empowerment for action across communities of Dundee City.
For more information click The Circle’s Resilient Communities Programme
The team here at Dundee SEN has been temporarily expanded as we host 2 members of staff on behalf of the Funeral Poverty Action Group. Margaret Clark and Diane Cameron are funded via the Social Innovation Fund with a remit to explore the challenges of Funeral Poverty and to investigate whether the social enterprise model could provide a solution here in Dundee.
They’re keen to connect locally with groups who’d be willing to engage in an awareness raising workshop on the cost and types of funeral and also with individuals who’ve experienced financial challenges in relation to the funeral of loved one. To find out more, please get in touch – Margaret@dundeesen.org on 01382 504848 or Diane@dundeesen.org on 07889 720171.
Mr. Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work is visiting Dundee to celebrate the Wise Group becoming the 845th accredited Living Wage employer in Scotland and to highlight the importance of the Living Wage in the Scottish and local economies.
The Wise Group has been transforming lives through social enterprise since 1983. Supporting over 50,000 people a year we make a positive difference to people, communities and society by helping customers gain new skills and employment, reducing re-offending, regenerating communities and tackling fuel poverty. We have a clear understanding of the type of support our customers need and have a proven track record of providing both innovative and high quality services. The Wise Group delivers results by working closely with stakeholders and partners.
The Living Wage commitment confirms that all Wise Group staff receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum wage for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the real costs of living.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Mr Keith Brown said:
“The Living Wage is set at £8.45 an hour, so it’s fitting that I’m here to celebrate the Wise Group becoming the 845th accredited Living Wage employer in Scotland. This proven investment in people leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence, while sending a strong signal about fairness to your organisation’s stakeholders, and I applaud Wise for recognising its value.
“As well as setting a great example to other businesses, and in particular other social enterprise’s across Scotland, this achievement marks another positive milestone on our journey towards having 1,000 Living Wage accredited employers by autumn 2017.”
Laurie Russell, Chief Executive of the Wise Group said
‘The Wise Group culture focuses on ensuring that all our staff feel valued and recognised. We have chosen to pay the living wage as an important part of our investment in our people. I believe that other Scottish employers and their employees would also see wider benefits from adopting it’
Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said
‘The Poverty Alliance congratulates Wise Group for becoming our 845th accredited Living Wage employer in Scotland. There is a long way to go to address in-work poverty for the estimated 467,000 low-paid people in Scotland. Living Wage accreditation celebrates employers like Wise
Group that choose to go further than the government minimum, signalling to staff, customers and other companies that Living Wage is part of their core values’