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Social Enterprise Reset Week

Today, is the launch of Social Enterprise Reset Week!
Campaign #SocEntReset

This week is about connecting and engaging with frontline community-based social enterprises right across the country and gathering information related to common experiences and support and funding needs for a sustainable future. This is a week-long series of local and thematic SEN meetings and a twitter campaign encouraging all social enterprises across Scotland to engage.

The calendar of events and booking details can be found below –

Bookings must be done through the Senscot website.

If you get involved in any of the events please remember to tweet using the hashtag #SocEntReset


Positive Steps vacancy

Positive Steps is a Dundee based charity committed to supporting vulnerable adults to make lasting positive changes to their lives.
Specialist Drug Outreach Practitioner
(Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, £19,500 per annum)

We have a unique opportunity for three passionate individuals to join our non-fatal overdose outreach service, and take a leading role in reducing drug related harm in Dundee. Practitioners will work as part of a small team to provide real time, person-centred interventions to individuals who have had a recent overdose, or who are deemed to be at high risk of one.

We are looking for exceptional people to come and work for us.
• Do you have experience working with people who use drugs?
• Can you really listen?
• Can you build trusting relationships?
• Can you motivate people?
• Can you think on your feet?

If this sounds like you and you would like a job where no two days are the same, contact Paige Linnell on 01382 561822 or email Further information and application packs can also be found on our website

The post is subject to satisfactory references and membership of the PVG (Adult) Scheme. You will require the daily use of a roadworthy, appropriately insured car.

Closing date for applications is Friday 29th May.

We are an equal opportunities employer that values diversity and positively encourages applications from all sections of the community. We are particularly keen to hear from individuals who have lived experience of substance use. Part time applicants will also be considered.

The Positive Steps Partnership (Positive Steps) is a Registered Scottish Charity, Charity Number: SC028252


Third Sector Resilience Fund Update

Third Sector Resilience Fund

Funding chart

We received the following update from Firstport on the second phase of TSRF, which will be helpful for anyone planning to apply / re-apply.

The Scottish Government today have committed additional resources to the third sector resilience fund and are implementing a transition to a phase 2 to better align it with wider support available. With that I am keen to give you a detailed update on what the Scottish Government’s phase 2 of TSRF looks like.

With phase 2, the Scottish Government have refined the focus of the fund to allow resources to reach a greater number organisations, focus on those at risk of immediate closure, and work better in conjunction with other Scottish Government and UK Government programmes.

Whist phase 2 guidance and FAQs are being published at the SCVO hub today, I would like to take this opportunity to unpack what phase 2 will look like and highlight the specific changes that come with it.

Firstly, TSRF is going to be working closer with the Just Enterprise programme to ensure the third sector develop robust strategies for dealing with COVID. This means in cases where organisations have underdeveloped plans, they will be directly referred to Just Enterprise for support to further develop their plan, and will be expected to engage with that support before re-applying.

Additionally, there are 5 main areas where phase 2 criteria are more focused than in phase 1.

Applicants must be at risk of not being able to cover essential costs within 12 weeks from date of application.
This relates directly to how applicants answer the “how long can you cover essential costs?” question in the application. If an applicant appears to have a discrepancy between how they answer this question and their unrestricted reserves, they will need to explain it in the
“more financial info” section.

The maximum grant amount awarded will be £75,000
This was previously £100,000

Funding requests must be for a three month period
This was previously 4 months.

Eligible costs include primarily overheads and essential staff (administrative for example) who cannot be furloughed
This is to allow the fund to focus primarily on essential costs (rent, insurance, admin staff, etc…). As a result, the fund is unlikely to support costs associate with programme delivery.
We will, however, continue to work with government to ensure applications that include significant and front line key work provision are passed to relevant teams within government, particularly where other directorates have resources to address. This has been done with a number of applications to date, but will have a specific pathway as we enter phase 2. Advice, however, is to for organisations delivering key frontline services to approach the relevant directorate in government directly.

All grant applications requesting £50,000 or more will be considered for a loan, grant, or blended award approach.
This means that all applicants for over £50,000 could be offered a grant, an interest free loan, or a combination of the two. They will not, however, be offered a loan unless they are able to service it.

As we enter phase 2, there will undoubtably be applications that get submitted who are not aware of the evolved programme. In these cases the process will be to not reject the application, but award for eligible costs in line with the new parameters. This means that a number of cases will now get less than they asked for, but will likely still be awarded if they met the overall criteria.

Investment Executive
Resilient Scotland’s JESSICA Fund


Covid 19 support summary

Useful summary of support from Business Gateway Edinburgh.

Covid-19 Business Support Summary as at 25-03-20


Dundee Partnership Update

During the past week, we’ve received numerous updates from services that have had to make changes due to the current coronavirus outbreak. I’ve compiled what I have into a single document – attached. I have also received information aimed specifically at people who use drugs, who may be particularly vulnerable at this time, and have attached a short information guide for them too.

I have also received the below information from Home Energy Scotland.

Please feel free to share any of the attached information with family, friends and colleagues. If they want to receive future updates directly, please ask them to email their details to If you also have information you wish to share, let us know at this email address too.

Hoping that you all remain safe throughout the current crisis.

Paul, Dundee Partnership

Dundee Partnership E-BulletinExtra-March2020     NHS advice for drug users COVID-19 advice


Home Energy Scotland

With so much to worry about at the moment please remember that if your clients are concerned about their energy bills, or how to stay warm at home, our telephone advisors are on hand with the latest information and advice from energy suppliers and the Scottish Government. This includes support for pre-payment meter customers and how they can top-up by post or other means.

Feel free to encourage them to call 0808 808 2282 for free and impartial advice.
While we can’t provide home visits at the moment, we can still work with you to help support your clients in whatever way we can. One way to get support through to them is by referring through our secure on line portal. If you’d like a refresher on how to refer, or you’re not already a portal user and would like us to set you up just drop us an email or give Laura or Diane a call.
Given the ever changing situation, we’ll be in touch over the coming weeks to see what you need from the partnership team but if you’ve any questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Partnership Team – Laura, Diane and Lynn
Home Energy Scotland NE

Laura Head (Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross) – Tel 07896 525 471