In this issue
Job opportunitiesJobOpps
for you and your clients
Third sector vacancies here in Fife. 
Semi-Skilled Labourer, Handrails Direct & Scottish Balustrades, closing date 09.03.16
Apprentice Groom, Remus Equestrian Centre LTD, closing date 10.03.16
Apprentice Motor Mechanic, D&G Autocare Ltd, closing date 14.03.16
Part-Time Leisure Attendant (Dryside), Fife Sports & Leisure Trust, closing date 15.03.16
Creative & Cultural Skills Training Programme
Jennie Lee Cultural Academy, closing date 16.03.16
Trainee Butcher, Fife Wholesale Butchers LLP, closing date 25.03.16
Trainee Shop Assistant, Fife Wholesale Butchers LLP, closing date 25.03.16
Guide/Communicator Fife, Deafblind Scotland, no closing date

We all hope everyone is in good spirits as the days get longer and we start to see the first signs of spring.

We are certainly feeling spring-ful here at Fife Voluntary Action with a number of key items to highlight:

  • We were delighted to launch Working for Fife 2015 at our Forum in February. A full copy of the report can be found via the above link - we hope you find it interesting reading! Notes of the Forum and presentation will be uploaded to the Fife Voluntary Action website shortly.
  • The first Mental Health and Disability Awareness training is now fully booked but a few spaces are still available on the 30 March session - so book now to secure your place.
  • FEAT needs your help! They have been nominated for the Recruiters Charity of the Year Award and need your votes to help them make it through. Click here to vote - it is very easy!
  • Deaf Action's new employability project will be starting soon, click on the link to read more. 
And don't forget the usual links to job vacancies in Fife on the left AND funding opportunities below.

The deadline for content to include in the next e-bulletin will be Thursday 31 March 2016. 

All the best,
Christine Davison
Project Support Officer
Fife Employability ForumFEF15
Fife Employability Forum 2016 - save the dates!

Know Your Network
Date and venue: TBC

Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016
Time: 9.00am to 12.30pm
Venue: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

Date: Wednesday 23 November 2016
Time: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Venue: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

Details on how to book your place to follow. 
Dates for Your Diary

11 to 18 March 2016

Titled 'Connecting 2020', the aim is to engage over 2020 businesses into the 'tourism conversation' and to inspire all to achieve the Tourism 2020 vision, that 'Scotland will be a destination of first choice for a high quality, value for money and memorable customer experience, delivered by skilled and passionate people'.

A week long series of conferences, seminars, business breakfasts, lunches and receptions will be delivered across Scotland as part of the Connecting 2020 Roadshow, concluding with the two day Signature Programme which will take place at Edinburgh's EICC.

Date: Friday 18 March 2016
Time: 9.20am - 4.00pm
Venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre
There is a cost to attend this event. 

Following the release of the first Developing the Young Workforce annual report, this event provides an opportunity to explore the progress and future strategies in implementing the recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce.
Date: Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU

The focus for the Forum will be the future of Employability Services, due to be introduced in Scotland from April 2017. With input from Scottish Government Employability Policy Team, Department for Work and Pensions and Skills Development Scotland, this is your chance to get up-to-the minute information on what lies ahead.
Funding OpportunitiesFundingopps
People's Health Trust - Active Communities Programme HealthGift
People's Health Trust Active Communities grant programme, HealthGift is open. To apply or to find out more click the title link. 
The deadline for applications is 1.00pm on Wednesday 16 March 2016.
Funding to reduce health inequalities in Fife - second round of funding announced

Applications for a one-off grant from Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance (FHWA) are invited from third sector initiatives aimed at understanding and/or meeting the health and wellbeing needs of key groups. Funds must be used for new or different activity, not to support 'business as usual'.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 March 2016.
Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) - Launch of its Volunteering Support Grant 2016-17

Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) is delighted to announce the launch of its Volunteering Support Grant 2016-17.

The purpose of the grant programme is to create new or enhanced volunteering projects - increasing the diversity of volunteers, especially those experiencing disadvantage; and improving opportunities, skills and personal development through volunteering.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 March 2016.
Training and Learning Opportunities
Tailored Business Support for Existing Third Sector Organisations

Just Enterprise provides free Business Support across Scotland for existing Third Sector organisations with the aim to help them become more enterprising and sustainable. To find out more click the title link. 
Data Protection: What's it all about and how does it affect you?

Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm
Venue: Fife Voluntary Action, New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

The aim of this workshop is to dispel many of the myths surrounding data protection and to raise awareness of what data protection is really all about.

Few spaces still available on:
Date: Wednesday 30 March
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: FVA, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

This one day workshop is aimed at frontline employability staff, to build confidence in working with clients with mental health problems or disabilities. One previous participant said it was the 'best training I have attended in a long time'. Skills Development Scotland are supporting this training and it is being delivered in partnership with FVA, Fife Centre for Equalities, FEAT and the Supported Employment team at Fife Council.

For more information or to book a place contact
Digital Families Webinar

Date: Monday 21 March 2016
Time: 2.30 - 3.55pm

The Digital Families webinar will consist of presentations from each of the projects and from other family learning providers who are supporting the development of families' digital skills. The webinar will introduce delegates to free programme outputs, contacts and resources. 
Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses

Information session:
Date: Tuesday 22 March 2016
Time: 9.30 - 11.30am
Venue: Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

Sportworks offers help in developing job seeking skills, coupled with a range of sport and other activities.

The full course will start on Tuesday 29 March at Starks Park. To find out more click the title link or contact Lesley or Connie on 01592 860 296. 
CR Smith Hand Picked Academy

CR Smith is running a Hand Picked Academy for 16-24yr olds.
Date: Monday 21 March 2016
Time: 9.30am
Venue: CR Smith Head Office, Gardeners Street, Dunfermline, KY12 0RN

Full details of the Academy can be found in the title link. 
Contact Pauline Braisbyfor more information or to return the application form
post: Pauline Braisby, hand picked Project Manager, C/O CR Smith, Gardeners Street, Dunfermline, KY12 0RN.

Starting from Friday 18 March, the Conversation Volunteer Group will meet each Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm. 
To find out more or to book a place please see the flyer via the title link. 
What's happening in Fife

FEAT have made the final three in the Recruiter Magazine Charity of the Year Awards and they need your vote!
FEAT are Scotland's only representative and are up against strong opposition from across the UK. 
The prize is being the recipient of Recruiter's fundraising activities. Voting is very quick with no need to register. Voting closes towards the end of April so make sure to get your vote in by Friday 22 April at the latest. 
To vote for FEAT click the title link. 
New Employability Service from Deaf ActionDeafAction

Deaf Action's Employability Service is a new four year project funded by The Big Lottery. The service will be provided across Edinburgh, Dundee, Fife & Perth & Kinross.

The Employability Service will work with people aged 25+ who are Deaf BSL users, deafened or hard of hearing and who are not in employment or who are unemployed. Our Employability Advisers, with support from peer mentors, and through linking with employers, will provide deaf individuals with a range of personalised support to help them move closer to the job market and achieving employment.

To find out more about the Employability Service, please contact their Employability Advisers:

Katharine Jackson
Mobile: 07341 869 034

Mark McMillan
Mobile (SMS only): 07341 869 035
Other News
Festival of Learning
The Festival of Learning will run from 1 May to 30 June 2016.

The Learning and Work Institute want to see lots of 'have a go' events and activities taking place, and they'd love for you to use their branding and social media to help promote your events to a wider audience.
Fife Voluntary Action
Tel: 0800 389 6046
Fife Voluntary Action is the Third Sector Interface for the Fife Council area.
supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering

Registered Office: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF.

Fife Voluntary Action is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland No. SC203613 and Registered Scottish Charity No. SCO28457.

Fife Voluntary Action | Craig Mitchell House | Flemington Road | Glenrothes | Fife | KY7 5QF | United Kingdom