Call for Scottish charities to apply for national awards

SCVO is calling for charities and individuals across the country to apply for our annual charity awards. Now in its 13th year, the Scottish Charity Awards highlight the best, most innovative and effective charity organisations and individuals from the past year, and celebrate those who make a difference in our communities. There are eight award categories – Charity of the Year, Charity Champion, Demonstrating Digital, Pioneering Project, Terrific Trustee, Leading Light, Celebrating Communities and Cracking Campaign – with the winners to be decided by a panel of judges and announced…

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Charities partner with Gone for Good #CharityVan app

Charities including YMCA, Cat’s Protection, Cancer Research, and many others are hoping to transform the way people donate their items to their charity shops with a new partnership with Gone for Good. Gone for Good is a free app that connects charities with businesses and the public, so that unwanted items are donated to good causes instead of being thrown away. Since its creation two years ago, the app has channelled £1,000,000 worth of items to their partnering charities. Along with seven other charities, YMCA is joining the #CharityVan pilot…

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Xbox Adaptive Controller welcomed by UK charities and gamers with disabilities

A new Xbox and Windows 10 controller that lets people with disabilities plug in the assistive aids they already own to play games has been welcomed by charities in the UK. The Xbox Adaptive Controller allows those with limited mobility to use their own buttons, joysticks and switches to mimic a standard controller, so they can play any videogame. This allows them to choose which assistive aid will make the character jump, run or shoot, for example, without relying on pressing specific buttons on the controller that came with the…

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Bursaries for 15 charity leaders to boost leadership skills

Charity leaders are being offered a valuable leadership and coaching opportunity for free, thanks to 15 bursaries to celebrate 15 years of the Pilotlight Programme. The Pilotlight Programme matches teams of four business professionals (Pilotlighters) to act as coaches and mentors to a charity. Over 10 months, they advise the charity on everything from finance to governance helping it to increase its impact. Typically, Pilotlighters, or their firms, pay to take part in this unique leadership opportunity that tests their skills on real time strategic issues, as well as allowing…

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Charities and ethics – when charities fall short

It’s been a turbulent few weeks for charities worldwide with some truly horrifying reports being made into the actions of several large and respected charities such as Oxfam, Save the Children and even the UN. Reports include the widespread use of sex workers, and the trade of sex for aid. We, quite rightly, hold our charities to higher standards than most businesses, and we wouldn’t tolerate this from anyone so it seems even more shocking when it involves charities. I think this proves there needs to be a fundamental shift…

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