Community Resilience Briefing – 1 July 2022

Welcome to The Highland Council’s fortnightly briefing for groups with an interest in local community resilience. 

Covid related information 

Funding 

SCVO is a key source of funding information for the third sector https://scvo.scot/funding. Funds that may be of interest include: 

Supports many areas of interest, including medical sciences, heritage, and forestry/land restoration. no deadlines, apply at any time. 

Provides funding for projects focused on sustainability and equality, creating resilient communities, and tackling climate change. No deadline: apply at any time.

Let’s Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund
New funding is now available from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES). The fund aims to support community organisations to reduce their building energy costs and carbon emissions.

The Let’s Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund is open now and is planned to run until the end of March 2025, subject to funding availability.

Funding is available for many types of community building, including:

  • community cafes
  • community hubs
  • faith buildings
  • public halls
  • community halls and centres.

Grant funding is available for up to 80% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £80,000.
Find out more.

Welfare, poverty reduction and resilience 

  • Accessing food in Highland from Cfine/FareShare – No Good Food Should Go To Waste

From June 2022, FareShare will take on the provision of food support to community groups in the Highland Council area requiring help with food supplies for their projects. Contact the FareShare local development officer Michael Sutherland, email Msutherland@cfine.org for details.

Groups considering using FareShare for the first time can find more details at the following link https://fareshare.org.uk/getting-food/.  Once interest is registered online, the local development officer will contact you to discuss the membership process.

CFINE operates FareShare Scotland in the North of Scotland, which is part of the FareShare UK network. They take good, in-date surplus from the food industry that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to charities and community organisations. They are already in partnership supporting a number of community organisations across Highland.

  • Ready Scotland Resilience Hub
    The Scottish Government’s READY SCOTLAND Resilience Learning Hub https://ready.scot/learn has recently added 3 short online training sessions:
  • The Foundations of Emergency Management in Scotland
  • Partnership Working in Emergency Management
  • The Role of Community Groups in Emergencies
  • Highland Council Community Resilience
    In addition Highland Council Resilience Team have produced 2 short YouTube videos on
  • Introduction to Community Resilience
  • Producing you Community Resilience Plan

These can be found on the Council’s website https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1226/emergencies/72/emergency_planning

  • Highland Good Food Partnership

The Highland Good Food Partnership have developed and launched a map of Highland community food growing projects, this map helps us build a picture of all the fantastic community food growing projects which are developing across the region, and allows us to provide links and improved support between groups. 

We would like to ensure that this map is up-to-date and that it includes all growing projects that are established or in development/planning across Highland, so please check if your community enterprise is on the map.  If it isn’t, please complete the survey to ensure we know about the great work happening within your community. 

Projects of all sizes can be included; from those growing in raised beds for a social activity, to large-scale gardens trying to improve community resilience and reduce food miles.

Link to survey: https://forms.gle/JjndFuw5JyE39CtH8

The map is available to view here. https://highlandgoodfood.scot/food-map/

  • Defence against Conti Ransomware
    This awareness blog highlights prevention, mitigation and support measures to protect from the threat of Conti Ransomware and to encourage individuals, sectors and organisations to protect and prepare against all types of Cyber-attacks.
  • Actions to take to securely configure and monitor PowerShell 
    The National Cyber Security Centre and international allies have issued a joint advisory which outlines security features in PowerShell that help with protecting credentials, remote management configuration, anti-virus scanning and logging. A copy of the joint advisory can be read here.

Mental Health and Wellbeing  

Emergency Planning 

Kind regards,

Douglas Crawford

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