Deadline Extended for Covid-19 Recovery Small Grants Funding

Small groups can still apply for a grant of up to £500

The deadline for this funding has been extended!


Community groups in Inverclyde are invited to apply for a grant of up to £500 through the Inverclyde Covid-19 Recovery Small Grants Fund. CVS Inverclyde are delivering these grants on behalf of Inverclyde Council to support small groups most likely adversely affected by the impact of the pandemic and experiencing continued disadvantage.


If your community group has a bank account in its own name, you can apply with the priority of “helping to address the impacts associated with extended periods of isolation and lack of participation in normal activities caused by the pandemic”. There is still funding available to be shared by projects for children, young people and adults living in Inverclyde, who provide opportunities for people to reconnect with peers in their community.

Eligible activities that may be funded by the grant include:

  • Covering increased costs to deliver support
  • Venue and catering costs
  • Small pieces of equipment
  • One-off events
  • Administration costs
  • Marketing
  • Additional travel costs for staff/volunteers to deliver services
  • Health and safety costs incurred to deliver support safely and meet Covid-19 regulations
  • Capacity building or training

Please note the grant cannot be used for political or religious campaigning.


Closing Date for Applications now 17th June 2022, 


If you are interested in applying, please read the guidance document and complete an application form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Please note, applications will be assessed on a weekly rolling basis until the funding is allocated – it is advised that you submit applications at your earliest convenience as grants will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


If you have any questions about this fund or the application process, you can email the Funding Team at CVS Inverclyde at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Challenging Stigma in Inverclyde - A Reflection

CVS Inverclyde’s Resilience Network hosted the online event “Challenge Stigma” last week to great success. With funding from Inverclyde HSCP Public Mental Health Remobilisation Fund, this event explored stigma in Inverclyde, its impact on different groups in our community, and what we can do to address its harmful effects. The event brought together a wide range of partners from Inverclyde’s third and public sector, and members of the community, many of whom with lived experience of stigma.

The event began with a passionate address from Inverclyde Council’s CEO Lousie Long, who noted: “I have been clear in relation to Inverclyde, that the challenges don’t define us, they propel us forward instead…It takes a whole community to address stigma – it takes every person, assuring everyone has a voice.”

This certainly became the theme of the day, with excellent participation and powerful contributions from members of the community with lived experience of stigma; their views on the problems they continue to face; and suggestions of ways to progress beyond stigma into a society which embraces everyone, seeks to understand rather than condemn, and searches for the whole person behind a single, (generally) negative label.

Dr Katy Proctor, lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University, spoke further about labels, noting that it is the people in positions of power and privilege – those in possession of positive labels – that get to create labels for others. She noted that this is an “enormous amount of power to have”, and that the more negative a label is given to a person, the less power, choice, and control they then have in their lives, which in turn becomes a reinforcing cycle where people become what they have been labelled. Inequality is maintained indefinitely in this way unless we address the social harm that stigma, and stigmatising labels, creates.

The next section of the day was an interactive session titled “Oor Bairns”, where participants identified the potential difficulties children would face as a result of stigma related to their family and personal lives, as well as making suggestions of ways to mitigate the harm this stigma will cause. The feedback and discussion were lively and shone a light on the whole-life impact stigma can have, and the ways in which it can form a reinforcing “vicious circle” of harm that is felt across generations.

As a follow up to this activity, three short films were shown. These films were produced by CVS Inverclyde in partnership with local filmmakers Tall Tale Films and sought to gain insight into the lived experience of local people with various forms of stigma. Two of the brave participants have a history of drug addiction and/or homelessness, and one is a New Scot, having come into Scotland as a result of war elsewhere in the world. Participants agreed that these films went straight to the heart of the issues being discussed, with many left in awe of the power of listening to people with lived experience.

Ultimately, this is where the event found its real impact, with an afternoon of hard-hitting discussion, much of which became led by members of the community actively in recovery from addiction, or feeling the effects of other stigma in their own experiences.

Vicki Cloney, Partnership Facilitator at CVS Inverclyde, and one of the event’s main organisers, said, “We are aware of the problems stigma is creating and perpetuating in Inverclyde and more widely in Scotland. It is so important to challenge stigma – today is just the beginning of our response to this. Hearing from members of the community was very powerful, moving the discussions to a completely different level where the effects of stigma are clear and much easier to understand. It is in this way that our response must move forward: with as much engagement from the people being labelled negatively and living at the mercy of those labels as possible, placed at the centre of the discussion and given the loudest voices.”

“We want to express our huge gratitude to everyone in the community who participated, along with local third sector organisations and Inverclyde HSCP, who worked so hard to make this event possible. Collaboration is what made today possible, and it this collaboration which must continue, in order to make an impact on challenging stigma as we move forward and gain momentum with this campaign.”

A quote from former US Senator, Barbara Mikluski was offered to close the event: “Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.” CVS Inverclyde are keen to make it clear that the Challenge Stigma Event is just the opening item in a wider campaign, that this marks the beginning of the conversation, and that today is the first step in a journey towards challenging stigma as a standard practice in Inverclyde, to move towards a fairer, more inclusive, stronger and more successful community.

The Resilience Network is hosted by CVS Inverclyde and developed in partnership with Inverclyde HSCP and other local partners to help the people of Inverclyde build resilience and foster hope. For the past 2 years this network has offered a space for collaboration, knowledge exchange and partnership working to collectively support resilience in our community.

The short films will be available to view on CVS Inverclyde’s YouTube channel,

New Vacancy - I-Promise Coaching and Modelling Practitioner

New Vacancy! I-Promise Coaching and Modelling Practitioner

The Promise

Scotland’s Promise to children and young people from the Scottish Independent Care Review, is to be bold and ambitious in transforming supports and services that will improve the lives of children in or on the edge of care.

The I-Promise Coaching and Modelling Practitioner will work as part of a team across the third, public sector and wider stakeholders to improve practice, culture and systems to #keepthepromise for children and young people in Inverclyde, ensuring that they grow up loved, safe and respected, and realise their full potential.

Knowledge of the Scottish Independent Care Review and The Promise is desirable but not essential.

If you are passionate about making a difference for children and young people and can motivate and inspire others, then then this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Organisation profile:

CVS Inverclyde is Inverclyde’s Third Sector Interface. CVSI aims to support the third sector to deliver the best outcomes for Inverclyde by providing practical support and improving the strategic environment for the sector. This project is in partnership with Inverclyde HSCP and is funded by the Corra Foundation.

The organisation is committed to its people and is accredited with Disability Confident, Committed to Excellence, Flexible Working, Healthy Working Lives and the Living Wage.

Terms of Employment:

Salary: £26,000 - £30,000 dependant on experience

Hours: 35 hours per week to be worked flexibly

Contract: 12 months fixed term contract with the potential for extension, subject to funding.

Closing Date: Monday 7th March 2022

Interview Date: Monday 14th March 2022


For more info and to apply, you can visit:

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Reflections on the Resilience Network Collaboration in Care Event

CVS Inverclyde Resilience Network

Collaboration in Care: A Discussion on the Adult Social Care Review & National Care Service



At our recent Resilience Network event, "Collaboration in Care: A Discussion on the Adult Social Care Review & National Care Service", we discussed the Independent Review of Adult Social Care, (commonly referred to as the Feeley Report), and subsequent consultation investigating the creation of a National Care Service in Scotland. We heard from Barbara Morton, Team Leader of the National Care Service Programme at the Scottish Government; Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care; and Dr Anne Hendry, International Forum of Integrated Care Services.


Barbara Morton opened the discussion with the acknowledgement that “Scotland has some really strong foundations on which to build Social Care services”. This idea emerged throughout the rest of the afternoon’s discussion: Scotland has a great landscape of “high Social Care standards” (Dr Anne Hendry), with some really positive aspects already in place. Identifying the gaps and adapting existing practises to make them better and more robust is central to the idea of a National Care Service (NCS), and especially important when we consider that the NCS is some way into the future. This is an important point: the ideas and ideals of a NCS can and should be implemented in the here and now, without waiting for that future date when/if an NCS is launched. Indeed, Dr Anne Hendry noted that even when it arrives, “a NCS will not be an automatic fix” to the postcode lottery in quality of outcomes in the Scottish social care sector.

Across the discussion, from each of our esteemed guest speakers, the idea of Social Care being a structure that helps people to live independently – and live well independently – was key: Social Care should promote and help to create and maintain active citizens in our society, not just people who are cared for within their own homes, or a care home setting. Dr Macaskill acknowledged the positives within Scottish Social Care, but also noted the real “hunger for change” present in the sector, the desire to change central tenets of the existing system so that it works better for its users, workers, and the wider society it is designed to serve. Central to this idea is that people with lived- and living-experience should be integral to the process of developing a NCS and any Social Care system that really works for the people using it – there must be consultation and discussion with service users in order to design a system that truly works for the people who rely on using it.


In this vein, the “centrality of human rights” is essential, the belief that “access to social care is a much a human right as access to healthcare” – Dr Macaskill made these points very strongly. Dr Anne Hendry, too, agreed that health care and social care are really one and the same thing, and should be viewed in an integrated and collaborative way. Dr Hendry emphasised this point, that strong collaboration across the whole of our society should be key when developing an NCS, to create something that works to the best of its ideals. Dr Macaskill calls this “Care which Collaborates”, something that should be constantly revisited and kept at the forefront of the next stages of planning and development. Dr Hendry noted that the success of social care lies in the integration of care services across society (for example, encompassing health, social care, housing, community involvement, etc.), and that an NCS will require a team effort, a “truly collaborative approach to achieve the best individualised social care for every person” – again the idea of the individual being at the heart of the system shines here.


Ultimately, the discussion highlighted the promise of the Feeley Report, which gave a glimpse of a different system in Scotland where “person-led empowerment and “self-directed support” (Dr Macaskill), could transform the way care is commissioned and provided, allowing users to not only live, but live well. There is still much work to be done here, and many obstacles to overcome. Vicki Cloney of CVS Inverclyde closed the afternoon by thanking the contributors and suggesting that in the coming days of developing the National Care Service, we should strive to “be brave enough to make bold decisions”. We should strive to live up to the promise of the Feeley Report and transform the Social Care system in Scotland so that it works well to help people to continue to livewell, even when requiring its support. There is no doubt an interesting and exciting time ahead for Social Care in Scotland.

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