North Lanarkshire

Tackling Climate Change in North Lanarkshire Event

The Tackling Climate Change event hosted by VANL provided an initial opportunity for the community and voluntary sector in North Lanarkshire to be updated on climate issues and discuss current and future actions by the sector to contribute to reductions in carbon emissions in North Lanarkshire.

The session took place after Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire’s AGM and started off with a welcome and introduction by VANL’s CEO, Maddy Halliday.

Fair Start Scotland Evaluation Report

In 2015, the Scottish Government undertook public consultation to develop a new approach to delivering employment support services. The consultation response was called ‘Creating a Fairer Scotland: A new future for employability support in Scotland’ which laid the foundation for the design of new services that were devolved to Scotland in 2017, having previously been delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) across the UK.

The Scottish Governance Code and Good Governance Checkup

The Scottish Governance Code for the third sector in Scotland was launched in November 2018.  It was devised by Scotland's Third Sector Governance Forum and  sets out five core principles and key elements of good governance for the boards of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, whatever their shape, size or activities. The Code encourages trustees to look at, and improve, their governance, and is supported by practical resources.

Historic Estate set to be bought by Viewpark Community

A historic estate dating back to the 17th Century is set to be bought by the local community, thanks to a grant from the Scottish Land Fund.

The Douglas Support Estate at Viewpark in Lanarkshire occupies almost 160 acres of fields and woodland, bordered by the M8. It was previously home to Rosehall House and the foundations of which, as well as other sites of historical interest, can still be seen today. The estate, which has been fondly known as ‘Our Glen’ by locals, is a treasured green space and Viewpark Conservation Group have worked to secure the area for several years.

VANL Training Programme - Autumn/Winter

The VANL Autumn/Winter training programme is available on our website ( and all sessions can now be booked directly via our website using Eventbrite. For those who do not have access to the internet or if you would like help with making a booking please contact VANL on 01236 748 011.  

This programme runs from September – December 2019 and sessions focus on sector nuts and bolts, covering areas such as funding, finance, governance and IT. 

Parliamentary Inquiry into Social Prescribing

The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament has launched an inquiry into social prescribing. 

‘Social prescribing’ is when GPs and other healthcare professionals prescribe sport, exercise and other recreational activities as a way to improve patients' health and wellbeing.

MSPs on the Committee want to hear from people across Scotland on the following issues:

Guide Dogs for the Blind are Recruiting Volunteers

Guide Dogs for the Blind are recruiting volunteers for the following roles:


My Guide Sighted Guide –volunteer can help by taking someone to appointments and letting them get used to doing things on their own.

Fundraiser – Take collection boxes to various places, attend events or make street collections.

Collection Box Co-ordinators – Find suitable venues for collection boxes and arrange collection on a regular basis.

Monthly Funding Round Up - July 2019

Below is our monthly funding round up for the third sector in North Lanarkshire:

The Robertson Trust – Wee Grants for Wee Groups

Next Application Deadline:  No published dates, the programme is a 6 month pilot.

The Robertson Trust wish to support smaller charities and community groups who are doing good work in their communities which fits into one of their funding strands:


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