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All information previously circulated to Community Councils through the e-mail briefing can now be found on this page. 

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Return of Signed Constitutions - Urgent Action Required

All community councils are required to sign the new Constitution 2018, which forms part of the Scheme 2018. To this end, your community council should return the signed hard copy of your community council's Constitution 2018. The following should be checked before signing:

  • Front cover - check your community council name is correct;

  • Section 1a    - check your community council name is correct;

  • Section 5a - check your constituted membership number is correct;

  • Section 18a - the Chair and any other two members sign this section;

  • Section 18b - Do Not Sign! This section is for City Council Officer counter-signature.

Following completion of your checks and signatures, the Constitution 2018 should be returned at the earliest opportunity, and no later than Friday 17th May 2019. If you have any queries in the meantime please contact either Lawrence or myself:

Launch of the Investing in Communities Fund - Deadline For Applications - 14th June 2019

Published 10th May 2019

New £11.5m fund open: Investing in Communities

A new Scottish Government fund is now open to community groups to help tackle disadvantage, poverty and inequality in communities.

The Fund is open for applications from Tuesday 7th May 2019 until the deadline of Friday 14th June and is delivered as part of the Empowering Communities Programme. The Investing in Communities Fund is a new streamlined communities fund to tackle disadvantage, poverty and inequality that encourages community-led development, design and delivery of sustainable local solutions addressing local issues, circumstances and aspirations across a broad range of community led activity

Information on the Investing in Communities Fund

Eligible applicants include community anchor organisations, community councils and third sector organisations that promote or improve the interests of their local communities, and community social enterprises that re-invest profits generated for the sustainable and lasting benefit of the local communities being supported.

The minimum amount which can be applied for is £3,000 over a six month period, while the maximum is £250,000 over three consecutive years providing stability and recognising the need for longer term planning in some projects.

The funding is for 2019 to 2020. The fund is open for applications until 6 pm 14 June 2019 with grant offers expected to commence in September this year.

Applications should be submitted via e-mail to investingincommunities@gov.scot no later than 6 pm on 14 June 2019.

If you have any questions regarding this guidance and/or the application process please send an email to investingincommunities@gov.scot

Download the application form, guidance notes and help notes

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Board Ten Year Public Health Strategy - For Information

At the meeting of the Wellbeing, Empowerment, Community and Citizen Engagement City Policy Committee which was held on 7th March 2019, it was recommended that the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Board Ten Year Public Health Strategy be brought ot the attention of the community council network.

The strategy can be found attached below for information and action as appropriate.

pdf icon NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Board Ten Year Public Health Strategy [712kb]

Street Play Initiative - Applications Now Welcome

A message from Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction.

Hi there,

I am writing to you to let you know about 'Street Play', our initiative that allows communities to close local roads free-of-charge so children can play outside close to their homes.

Street Play was successfully introduced to neighbourhoods all across Glasgow last year and now we are aiming to make it bigger and better. This year Street Play will be available on four weekends over the course of the summer:-

17-19 May; 21-23 June; 19-21 July and 20-22 September.

You can pick any of these dates that suit you or your organisation and there's no barrier to applying for Street Play on all of these dates.

My experience from last year is that Street Play is an opportunity for communities to come together and enjoy themselves, knowing that local children will be safe to play in a traffic-free street.

So we want to encourage as many community-based organisations, local groups and residents as possible to get involved and so have devised a simple and straightforward application form that can be accessed on the Glasgow City Council website.

You can access the on-line form by clicking on this link.

All of the costs of the road closure, including the formal paperwork and the equipment needed to manage the traffic, will be covered by the council. The cost of public liability insurance will also be fully refunded.

There is a lot more information on the council's website about the scheme, how you can go about getting a Street Play session organised for your street or community and how you can manage a play session on the day. Follow this link for further information.

The feedback we received from last year's Street Play days is that children love the extra space they have to play in. They get the chance to do things they might otherwise struggle to do, such as playing new games or learning to ride a bike.

Adults have a lot of fun too, getting outside and socialising with the neighbours in a relaxed environment. Street Play is a great way for people in the community to get together and have a good time.

Street Play is such a great scheme. It's open to all and free of charge. I hope you or any group you are connected with can take part but please share this message with anyone who you think might be interested in Street Play.

MCR Pathways

MCR Pathways are looking to promote their mentor programme to Community Councils; both to get the programme out into the communities of Glasgow, but also to see if any Community Councillors want to become mentors. The following provides some information on what MCR Pathways provide, and the difference Mentoring can make to the lives of young people.

This year mentoring charity, MCR Pathways, wants you to know that there is incredible power in small actions. You can create a wave of change that resonates for a lifetime.

MCR Pathways' mentoring programme works with disadvantaged and care-experienced young people in your community - helping them grow their confidence, overcome their challenges and build a positive future. Across Scotland, people from all walks of life are choosing to mentor for just one hour a week.

It might sound like a small thing, but that positive relationship changes everything. Our schools, communities and organisations too, all see the difference and feel the impact in the next generation.Before mentoring, only 54% of care-experienced young people left school to college, uni or a job - now 86% of mentored young people do.

Mentoring also helps build essential workplace skills. You can make a difference that lasts a lifetime while also helping build new skills, including:

  • Leadership Training; mentoring builds confidence, initiative & assertiveness

  • Motivation; mentors experience a significant sense of purpose & fulfilment

  • Personal development; active listening & communication skills are fully enhanced

When one person mentors, two lives are changed forever. Can you get involved and be part of #TheRippleEffect?

The first step is to register on their website and attend an info session to find out more!

Watch MCR's short film and hear the programme's impact from young peopleand mentors.

Visit mcrpathways.org/get-involved to register and find out more.

Your support and participation is encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Community Council Development Session - Saturday 22nd June 2019

Updated 3rd May 2019

The most recent CCDS was well attended with a total of 46 attendees.  Although this attendance is encouraging it would be ideal if more community councils had a presence at these sessions.

The next CCDS is scheduled to take place on Saturday 22nd June 2019.  The agenda is still to be confirmed but I provide this early notice to ensure that the date can be marked in as many of your calendars as possible. I would be delighted to see, not only the number of community councils representing rising to 50% or more, but also the number of individual community councillors.

Please do let me know beforehand if there are any factors which may act as a barrier to your attendance, and I can see if I could address these. Do also advise me of any dietary requirements so I can ensure appropriate arrangements can be made

Short Term Lets Consultation - Respond by 19th July 2019

Published 3rd May 2019

The consultation asks for your views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland. There has clearly been a significant growth in short-term lets in a small timescale and the consultation sets out the factual background, describes the issues arising, outlines local authorities current powers to address them and presents an overview of regulatory approaches elsewhere in the world. Your views will help the Scottish Government find the right approach for Scotland. The consultation closes on 19th July 2019.

For more information about the consultation, please visit https://consult.gov.scot/housing-services-policy-unit/short-term-lets/

You can read the consultation paper here: https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/consultation-paper/2019/04/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/documents/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/govscot%3Adocument

Or download the consultation paper from here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Guidance for Community Councils

Updated 5th September 2018

Following a number of requests for guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to community councils please see the attached proposed Privacy Statement.

The Privacy Statement is intended as a standard point of reference for community councils across Glasgow.  It is envisaged that the Statement will be included in the Guidance for Community Councils, which forms part of the support arrangements, along with Induction.

Any comments or suggestions on the contents of the Privacy Statement are welcomed.

pdf icon GDPR Guidance [47kb]

Requests for Community Council Minutes and Accounts

Following a number of requests for copies of minutes and/or accounts of Community Councils across the City, Community Councils are reminded that the responsibility for making these documents publicly available rests with the Community Councils; this is in accordance with clause 7 of the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.

Community Councils are the originators of the minutes, and Secretaries have a key responsibility to ensure minutes are circulated accordingly i.e. (1) draft minutes 7 days prior to the date of the meeting to all Community Council members i.e. Community Councillors, Ex-officio; and Associate Members, and (2) approved minutes made available to the City Council within 14 days of the meeting which approved them. The City Council is simply a recipient of the minutes for monitoring purposes.

All requests for minutes and/or accounts should be made directly to the respective Community Councils in the first instance, and if this request is refused with no sound reason then the City Council could be notified.  Alternatively, if information and/or intelligence potentially gives rise to evidenced concerns about a Community Council's current governance then this should be forwarded to the appropriate Officer within the City Council for them to address.

Please note that it would be at the Community Councils' discretion whether they provide draft minutes and/or accounts upon request.  It should be understood by all Community Councils that following a minute and/or accounts becoming approved then these would enter the public domain and in normal circumstances be made available upon request.  It would be reasonable, if requested, for a justification/reason to be provided to the Community Council in the first instance where such requests are being made.  NOTE: Certain information may require to be redacted i.e. personal data.

Participation Requests

In response to the Participation Request section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, Glasgow City Council have published a Participation Request form.

A Participation Request is when a community participation body makes a request to a public service authority to permit the body to participate in an outcome improvement process.
 
Information on how to submit a Participation Request using the form can be found here: www.glasgow.gov.uk/participationrequests  

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