‘One stop shop’ for groups

West Lothian Courier - - News -

Com­mu­nity groups in West Loth­ian have a new“one stop shop”to help them grow.

Pamela Roc­cio told West Loth­ian Coun­cil’s Vol­un­tary Or­gan­i­sa­tions Pol­icy De­vel­op­ment and Scru­tiny Panel (PDSP) that the new web­site launched by the Vol­un­tary Sec­tor Gate­way was a re­source site for the Third Sec­tor.

She added that early re­sponses to the site showed that users vis­it­ing were stay­ing longer and could now down­load PDF pages. “And it’s a re­source which is go­ing to grow,”she added.

There are plans to add more pages of in­for­ma­tion on fund­ing mat­ters. This fol­lows a “phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful”event – “Let’s Talk Fund­ing”- run last month by VSGWL.

Pamela said:“The feed­back from that event was phe­nom­e­nal so we are go­ing to be do­ing a lot more on the web­site about fund­ing. It’s a re­source which a lot of peo­ple are find­ing re­ally use­ful. If you are run­ning any kind of group this is a one stop shop for ad­vice on how to grow.”

The web­site also con­tains down­load­able tem­plates, for in­stance if an or­gan­i­sa­tion wants to draw up a con­sti­tu­tion, it can down­load a tem­plate for that and sim­ply add its own word­ing.

It also serves as a di­rec­tory for the ser­vice groups which can help vol­un­tary groups, and lists other po­ten­tial av­enues for as­sis­tance.

“The web­site will help you get started. It tells you what you need to think about in terms of set­ting up com­mit­tees for train­ing, for vol­un­teers,”added Pamela.

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