ONECAN Community Group Newsletter – November 2021

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We apologise to those who previously did not receive this months newsletter. And apologise if you are receiving this for the second time. We had an issue when sending which should now be resolved.


The issues being discussed at COP26 can seem overwhelming but we each have an important part to play in caring for our environment as many small actions can lead to big changes.

"Nothing will change without you!"
The last line of a poem read by Yrsa Daley-Ward on the first day of COP26.
"You" does not just mean the world leaders but also you and me.

In this newsletter, we have gathered some information we hope will help you decide what positive actions you can take, and we include more encouraging news about what is already happening in our local area.

"Our motivation should not be fear but hope."

Quote: Sir David Attenborough at COP26.

This Month’s Focus

Our focus this month is on our Caring for our Environment.

Normally we include a factsheet around our focus, however, this month we’re highlighting the OneCarluke Active Travel piece from Laura McConnell. Click on the image below to read the full piece over on the One Carluke Area Network website.

Behind the Scenes

Community Resource Bank


Action Earth Scotland

Action Earth is helping to get people and communities busy outdoors. The campaign has grants to give to groups of volunteers who are carrying out environmental projects in Scotland.

Grants from £50 to £250 are available for practical activities that involve volunteers in improving outdoor spaces or creating habitats for wildlife. Grants can be used to purchase plants, tools and materials or to cover volunteer expenses.

If your group is volunteering on a local nature reserve, up to £500 can be provided for practical work, wildlife recording or educational activities that encourage more people onto the reserve. The campaign is run by Volunteering Matters (formerly known as CSV) from April to December each year and is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage

The Finnis Scott Foundation

The Finnis Scott Foundation provides grants for UK charities working in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences (as well as arts and art history).

The trustees will only usually consider grants of between £500 and £10,000 and applicants should be a registered charity, Community Interest Company (CIC) or PTA.

Applications should be received at least three weeks before the date of a meeting. Meeting dates are available at the foundation’s website.


The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has some interesting opportunities coming up, many of which are free of charge.

Some other training you may be interested in:

Public procurement and the voluntary sector
FREE 15:00-16:00, 24th November 2021 (online)

Public procurement is an area of increasing importance for the Scottish voluntary sector, and is a key feature of the Scottish Government’s economic recovery plan and transformation strategy. With our panel of experts, we will explore what’s working well and what the challenges are for the voluntary sector in public procurement. As well as being a great chance to engage with the Scottish Government, this webinar will be a springboard to enhance our collective understanding of procurement and lead to more focused action from SCVO going forward.

Good governance - Why evaluation and reporting matters to trustees
FREE 17:00-18:00, 1st December 2021 (online)

This good governance webinar will look at good practice in charity evaluation and reporting. We'll share tips on how trustees can support effective evaluation, the role of trustees in reporting and how to use evaluation to benefit your charity.

What’s On / Local News

Christmas Light Switch on Event

Carluke Christmas Light Switch on will take place on Saturday 4th December with lots of entertainment and fun for all of the family!

We’re also asking everyone to help “Light up Carluke for Christmas” and turn on your own Christmas lights on the 4th December.

Find out more

Recycle and Repair

We are looking for people interested in exploring the idea of forming a Recycle and Repair Shop in our area?

And if so, what skills can you offer?

Register your skills here

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