Networking Lunch – Thursday 19th May

Join us for lunch, networking and hear from Elaine Crichton of Inspiring Scotland and Joan MacLean, Manager at Perthshire Women’s Aid at the award-winning boutique townhouse hotel, Parklands.

Inspiring Scotland is a venture philanthropy organisation designed and developed in response to the needs of Scotland’s charities. Launched in 2008, Inspiring Scotland to date has successfully managed £90m of fund assets targeted to support the voluntary sector to tackle some of the toughest issues: youth unemployment; lack of play opportunities for children; and support for disadvantaged communities to harness their own assets. Inspiring Scotland works with around 150 charities and our work has helped change the lives of over 90,000 people.

The provision of advice and expertise to help charities become stronger and sustainable, is an important part of Inspiring Scotland’s investment model. Scotland’s business community plays a key role in this work, volunteering time, skills and expertise.

As well as providing an opportunity to give something back to society. Inspiring Scotland’s pro bono programme is an excellent conduit to self-development for employees and employers who look to fulfil their corporate social responsibility.

Elaine Crichton is a pro bono executive at Inspiring Scotland.  With a wealth of business and financial experience, Elaine understands the skills and expertise which the business community can bring to Scotland’s charities.

Elaine has kindly agreed to tell us more about Inspiring Scotland at our networking event on the 19th May 2016. If you would like to be able to give something back and achieve your personal development goals at the same time, this event is not to be missed.

Fully Booked – contact us to be included on the waitlist


Our chosen charity this year is Perthshire Women’s Aid.  Further details about the charity will be given at this event, meanwhile read about the work they do below.

Perthshire Women’s Aid is a charity supporting women, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse operating throughout Perthshire.  We provide confidential support, information and access to temporary accommodation.   Support is provided in a non-judgemental, friendly, kind way whether you are still in the relationship or experiencing difficulties now the relationship has ended. We support anyone who identifies as a woman and support is provided either face to face at our premises, over the phone, or by arranging a confidential visit at a place of your choice. Support can be accessed on a self-referral basis or via referral from an agency.  Our services include:

Women’s Services: one to one support sessions; information on legal, benefits and housing matters, support to claim entitlements, assistance to secure permanent accommodation; support to access other agency services to meet individual needs, debt advice, group work including ‘Freedom Programme’.  We operate eight refuges which provide temporary housing for families and single women who require urgent, safe accommodation.

Perthshire Domestic Abuse Outreach Project provides information, emotional and practical support, advocacy, housing support and follow on assistance to women and children in rural Perthshire who are or have experienced domestic abuse.

Perth and Kinross Independent Domestic Abuse Advocacy secures the safety of women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse and are at high risk of harm from intimate partners or ex-partners. It is a short term service, normally 6-8 week.  Our advocates liaise with multiple services to keep women and their children safe, initially by putting in safety measures and ensuring safe accommodation.

Counselling Service: Our person centred counselling service is available for women to assist them with recovery from the trauma of domestic abuse giving them the space to discuss their feelings and the effects of the abuse.

Children & Young People’s Service services offer family support and one to one support and group work for children aged 0-18 and will represent children’s views in formal settings.  Children can access the service in their own right.

Perthshire Cedar (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery) is a therapeutic parallel 12 week group work programme which helps to strengthen mother-child relationships.  The group work programme uses a variety of creative tools to work with Mothers and their children, aged 5-16 years over 12 weeks, building resilience, improving communication, emotional intelligence, confidence and self-esteem.  Our co-ordinators are available to provide awareness sessions on healthy and unhealthy relationships in schools and communities.

Our services empower women and children to make their own choices and move on in their lives. We enable families to be feel safer, more confident and actively engaged in their communities.

Contact Us: Support Line: 017387 639043, Business Line: 01738 635404

Perthshire Women’s Aid, First Floor, Merlin House, Necessity Brae, Perth, PH2 0PF

Email: Website:

Office hours: Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm (later appointments can be arranged if required).


Fully booked

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