Funding Opportunities

 Invitation to tender – Peer Support Projects

Peer support helps keep people more socially connected, giving them confidence and motivation to participate in their communities. It helps them to feel valued by being listened to and being able to help others with similar experiences.

Peer support builds on the skills and knowledge that already exist in the community and its contribution to health, wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem and overall quality of life has been widely recognised.  

The outcomes for the Trust’s peer support initiatives are:

 - I know that I have someone who will listen to me and who understands my situation

I know that I have support to face the challenges in my life

I have an increased sense of well-being

I feel safe, valued and respected

I have more confidence to make choices and do the things that matter to me

I can give examples of how peer support has made a difference to my life

To learn more about the peer support projects that the Trust funds, visit the Life Changes Trust website project pages here.

The latest report based on some of the self-evaluation evidence gathered by the peer support projects can be accessed here.

What kind of evaluation are we looking for?

We are seeking dedicated, knowledgeable and creative evaluators who will examine the work of the Trust’s peer support initiatives across Scotland to determine:

the extent to which they are creating better lives for people with dementia

the extent to which they are creating better lives for unpaid carers of people with dementia

what has not worked and why

what is needed to help a peer support initiative to succeed

any barriers and challenges that the initiatives have faced and how they, where possible, overcame them

how partnership working and collaboration has helped to influence and improve service delivery and practice

the wider benefits of peer support to family, friends, community and society

the likelihood that these initiatives will be sustained in the long term

Evaluators will have access to the self-evaluation evidence collected to date (since April 2015). Note that the Trust is commissioning a number of evaluation reports over the next year, including an overarching evaluation of the Trust’s overall approach. We will expect evaluators to share findings with those who are conducting the overall, high level evaluation of the Trust and to be mindful of the Trust’s overall timetable for gathering evidence for the purposes of influencing, adhering to the timescales set out below.

More detail can be provided by Andrena Coburn if required (contact details below).

Who can bid?

Bids must be from an organisation or a collaboration of organisations. It is important that you read the full tender document HERE.

Deadline for bids 

The deadline for bids is Friday 15 March 2019 at 5pm

Bids should be submitted through Public Contracts Scotland here, or sent to andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to: Andrena Coburn, Life Changes Trust, Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your bid reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline.

Enquiries should be directed to Andrena Coburn at andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or through the Public Contracts Scotland portal.

Value of the tender

The value of this tender is in the region of £40,000 over 18 months inclusive of VAT.

 Invitation to tender – Befriending Projects

Befriending is particularly valuable to people living with dementia, not only in terms of reducing loneliness, but also in providing information and signposting to other services and activities that could be of benefit.  

Befriending for carers can deliver equally important benefits for health and well-being, reducing ­isolation and increasing their ability to cope in their caring role.

Research into befriending services shows that, on average, people who used a befriending service reported feeling more connected, more interested and more mentally resilient than they did before the service. People also reported a significant change in lifestyle as a result of the volunteers who had befriended them.

The outcomes for the Trust’s befriending initiatives are:

 - I know that I have someone who will listen to me and understand me

I feel less lonely and more positive about life

I have an increased sense of well-being

I feel safe, valued and respected

I have more confidence to do the things that matter to me

I can give examples of how befriending has made a difference to my life

To learn more about the befriending projects that the Trust funds, visit the Life Changes Trust website project pages here.

The latest report based on some of the self-evaluation evidence gathered by funded projects can be accessed here.

What kind of evaluation are we looking for?

We are seeking dedicated, knowledgeable and creative evaluators who will examine the work of the Trust’s befriending initiatives across Scotland to determine:

the extent to which they are creating better lives for people with dementia

the extent to which they are creating better lives for unpaid carers of people with dementia

what has not worked and why

what is needed to help a befriending initiative to succeed

any barriers and challenges that the initiatives have faced and how they, where possible, overcame them

how partnership working and collaboration has helped to create better lives for people with dementia and unpaid carers

the wider benefits of befriending to family, friends, community and society

the likelihood that these initiatives will be sustained in the long term

Evaluators will have access to the self-evaluation evidence collected to date (since April 2015). Note that the Trust is commissioning a number of evaluation reports over the next year, including an overarching evaluation of the Trust’s overall approach. We will expect evaluators to share findings with those who are conducting the overall, high level evaluation of the Trust and to be mindful of the Trust’s overall timetable for gathering evidence for the purposes of influencing, adhering to the timescales set out below.

More detail can be provided by Andrena Coburn if required (contact details below).

Who can bid?

Bids must be from an organisation or a collaboration of organisations. It is important that you read the full tender document HERE.

Deadline for bids

The deadline for bids is Friday 15 March 2019 at 5pm

Bids should be submitted through Public Contracts Scotland here, or sent to andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to:

Andrena Coburn, Life Changes Trust, Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your bid reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline.

Enquiries should be directed to Andrena Coburn at andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or through the Public Contracts Scotland portal.

Value of the tender

The value of this tender is in the region of £40,000 over 18 months inclusive of VAT.

Invitation to Tender - Life Changes Trust Dementia Friendly Communities  

Since 2015, the Life Changes Trust has funded a wide range of communities that have become dementia friendly. The Trust has deliberately taken a ‘grassroots’ community development approach to dementia friendly communities in Scotland.

It is very important that evaluators understand this approach. By communities we mean:

a) geographical communities; and

b) communities of interest.

Read more about our dementia friendly communities funding here and here, and read our latest report on some of the self-evaluation evidence gathered by funded projects.

We are currently making a short film that demonstrates dementia friendly community principles in action across Scotland. These principles have emerged from the self-evaluation of the first cohort of DFCs. We expect that they will be refined over the next few years, but we do not expect them to change substantially.  

What kind of evaluation are we looking for?

The Life Changes Trust’s dementia programme exists to:

 - create better lives for people with dementia and unpaid carers of people with dementia

 - demonstrate what works for people whose lives are affected by dementia

- secure significant change in policy and, more importantly, practice for people with dementia and unpaid carers

Dementia Friendly Communities have been a core element of the Trust’s dementia strategy since 2015 and we are seeking dedicated, knowledgeable and creative evaluators who will examine the work of a very wide range of communities from all across Scotland to determine:

the extent to which they are creating better lives for people with dementia

- the extent to which they are creating better lives for unpaid carers of people with dementia

- what has not worked and why 

- the benefits and challenges of a community development approach 

- the extent to which dementia friendly communities can provide short, medium and long-term post-diagnostic support for people with dementia and unpaid carers 

- whether these communities are able to complement and, importantly, inform national and local dementia strategies and action plans 

- the extent to which the communities work in partnership and any significant benefits this partnership working brings 

- any barriers and challenges that the communities have faced and how they, where possible, overcame them

- the likelihood that these communities will be sustained in the long term   

Evaluators will have access to the self-evaluation evidence collected to date (since October 2015). Note that the Trust is commissioning a number of evaluation reports over the next year, including an overarching evaluation of the Trust’s overall approach. We will expect evaluators to share findings with those who are conducting the overall, high level evaluation of the Trust and to be mindful of the Trust’s overall timetable for gathering evidence for the purposes of influencing.

Who can bid?

Bids must be from an organisation or a collaboration of organisations. It is important that you read the full tender document HERE

Deadline for bids: Friday 8 March 2019 at 5pm

Bids should be submitted through Public Contracts Scotland, which you can find here, or sent to andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to: Andrena Coburn, Life Changes, Trust Edward House, 99 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX.  

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your bid reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline.

Enquiries should be directed to Anna Buchanan at anna.buchanan@lifechangestrust.org.uk or through the Public Contracts Scotland portal - LINK

Value of the tender

The value of this tender is in the region of £150,000 over 2 years inclusive of VAT. 

Your bid document can be as long as it needs to be. Please paint a very clear picture of what your vision for the evaluation is and provide us with detail about how you will achieve this.

 Invitation to Tender - Independent Evaluation of Life Changes Trust

The Life Changes Trust was established in 2013 to drive real and meaningful improvement in the lives of young people with experience of being in care and people affected by dementia. The Big Lottery Fund endowed the Trust with £50 million to be spent strategically over ten years to achieve transformational and sustainable change for its beneficiaries.

The Trust has recently passed the halfway mark in its ambitious ten-year mission and wishes to appoint an evaluator, or evaluators working in close collaboration, to assess:

- the extent to which the Trust’s stated mission is being achieved for beneficiaries

how funding in a strategic way is contributing to better outcomes for the Trust’s beneficiaries

whether the strategic approach of the Trust, and its growing evidence base, is making a significant difference to the wider policy and practice landscapes relevant to its beneficiaries

if having a secure and substantial amount of money from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland has meant that change is being achieved more rapidly than would normally be the case

The Trust would also consider the evaluators to be a ‘critical friend’ that walks alongside us over the next three years or so in order to help us reflect on how we can meet our aims and finish well in 2023. We are keen that the evaluators tell the story of the Trust – its establishment, progress, achievements and challenges – in a way that is accessible to a wide range of audiences. Therefore, showing that you have the creativity and skill to do this well is an essential requirement of this tender.

Please note that you will not be evaluating individual projects or initiatives but will be able to draw on a wide range of evaluation evidence available from projects’ self-evaluation and independent evaluation. Some of this evaluation is complete or underway and some is about to be commissioned; interim and complete findings will be available during the time period of the independent external evaluation of the Trust as a whole, for which you are bidding.

Bids must be from an organisation or a collaboration of organisations.

Bids must explain very clearly:

the expertise you have in working with the Trust’s three beneficiary groups (care experienced young people, people living with dementia and unpaid carers of people with dementia)

how you will involve the Trust’s three beneficiary groups in carrying out the evaluation, since beneficiaries are the reason for the Trust’s existence

how you have explored and defined creative ways of carrying out this evaluation and presenting its findings

the ways in which you will draw on evaluation evidence and performance management data held by the Trust and those it funds to develop a firm understanding of what the Trust has funded, the difference this is making, and why it is making a difference

how you will tell the story of the Trust in an engaging, accurate and informative way

how you will sustain a commitment to this work over a period of three years and eight months (April 2019 to November 2022 – see timescales below for details)

If the bid is from a collaboration of organisations you must also:

appoint a lead partner who will manage the finances

explain how you will pool your expertise and skills to maximum effect and avoid duplication

have a formal agreement between you that outlines who is responsible for what and where lines of accountability lie

Read the full tender document here.

Deadline for bids: Friday 8 February 2019 at 5pm

Bids should be submitted through Public Contracts Scotland - through this link - or sent to andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to: Andrena Coburn, Life Changes Trust, Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EX.

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your bid reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline.

Enquiries should be directed to Anna Buchanan at anna.buchanan@lifechangestrust.org.uk or through the Public Contracts Scotland portal.

Value of the tender

The value of this tender is in the region of £450,000 over 3 years and 8 months.