Welcome to the August newsletter.
I hope you’ve all managed to find some time to relax and be with the people you like best this summer.
Keep staying safe.
Senscot is currently exploring piloting a ‘collective purchasing’ initiative in one locality, which would involve Senscot signing up to purchase items which social enterprises commonly require through Scotland Excel’s frameworks. This could include PPE, cleaning products or a range of other items. We would be grateful if you could take 5 minutes to complete this survey, which will help us assess demand for the service.
NPC are collating publicly available information about redundancies in the charity sector, both those that have occurred and those under consultation. Arts and Culture is included as an individual heading. See here.
Scottish Community Development Centre has been commissioned by Sustrans to research how and why communities engage (or don’t engage) with active travel projects. Complete the short (ten-minute maximum) survey here.
Based on guidance being published by Scottish Government on re-opening indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and the imminent publication of updated guidance from sportscotland, Jude has organised a Sport SEN meeting. Wednesday 26 August, 10-11.30am. There will be representatives’ from sportscotland’s Facilities team there to discuss the guidance in more detail and answer any questions. If you are interested in joining contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All SEN Session: Monday 24th August (3-4pm) – Flexible Working & Mental Wellbeing. This session will include contributions from Geoff Leask (Young Enterprise Scotland); Lisa Gallagher (Flexibility Works) and Claire Carpenter (The Melting Pot). To sign up, email email@example.com
Employability SEN: Wednesday, September 23rd (2-3pm) – Drew Reid from Skills Development Scotland will be talking about how their Skills for Growth programme could benefit members. To book, email Jayne
Social Enterprises in Aberdeen are coming together for an informal chat and discussion around the subject of recovering from COVID19. Friday 11th September at 11am -12.30pm. to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) are launching their Appetite for Change fundraising challenge. For more information see here
Tourism & Heritage
Ceangail, a social enterprise in Stirling which has delivered Stirling Highland Games since 2014, successfully delivered its virtual programme on Saturday called The Best of Stirling with Stirling Highland Games. See more here
Event Scotland has published an information page about planning and managing virtual events including- things to think about when planning a virtual event, case studies, resources and training.
HIE recently ran a series of digital heritage skills workshops which were facilitated by University of St Andrews. For more info and a link to the recordings see here.
The formal launch of the £14m Hotel Recovery Programme is expected at the end of August. Keep an eye on social media for more information.
Event Scotland and the Scottish Government are in the process of finalising the criteria for the £10m Events Sector fund. Keep an eye on social media for more information.
Read Malcolm Roughead OBE, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, blog Finding the right balance– looking at the increase in Scots taking staycations.
Traveltech– A University-led initiative is to help Scotland’s beleaguered tourism sector make a sustained recovery driven by technological innovation. t will build a support network for travel technology pioneers whose ingenuity could help turn the sector around. See more here.
Whale Arts have been reflecting on the work they’ve been involved in over the past months and have shared their Covid reflection report for you to see.
Check out this blog from Articulate Hub member Jade Kilkenny- My creative journey … through a pandemic!
Great news for Montrose Playhouse. After a delayed start due to Covid-19, work has officially started on site and they hope to open around Sep/Oct 2021
Funding & Opportunities
Scottish Government’s Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund.
Flying Your Zetland Flag, Falkirk Council
Hospitalfield Design Brief Aug 2020, Hospitalfield House
The MyMuseum Project – Digital Engagement, Culture Perth and Kinross
For events run by and for social enterprises See here