Cultural and Tourism December 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the last newsletter of 2019!

The Senscot Conference ‘Community Wealth Building – the role for social and community enterprise’ was a great success.  Over 140 delegates attended and it was delivered in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance.  Check out the keynote addresses on Community Wealth Building, and well done to Dragons’ Den winner – Giraffe Healthcare and Audience Prize winner – Rise Glasgow.  The evening entertainment was spectacular with SoundSational.  You can see the tweets from the 2 days using #CWB2019.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

See you in 2020!

Please remember to send me updates for the next Newsletter and Senscot bulletins and remember you can post events and jobs on the Senscot website.


Senscot Update

Have you seen?  There’s a vacancy at Senscot for a Social Enterprise and Sport Co-ordinator.  The role is to facilitate and support the growing volume of activity amongst Sport SEN members – as well as liaising closely with Sportscotland. Closing date for applications in Thursday 19th Dec, see here to apply.

Thank you to everyone that responded to the Scottish Tourism Strategy Consultation.  You can read the response submitted by Senscot here.  The future tourism strategy and headline action plan for ‘Beyond 2020’ will be launched in March at the  STA Signature Sessions.

If youth justice is an area that is of interest to you make sure to take part in the Scottish Government Youth Justice Standards Consultation

Tourism & Heritage

Congratulations to the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival who has been crowned winner of the Best Cultural Event / Festival category at the Aberdeen City & Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA).  Read more here.

Tourism SEN member FVSE has been renamed as Ceangail CIC and set up the Ceangail Training Academy.  Ceangail will continue to deliver Stirling Highland Games– an event that has attracted over 25,000 visitors to Stirling since 2014 and generated an economic impact of almost £1.7million, whilst providing practical learning opportunities for up to 150 young people and over 300 volunteers.  See more here.

In 2020, Scotland will be celebrating its Year of Coasts & Waters through a year-long programme of exciting events, festivals and activities that everyone can get involved in.  Check out their film

The National Library of Scotland is the largest library in the country, with more than 31 million items held in trust for the Scottish people. They are in the process of developing their next strategy and are interested in hearing from social enterprises across Scotland- Contribute to their Draft 2020–2025 Strategy Consultation.

VisitScotland published this report- Exploring Sustainable Mobility for Sustainable Tourism

Check out the Scottish Tourism Alliance blog- Do you offer your staff volunteering opportunities? If not, here’s why you should

EventScotland have relaunched their website to sit within VisitScotland

Creative Industries

Findhorn Bay Arts have shared their end of project film for Cashback for Creativity funded project ‘In the Mix’, showing some of what we have delivered, along with interviews with participants, partner organisation staff & our creative practitioners.

Well done to Cultural SEN members WHALE Arts for winning the Creative Regeneration category at the Surf Awards.

Creative Stirling are running a CrowdFunding campaign to support the creative hub ‘Made in Stirling’.  For more information and to donate see here.

Young people at Articulate Cultural Trust are launching their ‘Made with Care’ brand at a pop-up event in Glasgow on 15 December at COLAB.  For more information see here.

The Year of Scotland in Australia 2020 “This year-long celebration of Scottish heritage will resonate with Australian audiences whose family roots go deep into Scottish soil but also with anyone who simply enjoys good music played brilliantly by world-class artists” Alan Morrison, Creative Scotland.  Read more here.

The Ecology Centre in Kinghorn are launching their first cookbook called – ‘Our Community Cookbook – Your Kitchen‘.  The cookbook brings together recipes from staff, volunteers and old favourites that are regularly served up on a Wednesday, the Centre’s main volunteering day. 

Funding & Opportunities

Development programme for community leaders looking to shape the future of tourism in their areas- deadline is next Monday.

Creative Scotland Create:Inclusion Fund

Screen Scotland: Cinema Equipment Fund

A Cinema Near You

Culture and Business Fund

Social Enterprise Academy Coaching programme


River Cafe Tender, Timespan Museum and Arts

First Minister’s Reading Challenge Evaluation, Scottish Book Trust

Activity Plan Consultant – Invitation to Tender, Capital Theatres

Archive Consultant – Invitation to Tender, Capital Theatres


Lots of you have been in touch about events you’re running over the next few weeks from training, to networking, to markets, to Christmas events. There is so much going on….See here

You can submit events to our website- links will be included in all the thematic newsletters and the weekly bulletin.

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