Cultural Newsletter July 2020



Welcome to the July newsletter.


Since the last newsletter we have merged with Social Firms Scotland.  You may have seen in last weeks bulletin that the name of the new entity will now be Social Enterprise Network Scotland – pending consent from OSCR. This late change to the proposed name has come about as a result of concerns raised by Social Enterprise Scotland. The Board of our new entity decided – as a gesture of goodwill – to re-visit the name and, in doing so, has agreed on Social Enterprise Network Scotland.

Here is an overview of the proposed functions, aims and objectives


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

In light of the Scottish Governments announcements, we have been running a variety of sessions focussing on plans for re-opening.  The week before last we ran three sessions:

  • Sport SEN session with P4P and Scotland Excel on partnerships and procurement, with a particular focus on opening Scotland Excel frameworks to the third sector and the benefits for sport and community facilities, see more here.
  • Planning re-opening for retail included a run through of the fantastic guidance developed by the Revolve network, for more info contact
  • Peer support session focussing on customer and visitor needs– see the presentation and notes here.


I attended a COVID Historic Environment Resilience Forum (CHERF) workshop last month- Reopening Venues: High-level sector-strategies for rebuilding, recovery and resilience. To see the notes from the session and slides see here.


The Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board Sub-Group published its report on Measures to Mitigate Labour Market Impacts from Covid-19 in Scotland.


Upcoming events

Supporting Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing- Friday 17 July from 1pm – 3.30pm via zoom.  See here for the session outline and to read more about the speakers.  If you would like to join us, please email Jude


Joint Thematic SEN Session:  Supporting your staff back to work – Thursday 16th July 2-3.30pm via ZoomDouglas Strang of BTO’s Employment team will talk you through the challenges of getting your staff back to work, with practical guidance on how to take account of particular needs/objections to returning, and a review of the employment law issues. Lindsay MacNeill from our Health and Safety team will review your duties as an employer to ensure the safety of your staff as they return to work and how best to meet your legislative responsibilities in light of the current situation and shifting government guidance.  Email Jayne to book your place.


Employability SEN Network Meeting – Wednesday 29th July 10.30-11.30 via Zoom
Social Enterprises across the country have responded amazingly to meet the needs of their communities and support the most vulnerable through the current crisis.  In doing so, we know members have adopted new ways of operating, pivoted services, overcome challenges, refocused on markets or new social needs and now, are planning for the future.  Email Jayne to book your place.

We are keen to share the learning and experiences across the SEN membership to support members navigate through the current complex and uncertain times .  Join us for a very informal session to explore going forward, what your social enterprise will- Stop doing; Keep doing; Start doing
Email Jayne to book your place.


Relevant Scottish Government Guidance


Tourism & Heritage

We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. For more information see here.


Know Before You Go– VisitScotland new visitor charter on how to enjoy Scotland over the coming months.


Visit Scotland Market intelligence report


Everyone has the right to enjoy our beautiful beaches and these beach wheelchairs enable everyone, regardless of age or physical abilities, the opportunity to enjoy the beach, often for the first time! Sea the Change are delighted to announce that the beach wheelchair at Coldingham Bay is set to open on 15th July 2020.  Bookings will be essential and more information can be found here


Bird Gardens Scotland CIC are building a Visitor Centre, including a coffee shop, classroom and children’s playground, and have been able to make incredible progress despite some of the issues faced due to Covid-19.  To read more about their plans and support needs see here


Tayport Community Trust took possession of its newly completed community and sports centre, The Larick Centre, in March. They are fortunate that the Larick Cafe has an outside area and sufficient space inside that they can lay out the tables appropriately, they are therefore planning to open the cafe on the 18th July. Adjacent to the East Common and close to the northern entrance of Tentsmuir Forest the associated nature reserves are a quiet place for walking, cycling and watching nature.


Findhorn Bay Arts and the Bakehouse (Findhorn) are extending their pop-up shop on Forres High Street. For more information see here.


Creative Industries

£1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions following the announcement of £10m support from the Scottish Government for performing arts venues.


Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of St Andrews are participating in the CUPIDO (culture power: to inspire development in rural areas) Interreg North Sea Region cultural heritage project. Read more here.


Stirling City Radio have shared their Impact Report– they would be happy to talk to others about this


Silver Stag Scotland and STAND International have come together to support individuals, small charities, social businesses or community interest groups during the Coronavirus pandemic by providing 50ml and 100ml bottles of their over 75% alcohol hand sanitiser at an affordable price. See more here.


Funding & Opportunities

Bòrd na Gàidhlig Funding Schemes

The Colmcille Legacy Award

Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities cultural funding programme

Sustainable Innovation Fund

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development– Open

Museums Galleries Scotland Urgent Response COVID-19 Fund– Open

Heritage Emergency Fund– now open for applications until 31 July.

Music For All – Community Project Funding

Scotrail Cultural & Arts Fund



Provision of Filmography by Skills Development Scotland Co. Limited

Online Streaming and Online Training Services by APUC Limited

West Highland Way 40th Anniversary Product and Marketing by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority

Zetland Sings, Falkirk Council


P4P have created this fantastic resource:  Collaboration during a Crisis and this handy infographic which summarises the most recent guidance issued by Scottish Procurement.  Get in touch with the team for one to one support or to develop a new partnership at


Don’t forget that you can view current and future tender opportunities on the P4P website and contact the P4P team for advice and support.





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

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