Cultural & Tourism Newsletter – April 2019

Welcome to the April newsletter (and spring sunshine)

There are a couple of surveys in this months newsletter- both of these are important and I ask that you take some time out of your busy working week to please contribute. I know you’re asked to respond to survey after survey, but these ones really matter!

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

The Scottish Government’s Social Enterprise Census 2019, the third official count of enterprising charities and social enterprises in Scotland, is underway again.  Every two years this official study helps make the case for continuing policy and funding support. It’s also information that you can use to lobby and convince others about the impact of the sector in your area. Here’s what we found last time.  Join thousands of other others standing up to be counted.   See here to take part.

For those of you that missed this weeks webinar- What an Enterprising Idea: Mythbusting Social Enterprises– keep an eye out in this Fridays bulletin for a link to view it.

Do you know the impact a No Deal scenario could have on data protection?  The government’s briefing note, information on ‘No-Deal’ EU Exit and Data Protection, sets out how personal data transferred from the EU/EEA to the UK will be effected. They have also produced a simple one pager for charities.

Euan’s Guide are asking everyone to help make 100% of disabled toilets safer for world toilet day.  Their Red Cord Cards were featured on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show last week – the thousands of life-saving postcards were distributed to stop people from tucking away the red cord in disabled loos which are a vital lifeline for disabled people to call for help in an emergency. Read Full Guidance here.

Tourism & Heritage

A review of the Scottish Tourism Strategy (TS2020) is currently being undertaken and it is important that social enterprise feed into this process. This will help to shape and develop the new national tourism strategy looking beyond 2020.  Scottish Enterprise has commissioned economic development consultants ekosgen to review the current strategy and as part of that, they have launched an online survey.  This should take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time.

I attended that Wild Scotland Annual Conference last month to hear from some very inspiring speakers.  There was a very strong message coming through on the day, from both speakers and delegates, about the importance of community in outdoor tourism.  We look forward to seeing their new strategy later in the year.

Dundee Social Enterprise Network recently attended the inaugural Tay Cities Regional Tourism Conference.  Read their comment on the day here.

Oban Communities Trust has announced the green light to start work on the refurbishment of the main building of The Rockfield Centre.  See here for more information.

The next meeting of the CPG on Tourism takes place on Wednesday 8 May which will include a presentation on The 2019 Solheim Cup and how to get involved.

Visit Scotland launched the Scotland is Now campaign on 29 March 2019 with the message: “Europe, let’s continue our love affair”. Specifically targeted at key European markets.  Check out their toolkit and get involved.

The pre-consultation draft Clyde Regional Marine Plan is now open for consultation.  Click here to view the pre-consultation draft Clyde Marine Plan and here to access the consultation form.

Check out the Scottish Tourism Alliance’s piece on Megatrends– the global shifts that have a huge impact on everything in our lives

Creative Industries

Wasps officially opened the first Phase of their Inverness Creative Academy project which provides 32 studio spaces for  designers, artists and makers, a darkroom and a large exhibition and events space in the newly restored gym hall in the grade A listed buildings of the former Inverness Royal Academy.

Creative Natives has moved!  Based in St Margaret’s House in Edinburgh they are taking a big step up in opportunities for this fantastic project.  Creative Natives has been growing, and the young people are working on fashion and graphic portfolio projects, learning new printing and drawing techniques and discovering the inspirational experience to visit museums and art galleries in Edinburgh.

Dundee SEN will be speaking at the next CPG on Culture– City Deals: Cultural Cities and Local Resilience.  Culture Counts now provide the Secretariat for the CPG on Culture.  For more information see here.

Senscot held a meeting focussing on culture and health at the end of last month.  This was just the beginning of discussions and we hope to organise a Community Learning Exchange.  If this is something that you are interested in or you have suggestions for a social enterprise to visit please get in touch.

As many of you already know, I sit on the Scottish Government Creative Industries Advisory Group. To see previous minutes see here


There are so many events submitted for the newsletter now that I can no longer fit them into the newsletter.  You can now submit events to our website- links will be included in all the thematic newsletters and the weekly bulletin.

Check out up coming events here.

Funding, Opportunities & Tenders

The Creative Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), young carers (caring for children or adults), and the people that they care for.
Screen Scotland – the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland – has announced the launch of a new Cinema Equipment Fund to improve access to community cinema across Scotland.

Screen Scotland: Broadcast Content Fund

Exhibition Designer, Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books

Project Co-ordinator, Creative Words for Wellbeing, Scottish Poetry Library

Evaluation brief – Invitation to tender, Rothesay Pavilion

Don’t forget that you can view current and future tender opportunities on the P4P website.