Welcome to the April newsletter.
Not the normal newsletter this month but there are a few updates to share and don’t forget to check our resource page. We are all still here at Senscot, doing our best for the sector, and happy to help if we can- just get in touch. We have been tweeting like mad so if you have news to share in between newsletters please let us know- we’d love to share your stories.
I hope that you are all managing to stay healthy and find a way to enjoy Easter weekend and our lovely spring weather.
We have created a resource page on our website that is updated daily. This includes links to the Scottish Government Funds, Government and partners updates, useful toolkits, webinars and virtual meetings, as well as relevant thematic information.
Senscot will be organising online sessions to connect and inform members through the current COVID19 pandemic. Please get in touch and let me know if there is anything in particular that you’d like us to cover. I will send invites out to SEN members directly and you can find more information on the resource page under ‘Useful Webinars and Virtual Meetings’.
Social Enterprise Academy has been facilitating group peer sessions to enable people to support each other and find constructive ways of responding to the current crisis. Facilitated by an Academy facilitator this gives people a chance to reflect on and share their own experiences. We are planning on running a Tourism SEN session- if you are interested please let me know.
P4P have produced this handy infographic on what’s changed in relation to procurement with COVID19. The P4P team are all still available if you need support.
Thank you to Caroline Dunn at Dundee Employment Law who has kindly pulled together a factsheet on Furlough and Employment during Covid19. You can read the factsheet here.
Tourism & Heritage
The tourism sector has been hit hard by the current crisis and The Scottish Tourism Alliance have been working to ensure the voice of the sector is heard. Check out their updates here.
‘Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder’ a virtual hug from Visit Scotland
Visit Scotland are proactively tracking the effects of Coronavirus on the tourism industry. See the VisitScotland COVID-19 Tourism Industry Survey
You may remember from previous newsletter that I mentioned the development of a new Community Heritage Network in Scotland. For more information on the workshops they ran last year see- Royal Society of Edinburgh Community Heritage Scotland Research Workshops (2019) Report
Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please note the Creative Scotland Bursary Fund has been paused and will reopen on 20th April.
The Autistic Artists Research Group (AARG), a group of artists calling for Glasgow’s museums and galleries to improve access for autistic adults, have launched a video to promote the project. Read more here.
In order to stay in touch with Articulate’s most vulnerable young people they have moved their projects online, to digital or virtual solutions that are free or as cheap as possible within their subsidies: Follow the Dialogues project here
Moniack Mhor have launched a new Online: Songwriting Course
Fablevision have been in touch to say that they are still open for business- Graphic Design and Branding, Web Design, Publications, Copywriting, Social Media Account Management, Video Editing (from supplied footage). Contact them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding & Opportunities
Scottish Communities Finance is offering interest-free loans of £3-5k to SEN members as part of its SEN Bond offer from last year. The SEN Bridging Loan – with a five day turn-around – is available for all organisations that are looking for money to bridge the gap between spending money and waiting for grant money or other forms of income. For more info, contact email@example.com
CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund– to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
For events run by and for social enterprises See here
You can submit events to our website- links will be included in all the thematic newsletters and the weekly bulletin.
If you have anything for next months newsletter email me at firstname.lastname@example.org