Cultural & Tourism Newsletter – August 2019

Welcome to the August newsletter

I visited the Eden Project (a social enterprise in Cornwall) a couple of weeks ago.  I was impressed by the sheer scale of the project and that every visitor is constantly being educated about their social and environmental impact throughout their visit –  that’s over 19 million visitors since it opened in 2000.  Well worth a visit.

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.


Culture, Creative Industries and Health and Wellbeing

The Health SEN and the Culture and Creative SEN will be coming together for a SEN meeting and two Community Learning Exchanges this September to explore the relationship between culture, creativity and health and wellbeing, the barriers and the opportunities.

Social Enterprises are invited to join us on a Community Learning Exchange to Project Ability in Glasgow on Wednesday 11th September. Project Ability is a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation that create opportunities for people with disabilities and people with lived experience of mental ill-health to express themselves and achieve their artistic potential.  Please book here

We will also be hosting a Community Learning Exchange to Reachout With Arts in Mind in Clackmannanshire on Thursday 26th September.  Reachout With Arts In Mind is an innovative and inclusive award winning charity which delivers creative opportunities, education and wellbeing to local communities experiencing life’s challenges, mental ill health and disability. Using expressive arts as the vehicle; the service delivery model promotes informed wellbeing choices and mental health awareness to maintain wellbeing and prevent relapse. Please book here

The Health and Culture SEN meeting will be held in Glasgow on the affternoon of 11th September.  If you would like to attend please email or

The next CPG on Culture– Collaborate Culture: Meeting the challenges of person-centred healthcare, is on 8th October.  For more information and to book see here.

Senscot Update

The Guide to Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 was published last month.  It gives a you a quick overview of what the themes years are about, why you should get involved and, most importantly, how to get involved and take advantage of all that marketing!

The Health SEN have recently been working with NHS Health Scotland to explore the role that community café activity plays within social enterprise.  Social Enterprises have asked Senscot to facilitate the sharing of lessons learned, including what has and hasn’t worked and how to overcome or avoid common challenges.  Please contribute your experiences through this very short survey– your help is very much appreciated.  For more information contact

SEN member Jordan Butler, from Heavy Sound CIC, featured on the BBC recently with their new project that will enhance the work they already do to connect with young people through music.

Tourism & Heritage

Tapestry of Renfrewshire reaches out to the rural parts of the old county of Renfrew and discovers stitchers are as keen to get involved in the rural areas as they have been in Paisley.  Artist Andrew Crummy who is the creative force behind so many of Scotland’s community tapestry initiatives said  “I’m really excited that the Tapestry will involve gathering stories and histories from ex textile towns like Neilston in East Renfrewshire.  The old county of Renfrew rang to the sound of thread making on the 19th and 20th centuries so its perfect that those rural towns and villages are involved too”.  The finished Tapestry is destined to be displayed in a refurbished Coats Memorial church which was also  built in thread: named after the family whose name is synonymous with thread.  Get in touch for more information

Check out EventScotland’s Scotland the Perfect Stage

Glasgow Life is recruiting volunteers for the next three major sporting events to come to the city; LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, the LGT World Men’s Curling Championship and UEFA EURO 2020

The next CPG on Tourism is on Wednesday 11 September at 6pm and will be a joint meeting with the CPG on Scotch Whisky.  For more information and to attend see here.

Creative Industries

Culture Counts have launched a new interactive research tool for the cultural sector- Useful Facts is an online tool, indexing carefully drawn stats from over 100 recent research papers.  The Health & Sport Committee (Scottish Parliament) have opened a short inquiry to consider social prescribing’s ability to tackle physical and mental wellbeing issues across Scotland.  If you would like to contribute via Culture Counts, see here.

Creative Scotland are recruiting a new Chief Executive Officer “We’re seeking an inspirational and visionary leader, who understands Scotland’s unique cultural landscape and who can set and deliver the current and long-term goals, meeting any challenges that arise”.

The Touring Network have extended an invite to join them for BRAW REVEALED: a day of learning sharing and doing for anyone looking to contribute to the innovation of rural touring on Wed 25 September. The event marks the culmination of a 2 year action research project- an open-ended experiment into rural touring – examining what happened when trialling some new approaches (with some spectacularly good and not-so-good results!)  To book see here.


Funding & Opportunities

Reachout With Arts in Mind are looking for a Creative Activities Project Worker.  For this and other vacancies see here.

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is seeking to appoint new members and a new a Treasurer to its Board.

The Circle Academy application

Creative Scotland have launched the next round of their Go See Share Fund– for individuals, organisations and creative businesses to undertake trips allowing them to explore new ways to expand their business activity and make them more financially sustainable.

A Cinema Near You– Fostering local cinema provision where it’s most needed.

Screen Scotland: Film Festivals Fund

Workplace Equality Fund



Opportunity to Quote for App development, Fife Cultural Trust

Have your artwork featured on cups sold worldwide!, Vegware

Call for proposals: Paisley Book Festival

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

Save the Date!   The Senscot Conference and Ceilidh is back for its 14th year on the 25th/26th November.  It would be great to have Cultural SEN and Tourism SEN members there- keep an eye on the Senscot bulletin for more information.

To see the huge number of events run by members of the networks 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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