Cultural & Tourism Newsletter – July 2019

Welcome to the July newsletter

Summer and Scotland is in full bloom!

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

Watch out for our information sheet on The Year of Coasts and Waters– due any day!  We’ll give 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 Cultural and Creative SEN planned for the end of June had to be postponed and we’re now planning it for August.  We’ll still have a focus on Gaelic and I’m keen to hear form any organisations involved in Gaelic in any way- please get in touch.

Voluntary Health Scotland are hosting a Third Sector Round Table: Preventing and Controlling Infection in Community Settings to book and to find out more see here.

Scottish Community Finance have a Bridging Loan Fund available to SEN members to help your organisation with finance and cashflow issues.  See here for more information.

We held a fantastic Community Learning Exchange hosted by Birks Cinema last month and Mary and I are keen to keep exploring the creative industries/ cultural activity and health and wellbeing.  Get in touch if you’re interested.

The SE 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.

Tourism & Heritage

Disabled Access Day was designed to provide opportunities for disabled people to try something new which may be otherwise difficult in the hustle and bustle of day to day life. Powered by Euan’s Guide, this year over 13,000 people and over 150 places across the UK took part. Click here for more information on this year’s activities and to find out how to get involved in the next Disabled Access Day.

The historic environment is a key asset as part of placemaking, with community based organisations making a significant contribution to caring for and promoting their heritage.  Historic Environment Scotland has recently updated their website to provide additional information and guidance for community groups, bringing together the available resources for the sector covering topics such as setting up and running an organisation and accessing funding.

Historic Environment Scotland is conducting a survey about how Scotland’s historic sites and heritage places can contribute to people’s wellbeing.  The survey closes on the 25th August, have your say here.

STA Autumn Annual Conference Early Bird Discount Ends Soon!

Edinburgh City Council are consulting about the Festival Event in The Meadows.  To contribute see here.

Creative Industries

Beginning in May, Creative Scotland began a series of events around Scotland to explore new ways to fund arts and creative activity. These events have been an opportunity to inform the development of Creative Scotland’s overall future approach to funding. Each event is a workshop that explores the needs of participants and the potential priorities for how Creative Scotland should distribute the money it receives from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.  They have spaces at the event in Orkney – 15th July and would welcome participants from across all sectors-
For those unable to make these events, they also have an online conversation for contribution:

The next Cross Party Group on Culture, hosted by Joan McAlpine MSP, is on 8th October and will be- ‘Collaborative Culture: Meeting the Challenges of Person-centred Healthcare’

Nicola Naismith’s Report Artists Practicing Well focuses on affective support that artists working in health care settings are currently able to access.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has released a report- Changing Lives: the social impact of participation in culture and sport

Funding & Opportunities

Now officially launched, A Cinema Near You is a two year development programme which aims to improve access to screen and cinema provision in Scotland, targeting those communities where the need is greatest, and where the benefits may be most significant.  See here for more information.

National Lottery Heritage Fund Launches £100 million Heritage Horizon Awards


Festival Coordination for Dumbarton 2020, West Dunbartonshire Council
Glasgow Dance Spaces Consultant, Glasgow Life
Invitation to Tender: Fire and Light 2020, Falkirk Community Trust
Panto Tender Request For 2020/(21), ONFife

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


The Ecology Centre are hosting a health and wellbeing day – ‘Your peace, our place’ in August

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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