Cultural & Tourism Newsletter – June 2019

I was very sad to hear last week of the death of Roger Goodyear.  Roger and the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival have been Tourism and Cultural SEN members for many years and, a strong supporter of social enterprise, he spoke at events for us on a few occasions.  I know he will be greatly missed in his community and my thoughts go to his family and friends.

I last saw Roger at the CPG on Tourism only a few weeks ago and, with no time to stop for a chat, we both promised to catch up soon for coffee.  This sad occasion reminds me to make room to stop and spend some time with people- keep in touch folks.

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 next Cultural Social Enterprise Network meeting, hosted by Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, is on Tuesday 25th June, 10am-12pm, at Project Ability.  Donald MacPhee, Glasgow City Council Gaelic Development Officer,  will be attending the meeting to give an update on the Glasgow City Council Gaelic Language Plan 2018 To 2022 and opportunities for the Royal National Mod.  If you’d like to attend please drop me an email-

There are a few places left  on the Community Learning Exchange to Birks Cinema next week. Focussing on Cinema, Film, Health and Wellbeing, there is a bursary available to help with travel and accommodation costs for any social enterprises taking part.  For more information and to book see here.

Recently, P4P led a Community Learning Exchange to Greater Manchester to look at the work of local authorities in the area of local procurement policy which promotes community wealth building (CWB). On the back of the visit, P4P launches a new feature on its website – a blog by P4P’s Neil Young – which focuses on the CWB approach to local economic development, the current procurement landscape in Scotland and what a greater focus on CWB could mean for social enterprises in Scotland. The next blog post, due for publication Friday 21st June, will look at the legal implications of partnership working and is written by Senscot Legal’s Kirsty Noble.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances this year’s Social in the Gardens is cancelled. Edinburgh SEN will keep us updated with any developments and plans for next year.

Well done to Perthshire SEN.  Provost Dennis Melloy and Deputy First Minister John Swinney opened The Marketplace at the beginning of the month, where the Social Enterprise Marketplace and the Volunteer Street Market came together for the first time. Held in Perth Concert Hall Foyer and Plaza, over thirty-five stalls were showcased and musical entertainment was provided by Perth & District Pipe Band.

Tourism & Heritage
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has recently launched its second Corporate Plan ‘Heritage For All’, which outlines the organisation’s new strategic priorities. Taking a fresh, service design approach to the creation of this plan, HES has engaged with stakeholders along with seldom heard voices to best ascertain how the historic environment can benefit everyone that lives in and visits Scotland.

This process has identified five new key outcomes that will shape the work of HES over the next few years, namely, the historic environment:
•             makes a real difference to people’s lives
•             is looked after, protected, and managed for the generations to come
•             makes a broader contribution to the economy of Scotland and its people
•             inspires a creative and vibrant Scotland
•             is cared for and championed by a high performing organisation.
To find out more, and to download the plan, visit the HES website.   You may also like to subscribe for regular corporate updates from Historic Environment Scotland

Campbeltown Town Hall and Keeping It Local Campbeltown have teamed up with Visit Scotland to make visitor information more accessible through the iKnow Partner Programme.  To read a recent article from the Campbeltown Courier see here.

Glasgow has been voted Europe’s Leading Festival and Event Destination 2019 in the 26th annual World Travel Awards, globally recognised as the most prestigious honours programme in global travel and tourism.  See more here.

Following on from the news that the Montrose Playhouse Project was awarded £2.26 Million from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund in March, they are hosting a reward based crowdfunding launch event & film day called “The Fellowship of the Playhouse”.  Everyone in the community can support and become part of the project.  For more information see here.

Rake part in Kilmartin Glen Visitor Survey to feed into two areas of work currently being carried out by Kilmartin Museum:
• Redeveloping the museum to bring jobs and investment to the local area
• Exploring the potential for Kilmartin Glen to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lonely Planet has identified dark skies as a tourism trend for 2019 and Visit Scotland Insight team has created a research paper examining the opportunities for tourism businesses in Scotland to engage with the trend.

Creative Industries
Forres based Findhorn Bay Arts three-year funded CashBack for Creativity project In The Mix has been delivering creative activities and learning opportunities for young people in Moray who are most at risk through isolation, offending, deprivation or care experience.  Read more here.

During June and July, Screen Argyll are supporting venues across Argyll and the Highland and Islands to dive deeper into the films of Wes Anderson. With 22 events happening from Stornoway to Campbeltown. From a mini festival at Scottish Submarine Centre with a silent disco under the sub to screenings on Mull in partnership with the local Aquarium. For more information see here.

Articulate have been in touch to share their latest news and their Arts Creativity & Employability Report delivered in partnership with Abertay University.

Cultural SEN member Stirling Radio have launched a new initiative, funded from NHS Forth Valley, that creates a safe, social space for people to discuss wellbeing issues, with the added bonus of being able to contribute to a live radio show. Read more about the Happiness Station here.

Started at the end of May 2019, Creative Scotland is holding a series of events around Scotland to explore new ways to fund arts and creative activity as part of our Strategy Update and Funding Review. For more information see here.

Funding, Opportunities & Tenders
Applications are now open for music projects to support women and girls with caring responsibilities. Spirit of 2012

The Carers Acts Transformation Support (CATS) Fund 

Local Film Festival Challenge Fund is open with awards of up to £5,000.   Anyone interested in applying should take a look at the funding guidelines here and contact Harriet Warman at to arrange a time to discuss your project.  There is no application form, but applicants should follow the guidelines for what information to include, and complete a budget overview using the template provided.  The final deadline for this funding round is 5pm, 1 July 2019 and successful applicants will be informed within two weeks.

Investing in Communities Fund

Brexit Support Grant

Web Design Call Out PACE Theatre Company Limited

Panto Tender Request For 2020/(21) ONFife (Fife Cultural Trust)

Tender for SPECTRA Festival of Light 2020 and Tender for SPECTRA Festival of light 2020 delivery Aberdeen City Council

Mosaic Artist Tender Deafblind Scotland

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

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