Cultural & Tourism Newsletter – October 2019

Welcome to the October newsletter

I’d like invite social enterprises along to one of our consultation events on Wednesday 30th October 10.30am-12.30pm (with lunch included) at Cockenzie House in East Lothian.  This event is an opportunity to help shape and inform the next SE Action Plan.  We’ve held several events around Scotland already, with more planned, and this is open to any members of the thematic networks- we really want to hear your thoughts so that the next action plan truly reflects the needs and wants of Scottish social enterprises. See some of the emerging themes from previous sessions. Douglas Westwater, Community Enterprise, will also be coming along to talk about the Social Enterprise Ecosystem and asking for your input on developing more support information for particular sectors.   If you’d like to attend please email me at

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
Our Social Enterprise Conference will be taking place on 25th/26th November 2019 at the Westerwood Hotel.  I’d love to see as many of you there as possible.  This is a great opportunity to meet other social entrepreneurs, take part in some interesting discussions and to put some faces to names!  Confirmed speakers include Cabinet Secretary, Aileen Campbell as well as Neil McInroy (CLES) and Joe Cullinane (North Ayrshire Council). See the Draft Programme and book here- registration form.  Places are going fast so please book your place now.

Mary (Senscot Health SEN Co-ordinator) and I have had, and been at, various meetings and events focussing on culture and health over the past few months, the most recent being last nights CPG on Culture- Collaborate Culture: Meeting the challenges of person-centred healthcare.  This work will continue and we plan to publish a briefing paper this winter.  There are a great many themes emerging from these discussions and we’d like to hear from those of you that haven’t made it along to any sessions with us.  Drop me an email and let me know your thoughts- or even that you’d like to be involved in discussions.

These images are from our Recent Community Learning Exchange to Project Ability and Reachout With Arts In Mind

Tourism & Heritage
The draft Future Tourism Strategy was announced at the STA Conference on Monday.  I haven’t seen a copy yet but as soon as I do I’ll be sure to share it with you all…. in the meantime check out this article about it.

HES asked us to share their Making Places, Connecting People, Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference 2019 at Birnam Arts and Conference Centre on Saturday 9th November 2019. 

Contribute to the Scottish Government Consultation on The Principles of a Local Discretionary Transient Visitor Levy or Tourist Tax- this will shape and influence how a tourist tax is designed and implemented.

Bird Gardens Scotland CIC, A bird conservation centre in the Scottish Borders have recently been featured in the news on ITV Border news and STV News showing the marvellous conservation work that they are doing.  See here for more information

The Dornoch Area Community Interest Company (DACIC) is absolutely delighted to announce that its application to Police Scotland to purchase the now redundant Dornoch Police Station via an Asset Transfer Request was accepted by Police Scotland in July and that funding to support 95% of the market valuation of the property has now been confirmed by the Scottish Land Fund.  For more information see here.

Creative Industries
Creative Scotland has published its Gaelic Language Plan, detailing commitments for support of Gaelic language and culture across the arts, screen and creative industries over the next three years .

David Smith, Managing Director of Glasgow-based TV production company Matchlight, has been appointed as Director of Screen at Screen Scotland.

Some of you may be interested in Arts and Business Scotland session on Tuesday 29 October – A Guide to Tax for Arts & Heritage Organisations.  Covering corporate tax, VAT and Gift Aid, this is a must for all financial or budget holding staff, or fundraisers embarking on a patrons’ scheme or raising sponsorship.

Be a part of Wasps’ first Inverness Christmas Artist and Makers Market! Wasps Inverness Artists and Makers Market will take place in the beautifully refurbished gym hall of the new Inverness Creative Academy on Saturday 30th November, 10-5.  The market will coincide with an open studios event taking place in the building. Artists & makers are invited from across Scotland to apply for a stall via our Open Call. Stalls costs £50. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 30th October, 5pm.  See poster by Saga Mackenzie

Anna Devitt, founder of Comedy and Confidence has founded a new charity called The Staria Jones Creative Academy.  The charity was created to benefit young people in local communities across Scotland. and aims to close the attainment gap in schools. The annual project aims to take up to 100 young people through a 17 week programme to gain up to 4 qualifications within the creative industries- creating and performing a bespoke pantomime which they have created throughout the programme. Through this new venture, they are on the look out for a potential National Delivery Partner organisation to join them and allow them to offer this creative curricular and the Comedy and Confidence qualifications nationwide

Macrobert Arts Centre are using a Creative Break Grant to offer free cinema tickets to groups of carers from two local carer organisations (Stirling Carers Centre and Central Carers Centre) via a new project called Into Film. The aim of this project is to use regular trips to the cinema to reduce isolation, promote wellbeing and community connectedness. The grant also covers the cost of transport and refreshments, meaning participants will be able to enjoy a regular trip to the cinema without any of the usual barriers including the cost of the ticket, refreshments and travel.

How working with academic expertise has helped marginalised young people an article about a Cultural SEN member.

Funding & Opportunities
Opportunity to promote your social enterprise involving traditional and folk music activity to over 50,000 potential audience members, participants or customers.  The TMSA Event Calendar brings together over 60 organisations’ activities to jointly market them in one place. Distributed across Scotland, the rest of the UK and Dublin, online listings, social media promotions and media releases. Contact the TMSA at for more information.  Deadline for entries is Friday 6 December 2019. Listing and advertising rates range from £55-£500.  See Event Calendar here.

Opportunities from The Libertie Project:

  1. Looking for assessing/verifying partner for the delivery of SVQ units or core skills qualifications relevant to the creative and manufacturing/printing industries for ex-offenders.
  2. currently offering, on a cost recovery price model, promotional products for all third sector organisations and looking for 3 community based organisations, who’s purpose and outcomes we can share with prisoners in a discussion group as part of their community integration.
  3. A survey of Third Sector Organisations about the employment of ex-offenders

The Knowledge is Power programme now has an extended application deadline of 18th October. The programme will support six community organisations to develop their own evidence to influence change in their communities and to take forward actions for improvement. Visit to find out more and to download an application form.

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland – Continued Professional Development Fund.  The fund aims to allow Scottish-based youth theatre leaders to access specialist training which will impact their own practice and that of the young people they work with.

The Social Enterprise Academy’s Strategic Partnership Fund offers affordable learning and development for Scotland’s communities. Get in touch with Olga for more information: | 0131 243 2670

Brexit Support Grant

Whale Arts Vacancies: Finance Board Member and Chair, Board of Directors

Digital Content Freelancer, Museums of the University of St Andrews

Scotland’s Wildlife Discovery Centre – Digital Feasibility Study, The Royal Zoological Society Scotland

Opportunity to quote to build WordPress sites, Fife Cultural Trust

Teenas Shed. Design & Build a sustainable studio, Teena Gould

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

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.

If you have anything for next months newsletter email me at