SE Cultural & Tourism Newsletter – August 2020

Welcome to the August newsletter.

I hope you’ve all managed to find some time to relax and be with the people you like best this summer.

Keep staying safe.

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 is currently exploring piloting a ‘collective purchasing’ initiative in one locality, which would involve Senscot signing up to purchase items which social enterprises commonly require through Scotland Excel’s frameworks. This could include PPE, cleaning products or a range of other items. We would be grateful if you could take 5 minutes to complete this survey, which will help us assess demand for the service.

Great news-  Community Learning Exchanges have been re-funded by the Scottish Government. If you are interested in applying get in touch with me.

Check out Scottish Enterprise’s information pages on Getting started in ecommerce and How to sell effectively online.

NPC are collating publicly available information about redundancies in the charity sector, both those that have occurred and those under consultation.  Arts and Culture is included as an individual heading.  See here.

Scottish Community Development Centre has been commissioned by Sustrans to research how and why communities engage (or don’t engage) with active travel projects.  Complete the short (ten-minute maximum) survey here.

Upcoming events

Based on guidance being published by Scottish Government on re-opening indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and the imminent publication of updated guidance from sportscotland, Jude has organised a Sport SEN meeting.  Wednesday 26 August, 10-11.30am.  There will be representatives’ from sportscotland’s Facilities team there to discuss the guidance in more detail and answer any questions.  If you are interested in joining contact

All SEN Session: Monday 24th August (3-4pm) – Flexible Working & Mental Wellbeing. This session will include contributions from Geoff Leask (Young Enterprise Scotland); Lisa Gallagher (Flexibility Works) and Claire Carpenter (The Melting Pot). To sign up, email

Employability SEN: Wednesday, September 23rd (2-3pm) – Drew Reid from Skills Development Scotland will be talking about how their Skills for Growth programme could benefit members. To book, email Jayne

Social Enterprises in Aberdeen are coming together for an informal chat and discussion around the subject of recovering from COVID19.  Friday 11th September at 11am -12.30pm.  to sign up, email

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) are launching their Appetite for Change fundraising challenge. For more information see here

Tourism & Heritage

Ceangail, a social enterprise in Stirling which has delivered Stirling Highland Games since 2014, successfully delivered its virtual programme on Saturday called The Best of Stirling with Stirling Highland Games. See more here

Event Scotland has published an information page about planning and managing virtual events including- things to think about when planning a virtual event, case studies, resources and training.

HIE recently ran a series of digital heritage skills workshops which were facilitated by University of St Andrews. For more info and a link to the recordings see here.

The formal launch of the £14m Hotel Recovery Programme is expected at the end of August.  Keep an eye on social media for more information.

Event Scotland and the Scottish Government are in the process of finalising the criteria for the £10m Events Sector fund. Keep an eye on social media for more information.

Read Malcolm Roughead OBE, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, blog Finding the right balance– looking at the increase in Scots taking staycations.

Traveltech– A University-led initiative is to help Scotland’s beleaguered tourism sector make a sustained recovery driven by technological innovation.  t will build a support network for travel technology pioneers whose ingenuity could help turn the sector around.  See more here.

Creative Industries

Whale Arts have been reflecting on the work they’ve been involved in over the past months and have shared their Covid reflection report for you to see.

Check out this blog from Articulate Hub member Jade Kilkenny-  My creative journey … through a pandemic!

Great news for Montrose Playhouse.  After a delayed start due to Covid-19, work has officially started on site and they hope to open around Sep/Oct 2021

The Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club are running a variety of free events- check them out here.

Funding & Opportunities

Scottish Government’s Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund.

Independent Age Grants Fund

Volant Trust: COVID-19 Response Fund


Flying Your Zetland Flag, Falkirk Council

Hospitalfield Design Brief Aug 2020, Hospitalfield House

The MyMuseum Project – Digital Engagement, Culture Perth and Kinross

Don’t forget that you can view current and future tender opportunities on the P4P website and contact the P4P team for advice and support.


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

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