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Dear Sarah,

First newsletter of 2015!

I hope the new year has been good to you all so far.
Remember to send me your updates and opportunities for inclusion in this newsletter and the Senscot e-bulletins.

Best wishes

CCSEN Update
At the beginning of the year, Senscot held a meeting for those members that were interested in the development of a cultural and creative social enterprise festival.  It was agreed at this meeting to develop one pilot event and, if possible, tie in with Piping Live in Glasgow.  I am still currently working on this and will be in touch very soon with more information.  Our hope is that as many members as possible will join in with the event.
Senscot attended the UNESCO City of Design launch in Dundee last month. Dundee is the UK's first City of Design by the United Nations and was recognised for its diverse contributions to fields including medical research, comics and video games.  Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish government's culture, Europe and external affairs secretary, said "This accolade further strengthens the city's growing reputation as a hub of cultural and creative excellence and an international centre for the creative industries."  For more information see here.

In case you missed it here's the most recent Health bulletin compiled by Danielle (Health SEN Co-ordinator) applicable to all SEs - Social Enterprises on Health.
You may have heard through other Senscot bulletins about the newly formed Scottish Community Reinvestment Trust (SCRT), but if not, please see more details below and joining information here
The mission of the Scottish Community Re:Investment Trust is to establish a financial intermediary owned and controlled by the Scottish third sector that seeks to harness our sector’s collective assets and expertise and to provide a family of financial services and products relevant to our sector’s needs.
 SCRT will:
  • provide opportunities for third sector organisations to invest in and support the development of the wider third sector;
  • support the development of suitable financial services and products, and promote financial literacy and increasing financial expertise within the third sector; and
  • progress its plans through its commitment to third sector values and ethos, and in collaboration with the sector through its Board, membership and networks.
Members News

A social enterprise showcasing Dundee’s creative and cultural skills at home and abroad is in the running for a funding boost. Councillors will recommend a one-off grant of £40,000 for Creative Dundee to secure a match funding partnership with Creative Scotland. A Creative Scotland review last year cited Creative Dundee as an “influential catalyst” for the increase of Dundee’s profile, bridging the gap between the community and the public sector.
It is expected to deliver 36 events over the next two years, reaching 3,600 creative industries students and professionals as well as providing digital and website support to promote Dundee’s recently-awarded Unesco City of Design status.
More info here.
Lynne Carr is to retire from Impact Arts in April this year. An extract from the press release can be found below. We wish Lynne every success and best wishes for the future.
 “Lynne joined Impact Arts in 2012 and has been instrumental in re-shaping the organisation through a period of change, including participating in Big Lottery’s Better By Design programme to support organisational change through re-design of its business model and services. Paying tribute to her time as Chief Executive, Chair of Impact Arts John Downie said: “Lynne has been a tremendous asset for Impact Arts, steering the organisation forwards in a tough and changing funding climate. She has been a fantastic advocate for Impact Arts and extremely passionate about the transformational work of the organisation across Scotland.” “
Autism Initiatives' social enterprises have been shortlisted in the 'Outstanding Adult Services' category at this year's Autism Societies awards. Autism Initiatives runs a number of social enterprises in Edinburgh including The Gallery on the Corner, The Hermitage and the Cafe on the Corner.

A special showing of the BAFTA nominated movie Kajaki took place at one of West Lothian SEN’s member organisations; Bathgate Regal Community Theatre.

The Regal manager Scott Kyle played a role in the film, which was partly crowdfunded, with a donation from profits being made to armed forces charities to match the amount raised via the crowdfund.

Last week arts organisation Out of the Blue launched #artcore, a two year youth arts programme getting young people involved in creativity across the city.
This two year project is a collaboration with 13 Edinburgh arts and community organisations, part of Time to Shine and supported by Creative Scotland. It will provide opportunities for young people to get involved in a host of free activities, including music making, animation, gaming, creative writing and theatre.

The #artcore project offers many opportunities for 13 – 25 year olds to take part in creative projects and will offer 4 young people aged 16 – 24, the chance to work as paid Creative Apprentices. The experimental microprojects, launched this week, include a radio play and music demos. A vibrant showcase platform in May will give the first of many opportunities for young people to show their creative mettle.
Glasgow Women’s Library has a whole host of events coming up including ‘Trailblazers’, an account of the first female expedition to the Himalayas and ‘March of Women’, celebrating International Women’s Day. See here for a full list and details.

The Touring Network’s Spring Gathering is happening from 12 – 14 March this year. It is their annual event, which brings together promoters from across the Highlands and Islands with performers, producers, funders and other creative professionals, to network, build key skills and showcase new work.
Following the success of the 2014 Gathering in Plockton, this year the event will take place in the picturesque village of Cromarty on the Black Isle from Thu 12 - Sat 14 Mar. They are in the final stages of planning a packed programme of events, and are very excited to be announcing these next Thu (12 Feb) - with exactly one month to go! For more details and to register see here.

Gallery on the Corner’s next exhibition, After the War, is a multi-media show by artists from 
Garvald Edinburgh. The exhibition opens with a preview at the Gallery on Friday 13th, 6pm- 8pm.


Museums and Galleries Scotland are having a conference on 22 October this year. The call for papers is now live, full details about the call can be found here.
They are open to submissions from people outside the museum sector as well as from those within the sector.

The Himalayan Centre is screening Chasing Ice, a film about the impact of climate change.
28th February, at St James Church on John Place.
The event will also include a light lunch and a discussion with Heather Anderson of Whitmuir Farm. To book contact

Thunder and Lightning - the Irish Dance and Live Music Show, put on by Siamsoir in association with the Festival of Ireland, take place 14th March. Tickets are available now.

Link to the latest Health SEN newsletter… focusing on Healthy Social Enterprises.
Link to the latest Sport SEN newsletter.... here.


The SE Code was set up in 2013 as a way by for social enterprises in Scotland to recognise each other – see, Many SENs now use the Code as their criteria for membership – including the Culutral SEN. As a member of the Cultural SEN, you will be automatically listed as a subscriber and/or supporter.
If you do NOT wish to your organisation to be listed on the SE Code site, could you email
If you would like a copy of the Code logo for your website please send a request to
If you are already a subscriber, please accept our apologies for this notice. Can we also take this opportunity to thank you for your support.

See more about the code here.
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