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The good work continues – Craigowl

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The name may be changing but the good work continues…
After 12 years of improving the lives of people in Dundee, Craigowl Communities is changing the way they operate.  April 1st, Craigowl’s activities transferred to their sister company, Gowrie Care, who will continue to deliver projects in the city aimed at improving people’s circumstances.

Lynn Cunningham, Craigowl’s managing director explained that

“Craigowl joined the Hillcrest Group six years ago, and this is concluding that merger. With an ever shrinking funding pot, Craigowl like many small charities has to deliver value for money, and by aligning our services with Gowrie Care the important work we have been doing will continue.”

Craigowl delivers services to support people to take steps towards finding and keeping a job, to improve their confidence and self-esteem, to manage debts, benefits and budgeting and to provide opportunities to obtain practical skills and qualifications.

Lynn Cunningham continued that

“Over the last 12 years it is estimated that Craigowl has supported over ten thousand people make positive changes to their lives. Craigowl’s money advice team has helped people claim in-work and other benefits, to the tune of £7.5 m over this period.”

The Craigowl projects will continue to be delivered from The Learning Place in the Hilltown, but under the Gowrie Care name. The expertise Craigowl’s Making Money Work team has developed will not be lost either. This valuable service is being mainstreamed, and the team are moving to Dundee City Council, from where they will continue to deliver the service.

Lynn Cunningham added

“I want to say a big thank you to all the staff that have contributed to Craigowl’s success over the years and wish the teams all the best for the future.”

 

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Aspiring Social Enterprise Meeting – Good Governance

Good Governance
 – Vital for the Health and Wellbeing of your Organisation –
Date: 20th April Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Venue: Factory Skatepark
Beth Curzon
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GGA
Registration and coffee 1.30pm – Session 2pm – 5pm
For all Social Enterprises and those Aspiring to be a Social Enterprise DSEN is holding a short session on:
  • Good Governance” – What is it? – Board, Trustees, Officers
  • How to get the right people? – Where do I find them? What will they do?
  • How to keep them/ replace them? – Strengths/weaknesses/ meeting skills”
Good Governance is key to running your Social Enterprise effectively, efficiently, legally and safely.
Come along and lean more.
Beth Curzon Good Governance Award Development Officer from Dundee Voluntary Action will be leading the session and Jessie Bruce will be on hand to support Beth.

This DSEN Event is open to all Social Enterprises. To book contact: Raymond Chan at email: raymond@dundeesen.org or telephone: 01382 504848.

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Regeneration project into a Culture and Creative Hub

Regeneration project for DC Thomson building


A project to regenerate West Ward, DC Thomson’s former book and annual print works in Dundee, is now underway. A charitable trust will be established shortly to develop the building as a cultural and creative hub, exploring a range of possible uses of the space as a cultural venue, business incubator and innovation centre.

It follows a period of successful research and analysis, led by Bryan Beattie of Creative Services, to establish the potential redevelopment of the West Ward building and its uses. 
David Cook has been appointed as Project Director to lead the development. He said:

“I’m delighted to have been appointed to this very exciting project, which will build on Dundee’s incredible track record of design-led regeneration. West Ward has huge potential and, at 200,000 square feet, could become one of the largest, permanent creative spaces in the UK. The next phase of its development will begin a process of redeveloping the site to realise its potential economic, social and cultural impacts for the city and beyond. ”

Previously Chief Executive of Wasps Artists’ Studios for 23 years, David brings a wealth of experience in culture-led regeneration and reinventing historic and listed buildings, including the £6.8m redevelopment of the Briggait, and the RIAS Andrew Doolan award winning South Block in Glasgow. It is planned to raise funds and invest in the building over the next 10 years from a wide range of partners and investors. Fundraising for the venture is in progress and the project was recently accepted into the Tay Cities Deal Programme. In the coming weeks, a Chair and Board members will be recruited by the charitable trust to deliver the project.

DC Thomson Director and Chief Operating Officer, David Thomson said:

“We’re delighted to be investigating opportunities for the future use of West Ward.” 

DC Thomson is fully supportive of Dundee’s Cultural development, including the V&A Dundee project, and we’re keen to contribute to further arts facilities for the city. We’ve been exploring ideas for the potential revitalisation of our West Ward building as a cultural space with initiatives like the Dundee Design Festival which will take place again in 2017.

“Other former industrial spaces and jute mills have been successfully redeveloped for the creative communities. This project will help us to understand the potential for our building in Guthrie Street and to develop proposals for the costs, funding and financial viability of the project.”

To mark Dundee becoming the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design the building played host to the inaugural Dundee Design Festival in May 2016, attracting over 7000 visitors to the space to participate in design focused workshops, exhibitions and talks. The Design Festival returns to West Ward Works for an extended five-day run in May 2017 following the theme of ‘Factory Floor’ celebrating makers and their machines.

The redevelopment project will be delivered in phases with occupation of the building commencing later this year.
‎Stewart Murdoch, Director of Leisure and Communities at Dundee City Council, said:

“Over the last eighteen months Leisure & Culture Dundee has worked with DC Thomson and partners in the city to bring West Ward back to life
West Ward played a key role in delivering the UNESCO City of Design programme when it was used to host Dundee’s first Design Festival. It’s been a challenging and hugely rewarding experience. We look forward to supporting this next phase of the development and remaining a part of its story.”

To be kept up to date with developments, or to find out how you can get involved, please email david@cookcreativelimited.com

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Living Wage accreditation!

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Dundee Social Enterprise Network (DSEN) are now an accredited Living Wage Employer. The move has been welcomed by the Poverty Alliance who deliver the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at DSEN, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a real Living Wage of at least £8.45 per hour, which is significantly higher than government minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced last April. Full time employees earning the real Living Wage earn £45 a week more than those on the government minimum.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate, calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in the UK.

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage Foundation, The Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Living Wage Campaign believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said,

“Two thirds of the children that are living in poverty in Scotland are living in a household where at least one adult works. This shows that work is not working as an effective route out of poverty and paying the real Living Wage is one of the key tools at our disposal to help make an impact on this.

We are delighted to congratulate DSEN on becoming a Living Wage employer. Paying the real Living Wage makes a huge difference to people’s lives, and employers can enjoy a range of business benefits too, including increased productivity, increased staff retention and lower rates of absenteeism”.

 

For more information on the Living Wage Foundation click HERE

 

 

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Aspiring Social Enterprise Meeting – Employment Policy & Procedures

Aspiring Social Enterprise Meeting
Employment Policy & Procedures
Date: 17th February Time: 9:15 – 12:30
Venue: Factory Skatepark

Jeni McCabe of SCR Solutions Ltd,  23 South Tay Street Dundee, Human Resources Consultancy will be running the Employment – Policies and Procedures Workshop on Friday 17th February 2017 at the Factory Skatepark.

Jeni qualified in human resource management, post graduate level, in 2007 and has considerable experience in working with private and public sector clients. As the Director of a small business in Dundee Jeni understands the needs and constraints within small organisations and the local economy. The Workshop run by Jeni on Friday 17th February (please note not 16th as previously stated) will cover:

* Pre-employment – job description, advertising, interviewing, avoiding discrimination

* Starting employment – contracts, admin, induction process

* Legalities of employment – employers responsibilities, health & safety, rights to work in the UK

* Wage rates & pension information

* Statutory holiday and sickness provisions

* Safe dismissals – just in case it’s not working out.

This DSEN Event is open to all Aspiring Social Enterprises and DSEN Full members. To book contact: Raymond Chan at email: raymond@dundeesen.org or telephone: 01382 504848.

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