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Creative Banks Programme – Funding

£500,000 funding for short breaks projects for carers: application deadline 26 May 2017

The Creative Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), carers of older people (aged 65 years and over), young carers (of children or adults), and those that they care for.

A total of £500,000 is available. Grants are for one year and will be awarded in October 2017. For full details, click here.

Who can apply?
This funding is for third sector (voluntary organisations) operating in Scotland. Applicant organisations do not have to be a registered charity to apply, but groups must have a formal constitution that meets the OSCR charity test.

To apply…
To apply, visit the Creative Breaks page on our website and download the application form, budget template and guidance for applicants. Completed applications should be sent to applications@sharedcarescotland.com by
12 noon on Friday 26 May 2017. Click here to download the form, template & guidance.

Applicant call-in days
Applicants can also call in for information and advice on their applications on Friday 19 May (10am-4pm).

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New Environment for Business course from IOSH

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SCRSolutions Ltd is proud to be the first provider of the new Environment for Business IOSH course in Dundee and Angus.

The first course will be held on 11th May 2017, 9.30 – 4.30pm, at our IOSH training centre – 23 South Tay Street, Dundee, DD1 1NR. The cost is £150 per delegate. Click here to book!

The benefits to business of being more environmentally sustainable are huge. The IOSH one-day course Environment for Business offers an essential introduction to all organisations looking to implement or transition to ISO 14001:2015. Developed with the support of leading environmental experts, the course supports decision-makers to understand compliance responsibilities, how to save money and make money and crucially how to unlock innovation through good environmental management across the value chain.

The course covers
– what is the environment?
– how does the environment have an impact on organisations?
– what are your compliance responsibilities?
– changes to ISO 14001
– how to implement measures to make money, save money and unlock innovation in your value chain.

The course is suitable for anyone who has a role in environmental issues at work. Successful delegates will be awarded an Environment for Business certificate from IOSH, the leading professional body for health and safety.
Ready to book? Click here!

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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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