Activity Week

Study Tours Information

Study tours: 10-11th September, various locations

We are working with partners in Argyll, Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Callander, London and Dublin to organize a series of social enterprise study tours, which SEWF delegates can register to attend prior to the main SEWF on 12-14th September. These are an excellent scene setter for the main forum allowing delegates to experience the rich and diverse social enterprise scene in the UK as well as taking in some local sight-seeing and culture.

Delegates can choose from two-day tours in the Highlands, Dublin and Callander or if you’re more pressed for time, you can choose a one-day tour in Glasgow or Edinburgh. Walking tours will also be available in Edinburgh on the morning of 12th September.

Cancellations

Participants who wish to cancel their study tour place will be subject to our main event terms and conditions

Disclaimer: Start and end points for each of the study tours are indicated. It is the responsibility of delegates to get themselves to/from the start and end points. CEIS can not accept liability for any costs incurred by anyone who misses their tour. No refund will be eligible in this instance.

Study tours must have a minimum of 15 participants per tour. Any study tour that does not reach minimum numbers may be cancelled. In this instance an alternative study tour may be offered or a full refund will be made to registered delegates. CEIS can not accept liability for any costs incurred for tours that are cancelled.

 


10-11th September
ARGYLL
Start: Glasgow (exact location tbc)
End: Glasgow (exact location tbc)
Cost: £175+VAT
Contact: eventmanagement@sewf2018.org
Further information

Argyll and Bute is a large area of outstanding beauty and enormous variety, stretching from the Mull of Kintyre to Glencoe and including the Westerly Atlantic islands of Tiree and Coll. This is a land of contrast and diversity with six towns, many remote rural communities and 25 inhabited islands. With a population of 92,000 people, the local economy is as diverse as its communities, and the area has both challenges as well as strengths. The natural environment is among the most unspoiled in the UK with a rich biodiversity. (1)

The 2017 Social Enterprise Census for Scotland demonstrates the significance of Social Enterprise in the rural context with 34% of Scotland’s social enterprises with only 18% of the nation’s population 2 This is confirmed in the Argyll and Bute Census Report 2017 3 , with £87.33million per annum generated by the sector, a significant contribution to the local economy in terms of economic benefit. The social benefit being more significant still, as many Social Enterprises indicated that there was not an alternative provider of their services. The study visit of Argyll and Islands will provide an insight to the land, the geography and some of the inspiring social entrepreneurs that help to ensure our communities are sustainable.

Travelling ‘over the water’ to the Island of Bute will allow us to learn about social housing provision in the rural context with Fyne Homes, then Fyne Futures will give us an overview of their environmental services, which help provide employment and training for unemployed people on the island. Then we will travel off island on the wee ferry to Cowal, where we can get a quick introduction to community land ownership then our final ferry of the day will take us to Tarbert. Some entertainment and some of the areas fabulous local food will be on the menu after a busy day and to allow time for networking. The second day we can learn from one of the areas longest serving social enterprises with Tarbert Harbour Authority. Then on to Mid Argyll Community Pool to see their community run leisure facilities and learn about their exciting community asset developments. We will then travel up to Cairndow and visit Here We Are, to learn about the heritage activities and sense of place work, as well as income generation from renewables that have been developed locally.


Argyll and Bute Council Economic Development overview. Social Enterprise Census 2017 Report, Sept 2017 http://www.socialvaluelab.org.uk/wp- content/uploads/2017/09/Census-2017-Main-Report.pdf

Social Enterprise in Argyll and Bute Report, November 2017
http://sewfonline.com/wp- content/uploads/2018/06/Argyll-and-Bute-SE2017-Census-Report.pdf


Hotels

Anchor Hotel – www.lochfyne-scotland.co.uk (Circa £100 single and £130 double)
Tarbert Hotel – www.tarberthotel.com
Islay Frigate Hotel – www.islayfrigatehotel.com

Photo credit: Paul Tomkins/Visit Scotland

10th September
Birmingham
Start: Birmingham (exact location tbc)
End: Birmingham (exact location tbc)
Cost: £77.27
Contact: Sallie.Ryan@i-se.co.uk
Further information

Monday 10th September 2018

11.00am to 2.30pm including a social enterprise lunch

Come and explore one of the first recognised Social Enterprise Places in the UK on the iSE Social Enterprise Safari around the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter in Birmingham, West Midlands.

Digbeth has over 70 social enterprises ranging from creative to digital, retail to manufacturing, professional services to public cafes – all contributing to the transformation of the neighbourhood, investing in the regional social economy and creating employment for disadvantaged people in an area of social deprivation. It’s a vibrant, thriving area that has become a hot-bed for social innovation, social action and pioneering social enterprises!

Sarah Crawley (CEO, iSE CIC) will lead this ‘walk and talk’ and take you through the history of the area, the appetite for social change and our own journey as a leading social enterprise that is recognised globally as a foremost social enterprise tourism organisation that regularly hosts visitors from around the world – most recently South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and Norway.

Join us to visit some of our fantastic Birmingham-based social enterprises for this SE Safari day…

 

Birmingham Social Enterprise Safari tour details and booking here.

10-11th September
Callander
Start: Edinburgh (exact location tbc)
End: Edinburgh (exact location tbc)
Cost: £229+VAT
Contact: eventmanagement@sewf2018.org
Further information

Callander is a beautiful holiday town situated at the junction of two rivers in an area of outstanding natural beauty known as The Trossachs within one of Scotland’s two National Parks.

Callander has an active community and social enterprise ecosystem. Our local Development Trust has established a community hydro scheme which disseminates grant income to local social enterprises, encouraging start-ups and supporting established projects. Come and visit Callander and you will not only see an amazing landscape in the Gateway to the Highlands, but you will also meet some amazing people! Callander has Scotland’s first 5-star Hostel which supports young people who are unable to access the labour market. You will meet a real Clan who have been extras on a number of Hollywood films including the local filming of Outlander. We will take you to Doune Castle to experience a scene from Outlander where you will be able to dress up as a Clansman. Another exciting local social enterprise is the Sir Walter Scott Steamship; we are offering a cruise on Loch Katrine with a Jazz Band performing as well as an opportunity to cycle around the picturesque loch. We have a number of social enterprises who are keen to develop their shared learning and we will facilitate a networking event to share experiences over breakfast on the second day and give you a chance to explore how a rural community came together and used social enterprise as a solution to build capacity and solve local problems.

 

10-11th September
Dublin
Start: St. Stephen’s Green North (close to Grafton Street), Dublin
End: Dublin City Centre
Cost: £130+VAT
Contact: eventmanagement@sewf2018.org
Further information

Dublin is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey.  Our music, art and literature have travelled the world and made an impact on the hearts and minds of millions.  Dublin is a multi-cultural city, creative hub and in 2010 was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature in recognition of its cultural profile.

Ireland has a buoyant social enterprise sector which has contributed to Ireland’s economic recovery.  We are introducing a national policy to formalise the sector which should provide an opportunity to further develop Social Enterprise services in both rural and urban communities.

Come and visit Dublin, not only will you get an opportunity to sample the ‘Irish Craic’ and some cultural highlights but you will also meet a host of amazing people.  We will take you to visit some local social enterprises such as ReCreate where you will get an opportunity to get in touch with your creative side.  You will visit Partas, a successful social enterprise who will provide a tour of their facilities including their brewery which recently produced an award-winning beer.  The exciting FoodCloud is tackling food waste, offering the first farm to fork solution for surplus food in Ireland.

There shall be a networking evening in the famous Trinity College where you will get a chance to meet social enterprises who are keen to share their experiences.

On the second day, you can explore the city which is steeped in history and visit some cultural highlights such as the City Hall, Dublin Castle, the Chester Beatty Library, home to a treasure trove of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books. Christ Church Cathedral, this incredible feat of architecture dated back to the 11th century and was built to overlook the old Viking settlement.  The famous Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College.

James Joyce and Oscar Wilde statues — just two of the great Irish names immortalised in metal and stone across the city.

Recently named as one of National Geographic’s Best Trips 2018, Dublin is described as ‘Europe’s largest village’.

We have always known Dublin is a great place to visit, but don’t just take our word for it!

Hotels

The Times Hostel – www.timeshostel.com
Staunton’s on the Green – www.stauntonsonthegreen.ie
The Dean Hotel – www.deandublin.ie

10th and/or 11th September
Edinburgh
Start: Edinburgh (exact location tbc)
End: Edinburgh (exact location tbc)
Cost: Varies on tour; Please see below
Contact: claire@edinburghsocialenterprise.co.uk
Further information

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, renowned for its heritage, culture and festivals and home to circa 500,000 residents. 

The Edinburgh skyline is dominated by the historic fortress, Edinburgh Castle. There has been a royal castle on the Castle Rock since the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. It is one of the most important strongholds in Scotland and St. Margaret’s Chapel (within the castle walls) is recognised as the oldest building in Edinburgh.  

Between our organised Social Enterprise Tours and the World Forum, take time to explore the World Heritage Sites of the Old Town and New Town, as well as all the area’s museums and galleries, restaurants, bars and nightlife with something to suit all ages and tastes. 

Edinburgh has the largest Social Enterprise Network in Scotland, with a growing membership of businesses, organisations and individuals that create positive impact in the capital city to address diverse issues ranging from community assets, social housing, youth projects and training to food, farming and health and wellbeing initiatives. All focusing on ethical and sustainable ways to really change lives and make the city a fairer place to live and work.

Join Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network on one or more of our tours detailed below and meet inspiring individuals and hear about the social enterprises they work or volunteer with. Please note; all tours are subject to a minimum number of participants, therefore may be subject to change at the discretion of the organiser.

 

Monday 10 September 2018

 

Tour 1; Community hubs

Start with a visit to Grassmarket Community Project, Scotland’s Social Enterprise of the Year and Edinburgh Chambers of Commerce’s Best Performing Business 2018 (11-50 employees).

In the afternoon the group will split, and delegates will visit either the Whitehouse Café orTribe Porty for lunch with their host organisation and hear about their history, work and social benefits and meet other members of the Edinburgh Social Enterprise network.

Start; Grassmarket Community Project, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, 9.30am

End; Lindsay’s, West end, 6pm

Price; £99 & booking fee (Eventbrite)

Contact; claire@edinburghsocialenterprise.co.uk

For more information and to book click https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-enterprise-community-hubs-tickets-47809696088

 

Tour 3; Re-Union barge trip (2 trips per day; 11am or 6pm)

Enjoy a leisurely 2 hour afternoon tea cruise on the Union Canal, a national monument of the city’s industrial past, on a widebeam canal boat.

Re-Union Canal Boats provide training and support to canal communities, allowing them to have access to the water.  Some of our community volunteers will be crew on your trip.

Start; Edinburgh Quay, Lochrin Basin, Union Canal, Edinburgh

End; Edinburgh Quay, Lochrin Basin, Union Canal, Edinburgh

Price; £35 & booking fee (Eventbrite)

Contact; claire@edinburghsocialenterprise.co.uk

For more information and to book click  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-enterprise-re-union-barge-trip-tickets-47814200561

 

Tuesday 11 September 2018

 

Tour 1; Youth and employability

We will start with a visit to Canongate Youth Project’s Community Café where young people undertake training in hospitality and catering. Delegates will also meet representatives of ‘Friends of the Award’, and ‘Freshsight’, a business consultancy operated by students from Edinburgh University.

After lunch the group will travel to Falkirk to visit the Link Group’s Training Academy. Link Group is a group of award-winning social enterprise companies and one of the largest social landlords in Scotland.

Start; Edinburgh, Canongate Youth Project, 9.30am

End; Edinburgh, city centre, 5.00pm

Price; £95 & booking fee (Eventbrite)

Contact;claire@edinburghsocialenterprise.co.uk

For more information and to book click https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-enterprise-youth-and-employability-tickets-47815343981

 

Tour 3; Re-Union barge trip (2 trips per day; 11am or 6pm)

Enjoy a leisurely 2 hour afternoon tea cruise on the Union Canal, a national monument of the city’s industrial past, on a widebeam canal boat.

Boarding at Edinburgh Quay you will be taken along the hidden gem, once used to transport manufactured goods but now a blossoming wildlife haven.  A selection of tea, cakes and savoury treats will be served as well as an insight given to this often overlooked part of Scotland’s history, as well as the story of it’s revival at the turn of the millennium.

Re-Union Canal Boats provide training and support to canal communities, allowing them to have access to the water.  Some of our community volunteers will be crew on your trip.

Start; Edinburgh

End; Edinburgh

Price; £35 & booking fee (Eventbrite)

Contact; claire@edinburghsocialenterprise.co.uk

For more information and to book click  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-enterprise-re-union-barge-trip-tickets-47814200561

 

11th September
Glasgow
Start: Glasgow (Various locations)
End: Glasgow (various locations)
Cost: From £55+VAT
Contact: eventmanagment@sewf2018.org
Further information

As Scotland’s largest city, and with a population of over 620,000 residents, Glasgow is renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people. The city offers a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a diverse array of restaurants and bars. 

It will come as no surprise to find the 730+ social enterprises in Glasgow match this spirit.  With 1 in 8 social enterprises in Scotland based in Glasgow, active across all economic sectors and bringing in an estimated £777m in trade, they strive to transform the social and environmental landscape, improve our communities and substantially contribute to the local economy. 

With 22% of our social enterprises working within the Arts and Creative Industries we are delighted to bring to you a creative industries walking tour to showcase this dynamic sector.  Our second tour offering takes you to all three areas of Glasgow (North East, North West and South) to visit three unique social enterprises in Glasgow and in Scotland. 

We welcome you to explore our city, visit our diverse neighbourhoods to find out more about our communities and vibrant social enterprise sector.

We guarantee you will leave Glasgow feeling inspired and motivated (and if you’re lucky a picture under the now infamous Duke of Wellington Statue and his cone!)

Glasgow Mixed Industries Bus Tour

Glasgow Creative Industries Walking Tour

Photo credit: Kenny Lam/Visit Scotland

10-11th September
Highlands Tour (Inverness)
Start: Inverness (exact location tbc)
End: Inverness (exact location tbc)
Cost: £100+VAT
Contact: eventmanagement@sewf2018.org
Further information

The tour is based around Inverness which is known as Scotland’s Highland capital and is situated in the north of Scotland. It is one of the smallest cities with a population of approximately 61,000 people. Today tourism is a very important part of the economy and the city is fast growing.

The region is home to a variety of social enterprises, some new and some very well established. Your first visit will be to one of the oldest social enterprises in this picturesque city dating back to the 1870s. Later that day you will experience a cruise down the canal and then out into Loch Ness, home to the infamous Loch Ness Monster! and catch a glimpse of one of the most iconic castles in the World – Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. Later that evening you will be entertained by traditional folk musicians and eat at a local social enterprise café with the opportunity to chat to a range of social enterprise business leaders and supporters.

The following day you will leave the city and head north into the countryside and take in a Distillery. Not just any distillery but one recently established as a community benefit society and a prime destination on the NC500 tourist route. Heading back south you will hear about and meet more social enterprises and experience lunch at another social enterprise café. Your final destination will be in the stunning Cairngorms National Park, the largest National Park in Britain. By making the journey itself you will observe the noticeable drop in population numbers as you move north and by the end of your trip will have an understanding and appreciate why more social enterprises exist in the Highlands and Islands – per head of population – than anywhere else in Scotland.

Hotels

Palace Hotel: www.invernesspalacehotel.co.uk (Circa £179per person B&B)
Premier Inn: http://www.premierinn.com/highlands/inverness (Circa £108 per person)
Travelodge: www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/631/inverness-city-centre-hotel (Circa £130 per person)

Photo credit: Paul Tomkins/Visit Scotland

10th September
London
Start: London
End: London
Cost: £77
Contact: Salim.Sharif@socialenterprise.org.uk
Further information

Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) are pleased to invite you to attend the ‘Social Enterprise Safari’ on Monday 10th September 2018. This is a fantastic chance for you to meet some pioneering social enterprises and learn more about how they are using business to tackle some of our biggest social and environmental challenges.

For more information and booking please click here: London.