Ed Hart

Eco Drama Out to Play

Fablevision Studios is to film Eco Drama’s Out to Play, a creative outdoor learning residency, which works with nursery and primary schools across Glasgow.

An artist works with each school for a period of five weeks and uses the media of drama and storytelling to encourage children to be interested and appreciate the natural world.

The project, which was first piloted in 2015, is now being extended for a four-year period (2017-2020) to take in schools and nurseries in some of city’s most disadvantaged communities.

Follow the Sign

Fablevision has just opened its new premises in the Paisley Centre, just off the High Street in Paisley town centre.

For video, editing, animation, graphic and web design, publications, events and much more, call, email or drop in for a consultation with Paisley’s newest social enterprise provider.

The Dorothée Pullinger Project

Dorothée Pullinger MBE was a pioneering automobile and aeronautical engineer. She developed the Galloway car, a car specifically designed for women drivers; she was a founder member of the Women’s Engineering Society; she managed 7000 female workers in the production of armaments at Vickers’ Barrow-in-Furness factory during WWI, and won the Scottish Six-Day Car Trials in 1924. Nevertheless for these and many other achievements she has remained something of an obscure figure.

The Dorothée Pullinger Project – set up by the University of the West of Scotland with the support of the Royal Academy of Engineering under the Ingenious public engagement programme – redresses this and is designed to spur on female apprentices, students and graduates to consider a career in engineering and STEM.

Studios’ film documents Pullinger’s association with Paisley through her grandmother; her brief time as a draughtsperson at the Paisley-based Arrol-Johnston Car Company (Underwood factory) run by her father, Thomas; her role in the development of the Galloway car at Heathhall and Tongland in Dumfries; her war work; and as the role model that she provides for women interested in engineering.

DRCET School Run Summit 2018

Fablevision Studios’ team photographed and filmed the Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust’s (DRCET) & De’ils on Wheels’ second #SaferSchoolRun and #SchoolRunSummit campaign. The campaign focuses on reducing the number of cars on the school run, helping people who drive make different travel choices, and providing co-ordinated support to schools and pupils.

The event attracted pupils, teachers, parents, parent councils, local residents, community councils, local council officers, elected members, Police Scotland and other interested parties.

Social Enterprise in Action

Fablevision Studios was among a number of media social enterprises (Media Co-op and Common Good Solutions) tasked with providing raw footage for Mikey Leung, Pete Dowson and co at Digital Storytellers to weave with their customary magic into a short review of this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 (SEWF18).

Studios’ team, Martina Amoretti, Diana Dumitrescu, Barbora Kruspanova and Chloe Noble, filmed at the GSEN and CEIS-organised walking tour of Glasgow-based social enterprises Wasps Studios, Theatre Nemo, Spoon Cafe, Project Ability and Impact Arts; the academic symposium held at Glasgow Caledonian University; the Zero Waste-Zero Carbon symposium held at The Experience; and a social enterprise competition modelled on the Dragon’s Den contested by Scottish primary and secondary schools at Callander Primary School, plus the announcement and launch party, with guest star, director and actor, Chris Addison (The Thick of It et al), at Callander Youth Project to celebrate the announcement that Callander is now Britain’s first Social Enterprise Place.
Diana Dumitrescu and Jack Hunter also covered the Masterclasses at the forum for the Canada-based Social Enterprise Institute CCC), and Gavin Taylor took charge of live streaming and relaying at the EICC, Edinburgh for the duration of the event.

Just Trading Scotland

Just Trading

Fablevision Studios is to make three short films for Just Trading Scotland (JTS) – in collaboration with Social Investment Scotland – on its 10 years in operation as a facilitator of fair trade. A five minute film will explore JTS’ ethos, its achievements in this time and what its future plans are. This will be accompanied by two 15 second shorts which will highlight two particular products that exemplify its work: fair trade and fine food.

JTS works with small farmers in various parts of the developing world (Ecuador, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Swaziland) to provide access to developed markets for high quality staples and manufactured food products. By supporting farmers in this way, JTS is helping them to help themselves. Providing a guaranteed market for products, enables them to plan, to invest and to provide much needed educational opportunities for their families and communities.

One particular promotional event staged by JTS – the 90kg Challenge – set schools, churches and other organisations the task of selling that figure. If they hit the target, the money raised would be enough to pay for a year’s secondary education for a rice farmer’s child.

To achieve further sales and exposure to these products, JTS has now made it possible for consumers to purchase them via its online shop. For details of retail outlets in your area, see the following link.

Social Enterprise World Forum 2018

The Global Reach of Social Enterprise

The biggest event in the world social enterprise calendar, the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018, comes to the EICC in Edinburgh and runs from the 12-14th September.

To accompany this week of social enterprise endeavour, workshops and seminars, the organisers and stakeholders will be visiting and filming exemplars of social enterprise in action across Scotland.

Fablevision Studios, a partner organisation and social enterprise, will be on hand to provide live streaming from the Forum for CEIS, filming of the masterclass sessions for the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Social Enterprise Institute, and covering some of the outreach activities being held over the week, including the academic symposium at Glasgow Caledonian University, the Zero Waste Carbon Symposium at The Experience, Hillington, on the 10th September, plus a walking tour of Glasgow social enterprises and visits to Callander Primary School, and Callander Youth Project on the 11th September.

Turning Point

Turning Point at Work

Turning Point has a long history of dealing with some of the most significant health and social challenges faced by members of the community.

Since 1994, it has worked to provide a range of support services for some of the most marginalised in society: those with substance abuse issues, the homelessness, mental health conditions, offending behaviour, Huntington’s disease and early onset dementia.

Studios has been filming a series of case studies – experiential testimonies of service users – and will interview Scottish government housing minister, Kevin Stewart MSP, at Holyrood, on the pressing issue of homelessness among vulnerable groups.

Govan Graving Docks access ramp

Development and Outreach Officer Wanted

Thanks to funding from Community Jobs Scotland, we have a vacancy for a development and outreach officer to assist our project team with a networking and communications strategy.

The candidate should have an interest in working in a social enterprise/third sector environment as well as an interest in industrial/maritime heritage, urban regeneration, tourism and cultural development.

Some of the tasks and duties the role will involve include:

• Assisting with the management and targeting of social media campaigns
• Assisting with the running of guided walks for members of the public
(including health & safety and first aid)
• Assisting with the launch and development of an online newsletter
• Assisting with the co-ordination of documentary film production
• Events and fundraising (including bid writing, crowdfunding and sponsorship)

The post offers the candidate the opportunity to work on existing projects (with partner organisations) in a varied and informal environment. There is also scope – subject to management approval – for the candidate to initiate their own projects. A flexible attitude to work and the scope of the role are essential.

The successful candidate will be PC proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, email and social media.

This position will be NMW initially, hours, 10:00-16:00, Mon. to Fri., and is funded for a year from the commencement date.

To apply, write to Contact or email info@fablevision.org attaching a CV.

Glasgow Social Enterprise Network [GSEN] Annual Report 2017/2018

Fablevision Studios has completed work on the design and layout of the “Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) annual report for 2017/2018”.

The report includes details of GSEN’s change in status to a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, its continuing role as the leading interface for social enterprise in Glasgow, the growing scope and range of social enterprises operating in Glasgow, plus details of its financial statement for the financial year, 2017-2018.

FareShare: Catering for the Vulnerable

Studios’ team joined MoveOn Scotland at Whiteinch Centre and FareShare’s South Street depot today to film how its food redistribution and supply service works in practice. The Centre, a local social hub and café, uses food from the service to provide high quality, nutritious meals at affordable prices for vulnerable local people.

More filming will take place this Friday when the team moves on to other recipients, Flourish House, a charity which helps those with mental illness to recuperate and regain a purposeful place in the community, and Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, another important local centre which operates The Cherry Tree Cafe and provides a range of classes and activities for those of all ages living in the locality.

If you would like to know more about FareShare’s food redistribution service and what it could do for your charity or social enterprise click on the link.

Move On Scotland

Move On’s FareShare – Onwards and Upwards

Fablevision Studios is to produce a video short for Move On, a social enterprise which operates a food distribution and supply service (FareShare) which caters for charities who prepare food for vulnerable people in Glasgow (and Edinburgh), particularly the young, elderly and homeless.

Move On’s other services include: advice, training, guidance and support in order to improve outcomes and life chances. It puts particular emphasis on securing or progressing towards work, accessing and sustaining a home, building confidence, growing support networks and developing the life skills of those it serves.

As the demand for its services develops, Move On wants to advertise and extend FareShare’s provision to new members across the charity sector.

Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative Documentary

Fablevision Studios’ documentary on the Govan Graving Docks for the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative (CDPI) is now available here and on Youtube.

The documentary covers the history of the docks from their role as the yards which served Glasgow’s shipbuilding, re-fitting and maintenance industries, through the decline of that industry, the long years of dereliction and how the docks might be used and redeveloped in the future.

CDPI, a non-profit organisation, was set up with the aim of restoring and preserving industrial heritage sites such as the Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow and similar maritime assets on the Clyde for future generations.

The site owner, New City Vision, has submitted plans to Glasgow City Council to develop the site for housing. This vision for the site, though, is not supported (for a variety of reasons) by the CDPI, Historic Environment Scotland, SEPA or Jim McColl of Ferguson Marine Engineering.

The crux of the matter is this: is housing with its short-term benefits for employment the best and most appropriate use of this site? The documentary addresses many of the issues concerned not least how we mark and redevelop historic sites and what role the community has in doing this (beyond cursory consultation). Aside from the social, cultural, aesthetic and environmental considerations (e.g. flooding and traffic congestion/pollution), there are further matters to discuss in respect of this site. Should Glasgow continue to de-industrialise? What is the future for the Clyde re. shipbuilding and maintenance?

The film concludes that a mixed use for the site which combines heritage/tourism, housing and industry, would not just be better for the community (Govan), it would be a better long-term prospect for the River Clyde and Glasgow as a whole.

The latest news on the site is that Ferguson Marine Engineering has submitted a counter proposal to Glasgow City Council, which involves, among other things, re-instating the docks as a working concern. Details were submitted to the public consultation meeting held at Glasgow’s Riverside Hall on 3rd March, 2018.

What’s your view?

The Pocket Guide to Glasgow Social Enterprise Network

GSEN in Your Pocket

The Pocket Guide to Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) is now available online.

Produced by Fablevision Studios on behalf of GSEN the 144-page plus covers online guide is a handy and versatile precursor to the printed version which will be published by Footprint-Copy later this month.

The guide illustrates just how diverse Glasgow’s social enterprise sector has become. The sector is now engaged in everything from advocacy and advice to training and transport.

An Office With a View?

If you’re looking for an office or desk to rent (with 24-hour access) in a friendly, creative environment, directly opposite Govan subway and bus station and minutes from the M8, M77 and the Clyde Expressway, then look no further.

Fablevision Studios has ample space for those requiring either an office or individual desk rental close to the heart of the city.

For more information call us on 0141 4252020 or email us at info@fablevision.org.