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.

FareShare Fights Food Poverty

Studios’ latest film features the work of FareShare Glasgow & West of Scotland and Move On Scotland in their mission to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty amongst some of the most vulnerable people and groups in the city.

Shot on location at Flourish House, Whiteinch Community Centre (Well Fed Cafe) Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre (The Cherry Tree Cafe), and FareShare’s South Street depot, the film speaks to those who run and work for the service and those who benefit directly from its efforts.

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.

The Lore of the Land

Memory of Water, a two-year pan-European participatory artist intervention project, will build on the success of the Riverside Solidarity project of 2017.

Our sister charity, Fablevision, in partnership with artists in Sweden (Gothenburg and Stockholm), Poland (Gdansk), Belgium (Ostend), Greece (Livadeia) and Ireland (Limerick), and Govan-based artists from the Riverside Solidarity project, will be sharing practice and learning new approaches in these post-industrial locations. The theme of participatory art practice is memory: what has formed and shaped the ideas of local people who have witnessed and experienced the impact of industrial decline and now look out on a distinctly post-industrial world. Each of these cities – members of the EU River Cities Network – has its own particular story to tell about the impact of long-term industrial decline.

The aspiration of the project is that this work will impact on future planning and policies in a manner which acknowledges – in the built environment – the heritage of such places both nationally and internationally.

There will be two artists’ residences in Govan with visits to the other cities involved to learn and be inspired by their example. The artists will work with local communities as well as politicians, planners and stakeholders. In the example of Govan, the artists will focus on the traditions of weaving, shipbuilding and engineering, which have played such an important role in shaping the memories of local people, the built environment and the landscape.

The premise is that just as we as individuals carry the markers of our origins and place in tooth, bone and memory, so these places carry similar markers in the water, buildings and landscape. By understanding these links, we can use the past as an instrument for constructing a new vision which can galvanise these communities into creating a better future.

Glasgow Credit Union Donation

Social Enterprise Solidarity at Work

Fablevision Studios is delighted to announce that it has received a £500 donation from Glasgow Credit Union for new equipment and learning materials.

As a social enterprise serving the Third Sector, Studios is committed to provide training, volunteering and employment opportunities to those who face difficulties in entering or returning to mainstream employment because of a lack of commercial experience, disability, ill-health, long-term unemployment and social exclusion (e.g. refugees). The modus operandi is to give those who work for us the training and practical experience to overcome these difficulties.

Glasgow Credit Union, the largest and most successful in Britain, has gone from strength to strength since its establishment in 1989, and now has assets in excess of £100m. However, aside from its role as a provider of accessible financial services, it also a major benefactor to (other) social enterprises and charities operating within the city.

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.

Riverside Solidarity Exhibition at the QEUH – Glasgow

The joint Fablevision-UWS project, Riverside Solidarity, culminates in a final exhibition of works at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) running from 9 December 2017 to 10 June 2018 (09:00-17:00). A introductory seminar will be held between 13:00 and 16:00 on Friday, 2 February, 2018, followed by an exhibition preview event which will run from 16:00-18:00.

Riverside Solidarity is a year-long exploration of the shared experience of two riverside communities: Govan, Scotland and Gdansk, Poland. Rightly proud of their shipbuilding histories and looking to the future, these communities now face the complex challenges posed by the type and nature of post-industrial regeneration. Over the course of 2017 artists in both communities have formulated a series of questions to address these challenges. What could/should be the future for our industrial heritage? How should these places be preserved or marked? How do people want to use them now?

Hosted by Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS in the QEUH, this final exhibition is funded by Creative Scotland. Working in Govan – and collaborating with colleagues in Gdansk – artists T S Beall, Andy McAvoy, John Mullen, Ben Parry and Lee Ivett, have attempted to address these questions. The work of the artistic team, including, T S Beall with “Strong Women of the Clydeside “and Anna Miler/Metropolitanka, Kamila Chomicz, Magdalena Drozdek, Neil Mackinnon, Andrew McAvoy with Kris Kesiak, John Mullen, Ben Parry and Lee Ivett, Roman Sebastyanski and Fablevision Studios, has been curated by Professor Katarzyna Kosmala (University of the West of Scotland) and Krisztina Lackoi (Exhibitions and Performing Arts Coordinator, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde).

The project has coincided with the anniversary of the Solidarity movement’s/Solidarność signing of the iconic Gdansk Agreement in August 1980; an event of such pivotal significance in the history of Poland and Eastern Europe, it predicated the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

In Govan the project has covered the period of the 45th anniversary of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in, which led to the Heath government’s backdown and the continuance of shipbuilding on this stretch of the Clyde until February 1972.

Over the duration of the exhibition there will be film screenings, guided walks and talks.

Funding Officer Wanted

If you have experience as a Funding Officer and would like to work for Fablevision Studios, please contact Liz Gardiner at info@fablevision.org at the earliest opportunity. This position is a CJS position funded by SCVO.

Fablevision Studios is a social enterprise media production company which specialises in HD video, graphics, web design, publications and event management.

For further information on the role, please see the attached job description for details. Deadline for applications is 4th December, 2017. This appointment will commence from January 2018.