What is Social Enterprise workshop : Oban : 8 Dec 2016


Just Enterprise : Oban : Thursday, December 8th 2016 11:00am

This workshop will:
• Go through what social enterprise actually means
• Consider what makes a business a social enterprise
• Outline the different legal structures that a social enterprise may uset
• Provide examples of social enterprise activity in Scotland

After this event you will have a better understanding of whether your idea is suited to being a social enterprise and whether you wish to be a social entrepreneur. You will also understand the range of skills, knowledge and aptitudes needed to run an effective social enterprise.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet a Just Enterprise Start Up Advisor and network with other budding social entrepreneurs, share experiences, ask questions, get tips and more!

LORN summer newsletter 2016

LORN summer newsletter 2016

LORN Community Producers Market is just about ready to go ahead, but we do not have enough stallholders booked yet. If you would like to get involved as a stallholder, volunteer, organiser please get in touch .. and booking forms are here : http://lorn.org.uk/market2016/

There are plenty of events happening over the summer where you can support your local producers, community and have fun.

  • 20-30 July 2016: Appin Art Group annual art exhibition. Port Appin Hall
  • 27th July Craft Collection meeting. Caledonia Hotel 6 pm
  • 27 July 7.30 – Mull theatre production of “Movie Time” tickets on the door North Connel Hall, North Connel Hall, PA37 1RF http://www.comar.co.uk/whats-on/movie-time-mull-and-argyll-tour
  • 29th July Iain MacDonald & Marc Duff music in Benderloch : contact campbell_cameron@msn.com
  • then Oban Bay will be getting busy with West Highland Yachting week
  • 30th July Green Shoots open day, Glencruitten Produce, workshops and baking.
  • 31st July Ardchattan Priory Fete (12 – 4) , and table top sale in Victory hall at the same times
  • 6th August : Craft fayre at Great Western hotel Oban; SWT Fayre Dunollie, Oban; Lorn Agricultural Show, Tralee Beach Benderloch;
  • 13th August : Raft Race : Lorn Organic Growers open day
  • 20 August 2016: Appin Show, judging starts at 10am. Held at Tynribbie Croft, Appin ; Argyll and Bute Gaelic gathering, Corran Halls; Craft fayre, Corran Halls, Oban Horticultural Show
  • 25th August : Argyllshire Gathering
  • 27th August : Benderloch Flower Show; Taynuilt Flower Show; Oban Kayak Race; Scottish Country Dance in Appin Hall, 7pm – in aid of Church funds
  • 3rd September Dalmally Show; Craft fayre at Great Western hotel Oban;
  • 9 September 2016: Fiddlers’ Rally in Port Appin Hall – in aid of Church funds
  • 17 September 2016: Appin Historical Society – Lismore – the forgotten Cathedral of Scotland – Port Appin Hall

Through the summer there are crafty workshops in Oban at Crafty Ewe; music, talks and other activities at Grassroots cafe; Rockfield is buzzing with activities; and Dunollie House museum has lots of fun planned – one of the best places to get all the up to the minute info is on Facebook – for all its sins it is becoming increasingy THE MOST useful place to connect up with like minded folk with groups on diverse topics such as Smallholding; Permaculture; Heritage; Crafting; Culture, as well as many local communities, organisations and businesses able to share their news and activties with you directly.

Craft Collection : pop up shop : Susan Bland is leading a group of local Crafters looking to set up a pop up shop in Oban for a month or more working together, sharing the costs, and the running of it. Location being looked at is the previous Pound shop, in Airds Crescent with a likely cost of £18 a week to cover costs of rent, rates, insurance etc. All manned by contributing Crafters. There is a Meeting at 6 pm on 27th July at Caledonia hotel, or contact Sue on suesbespokejewels@gmail.com if you would like to learn more and be part of this.

Permaculture workshops – plans are afoot for more workshops in the coming months – please email Jill on
farm@kintaline.co.uk to go on the list for news. also Lorn Permaculture group on facebook.

There is a new Crofters & Smallholders Skills Boost scheme recently announced and hopefully we will all hear of workshops and courses in Argyll soon.

Fasanta Festival of Textiles and Fashion presents “Patch Your Place”, a collaborative stitching project inspired by Oban and the surrounding area to create a unique textile patchwork represnting the diversity of our visitors journeys and our diaspora. would like you to create a patch based on how you connect to Oban. The patches will be sewn together by volunteers, with the last few patches added at the annual Fasanta Festival of Textiles and Fashion on the 22nd & 23rd October 2016. The completed piece will be showcased at the Community Catwalk event on the evening of Saturday 22nd October 2016 in the Corran Halls, Oban. Each patch recieved will be numbered and entered into a prize draw… the winning patch will be selected at random!

CHARTS – Culture, Heritage and Arts in Argyll and Bute : no news sadly, the Oban hub has not sent any new info out, and the online network is dormant

LEADER – around Scotland most of the LEADER funding groups are now well established and supporting local businesses and organisations. We have yet to hear what is happening in Argyll and Bute

GETTING READY FOR INVESTMENT – Social Enterprise workshop June 21st

Argyll & the Islands

21st June 2016, 10am – 4pm, The Regent Hotel, Oban


OBAN – TUESDAY 21st JUNE 2016 10AM – 4PM


The aim of these events is to equip social enterprises and community organisations in the Highlands and Islands with the capacity, knowledge and confidence to invest in their future and build stronger, more resilient communities.

In the morning, you’ll hear introductions from the three host organisations and our guest speaker, Campbell Cameron, who will share his experiences working with community broadband and taking on social investment, with the Oban Phoenix Cinema, warts and all.

This will be followed by structured round table discussions examining current challenges and opportunities for communities to raise and utlise different forms of social investment. Inspiralba will be supprting in this session with local knowledge and experiences in the field.

After lunch you’ll then have the opportunity to attend 2 of 4 tailored workshops delivered by Social Investment Scotland, Local Energy Scotland and Community Shares Scotland.

Early Days and Changing Ways

Understanding that not everyone is at the same stage of their journey, we’ll be hosting two workshops called Early Days and Changing Ways which reflect your place on the journey towards social investment. You can choose which workshop suits you best on the day.

Early Days

For social enterprises and community groups in the early stages of their planning and development; typically organisations will be trading for two years or less.

Changing Ways

For more established social enterprises and community groups who have developed their ideas further, established trading bodies and are looking to scale up, acquire assets and create further impact in their communities.

Shared Ownership of Renewable Energy

Shared Ownership (or Community Investment) of Renewable Energy is understood by the Scottish Government to refer to any structure which involves a community group as a meaningful financial partner in a renewable energy project. This session will introduce you to the opportunities available in the Highlands and Islands.

We’ll cover where to identify local opportunities, how to discuss opportunities with Developers and your group, the stages involved in a Shared Ownership project and what the outcomes could be for your community group or social enterprise.

Financing Your Community’s Future Through Community Shares

Our interactive session will demonstrate how the community shares funding mechanism can benefit your community enterprise – enabling it to start up, grow and thrive.

There will be a focus on new Scottish focused resources, emerging best practice, as well as details on how to access the free support offered by the Community Shares Scotland programme. We will walk you through the key steps in setting up a community share offer – using some great case studies from those who have had success already.

All the events are sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Support is available through HIE for those travelling from further afield to attend these events. Please contact us to find out more.

Learn to Shear June 2016

Beginner Shearing Course on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd June at Danna Farm, Tayvallich, Argyll PA31 8PQ
Please contact Wool Board Training – 01877 339657 to book your place

LORN Permaculture courses 2016

Permaculture workshops
I have chatted to our workshop leader and he has space in his calendar to come over and lead us in some more courses.. so if you can fill in the options below and return to me, he and I can work out the what and when to suit as many as possible.
Courses I am interested in 
Introduction to Permaculture – one day 
Introduction to Permacullture – weekend 
Introduction to Forest Gardening – one day 
Introduction to Forest Gardening – weekend 
Introduction to Permaculture design – one day (will require some pre workshop homework, but does not require you to have a place to work on) 
Introduction to Permaculture design – weekend  (will require some pre workshop homework, but does not re sequire you to have a place to work on) 

Dates I can do .. or maybe (details would be useful – those you can or cannot)

June weekday
June weekends

late August weekday

late August weekend
September weekday
September weekends
October weekday
October weekends
November weekday
November weekends
December weekday
December weekends

as always the costs will be kept as affordable as possible respecting that our leader has to earn a living too .

Seaweed tours Easdale April 2016

from Slate Island Seaweed facebook page
Tour Times this April
Slate Islands Seaweed Ltd·Thursday, 7 April 2016
Here are the dates the tides are right and the times the tours will run around the time of low tide. If you would like to book on, give us a call on 01852 300314, email kelpie@slateislandsseaweed.com or go to www.slateislandsseaweed.com and book online!

Friday 8 Apr 10:30 & 12:45;
Saturday 9 Apr 11:45 & 14:00
Sunday 10 Apr 12:30 & 14:45
Monday 11 Apr 12:30
Tuesday 12 Apr 14:15
Thursday 21 Apr 09:45 & 12:00
Friday 22 Apr 10:30 & 12:45
Saturday 23 Apr 10:30 & 12:45
Sunday 24 Apr 14:00
Monday 25 Apr 12:30 & 14:45

Keep foraging!

“How to reach more customers” workshop Oban 14th April 2016

Business Gateway are running “How to reach more customers” a workshop specifically for craft businesses that are looking to develop their business in Oban (14 April) and Dunoon (21 April).
The workshop will help you develop and reach more customers profitably, increasing the scale of your business and widen your markets. It covers understanding your market and competitors, pricing, choosing where to sell, using social media, making an impact at craft fairs, building networks and collaborating with other craft businesses.
Feedback for this workshop has been great. Attendees find the workshop very informative, full of advice and information, lots of tips on how to promote your business and increase sales, plenty of opportunities to interact and ask questions and a great chance to network with other crafters.
Jack Redpath of Redpath Marketing will be delivering this workshop for us. Jack has 30 years’ experience of working with small businesses, focusing on helping them create suitable marketing strategies to develop and grow.
If you would like to attend this workshop please contact the Business Gateway team on 01546 604555 or email business.gateway@argyll-bute.gov.uk or you can book online athttp://www.bgateway.com/events?region=argyll-and-bute&keywords

Herbal Walks this summer in Benderloch

I am delighted to share the following dates that Clare Holohan of West Highland Herbal will be leading Herbal Walks from Kintaline Farm Benderloch

Thursday May 5th, from 3 – 5 pm
Thursday June 16th from 3 – 5 pm
Saturday July 23rd (and you will be able to have some Fibre fun before hand at the Victory Halls, Benderloch with the Woolfeis Fibre Jamboree.

This event aims to introduce the amazing variety of medicinal herbs available to us around Benderloch on the West Coast of Scotland.
Led by local experienced medical herbalist, Clare Holohan, we will see a variety of herbs and plants for culinary and medicinal use.
The walk is suitable for people of all ages.
You can identify and learn more about common wild plants, their medicinal action and current uses, historical use and folklore.
We will discuss responsible foraging, harvesting and preparation.
You will be amazed at how many useful plants can be found in a variety of habitats, we are sure to find a great selection of interesting plants to meet and get to know.
Please wear suitable footwear and dress for the weather!

The walk will begin and end at Kintaline farm.
The cost is £15 per person.
Contact Clare for booking on 07903 922781 or email clareholohan@hotmail.co.uk.
Spaces are limited to book early to avoid disappointment.

Permaculture Workshops – 19 -20 March 2016 Benderloch??

There has been a growing interest in people wanting to continue (and to start) their journey into Permaculture, and Ludwig Appletans of Earthways has kindly come up with the following suggestions for our first Permaculture weekend of the year.
Please let us know which you would like to attend asap.
We need a minimum number to make the course viable and to keep the costs down as much as possible.
If you are interested in being added to the mailing list for future events please fill in your details and we hope to be in touch later.