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 .

Free Native trees on offer

A very generous offer of some Native trees has been made .. but they need to be collected from around Killin.

Does anyone want some, and can anyone collect for others this week?

please get in touch for more details

Creative Mentor : Craft Scotland

Are you a creative business who has been trading at least two years?
Would you benefit from having a mentor?
Flourish Mentoring offers participants four meetings with an established creative mentor over a period of six months, providing valuable support with your business model, processes and future plans
Mentoring Opportunity: Flourish
Deadline: 04/05/2016
Location: Scotland
E-mail: flourish@culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk
Phone: 0333 999 7989
Website: http://www.culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk/
The second of four open calls for Flourish Mentoring is open for applications.
This round offers the opportunity to be mentored by Fiona Smyth of TotsBots, Lewis Heath of RHA Audio and Graham Wilson of Johnstons of Elgin.
Are you a creative business who has been trading at least two years? Would you benefit from having a mentor?
Flourish Mentoring offers participants four meetings with an established creative mentor over a period of six months, providing valuable support with your business model, processes and future plans. Like the original Flourish Programme, the Cultural Enterprise Office mentors come from all corners of the creative industries including publishing, filmmaking software, product design and textiles and know what it is like to run a business in the creative industries.
Apply for this round of Flourish Mentoring by 5pm on Wednesday 4 May 2016.
For more information and details of how to apply please visit Cultural Enterprise Office.

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.

Rockfield Community Arts exhibition

Rockfield Community Centre invitation

As part of Voluntary Arts Week 2016 we will be hosting an exhibition showcasing local creativity.
Oban Communities Trust warmly invites local artists working in any media to submit their work for consideration.
Submissions are also welcome from those who were brought up in the area but who may now be living elsewhere.
You can find more information on our website, including a full brief and submission form.
Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone who might be interested. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Everyone Together – Social Care event 28th April

An event for all of us concerned with Social Care!
“Life changing” “Opened my eyes to what is really possible” “Very practical and useful” “Everyone could take part” “All events should be like this !! “ “Inspirational”
Everyone Together connects people who live and work in the same local area, exploring what they need and want from their support, learning together how to organise that differently.
• Discover how new ideas can help you have more control over the support you need in the pathways you choose, if you are using services or support or if you are a family member, carer, support-worker or other professional,
• Meet and learn with others from your local area, leave with a plan and a direction that makes sense to you.
• Find out what’s possible and how SMALL CHANGES can lead to BIG DIFFERENCES .
Venue: Corran Halls, Esplanade Court, Oban PA34 5AB
Date: Thursday 28th APRIL
Time: 10 am until 4 pm
Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/everyone-together-oban-tickets-23225679633
Good news – This is a Powerpoint free zone. We have a “not putting anyone on the spot policy” – engage in whatever way is most comfortable for you
Organised by Oban Area SDS Chat Group, supported by North Argyll Carers Centre, Community Contacts and Oban Disability Forum with Everyone Together – a mixed-up group of people (in the right way!) who use services and work in them.
Everyone Together is funded by the Scottish Government to help develop new ideas in Self-directed Support www.everyone-together.org

Argyll TSI Volunteer of the Year 2016

Call for nominations for Argyll & Bute Volunteer of the Year Awards 2016

Our Volunteer of the Year awards will be held this year on Friday 16Th September at The Argyllshire Gathering Halls in Oban
These nominations are fantastically important for everyone – not least for the amazing cash prizes and the recognition that comes with them.
As well as the shield for volunteer of the year, there is a separate Sargus Memorial Travel prize of £1000 given to an outstanding volunteer. In previous years the winner has used it to travel abroad to visit international examples of their work. Others take a well-deserved wee break to recharge their batteries.
Organisations too can benefit from a £500.00 cash prize, with runner up prizes of £250 each, which can really support a small but vital organisation with its work. It can be used to match other funds or sow the seeds of a new project. The press recognition that comes with the prize can help raise the profile of an organisation and demonstrate to funders and its other stakeholders that the organisation is achieving local recognition and impact.
So while we know that voluntary organisations and their volunteers are by their very nature modest in the extreme – once a year it’s time to shout about our achievements and give a pat on the back to those who touch so many lives in many, individual ways.
Nomination forms are available at your local Argyll TSI office, Please email completed form to Shirley@argylltsi.org.uk
Call our Head Office on 01631 564839 or email on Shirley@argylltsi.org.uk if you want any help with your form.
Kind regards
Shirley Lafferty
My working hours are Mon – Thurs 9.15am – 2.45pm
Charity No: SC 029947   Company No: 277345
21 High Street, Oban, PA34 3BG
Tel: 01631 564839

Email: shirley@argylltsi.org.uk


Woolfeis 2016 
It is with great disappointment that Woolfeis 2016 will have to be cancelled; Jill is still the main person organising events, and while she had hoped to pick up enough time after caring for her mother before her death some weeks ago, she has just had an operation. With the weeks of recovery ahead, and the unknown of how her fibromyalgia will respond, and too small a team of lovely volunteers to pick up the organisation this year, it is best that we concentrate on 2017 to make that even better than before.

The hall is booked, and the market is planned on the Thursday – SOOO .. if anyone wants to have a FUN Informal Fibrous Get Together on the Friday or Saturday that would be great, let me know and I will keep the bookings .. also any one locally who was planning workshops, make sure we get all the details so we can promote them to locals and visitors in the area.
(and we have already had a positive response to having some informal fibre fun .. so keep on sharing .. and see you then.. )

join us all the year on our Woolfeis Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/woolfeis/

Deborah Grey is running  a Fibre prep and Drop spindle spinning in Oban on Sat 23rd July (contact Deborah Grey )

Woolfeis logo 2017 with dates