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MEMBER NEWS: Impact Arts host West Kilbride showcase for mentoring artists

IMPACT Arts are to host a Create Connect Celebrate Exhibition to celebrate the collaboration between 20 North Ayrshire community groups and 10 makers and artists who have been on a professional mentoring journey over the last nine months. The Barony Centre in West Kilbride will play host to a public showcase of work from Monday June 14 to Saturday June 26, between 10 am and 4pm, delivered on behalf of Craft Town Scotland. Working with makers and artists who were currently unemployed or under-employed, and focusing on a structured programme of training and hands-on experience in participatory arts practice, the project reached up to 300 people in wider three town area.Community groups ranged from Stevenston’s Hayocks Primary and Saltcoats’ St Anthony’s to South Ardrossan Larder and Food Bank and Abbotsford Nursing Home, who worked with the artists to use paint, fabric and other craft activities are part of their practice. Artist and participant Katie Lowe said: “I felt that it was an amazing opportunity to explore community arts and discover more outside my own discipline of silver jewellery. “Feedback has been so positive and many have said that they find drawing relaxing, good for the mind and meditative. Some have even said they will continue to keep drawing in a sketch book, which is extremely encouraging! I have really pushed sculpting and printing as much as I could during this past year.” Kay Hall, from West Kilbride Community Initiative Ltd, said: “It has been such a privilege for Craft Town Scotland to be able to offer this project particularly during such challenging times.” 16 June


NEWS: Research commissioned into how small charities experience accounting regulation and guidance

Power to Change, the Charities Aid Foundation and the Lloyds Bank Foundation have commissioned research to understand how small charities experience accounting regulation and guidance.  They want to understand your charity’s experience of preparing annual accounts, and how the rules and guidance might be improved to better serve small charities (up to £500,000 income). They are asking you to complete this short survey, which should take no more than 20 minutes: https://brawdata.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/charity-accounts This survey should be completed by the individual (staff or volunteer) from within your charity who is most involved in gathering the information that goes into your year-end accounts (even if the detailed work is done by an external accountant). The findings of this research - which also includes a survey of independent examiners/accountants and some focus group discussions - will feed directly into the current SORP Engagement Process.  The results will directly influence the next Charities SORP, now expected to take effect from 1 Jan 2024. 1 June


SMN: Fife & Tayside Network Event

22 June 2021, Zoom

SMN: Topic Based Event - Near Me Service

25 August 2021, Zoom

SMN: Edinburgh & Lothians Network Event

21 September 2021, Zoom

SMN: Mentoring Information Event

27 October 2021, Zoom

SMN: Staff Mentoring Programmes

28 October 2021

SMN: Ayrshire Network Event

7 December 2021, Zoom

SMN: Taking Stock of the Year Event

26 January 2022, Zoom

SMN: North Network Event

24 February 2022, Zoom

SMN: Topic Based Event (TBC)

22 March 2022, Zoom

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