News & Events

VOCAL Thematic Event – Data – Friday 16 March – 10am to 2pm

Come and join us for our next VOCAL thematic event on Friday 16 March.
There will be 2 main sessions:
GDPR – delivered by Maureen Falconer, Regional Manager, ICO
Working Collaboratively with Office 365 – David Renton from West College Scotland discusses ways to use Office 365 effectively and focuses on collaborative working.
There will also be opportunities for [...]

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VOCAL and Sporta Joint Statement on the Barclay Review

Reacting to the news that the Scottish Government have announced their intention not to
proceed with Recommendation 24 of the Barclay Review, Robin Strang, Chief Executive of
West Lothian Leisure and Chair of Sporta Scotland said:
“This is welcome news from the Scottish Government and we are delighted that they have
appreciated the huge positive impact that Leisure and [...]

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Barclay Review- VOCAL’s Response

The recently published report on the Barclay Review of Non Domestic Rates has some serious implications for the culture and leisure sector generally, and particularly in terms of the range of arm’s length organisations now delivering these key services to communities.  The full report can be found here
VOCAL’s response can be viewed here

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National Culture Strategy for Scotland

The Scottish Government is in the process of developing a new national culture strategy and has just launched the culture strategy webpages on the Scottish Government website and these are now live.  These pages will be updated regularly with upcoming culture strategy events and information as thinking develops, including the high level report of the launch event [...]

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Culture, Leisure, and a Sustainable Future – Presentation by Colin Mair, CEO, Improvement Service

We were delighted to have Colin Mair, Chief Executive of the Local Government Improvement Service, address our joint VOCAL/Sporta thematic session on Friday 24 March, at the Foundry in Barrhead.  Colin’s presentation was, as always, thought provoking, and stimulated a lot of discussion and debate about our responsibility as culture and sport professionals to position [...]

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Culture and Sport in Scotland- Report by Ekos – February 2017

VOCAL and Sporta Scotland, in partnership with Creative Scotland and Sportscotland, commissioned a survey into the delivery of Culture, Sport, and leisure services by Scottish local authorities and arms-length organisations (ALEO’s) across Scotland. This is the fourth such survey (the first was in 2009) and sought to gather information on the budgetary issues facing Councils [...]

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Scottish Household Survey Under Review – Please Take Part

The Scottish Household Survey is currently under review and VOCAL has been asked to ensure that those working in culture and sport services at local level are aware of the review and have the chance to input to the review, particularly in relation to the questions relating to culture and sport.  relevant people working in cultural [...]

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2017 Year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology – Funding Opportunity

2017 is the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and will celebrate our country’s unique history and heritage with a programme of activity aimed at supporting and driving the nation’s tourism and events sector.
Stories, Stones and Bones will encourage people in communities across Scotland to dig deeper into their past and to find out more [...]

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CILIPS Annual Conference 5 and 6 June 2017

The CILIPs Annual Conference is taking place on 5th & 6th June 2017 : Strategies for Success – http://www.cilips.org.uk/about/annual-conference-2017/
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland annual conference returns to Dundee once again and will be opened by 2017 President Liz McGettigan and will feature speakers from a variety of sectors. More details [...]

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EDGE Conference – 2 and 3 March 2017

The EDGE Conference  is taking place on Thursday  2nd & Friday 3rd March 2017 – http://edgeconference.co.uk/
EDGE is the premier development event for elected members, Chief Executives, Directors, Heads of Service, trustees, E-government and community professionals, library vendors, and others with an interest in libraries and information.
Organised by award winning Edinburgh City Libraries, this year’s conference at the [...]

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