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No Deal Brexit Preparation

The Scottish Government published an overview of the preparations it is making for the possibility that the UK will leave the EU without a deal. This outlines the work underway to mitigate the effects of a ‘no deal’ exit on 31 October, suggest what actions the UK Government should take and assess the challenges Scotland may nevertheless face.

The Deputy First Minister John Swinney, made a statement in Parliament to coincide with the report’s publication which should be available shortly.

The Scottish Government’s preference is to remain within the EU. However, as a responsible government, we have a duty to protect the rights and freedoms of the people of Scotland. In doing so, we must now take appropriate steps to mitigate the potential impacts of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit as the end of October deadline draws nearer.

The Deputy First Minister’s statement reiterated the very serious consequences that a ‘no deal’ outcome could have for jobs, investment and living standards across Scotland and the rest of the UK. It is important that the Scottish public, and their representatives in the Scottish Parliament, are able to properly reflect on the situation we find ourselves in, the risks we face, and the efforts being made by the Scottish Government and our partners to mitigate those risks.

That is why today Scottish Government published an overview of the Scottish Government’s work to date. It provides a full assessment of the risks attached, and a snapshot of what we are doing to mitigate those risks.

George Square: Is it time for change?

While George Square is a familiar landmark, the way it’s used has been shaped by generations of Glaswegians. Now it’s our turn! The citywide conversation looks to find out what place George Square has in Glasgow today and how it should be used in the future. We’ll never know unless we talk honestly about how we think and feel, and also listen to what our fellow Glaswegians have to say.

The citywide conversation is open for everyone to join, and we've set out the key ways below.

Quick conversation starters:

Either online (at or on paper at any Glasgow library, there are a few quick tasks to share what you think about George Square today, and your ambition for how it should be used in the future.

Public workshops:
A series of repeated free workshops are being held next week to have deeper conversations that explore what different ways of using George Square mean to the city and people of Glasgow. You can see the times and book your place here ( or call 0141 237 8592.

Co-Creation Forum:
After the main conversation period comes to a close on the 30th of October, the conversation team will analyse what Glaswegians from across the city have said to establish a collective view about George Square today and whether it is time for change. On 6th November a Co-Creation Forum that reflects Glasgow's population as a whole will review these results and test different ways they could be implemented. More details, and the form to apply to join the forum, are online here ( or call 0141 237 8592.

After the forum, the final results will be taken to Glasgow City Council, where Councillors will decide in November and December on how best to implement what people have said.

The citywide conversation is a unique opportunity for people from across Glasgow to not only speak honestly on how they feel about an important landmark in their city, but also listen to what others are saying.

Glasgow Communities Fund - Update on Position re Unincorporated Organisations and extended deadline

Update on Position re Unincorporated Organisations

Following feedback from stakeholders, GCC are pleased to confirm that they will accept applications from unincorporated organisations to the Fund subject to conditions set out in the updated FAQ under the Eligibility section.

In light of above and other feedback, GSCC are also pleased to announce an extension to the deadline to Friday 25 October 2019 at 5pm for ALL applicants.

If you would like to apply to the Glasgow Communities Fund, then you can download an Application Form and Budget Template here.

Southside Changemakers from Rachel Smillie, The Glad Cafe

It occurred to me earlier this year as I was walking down Victoria Road that there are an unprecedented number of social enterprises in this one street! It led me to look up in the GSEN Directory how many other social enterprises there are in the immediate area around Queens Park. I made it 16! And that was not even including amazing community projects such as the Swap Market or the range of creative independent businesses that are thriving in the area.

Having been part of a team running the Neale Thomson and the Crossmyloof Bakery tours during Doors Open for the past four years, I thought it would be worth setting up a tour of some of these social enterprises to run during the Glasgow Doors Open Festival in September this year. Even with only including seven of the 16 social enterprises, the tour took around two and a half hours, and so many of the 16 had to be missed out. Those included were ones that are open every week day and form a natural route, representing an astonishing range of types of businesses.

Each day at 10 am from Monday to Friday a group of five to eight people gathered outside the newly refurbished and developed Merry-go-Round. We entered the premises to be welcomed by a member of staff who then told us the story of how Merry-go-Round started, and all the good work it does not only running a shop that sells second hand garments, toys and equipment for little people, but distributing bespoke kits to families who have been referred to them, diverting tons of clothes from landfill, and providing activities and a place to relax for mums and dads. The newly extended and refurbed building looks amazing, and was a delight to wander around.

Invite to official opening of ApparelXchange and a 20% discount voucher!

ApparelXchange invite you to their official opening on 11th October from 12noon-3pm at their new premises in St Enoch Centre, and to help celebrate they are also offering a voucher worth 20% off against 2 or more items in store!

Find your invite and voucher below:



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