Where does the time go to? How many times do we say that? Well, all I can say is that this past year has flown by and suddenly the next year is already starting to loom large on the horizon. I don’t know about you, but setting down business plans, cash-flow forecasts and all the rest of all the stuff we have to think about only seems to speed the process up.
It’s been a busy year. With the UnLtd grant I was awarded, I managed to get my lighting equipment and other stuff that we needed to stage proper puppet shows in small halls. Earlier in the year, Triple Aspect was asked to create a show for a gig in Tobermory on Mull. Not only did I have to write it, but make the puppets and paint the scenery! In May, I created a dragon, a “live-hand” puppet, for Butefest, a music festival here on the island. The dragon came in handy when I was asked (at the last minute) to do a couple of spots at the Largs Viking Festival. We’re now making puppets for our Christmas show, entitled; “Whee! Ginger” and we’ll have great fun rehearsing and performing it. I’ve even acquired an apprentice!
I was recently awarded another grant, this time from the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), to run a programme enabling our local writers group “Tale Spinners” to put some of their work together to create a show of their own. They will also learn how to make their own puppets! I have already attended a couple of the SSE workshops and have met some really inspiring people who, like me, want to contribute to groups and communities that are important to them.
I could never have done any of this without the help and support of the Vital Spark programme and Firstport. I have learnt so much through their programmes and workshops – enough even to apply for grants all by myself – although I was really glad of the input that I got from Angela Hogg, the Vital Spark programme manager.
If, eighteen months ago, someone had asked me what Social Enterprise was, I couldn’t have told them – but now, it’s what drives me. What do you mean, it’s been a year? Already? Well, bring it on!