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Dundee Science Centre Launches Home Learning Programme

Dundee Science Centre has launched a fun and engaging programme aimed at supporting parents and carers in home schooling.

The Home Learning Programme is based on weekly themed activities which children can complete independently, with simple instructions, in their own time.

Free of charge, the programme has been designed to provide fun, interactive activities based around videos, worksheets, challenges and weekly competitions.

Anna Paterson (8) from Alva, Clackmannanshire

 

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Housebuilders Lay Foundations for Diverse Workforce

Perth housebuilders Stephen are laying the foundations for a more diverse workforce.

The family firm, which dates back to 1935, employs a total of 73 staff including Kirsty Welling, Workshop Supervisor.

From a young age, Kirsty always had a passion for creating and making, so joined the firm as an apprentice at the age of 17, while studying at Perth College.

Twenty-four years on, Kirsty now supervises 11 staff throughout the company’s bespoke timber kit factory, including the paint, joiners and machine shop departments ensuring that all work meets the programme requirements of each site. Collectively, the team boasts an impressive level of expertise and experience, from young apprentices through to Peter Farquharson, Workshop Painter who has notched up a staggering 36 years with the firm. As well as the timber frame kits themselves, Kirsty and her team fabricate everything from stairs and loft hatches to shelving, porches, garage windows and fire surrounds.

Kirsty Welling with Andrew Murdoch. Credit Fraser Band Photography

 

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Women’s Business Station On Track to Deliver in Challenging Times

A programme which exists to support women in business is providing online focus and motivation during the Coronavirus crisis, with a packed programme of talks, debates and support.

Women’s Business Station has shifted its emphasis from face-to-face training, networking and support to a digital ‘webinar’ platform, with a daily programme of sessions hosted by local experts. The social enterprise has also created a Coronavirus Support Group on social media.

In just a few days, almost 100 women have taken part in the webinars, which run on ‘Zoom’.

Michelle De Almeida and Lauren McGurk from Women’s Business Station

 

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Working from Home: Lifeline for Charity Workers

UK charity staff working from home due to the Coronavirus crisis have been thrown a lifeline by Scotland’s first dedicated mobile communication social enterprise.

Dundee-based GoodCall, a not-for-profit, is providing 10 routers to charities free of charge. They will be provided, on a first come first served basis to charities whose staff, having been forced to work remotely, are affected by unsatisfactory or non-existent home broadband.

The routers will be provided alongside significantly reduced mobile broadband contracts (30 day or 12 month). All savings will be returned to the charities.

Sally Melville and Elaine Gray from GoodCall – credit Ron Cathro Photography

 

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Maximising Opportunities in a Crisis

As you all know, we are currently working in an ever-changing landscape, both at work and at home. It’s uncertain and concerning for almost everyone – from sole traders and business owners to colleagues, family and friends.

However, there are opportunities if you look for them, and plan.

I generally spend most of my working week promoting my clients, generating exposure in the local and national press, trade magazines, broadcast media and online.  Of course, as businesses reduce their activities and events, pro-active promotion will change for a while.

However, it is paramount that you, as a business, do not lose your captive audiences, clients, customers and those who simply like hearing what you’re up to. After all, this is a temporary situation and, eventually, your activities, events, services, training, whatever it is you do, will ramp up once again. It is therefore crucial that you keep your target audiences engaged in the interim.  Your audience and client base may even be bigger and better once this is over, so now is not the time to close down your comms and ‘go quiet’.

 

 

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