Funding Socials: Inspiring Scotland (Aberdeen) - 13th March

13 Mar 2024, 10:30

  • Aberdeen and NE Scotland
  • Investment
  • Support

Funding Socials is an inspiring in-person event series designed for charity and social enterprise leaders looking for fresh ideas and connections to help boost income generation.

At this Funding Social in Aberdeen, Social Investment Scotland will be joined by Inspiring Scotland’s Specialist Volunteer Network, which matches amazing volunteers with professional skills to charities which have an expertise gap that is holding back their development.

Kieran Daly, Market Building Manager at Social Investment Scotland, will facilitate the event including leading you through a short group exercise in the middle of the session, aimed at helping you think through your current challenges around income generation and generate new ideas with the support of your peers.

Elaine Crichton and Tommy Seymour of the Specialist Volunteer Network at Inspiring Scotland and Kieran will explain the services they offer charities and be ready to answer any questions you have.

You will also hear from Leona McDermid, CEO of Aberdeen Foyer, about the difference Inspiring Scotland has made through their Fund Manager approach, in tandem with professional support, that can be accessed through the Specialist Volunteer Network.

In addition, Elaine Manley, a member of Inspiring Scotland's pool of mentors/coaches, will speak about her experience in the Specialist Volunteer Network.

The session will close with a light lunch, where you will have the chance to mix with the funders and your peers and make some new connections.

Session Format - 1.5 hour session followed by 1 hour light lunch

10.30-10.40 Welcome and introductions

10.40-11.00 Charity Speaker

11:00-11.30 Small group exercise facilitated by Kieran Daly, Head of Market Building Social Investment Scotland

11.30-12.00 Q & A with Inspiring Scotland

12.00-13.00 Networking lunch

Guest speaker

Elaine Crichton

Elaine Crichton, Specialist Volunteer Network Executive and Fund Manager

Elaine leads the Specialist Volunteer Network and is passionate about bringing a wide network of people together to create successful lasting relationships between Inspiring Scotland’s professional volunteers and charities.

She frequently lends her own expertise and insight to organisations, garnered through nearly 30 years in financial services. Alongside her role leading the Specialist Volunteer Network, Elaine has worked within the Thrive Outdoors and Building Brighter Futures Funds at Inspiring Scotland, and joined the Learning Disability team in 2018. She holds a number of Board positions including the Treasurer role with a small grant giving trust, and delivered over 60 bespoke Board training sessions last year.

Tommy Seymour

Tommy Seymour, Specialist Volunteer Network Coordinator and Fund Manager

Tommy initially worked offshore with an oilfield service company then changed career paths, in search of a more rewarding role. Tommy found himself in the world of Supported Employment and over six years, worked on a range of programmes throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Lanarkshires.

Since joining Inspiring Scotland, Tommy has supported the coordination and development of the Specialist Volunteer Network, coordinated an Inclusive Leaders programme for the Survivors of Childhood Abuse Support Fund and facilitated the South of Scotland Additional Support Needs Learning Network supported by South of Scotland Enterprise. He has recently joined the CashBack for Communities team as Fund Manager.

Your Host

Kieran Daly (1)

Kieran Daly, Head of Market Building, Social Investment Scotland

Kieran started his career as a youth worker at The Prince’s Trust, devising and delivering training programmes. He has held senior management roles in business development for a range of arts, volunteering and youth organisations for over 15 years.

Kieran was Chief Operating Officer at food waste and food poverty fighting organisation, FoodCycle. While there, he grew the organisation’s presence from 14 to 30 locations around England in under two years, through a social franchising model.

Most recently, Kieran was Scotland Manager for Big Issue Invest, where he delivered a multi-agency partnership, engaging the private, public and third sectors in mentoring and lending money to early-stage social ventures. He is a keen cyclist who enjoys giving back by being on the Board of Social Enterprise Scotland.