• WEvolution is celebrating its 10th birthday and is commemorating the occasion by championing the efforts of all those involved in starting SRGs. We will be celebrating the last decade and the many achievements of our SRGs, as well as looking forward to the future and what possibilities there are on the horizon!

    Our celebrations will be taking place on both Friday 22nd January and Saturday 23rd January. Wondering what to expect? See below!

    Friday 22nd January (7.00pm – 9.00pm)

    Schedule includes:
    – Keynote Speaker, Jean Johansson
    – Stories from our SRG Members
    – Lots of great activities including an end of night celebration!

    Saturday 23rd January (9.45am – 12.15pm)

    Schedule Includes:
    – The Trip That Inspired It All: Hear from original members from 2011 India trip
    – Workshops with:
    Brian Crockett, author of “The Art of Telling Your Story”
    Ashley Scotland, CEO of Thriving Survivors Scotland
    Emma Musgrave, Partner of Purple Shoots
    -More Stories from our Members, plus an update on WEvo News

    IMPORTANT: Please select your peer gathering workshop for 23 January!

    Tell us which workshop you’d like to attend – they’re all going to be fab! You can only attend one workshop so make sure you only select one option.

    You’ll also receive this link in your booking confirmation email.

    We look forward to seeing you on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd January!

  • Kelsey leads on the development of customer marketing and communications for the Corporate and Commercial divisions of NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster bank. She represents Comms and Marketing in key stakeholder discussions, acting as a trusted adviser and advising on leadership communications across the segment, ensuring a clear and consistent narrative, and developing strategies that support businesses needs. She then translate commercial imperatives into marketing and colleague communications plans and manages campaigns to deliver the right messages to the right customers through the right channel. Kelsey has a 1st class degree in Marketing and Economics and other than working for RBS has also worked in Germany and America. Outside of work Kelsey is currently a full time wedding planner, planning for her own wedding in August but also loves to travel, shop and drink wine!

  • Administrator Position

    WEvolution are looking for a new Team Member to fulfil the Administrator Role.  The Job Description and further details can be found here.

    Feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested!

    All enquiries should be sent to Eleanor Campbell at eleanor@wevolution.org.uk

    The closing date is 12.00noon on Thursday, 15th March 2018.

    Shortlisted applicants will be informed by Friday, 16th March 2018.

    Candidates must be available for interview in Glasgow on Monday, 19th March 2018.

  • The national gathering took place at the end of January and marked seven years since the, now famous, group of women from Glasgow first went on that trip to India.  Elaine, who had travelled with that group, joined us and we heard from the Maryhill group, one of our most ‘senior’ SRGs.  There was especial excitement on this occasion because we were joined by new SRG members from Manchester.  Over the last year, the movement has been spreading south of the border, and it was a treat to meet them.
    As ever, it was a boisterous, loving affair.  SRG members from all the Scottish regions turned up ready to hurtle themselves into the day’s activities and to find as many opportunities to connect and seek new ways of working together.  Activities ranged from a crazy selfie station to a serious talk about product development from a key player in Warner Brothers products.  We were treated to a fabulous talk on appreciating and valuing ourselves.  The talk was sprinkled with magic tricks and we enjoyed the opportunity to listen to such a thoughtful presentation delivered with such humour. In the afternoon, we competed with one another to create new companies and to sell to one another. The winner – ‘Miss Fix It’.
    For many, hearing the stories from SRG members was the most powerful part of the day.  One group after another spoke passionately about their groups, their work and their commitment to the movement.  As well as those from south of the border, we heard from recently formed groups in Fife and Renfrewshire.  Visitors to the event talked of being ‘bowled over’ by what they heard.  No wonder – such fabulous people, such fabulous stories.

  • Fiona McMillan was born in Greenock in 1989 where she still stays with her husband and three children.   In her teen years, Fiona went to college and then started working in a computer factory later moving to a cable factory until she has her first child.   She is now a stay-at-home Mum and is in 5 Mummies Make SRG, and is in the process of building her own crochet business Happily Hooked.

  • Angela is a mum of four and is a part of the Maryhill SRG where she has been a member for over two years.  Her parents has owned their own businesses in restaurants and take-aways.  Through times she has stepped up to do managerial duties for her parents. She is a qualified beauty therapist and was unable to pursue this further when the kids came along. She hopes one day she will have her own business.

  • Self Reliant Young People in Inverclyde and Dundee

    Inverclyde hosted a Fires Starter event on January, 31st at the new Inverclyde Hub.  We invited young people from the ages of 16-30 to come and grow £10 while learning the SRG way of working.  The group shared lots of different thoughts with one another, encouraged each other to come out of their comfort zones by doing their first live social media feeds on Facebook to spread the word on their event.  The group succeeded to making £67, by doing an online raffle for £1 entry to win £20.  This event ignited our community to think what is possible by starting a SRG.

    On the same day, WEvolution hosted young people at a one-off workshop to test what happens when people are challenged with £10 and two hours to turn it into more.

    Starting the day with some group development, playdough monsters taught them that everyone had valuable skills and experiences they could offer the group. Brightly coloured card and post its illustrated the markers of an SRG and how that could help their journey to be productive and supportive.

    When they moved in to ideation, their creativity came thick and fast, answering the question ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if…’ and as they rotated the leader through each activity the group formed confident and articulate suggestions as to what they could do with their £10. Quick decisions were made and energy was high throughout the experience.

    At 12.30pm they received their £10 and the timer was set. Heather bought a £10 Amazon voucher, Kyle designed a Facebook page and logo, and Raffolution was launched. Nicola managed the social media – posting adverts for the raffle, Sam updated the sales and Callum managed the draw. Most of their work was online but in the last 30 minutes, they took to the streets and doubled their profit. By 2.30pm, the group had turned £10 in to £50. Everyone left with a ‘wow’ feeling and a little bit more cash than they arrived with.

    What would you do to turn £10 into more?

     

  • WEvolution is looking out for three resourceful, influential and imaginative people to join our Board of Trustees in 2018.

    WEvolution is not in the business of doing ordinary work. It has sparked off the imagination of people in communities, groups and agencies with its unique Self-Reliant Groups (SRGs). Simple and deeply impactful, SRGs are about people coming together to take control of their lives and make things including money.

    How we work

    1. By growing a movement of SRGs that nurture an environment of collaboration, creativity and enterprise across communities and organisations in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
    2. By providing small interest-free and/or low-interest capital to people enabling growth of their business ideas through our microfinance initiative.
    3. By designing and delivering a high-quality skills training programme that helps spark off a number of sustainable microenterprises.
    4. By working towards a more enabling policy environment around the expanding SRG movement.

    WEvolution 2.0

    Having started in 2011, WEvolution has now entered a new phase of movement building which includes the scaling of SRGs more strategically across the UK. It is moving towards positioning itself into a ‘Centre for Excellence’ that will provide training, experience and resources to organisations and groups.
    As we work towards these aims, we are looking to find three volunteer Trustees from any of the sectors below:
    Gender: Whilst remaining inclusive, our focus will continue to centre on women. Having someone with a background in women’s socio-economic participation and empowerment; one who understands the barriers and challenges to this and alongside has a breath of experience of working in these areas in voluntary and/or private sector would be a welcome addition to our Board.

    Marketing: We want to work on better understanding our target messages while improving the visibility of our brands. We are looking for expert communication guidance about promoting and identifying these brands (for both WEvolution as a ‘Centre for Excellence’ and SRGs as a ‘movement and market’) across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Preferably someone from marketing, communications and event management backgrounds with experience in the Scottish context would be suitable.

    Economics: We would welcome an Economist with a solid knowledge of and insight into the intricacies of the local economy and enterprise whilst being able to enable WEvolution and SRGs to connect with a national and global context.

    Technology: We are looking for someone who can help WEvolution integrate technological innovations to open up new avenues and economic opportunities for SRGs. Going forward, we would want to be able to use appropriate technology to connect people to form SRGs, link with our microfinancing initiatives, enable groups to save money and reinvest them and create peer-to-peer markets.

    Commercial Finance: Continuing our economic focus, we want someone who can help us think through, whether through the creation of new platforms or building upon existing outlets, relevant financial products. It is a part of the national financial inclusion agenda at the moment and we can make our own unique contribution to this. We, therefore, need someone who either has the experience of doing it or has a range of contacts in the financial industry for this.

    Community Empowerment: We want someone who understands the complexities of working alongside people in communities, has a deep commitment to the power of connections and community building and has made relevant contributions to practice including academic input.

    If you’re intrigued and interested, please drop an email to Noel Mathias, Managing Director (e: noel@wevolution.org.uk) and we’ll take it forward from there.

    For more information on our work, visit our website: www.wevolution.org.uk or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    You can also read a few snippets about our work in the media below:
    www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39306627
    www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-19784459
    www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-27166801
    www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/real-life/scots-women-from-deprived-areas-of-glasgow-878201

  • Wow, we are going to be able to get really creative in this space.’ – Christine Thompson, new member

    ‘I am so happy I can bring the kids and they have their own space, so I can get on and work.’- Lorraine Edwards, Outside the Box SRG

    Groups gathered together for the Regional gathering in Inverclyde to have deeper conversations about the growth of the movement and how they were going to gain more ownership of the new space. We also looked at what the new 24/7 creative space was going to look like. Everyone was engaged and came up with innovative ways to explore the possibilities. We then went on to have fun and build relationships; we played a game with cling film wrapped around loads of exciting presents; people would put on a pair of antlers and a red nose, while the music played load, rolling a dice hoping for doubles. The energy in the room was magical with every person laughing. We finished the gathering by sharing a meal together and all pitching in to clean up.

    Great teamwork makes the dream work.

     

     

     

     

  • This November at the Paisley hub we combined our endless interest in grabbing every opportunity to learn new skills with our concern about the lack of decent splashback in the kitchen area and hosted a tiling workshop. Cameron Bauer from Building Futures (www.building-futures.org.uk) joined us in Paisley to teach the skills of tiling to an enthusiastic group of SRG members. End result – an elegant splashback. End result – competent trained women. “Better than housework” was the verdict.

    In 2018 we will continue to work with Cameron to support SRG members to develop the skills that will take them into various construction industries.