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Tor Justad interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2015

  • Audio recording of the interview, Tor Justad_Track 1.WMA, 1:26:40 hours, 83MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Tor Justad_Approved Transcript.pdf, 19 pages, 482kB

This item is an interview with Tor Justad recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in February 2015 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Tor Justad's involvement in the social enterprise movement in Scotland from 1978 to 2011, including his work with community co-operatives and community businesses in Shetland and Central Region; social auditing; and international projects. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Tor Justad trained as a community worker and between 1978-1987 worked with community groups in Shetland. In 1987 he moved to the Scottish mainland, and based in Stirling, managed CESU, Community Enterprise Support Unit (Central Region) Ltd. In 1994 he began working freelance as a Social Economy Adviser trading as Tor Justad Associates, with contracts in the UK, Sweden, Ireland and other countries. He returned to the Scottish Highlands and between 2000-2011, was employed as a Co-operative and Membership Officer with the Co-operative Group covering the Highlands and Islands.

Susan McGinlay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded May 2016

  • Audio recording of the interview, Susan McGinlay.WMA, 1:07:11 hours, 64MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Susan.pdf, 17 pages, 271KB

This item is an interview with Susan McGinlay recorded by Dr Gillian Murray on 11 May 2016 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Susan McGinlay's involvement in community work and community business from the early 1980s to 2010s. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Susan McGinlay had been an active member of her community organising play schemes for children. She got involved in the community business movement in the mid 1980s, setting up an industrial cleaning company, Kleencare, with 4 other women in 1985. It became one of the longest running businesses within Possil Community Business Ltd. In 1987 she became the first commercial manager of Possil Community Business Ltd and remained an active board member of the Allander Group.

Oral histories collected as part of the Future Development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) project

This file contains 5 items:

  • Glen Buchanan interview audio recording and transcript, recorded May 2019
  • Esther Breitenbach interview audio recording and transcript, recorded September 2019
  • Ken Milroy interview audio recording and transcript, recorded July 2019
  • Duncan Leece interview audio recording and transcript, recorded July 2019
  • Liz Gardiner interview audio recording and transcript, recorded November 2019

Oral histories collected as part of the CommonHealth history project

This file contains 7 items:

  • Jim Bristow interview audio recording and transcript, recorded April 2016
  • Susan McGinlay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded May 2016
  • Colin Roxburgh interview audio recording and transcript, recorded December 2015
  • Alan Tuffs interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2016
  • Alan Kay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded November 2014
  • Tor Justad interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2015
  • Laurence Demarco interview audio recording and transcript, recorded December 2014

Liz Gardiner interview audio recording and transcript, recorded November 2019

  • Audio recording of the interview, Liz Gardiner.mp3, 1:19:49 hours, 104MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Liz Gardiner_Online Transcript.pdf, 11 pages, 464kB

This item is an interview with Liz Gardiner recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in November 2019 as part of the Scottish Government funded Future development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) project. It is the oral history of Liz Gardiner's involvement in cultural social enterprises from the 1980s to 2020s, including discussion of community activism in Easterhouse; Fablevision; networks; and cultural planning. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Liz Gardiner taught Drama and English to High School students before a spell of maternity leave prompted her to become involved in community theatre groups. She is a founding member and now Director of Fablevision, which supports creative community cultural development. Liz has a Masters degree in Cultural Planning and is currently undertaking a PhD.

Laurence Demarco interview audio recording and transcript, recorded December 2014

  • Audio recording of the interview, LDM_Oral History Interview_2014.m4a, 1:18:20 hours, 112MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Laurence Demarco_Approved Transcript.pdf, 14 pages, 311kB
    This item is an interview with Laurence Demarco recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in December 2014 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Laurence Demarco's involvement in the social enterprise movement from 1976 onwards, from setting up a community enterprises in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, to the founding of Senscot in 1999 and his future vision of community enterprise in Scotland. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Laurence Demarco graduated in 1973 with a Diploma in Community Work. He worked for Lothian Regional Council as lead community worker in Wester Hailes from 1976 to 1990. During that time he helped set up the Wester Hailes Community Workshop, neighbourhood councils and a number of community owned businesses, such as the Wester Hailes Land and Property Development Company. He then worked as a consultant from 1990 to 1999, before founding Senscot in 1999 as a network for social entrepreuneurs to share their knowledge and experience. By 2014 Senscot was an important support organisation for social enterprise in Scotland, with a network of over 4,500 members, a regular bulletin and a vital role in setting up the Scottish social enterprise support infrastructure.

Ken Milroy interview audio recording and transcript, recorded July 2019

  • Audio recording of the interview, Ken Milroy.WMA, 1:06:51 hours, 64MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Ken Milroy_Approved Transcript.pdf, 11 pages, 1MB

This item is an interview with Ken Milroy recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in July 2019 as part of the Scottish Government funded Future development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) project. It is the oral history of Ken Milroy's involvement in social enterprise with a focus on The Foyer, Aberdeen, from the 1990s onwards. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Ken Milroy was employed as a Community Worker at Grampian Regional Council in 1984, being promoted to Senior Community Worker and later Assistant Head of Social Strategy. In 1996 he took on the role of CEO at The Foyer, Aberdeen, where he worked to build holistic approaches to youth homelessness in the city and Aberdeenshire. He retired from his role at The Foyer in 2018, but continued as Regional Chair of North East Scotland College and a Board member of Robert Gordon University.

Jim Bristow interview audio recording and transcript, recorded April 2016

  • Audio recording of the interview, Jim Bristow.WMA, 1:46:03 hours, 102MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Jim Bristow_Interview.pdf, 23 pages, 278kB

This item is an interview with Jim Bristow recorded by Dr Gillian Murray on 27 April 2016 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Jim Bristow's involvement in community work and the community enterprise movement from the 1970s to 1990s. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Jim Bristow worked evenings at an Inverclyde youth club in the 1970s before being drawn towards the community work full time. His first job in this area was as an adventure playground development worker for Greenock Corporation, later being promoted to Community Centre Manager. He trained as a social worker in the early 1980s and began to look at the community enterprise movement. In 1987 he took up a post as Employment Development Worker for Greenock Employment Action Group and has remained with that organisation, which became Inverclyde Community Development Trust in 1996.

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