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SEAD AGM event – Screening of Carla Novi film ‘Rana Plaza’ 25th February 2015


12.10.14_rana plaza_imageTwo months before the collapse of Rana Plaza, Glasgow based artist, Carla Novi visited a garment factory in Savar to interview women workers. She recorded a series of songs and interviews with the women. The factory that she visited was Rana Plaza. Little did she know that two months after her visit, the fifteen voices that she recorded would be buried under the factory’s rubble. A year after the collapse, Carla decided to go back to Bangladesh to find out what happened to the fifteen women that she had met in her previous visit.


Carla screened her documentary, ‘Rana Plaza’, at the CCA, Glasgow, as part of the Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. The film follows her personal journey, from her first visit to Dhaka before the factory collapsed, to her return a year after.


After our AGM we will be holding a screening of Carlas emotive film on Wednesday 25th February from 6.30 to 9pm and a Q&A session with Carla Novi following screening of her film.

Tickets are by suggested donation of £5 on the door. Please book through Eventbright  which you can also access through our  Facebook page

The event will take place at Venue, Norton Park Conference Centre, Training Suite, Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY. Download our event leaflet SEAD event leaflet 250215

If you are interested in this event you might be interested in becoming a volunteer on our Action for Clothing With Dignity campaign click here for more information for our workshop coming up on the 7th March.

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Posted by Daniel on 22 March 2016

The SEAD 2016 AGM will be held on:

Wednesday 13th April
18:30 – 20:00
Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL

All members and interested parties are warmly invited.

A letter from our Chairperson:

Dear Members,The landscape for charities has changed dramatically in Scotland since SEAD launched in 1978. As we near our 40th anniversary, I really want to introduce some lasting change that will see our collective financial contributions continue to have a radical impact for positive change.

Over the last 18 months SEAD has experienced some dramatic changes and we are now entering a new period for the charity. In order to do this, we’d like you to join us and contribute as we forge our new path, whether this is either in person or by proxy.

As a Board we have suggested that SEAD becomes the giver of small grants of up to £250 to community and volunteer groups in order to generate campaigning activity and powerful pockets of impact. We want to focus on the wealth of positive social justice impact and on developing a new wave of activism in Scotland. I hope to explain more on the evening itself and to get your valuable thoughts as a valued contributor of precious funds.

If you can, please come along and share your thoughts and passion for how to make SEAD a charity for the future. If you’re unable to be with us on April 13th, please consider allowing me to hold your proxy vote.

Thank you,

Al Powell

Chairperson, Scottish Education and Action for Development


1. Presentation and accepting of minutes of the previous AGM, Wednesday 25 February 2015

2. Presentation and accepting of the annual accounts

3. Update, questions and answers about charitable sustainability and ‘SEAD Grants’

4. Retiring, re-appointment and appointment of Member Directors

5. Close



“The future’s not a place we’re going to but one we are creating… the paths are not to be found, but made.”
– John Homer Schaar

Following the proceedings of the AGM, we will be hosting an interactive discussion evening about the sustainability of SEAD as it nears its 40th birthday in three years’ time. We want to gather members’ thoughts about what success could look like for the charity. This will include contributing to our Vision and Values.

We will be utilising your expertise and passion to help make our new paths… The AGM shall also observe a moment’s reflection to remember our dear friend, Erik Koren, SEAD Company Secretary, who sadly passed away in October 2015

The event is free to attend, light refreshments shall be provided and we will also be taking any charitable donations at the door.


For the charity to pass the accounts and reappoint trustees, it is necessary for us to reach quorum in accordance with the Articles of Association. If you are not able to attend in person, please consider awarding us your proxy vote as a valued member and supporter. In order to activate your proxy vote, please follow the instructions below:

Email: board (at) with the subject ‘Proxy Vote’ and the message:

“I [insert your name], as a member of Scottish Education and Action for Development, hereby allocate my proxy vote to the Chairperson for the single purpose of the Annual General Meeting 2016”



Posted by Daniel on 15 December 2015

It is with great pleasure that the Scottish Education & Action for Development Trustee Board can announce that 2016 shall see the launch of a new initiative focused on the development and education of local communities across Scotland.

The newly announced ‘SEAD Fund’ will invite applications specifically from small community groups to apply for funds of up to £250 to run or kick start campaign activity that engages with people and has a demonstrable impact and links local issues with those being experienced by others around the world.

The Trustee Board will be particularly interested in applications that focus campaign activity on the following areas; Women’s Rights, Young People and their Global rights, Climate Justice, Inequality, Poverty and Health Justice. For more details see

Erik Koren

Posted by Jeni on 15 October 2015

It is with great regret that we announce the tragic news that Erik Koren, SEAD Company Secretary suddenly passed away on October 6, 2015.

Everyone at SEAD would like to express their love and gratitude to the amazing contribution Erik made to the charity over the years.

Our thoughts and wishes are with his family at this time.

Volunteer with SEAD – Garment Industry Volunteers Needed!

Posted by Jeni on 9 February 2015

Scottish Education and Action for Development (SEAD) are looking to recruit volunteers to help with our Action for Clothing with Dignity Campaign.

If you are interested in helping us organise local campaign events, in raising awareness in Scotland about the international garment industry and are interested in human rights, labour and sustainable fashion and would like to expand your volunteering skills, this is the ideal role for you!

You will be able to…

  • Organise a series of events within your local community. These might be workshops, campaigns, fund raising activities.
  • Develop your campaign skills and knowledge of the key campaign issues such as, living wage, the ready-made garment industry, human rights & business, and factory safety issues.
  • Develop your blogging and online organisational skills through processes such as letter writing, writing regular updates for our blogs, and contribution to campaign planning
  • Attend a one-day training workshop – details below
  • Motivate action by engaging with people throughout the community

We are holding our one-day workshop to introduce you our campaign which will be held on Saturday 7th of March 2015, from 11am – 4pm

The workshop will include:

  • An introduction to SEAD
  • An introduction to the Ready-Made Garment Industry
  • Specific information related to our Rana Plaza and Tazreen campaigns
  • Further information about the volunteer role
  • A chance to meet other volunteers who are interested in the campaign and to start building a network

Ideally, volunteers will be available to help with our work around the second Rana Plaza anniversary in April 2015

Anyone interested in the role should contact the SEAD for more information and to confirm a place on the workshop by going to Eventbright 

If you are interested in the volunteer role you may also be interested in our film event on the 25th Feb