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28 Aug 2015

I’ve been in this cottage for 10 years now – the decade from age 65 to 75; I share this final part of my life with two amiable companions: a love of solitude and a love of the natural world. The solitude I enjoy is no monastic regime – it’s just the enjoyment of being alone - the headspace to get to know myself better. In Song for Myself – Walt Whitman wrote: ‘I loaf and invite my soul - I lean and loaf at my ease, observing a spear of summer grass’. I try to be aimless.

Through a million years of evolution from hunter gatherers – human genes contain an innate bond with the natural world; as a city dweller, I had mostly lost touch with the power of this. Not suggesting I’m now a country person – never will be – but I live on the edge of wild woodland; ‘when I’m among the trees – they give off such hints of gladness’; and among the trees my unconscious stirs memories far older than my own wee life.

My family gene-bank suggests that I’ll live a few more years; health ok – still interested in stuff - not in any hurry. Comments from her close friends suggest that – prior to her accidental death in Spain – Cilla Black was fed up with it all – had had enough; common amongst old people who outlive a lifelong partner. For some, life is full of purpose and meaning; for others it can seem pointless-even absurd. Most of us juggle between these emotions.


In his Observer column this week, Kevin McKenna’s frustration at the timidity of the Scottish Govt overflows: “Nicola, he says, you are at the head of a government that has been in office for eight years and will remain so for at least...Read more

The SENs is the name Senscot gives to our work with Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) - both thematic and geographical. SENs provide members with opportunities for peer support, collective action and market development. The vision is of a growing community of 500 frontline social enterprises across Scotland - connected and energised through a network of Networks.

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The SENs: Friday 28th August 2015

At Beith Community Development Trust this week, Alex Neil (Minister for Social Justice and Communities), announced £1.7m of funding to help revitalise and regenerate town centres across Scotland. The Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is available to support enterprising, community-led projects which help to deliver town centre regeneration priorities in a local area.  Community organisations are invited to bid for pots of between £20k and £150k capital funding to support projects which are in line with the key themes set out in Scotland’s Town Centre Action Plan.  The Scottish Government is keen to see communities step forward with their ideas.  Deadline for applications is 29 September.  Full details here.




The inaugural meeting of the Employability SEN took place on 5th August. As a follow up Social Firms Scotland are leading on a response to the Scottish Govt’s Consultation - Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability Support.  Two sessions are have been arranged to give Employability SEN members an opportunity to contribute – Glasgow on 1st September, click here to book; and Aberdeen (in partnership with Aberdeen SEN) on 8th September - click here to book. Places are limited so please book as soon as possible. Following these sessions, a draft response will be circulated to SEN members for feedback/reflections before submitting a final version by the deadline of 9th October.




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