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19 Dec 2014

             Today’s bulletin – the one before the festive break – is always the least read of our weekly emails; so many of us winding down our work now – facing towards home and families. I have long felt that this is the most natural of holidays – to mark the ending of an old, tired year – and to charge our batteries for the ‘a guid new one’: there is deep psychological resonance in the tale of this renewal. Dickens tells it well with old Scrooge; his harrowing encounters with his past, present and future selves; and then redemption – as he becomes reconciled with his own hope and generosity. This transformational theme hovers around the festive break – but few of us have the courage for radical change.

            Before wrapping up 2014 – we should acknowledge that our referendum was a gamechanger; an entire nation debating politics – exploring what it might become; the notion of winners and losers doesn’t help us understand what happened – is still happening. What’s new is that civil society has created its own spaces and networks – where politics happens away from the arranged circus of the main parties. Under the radar – these groupings explore mergers and alliances. In the mainstream – London sends a ‘bruiser’ north to sort out Scottish Labour; but our electorate is just as likely to send Alex Salmond south with a raiding party to noise up Westminster. A remarkable thing happened in Scotland last September – momentous – no-one knows how it will play out in 2015 and beyond. As Tiny Tim says, “God bless one and all of us”.       


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The SENs: Friday 19th December 2014

As this is the last SENs News of 2014, it’s time to offer a few reflections / highlights of activity the last twelve months - relating to both local and thematic SENs. Significantly, membership and engagement with the SENs has grown by approximately 50% - from 470 in Dec 2013 to almost 700 today – and reflects not only the benefits of SENs to grassroots SEs but also an increasing presence and influence at a local level. Particular highlights have included Edinburgh SENs Social in the Square; the GSEN Trade Show; Dundee SEN SE Mapping Report; the 10th SE Conference and Ceilidh; further Joint Thematic Roundtable events; engagement with Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund; Tourism Activity (full report); supporting SE contribution to the impending Health and Social Care Integration programme; and participation in the European Social Entrepreneurs Network. All these activities – and more – will remain on the agenda in the year ahead. See more.


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