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31 Oct 2014

 The congregation of the church opposite my cottage has dwindled over the years to about a dozen - mostly my age. I’m often in the garden when they hobble out - they smile a lot - ‘the fellowship of the holy spirit’? Rose will be over 80 - bit of a toff - we’d have long consultations about plants. In August, Tom told me that Rose has moved into a residential care home - she asked him to give me the particulars - been on my mantelpiece till last week.

 The home is a private facility for 100 residents; ‘top end’ financially - like a boutique hotel. She receives me in a swish lounge area, with wee alcoves. We’re pleased to see each other - chat easily for a while - till Rose asks a passing attendant if we can have some coffee. He’s a young twenty something with a bad attitude: the coffee will come - he says - when it comes. This young squirt is deliberately putting Rose down; I feel embarrassed for her - angry with him - but decide it’s not my business.

 Overall, it was a good visit - but this incident stays with me - confirming my determination to live independently in my own space. I vow that I will ask nothing, expect nothing, depend on nothing except my own… but even as I write this - I know it’s nonsense. No matter how painful it is - we humans need each other; nor would we have it any other way - not really. The problem is that - the coffee will come when it comes - doesn’t work for me. I need a plan. 


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The SENs: Friday 31st October 2014

Dundee City Council and Dundee SEN hosted its SE Conference in the city this week, entitled ‘Spotlight on Progress & Future Opportunities’.  An impressive turnout – over 100 delegates – heard a series of informative and entertaining presentations from Derek Marshall (Factory Skatepark); Dr Andrew Murray; Neil Mathieson (Atlantis Leisure); Simon Teasdale (Glasgow C.U) and Rick Rijsdijk (Social Value Lab). Rick also presented the findings of the newly published Mapping Report. Headlines include: 123 SEs; combined income of £91m; spending power of £83m; and total assets of £105m. Here is link to full report available and also presentations at the event.


On Monday, Falkirk and District SEN (FDSEN) and Senscot (as part of the SSE Alliance with Social Firms Scotland and Social Enterprise Scotland) hosted a Social Enterprise Policy event in the Trinity Church in Falkirk. Delegates had the opportunity to hear from Falkirk Council on the developments of their SE Strategy; Falkirk CVS and local SE’s - Link Housing Association and The Gingerbread Cafe. Delegates then engaged in discussion re issues that are arising from the consultation process of the emerging national SE strategy – other SENs interested in similar sessions, please contact Kim. Presentations from the Falkirk event can be viewed here.


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