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22 May 2015


            Been here a week now in glorious weather for May – lots of reading and walking – eating in great restaurants.  This is a specially pampered part of the costa – designed for the wealthy – it’s easy to pretend that there is no austerity – but there is of course.

I was originally attracted to Andalucia by the golf courses and the climate; the club which became our' 'gang hut' opened in 1975 – when a membership cost £1000; the same membership now costs 36,000 euros.  This is the original clubhouse, but over the years, the entire complex has seen major upgrades – to international standards.  The slightly ‘slippery’ crowd of my era, has been replaced by more substantial money; I’m writing this on the restaurant terrace – observing the ‘smart set’ – with the self-satisfied air of someone who preceded all this.  Woman at the next table is talking about a priest who is ‘doing the rounds’ – organising emergency food and medicines for the poor; says this club has a group making monthly contributions.   Even with the economy in dire straits – 'top end' facilities like this continue to prosper and improve.

Before leaving, I stroll round the golf shop – polo shirts at 100 euros.  The assistant smiles and says it’s good to see me – a familiar face from long ago; it must be 10 years since we met – says she's been here 34 years.  I enjoy her recognition – an affirmation of someone I once was.  Shakespeare: “and one man in his time plays many parts”.



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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 22nd May 2015

The SE Vision 2025 Steering Group met this week to consider feedback from a series of consultations that have taken place over the last couple of months. These meeting have included SEN members; Housing Associations; VAS; Scottish Enterprise; Scottish Govt Third Sector Division; and others. General consensus has overwhelmingly welcomed the document and - although there are areas that could be given either greater emphasis or clarity - it provides a good basis from which to identify the priorities for our sector over the next five/ten years. Further work (and discussions) will continue over the summer months - with SEs; public authorities; and others - as a new SE strategy for Scotland begins to take shape.


Following up on last week’s story on whether or not there would be interest in setting up an Employability SEN, we’ve been really encouraged by the response. Around 17 organisations have been in touch to register interest.  We will be in contact shortly with plans to meet up. For further info, contact Kim.


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