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20 Nov 2015

I don’t much remember dreams – but a recent fragment stays with me: I’m about 6 years old – in the bedroom of my mum’s mum – my Glasgow Nonna. The room has a large walk-in cupboard – where the family keep the cigarettes and confectionary for their chip shops. The rich aroma of tobacco and chocolate – dominated by Fry’s chocolate cream; in the dream I realise that this aroma has always evoked for me feelings of love and safety. I am reminded of a piece by Alan Bennett about the particular smell of his grandmother’s dresser. Must find it.


            Bennett, a working class Yorkshire lad, got to Oxford on a bursary – then a first in history. He likes to present himself as hapless – but don’t be fooled by the shy cosiness – the mournful voice; even aged 81, he’s sharp and radical. Bennett is easy for me to like; despises Rupert Murdoch and Tony Blair; a fan of Philp Larkin; he refused a knighthood – and sustains a simmering anger at the British establishment. But it’s as a writer that Bennett touches my life – and although a gifted and prolific intellect – it’s his eye and ear for the minutiae of ordinary life that I admire.


            One of the joys of reading – is to come across a thought which we believed was particular to ourself – the sudden feeling of connection. This is Alan Bennett’s gift – to identify incidents from mundane, everyday life – which affirm our shared humaness; like the fond remembered events (and aromas) of childhood.



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The SENs: Friday 20th November 2015

Early in October, Senscot commissioned Social Value Lab to do some research on the work of the thematic SENs. With the recent growth in membership and the increasing range of policy developments taking place, we have been keen to get a better idea on how to maximise the support/benefit to SEN members with the resources we have available. As well as this piece of work – due for completion soon – we will also be taking into consideration feedback from last week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh; the ongoing dialogue re the SE Vision document; findings from the SE Census; and, we hope, discussions with other intermediary bodies in terms of how, moving forward, social enterprise can best be supported. This is particularly relevant with the anticipated new Govt Strategy in spring 2016 – in a climate that many are predicting will see a reduction of resources across our sector.

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