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20 Mar 2015


Saw Charles Kennedy, the worse for drink, on Question Time last week; painful to watch this reminder of my own past inebriations.  Not sure if I’m an alcoholic – but kept off it since September 2001; safer to assume I am – than drink to prove I’m not; just couldn’t handle it again.  I have friends who drink more than I did – yet seem to manage their lives fine.  Old Churchill, for instance, drank prodigious amounts of alcohol while he led the country.  Kennedy though reminds me of myself – inner demons – a self-harming impulse.

The human faculty which causes all our problems is our consciousness; humankind alone is aware of ‘the gaze of the other’. We are the only species that can call ourselves to judgement – and feel shame; or that requires a purpose in life – and feels despair. Our history suggests that we have never been comfortable in our self-conscious skins; our ancestors learned early those activities and substances which desensitise that area of the brain; a bottle of red and a DVD will quieten the neo cortex for a couple of hours.

This universal human desire to get temporarily unconscious – moved Sigmund Freud to postulate that we all entertain an unacknowledged death wish. Although this theory is disputed – I believe it’s true. Milan Kundera puts it well: “Vertigo is something other than the fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below, which tempts and lures us; it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves”.



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The SENs: Friday 20th March 2015

Last week, Senscot held interviews for the post of SE and Health Co-ordinator – to replace Danielle Trudeau who has moved on the devote her time and efforts to develop her own venture, Tribe Porty. This post has been funded by Scottish Govt Third Sector Division and Health Directorate over the last couple of years. Today, the Health SEN has approximately 100 members. Its aims are to provide a collective voice for SEs; promote good practice; improve communication and relationships with health and social care boards and other statutory health providers; and encourage and support joint working where possible. We are very pleased to announce that Mary Sinclair will be taking up this post in the near future. Mary, currently working with SCVO, comes with a strong background in health and the third sector and we are sure she will prove a real asset both to Senscot itself as well as to Health SEN members.


The Social Enterprise Academy, Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) and Senscot have been working in partnership to develop a tailored two day learning programme to strengthen the SE support delivered by TSI Development Officers. The aim of the programme has been to increase knowledge and skills around the social enterprise model and help TSI staff explore how they can enhance their support for social enterprises and strengthen...Read more
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