Welcome to the June newsletter.
I’ve been feeling very lucky during lockdown to live in a place with so much open space- this big golden-ringed dragonfly has been spending time in my garden recently.
Social Enterprise Reset
I think I can safely say that SE Reset week was a storming success! Over 800 of you took part in the discussions throughout the week and many of you have continued those discussions. See our report here– it outlines the themes that came up across the week and gives a clear picture of the opportunities that lay ahead and the support the sector needs.
We are continuing our conversations with partners and social enterprises and I will keep you informed of any developments.
I’m sure you will be aware that Senscot and Social Firms Scotland are proposing to create a merged charitable entity that will be a representative body for social enterprises and social firms in Scotland. The next step in this process is to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) this Friday, 19th June 2020, this will seek members’ approval on three special resolutions towards finalising the establishment of the new entity.
In response to Covid we created a resource page on our website. This has had a bit of a tidy up and we’ve now included re-opening guidance as it becomes available- if there are any toolkits or information that you believe other social enterprises would find useful please email me and I will share across the networks.
A couple of other recent changes:
· HMRC- Job Retention Scheme Updated 5 June The final date you can furlough an employee for the first time will be Wednesday 10 June
· Small Business Grant Fund- available through local authority, Closes 10 July 2020- Extension: not a ratepayer but occupy certain types of shared space
Rural SEN now up and running! Senscot is delighted to have worked with Inspiralba in creating the Rural SEN. This provides an opportunity for rural social enterprises to share experiences, learning, and identify areas for future action and collaboration. A note of the most recent meeting (3rd June) is available on the newly developed Rural Social Enterprise Hub. Developed by Inspiralba, this is a fantastic new digital resource for rural social enterprise. To join the Rural SEN or find out more please contact Sue (Inspiralba) or Mary (Senscot).
P4P is putting together a ‘good practice brochure’ – highlighting examples of collaboration which have been developed or strengthened during Covid19. If you’d like to share your story, contact email@example.com
Great to see social enterprises are still able to recruit during this period. See our Jobs Page for more info.
Social Enterprise Activity During Lockdown
During the lockdown, Creative Natives has been maintaining support and communication with their young creatives. CreativesFromHome Challenge is a project of a creative nature and is open to the public. At the beginning of July, they will start the Summer Edition Challenge. And are keen to get people to participate. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram
Outfit Moray are currently delivering funded cycling sessions to the children of key workers at the local school hubs. Bike Revolution re-opened on the 1st May had have had an unprecedented amount of work in that time, particularly as they had funding to offer free servicing and repairs to key workers. They sold over 50 bikes which cleared their stock and they are now working hard on services and rebuilding stock.
Inspired by amazing and inspiring care experienced young people across the country, artists, producers and supporters at Articulate Hub have been rising to the daily challenge of keeping heads, hearts and hands busy. Check out their newsletter here.
Edinburgh Remakery have launched a campaign to encourage businesses to donate their old IT equipment for refurbishment and to pass on to people in need during the covid-19 crisis. See here for more info
The Walking Theatre Company have launched an interactive site for kids- stuff to make and play, made by makers and players, creating together, and aiming to give mum and dad some time out too, while the kids get busy. See www.zippedyzoom.club
Tourism & Heritage
Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP has just announced this afternoon that the majority of Scotland’s tourism businesses can reopen on 15th July. The government is aiming to publish guidance for the sector on 18 June, which will help them prepare for reopening the next month.
COVID Historic Environment Resilience Forum (CHERF)- a collaborative space to plan, coordinate, and communicate high-level sector-wide strategies and guidance for rebuilding, recovery and strengthening resilience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. First event being held this Friday to book see here.
Check out Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month a national event that recognises the history and celebrates the cultures, traditions and contributions of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.
Scottish Tourism Alliance letter to First Minister of Scotland in response to announcement of the Scottish Government’s route map to lifting restrictions
Visit Scotland Webinar: Early Steps To Recovery Webinar– looks at the latest insights into visitor intentions and set out the sequence we expect visitors to return as restrictions ease, from initial local day trips to overnight stays.
Stirling City Radio have shared their Impact Report– they would be happy to talk to others about this experience and would welcome thoughts for improvement to help the next one.
Creative Scotland have launched a Crowdfunding campaign programme with Crowdfunder- a mix of coaching and match funding. Sign up for one of the free Crowdfund Creative Scotland LIVE + Learn: Introduction to Crowdfunding webinars on 19 June or 23 June.
Culture Counts have identified 6 Asks for Government to support the sector- COVID-19 Update Report: Culture Strategy & Re-opening Guidelines
Creative Scotland update from Chief Executive, Iain Munro.
Funding & Opportunities
Scottish Communities Finance is offering interest-free loans of £3-5k to SEN members as part of its SEN Bond offer from last year. The SEN Bridging Loan – with a five day turn-around – is available for all organisations that are looking for money to bridge the gap between spending money and waiting for grant money or other forms of income. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Emergency Fund– Open Until 30 June
P4P have created this fantastic resource: Collaboration during a Crisis and this handy infographic which summarises the most recent guidance issued by Scottish Procurement. Get in touch with the team for one to one support or to develop a new partnership at email@example.com.
For events run by and for social enterprises See here
You can submit events to our website- links will be included in all the thematic newsletters and the weekly bulletin.
If you have anything for next months newsletter email me at firstname.lastname@example.org