Rural SEN meeting highlighted the importance of social enterprises in providing access and progression routes for young people, especially in light of the unemployment and youth unemployment challenges being predicted as a result of Covid-19. The provision of such local access and progression routes are vital to give young people the choice to remain in their rural communities, rather than having to migrate to urban centres for employment and further education. To get a better understanding of what social enterprises could offer, they are carrying out this short survey – with a view to gaining a better understanding of the composition of both past and future opportunities. Your co-operation would be much appreciated.
During our recent
SE Reset Week, one of the sessions looked at what organisations, involved in food provision, need to think about ahead of re-opening their services and community spaces – with specific input from Brenda Black ( Edinburgh Community Food). Issues discussed included partnership and collaboration, and we followed this up with a further session focusing on the value of collaboration in food provision. This session heard from partnerships in West Lothian and Glasgow on their recent work to ensure food provision during Covid-19, as well as discussion on challenges and practicalities for both new and existing partnerships. More inspiration for collaborative working now comes from Edinburgh Community Food with this excellent case study on Edinburgh’s local response to Covid-19 – which may be used by others as strong evidence in promoting the food partnership model to local authorities, funders and evaluators
OSCR, this week, has updated its meetings section on Covid 19 guidance for charities. The intention is to clarify steps charities need to take around AGMs; virtual meetings; and governance. See updated guidelines.
Finnish Education System is regarded by many as providing a blueprint for others to follow. Earlier this year, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General at the Finnish National Agency for Education, visited Scotland. This short clip captures the essence of the Finish approach. To read and hear more about his visit, see here
News this week of the launch of a new representative body for social enterprise in the Irish Republic
. Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI), formed by some of Ireland’s leading SE practitioners and supporters, intends to act as a champion for the sector and its members, both nationally and internationally. We wish them well and look forward to crossing paths in the months ahead.
In 2014, Carnegie UK produced a document called ‘
A Route Map to an Enabling State’ – which identified 8 steps that Government can take to give communities and individuals more control. Carnegie has now re-visited this document in light of Covid 19 – and how this has affected the relationship between government, public services and citizens. The result is an updated Route Map – with some guiding principles for recovery.
These ‘guiding principles’ chime with much of what our sector has also been advocating in recent months.
Still on the recovery theme, Scottish Rural Action this week
published findings from Round 1 of a series of surveys they are carrying out amongst people living in remote communities – looking to understand response and recovery from a whole-community perspective, rather than through a particular demographic or sectoral lens. Over 500 people, from every local authority area in Scotland, participated in Round 1. Round 2 is now available. The survey takes around 5 mins to complete. Your participation would be very much appreciated.
SE around the globe: This new, regular feature will pick out issues or developments – from around the globe – that may be of interest to readers. We kick off this week with this ‘ Opinion Piece’ from Maurice Otieno from the Baraza Media Lab in Kenya. As the corporate world looks to demonstrate its social impact credentials, Maurice suggests that investing in local Black founders of social enterprises, rooted in the communities they serve, would offer fairer opportunities and better results.