Welcome to August’s Health & Wellbeing Newsletter.
Learning & Knowledge Exchange Opportunities
Social Enterprise & Community Café Activity
Following a series of SEN meetings there was a clear ask for Senscot to facilitate the sharing of lessons learned from social enterprises in relation to community café activity, including what has and hasn’t worked and how to overcome or avoid common challenges.
In taking this forward we’re inviting all social enterprise with experience in this area to share their learning through this short survey. The responses will inform a series of information sheets on various scenarios SEN members can relate to, such as:
- Providing a community café for another organisation
- Bringing in an external provider to operate a café within your premises
- Having a space available and considering using it for a community café
- Setting up a community café from scratch
- Community café activity that doesn’t generate a profit
- Operating a café to provide employability opportunities for people further from the labour market
Joint Cultural & Health SEN Meeting (Wednesday 11th September, Glasgow)
The Cultural & Creative SEN and Health SEN are coming together to explore the relationship between culture, creativity and health & wellbeing and explore opportunities for SEN members in this area. The key points emerging from the discussion will be fed in to the Joint Cultural & Health & Wellbeing Roundtable meeting taking place later in the month and inform Senscot’s input to the next CPG on Culture (8th Oct) which will focus on Collaborate Culture: Meeting the challenges of person-centred healthcare. Register here.
Community Learning Exchange to Project Ability (Wednesday 11th September, Glasgow)
Project Ability is a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation that create opportunities for people with disabilities and people with lived experience of mental ill-health to express themselves and achieve their artistic potential. Book here.
Community Learning Exchange to Falkirk Community Football Foundation (Friday 13th September, Falkirk)
FFCF is the community arm of Falkirk Football Club and deliver innovative and diverse community programmes that remove barriers, promote participation and enhance learning experiences for every single person that attends. This CLE is organised in partnership with Social Firms Scotland. Book here.
Community Learning Exchange to Reachout with Arts in Mind (Thursday 26th September, Clackmannanshire)
Reachout With Arts in Mind is an innovative and inclusive award-winning charity which delivers creative opportunities, education and wellbeing to local communities experiencing life’s challenges, mental ill health and disability. Using expressive arts as the vehicle, the service delivery model promotes informed wellbeing choices and mental health awareness to maintain wellbeing and prevent relapse. Book here
Community Learning Exchange to Woodside Pantry (Monday 30th September, Aberdeen)
CFINE’s Woodside Pantry is a new development, the first in Scotland, opening as an alternative option to food banks. The Pantry scheme provides food for its members at a token price, allowing those on a low income to pick the produce themselves in a shop-like environment. The items in the Pantry are ‘weighted’ by value, making sure that all members equally receive meat or fish, fruit and vegetables and ambient food every week. Book here.
Glasgow Community Food Network Autumn Get-Together (Friday 6th September)
Besides lots of networking opportunities, you can expect interesting speakers and useful workshops on a range of topics relevant to community cafes – from hearing about the work currently being done providing nutritious food to those in need, to social enterprise models and public procurement tenders. Book here.
Argyll & Bute Third Sector Adult Health and Wellbeing Group (Friday 27th September)
An opportunity for cross-sector learning and the chance to influence and shape local strategies and plans that directly affect your organisation and workforce. Read more or contact Samantha, Argyll TSI for more info.
Peace of Mind’s new brochure ‘Re-imagining Adult Social Care: Building community connections and nurturing natural networks across Scotland’ is worth checking out.
Eat Well Age Well have launched their Lunch Club Campaign Packs ahead of UK Malnutrition Awareness Week (14th – 20th October). Find out more, including how to order a FREE campaign pack.
Auchinleck Community Development Initiative have a fantastic range of inspiring events coming up in the coming months, from community cinema to ‘share a skill’ to gala days. Check out their website Events page for more details.
The Larder have launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise £20,000 towards a second training kitchen – allowing them to train 80 additional youngsters a year and employ to additional members of staff. To donate and support the Larder’s campaign, see full details.
Food Monsters CIC has been awarded a small grant by The University of Edinburgh, for a joint research project “Better Mealtimes: Use of Language Assessment” through its Edinburgh Local Community Grants Scheme. This project will assess whether language can significantly influence young children’s eating behaviour and encourage them to taste new or unfamiliar foods and will take place in partnership with the university’s Psychology Department. They hope to learn what to say to effectively support young children to taste new foods.
Sports Social Enterprise I Touches is planning a new HQ in Glasgow and is calling out to other organisations keen to share space. Find out more here.
Morton in the Community involved in new playground opened at a Greenock care home, providing an opportunity for different generation to interact and encouraging residents to get out and about. Read more.
Won Connect provide a whole range of IT and digital services including: Graphic Design & Desktop Publishing, Web Design, Database Development, Content Management Systems, Business Technology and Open Source Technology, Mobile App Development, Social Media Management and IT Support and Consulting. For more details visit their website.
Accessible Tennis – Family Recovery Competition and Taster Tennis session is taking place on Sunday 1st September. Register here.
The Circle Academy Applications are now open
The Circle Dundee Academy provides a mixture of expert led sessions and practical learning. It will cover everything from mindset and people to governance and legal, alongside unique income-generating tasks and mock board meetings. Our first cohort is due to start on 23rd September in Dundee for people across Scotland. More info.
New report exploring the Community Empowerment Act from a public health perspective
With input from COSS, CHEX and VHS to this ScotPHN Report, we’re delighted to see there’s recommendation that support is required to equip both public health staff and communities in the empowerment opportunities offered by the Act. Read report.
Strategies & Consultations
Parliament Enquiry on Social Prescribing
Any social enterprises involved in social prescribing should be aware that a new Scottish Parliament inquiry is seeking views on the matter. The Health & Sport Committee will consider social prescribing with a specific focus on sport and physical activity. The call for evidence closes 30th August. Find out more.
Tender & Funding Opportunities
- Provision of Employee Assisted Programme (EAP) – NHS Tayside
- Peer Support Service (Alcohol and Drugs) – Aberdeen City Council
Check out Senscot Noticeboard for the latest Funding Opportunities, including: