Health & Wellbeing Newsletter – May 2019

Welcome to May’s Health & Wellbeing Newsletter.

We’re delighted that following the success of the Pockets & Prospects 2018 programme, a new programme is now underway in Glasgow. Over 30 participating social enterprises are contributing over 60 services to a ‘Menu of Activity’ on offer for the benefit of community anchor organisations and their local communities. See FAQ for more info.

Senscot has been offered SEN member bursary places for the CEIS September Conference.  Instead of paying £125(+vat) you would pay £75(+vat).  The following criteria applies:

  • Annual income less than £200k
  • 10 employees or less
  • Only one person per organisation may use bursary place

There are also 2 tickets available for Health and Community Food SEN members. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so email me quick if you’re interested.

Best wishes,
Mary Sinclair (Health SEN Coordinator)

Learning & Knowledge Exchange Opportunities

Social Enterprise & Community Cafés – Joint Thematic SEN discussion (Tuesday 18th June, Aberdeen)
Senscot is working with NHS Health Scotland to explore what role community café activity plays within social enterprise, examine issues around sustainability and consider different business models. The first session is scheduled to place in Aberdeen. Register / find out more.

Social Enterprise & Community Cafés – Joint Thematic SEN discussions 
Additional sessions with this focus are currently being organised in the Scottish Borders and Glasgow. Please get in touch with local partners (Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber and Glasgow SEN) or myself for more info.

Mental Health & Wellbeing and Employability – Joint Thematic SEN discussion (Wednesday 26th June, Kirkcaldy)
In response to recent work carried out by Fife Voluntary Action on mental health & employability, in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Fife SEN, we’re hosting an informal discussion exploring how to create a supportive workplace that meets the interests and needs of people who face significant barriers to employment. Register / find out more.

Member News

New Community Food SEN member – Kaleyard is Glasgow’s first social enterprise cook school. Their mission is to unite people through cooking, eating and sharing food together and eager to collaborate with others. For more info contact Sumayya.

New Health SEN member – The Haven is a wellbeing space with a yoga studio, healing room and a mindful room in the heart of Stonehaven. Find out about their Co-working Day taking place next month.

Our Community Kitchen in East Lothian exists to reduce social isolation and loneliness by welcoming people to eat home cooked food and enabling friendships to form and has recently been nominated for a Sunday Mail award. Read more.

Lorn & Oban Healthy Options feature in this great article in The Herald, showcasing the work they do and their involvement in the SPRING social prescription initiative.

Food Monsters CIC are delighted to receive a grant from Edinburgh City Council for a project with Granton Early Years Centre. The project will enable practitioners to learn good key language around food, run group activities and share information with parents to support changing children’s eating behaviour at home.

National Activity

The 2019 Scottish Government Social Enterprise Census remains open for submissions until 31st May. If you haven’t already, you can complete the Census here.
The 2019 Census results will be launched on 4th September by Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell. In the meantime, you can check out the 2017 Census Report.

New Volunteering Framework launched by Scottish Government earlier this month. This aims to reduce barriers to volunteering for people formal sections of the community, regardless of their background.

The next meeting of the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Health Inequalities will be a joint meeting with the CPG on Lung Health(Tuesday 18th June 12.15pm) Please contact Voluntary Health Scotland for more information.

Public Health Reform Scotland May Update – includes news on the Target Operating Model and Whole System Working.

Strategies & Consultations

The Children’s Future Food Inquiry has been launching its report across the UK, with a Scottish launching coming up soon. Download the Report from the Campaign website.

Tender & Funding Opportunities

Go to P4P for current tender opportunities or future opportunities and Public Contracts Scotland to check these out. Some examples include:

Check out Senscot Noticeboard for the latest Funding Opportunities, including: