Health & Wellbeing Newsletter – October 2019

Welcome to October’s Health & Wellbeing Newsletter.

There are still some places available for SEN members interested in attending our annual social enterprise conference (25th & 26th November) organised in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance.

This year’s theme is building community wealth and wellbeing. We’ll be exploring the role of social and community enterprise and hearing from Aileen Campbell (Cabinet Secretary for Communities) and Neil McInroy (Centre for Local Economic Strategies).

The conference will again include the popular Dragon’s Den feature and we’ll be hearing from Lingo Flamingo and Weekday Wow Factor (previous winners) on their successful Jam Making Project.  The Dragon’s Den is now open for SEN members to submit the applications .

More conference information here.

Best wishes,
Mary Sinclair (Health SEN Coordinator)

Learning & Knowledge Exchange Opportunities
Joint Thematic SE Strategy & Action Plan Consultation Session (Wednesday 30th October 10.30am-12.30pm, Cockenzie House, East Lothian)

This national event is an opportunity for SEN members involved in the thematic SENs to help shape the next SE Action Plan. We really want to hear your thoughts so that the next action plan truly reflects the needs and wants of Scottish social enterprises.  If you can make it please let myself or Sarah know and advise of any dietary / access requirements.
We’ve held several events around Scotland already – see some of the emerging themes from these sessions.

SE Strategy & Action Plan Consultation – local sessions coming up

Member News
We’re sad to see Donna moving on from The Care & Wellbeing Cooperative but wish her all the best in her new role with Social Work Scotland!  In the meantime, we look forward to working with the successful applicants for the Cooperative’s current vacancies – Project Coordinator and Strategic Development Officer, Rural Community-Led Care & Support.

Check out current vacancies with SEN members Elgin Youth Development Group and others at social enterprise jobs page.

Angus Creative Minds is a centre for creativity for all, especially people experiencing health or social barriers to participating in creative activities. Learn more about this emerging social enterprise and how their development team and volunteers have transformed the old Voluntary Action Angus building from a working office to an exhibition area and creative workspace here

Recovery Enterprises Scotlandis delighted to announce the launch of a recovery café on 1st November within the Howard Centre, Kilmarnock. They are reaching out to invite all along to share in this key development and celebration, providing the opportunity to hear the vision and ethos of the café in providing low cost quality home cooked food and creating a holistic hub supporting the needs of all community members.  More info.

Go Vegan Govan are on the hunt for commercial kitchen space, can you help? GVG are a non-profit, volunteer led group aiming to make exciting plant-based food accessible to everyone despite social barriers and empowering people with knowledge. They’ll be incorporating as a CIC soon and need a space for their food Pop-ups and catering service. This would ideally be a private kitchen close to the Govan area available from December onwards, although they’re open to suggestions, including the possibility of sharing a space with another enterprise. If you have any leads, please contact Debs by email or on 07426327390.

Kaleyard will officially unveil Kaleyard Kitchen located in Toryglen Community Base next month. This is their new kitchen for providing ethical catering, cookery classes and other community work. Not only will they be offering the kitchen to other small food businesses to use at a reasonable hourly rate, they are also offering ethical catering to other social enterprises at a nominal price – a great opportunity to check out with Christmas on the horizon! For more info please email   

CFINE announce two new pantry style initiatives. The Best Start and Smile Project involves the operation of the Best Start and Smile Pantry (BSSP) which aims to allay the pressure on food insecure parent to provide healthy food for their children by offering a family-oriented shopping experience on a membership basis, at a fixed weekly token price. Alongside this, the CFINE Community Pantry will operate at the same venue, maximising the positive impact in the community. More info

Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Company, along with colleagues from SUSTRANS, recently trialed some disability equipment at Highland Wildlife Park to see first-hand what the difficulties are for disabled people when trying to participate in activities that able bodied people often take for granted. More info.  

Glasgow Caledonian University – Social Entrepreneurial Care Service Providers Research
It is acknowledged that many of the current social challenges faced by society are problems that cannot be solved by government alone. In response the Scottish Government has offered support for the development of an enterprising third sector by introducing several measures, including its public procurement policy. With the success of these measure sunder debate, GCU researchers are seeking social entrepreneurs who provide social care services to inform this debate by completing this short survey. For more info contact Alan Aitken.  

Let’s Get Creative! Creative Approaches to Self Directed Support (Mon 18th November)
Delivered in partnership between the ALLIANCE and MECOPP, this event will explore the scope for creative approaches to support within the framework of the SDS legislation. More info.

Social Investment Scotland Customer Stories 

Strategies & Consultations
The Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act would like as many people as possible to take part of in the consultation which runs until Friday 1st November. More information is available here and you can participate in the following ways:

  • Direct links to surveys available on their website
  • Connect with the review team by email or by phone 0131 313 8744
  • Get in touch with the review team to discuss how to make the consultation accessible for you

National Consultation into the provision of holiday activity programmes for disabled children and young people, and their families.
The aim of Shared Care’s consultation if to research the scale, nature and delivery of holiday activity provision for disabled children and young people across Scotland. This work will support future efforts to improve policy and practice, and the targeting of resources. Read more / complete surveys.

Tender & Funding Opportunities
Go to Partnership for Procurement (P4P) and Public Contracts Scotlandto check current and forthcoming tender opportunities. Some examples include:

Check outSenscot Noticeboardfor the latest Funding Opportunities, including: