Following a series of discussions and a survey amongst thematic SEN members, it was agreed that we would produce a series of ‘Senscot Briefings’ on activities or policy areas identified by thematic SEN members.
Our Briefing Paper aims to increase awareness of the wide range of person centred products, activities and services developed by social enterprises to provide support for people living with dementia, their carers and extended family and friends. The Briefing includes case studies on three organisations – all taking different approaches to addressing the issues of dementia. The case studies are Talking Mats; Aberdeen FC Community Trust; and the Ally Bally Bee Project.
There is a growing recognition that community cinema, at a national and local level, can play an important role in tackling cultural isolation, improving health and well-being and sustaining community cohesion. The Briefing identifies the specific contribution social enterprise makes, bringing about positive social change through a range of activities. Three examples are cited using case studies of community-run cinema: Driftwood (Dumfries and Galloway); The Birks (Aberfeldy); North East Arts Touring (Aberdeenshire).
To coincide with the release of the Scottish Government’s consultation paper, A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity, and Healthy Weight, our third Briefing examined the role of social enterprise in tackling Scotland’s obesity problem. Three case studies were included to demonstrate how social enterprises can increase access to healthy food and physical activities – Enterprise Childcare; Lanarkshire Community Food & Health Partnership; and Broxburn United Sports Club.
The second of our thematic Briefings focused on the issue of Sport for Change – the idea that sport and physical activity can be used as a conduit for social change at an individual and community level. Specifically, the Briefing examined how social enterprises can contribute to the Sport for Change agenda through the running of a sustainable sports facility. The three case studies used in this Briefing were: Garioch Sports Centre; Showcase the Street; and Fairfield Community Sports Hub.
Our first Briefing – “Loneliness and Social Isolation; the Role of Social Enterprise” – looks at the contribution social enterprises have to make at a community level to reduce the most acute causes and symptoms of social isolation. The Briefing includes case studies on five SEN members – CFINE ; Lingo Flamingo; ROAR; The No.1 Befriending Agency; and Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company.