SE Health & Wellbeing Newsletter January 2020

Welcome to the first Health & Wellbeing newsletter of 2020.

We’re delighted to share the first two in a series of Community Café information sheets designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning across the SENs. These are led by the contributions of social enterprise and can be found in the Knowledge &Learning Exchange section below.

Our final briefing of the year (19/20) will focus on social enterprises delivering health and well-being outcomes through creative and cultural activities. Following on from recent SEN discussions on this issue we’d like to get a better understanding of the work you’re doing and who you’re working with. To do so, we’ve prepared this very short survey – we promise it won’t take long to fill out.  Thanks in advance and please feel free to share with colleagues.

Best wishes,


Knowledge & Learning Exchange Opportunities

Social Enterprise Community Café Information Sheets

Scenario 1: Bringing in an external provider to operate a café within your premises.

Scenario 2: Providing employability opportunities within a real business for people furthest from the labour market. (Publication developed in partnership with Social Firms Scotland)

A further three Information Sheets will be available in the coming weeks and will focus on the following scenarios: Having a space available and considering using it for a community café; Setting up a community café from scratch; Making your community café sustainable.

A Healthy Enterprise  
We were delighted to contribute to the development of this publication (providing a policy environment overview and identifying social enterprise profiles from the Health and Sport SENs) for Social Enterprise Scotland and The ALLIANCE.

CFINE & Aberdeen Food Pantries CLE – Wednesday 19th February 2020, Aberdeen
There are still a couple of places available to visit CFINE (Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year) to learn about their partnership work with local communities to open food pantries across the city. More info.

Projekt 42 CLE – March 2020 (date tbc), Edinburgh
Are you interested in learning about the work of Projekt 42?  They work to help people feel and understand the connections between their physical fitness and mental health and the need to work on strengthening both through fitness, yoga and meditation. Register interest.

Highland Social Enterprise Network (HiSEN) – Thursday 6th February 2020, Muir of Ord Hub
For more information contact Iain .

Glasgow Community Food Network’s Meet Up – 7-9pm, Thursday 30th January, Project Café
Whatever your involvement in community food in Glasgow, you’re invited to come along for a wintery chinwag and share learning, ideas and support. More info.

Member News

Recovery Enterprise Scotland – Their Foundations Café in Kilmarnock has got off to a fantastic start following set up in Sept 2019. Check out this update about their approach and the impact that it’s had on volunteers and the local community.

Healthy Valleys recently published a useful evaluation report on their Community Health Café Programme. This was undertaken by University of West of Scotland and can be accessed on their website here .  

Equi-Power are currently working from a temporary Airth base whilst working in partnership with Stirling Council to develop a new purpose-built centre. In the meantime, find out about their supported volunteering activities with young people.

Life Pod currently have a vacancy for a Hoarding Practitioner. Check out this and more SEN member vacancies here .

Moray Wellbeing Hub are working in partnership with Parent Network Scotland to deliver Parenting Matters courses. More details here.   Moray Wellbeing Hub are also providing opportunities to become a Community Connector. This is a fantastic way to improve your own wellbeing whilst also supporting others. More info .  

Edinburgh Community Food are providing a fantastic opportunity to get involved in Fizz Free February. Find out more .

Eat Well Age Well – check out their Raising the Issue of Malnutrition and REHIS Eating Well for Older People training opportunities available in Aberdeen.

National Activity

Voluntary Health Scotland will be hosting 2 workshops at the Gathering 2020 in Glasgow this year.

Shaping Primary Care for the next generation in rural Scotland (19th Feb)

Demonstrating Third Sector Impact on Inequalities (20th Feb)

CHEX Conference 2020 – Tuesday 25th February, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
This year’s CHEX national conference will be a celebration of community-led health and a chance to mark 20 years of CHEX.  More info .

Health Issues in the Community (HIIC) training course
CHEX hosts the tutor network for HIIC and the tutor training for the courses. HIIC is designed to enable participants to develop their understanding of the range of factors that affect their health and the health of their communities and to explore how these factors can be addressed by using community development, that is by coming together to take collective action on the issues of importance to them. More info.

Strategies & Consultations

Scottish Government Social Care Inquiry  Closes 20th February.

Tender & Funding Opportunities

Go to Partnership for Procurement (P4P) and Public Contracts Scotland to check current and forthcoming tender opportunities. Examples include:

•         Care and Repair Service – Angus, Perth & Kinross (2020-2025) – Angus Council (Deadline: 30th Jan 2020)

•         Garden and Landscape Maintenance Services to varying open areas and tenanted properties of Ferguslie Park Housing Association – Ferguslie Park Housing Association (Deadline: 5th Feb 2020)

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

•         The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) Improving Lives