SE & Sport Newsletter – June 2020

Welcome to June’s Sport Social Enterprise Newsletter

SE RESET week took place in May and there was a fantastic response to the sessions which were on offer throughout the week.

There was a real desire from people to talk about the future and how to reset and recover, in what continues to be a very uncertain landscape for everyone.

Thank you to everyone who took part, it was great to connect with so many people and talk about challenges, hear concerns and share ideas for moving forward in the future.  There a genuine appetite from Social Enterprises to work together, share their ideas and help each other solve problems, which is encouraging and refreshing to see.

We are in the process of collating feedback and the emerging themes into a report to be shared with Scottish Government and relevant partners.  We are also using this intel to help shape upcoming opportunities we will offer to our networks.

If anyone has any feedback they would still like to input in relation to #SocEntReset, or any queries more generally, please do get in touch.

Take care,

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Getting Ready to Restart Sport and Physical Activity

As part of SE RESET week, we facilitated a Sport SEN meeting, primarily aimed at members of the sport social enterprise network to provide an opportunity for social enterprises to talk about challenges, plans for the future and to receive invaluable peer support from each other.

A key immediate focus identified was around how to start preparing for facilities to re-open, ensuring that all the necessary practical and physical measures are in place in order to operate within Covid 19 related restrictions and health and safety guidelines.

On Wednesday 3 June, we hosted a virtual session on Zoom for the Sport SEN called Getting Your Facilities Ready for Sport.  Graham Finnie, Lead Manager from the Facilities team as sportscotland attended the session to talk about the guidance they have recently developed on this and to answer questions from members.  There was a great response with 46 people on the call and some great conversation.  You can read more, find links to the guidance and watch the recording of the session here.

Banks O’ Dee Sports Club are based in Aberdeen with facilities including a fitness gym, studios, indoor sports hall and synthetic football pitch.

Like most sports facilities, they are currently closed, and staff are furloughed.  Their General Manager, Iain Watson, has been busy getting the venue prepared for re-opening as soon as permitted, and has shared some cost-effective ideas for ensuring social distancing and additional hygiene measures.  Find out more here.


This week (1 – 7 June) is National Volunteers’ Week.  Volunteers’ Week is a time to recognise and thank volunteers for all they contribute to local communities, the voluntary sector and society as a whole.  Click here to find out more about how you can get involved.

The sport sector is particularly reliant on volunteers, many of whom are over-worked and sadly often their efforts are under-appreciated.  More needs to be done to ensure that volunteers are better supported in this sector, but in the meantime, please take a moment to thank volunteers for everything they do and if relevant, think about how you can make volunteering at your organisation more attractive.  I know there are many resources out there, but I pulled together Volunteer Management and Succession Planning Resources as part of my last role when I was working in New Zealand.  They are available online if anyone is interested in looking at these.

Concerns have been highlighted around a potential lack of volunteers for sport when it restarts.  This is due to a wide variety of reasons as a result of Covid 19.  If you are worried about attracting volunteers back into sport after lockdown, register for this free webinar, on Wednesday 10 June, organised by The Observatory for Sport in Scotland .  You can hear from a panel of excellent speakers and share your thoughts.

Digital volunteering was already increasing in popularity as a way for people to offer their time and services, often without having to leave their home.  This has obviously become one of the main ways to volunteer at this time and the Sports Marketing Network has written a really useful article called ‘Sports volunteering in the new ‘normal’ – the rise of the Digital Volunteer’  about digital volunteering and how to engage digital volunteers.

Funding and Support


The SCVO website is still the place to go for the Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub which is the key resource for the whole third sector in responding to Covid 19.

The Senscot Resources Webpage has key information and signposting for Social Enterprise.  We are also now regularly updating specific webpages for the thematic areas so you can find a new section called ‘Sport and Recreation Resources – Covid 19’ at the bottom of the Sport SEN Webpage.  There is a variety of guidance and resources which may be of use to your organisation as you navigate the current situation.  If you have any useful documents you would like to share, please do pass on to me and thanks to everyone who has shared information to date.

Just Enterprise have a range of programmes available to support organisations to navigate through these challenging times.  With restrictions easing, they are here to help your social enterprise get ready to restart.  Find out more here.

The Social Enterprise Academy has a variety of new learning and development opportunities including 3 new programmes – Managing Change; Leading Remotely and Rebuilding Income Streams.  They are also still offering Peer Support and One to One Coaching sessions. Find out more here.

What the Social Enterprises are up to!

There’s a lot going on in the third sector right now with many charities and social enterprises busier than ever supporting their communities.  Check out some of the amazing work currently happening and see how you might be able to get involved with or support some of these fantastic initiatives.

All Strong-Scotland CIC is a fitness gym in Perth.  They provide and promote physical activity, mindful relaxation, peer exchange and support as powerful tools of self-management for mental health and overall wellbeing.  They are shortly launching a community support app dedicated to the self-management of mental wellbeing in a safe community platform, with a particular focus on physical activity and peer exchange. Find out more about this new exciting new development and their call for content here.

Greenock Morton Community Trust uses the power of football to deliver a variety of programmes across the Inverclyde area.  In May 2019 they started a mental health project called Team Talk.  This was to provide a safe space for males aged 16+ to talk and feel included.  This project has had a big impact for participants and has luckily been able to continue throughout lockdown by changing to an online format.  Read their excellent article, reflecting on one year of Team Talk.

Bike Revolution are part of Outfit Moray, a charity and social enterprise delivering life-changing outdoor learning and adventure activity programmes to young people in Moray.  Bike Revolution have found themselves incredibly busy during lockdown hiring, servicing and repairing bikes, with stocks of their refurbished bikes being depleted!  They are offering a range of free bike services to key workers and delivering bikeability sessions to the children of key workers in local school hubs.  Find out more about what they are up to in their latest update.

Trust Rugby International (tri) have the goal of bringing together diverse individuals and communities by using the game of rugby in all its forms.  Normally offering face to face delivery, they launched a new online programme called tri Active.  It’s designed to encourage physical activity and reduce social isolation for people with disabilities.  Find out more and join in here.

The Advisory Group (TAG) have successfully secured funding to deliver their Game Changers programme which is aimed at adults with learning disabilities and are rolling this out across Glasgow from 1 June.  The focus of the programme is to improve access to sporting resources and increase participation in physical activity and enable athletes with disabilities to progress further in their sport of choice.  Find out more and see whether you can get involved here.

The Spartans Community Football Academy are based in North Edinburgh and work with some of the most deprived communities in the area.  Their vision is to deliver positive social impact and change through the power of people and sport.  They responded to Covid 19 quickly and impressively and since lockdown have been collaborating with many organisations within the community to support local families. Click here to watch their fantastic short video, giving an insight into their journey from a sports facility into a temporary food distribution hub.

Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club recognised that there was a significant level of anti-social and illegal use of off-road motorcycles in various communities within Fife.  To help combat this, they provide access to equipment and off-road riding for young people from disadvantaged areas, their main objective being to contribute to safer communities.  They are an inclusive charity and would like to be more accessible for people with disabilities.  They have been raising funds to purchase an adapted motorcycle or quad and to make necessary accessibility adaptations to their workshop.  You can find out more or support them here.

Eat Sleep Ride CIC have been busy adapting their services during lockdown in order to keep offering support to their participants, many of whom have disabilities and come from disadvantaged backgrounds.  In addition to this, they are progressing with plans which were underway to relocate and expand their facility.  They are participating in a competition run by Calor Gas, and if they win, Calor Gas will pay for steel containers they will turn into outdoor learning and storage spaces.  To find out more about the organisation, their facility development plans and how you can support their project and bid with Calor Gas, click here.

Fairfield Community Sports Hub are continuing to operate their food larder from their pavilion.  They received a grant from the STV appeal to set up and receive donations from Morrisons, Scotmid, Fareshare, JFKegs and Alexanders Decorators.  They are now taking referrals from various service providers across Dundee and are committed to continuing with their food larder service after the pandemic.  They are grateful for any donations and are keen to source a small van to help pick up large donations, if anyone can help.

And Finally…

Massive well done to Projekt 42 who are a member of the Sport SEN.  They won the Trailblazing Newcomer Award in the NatWestSE100 awards of 2020 .  This award is for newer social enterprises with under 3 years trading.  Great news! You can read more here.

We would love to hear from you and include your news in our communications.  Please send me updates for the next newsletter in July and our weekly Senscot bulletins.  Also remember you can post and view events and jobs on the Senscot website using these links.