Welcome to May’s Sport Social Enterprise Newsletter
Over the past month we’ve continued to witness a fantastic response to Covid 19 from the Third Sector. Many organisations have effectively ceased trading and focused fully on delivering charitable activities, whilst navigating funding opportunities which will not only enable their own survival, but also to deliver goods and services most needed within their communities. Amazing.
Acknowledging the importance of survival and responding to needs now, attention does need to be given to the future, and how to reset and recover. We’ve already started the conversation and on w/c 11 May, we will be launching Social Enterprise Reset Week, which amongst other things, will consider requirements in the year ahead for frontline social enterprises, how current resourcing of the sector may need to be revised and what services and support is required.
You can contribute to the conversation via our webpage or on Twitter using #SocentReset. Invites will be sent to Sport SEN members in due course, to participate in a Sport themed virtual meeting.
As always, keep in touch – don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, queries or would like more information.
Take care, Jude
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Senscot – Virtual Peer Support and Networking Sessions
As mentioned, we have been hosting a series of virtual peer support and networking meetings for SEN members. These have been well received and last Friday afternoon we had almost 50 organisations represented on our regular Friday afternoon session!
We’ve had two thematic Sport SEN sessions, the most recent focusing on the online platform Actify. This platform hosts a range of digital content designed to help people become more active. It is supported by Active Scotland who are encouraging wider use of the platform by organisations who deliver sport and physical activity. It would be great to see more Social Enterprises making use of this platform and the team at Actify are currently offering a free webinar series and one to one support to help organisations set up an online Hub, design and develop content.
Today we hosted a joint Sport and Health SEN session about delivering physical activity virtually. We heard about how two Social Enterprises – Weekday Wow Factor and Movement Evolution – have been keeping their members engaged through virtual platforms. This session was a little more interactive and participants got a chance to ‘awaken our inner child’ with some physical challenges!
Our next Sport SEN session will focus on the future as part of #SocentReset week. We are keen to bring Sport organisations together to talk about how they reset and relaunch in an uncertain environment and where social distancing regulations are likely to be around for a while. We would particularly like to hear about what level of service Social Enterprises think they could offer within restrictions. What’s the likely operational cost? Will there be a trading deficit? Do spaces need to be reconfigured? At what cost? It would be useful to gather as much information around this as possible to feed into a conversation about whether funding may be available to help support organisations to deliver a reduced, modified or re-focused level of service.
To enable better social distancing, Scottish Government recently announced a a £10m active travel infrastructure fund for pop-up walking and cycling routes or temporary improvements to existing routes. It would be great to see funding made available to enable other sport and physical activity to be delivered in a socially distanced way.
Funding & Support
The Senscot Resources Webpage has key information and signposting for Social Enterprise. With new resources coming out every day, we are updating this regularly.
The key resource for the whole third sector is SCVO’s Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub.
Scottish Communities Finance is offering interest-free loans of £3-£5k to SEN members as part of its SEN Bond offer from last year. The SEN Bridging Loan is available for all organisations who need money to bridge the gap between expenditure and receiving other forms of income.
Would you benefit from support to gain greater clarity, focus and insight into how you can lead and manage during this challenging time? The Social Enterprise Academy are offering Peer Response Groups and One to One Coaching Sessions with the safe space you need to help you move forward. No cost, all social enterprise, third sector and community leaders in Scotland welcome.
Just Enterprise have prepared a 5 minute Cashflow Crisis video to help you understand how to flex your cashflow. They discuss scenario planning, accounting for changed circumstances and addressing cashflow problems.
We’ve seen an increase in partnership working between organisations in response to Covid-19. This will continue to be more important that ever as sectors begin the recovery process with reduced resources and adapting to a changing demand. P4P have been busy developing resources: Collaboration during a Crisis and this handy infographic which summarises the most recent guidance issued by Scottish Procurement. Get in touch with the team for one to one support or to develop a new partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
sportscotland would like to understand how Covid 19 is impacting the work of clubs and community organisations across Scotland to help them develop effective support and guidance. Find out more and complete the survey here.
Messages about the positive impact of physical activity on mental health have been highlighted extensively during this time. sportscotland and SAMH are asking people to help spread the message by using #WeAreHere on social media to encourage people to keep active to support their mental health.
The Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity Approach is a partnership between Scottish Government, sportscotland, The Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012. As part of a £1m fund, The Sporting Memories Trust Scotland in partnership with Calderglen Community Sports Hub were awarded funding to address social isolation in older people and provide inclusive physical activities which would ultimately bolster confidence for them to participate in other sports activities offered by the Hub. Now more than ever, we need to connect with people who are isolated. The Sporting Memories Trust are encouraging people to keep in touch through their #TalkAboutSport campaign. Find out more on Twitter and you can watch their video with tips on how to engage and reminisce!
The Scottish FA have collated a resource for clubs focused on well-being and how to support football families at this time. Find out more in their recent newsletter . You can also check out their activity hub which has some fun exercises to help keep kids entertained and a handy infograph for young people to help cope with staying at home.
Call for Social Enterprise Partner
Showcase the Street is a Dundee based charity who run an arts and sport facility over three warehouse units, including sports pitches, dance studios, a roller hockey rink and learning zones. In 2018 they opened a Virtual Reality (VR) centre with a £60,000 grant and since that have gone from strength to strength in the area. The centre not only hosts public sessions where people can hire booths or book parties, it has also attracted major investment to address areas around health and employability skills using VR experiences. They work with young people who have ADHD and Autism and have seen an exhaustion of schools-based projects and wider interaction with PE Departments in Schools.
They are now looking to partner with an organisation in Glasgow to develop and expand their work in VR and related fitness and social impact. If you are interested, contact Showcase the Street Chair Fergus Storrier by email at email@example.com or on 07834 628 422. Find out more about their VR facilities on their ShowcaseVR Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShowcaseVR/
What Social Enterprises are up to…
Keep Scotland Active is an online resource developed for the Scottish youth football community, but accessible for everyone. Developed by not-for-profit social enterprise Youth Football Scotland, it inspires young people to remain active from home with a wide range of exciting and challenging activities. This goes alongside providing valuable support to help young players maintain relationships with their teammates and coaches, in addition to a structured programme of home training.
Fairfield Community Sports Hub have been operating a food larder from their Drumgeith pavilion. They have been inundated with families from the community and are volunteering on behalf of the NHS and Dundee City Council delivering food, medical supplies and other essential items whilst also driving patients to hospital appointments.Morrisons and Fareshare are dropping off food supplies; and Scotmid are kindly helping to fund volunteer travel expenses and hygiene items such as hand sanitiser and cleaning materials.
In the meantime, they are trying to keep all their hub members engaged through virtual workouts, activity challenges, photo collages to thank NHS and Key Workers, and virtual quiz nights.
Eat Sleep Ride CIC can’t deliver their usual therapeutic horse-riding sessions so are offering various online activities for their members. They are delivering the ABRS Rosette Awards which is a virtual learning course. They work with people from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds so are also making sure this available in printed formats and sending it out to members where required.
Karen Darke is a British Paralympic cyclist, paratriathlete, adventurer and author. She is writing a blog series called Inner Gold: A mind and soul supporting blog series to help you transcend challenging times. Each blog aims to connect us with some of the ‘inner gold’ we all have inside. Read or listen to her talk about her experience as an athlete and lessons that can support us during these challenging times.