The SENs: Friday 12th January 2018

This week sees the fifth in our series of Policy Briefings on the work and activities of thematic SEN members in specific policy areas. This latest Briefing – Dementia: The Role of Social Enterprise –follows on from last year’s publication of Scotland’s third National Dementia Strategy. The strategy seeks to further transform services and improve outcomes for people with dementia and their families and carers. 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.


Last year, 25 social enterprises took part in AIM2Flourish, the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Final Year Glasgow Caley (GCU) Business School students interviewed SEs across Scotland and produced short case studies to showcase their social impact. Social Firms Scotland and Senscot will be working with GCU again this year – and are looking for 50 SEs to take part. If you are interested in being involved, please email Jayne Chappell. You will be asked to supply some basic (and brief!) information about your social enterprise which will be sent on to GCU. Here’s some further info for potential participants.


The first Health SEN meeting of 2018, will take place at Senscot Glasgow office from 10.30am-1pm on Tuesday 23rd January. Come along to share updates & discuss current issues with other SEN members, consider role of social enterprise in social prescribing and highlight what you would like the Health SEN to focus on in the coming year.  A member of the P4P team will be joining the meeting to chat through any partnership & procurement queries you have and provide assistance in signing up to the Ready for Business Register. The meeting will end with an informal networking lunch. Register here.


Senscot are working in partnership with GSEN and Glasgow Caledonian University to offer social enterprises the opportunity to benefit from a fully-funded student work placement. The initiative, supported by Santander, will be launched at an event on the GCU campus on Tuesday 16th January, where SEs can find out more about the project and apply for a placement to be organised with their organisation. The event will provide information on how to get the most out of a student placement, as well as offering help with advertising the place. Email to book your place. See more information.


Next Wednesday, 17th January, Senscot are hosting a Joint Thematic SEN meeting on Social Prescribing. The meeting is open to SEN members who are either currently involved or have an active interest in social prescribing. The main aims of the meeting are to identify current SE activity in social prescribing; consider the contribution of SEs in achieving local outcomes; exploring partnership opportunities between SEN members; and considering the support needs of SEs at a local and national level. The meeting will run from 11am – 1pm and will be held at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow. Register for the meeting through the Eventbrite page.


Nourish Scotland are inviting applications to their Making a Living from Local Food 2018 initiative. Now in its third year, the programme hopes to build a peer group of 15-20 participants from across Scotland to join a mentor and peer support scheme for new and recently established local and sustainable food entrepreneurs. Successful applicants will join regional peer groups of 5-7 members, all of whom will benefit from five peer group sessions and five one-to-one sessions with a local mentor, as well as other benefits. To find out more and apply, visit the Nourish website.





TENDERS: Advice Services – Renfrewshire Council, Cleaning Equipment Framework – NHS Lanarkshire, Close Cleaning- Abertay Housing Association Ltd, STEM Education Rooms – H&I Enterprise.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has announced a new funding programme. Awards up to a maximum of £10,000 are available to organisations who look to address skills development, increase employment opportunities and improve general health and well-being in communities. See more and apply.


CONFERENCE: CTSI, CVS Falkirk and SVE will be hosting the first Forth Valley Third Sector Conference for all its members and partners. The Conference will be held on Tuesday 13th February at the Forth Valley College in Grangemouth. Each organisation limited to two tickets. Register here.


WORKSHOP: Partnership for Procurement (P4P) are hosting a workshop in Inverness geared towards helping organisations prepare for public sector tenders. Sessions on procurement procedure, successful delivery and community benefits will provide a rounded overview of the process. Tuesday 6th March, registration is free. Register now.


WORKSHOP: Viridor are holding a free capacity building workshop for Glasgow-based SME’s and social enterprises. The workshop will focus on legal obligations, business benefits of beyond compliance and free sources of help. Thursday 15th February. See more information and register.


EVENT: Campaign to End Loneliness (Scotland) are co-hosting the Glasgow Loneliness Summit with Glasgow City Council. The summit will take place on Tuesday 6th February and is free to register. Speakers include Brian Sloan of Age Scotland, Cathy Steer of NHS Highlands and Tom Binns of SEN Member Piano City. See more info and register.


SURVEY: A survey which hopes to help develop a National Framework to Grow Food Tourism in Scotland is live online, and looks to gauge eating and consumer habits around food. Take the survey now, which closes Monday 22nd January. Link to survey.



Dates for the Diary


23rd January, Health SEN Meeting

31st January, Edinburgh Social Enterprise AGM



Best wishes,