The SENs: Friday 13th October 2017

Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is kick starting their roadshow with a trip to Aberdeen on the 30th October.  P4P Roadshow event will be, delivered jointly with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Shared Procurement Service. The event is a fantastic opportunity to speak to the team about the range of services P4P offers, learn about the changes for supported business and find out more about the ‘refreshed’ RfB Third Sector Register.  During the session, you will hear about the impact of the sustainable procurement duty and the Councils’ commitment on supplying to the public sector including – how procurement processes can be used to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the local area, deliver community benefits and value for money. Register here.
Join Social Firms Scotland at their AGM and seminar exploring how social enterprises can deliver more person-centred outcomes for people with significant barriers to work. Hear from Social Firm practitioners about the work they are doing to support people furthest from the labour market, the PSP approach to employability and the opportunities for Supported Businesses under the broadened definition. Take a look at the draft programme and book your place here.
Fife SEN is to restart, with the first new meeting scheduled for Wednesday 13th December. The event will be hosted by Fife Volunteer Action at their New Volunteer House in Kirkcaldy, starting at 10am. The informal session will include a facilitated session on community asset transfers, as well as a chance to hobnob and build connections with local social enterprises. FSEN have also taken the decision to open the event to wider third sector organisations in Fife, with plans to look at Fife-based sub groups including tourism and employability, which would work in tandem with Senscot’s thematic SENs. FSEN are keen for the event to be well attended so please share the news with your Fife SE pals. More details to follow in coming weeks.
Interested in how owning an asset might further your social outcomes or help you develop a more sustainable business model? David Henderson has joined the Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) on a temporary basis covering East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire. David previously worked with social enterprises in Midlothian, and has experience of social enterprise in community arts and mental health settings. If you wanted an informal chat about COSS, or Part V of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act you can contact David on 07496 957019 or
Health SEN member Feel the Warmth CIC are promoting their range of heated kidney belts and home wear in time for winter. The belts, currently being trialled by Alzheimer Scotland, are designed to prevent body temperature dipping to a dangerous point in cold, poorly-heated homes. Feel the Warmth are currently working with Heriot Watt University to install trackers in the belts, which would alert next of kin to a perceived risk due to inactivity. For more information, visit the Feel the Warmth website or contact Jean Rooney on
Social enterprises from across the Argyll region are invited to gather at the Talking Social Enterprise in Argyll event, to be held at the Inverary Inn on 30thNovember. This is an opportunity to meet new and existing social enterprises in Argyll, share ideas, learn from others, and make worthwhile connections. See more details and register.
TENDERS: Provision of Legal Services Framework – Caledonia Housing Association, Transport Data Collection Services – Transport Scotland, Early Learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund – Scottish Government. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Life Changes Trust are offering grants for not-for-profit and community groups to provide creative opportunities for young care providers. Online applications should be completed by 1st December. Read more and apply.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Life Changes Trust also have a number of funding opportunities relating to dementia care. Find out more and apply.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Firstport and Edinburgh Soup have teamed up to provide funding opportunities for community projects in Edinburgh. Pitch your idea at a night of music, food and fancy dress at the Edinburgh Soup Halloween special. Book your tickets now.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: GameChanger, a public social partnership between NHS Lothian and the Hibernian Community Foundation, have launched a small grants programme for festive community events and activities in the run up to Christmas. Up to £500 available, with Easter Road available as a venue. Download the information pack and apply.
EVENT: Media co-op invites you to the first ever meet-up for co-operative digital, software and tech companies in Scotland. Find out how co-operative business can make good profits and change the world. Trongate, Glasgow, 16th October. Find out more and register.
WORKSHOP: Talk Action are hosting a volunteer management training session, to be held at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh, 8th November. Prices vary. Full details and registration.
WORKSHOP: HIE are facilitating a free workshop to promote the use of digital platforms for organisations working in the heritage sector. Find out more and apply.
Dates for the Diary
Aberdeen SEN, 18th October
SBSEC, 26th October
West Lothian SEN, 2nd November
PKVAS Meeting, 21st November
Aberdeen SEN, 29th November
Fife SEN, 13th December
Best wishes,