The SENs: Friday 16th March 2018

The SEN Community Bond Offer has now reached the halfway stage – with a closing date of 7th May 2018. Although going well, it still needs more individual and organisations from across the third sector in Scotland as ‘investors’. A single Bond costs £50 and will pay 2% interest. Once the target is met (£100k), a new SEN Loan Fund will be set up – to provide much-needed micro, unsecured, low cost and bridging loans to SEN members. Take a look at the Bond Offer – we’d encourage you to share as widely across your networks. You can apply for a Bond and make payment online via PayPal. This is your opportunity to reinvest in your sector as staff/trustees and organisations – so please consider buying a Bond – and help ensure that small and affordable loans are available to SEN members when they are needed.


On the back of a local campaign spanning years to bring a higher standard of sports facility to the Moray area, sportscotland has backed the Moray Sports Centre (MSC) project with £250k of funding. The regional sports centre will be located in Elgin, with phase one of the build due to commence in the next few months. Plans include a large multi-use sports hall, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, indoor cycling, as well as various studios, therapy and meeting rooms. Fundraising for the centre is ongoing, with local organisations raising funds through a dynamic range of events. If your organisation works in the area and can contribute, you can contact MSC through their website to get involved.


The Govanhill community in Glasgow are going to have to regroup once more if their dream of reclaiming the Edwardian baths as a community asset is to be realised. Having successfully raised over £6m to date to return Govanhill Baths to a thriving community hub, the project was in line for a further £2.1m from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grand Fund. The Fund has now decided not to back the project, however, in yet another setback for the campaign – which goes back 17 years to the initial closure by Glasgow City Council. With around 600 people investing in community shares to rescue the baths late last year – raising over £350k – we hope that a solution can be reached to keep this invaluable asset at the heart of one of Scotland’s most deprived communities. Read full story.


Cultural SEN member, Findhorn Bay Arts has raised over £180,000 to ensure the return of their award-winning Findhorn Bay Festival for the third time this September. The festival is designed to showcase artists of both local and international celebrity and will be staged at “unexpected spaces and scenic locations” across the bay of Findhorn in Moray. Supported by, amongst others, the Year of Young People Event Fund, the festival will create a new theatre piece based on Scottish literary work The Buke of the Howlat, creating learning opportunities for, and harnessing the talents of, over 300 local young people. A full festival programme will be announced in June. Read more.


School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland is currently scouring the country for 20 social entrepreneurs who want to grow their income and impact in the coming year. Jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme can offer a comprehensive package of support, including a learning programme, match funding of up to £5,000, plus mentoring and support. There is no cost to participants to enter the programme, which operates on three levels – start up, trade up and scale up. Each level comes with tailored support programmes and outcomes. To find out more about the programme and which level your organisation qualifies for, see here.


To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 last week, cultural and health SEN member Tribe Porty invited Nicola Sturgeon to the launch of their new venture – Tribe Women. Tribe Women aims to cultivate a “nurturing community of enterprising women to challenge the culture of business to the benefit of society as a whole”. The enterprise school and community will be supported by the Scottish Government and RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund. Click here to sign up for Tribe Women updates, and take a look at the Tribe Porty video featuring the First Minister’s visit. Congratulations to Danielle and all of the tribe!





TENDERS: Call for Proposals, Housing Feasibility – Community Renewal; School and Public Transport 2018 – The Highland Council; Therapeutic Listening and Holistic Wellbeing Service – Clackmannanshire Council and more.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The 3rd April deadline for the Scottish Government’s Self-Directed Support Fund is approaching. The fund aims to increase the delivery of independent support for people who require social care. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Co-op’s Local Community Fund is opening its next round of funding applications. Deadline 8th April. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Voluntary Action Fund has opened its Workplace Equality Fund to support private businesses in reducing employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers in the workplace. Grants between £5k and £50k are available. Find out more and apply.


NEWSLETTER: The Culture and Tourism newsletter is out this week, with news of a Community Learning Exchange to Dornoch, as well as thematic events and funding opportunities. Read now.


AWARDS: The Scotsman is currently looking for nominations for Scotland’s Food Pioneer 2018. Nominees should demonstrate a passion for Scottish food and drink and be an innovator driving the sector forward. Read more and make your nominations.


SURVEY: New venture Community Heritage Scotland is hoping to map heritage activity across Scotland. Please help them by completing this survey before 22nd March. Complete survey.



Dates for the Diary

21st March, ASEN

27th March, PKSEN

28th March, FSEN

25th April, ASEN

26th April, DSEN


Best wishes,