The SENs: Friday 2nd February 2018

This week sees the publication of Senscot’s January SE Briefing – Delivering Employability Programmes through Sport. This is the 6th in our series of SE Briefings and highlights how social enterprises can deliver effective routes to employment at a community level through sport-based activity. Senscot works in partnership with Social Firms Scotland supporting, respectively, the Sport and Employability SENs. The Briefing outlines key aspects of successful employability programmes, including examples of diverse funding streams, opportunities to access public sector contracts and potential routes to productive partnerships. This month’s case studies are: Let’s Get Sporty (Dumfries and Galloway); Morton in the Community (Inverclyde); and the Denis Law Legacy Trust (Aberdeen).


The SE Conference 2017 Evaluation Report is now complete and available to read on our website. The report features feedback collected on the day from grassroots social enterprises during lively discussion sessions – covering the SE Action Plan, including exploring the appetite for a ‘Buy Social’ brand/campaign; ‘extending the social enterprise networks’ and ‘early stage support for social enterprises’. The discussions heard many valuable contributions from delegates and are collated in the report. The evaluation section of the report includes responses to an online survey relating to the conference – and will be taken into account when planning next year’s event. Read the report here.


Since the SE Strategy was launched in 2016, a number of Local Authorities have/are in the process of developing local SE strategies. This morning we’re at a meeting in Forfar with a number of local and national organisations discussing a strategy and action plan for Angus. The discussions will focus on the support needs for social enterprises in the area and topics mirror the priorities for the national strategy – including ‘realising market opportunities’; ‘stimulating social enterprise’ and ‘developing stronger organisations’. For more information, contact


As part of both Lanarkshire and Dundee Business Week, Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is hosting two workshops on collaboration and partnership working. The events will be held on Thursday 22nd February in Dundee and on Friday 2nd March in Coatbridge. To sign up and for further information visit the P4P Eventbrite page.


Next week, Senscot will be delivering a session in partnership with Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chambers in St Boswells. The session will focus on existing and future Senscot Briefings including: Sport & Employability; Social Prescribing and Community Tourism. The session will be a great opportunity for us to engage social enterprise in the Borders to contribute to the future Briefings which will focus on key issues for the sector – with opportunities for members to have case studies included. For more, contact
Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk District SENs met this week and agreed to come together to create a Forth Valley SEN. This new SEN will link with each of the TSIs through Jennifer Robertson. If you are interested in joining the new SEN, please contact or


If you fancy a spot of tasty grub and a natter with your social enterprise peers in Glasgow next week, why not pop into the relaunch of the Unity Enterprise’s Spoon Café? Now situated in the Victorian splendour of the Maryhill Burgh Halls, Spoon Café will be previewing its new menu as well as announcing a range of opportunities for collaboration in the coming months. There’ll be music, a free buffet, networking plus the chance to have a nosey around the Burgh Halls, which boasts a range of multi-purpose halls and spaces. Monday 5th February, 11.30am – 2.30pm, 24 Gairbraid Avenue, Glasgow.




TENDERS: Summer Attraction – The City of Edinburgh Council, Organics – Establishing the Strategic Framework – Scottish Government, Stair & Communal Areas Term Cleaning Contract 2018-20.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Weston Anniversary Fund will award grants up to £150,000 to provide new or improve existing community facilities. Open to UK registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools only with a total income under £3million. Apply now.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Bank of Scotland Foundation is taking applications for small (£1-10k), medium (£10-25k) and large (£50-100k) grants for charities and social enterprises to improve communities and the lives of individuals. Find out if you qualify and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Weston Anniversary Fund will award grants up to £150,000 to provide new or improve existing community facilities. Open for applications until 30th June 2018. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Life Changes Trust have a number of funding opportunities relating to dementia care. Find out more and apply.


NEWSLETTER: GSEN’s latest newsletter is out now and includes a range of news, events and funding opportunities for SEs in the Glasgow area. Read the newsletter now.


EVENT: Brag Enterprise are hosting the next Fife Soup on Friday 2nd March at Brag Enterprises on Main Street, Kirkcaldy. £5 entry for food, music and a vote for your choice of community project. See details and register.




Dates for the Diary

20th February, GSEN

21st February, Aberdeen SEN

22nd February, Forth Valley SEN


Best wishes,