The SENs: Friday 2nd March 2018

This week sees the seventh in our series of Senscot Briefings being published. The Briefings aim to showcase the approach that social enterprise is taking to address a range of complex social issues across Scotland. Our latest Briefing – ‘Social Prescribing – the role of social enterprise’ –  highlights the value of social enterprises being involved in social prescribing in terms of the sustainable and person-centred solutions they can provide. Examples of this work are cited via case studies which include: Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) in Lanarkshire; the Care and Wellbeing Co-operative in Perthshire; and the Good Morning Service in Glasgow. The value and importance of the role of SEs are reflected in comments by Dr Chris Black (BMA’s Scottish GP Committee) “I believe that small, community health organisations are the best source of social prescribing as they are aware of the community and the facilities and services that are available.” See list of previous Briefings.


Earlier this week, Mary participated in one of the ‘Informing the Public Health Priorities for Scotland’ stakeholder sessions. Eibhlin McHugh (Co-Director, Executive Delivery Group for Public Health Reform) highlighted the importance of enabling a whole system approach, the need to draw on third sector expertise and the importance of empowering local communities to identify solutions. With developing a core set of priorities being a key part of the overall reform of public health in Scotland, the workshops allowed for a lively discussion on the draft criteria currently being developed. Agreed priorities will be available in spring 2018.


Sarah spoke at a Cultural Enterprise Office event this week which focussed on social enterprises and social businesses in the creative industries. Other speakers included the Braw Wee Emporium, a shop supporting regeneration, makers, suppliers and start-ups in the Barras; and Anna Devitt from Direct Devitt – a CIC providing education through comedy. Rachael Brown, Cultural Enterprise Office CEO, commented that they support over 100 businesses every week and the majority have a social thread.


Scottish Enterprise and Dundee SEN delivered a Tourism Masterclass in Dundee this week. Hearing from Dundee City Council about the East of Scotland Tourism Partnership, delegates heard about the new ‘Scotland’s Tay Country’ campaign that will allow visitors to plan their visit to the area. If you are in the Tayside area and interested in tourism, please contact to find out more.


Street Fit Scotland has released its annual report detailing the work it has undertaken to reduce the effects of loneliness and social isolation for people who have experienced housing vulnerability. The report outlines an extensive programme of health, fitness and wellbeing events designed to foster engagement and social inclusion, along with an evaluation of their activities based around participant feedback. Click here to read the full report.


Final reminder to register for the P4P Roadshow event in Inverness on Tuesday 6th March, delivered jointly with Highland Council, Commercial and Procurement Shared Services. You can also catch the P4P team at an event explaining the DWP Dynamic Purchasing System, organised by Social Firms Scotland and Glasgow Social Enterprise Network. Also, keep an eye out for the P4P Collaboration Toolkit, which will be available on its website from April 2018. The toolkit is a quick ‘go to’ guide to collaboration and enables you to track your progress along your collaboration journey. To find out more about the toolkit or the support P4P can provide on collaboration and tendering, contact




TENDERS: Garden Aid Services 2018-20 – Almond Housing Association, Tune into Tourism – Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Void Clearance & Cleaning Services – River Clyde Homes, Social Attitudes Survey Vehicle 2018 – Scottish Government. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Stirling Council has created a fund of £130,000 for community group, to enable them to deliver activities throughout Stirlingshire. Deadline 16th March. Find out about eligibility and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Voluntary Action Fund have opened their Workplace Equality Fund to support private businesses in reducing employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers in the workplace. Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Every two months, the Virgin Money Foundation is giving three local charities in Glasgow the chance to receive £1,000 – with awards of £500 and £250 for two runners-up. Find out more and apply.


CONSULTATION: The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) wants your views on the future of National Lottery funding for heritage. See consultation.


FREE WORKSHOP: CTSI in partnership with Senscot Legal to deliver a three-hour training session on the new GDPR regulations that come into effect on the 25th May 2018. This will be a practical session for SMALL charities and third sector organisations. Register through the EventBrite page.


FREE WORKSHOP: GSEN is working in partnership with Social Firms Scotland to host a workshop, with support from P4P, to provide more detail on DWP’s Dynamic Purchasing System, how you register and the opportunities and challenges it represents. Register here.


NEWSLETTER: The Sport SEN newsletter is out, with news of a CLE cancellation, funding opportunities and more. Read the newsletter.


NEWS: Carluke Development Trust (CDT) in South Lanarkshire receives £278,000 to bring the High Mill site into community ownership. Read full story.


Dates for the Diary

8th March, Community Tourism CLE

21st March, ASEN

27th March, PKSEN


Best wishes,