The SENs: Friday 3rd November 2017

Today sees the launch of our third thematic Briefing Paper – Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight: The Role of Social Enterprise. Obesity has been identified as “a significant public health issue,” with Scotland suffering some of the highest incidences of obesity for men and women among OECD countries. To combat this, the Scottish Government last week published its consultation paper – A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity, and Healthy Weight, seeking contributions to the development of a national strategy. Our Briefing Paper aims to increase awareness of the contribution the social economy as Scotland attempts to become a ‘Good Food Nation’. Included are three varied case studies, highlighting the positive impact SEs can make at an individual and community level. Read the briefing here.


Our cultural & tourism coordinator Sarah attended a lively and enlightening Community Learning Exchange this week, visiting the Tower Digital Arts Centre in Helensburgh. Topics discussed included how cinema can help reduce the effects of cultural isolation, how to grow a cinema enterprise and how to use film to break down social barriers. The exchange will feed directly into our next Briefing Paper, which will explore the opportunities and barriers around community cinema. The case studies selected for the briefing are North East Arts Touring in Aberdeenshire; Driftwood Cinema, a mobile theatre group based in Dumfries; and Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy.


The next Community Learning Exchange will be hosted by Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership (LCFHP), an organisation which strives to promote healthy eating habits in local communities. This exchange will provide an opportunity to learn from their programmes, the relationships they have developed with public partners and the diversity of their income streams and how these can be applied to your organisation. Visit the EventBrite page to book your place.


Edinburgh Social Enterprise is hosting a network lunch later this month – ‘Social Enterprise: Making An Impact!’. The focus of the event will be the impact that SE is making locally and nationally, based on the findings of this year’s national SE Census as well as the Edinburgh SE Impact Report. As ESE are in the process of developing the next strategy for 2018 onwards, they are also keen to canvas views on priorities for SEs in Edinburgh for the next few years. Speakers include: Pauline Graham (CEO, Social Firms Scotland), Claire Pattullo (CEO, ESE) and Emma Galloway (chair, ESE). Book your place for the event here.


This week, GSEN member Kibble launched ‘Good’ – an interactive, welcoming and fun environment where local charities and social enterprises can promote their services and products, for FREE. Good is located within the popular Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow, providing a great opportunity for SEs and community groups to raise awareness of their activities, engaging with a wider audience. Events, training sessions, meetings and demonstrations are just some of the uses suggested for the space, all free of charge. Good will be open from 10am to 5pm every day. GSEN have produced this survey to canvas SEs on what the best use for Good will be. For more information, contact Mark MacMillan on


The final Tourism Masterclass took place in Glasgow this week.  Focussed on business tourism, which contributes £1 billion per year (20% of all tourism), the session brought together Glasgow social enterprises and partners to explore individual and joint offers to the conferencing sector.  Glasgow SEN intend to keep supporting the development of social enterprise and tourism in the city- if you’d like to get involved contact or Elizabeth McKenna





TENDERS: Woodland Management – Ayrshire Central Hospital – NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Management and Leadership Programme Pilot – Stirling Council, Groceries and Provisions (Award Notice) at East Renfrewshire Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Scottish Government’s Social Economy Growth Fund is now accepting applications for its second round of funding. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Well-being For Longer in Glasgow Fund is now open for applications. The fund supports community organisations deliver programmes enabling Glasgow residents to sustain their wellbeing and reduce isolation. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The SSE Highland Sustainable Development Fund looks to support strategic projects in the Highland region which create opportunities and empower communities. Fund awards range from £10k all the way to £1m. See details.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is looking for enterprising organisations to take part in the 2017 Coalfields Community Challenge. Awards up to a maximum of £10,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis at a Dragons’ Den style event. See details.


NEWSLETTER: This month’s Sport SEN newsletter includes news of an SFA Community Asset Transfer scheme as well as a partnership between NHS Lothian and Hibernian Community Foundation. Read the newsletter.


NEWSLETTER: Dundee SEN newsletter has the latest Dundee events, funding opportunities and member news. Read the newsletter here.



Dates for the Diary


ESEN, 16th November

PKVAS Meeting, 21st November

Inverclyde SEN, 27th November

Aberdeen SEN, 29th November

Clacks SEN, 4th December

SBSEC, 7th December

Fife SEN, 13th December



Best wishes,