The SENs: Friday 9th February 2018

The SE Census 2017 informed us that around 600 new social enterprises had been set up over the last two years. Caledonia Cremation, however, is like no other – Scotland’s first social enterprise funeral director. Caledonian Cremation has been set up by the community development charity Community Renewal Trust, whose work has demonstrated that every day another Scottish family falls into debt due to an unaffordable funeral. The focus is on simple and dignified “direct cremations”, plus advice about how to arrange a ceremony yourself, rather than at the crematorium. A flat rate of £995 makes it equal for all, rich or poor. The start-up phase, part-funded by Scot Govt and the European Social Fund, is based in Glasgow – but is available to anyone anywhere in the Scottish mainland.


Senscot and Community Food and Health Scotland (CFHS) are running two sessions for community food social enterprises and community retailers.  The morning session will discuss issues faced by community food SEs and agree future actions/support in relation to sustainability and growth. The P4P team and will be on hand to discuss procurement opportunities, while The Robertson Trust will provide one-to-one funding consultations. The afternoon will be a ‘sharing good practice’ session for community retailers. Register here or contact Mary (Senscot) or Anne (CFHS) if interested in either or both.


Senscot is organising a Community Learning Exchange with Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT). Participants will learn from the Trust’s Life Impact programmes: Football for Life; Early Interventions and Education; and Health Communities. The visit will deliver learning outcomes related to running health, well-being and social inclusion programmes, increased understanding of funding avenues, and a better awareness of running a successful community trust model. Spaces for the CLE are limited but can be booked through the EventBrite page.


The next Senscot Briefing aims to explore how social enterprise can deliver positive health and well-being outcomes through social prescribing (SP). SP enables primary care services to refer patients to a range of local, non-clinical services, often provided by the third sector. As part of the Briefing, we will be including a listing of all SEN members who engage with SP services. If you would like to be included in the list, please fill out this survey monkey form.


Community Enterprise has launched a competition, Brand for Growth, which will award a comprehensive branding and marketing package to social enterprises which can demonstrate good growth potential – either financial or in terms of social impact. Proposals should set out how a strong and strategic brand would help your business build its capacity, with selected proposals receiving a market audit, marketing strategy, brand and logo materials, and guidance with their web presence. Click here to find out more.


This week, Creative Scotland announced a further injection of £2.6m that will see a further five organisations added to the Regular Funded Network. Included in the 121 organisations affected, there are 15 Cultural and Creative SEN members that will benefit – with over £7.3m invested between them.


Dundee SEN is running a half-day workshop aimed at helping social enterprises in the area better understand the local inbound tourism market. Key themes covered will include identifying markets, understanding visitor needs and developing new services. The workshop is supported by Scottish Enterprise and comes at no cost to participants. See details.


P4P will soon launch its Collaboration Toolkit as a quick ‘go to’ guide to collaboration and to track your progress. Get in touch with the P4P team on to find out more. Upcoming P4P events include a roadshow in Inverness on March 6, as well as two workshops on collaboration and partnership in Dundee and Coatbridge on February 22 and March 2 respectively. For further information and registration details, visit the P4P Event page.





TENDERS: Catering Services for Dumfries and Galloway College, Supported Bus Service for Aberdeen City Council – Aberdeen City Council, The Provision of Tenancy Support Services – Hillhead HA.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Scottish Edge Fund is now open for applications, with a top prize of £150,000 available to grow your business. Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up and coming entrepreneurial talent. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Royal Horticultural Society are offering £500 grants to community groups who want to create a public greenspace. Find out more.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Aberdeen Harbour Community Action Fund is now taking applications for grants of £1,000 to £5,000. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Weston Anniversary Fund will award grants up to £150,000 to provide new or improve existing community facilities. 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: Life Changes Trust have a number of funding opportunities relating to dementia care. Find out more and apply.


EVENT: Community Land Scotland are holding an event to explore the future of urban community landownership in Glasgow next month. See more information.



Dates for the Diary


20th February, GSEN

21st February, Aberdeen SEN

22nd February, Forth Valley SEN


Best wishes,