The SENs: Friday 9th March 2018

Six months on from the redevelopment of our website, we’re continuing to tweak a couple of features which, we hope, will be of benefit to SEN members. Our SEN coordinators regularly add specific resources to each of the thematic network pages, while the Map of Support offers a comprehensive overview of the support available to social enterprises in Scotland. We’re keen to promote SEN member activity, which is why we continue to develop our social enterprise events calendar. The calendar has been increasing in popularity since the turn of the year and is now packed with seminars, free workshops, training events and networking opportunities. If you upload your event to the calendar, we’ll promote the event through our newsletters and social media channels. Check out the latest social enterprise events near you.


Hot on the heels of our Social Prescribing Briefing, The Health and Care Alliance Scotland is hosting an event to promote and share learning on social prescribing and community link worker approaches. The Links Event comes at a crucial time for Integrated Joint Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships, third sector organisations, and people who use GP services. The event will include a diversity of delegates, including those who will be responsible for exploring how to best deliver a ‘links approach’ in their community – with a range of workshops to choose from. Find out more and register.


Tourism SEN members attended a Community Tourism Learning Exchange to Dornoch CIC yesterday. In glorious sunshine, the group learned about the tourism offer in the town and how the community is using and growing its tourist economy to benefit all. The benefits of developing partnerships between the local school, third sector partners and businesses in the community was important to note; creating meaningful opportunities for young adults, while at the same time increasing local knowledge of community assets to improve visitor experience. For more information contact


In September, Scotland hosts the SE World Forum – the event will be of interest to many of our SE community and we hope that as many as possible can attend. Senscot is in discussion with others about trying to make attendance as affordable as possible for SEN members (price per ticket currently £249 + vat). The organisers of the SE World Forum are now producing monthly newsletters in the lead up to the event – giving updates on the programme, speakers etc. One particular area of interest for SEN members will be the opportunity to participate in the ‘supply chain’. If so, register your interest here. We will keep you posted if there are likely to be bursary opportunities over the coming weeks.


Community Food SEN members came together earlier in the week to discuss the issues they are currently experiencing and to explore future actions to address these. Issues relating to sustainability, business growth and planning, and resources were the most commonly highlighted, with the need to work collaboratively emerging as a key element in addressing the current challenges. Participants also had the opportunity to chat to P4P and The Robertson Trust, and many stayed on for a discussion focussing on community retail in the afternoon. Thanks to Community Food and Health for working with Senscot to organise and resource these sessions. A write up of the day will be available soon.  For more info contact


A new fund is being established to help support the Year of Young People (YOYP) 2018, a year-long campaign of events designed to provide a platform to promote a positive image of young people and their contribution to society. The YOYP Lottery Fund will be launched in the next few weeks and will provide grants of between £3k – £10k, with a total of £475k being made available. All projects which support the promotion of young people are eligible to apply. Funding will be distributed via Heritage Lottery Fund and is expected to have two closing dates for applications – end of June and end of August. More details soon.




TENDERS: Social Attitudes Survey Vehicle 2018 – Scottish Government, Tune into Tourism – Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Catering Services at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery – High Life Highland.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.


ENTERPRISING LEADERSHIP:  This two-day programme draws on entrepreneurial theory and approaches and introduces growth mindsets to help you think about how you can grasp new opportunities.


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.


CROSS PARTY GROUP: A reminder that the next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Tourism takes place on Thursday 15 March, 1.00pm to 2.30pm, in Committee Room 3 at the Scottish Parliament. See agenda.


COMMUNITY SPACE: The Greyfriars Charteris Centre has launched a new space in their Centre where anyone can come and escape, rest, study, work, chat, meet, give, receive, learn and more!


NEWSLETTER: News from Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chambers.


Dates for the Diary

21st March, ASEN

27th March, PKSEN

28th March, FSEN

25th April, ASEN

26th April, DSEN


Best wishes,