Dear members and friends,
Our SE Conference is taking place on the 25th / 26th Nov and we’re heading for a sell-out with only a few places left. Last week we opened applications for this year’s Dragons Den – from social or community enterprises looking to develop new services or products – or amend existing ones. The format remains the same – with folk ‘pitching’ their idea – and highlighting its intended impact – for a £3k prize. Closing date for entries is Friday 15th Nov (5pm) – 5 ‘pitches’ being selected to go before the Dragons. Our Programme is just about there– with the theme being ‘Community Wealth Building – the role for social and community enterprise’. Keynote speakers include Aileen Campbell (Cab Secretary); Neil McInroy (CEO, CLES); and Joe Cullinane (Leader, North Ayrshire Council). See background info on Community Wealth Building. If you’d like to join us – see Registration Form.
NOTICES: We can’t flag all notices here, but more jobs, events and tenders available on our website.
The Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland (The Code) has established itself as the benchmark by which SEs in Scotland recognise one another – and has been acknowledged in our SE Strategy; our SE Action Plan; as well as in a raft of local government SE Strategies across Scotland. The core principles and criteria within the Code have also been reflected in SE Strategies elsewhere – the Republic of Ireland; Northern Ireland; and Greater Manchester amongst others. This Scotsman article gives the wider public the reasoning behind the Code – that any surplus/profit generated is used for public benefit not for private gain.
Last week’s article by Richard Litchfield exploring the failings of Big Society Capital’s business model has prompted a number of responses – including this article from Nick Temple of Social Investment Business.
Community Shares Scotland (CSS) provides support to communities looking to raise money using the community share model – offering hands on support to guide communities through every step of the share offer process. They have alerted us to a crowd-funding campaign by the Scottish Farmland Trust (SFT) – which is looking to increase access to land for small-scale, ecological farming. They are looking to raise £10k to develop a business plan with a view to renting land to new entrants and young people. The campaign runs until 29th November. CSS and SFT will be exploring the potential for a share offer in the new year.
Reminder: Media Co-op is running a one day ‘mobile journalism’ course for social enterprises on 13th Nov. ‘Discover Your Mojo’ aims to help SEs create quality content and videos for social media using your phone:
Frontline News: Edinburgh SE member, Grassmarket Community Project opened its new centre in 2013 – and has built a tremendous reputation for its work – picking up numerous accolades. In the new year, they will be building a new extension – to provide more activities, more social enterprise & more support:
Health SEN member, CCI Scotland, this week, opened new facilities at their base at Langloch Farm – including a Nature Trail, Shop & Playpark. The site also has rooms and outdoor areas available to rent as well as a fully fitted commercial kitchen available to rent to community groups and organisations:
West Lothian SEN welcomed Diane Cameron as their new SEN Co-ordinator this week. Folk will know Diane from her years as Senscot’s Sport SEN Co-ordinator. We wish Diane the best of luck in her new role.
This week’s bulletin profiles a community venture in Argyll that oversees the management and development of a local forest – that seeks to create opportunities for a sustainable future for the local economy. Kilfinan Community Forest Company (KCFC), set up in 2007, manages, on behalf of the community, over 400 hectares of the Acharossan Forest with the objective of delivering a range of benefits to and for the community of Kilfinan. These benefits include local employment, development of recreational and tourism activities, creation of a valuable educational resource for environmental activities, and provision of affordable housing opportunities – as well as a number of income-generating initiatives using the natural resources of the forest itself.