Dear members and friends,
Brexit, as our sector is well aware, will mean the UK will no longer receive European Structural Funds – with the existing Programme being worth £780m in Scotland. In response, Scottish Govt is conducting a consultation to seek views on how any replacement funding vehicle could best meet the needs of our communities – closing date of 12th Feb 2020. Countless social enterprises and third sector organisations have benefitted from these Programmes for over 40 years. First set up to “invest in job creation and a sustainable and healthy European economy and environment.”– access to these funds has made an invaluable contribution to mitigating the disparities that exist in communities across the country. Senscot will be consulting with others in our sector with a view to submitting a joint response to the consultation.
NOTICES: We can’t flag all notices here, but more jobs, events and tenders available on our website.
Overnight places for our SE Conference – 25th/26th Nov – are now FULL UP. A ‘waiting list’ is now open – if you’d like to put your name down, email firstname.lastname@example.org . Day Delegate places are still available.
To some, the term ‘social impact’ is the obvious intention or outcome for any social enterprise. However, its measurement has become an increasing issue for many social enterprises – as they seek to evidence and articulate the value of their work to funders and/or investors. Recent research by the London School of Economics raises a number of issues that will be familiar to many in the sector – and questions if current social impact models can truly measure the effectiveness of a social enterprise.
Over recent months, our series of local gatherings have been taking place with a view to collating feedback from frontline SEs on the strengths and weaknesses of the current SE Action Plan – and what could/should be the priorities for the next Action Plan – due in April 2020. This feedback, from around 15 events involving up to 500 SEs, is being complemented by a short survey from Social Value Lab. The Survey asks a number of questions on the three key priority areas within the Action Plan – including a short section on core functions for a national SE representative body. Closing date for the survey is Friday 29th November 2019.
Senscot Legal (SL), this week, welcomed Karina Macleod back from maternity leave. However, sadly, Kirsty Noble is moving on to a new post with Citizens’ Advice Scotland. We wish Kirsty all the best in her new role – and thank her for her invaluable contribution over the last four years. The Senscot Legal team, for now, is made up of Karina and, of course, Annie Morris. With this being Trustees’ Week, it is worth reminding folk that Senscot Legal produced the well-received ‘Governance Guiding Principles for Social Enterprises’ last year. If you or your organisation would like to find out more, please contact Karina.
Frontline News: The SE in Glasgow 2019 Report, produced by Glasgow SEN and Social Value Lab, was launched in the city last Friday. The figures reveal some interesting contrasts with the national picture:
Reminder: CRNS Annual Conference takes place on Wed, 13th November at the Radisson Blue in Glasgow.
This week’s bulletin profiles an Aberdeen SEN member that is one of the core cultural organisations in the city. Station House Media Unit (SHMU), set up in 2003, has played a leading role in the development in community media in Scotland. Specifically, it supports resident in the seven regeneration areas in Aberdeen in radio and video production, traditional and on-line publications, music production and digital inclusion. SHMU also supports other disadvantaged communities, both geographic and communities of interest, with an employability and training arm, and a programme for offenders, both pre and post release.