Our annual event – ‘Community Wealth Building – the role for social and community enterprise’ – took place this week at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld. Over 140 delegates participated in, we hope, a varied and interesting programme. In recent years, this event has been run them in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance – which reflects an increasing convergence in our work, as well as extending the reach of our respective networks to over 2000 social and community enterprises. We hope that by building connections, sharing experiences and learning from one another, organisations will be better placed to serve the communities in which they work. In addition to the keynote addresses on Community Wealth Building, Day 1 highlights included Dragons’ Den winner – Giraffe Healthcare; Audience Prize winner – Rise Glasgow; and evening entertainment – SoundSational. Day 2 saw three impressive presentations from Pockets and Prospects participants – with the conference ending with discussions on the next SE Action Plan – including Emerging Themes from recent consultation events.
NOTICES: We can’t flag all notices here, but more jobs, events and tenders available on our website.
Job Ad: Senscot is now recruiting for a new SE and Sport Co-ordinator – to facilitate and support the growing volume of activity amongst Sport SEN members – as well as liaising closely with sportscotland. The post is funded by sportscotland and Scottish Govt with funding in place, in the first instance, through to March 2021. Closing date for applications in Thursday 19th Dec – with interviews due take place in week beginning 13th January 2020. See full Application Pack.
The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government & Communities Committee is planning future work into community wellbeing and is keen to hear ideas and suggestions for what they could/ should focus on. They have set up the engage.parliament.scot website to allow people to share their ideas. Worth a look.
The Scottish Human Rights Commission and Nourish Scotland have recently launched a new animation on the Right To Food in Scotland. The 90 second animation explains what the Right to Food means, and what’s needed to make it real for people in Scotland. The animation echoes previous calls made by both organisations to put the Right to Food directly into Scotland’s laws.
Frontline News: The work of Unlock Employment was covered in this week’s Herald. The Govan-based community employment agency has helped more than 60 people into work over the last year:
Total Homes, the Glasgow-based co-operative supporting the circular economy in Scotland – has, in its first year, been able to donate around 1,000 Christmas gifts to locally-based organisations in Glasgow:
This week’s bulletin profiles a Development Trust that manages and develops village facilities for the benefit of the community – Muir of Ord, 10 miles west of Inverness. The Muir of Ord Development Trust was established in 2011 to take ownership of the Village Hall on behalf of the community – having been a community venue since 1893. Since then the Development Trust has gone onto develop the Old Tarradale School into The Muir Hub. The Hub includes versatile meeting rooms, an auditorium which features retractable seating and stage with cinema and sound system – as well as hosting Café Artysans – run by the Calman Trust, a social enterprise providing training for local young people.
Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland (Senscot) is registered as a Scottish charity under Scottish Charity No. SC029210 and as a limited company under Company Registration No. SC278156. It's registered office is at 21 Walker Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HX.