Social Enterprise Health & Wellbeing Newsletter – June 2020

One of the key themes emerging from last month’s Social Enterprise Reset week was mental health and wellbeing, with social enterprises highlighting concerns in relation to their workforce, the individuals who access their services and activities and their local communities.

It was highlighted that it’s currently very difficult to assess the extremity of the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on future mental health, partly due to many organisations not having access to the usual environment they work in to get a sense of the landscape and scale and type of issues.  However, accompanying this was a recognition that collaboration and partnership working is crucial in moving forward to ensure that the mental health and wellbeing challenges in the future are addressed.

Over the coming months we will be developing a series of SEN sessions focusing on mental health & wellbeing and are keen to hear from SEN members and other stakeholders who are interested in working with us in shaping these sessions.

The first session will focus on supporting your workforce in returning to work post lockdown and we’d love to hear from any social enterprise that have developed approaches to this that they would like to share with others.

Look forward to hearing from you on this, and in the meantime you can check out the full SE Reset Report.

Best wishes,



Virtual SEN Sessions coming up

Planning for Re-opening: For customers and visitors Friday 26th June (10.30-11.30am)

Following on from Social Enterprise RESET week we’re facilitating a series of sessions focusing on moving forwards and planning for re-opening. There are still some spaces available for tomorrow’s session. Booking details here.

Rural SEN meeting via Zoom.  Tuesday 30th June (2.00-3.00pm)

Hosted by Inspiralba, this session will focus on guidance around reopening, and ensuring the safety of volunteers, staff, and customers. We will also discuss scope to support virtual Learning Exchanges to learn from each other. As always, there will be an open floor for you to raise issues, share information, and ask questions. Check out the Rural Social Enterprise Hub to view previous meeting notes. Register here.

Community Food SEN meeting via Zoom:  The value of partnership working in food provision. Wednesday 1st July (10.00-11.30am)

This session will focus on the practicalities of collaborating and forming strong partnerships to improve food provision within a local area, exploring the challenges experienced and barriers overcome. Angela Moohan from The Larder in West Lothian will talk about their approach to collaborating to develop a local network and hub and Riikka Gonzalez (Sustainable Food Cities Coordinator) will talk about the work of the Food for Good Glasgow (FGG) network and the Glasgow City Food Plan being developed.  There will also be an opportunity to hear about the support available from P4P. To register email Mary.

Employability SEN meeting via Zoom. Thursday 2nd July (1.30-2.30pm)

Rachel Le Noan (SCVO) will be giving an overview of the SCVO/TSEF partnership.  Rachel sits on Govt’s Employability Covid-19 Response – Operational Group and will provide some background on the group and importantly Govt’s current thinking about employability, their priorities and future direction (and how social enterprise might fit with this).  Email Jayne to book a place.


Other learning & knowledge exchange opportunities

Keeping the Conversation Going: Loneliness and Social Isolation (Wednesday 1st July, 10.30-12.00pm)

VHS hosted free online event in collaboration with members of  Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland with the spotlight on creative responses to loneliness and social isolation at this time. Register here.

Webinar on Community food growing post lockdown (Wednesday 1st July, 10.30-12.00pm)

A webinar organised by Sustainable Food Places and Sustain for Capital Growth and Good to Grow gardens and food growing networks to stay connected, share latest updates and developments, how gardens and networks are responding and adapting to the gradual lifting of social distancing and to identify areas for support and collaboration. More info.

ihub’s Transformational Redesign Unit series of discussion sessions

These sessions will explore how the health and social care system is responding and adapting in the context of COVID-19 and provide an opportunity to discuss emerging insights as the system moves from crisis response into recovery and renewal. These sessions are aimed at anyone working within the health and social care system (including in community settings, third sector and independent sector organisations, and housing), and will be of interest to those involved in planning for the future. Session 1 has already taken place but see below for details of the next two sessions.

  • Session 2: Collaboration in the context of planning and commissioning for the health and well-being of communities.Tuesday 14 July (10.00-11.00am)  Register here.
  • Session 3: InclusionTuesday 28 (00-2.00pm) Register here.

Intergenerational National Network future sessions

The provisional dates set for the next two virtual meetings which will take place via Zoom are:

  • Thursday 30th July with the session focusing on the arts.
  • Thursday 24th September with the session focusing on evaluation.

More details will be available soon, but in the meantime please email Pat.


Member News

Animalia CIC are a new social enterprise supporting sport and fitness in local communities and design & make high quality sportswear known as Animalia Apparel. They currently have a questionnaire to find out why and what people look for in sportswear / fightwear, when they buy it, where they get it from and are keen to hear your suggestions for championing a person or people who are making a difference and deserve recognition. Check out their questionnaire and find out more about their work here.

A new partnership was formed between Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE), One Seed Forward, Tullos Community Garden, and Granite City Good Food to launch an initiative called Keep Growing Aberdeen. Keep Growing Aberdeen is delivering growing packs to the residents of Aberdeen, including seedlings, compost, plant pots, and instructions on how to get started. The project aims to reduce the negative effects of coronavirus, insecurity around food supply and people are experiencing cabin fever due to the confinement at home. Contact with nature is proven to improve mental health, which makes food growing a great remedy for coping with these unusual times. More information.

Eat Sleep Ride CIC have a fantastic new SQA opportunity that will be available from September. This is a newly designed 10 week course which is aimed at students aged over 16 years with learning disability or other support needs, find out more here and view poster.

Edinburgh Community Food are supporting the Best Start Food scheme by supplying a substantially enhanced healthy food box for those in receipt of the Best Start Food Grant. This provides exceptional value for money to ensure young families have access to an affordable, healthy diet. See leaflet for more info. The team at ECF have pulled together recent feedback from their communities and customers, and what encouraging comments for the whole team. It’s worth a read even if only to bring a smile to your face.

Kaleyard Cook School & Kitchen CIC are currently offering Sumayya’s Andaza Kitchen. This is a real Pakistani food takeaway available on Fridays and Saturdays and will raise money for their cook school to stay afloat. More information.

Life Pod are in the process of developing online materials to help people who are affected by hoarding and other conditions that result in clutter and chronic disorganisation.  Email Linda for more info.

Roar, Connections for Life currently have a vacancy for an Operations Manager. More info.

Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing’s new vision for community action on health is now available to view. Check out their Blueprint for a Healthier Scotland.


Other News

Poverty and Inequality Commission Food Insecurity report was recently published. Based on a survey of 211 community organisations across Scotland last month, it looks at the local action taken in Scotland to tackle food insecurity during the Covid-19 crisis.

Inclusion Scotland currently have a survey on the experiences of disabled people shielding or self-isolating.  Deadline for completion is 10:00am Monday 29 June.

Shared Care Scotland have produced resources, including case studies, to support respite services to open-up again – Short breaks & COVID-19: Safely returning to business.

Food Standards ScotlandCOVID-19 – Guidance for food business operators (FBOs) and their employees (June 20)

NIHR Call for Longer Term Covid-19 Research – closes 23 June 2020; 2nd wave 14 July 2020.          

Seeking applications to better understand and manage the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic beyond the acute phase, to help mitigate the impact of subsequent phases of the pandemic and its aftermath. This new call will sit alongside the rolling call, with a specific focus on research to inform policy and the recovery of the health, care and public health systems from the pandemic, with outcomes typically within 24 months.  More info.

ISCF Healthy Ageing Challenge Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme Outline Stage – closes 16:00 on 7 July 2020.

Awards up to £2 million (100% fEC) are available for academics based at UK Research Organisations to conduct research into social, behavioural and design aspects of healthy ageing. Proposals are expected to critically engage with businesses, including social enterprises, to enhance their understanding of the needs and opportunities of an ageing population, help inform innovators and to open up creative spaces for businesses and consumers in an ‘ageing market.’ The public sector and charities should also be engaged where appropriate.   More info.


Covid-19 Support & Funding

The Senscot Resources Webpage has key information and signposting for Social Enterprise.  With new resources coming out every day, we are updating this regularly.

The key resource for the whole third sector is SCVO’s Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub, this includes information on Covid-19 related funding.

For more information on thematic support you can check out the Health SEN or Community Food SEN pages.