Welcome to April’s Sport Social Enterprise Newsletter
It has been an interesting few weeks to say the least and one thing I feel the current situation has highlighted is that organisations need to be agile and able to respond quickly to unexpected events. We’ve seen examples of many Social Enterprises, responding admirably to the needs of their communities, and I think that this helps to demonstrate the true value of Social Enterprises who are embedded in their local communities and are delivering programmes, services and goods based on demand. I’m certainly inspired by the amazing efforts I have seen.
Keep in touch – don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries. I’m especially keen to hear back from members around any concerns you foresee coming out the other side of this and also if you would value some online peer support and networking sessions during this time?
Take care, Jude
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Senscot AGM on Friday 6th March 2020 unanimously approved the following resolution. In effect, this will allow Senscot to proceed with plans to “create a new merged charitable entity with Social Firms Scotland (SFS) to represent both social firms and social enterprises in Scotland – and that will embed Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) and their members at the heart of its governance structure”. We will keep you updated on our progress with these plans.
The impact on both physical and mental health at this time will be wide-ranging and extreme. Try to keep active if you can. There are loads of online workouts now being delivered and I’ve seen heaps of active challenges being shared by organisations, including some of our Social Enterprise members. Check out social media for ideas!
Our partners at sportscotland have provided some advice on how to stay active on their Covid 19 response webpage Here you can also find a joint statement from their Chief Executive Stewart Harris and the Head of Active Scotland, Andy Sinclair and more about support available for clubs and community organisations. Active Scotland have produced an infographic showing different ways to keep active.
Check out Sport England’s UK wide campaign Stay In, Work out – they are providing tips, advice and guidance on how to be active in and around your home. Use #StayInWorkOut to share how you are getting active at home!
SAMH have put together an excellent resource to help keep you informed and protect your mental health.
You can also join sportscotland’s twitter chat #Sporthour on Monday 6 April at 9pm where they will open up the conversation around physical activity and mental health. SAMH will co-host the session.
East Sutherland Athletics Club: Secretary David Bryan, has been in touch and asked us to share his plea to Scottish Governing Bodies for real leadership and support at this time:
“As the reality of the pandemic hits grassroots sport, it’s clear that both Sports Clubs and their Members are facing a major financial hit. Almost overnight clubs have lost some or more likely all of their income. Many will have wages to pay, or mortgage payments to meet. Members are losing household income at a rapid rate. At this unparalleled time there is a need for real leadership from sports governing bodies (SGB’s).”
David calls for the sector to lobby the SGBs and if you would like to talk about how you might work together with each other to ensure that you are supported to get out the other side, please get in touch directly with David.
Funding & Resources
With the ever-changing landscape, more resources are becoming available every day to try to assist organisations. We have set up a Covid19 resource page on our website and are reviewing and updating this daily to include information we believe will be useful to our members.
SCVO’s Corona Virus Third Sector Information Hub is the key resource for the whole third sector, including information on funding, employment / HR, volunteering, remote working and much more.
Caroline Dunn at Dundee Employment Law has kindly pulled together a factsheet on Furlough and Employment during Covid19. You can read the factsheet here. If you require any further assistance on employment matters, please do contact Caroline or visit their website.
Many grant funders have announced their plans in respect of existing grants and future funding. You can find a collated list of responses here.
The National Lottery Communities Fund have also announced that they intend to devote all funding committed for the next six months to addressing the current crisis. Find out more here.
Not a Covid19 related fund, but one for the sports! Aldi have opened their Scottish Sport Fund for the North East and the Highlands. Applications close on Monday 27 April – check out here whether you could be eligible to apply.
Sports Marketing Network are a unique organisation where physical activity and community sports providers can share best practice on how to become vibrant, visible and viable and develop innovative and enterprising enterprises. They are hosting webinars on Friday 3 April and Friday 17 April to discuss how to respond to and prepare for life after coronavirus.
The Social Enterprise Academy are offering Peer Response Groups which provide a safe and supportive space for you to connect and learn with others. Join a small group of peers for a free series of Zoom webinars, facilitated by an Academy facilitator.
Social Enterprise News
Social enterprises have been doing amazing things during this crisis – from getting out into the community and offering their services, to completely redesigning the services they already offer vulnerable people to ensure they can keep supporting them.
Aberdeen Football Community Trust along with Aberdeen FC have kicked off their #stillstandingfree campaign to support the wider community in the North East and provide information to and engage with people, particularly those in isolation, and offer practical support to those in need. They are working in partnership with Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) to make deliveries of food to reduce food poverty and supporting children during the school closures.
Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise are working in conjunction with Vibrant Communities and other local groups to help the people in Cumnock who may need support such as food parcels, chemist and grocery collections, or even a chat on the phone.
Beith Community Development Trust have developed Garnock Valley Home School 2020. It aims to provide a day of fun, educational videos hosted on their facebook page, providing fun topics, great videos and an amazing atmosphere. They have also been out in the community delivering groceries and prescriptions and have refocused their Lend an Ear service which offers a safe place for anyone feeling anxious or concerned to call and chat.
Venture Mor is a social enterprise run by Venture Trust. They offer outdoor wilderness therapy programmes for young people trying to find their way in life. They have changed their services from group-based personal development in Scotland’s wilderness & outdoors to working with smart technology and alternative tools, reaching those who need help most in their own homes.
I just thought I would reiterate the message that we have all been hearing – stay safe, stay home, save lives. Of course, it’s a huge challenge for many, especially those of us who are used to being out playing sports and being active, but we are all in this together and need to help each other by staying at home.
Jason Leitch, Scotland’s National Clinical Director, has been calling for sports to use the influence of their athletes to ask people to stay at home. You can see his message to the SFA on Twitter here SFA’s Twitter account and here’s Glasgow Warriors’ Rugby message to fans. If any of you can use the power of influence to spread the message, please do.
Scottish Sports Futures deliver ‘Sport For Change’ programmes in communities across Scotland and use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices. Programmes are focused at different stages of development and target communities that are vulnerable or at-risk.
They created the Education through Cashback programme in partnership with Youth Scotland. It’s their own training and accreditation programme that combines youth work and sport to enhance the knowledge of the ‘Sport for Change’ approach. They offer six practical and interactive modules which are SCQF accredited through Glasgow Kelvin College. They also deliver, non-accredited versions of the modules and offer a train the trainer model through ETC Tutor Training which they have recently aligned with sportscotland’s Sports Educator PDA. Find out more about this here:
At the end of February, they held their annual awards night which is an emotional and inspirational reminder of what can be achieved through partnership working and putting young people at the heart of everything they do. You can find out more about the inspiring award winners here.
They are going from strength to strength and are delighted to be recruiting for 6 vacant posts. These newly created roles will contribute to SSF’s overall strategic goals of Developing People, Improving Health and Wellbeing, and Strengthening Communities.
All job adverts can be accessed on Goodmoves, where you can download full job descriptions and application forms.