The SENs: Friday 10th April 2015

The aims of the Health SEN and Roundtable are very much about promoting the work of Health-based social enterprises and the contribution they can make in improving health inequality in the communities in which they work. This week, John Cassidy – Health Roundtable member and Volunteer Director of Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing (SCHW) – has an article in the Herald, highlighting the need to ‘examine the current imbalance between the resourcing of the medical (fix me) and social (help me) models of health improvement’ – and the role community/social enterprises can play in redressing this imbalance. He goes on; “We need to help empower people to help themselves. We need to focus on purpose not outcomes and we need to manage value, not cost”. SCHW has made an offer to Scottish Govt to establish a world leading community-led approach to help deliver our national strategy on health and wellbeing improvement and reduce health inequalities. Reminder: The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015 is underway. This survey is seeking to capture the size, scale and reach of SE in Scotland – for the first time. This is an important milestone for SE in Scotland and it would be very much appreciated if you could take 15/20 mins to fill in the survey. See background. Correction: Last week’s story on Dundee SEN being awarded funding to enable start-up SEs to develop their ideas via a grant programme in the city should have read ‘The Rank Foundation’. Our apologies for the ‘typo’. See press release Last Monday saw Sport SEN members participating in the International Day for Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) – and appeared to be a real success. You can follow the twitter activity here. The new Village SOS programme has now been launched in Scotland. The focus of the programme in Scotland is about helping communities – in rural areas – take forward a project or enterprise with support from communities who have already been through this experience – with additional technical support provided as necessary. If you’re interested in participating or feel you could contribute to the programme as a mentor, see details here. Glasgow SEN has been approached by a member looking to partner or jointly bid for an employability contract in East Ayrshire. If interested, contact Elizabeth McKenna.    Latest Edinburgh SEN Newsletter out this week. Items include: appointment of new Development Officer; ESEN members survey; as well as news from members. See more. The new Scottish Sport Relief Home and Away Programme is now open for applications. The programme, funded by Scottish Govt and Sports Relief, is part of Legacy 2014 and will be administered by Foundation Scotland. The programme will support organisations and projects working across Scotland using the power and inspiration of sport. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to groups and organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000. Completed applications and supporting documents must be received by 4.00pm on 27 April 2015 with decisions expected in June. See details. Notices TENDERS: Provision of an Employee Counselling Service – South Lanarkshire Council, Litter and fly-tipping: best practice review – Zero Waste Scotland, Community Meals – Scotland Excel and ICT Digital Skills Transition Training Fund for The Highland and Islands – Skills Development Scotland. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.
WORKSHOP: There are limited spaces available for the ‘Introduction to Selling’ workshop from Just Enterprise in Kilmarnock on the 28th April. This FREE full day introductory workshop is ideal for those responsible for generating income on a day-to-day basis or those who must now adapt to less grant funding.

COURSE: Free fully funded Measuring Social Impact course running on Tuesday 21st April in Inverurie for third sector and public sector organisations in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. WORKSHOPS: Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre / Viridor will be holding three free workshops for social enterprise and SME’s at the end of April. Topics are ‘Project Management – Delivering Planned Objectives’, ‘Sales Fundamentals’ and ‘Stress Less at Work: Techniques to Manage Stress’. SKATEPARK: Dundee based Factory Skatepark has taken over ‘Pirate Island’ which currently houses an adventure area, basketball and football area, party rooms and a café. This will bring the facilities into third sector hands and make them more accessible to community groups.    Dates for the Diary
Falkirk SEN, 16th AprilInverclyde SEN, 28th AprilFalkirk SEN, 13th MayDundee SEN AGM, 28th MayGlasgow SEN, 3rd JuneFalkirk SEN, 8th JuneFalkirk SEN, 7th July Best wishes, Kim