The SENs: Friday 10th February 2017

Senscot works to support 5 Thematic SENs – Health; Community Food; Sport; Culture and Creative; and Employability (supported by Social Firms Scotland) – with over 400 SEs actively engaged. The last year has seen a focus on specific priority areas: health & social care integration, self-directed support, sport for change, tourism, food poverty etc. This approach will continue in the year ahead – but we are also looking to delve deeper. We have put together a tick list’ for Thematic SENs members to let us know the issues you would like to focus on at future meetings. These could be on existing activities or issues you are focusing on – or something else you’d like to explore through the exchange of learning and experiences with other SEN members. If you could take 2 mins to tick the list – it would be greatly appreciated. This week saw the launch of Edinburgh Social Enterprise (formerly ESEN). The launch took place at Greyfriars Charteris Centre – officially launching the new ESE logo and website and unveiling their new extended network membership. Edinburgh Social Enterprise is keen to work with all individuals and organisations who have an interest in supporting the growth of the social enterprise sector in Edinburgh and this is reflected in their new membership categories. Well done to all concerned! Sarah, Local & Cultural SE Co-ordinator, attended the Scottish Government Creative Industries Advisory Group this week. Industry experts from across Scotland’s creative industries met for the first time to discuss how to make the sector stronger and enhance support.  Also, this week, Sarah facilitated a Creative Hubs Learning Exchange in Edinburgh, visiting Creative Edinburgh, Out of the Blueprint and Edinburgh Palette – with attendees from Creative Hubs around Scotland.  If you have an idea for a cultural or creative Community Learning Exchange, please contact  Congratulations to Sport SEN member, Broxburn United Sports Club, following a major building programme at the Albyn Park site, ‘Room for All’ provides the space to deliver a wide range of sporting and healthy living activities, including Dance, Taekwondo and Yoga. With £580,000 funding from Social Investment Scotland (SIS), The Big Lottery Scotland, The Robertson Trust and Sportscotland, Room for All will enable the sports club to widen the sporting and educational opportunities it provides to the community, see more Supported by the Community Learning Exchange Programme, Senscot is organising a study visit to Centrestage Music Theatre CIC to learn about their distinct approach to dignified food provision. The recent What Works Scotland’s research report outlines how they use food and the arts to engage people, help to improve their life chances and (re)build communities, see flyer.  Get in touch with Mary if you’d like to join the visit. Health SEN member, Healthy Options, shared its newsletter this week which highlights its evolving story – which includes the benefits of strong partnerships, securing a strong and flexible staff team and developing evaluation systems that allow statutory partners and funders to recognise the value of their activities. Healthy Options has promoted the value of social prescribing for many years – so it’s great to see recent research on GP social prescribing. The research highlights a reduction in GP and hospital workload, saving NHS money and improving the wellbeing and mental health of patients involved.  Whilst NHS England is considering the further development of social prescribing, the Scottish Government is committed to recruiting at least 250 Community Link Workers to work in GP surgeries and direct people to local services, with VHS recently scoping the third sectors contribution towards this.  Notices TENDERS: Education and Health & Social Care Transport Framework Agreement – The City of Edinburgh Council; Specialist Children Services – Pre and Post Bereavement Services – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Challenge Fund – Childcare – Grant Opportunity – Stirling Council.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING: As part of the ‘ScotRail in the Community’ initiative, a £40,000 annual Cultural and Arts Fund to help enable communities to flourish. The ScotRail Foundation can provide grants of between £500 and £2,000. EVENT: New Approaches in Social Transport: The PSP Model – SPT National Conference.  The event will take place on 1st March 2017 in Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. In 2014, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and the West of Scotland Community Transport Network, embarked on Scotland’s first Community Transport Strategic Public Social Partnership. The aim was to involve service users and community transport providers more deeply as equal partners in designing and piloting new services, to make sure they met local community, health and social need, register here LEARNING: A range of opportunities for learning with the Social Enterprise Academy in the north of Scotland. BUILD IT AWARD: The next deadline for Build It awards is Monday 13 February 2017.  Fully completed applications must be submitted no later than 12 noon. FESTIVAL: Tickets are now available for Edinburgh Students Arts Festival 2017 which will run from Thursday 9th February – Friday 3rd March. Make sure you get your tickets now. Full programme is available. NEWSLETTERS: Cultural and Creative SEN, Employability SEN, Edinburgh Social Enterprise,  Dundee SEN and Glasgow SEN  Dates for the Diary
Clacks SEN, 20th FebruaryScottish Borders SEC, 9th MarchMoray SEN, 13th April Best wishes,