The SENs: Friday 10th June 2016

SE Representatives are working with Scottish Govt to co-produce a ‘SE Strategy for Scotland’ for the next 10 years – where SE is an important partner in our economy, in local communities, in civic society, in public services – in creating of a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. This builds on the SE Vision 2025 (Feb 2015). A series of Roundtables involving the wider third sector as well as the public and private sectors are taking place during this month covering a range of topics including employability, social investment and business support. In addition to this an interactive website has been developed to collect and prioritise views of social enterprises in an open and democratic way – this is your opportunity to contribute your ideas, views and get involved in discussion forums. The hashtag to use on social media is #sestrategy.

Communities across Scotland will now receive support to become land or buildings owners thanks to a £350,000 fund awarded to Community Ownership Support Service. The support service provides community groups and public bodies with support to transform buildings or land assets and offers expert advice on all aspects of asset transfer, as well as training courses, good practice guides and toolkits for communities wanting to take on buildings or waste land. See more.

Stirlingshire SEN is on is 14th June, 10.30am.  Natalie Masterson, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise, will outline the Community Planning Partnership (CPP) and how it works, giving an overview of the subgroups and how they operate.  This will give SEN members the opportunity to better understand how to navigate Stirlingshire CPP, the areas that may be of interest to SEN members, and to make sure Stirlingshire social enterprises are represented fully.  If you are interested in attending please contact Sarah for more information.

TSI Moray is hosting a ‘Profit for Purpose’ Pop Up Market at the St. Giles Shopping Centre on 24th June. It’s not too late to book your pitch, drop Kim Sui an email ASAP if interested. See flyer.

Edward Harkins advises us that a number of RSA Scotland members are proposing a new Scottish RSA network on the theme of ‘Inclusive Growth’. RSA have proved to be enthusiastic and are hosting our Fellows launch event on the evening of 16th June in Maklab, Glasgow. Details and booking details here.

The team at Voluntary Health Scotland have kindly made available the presentations & Storify from last week’s Understanding the Gap Conference.   The purpose of the event was to explore what the latest research tells us about health inequalities and to exchange knowledge and build understanding about the role research can play in closing the health inequalities gap. It was a well-attended conference with over 120 registered delegates from the third sector, academia and the public sector.

Edinburgh SEN member Greyfriars Kirk announced that the former Kirk O’Field Church and St Ninians Centre, which united with the Kirk in October 2013, has been renamed and relaunched as the Greyfriars Charteris Centre. See more.



TENDERS: Community Asset Research – Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Trail and Active Travel Study of the North Isles – Orkney Islands Council, Baseline Community Capacity and Community Support Information – Cairngorms National Park Authority and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

REMINDER: Last chance to book your tickets for the Joint Thematic Event taking place on 16th June in Perth. This will be the first in a series of joint thematic meetings to be held across Scotland.

DONATION: Transition Extreme, the Aberdeen-based social enterprise has announced that it has delivery of a brand new minibus through a generous donation of £35,000 from the Asda Foundation.

NEWSLETTER: Latest Cultural & Creative, Glasgow and Edinburgh SENs Newsletters have been published with news, events, funding opportunities and more. If you wish to be added to the list of recipients for the CCSEN, please contact Sarah.

SCHOLARSHIP: Edinburgh Business School is launching a £250,000 scholarship scheme to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Under the scheme, 25 individuals, resident in Scotland, will be awarded a fully-funded place to study the world-renowned Edinburgh Business School MBA programme, delivered by independent learning.

INEQUALITY: NHS Health Scotland has today published the fourth in a series of inequality briefings on Place and Communities.

CONFERENCE: Dundee Social Enterprise Network, Dundee City Council and Dundee Partnership are working together to deliver an exciting Social Enterprise Conference programme following the success of the first one in 2014. This year’s will be hosted at West Park Conference & Events, Dundee on 27th October 2016.

Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN AGM, 14th Jun
Stirlingshire SEN, 14th Jun
Joint thematic SEN (Perth), 16th Jun
Perth & Kinross SEN, 28th Jun
Glasgow SEN, 4th Aug
Falkirk SEN, 5th Aug
Moray SEN, 11th Aug
Borders SEN, 18th Aug
Fife SEN, 7th Sep

Best wishes,