The SENs: Friday 10th March 2017

Over the last year, Senscot’s work with the 5 Thematic SENs – Health; Community Food; Sport; Culture and Creative; and Employability (supported by Social Firms Scotland) – has seen a focus on specific priority areas: health & social care integration; self-directed support; sport for change; tourism; food poverty etc. This year we’re looking to delve deeper and have put together a ‘tick list’ for members to inform us of other issues we should be addressing at future meetings – either existing activities/issues or something you’d like to explore through the exchange of learning and experiences with other SEN members. Interesting results so far! We’ll be working with partners to support developments relating to these issues over the next 12 months. This is the last opportunity for you to input. If you could take 2 mins to complete the ‘tick list’ – it would be greatly appreciated. Since 2015, Senscot, in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, has hosted a Partnership and Procurement Service providing a dedicated programme of practical support to social enterprise in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender and other business opportunities through the development of partnerships and consortia. Our partnership is now being extended to include the Scottish Community Alliance and Co-operative Development Scotland and – as part of Scottish Govt’s early actions – we are in the process of setting up the Partnership and Procurement Hub. To lead this work, we are inviting applications for a new post as Partnership and Procurement Hub Co-ordinator. For further details, see application pack. Closing date for applications is Friday 31st March 2017. Scottish Government yesterday announced the new devolved employability support services 2018 – Fair Start Scotland. Govt has published a Contract Notice on the Public Contracts Scotland, inviting organisations that wish to bid to deliver Fair Start Scotland to develop their proposals in line with the requirements set out. The deadline for bids is 24th May at 12 noon. Social Firms Scotland and Senscot will do our best to provide support/advice for those interested.  Please contact Jayne or George.This week Social Investment Scotland launched their Growth and Replication Challenge which provides a combination of investment readiness support – plus access to tailored funding packages that will help organisations wishing to either grow or replicate their model. Business support resources will be made available to successful applicants (worth up to £10k), in addition to tailored financial packages of between £100,000 and £1 million. With Scotland’s Obesity Strategy due out later this year, we thought you’d be interested in Mytimeactive’s upcoming Healthy Powerful Communities Event.  Health SEN member Mytimeactive are always keen to share learning and experience of their work on childhood obesity. This event is open to interested SEN members and includes input from participating families, reports on the clinical outcomes and the external project evaluation. A range of local delivery partners will also share their tailored community delivery models – including asset based approaches and the emerging impacts.  More information & booking details here. As part of The Year of Young people, running from 1 January to 31 December 2018, Young Scot is putting a call out for individuals (aged 8-26) from all over Scotland to become Year of Young People 2018 Ambassadors and represent the Year of Young People 2018 in their local community!  Throughout the Year of Young People 2018 Scotland will be celebrating the achievements of young people and their valuable contribution to communities. The ambassadors will be part of a Scotland-wide team creating new opportunities for young people to shine locally, nationally and globally.  To apply and find out more information visit here and follow #YoYP2018 on twitter.  Notices TENDERS: Provision of Close Cleaning – East Renfrewshire Council; Grounds Maintenance Term Contract 2017 – 2021 – West Highland Housing Association; Managed Print Service – River Clyde Homes; Commercial Cleaning Programs, Halls of Residences – Heriot Watt University and more.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterOPEN DAY: Hear about the innovative new Peace of Mind programme brought to you by SPAEN, and how it can help you use Self-Directed Support to connect to your community.  Drop in, hear about the programme, meet other SDS users and local service providers and enjoy tea / coffee and a light bite. VACANCIES: Couple of vacancies at Brag Enterprises in Fife – Social Enterprise Advisor and 2 x Admin / Event Posts. EVENTS: The SE Exchange takes place on Tuesday, 21st March at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. Costs – SES members £75 + VAT; Other SE delegates – £100 + VAT; Some bursaries available too. See link to book. VOLUNTEERS:  The SPFL Trust is on the look-out for volunteers to support a new community club project. In particular, they are looking for people interested in media and events. FREE TRAINING: ‘How to run a rural campaign’ run by Scottish Rural Action at Perth Concert Hall on 30th/31st March.  This two-day workshop will equip each participant with the skills to bring about change at a local or national level. FREE WORKSHOP: GRREC have a free capacity building workshop on Stress Management.  The workshop on 23rd March aims to cover Underpinning the Reality of Stress.  Dates for the Diary West Lothian SEN, 21st MarchEast Lothian SEN, 31st MarchMoray SEN, 13th AprilScottish Borders SEC, 27th April Best wishes,