The SENs: Friday 10th October 2014

This week, Senscot and SFS have been attending the latest EU SEN event in Cyprus – the final EU SEN gathering prior to the Dissemination Conference in Brussels (January 2015). The main themes have been ‘Identity and Visibility of Social Enterprise’ – looking at how the new ESF programme can be used to support these across Europe. Three case studies were presented; the Finish Mark; Italian Social Balance tool; and (France) – which is not too dissimilar to our own Ready for Business. A lot of intense discussions around asset lock and profit distribution took place – with mixed views!! We took the opportunity to share the thinking and principles about the Scottish SE Code – which generated a lot of interest and support. Here’s a link to background paper for the event – also giving an overview of case studies. For further info’, contact Kim. Recently, we referred to our intention to contribute towards a SE Strategy for Scotland over the coming months – to dovetail in with similar emerging ‘strategies’ from the likes Scottish Govt; HIE; EU Funding; BIG Lottery etc. As a starting point, we are trawling thoughts and opinions on a range of subjects for a SE submission to the Smith Commission on additional devolution to Scotland. Senscot, with others, would very much appreciate if you could take some time to fill in the attached survey – roughly 20-30mins. This is the first stage of a process in which we hope to include as wide a representation of our SE community as possible. See Survey. Deadline is Wed, 22nd Oct 2014. There are only around 10 overnight places available for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh (13th/14th Nov). Rate for SEN Members is £50, including Conference/Ceilidh/Dinner/B&B. More day only places are available at £30 pp at the Westerwood Hotel. For booking form, email . Applications for this year’s Dragons’ Den are now coming in – £5k to the winner – closing date for entries is Monday 27th Oct. Five applicants will then be shortlisted to face the ‘Dragons’. To apply, click here. Also, draft programme is available here. Sarah attended the Collaborative Creative Communities (CCC) Learning event last week in Inverness.  The programme, delivered by HIE in partnership with Creative Scotland, aims to enhance the resilience of cultural social enterprises across the Highlands by working with four social enterprises during a pilot period: Atlas, Comar, Bodysurf Scotland, and St Magnus International Festival.  Senscot sits on the CCC Strategic Steering Group, with other representatives from key development agencies. The Steering Group is seeking to encourage collaboration with strategic partners to maximise skills, expertise and contributions. See presentation. For more info’ on CCC or the cultural SEN, contact Sarah. Danielle was in Orkney this week at the Voluntary Action Orkney’s Social Enterprise conference.  Along with colleagues from Social Firms Scotland and Firstport, she was speaking about the thematic SENs, with a particular focus on Health and Social Care. Orkney is one of the demonstration areas for the National Third Sector GIRFEC (Getting in right for every child) and has a head start on the transition of health and social care integration.  For more, see Health Resources or contact Danielle.   Notices TENDERS: New Skatepark – David Adamson & Partners Ltd, Organisational Development Review – Scottish Enterprise and Project Vision, Activity Planning Research and Community Consultation – Kilmartin House Trust. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWASPS: The latest newsletter from Wasps contains details of the Wasps Open Studios this weekend and throughout October.
10th BIRTHDAY: media co-op’s 10th birthday is celebrated with a retrospective at Glasgow’s International Human Rights Film Festival, Document on 11 Oct at 12 noon at CCA, Glasgow.
: Just Enterprise will be running the popular “Introduction to Market Research” course at a venue in central Glasgow during October 2014. EMPLOYABILITY: Cothrom – a social enterprise based in the Outer Hebrides – is keen to link with other employability social enterprises. SPORT: One of Scotland’s first social enterprise football clubs has opened Scotland’s first FIFA approved 3G playing surface, following an investment of £205,000 from Social Investment Scotland.  Dates for the Diary
Inverclyde SEN, 14th OctoberSport SEN West, 22nd OctoberFalkirk District SEN Policy Event, 27th OctoberSport SEN, Adventure Sport, 29th OctoberSport SEN North, 30th OctoberFalkirk SEN, 31st OctoberSport SEN North East, 6th NovemberSocial Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13/14th NovemberSport SEN East, 19th NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st NovemberFalkirk SEN, 24th NovemberMoray SEN, 3rd DecemberGlasgow SEN, 5th December Best wishes, Kim