The SENs: Friday 11th March 2016

The ReadyforBusiness Consortium held its Fit for Purpose 2016 event at Easter Road Stadium on Wednesday. Over 80 delegates were present to hear from a range of inspiring speakers and engage in a series of workshops. With Health and Social Care Integration coming into force across 31 local authority areas on 1st April, the conference focused on the important role social enterprises can play in improving the health and wellbeing of communities across Scotland. These contributions, via community focused initiatives, can go a long way towards addressing many of the issues being faced by our health service – as well as contributing towards healthier, happier and more vibrant communities. To achieve these aims, the conference also heard call for more creative approaches to procurement and commissioning of services and an end to short term funding. This week the Community Sector launched their Vision Document: Local People Leading – a vision for a stronger community sector. Produced by the Scottish Community Alliance – representing 17 discrete community networks – the document highlights the challenges and opportunities faced by the community sector and what needs to change in order to meet these challenges. It is underpinned by four core principles: Subsidiarity; Self-determination; Local by Default; and Equality and Fairness. Sport SEN and SASEN member, Adventure Centre for Education (ACE), are being held up as a ’world leading’ social enterprise at UNESCO’s 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Peru next week. A short film will be screened featuring ACE located in Scotland’s only biosphere reserve in Galloway and Southern Ayrshire. Biosphere reserves are areas renowned for their outstanding natural environment and the way in which the local community works to conserve them. See more The 6th Social Capital World Forum 2016 (SCWF2016) takes place in Glasgow at the Netherton Community Centre in Glasgow on the 8th and 9th April 2016. The event, supported by Scottish Govt and hosted by Glasgow Life, will focus on developing a model that can be used by communities to increase participatory democracy and build trusting relationships between citizens and the public sector. 10 FREE places are available to SEN members. If you’d like to go along, contact Kristina at Two Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) supported by ReadyforBusiness have had media coverage this week. The GameChanger PSP which will see Hibs open a medical centre at Easter Road as part of a bid to make residents healthier and happier was highlighted in The Scotsman. The Low Moss PSP aims to reduce reoffending among prisoners serving short sentences buy offering prisoners support throughout their sentence and after their release. An independent report has found that fewer than 17% of those who had been through the scheme returned to prison and more than 40% reported a reduction in substance abuse and risk taking. See more here Sport SEN member Partick Thistle’s charitable trust have a new partnership with Finding Your Feet provides football training sessions for amputees. At present, amputee Scots have to travel more than 150 miles for a game of football. See more This week Edinburgh SEN and Dundee SEN sent out their monthly newsletters for February.  Notices TENDERS: 2 Year Old Early Learning and Childcare 2016/2017 – Moray Council, Website – Design, Build, Hosting, and Support – Glasgow Clyde College, Framework Agreement for the Provision of Screening, Crushing and Recycling of Inert Material and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOPS: There are two free upcoming workshops taking place in Glasgow. The ‘How to compete like a Big Brand without a Big Brand budget’ and ‘Online Video Marketing & Video Localisation’ workshops take place on the 17th & 24th March respectively. NETWORKING: The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University invites you to an “Interactive Networking Event” at the Glasgow Caledonian University on Monday 14th March 2016 from 6 – 9 pm. RSVP by clicking this link SUPPORT: The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs’ Programme has opened again. The package of support includes three different elements; an inspirational and practical 14-day course; a business mentor from Lloyds Banking Group; and a grant. Applications are currently open and must be received before 1pm on 21st March. CONFERENCE: Alzheimer Scotland’s annual conference is the most important conference date in the diary for Scotland’s dementia community. Bookings close on 13 May with early-bird rates available until 15 April. LUNCH/LAUNCH: CHEX is hosting an event in Glasgow on the 30th March (12-2pm) to launch its latest case study report – More Communities at the Centre. These illustrate the valuable contribution community-led health organisations make to improving health and wellbeing in communities. VOTE: Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) have made the final 3 in the Recruiter Magazine Charity of the Year Awards and we need your vote!  They’re Scotland’s only representative and are up against strong opposition from across the UK so will certainly need as many votes as possible to have a chance of winning.  Dates for the DiaryPerth and Kinross SEN, 23rd MarDundee SEN, 22nd MarchGlasgow SEN, 6th AprFalkirk SEN, 11th AprMoray SEN, 14th AprPerth and Kinross SEN, 26th AprSouth Ayrshire, 11th May Best wishes,