The SENs: Friday 11th November 2016

Thought provoking, challenging and inspiring sums up this week’s Community Learning Exchange to Liverpool’s Can Cook – hearing about its business model, campaigning and services that have emerged from this. Determined to stop the industry around food poverty from growing, Can Cook focusses on solutions that tap into the great & hidden food regeneration capacity of local communities.  Growing community confidence and demanding trust from partners, Can Cook encourage all of us to secure the investment required to tool up our kitchens and maximising capacity to solve food poverty. Recognising the critical need for action in Scotland and inspired by Can Cook’s approach, study visit participants are keen to share the learning and identify social enterprise interested in applying this approach in Scotland. See presentation. For more information, contact Mary.

Following the Joint Thematic Learning Exchange in Elgin last week, we’re delighted to make available some of the fantastic presentations from the morning. This includes Fiona Birse’s inspirational talk on Elgin Youth Café and the informative workshop sessions on Asset Transfer (Diane Campbell, DTAS), Procurement (George McConnachie, Senscot) and Employability (Jayne Chappell, SFS). Diane has since updated us that SG draft guidance notes on Asset Transfer are now available. Full report to follow in coming weeks.

Zero Waste Scotland is investing £18 million as grant funding to small and medium sized enterprises who are helping to create a more circular economy. The Circular Economy Investment Fund is a funding opportunity for SMEs, charities and social enterprises in Scotland working in all business and social economy sectors. One particular focus is the funding of innovative re-use and repair projects. See full details.

Social Firms Scotland AGM this year takes place on 8th Dec in Inverness. The event will spotlight members, Calman Trust and The Libertie Project as well as an update on the work of SFS – its ambitions and future plans to support the development of Social Firms. See flyer here and book online.

A reminder that Ready for Business is compiling a register of Supported Businesses to inform public sector commissioning and procurement staff of the increased opportunities of the recently revised, much broader, EU definition of Supported Businesses.

Scotland’s festival of procurement, Procurex, took place this week, attended by many social enterprises and social firms. A number of workshops addressing the current priorities of sustainability and enabling social value and also a case study from Scotland Excel on the development of a framework for the supply of Domestic Furniture and Furnishings, which a consortium of third sector organisations successfully bid for earlier this year.  If you’re currently bidding for contracts, or considering doing so, then our write-up of the ‘Tenderers’ Common Mistakes’ is a must-read – a quick guide that’s full of useful tips!

Catch up with the latest news from the Cultural & Creative SEN, including funding opportunities and a link to Creative Scotland’s first comprehensive survey of Scotland’s Visual Arts Sector. See more.

Our SE awards season has moved onto the next stage – with the announcement of some winners: From last week – Sophie Unwin, Remade in Edinburgh; this week – Buth Bharraigh Ltd (Rural Business Awards – SE of the Year; and last night – the SES Awards. Winners included Homes for Good, SIS, SE Academy, the Melting Pot and Freedom Bakery. Congrats all round.


TENDERS: New Applications for Early Childhood Education Partner Services – Stirling Council, Sector Based Work Academy – Care – Renfrewshire Council, Independent Advocacy Services – The City of Edinburgh Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

CONCERT: The Greyfriars Charteris Centre wish to invite you to a Community Christmas Concert on Wed 7th Dec from 7pm. It will feature the Edinburgh City Salvation Army Band, the Society of Recorder Players, and the Grassmarket Community Project Choir.  There will be a refreshment and exhibition area.

SHOW: The Resonate Christmas Variety Show is taking place in the Alloa Town Hall on Fri 2nd Dec at 7.30pm. The evening promises to be a real treat with some great performers and performances lined up including X-Factor contestant, Andrea Wilson and many more.

UPDATE: A couple of weeks ago the Bike Station in Edinburgh was hit by a fire and likely to be closed for a while. The good news is that it is open for business again as of 1st Nov – well ahead of schedule.

EVENTS:Upcoming Funding Workshops and Events from Heritage Lottery Fund. It can also offer project advice surgeries via Skype if groups or organisations are unable to meet in person.

OFFER: Throughout November you can get £10 OFF MHScot’s Conflict Resolution in the Workplace E-Learning Course. This offer means that you can purchase this course today for just £35.00 and you will receive a CPD accredited certificate on completion of the course. To claim your £10 Off simply use code ADCR10 at the checkout.

Dates for the Diary

Borders SEN, 17th Nov
Perth & Kinross SEN, 22nd Nov
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Dec
Fife SEN, 7th Dec
Moray SEN, 8th Dec
Edinburgh SEN AGM, 13th Dec
Glasgow SEN, 14th Dec 

Best wishes,