The SENs: Friday 11th September 2015

We now have our SE Conference and Ceilidh Draft Programme available. The focus, as always, will be on SENs and their members – and how they can maximize both their opportunities and contribution in some of the following areas: future Employability Programmes; the new round of EU Funding; the Community Empowerment Bill; working better with Intermediaries; improved linkages between local and thematic SENs; and how social investment can work better for social enterprises. The event, taking place again the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld, on 12th/13th November, will also include regular favourites such as the Dragons Den and ‘speed networking’. 120 places are available – with around 50% already being taken up. To book your place, see bookings.

 Another local SEN has now been established – this time in Renfrewshire. 17 organisations have signed up to the Renfrewshire SEN – see list here. The SEN is being supported and facilitated by Engage Renfrewshire (TSI) – with 2 SEN meetings already planned for the coming weeks – 22nd Sept (Asset Transfer); and 29th Sept (Community Benefit and Collaboration). There is also a programme of learning being developed with the Social Enterprise Academy. For more on Renfrewshire SEN, contact Iain Cunningham (Engage Renfrewshire). The Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) has recently had approval from Scottish Govt for a Community Learning Exchange Programme. The Exchange will operate through the networks that comprise the membership of SCA (Senscot is a member).  The Exchange will fund Community to Community Visits; Stakeholder Learning Journeys; and Peer to Peer Mentoring. SENs that would like further information on how to engage with the Exchange Programme, please email Kim. Yesterday Senscot attended a Fife SEN Policy session hosted by Brag and Fife Council. This provided Fife SEN members the opportunity to reflect on the Fife Council Social Enterprise work-plan and discuss priority areas for 2016 – 17. Presentation can be viewed here (PDF).  The new season of Just Enterprise business support learning events kicked off this week with a one day ‘Costing and Pricing’ workshop in Greenock. Designed specifically for a Third Sector audience, and free to attend for participants, Just Enterprise learning events increase the business and leadership skills of those employed in the sector.  Find details of the autumn programme here. Grassroots community groups are holding events throughout Scotland during the next few weeks to discuss how to make Scotland a fairer place. Inequality, poverty, deprivation, crime and isolation are among the hot topics being discussed – along with ideas about how we can tackle these issues together. See more. Voluntary Health Scotland are inviting colleagues from social enterprises to two events focused on making health inequalities everyone’s business. Living in the Gap Dundee Seminar and Closing the Gap: Making Health Inequalities Everyone’s Business – more details and registration links can be viewed here.  You can read its full report on the voluntary sector and health inequalities in Scotland, with its ten case studies, here – or for a quick overview, see the poster. Newsletters published this week from Sport SEN, Edinburgh SEN and Borders SECNotices TENDERS: Young People Supported Accommodation Service – West Lothian Council, Provision of Services to Aid Recruitment Process – East Renfrewshire Council, Digital Website Design Services – New College Lanarkshire and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterANIMATIONS: Already this year media co-op has released five animations. These are all publicly available training resources which you and/or your colleagues may find useful in your work. TRAINING: Mindful awareness is gaining a lot of interest in terms of radical treatment for many health related conditions world-wide. Crisis Counselling is running training on Mindfulness that commences on Oct 5th. PROGRAMME: Arts & Business Scotland is launching a new programme to help not for profit arts organisations operate more efficiently in a business environment. CONFERENCE: The Community Food and Health (Scotland) Annual networking conference 2015 takes place on 28th Oct in Perth. The conference will be an opportunity for people to come together, learn from each other and share experience, evidence, hopes and concerns on all aspects of food, inequality and social justice.  EVENTS: Glasgow Women’s Library has a number of events coming up in the next few months including walks, screenings, bike rides, poetry and much more! Dates for the Diary

Renfrewshire SEN, 22nd SeptFife SEN, 23rd SeptTSI Moray SEN Awards, 25th SeptPerthshire SEN, 28th SeptRenfrewshire SEN, 29th SeptCultural SEN, 30th SeptFalkirk SEN, 2nd OctHealth SEN, 6th OctGlasgow SEN, 7th OctMoray SEN, 8th OctInverclyde SEN, 20th Oct  Best wishes,