The SENs: Friday 12th June 2015

With the new round of EU Funding due to come on stream later this year, Senscot – in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, DTA Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance – will be running a series of information sessions for social and community enterprises over the coming months. The first ‘EU Funding Masterclass’ is being held at the Teachers Building, St Enoch’s Square in Glasgow on Friday, 26th June (10am -12noon). This session will be hosted by Les Huckfield. Les has a long background in EU funding and has written some initial Notes on a “need to know” basis. If you’d like to come along, book here.

Inverness hosted, this week, the SE Summit 2015 – a two-day event celebrating 50 years of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Over 200 delegates also heard first hand from local SEs – all community-based and community-run – well as about the experiences from rural communities in Canada and Australia. John Swinney and Yvonne Strachan (Head of Third Sector Division) spoke again of the dual contribution that SE has – both in contributing economically but also in ensuring opportunities and services for all our communities – and their intention to work with the sector in developing further theSE Vision 2025 .

The Life Changes Trust and Big Issue Invest are bringing a new social investment initiative to Scotland – Corporate Social Venturing (CSV).  CSV is a model for investing in and growing early stage social businesses that are innovative and committed to creating sustainable and profound social impact. The Life Changes Trust has provided £500,000 capital for a first phase of CSV in Scotland, which will focus on investment in ventures which have viable plans to improve the quality of life and well-being of the Trust’s two beneficiary groups – care experienced young people and people affected by dementia across Scotland. See more

The South Ayrshire Social Enterprise Network (SASEN) Gathering and AGM is taking place on Friday 19th June at the Carrick Centre in Maybole. This free event includes a special speed networking session facilitated by Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, a number of guest speakers and lunch. See more.

Yesterday, Senscot presented at the Social Enterprise Local Authority Group (SELAG) meeting in Kirkcaldy. The group meets quarterly and provides a forum for LA Officers with a remit for social enterprise to come together, share information/good practice and discuss policy and developments. Senscot’s presentation gave an overview of The SENs, see more.  The meeting then heard from Alasdair McKinlay, (Scottish Govt) on the Community Empowerment Bill.

Scotland’s Social Enterprise Awards 2015 are now open for applications – the annual awards programme managed by Social Enterprise Scotland recognises innovation and success in Scotland’s vibrant social enterprise community. Apply for the 2015 awards today.

Community Jobs Scotland launches its 5th year on Monday15th June. This year includes the possibility of 3 or 6 month contract extensions for organisations which have employed a vulnerable young person, and can provide evidence that the individual would benefit from a longer period in the job. To log an expression of interest, see, Community Jobs Scotland


TENDERS: Greenrig Mountain Bike Skills Course – Callendar Estate, Receipt and Processing of Dry Recyclable Materials from Kerbside and Communal Collections – City of Edinburgh Council, Provision of Respite Service to Children with Disabilities – Aberdeen City Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

CROWDFUNDING: The Melting Pot is crowdfunding for its Social Innovation Incubator Award (SIIA).  Help them raise £10,000 to support new social enterprises make a difference to people and planet and become part of their journey!

FESTIVAL: After months of preparation, The Power of Food Festival is pleased to announce an exciting programme of free events organised by each venue in line with what they do best: connecting people.

INTERN: media co-op has an exciting paid 4 month internship opportunity for a talented UX / Developer with a progressive digital production company (that’s them).

CPG: The next Cross Party Group on Culture takes place at the Scottish Parliament on 16th June and will focus on music education. Confirmed speakers include Loki, David Green and Simon Thoumire.

FUNDING: The Women’s Fund makes grants to projects across Scotland that support women’s development, self-sufficiency, and social and economic equality. The Fund has distributed £1.4m million in grants to over 550 community groups and local charities run by or for women.  

CHALLENGE: The Enabling State Challenge is about showcasing and celebrating examples of good enabling approaches in action. Five prizes of £5,000 will be awarded to exemplary initiatives that demonstrate how to give communities and individuals greater control in a way that improves wellbeing with one selected as an overall winner to receive an additional £5,000 prize.

NETWORKING: Save the date for a community food networking event in Midlothian, to be held at the Glencorse Centre on 19 August. This is being arranged by SEAM and Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.


Dates for the Diary

Aberdeen SEN, 12th June

South Ayrshire Gathering & AGM, 19th June

Falkirk SEN, 7th July

Glasgow SEN, 5th August

Falkirk SEN, 6th August

Best wishes,