The SENs: Friday 12th May 2017

Senscot’s AGM took place yesterday in Glasgow – with attendees hearing five forthright contributions on the opportunities and challenges presented by the SE Action Plan. All speakers welcomed the ambition of the Action Plan – and as a springboard for the next phase of SE development in Scotland. To do so, however, it must genuinely reach out to and bring benefit to those on the ‘frontline’ working in our most deprived areas and most disadvantaged members of our communities. There were also areas of specific concern – such as: Introduction of ‘Buy Social’ into Scotland; the cult of ‘leadership’; the make-up and role of ‘Reference Group’; Third Sector Division funding for mission-led orgs; and the support infrastructure – is it convoluted and over-hyped? On the home front, welcome to John Halliday – our newest board member – and a big thank you to John Findlay – who steps down after 7 years’ sterling service.

This week saw a series of worthwhile events and campaigns in aid of Mental Health Awareness Week, notably the Mental Health Foundation’s social media presence on the theme of ‘Surviving or Thriving’. Senscot have a strong interest in addressing mental health issues, and are keen to promote work carried out in this area by Health SEN members. Members with an interest in these issues should be aware that Voluntary Health Scotland, Support in Mind and the Open University Scotland are co-hosting a series of seminars and workshops that will focus on mental health and social support. The event, held in Stirling on the 1st June, is free to attend but spaces are limited. Find out more and register. GSEN member ng homes has been awarded recognition from Partick Thistle FC for their ongoing community-based work in the North Glasgow area. Richard Porter, a member of the ng homes board, was presented with a Community Champion award by the club ahead of their fixture with Rangers on 7th May. Richard has strived to improve parent representation at his children’s school, chairs the Glasgow Parent Council Forum and attends the Glasgow City Council’s Children and Families Committee. Pauline Graham, chair of the Partick Thistle Community Trust said, “Richard’s community work is exemplary and he is exactly the type of unsung hero that we want to publicly honour through the Community Champion Initiative.” Well done, Richard! Firstport announced the successful applicants for LaunchMe programme – a scheme which aims to help emerging SEs achieve scale by helping getting them investment ready. Among this year’s eight participants are a number of SEN members: Lingo Flamingo from GSEN, Workshop Aberfeldy from Employability SEN, South Ayrshire Community Transport from SASEN and Klas Care, from Renfrewshire SEN. To date, LaunchMe has helped 14 SEs scale up, secure investment and increase their social impact, releasing over £1m of funding. Congratulations to our SEN members, and good luck with the next stage of your enterprise! An interim report by the Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee has highlighted that many of Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy targets have yet to be met. These findings come at a time when the number of Sport Social Enterprises are on the increase, particularly those who address health and wellbeing challenges, providing youth diversionary activities within local communities. Glasgow2014’s success was supposed to be judged on the long-term impact it would have on community involvement across the city and Scotland as a whole, with the third sector set to play a leading role. Almost three years on, though, and participation in amateur sports and community clubs has failed to increase, while community volunteering is also down. Read the full article here Notices TENDERS: Recycling and Treatment of Kerbside Collected Co-mingled Organic Waste – North Lanarkshire Council; JCT 2016 Framework Agreement (FA) for Minor Works – South Lanarkshire Council; Provision of Fresh Fruit & Vegetables – Aberdeenshire Council and more. See Linked-In group and follow on TwitterEVENT: Edinburgh Social Enterprise is hosting a one-day event featuring talks and workshops aimed towards organisations and community members who either run or would like to set up a community space in Edinburgh. The event will run from 10am – 6pm on 1st of June in Edinburgh. Download the event flyer and sign up on the Event Brite websiteEVENT: CommonHealth are running a Knowledge Exchange Forum to explore the role of social enterprise in improving health. The event will be held in Edinburgh on 25th May, running from 9am – 2pm. Register now onlineWORKSHOP: The Scottish Social Services Council are running a workshop to explore perspectives on the purpose of the self-directed support system. The event is for people working in any part of the health and social care system. See event flyer. Those interested in attending should contact The Employability SEN newsletter is out this week, with a look at DWP’s new electronic system for locally awarding contracts through the Flexible Support Fund, a calendar of upcoming events, tendering opportunities and more. Read now. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: EventScotland is now inviting applications for its Year of Young People 2018 Open Event Fund-  designed to support proposals that will provide an events programme created especially for 2018. The deadline for applications is Monday 12 June 2017 at 12pm (for events taking place 1 January – 31 December 2018).  For more information contact 0131 472 2313 or information@eventscotland.orgBOARD MEMBER APPLICATIONS: Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust are seeking new board members to help deliver the trust’s strategic plan. Trustees should be passionate about saving and enlivening historic buildings in the spirit of community empowerment. See here for more info and contact detailsVACANCY: Social Enterprise Academy are looking for a part-time finance manager (four days a week). Salary £27-£31k pro rata, dependant on experience. See full details and how to applyVACANCY: Timespan Museum and Arts are taking applications for the position of director. Based in Helmsdale, salary £28-£30k, full-time. See job description and apply.  Dates for the Diary Dundee SEN, 15th May
Clackmannanshire SEN, 22nd May
Inverclyde SEN,30th May
Moray SEN, 8th June
SBSEC, 8th June
Perth & Kinross SEN, 20th June
Dundee SEN AGM, 22nd June  Best wishes,