The SENs: Friday 13th April 2018

Senscot Legal has just completed its 7th year of trading – now having provided services to over 1000 social enterprises and third sector organisation during this time – including around 160 in 2017/18. This year, as part of the SE Action Plan’s ‘early actions’, it has produced a new document – Governance Guiding Principle for Social Enterprises, supported by the Scottish Government.   Senscot Legal has consulted with organisations across the sector to produce this guidance, including OSCR who have assisted with specific guidance for charities.   The ‘Guiding Principles’ – which include seven key principles – provide practical governance advice and resources tailored to fit all sizes of social enterprises – and can also easily be applied to the wider third sector. The document is available as an online resource – with hard copies being available over the coming weeks.


Senscot will be submitting a response to A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections. This Scottish Govt consultation closes on 27th April 2018. We encourage SEN members to tell us what points you would like Senscot to flag up or reiterate in our response – regardless of whether you are planning to submit your own response or not.  Please get in touch or forward any relevant information by 4pm Friday 20th April. In the meantime, here’s the Senscot Briefing Paper, produced last year, promoting the work of social enterprise in addressing loneliness and social isolation.


In May, we will publish a paper focusing on the Year of Young People 2018 – Visit Scotland’s latest ‘focus year’ which aims to drive up tourism to Scotland. YoYP is a year-long line up of events, activities and opportunities celebrating the contribution of young people to Scottish society. The paper will showcase examples of the work that goes on across our SE sector in this area. If you’d like your events and activities promoted in the paper, add your event using this form and select the Year of Young People category. A new fund is also available to help community groups run events and projects for young people – grants between £3,000 to £10,000 available.


Physical copies of the GSEN Pocket Guide have now been printed off and are being delivered to social enterprises across Glasgow. A lot of work has gone into the project through a collaboration between GSEN, Fablevision Studios and Footprint Copy. The purpose of the pocket guide is to raise the profile of individual GSEN members, as well as strengthening the social enterprise community in Glasgow as a whole. An online copy of the guide can be found here, but if you’d like your own physical copy to show off, please get in touch with Elizabeth at


Sophie Unwin, director of Edinburgh and Cultural SEN member Edinburgh Remakery, was featured this week in digital magazine Womanthology. In the interview she talks about expanding the work of Edinburgh Remakery, a community repair hub and second-hand shop, to set up a larger network or ‘remakeries’ to campaign for wider change in the way everyday goods are manufactured and designed. Read the full interview here.


GSEN and Social Firms Scotland are jointly hosting a free workshop on the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) in Glasgow next week – on Wed 18th April at the Robertson Trust offices in Bath St (1.30 – 4pm).  The event is targeted at organisations who may be interested in procuring employability services from public service providers. So far, 30 folk have signed up – but there’s space for a few more. P4P will also be on hand to explain the support they can provide SEs with bidding for DPS contracts See details.





TENDERS: Provision of Independent Advice for Tenants – South Lanarkshire Council, Weed Spraying of Roads and Pavements –  Stirling Council, Associate Trainers (Health and Wellbeing) –  Edinburgh College.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Scottish Government has committed £3.3 million over three years to support volunteering in Scotland until March 2021. Grants between £7,500 and £10,000 per annum are available. Deadline 5pm Friday 4 May 2018. To apply, see details.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Aspiring Communities Fund is now seeking applications from community bodies and third sector organisations in the Highlands and Islands areas. Applications must be submitted to no later than 5pm, Friday June 1. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Year of Young People National Lottery Fund is offering grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to projects that focus on young people’s health and wellbeing. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Tartan Cents is an initiative which encourages community groups, residents and supporters to contribute to and promote each others’ fundraising goals. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Co-op’s Local Community Fund is opening its next round of funding applications. Deadline 8th April. Apply now.


JOBS: Employment Engagement Officer, East Kilbride Credit Union, £25k; Creative Development Worker, WHALE Arts, £24k FTE; Development Officer, New Cumnock Dev. Trust, £40k. See other SE opportunities (and post vacancies) on the Senscot Noticeboard.


NEWSLETTER: The Cultural and Tourism newsletter is out now, featuring the boasts of Sarah who is currently sunning herself in Australia. Also includes a look back at the last Senscot Briefing, news of an adventure tourism joint SEN meeting in May as well as a round up of funding and events. Read the newsletter.


VOLUNTEERS: Fife SEN member the Ecology Centre is looking for volunteers to help a group of students practice their English while engaging in gardening, cooking, sewing and workshop activities. No expertise required, just a sense of fun and enthusiasm! See more.


EVENT: Edinburgh Community Food holds its next free certificated Food and Health course at Canongate Youth Project, Infirmary Street, on Mon 23rd April, 2018. This is open to all. Read more and sign up.


Dates for the Diary

25th April, ASEN

26th April, DSEN

15th May, Health SEN

16th May, GSEN


Best wishes,