The SENs: Friday 13th February 2015

As SENs are getting more established, more are hosting their own conferences. Next up – later this month – is South Ayrshire SEN (SASEN) who will be holding their event on 27th Feb at The Carrick Centre in Maybole. The event will help you put the basic processes and elements of your social enterprise in place so you are better prepared for operating your business. The theme is on ‘starting up and fine tuning your enterprise’. Attendees will hear from a range of experts on topics covering marketing; governance and legal structure; insurance requirements; VAT; social media; and more general business support. There will also be an update on what is happening in the SASEN. In addition, there will be info on valuable training and development opportunities being made available by SASEN in partnership with South Ayrshire Council and the University of West of Scotland. See more.

Job Advert: Senscot is now recruiting for a new Health/Community Food SEN Co-ordinator. Danielle Trudeau, who has been with us since Feb 2013, is moving on to devote her time and energies running her own social enterprise ‘Tribe Porty’. The post, funded through Scottish Govt, will seek to provide ongoing support to both the Health and Community Food SENs and Roundtables. Closing date for applications is Friday 27th Feb. See job description and download application form here.

The ‘SE Vision 2025 – Building a New Economy’ has been circulating over the last week – and we are keen to get your feedback – if so, email Aidan Pia. The link below is to a 4 page Executive Summary – with a further link to the full report. The document has sought to take on board a wide range of views from within our sector but, importantly, it is very much an evolving document.See more.

Congratulations to Sport SEN member, Beith Community Development Trust (BCDT), which has been listed as the top Scottish SE in RBS SE 100 Index this week. BCDT was set up in 2009 and is committed to improving the fitness and wellbeing of its local community. In the SE 100 Index annual data snapshot for 2014, registered social enterprises in Scotland show an average growth of 21% and a total combined turnover of £138.3 million. Scotland accounts for 5% of the total registered Index users, with 59 social enterprises listed on the Index. BCDT has gone from strength to strength, experiencing 355% growth over the last year. See more.

Now in its third year, the Social Innovation Incubator Award (SIIA), run by The Melting Pot, has been providing support to fledgling social innovators in creating sustainable ventures which produce maximum social impact. They have now produced an evaluation report on the first two years – see here. The 2015/16 programme will commence in September 2015 – again providing support to 10 new and emerging social ventures. See more.

Pauline Hinchion, of SCRT, has been attending a number of SEN meetings over the last couple of weeks, giving folk background information on the aims and objectives of SCRT. Pauline has already attended Edinburgh SEN and Glasgow SEN and, this week, attended West Lothian SEN’s meeting. See slides (PDF). If you would like her to attend to your own SEN meeting, contact Pauline. If you like to join SCRT – it’s free!! – you can sign up here.

Newsletters published this week:  Edinburgh SEN and the Sports Update from Diane.


TENDERS: Feasibility Study for Future Use of Lochmaddy Hospital Site, Self-Directed Support (SDS) Information & Advice Service – North Ayrshire Council, Framework for the Provision of early learning childcare places – South Ayrshire Council, Host Organisation For Community Builders (Family Nurture Asset Based Community Building Programme) – Fife Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

TRAINING: Invitation to participatory leadership residential training at Comrie Croft from 8th to 11th MARCH 2015.

FLEXIBLE WORKING: Has your organisation fully embraced flexible and family friendly working? Do you have the policies but need organisational culture to change? How flexible is the third sector? Family Friendly Working Scotland is hosting a workshop at this years Gathering.

AWARDS: The Culinary Arts Awards for individuals with disabilities celebrates 10 years. The awards are about creating the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to compete at international events.

ANALYTICS: The Scottish Government is seeking bids from 3rd sector organisations in Scotland for very short sharp projects (up to 10 person days) where statistical or analytical skills could make a difference to the organisation.

BUDGETING: Just Enterprise has limited availabilty for a 1 day "Budgeting for Your Organisation and Funding Applications" course at a venue in central Glasgow in March 2015.

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 17th February
Falkirk SEN, 17th February
South Ayrshire SEN Conference, 27th February
East Lothian SEN, 6th March
Falkirk SEN, 17th March
Sport SEN National, 31st March
Glasgow SEN, 1st April
Falkirk SEN, 16th April

Best wishes,