The SENs: Friday 13th June 2014

Social Firms Scotland and Senscot will be hosting the EU SEN gathering in Glasgow next week. Delegates will be welcomed by Yvonne Strachan (Scottish Govt) and, over the two days, will get an overview of current Scottish Govt support for SE as well as its intentions for the new EU programme, 2014-20. Other agenda items include: three case studies – the SE Academy, School for Social Economy in Andalucía and Enterprise Finland. The primary objectives of the EU SEN are to:ensure social enterprises play a full role in helping to meet Structural Fund objectives in promoting social inclusion, job creation and combating poverty; ensure there is a comprehensive support environment for social enterprises; and equip partners to promote and implement projects involving social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. We’ll have a further report next week. Senscot attended the National Community Planning Conference last week, ‘Changing Lives: Celebrating Success’.  The conference opened with Derek McKay, Minister for Local Government, speaking about the importance of working together, particularly around participatory budgeting and urged Community Planning Partnerships to be outcome focused. Keynote speaker, Angela Morgan, Includem, spoke about the importance of partnership working and building relationships for Health & Social Care Integration to be successful. Angela went on to say “effective joint working will take time, respect, honesty, stick-ability and brokerage”. See more. This week, the SEN Co-ordinators met in Glasgow – these meetings are an opportunity for the SENs to share good practice and explore opportunities for joint working. There’s a raft of activity happening across the country. Two particular highlights include: ESEN organising the ‘Social in the Square’ Festival on 12th and 13th September; and GSEN showcasing social enterprise at the Glasgow Business Embassy event as part of the Commonwealth celebrations. GSEN has worked with member Fablevision Studios to create a short film – with members highlighting the benefits of joining GSEN to social enterprises and their leaders. See more. Sport SEN member, Partick Thistle Community Trust (PTCT), is heading off to Italy for two weeks with eighteen volunteers and three members of staff. They are making their way to Rimini and the Sportilia training complex to kick off what could prove to be a life-changing few days for those involved. PTCT has been at the heart of the growth of Thistle’s increased presence in the community in recent years, working with a range of organisations and charities to bring together people of all ages and from all backgrounds. See more. Ready for Business has published a report which examines the approach by public sector commissioners and procurement staff in Scotland to sustainable procurement, social value, and the development of the Third Sector. It compares the findings with a baseline study produced in 2012.  The study focuses on those areas where the Scottish Government’s agendas relating to Sustainable Procurement and support for an Enterprising Third Sector converge. In particular, it examines the awareness and use of Community Benefits Clauses (CBCs) in procurement and Public Social Partnerships (PSPs). See more.  Notices TENDERS: Research into the Social and Economic Benefits of Community Transport in Scotland – Transport Scotland, Provision of Framework Agreement for Emergency and Temporary Accommodation Service – Inverclyde Council and Printing, Publication & Distribution Service for new Charities SORP/ Secretariat Resource – Charity Commission. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterDISCUSSION: Social Value Lab and Post Creative are working together to find better ways to support local not-for-profit organisations develop an online and social media presence. MARKETS: Edinburgh Markets, host another monthly Taster Day this Saturday to showcase new flavours from local businesses. All portions are under £5 and feature some of the most exciting street food talent in Scotland. DITTO: Firstport is gearing up to release its latest Ditto model thanks to Neil Stoddart and the team at the Doorstep Bakery in Fife. INCUBATOR: WHALE Arts is looking for new-start cultural and arts focused enterprises seeking to grow their business at the WHALE Pod. MARKETS: Visit the Trongate area of Glasgow on Saturday 21st June and buy beautiful, high quality products made by people who care! The Midsummer market is hosted by Beyond the Finish Line in association with Run Native, an online market place by social enterprise for social enterprises. CYCLE-MANIA: Two updates from the west coast cycle scene this week. Glasgow Bike Shed is launching a public bike hire scheme and East Dunbartonshire Cycle Co-op is hosting a Cycle Fair on SundayDates for the Diary Sport SEN East, 19th JuneABSEN 26th JuneFalkirk SEN, 30th JuneHealth SEN, 2nd JulyFalkirk SEN, 29th JulyMoray SEN, 6th AugustGlasgow SEN, 6th AugustInverclyde SEN, 13th AugustFalkirk SEN, 29th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd September  Best wishes,