The SENs: Friday 13th March 2015

The power of sport as a tool for change with social enterprise seen as a route to achieve both impact and sustainability is a growing area of interest across the UK.  This week, Diane Cameron, our SE & Sport Coordinator, spoke at an all-Ireland conference in Belfast – sharing tales of our 5 year journey into the world of SE & sport and highlighting the work of a number of our Sport SEN members. The event focused on the theme of “Enterprise & Collaboration” and unearthed uncanny similarities across all countries – both in terms of challenges as well as the passion of the social entrepreneurs and community leaders who are ‘walking the walk’ – although, sadly, this passion often has to be matched with an equal measure of tenacity.  On a particularly positive note, the event looks like leading to ongoing dialogue and further collaboration between the respective nations. See full programme.

Edinburgh SEN members, Grassmarket Community Project, hosted the Greyfriars Tartan Fashion Show last night. The cutting-edge tartan designs from around the world, submitted for the Greyfriars Tartan Design Competition earlier this year, were showcased at the event. The competition and fashion show have been made possible from funding from the Scottish Government’s Enterprise Ready Fund, which aims to launch the Scottish manufacturing industry and social enterprise products onto an international sales platform. See more.

The eHealth Strategy 2014 – 2017 was launched this week and sets a national direction through a common vision and set of key aims. The Strategy maintains a significant focus on healthcare and the needs of NHS Scotland, but has been redeveloped to recognise the rapidly evolving environment of integrated health & social care and the need to address not only NHS Scotland requirements, but also the expectations and requirements of partnership organisations, and citizens for electronic information and digital services. See more.

You Can Cook encourage and empower communities to make informed choices about their food and health. It has recently developed an informative workshop called ‘Energised Lunches’ which takes place on your office premises in 60 minutes. You Can Cook is carrying out a short piece of market research to identify if there would be a demand for this service. As part of this, it would greatly appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete this short survey.

Community Shares Scotland is running a series of Intermediary Training sessions in 2015. Aimed at support organisations- these sessions will enhance staff knowledge and expertise in community shares. These events will be practical and engaging – the objective being increased knowledge and skills within support organisations, thus creating an enduring legacy of expertise in community shares, see more.

Senscot attended Wednesday’s sold out Social Chat Show, the third in the series hosted by the Melting Pot. This time round the Chat Show’s theme was International Women’s Day, with a focus on women’s empowerment. The three female speakers, Sylvia Douglas (MsMissMrs), Javita Narang (Weaving Destination) and Jackie Scutt (YWCA Scotland), are at different stages in their social enterprise journey but all gave inspiring and interesting answers to the questions put to them by Claire Carpenter (Chat Show host and Melting Pot director), see more

Latest newsletter from Edinburgh SEN published this week. See more.


TENDERS: Website Design and Implementation – Crossreach, Supply & Delivery of Fresh Fruit & Vegetables – West Dunbartonshire Council, Proposed Remembrance Garden at Falkirk Crematorium and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: The Nominet Trust has announced that its Social Tech Seed Investment Programme will re-open for applications on 17th March. The investment programme offers early-stage investment of between £15,000 and £50,000 to social entrepreneurs and charitable organisations looking to develop new ideas to use digital technology for social benefits.

SDS: Providers and Personalisation have been working in collaboration with providers from across Scotland to develop a national guide for support providers on Self-directed support.

WORKSHOP: Just Enterprise has announced that it will be running the “Tendering for Public Sector Contracts” course at a venue in central Edinburgh during April 2015. 

LEARNING: Taking place on 8th April the ‘Town Centre Management Models and Governance’ learning event will provide an overview of a range of town centre partnership regeneration interventions and models; with a more in-depth look at two examples – Business Improvement Districts and Development Trusts.

WEBSITE: Sport SEN member Reach for the Sky Basketball has launched its great new look website this week.

Dates for the Diary

Falkirk SEN, 17th March

Dundee SEN, 24th March

Sport SEN National, 31st March

Glasgow SEN, 1st April

Falkirk SEN, 16th April

Inverclyde SEN, 28th April

Falkirk SEN, 13th May

Best wishes,