The SENs: Friday 13th May 2016

Between 10th – 16th July, the Homeless World Cup (HWC) will be taking place in George Square in Glasgow.  Senscot is working in partnership with HWC, to host a series of workshops – showcasing sport social enterprises and other community-based sports organisations and the contribution they make to local communities – not just in the area of sport but also on the wider social impact they bring to their respective communities. This programme will run alongside series of seminars  hosted by HWC itself – both to be held in Glasgow City Chambers – during the week of the tournament. In an interview this week, Mel Young (HWC President) speaks of the impact that sport can make in changing people’s lives and how, in his new role as chair of sportscotland, he hopes to “ make politicians and government join the dots between sport and health and education. To build on a community programme that embraces participation for all, from the grassroots up”.

On Thursday 16th June Senscot are hosting a Joint Thematic SEN event in Perth in working with Social Firms Scotland, Perth and Kinross SEN, Dundee SEN, Stirlingshire SEN and Falkirk and District SEN.  If you are a social enterprise/firm operating in any of these areas are welcome to attend – there is no charge for this event. This is the first in a series of joint thematic meetings to be held across Scotland, the event will provide a space for in depth discussion; strategic thinking; influencing and making broader connections; sharing good practice and developing ideas and /or pieces of work; and will hopefully lead to greater involvement for social enterprises within specific policy areas. See agenda here and you can sign up here.
West Lothian SEN is seeking to recruit a communications assistant. The ideal candidate would have a working knowledge of the third sector, particularly social enterprises, or demonstrate an interest in learning more. See more details here.
There has been some great progress with Health & Culture SENs member The Ally Bally Bee Project since we last heard from them in January this year. Once complete, the Edinburgh-based social enterprise will be offering the world’s first personalised children’s book about dementia – available to customise and purchase via an interactive website. See more.
Following the election of a new Scottish Parliament, Nourish is calling for Scotland to take the UK lead in stamping out food poverty by making urgent changes needed to enable everyone in Scotland to exercise their right to affordable, healthy and sustainable food with dignity and choice.  Nourish has provided the UN Committee with a comprehensive analysis of why people in Scotland can’t yet realise their right to food; including financial inaccessibility, the dietary inadequacy of food, exposure to toxic substances, and lack of access to land to grow.
Ready for Business has been supporting the Gamechanger PSP that is led by Hibernian Football Club, Hibernian Community Foundation and NHS Lothian. The Phase 2 report has been released and highlights efforts to build on the initial foundations by using the power of football to tackle inequality and to promote social justice. See the particularly powerful video from a lifelong Hibs fan after the launch of Gamechanger.
The Ecology Centre has announced the opening of a unique venue for hosting events. “The Nest” is the perfect venue to stage workshops, training days, conferences or parties.  It is a flexible space with fantastic views across Kinghorn Loch.  See more.
If you were unable to get tickets for TEDX Portobello this weekend, fear not, you can follow the events live on the website. Also, follow the conversation on Twitter with the #findushere hashtag. Senscot is proudly sponsoring the event.

: Evaluator required for heritage project – CultureNL Ltd., Sport & Leisure Provision – Stirling Council, Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Collaborative Framework – North Ayrshire Council, Provision of Catering Services – Crossreach and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.
: Join VHS for an informal and lively discussion over breakfast, animated by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Pennie Taylor. This post-election event will challenge and invite delegates to debate their expectations and ambitions for health.
: The latest Cultural & Creative SEN Newsletter has been published with news, events, tenders and more of interest to the CCSEN members.
: The official launch of the Greyfriars Charteris Centre – the new name for the Kirk O’Field Centre – takes place 1st June. A less formal launch event takes place on 4 June with family fun activities and displays from current premises users. The Centre is operated as part of the mission outreach of Greyfriars Kirk, and provides a range of community facilities.
: Aberdeen SEN member, Glencraft has secured a significant deal with Aberdeenshire department store Celebrations of Turriff to distribute its products. The agreement marks a ‘step-change’ in its business strategy in moving the business forward and for its 45 staff, about 80% of whom have a disability.
: New MSPs’ backgrounds in the charity and voluntary sectors.
 Dates for the Diary

Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th May
Glasgow SEN, 1st Jun
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Jun
Fife SEN, 8th Jun
Moray SEN, 9th Jun
Borders SEN, 9th Jun
Dundee SEN AGM, 14th Jun
Stirlingshire SEN, 14th Jun
Joint thematic SEN (Perth), 16th Jun
Perth & Kinross SEN, 28th Jun
 Best wishes,