The SENs: Friday 13th November 2015

Senscot’s SE Conference and Ceilidh is over for another year. Around 120 delegates attended the event at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld. As always we’ll have a full report – including feedback from attendees – over the next couple of weeks. Once again, it was an opportunity for SEN members to gather and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities facing them and to consider what lies ahead. These included topics such as the SE Vision; EU Funding; the Govt’s new SE/Third Sector Strategy due in spring 2016; and a number of others. The Dragons Den saw a number of impressive presentations from the five entrants. With both the Dragons’ and audience prize (£5k) going to the fledgling waste recycling employability initiative CORR. We’d like to thank all those who attended; all contributors/participants to particular sessions – as well, of course, to our sponsors: RBS; Firstport; Kibble; Factory Skatepark; ReadyforBusiness; Social Firms Scotland and the SE Academy. In September, the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal partners (East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian councils) submitted a proposal of asks to the UK and Scottish Governments. A number of SENs have been involved, the bid, if successful, will run for 10 years and include support for social enterprise, with a view to creating a step-change in the size and impact of social enterprise in the respective areas – and the particular contribution they can make to tackling inequality and poverty. Gavin Yuill, Managing Director of the Yuill Community Trust in the Scottish Borders shares his thoughts on how a coordinated social enterprise network in South-East Scotland, facilitated by a City Region Deal, could assist social enterprises in reaching their potential. See blog. With LA cuts threatened around every corner, Sport SEN members, particularly those who operate swimming pools, are rightly concerned.  Most deliver highly cost effective services, providing true community focused facilities which utilise every efficiency measure available while taking an enterprising approach offering a wide range of services.   Not one to rest on their laurels, Mid Argyll Swimming Pool in Lochgilphead, by demonstrating the local support for their facility are hoping to influencing the council’s budgetary decision in December – see  more here.    On Wednesday Mary joined colleagues at Voluntary Health Scotland for its ‘Closing the Gap: Making Health Inequalities Everyone’s Business’ conference. The role of the third sector in tackling health inequalities was recognised as vital by all of the speakers, including Shirley Laing and Ann Jarvie CBE, Commission on Housing and Wellbeing. The Political Hustings in the afternoon sought to make sure that health inequalities are politicians’ business, with a lively debate setting the scene for inspiring discussion & sharing of ideas in the afternoon. More details to follow in Health SEN bulletin later this month. Cultural and Glasgow SEN member, WASPS, is hosting an Open Studios event that will give people the rare opportunity to see inside an artists working space and talk to them directly about its work as well as providing a platform for selling work alongside opening a forum for discussion directly between artists and their audiences.  See more information. Social Investment Scotland is hosting social investment workshops in Inverness, Aberdeen and Oban starting 1st December. The Professional Insights Workshops will cover the inner workings and importance of social investment, while the Investment Readiness Workshops are for Third Sector organisations that are considering taking the next step with social investment.  Book here. Notices
TENDERS: Community Connecting – The City of Edinburgh Council, Family Support Services – Outreach – East Lothian Council, New Skatepark at Kinglassie Playing Fields – Fife Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDRAISING: Glasgow Women’s Library’s ‘Women on the Shelf’ fundraising initiative enables individuals and organisations to sponsor a Library section, shelf or book and dedicate it to a woman of their choice. See video on the website. MUSEUM: Cultural SEN members Timespan has created a virtual museum to transport you to the pre-Clearances township of Caen two miles north-west of Helmsdale.  As well as connecting with local and international visitors, this type of technology can bring history alive for those unable to travel to the north of Scotland. TRUSTEES: Due to retirements from the board of directors, Glasgow Bike Station is seeking two new trustees with an interest in supporting a growing Glasgow social enterprise and cycling organisation. CHRISTMAS PARTY: Instant Neighbour is inviting you to share in some Christmas cheer, 3 course dinner, wine and dancing with a raffle and prizes on 4th December. SALE: Community Food Initiatives North East is holding an Upcycle Craft Sale on 21st Nov. SEN Dates for the Diary
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd Nov
Perthshire SEN, 30th NovFalkirk SEN, 1st DecGlasgow SEN, 4th DecMoray SEN, 10th DecEdinburgh SEN AGM, 10th Dec Best wishes, Kim

kim@senscot.net