The SENs: Friday 13th September 2013

On Tuesday, Senscot, with Scottish Govt, hosted a Joint Thematic SEN event in Edinburgh. The first of its kind – bringing together folk engaged in the respective thematic Roundtables – Health, Sport, Culture and Community Food. The Roundtables provide a space for discussion, strategic thinking, influencing policy, making broader connections and providing additional support to the SENs. 30 people attended – SEN members, reps from Govt and other statutory agencies – with an agreement on the importance of extending these benefits across the different themes. Next meeting will focus on some agreed actions. Full report next week. See list of attendees.

The programme for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh is taking shape. Latest addition to our programme is Duncan Osler (Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland). We’re delighted Duncan has accepted our invitation to be our keynote speaker at the Ceilidh dinner. Also, a reminder that Dragons’ Den entry forms are now available – see Dragons’ Den. Closing date is Friday, 18th Oct. The event itself is at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld (14th/15th Nov). Book your place here.

Social Firms Scotland, supported by Senscot, represents Scotland this week at the EU Social Enterprise Network in Trento (northern Italy). The EU SEN aims to identify good practices across Europe that support the development and growth of SE –  lobbying for increased opportunities for SE in the next round of EU Structural Funding (2014-2020).  See more.

Fife SEN member, Recycle Fife, is organising a Strongman Fun Day 2013 this Sunday (15th Sept) at Fife Airport, Glenrothes, Fife (12noon to 4.30pm). Event is to raise funds for two worth local causes. If you fancy going along to support this event, see details. Highlights include Jackie Dunsmuir entertaining the crowd to her skydiving skills.

Senscot attended the Insights and Ideas Café in Edinburgh last week. Discussion centred around Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states: Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.  Hearing from a range of organisations delivering on Article 31 as well as Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, there are strong links to the work being delivered by Cultural SEN members.  Concerns that the Article hasn’t been taken seriously or addressed in the past were discussed – alongside evidence of delivery, funding issues and youth involvement. For more info, see SCCYP website.

Firstport’s “Fine-tune your social enterprise” is running again on 20th Sept at Norton Park in Edinburgh. Places are still available for this free event – giving early stage and up and running SEs an opportunity to brush up on: employment law, intellectual property, applying for funding, IT & social media, crowd-funding and more! 12 workshops are available – on a pick’n’mix basis! Speakers include Harper MacLeod, Navigator Law, Foundation Scotland, SoLoCo, CEiS & more. More information and link to booking form here.

One of the highlights of last week’s CEiS Conference in Glasgow was the announcement of Glasgow SEN’s partnership with Social Enterprise Toronto (SET). Amongst other things, this new alliance will explore information sharing, scope for practical collaboration and potential for work place exchanges. Congratulations to Elizabeth and the GSEN members.



TENDERS: sportscotland National Centre Glenmore Lodge Extension and Repairs to Ski Track, Childcare Voucher Scheme – Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and Promoting Equalities Programme Manager – Creative Scotland.. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

GRAB A BARGAIN: Theatre Nemo is holding an Up Market Jumble Sale tomorrow at the Govanhill Baths in Glasgow. Help them to continue the award winning creative projects in the community breaking down stigma and isolation caused by mental health issues. Special guest on the day will be Sanjeev Kohli alias Navid Harrid.

CONFERENCE: The Social Enterprise Conference that was due to take place in Dundee on  17th of September has been postponed till next year. If you paid the delegate fee this will be refunded. 

NETWORKING: ‘Growing Community Projects Along The Food Chain – Making The Links’ this large scale networking event takes place on 25th September. The event will explore how communities can be involved in all parts of local food networks from growing and selling, to eating and composting.


Case Study: Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Dates for the Diary

Sport SEN North, 19th September

Moray SEN, 2nd October

Aberdeen City and Shire Trade 2 Trade Fair, 8th October

Edinburgh SEN, 28th October

Aberdeen SEN, 30th October

Sport SEN West, 30th October

Fife SEN AGM, 13th October

Best wishes,