The SENs: Friday 14th October 2016

“Keep it local; Strength in numbers” is the working title of Senscot’s national event this year. It takes place at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh on Wed 23rd November – and is being run in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, Community Enterprise and the Scottish Community Alliance. As the title suggests, the focus is on collaborative working (between SENs and individual SEs) and the specific contribution of community-based enterprises in delivering services locally. As well as keynote speakers (from Italy and England) and a plenary session hosted by Lesley Riddoch, the day will also include a series of breakout sessions on areas of opportunity for community-based SEs working in partnership with others. A drinks reception and dinner will follow in the evening. Places allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book, see booking form and draft programme.

Yesterday Mary (Health SEN Coordinator) attended the Integration Learning Set in Stirling held by The Third Sector Health & Social Care Support Team. Christina Naismith from SG provided a useful outline on strategic commissioning and talked about the recently published Overview of Strategic Plans report. She also described the emerging locality working arrangements and several Integration Authorities presented on their recent developments. For more information, contact Mary.

On Thu 3rd November Senscot and partners will be hosting a Social Enterprise Learning Exchange in Elgin. This is the second in a series of joint thematic sessions to be held across Scotland. It will provide a space for in-depth discussion and sharing of good practice. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of sessions relevant to social enterprises. For Sport Social Enterprises the two main topics are Sport for Change and Collaborative Working. More info on the sessions can be found here and sign up for the event here.

George will be delivering an Introduction to Procurement and Partnership Workshop on 4th Nov in Inverness for Highlands TSI. Focus, amongst other topics, will be on mapping the partnership process and examples of successful tendering and partnership working. See flyer for full info and booking details.

Sarah spoke, last week, at East Lothian SEN held at Fashion School in Dunbar. With inspiring talks from Sue Northrop, Dementia Friendly East Lothian, and Jordan Butler, Heavy Sound CIC, as well as DTAS and Firstport, the meeting was very well attended.  An over-riding theme of the day was the use of creativity as a tool to make people’s lives better.  A lovely quote from the day from Sue Northrop, “If we live in places that embrace and look after our oldest and frailest, then we live in a place that’s good for everyone.”

With Self-Directed Support (SDS) becoming an integral part of the delivery of care services within our communities, reader Jim Withers (Respite Now CIC) brings our attention to their Peace of Mind programme – a collaboration between Respite Now CIC and SPAEN that works with individuals, families, community groups and local businesses to ensure greater integration and involvement for people with disabilities or who are in receipt of SDS.

Fablevision Studios has been in touch about some exciting updates. It is working with Glasgow Clyde College on a project which will deliver a signed, audio and subtitled video on its development plan. Additionally, it has entered into a partnership to provide HD video drone footage to accompany its existing offering of fully bespoke video.

A reminder that The Melting Pot is seeking applications for its 2016-17 Good Ideas Academy – deadline midnight this coming Sunday! See more info and apply here.


TENDERS: Fife Employability Pathway: Poverty & Social Inclusion Challenge Fund Framework, Advocacy Service – Aberdeenshire Council, Independent Advocacy Service – Moray Council, Care at Home and Housing Support Services, Grass Sports Pitch Maintenance Framework – Fife Council and more. Join Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

WORKSHOPS: There are two FREE upcoming workshops from Viridor Glasgow. The Project Management and Selling in Tough Climate workshops take place on the 20th and 27th of October respectively.

EXHIBITION: Two WHALE-Pod participants, DLSV and Fiona Harrison, a musical composer, are working with the Scottish Design Exchange for a Sculpture & Light Exhibition

CONFERENCE: The Poverty Alliance is organising The Living Wage Expo Conference on 31st Oct. The Minister Jamie Hepburn MSP will be speaking and there will be presentations on how to use the Living Wage to boost your organisation’s profile in media and social media, and how it can be used to promote growth.

NEWSLETTER: The latest Cultural & Creative SEN Newsletter has been published with news, events and more.

EVENTS: COSS is running a series of events from October to December for community groups. The ‘New Rights, Resources and Revenues’ events are aimed primarily at community groups thinking about, or having newly taken on, an asset.

VOTE: Sophie Unwin, founder of Edinburgh-based Remade, is shortlisted for the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Award – one of five finalists with the chance of winning the UK-wide £10,000 award and the only Scottish one. Take a moment to vote.

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 25th Oct
Perth & Kinross SEN, 25th Oct
Borders SEN, 17th Nov
Perth & Kinross SEN, 22th Nov
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Dec
Fife SEN, 7th Dec
Moray SEN, 8th Dec 

Best wishes,