The SENs: Friday 15th April 2016

Bookings are now open for Community Enterprise’s event in Edinburgh on Friday 24th June. –  ‘Where Community Meets Enterprise: The nature and scale of "community enterprise" within Scotland’s growing family of social enterprises. A debate and a celebration’. The event will focus on community based enterprises serving and re-investing profit in their own communities – responding to local need and local market demand as it changes over the long term. Many of these initiatives have limited aspiration to grow outwith their core purpose and their local area and – as the recent SE Census demonstrated – these organisations represent the heart of the sector in Scotland. As well as community enterprises operating at a local level, the event is also aimed at support providers, policy makers, funders and intermediaries who form the SE and community regeneration eco-system in Scotland. Event fee is £15. To sign up, see details.

Another job on the go….Lorn & Oban Healthy Options – a serial SEN member (Health; Sport; and ABSEN) – has an opportunity available to join their much lauded community health initiative. They are currently recruiting for a Lead Exercise Professional for their programme that will support a wide range of individuals with varying physical and mental health conditions to enable and support them in changing their lifestyle and become more active. The Healthy Options initiative has attracted a lot of interest in many circles – both locally and nationally – and it’s great to see this being recognised via the new Integrated Care Fund for Argyll and Bute. Closing date – Friday 29th April.

Congratulations and good luck to our friends at Media Co-op who have, yet again, received recognition for their outstanding work –  this time receiving two nominations at the prestigious Royal Television Society Scotland Awards 2016. See videos, pictures and more.

The next CommonHealth Knowledge Exchange Forum will be taking place in Inverness on Thursday, 5th May at the UHI Inverness Campus. The Common Health initiative is led by Glasgow Caley’s Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health – and is looking at developing ways of measuring the impact of social enterprises on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Here’s a link to the programme and you can book your place here.

After the success of last year’s event, TEDxPortobello is back for its second year – on Sunday, 15 May, 2016. The event will open up the stage to ten speakers from a range of different disciplines, to share their big ideas on the theme ‘Find Us Here’ – all about connecting to place, neighbours and communities. They are also on the lookout for additional sponsors – if interested, please get in touch.

Another date for your Diary: Senscot has a number of bursary places available for Sport SEN members for the – ‘Power of Sport: How Sport can grow while creating Social Change in Scotland’ . The event will take place at the Royal Society in Edinburgh on 15th June – and will be about highlighting sport’s positive impact on people’s lives and the social outcomes it can deliver in areas such as health and wellbeing, skills development as well as bringing communities together. It will also address the challenges that are faced in terms of capacity, resources, skills and knowledge. If you’re interested in a bursary place, contact Tariq.


TENDERS: Developing Financial Capability – Renfrewshire Council, Funding Consultant – Kilmartin Museum Trust, Fundraiser for Major Heritage Lottery Fund Project – Loch Lomond Steamship Company, Adult Employability Services – Renfrewshire Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

WORKSHOP: There is a FREE Digital Marketing workshop taking place on 3rd May in Glasgow. The session will focus on 3 steps to transforming your business online.

NEWSLETTER: The latest packed Cultural & Creative SEN newsletter has been published with news, events, tender opportunities and more.

VACANCY: A reminder that Senscot is currently recruiting for a new SE & Sport Co-ordinator. Closing date for applications is Monday 18th April – with interviews scheduled for w/c 25th April.

FESTIVAL: Many members of the SENs will be taking part in the Radical Film Network festival that is being staged in Glasgow over the May Day Holiday weekend. Glasgow Bike Station, the Gal Gael Trust and The Glasgow Women’s Library amongst those featuring

FUNDING: Creative Scotland is planning to open for applications for the next round of Regular Funding in Autumn 2016, with the next RFO period beginning in April 2018.

EVENTS: The Grassmarket Community Project has announced two upcoming events. There will be a Special Screening Event of ‘Girl Rising’ with a Q&A and a Community Engagement &Third Sector Hustings on the 25th and 26th April respectively.

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 26th Apr
Perth & Kinross SEN, 26th Apr
South Ayrshire SEN, 11th May
Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th May
Glasgow SEN, 1st Jun
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Jun
Fife SEN, 8th Jun
Moray SEN, 9th Jun


Best wishes,