The SENs: Friday 15th August 2014

Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities is a £1m Fund established with £500k of Scottish Government 2014 Legacy Funds and £500k from The Robertson Trust.  The overarching goal of the Fund is to support more sports social enterprises to be able to own and/or manage facilities and deliver sustainable services which meet the needs of their communities. Strand 2 of the Fund, which opened for applications on 11th August, offers sports social enterprises the opportunity to apply for up to £30,000 of support towards the direct costs of employing a Business Development Officer,  or similar post, with the aim of developing the organisation, its services and its financial sustainability through the adoption of a social enterprise model. See more. Ready for Business published a study this week that gathered evidence relating to procurement spend on the third sector by a sample of five of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. This was a major piece of research that included the analysis of Council records relating to over 20,000 individual suppliers (including 2,217 third sector suppliers) that accounted for procurement spending of over £1bn. The evidence shows that the third sector is now a major supplier of goods and services to Scotland’s local authorities. Based on the evidence from selected Councils, the research suggests that the third sector accounts for around £1 in every £5 of Council procurement spend and one in every 10 council suppliers. It shows particular market penetration and scale on the part of the third sector in providing social care services. See more. Social in the Square, Scotland’s first social enterprise festival, will take place in St Andrew’s Square Garden in Edinburgh on the 12th and 13th September. Website now live with more details including a programme for the two days. Glasgow and Cultural SEN members, Media Co-op and Theatre Nemo both hitting the headlines this week. Media Co-op for a participatory film on children affected by domestic abuse, see video and Theatre Nemo, has launched an appeal to find some of the people who they’ve worked with over the years. They want to know how much of a long term impact their services have had, featured by STV, this clip shows interviews with some people currently being supported. See more. Dundee SEN members, Claverhouse and Craigowl Communities have won new contracts to help local unemployed people prepare for, find and maintain a place in the workforce over the coming years. The contracts will run over the next nine months and have been awarded to Claverhouse and Craigowl by the Dundee Partnership Employability Assessment Group which is led by Dundee City Council. The contracts are being financed by the City Council and the European Union through its Structural Fund. See more. Now in its 5th year, the leading market intelligence tool for social ventures, the RBS SE100 Index, is pleased to announce two new awards for 2014. The storyteller award, designed to encourage social enterprises to share their tales of social transformation, as well as the Resilience award, for organisations that have consistently worked for social change over a number of years. Other categories include: Sustainable growth champion, Social impact champion and Trailblazing newcomer. See moreNotices TENDERS: Website design and development – Link Group, Council Building’s Waste – South Lanarkshire Council, Volunteer-Led Generalist Advice Services – Stirling Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOPS: Social Investment Scotland has released information on its upcoming Investment Readiness Workshops. There is no charge for attending but places are limited. See website for full details. BOOK LAUNCH: On 26th August in Glasgow there will be a launch for the ‘Raising Spirits – allotments, well-being and community’ book about allotments as part of the Postcards from Scotland series. PROGRAMMES: Social Enterprise Academy has two programmes taking place in Contin and Portree. ‘Understanding Social’ and ‘Marketing Your Social Enterprise’ are available at no cost and SEA can cover overnight accommodation for those travelling from a distance. CONFERENCE: The CRNS 10th Anniversary Conference & 2014 AGM will be taking place on 23rd October at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. Booking now open. Dates for the Diary: Dundee SEN, 20th AugustWLSEN SEN, 21st AugustFalkirk SEN, 27th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd SeptemberSocial In The Square, 12th SeptemberFalkirk SEN, 25th SeptemberMoray SEN / Glasgow SEN, 1st OctoberSport SEN North, 3rd OctoberSport SEN West, 22nd OctoberFalkirk SEN, 31st OctoberSocial Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13th NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November Best wishes,