The SENs: Friday 15th January 2016

Senscot Legal is coming to the end of its 5th year of trading. It began trading in February 2011 to provide social enterprises and wider third sector organisations with legal services that were both accessible and affordable. During this period, it has worked with over 500 organisations from all parts of the country – and from a wide range of specific sectors: culture; housing; sport; health; community food; community orgs; as well as national intermediaries. Services covered include company set up and structures; employment law; governance; leases; contracts; policies and procedures; resolution of disputes; and other areas. Senscot Legal is also in demand to provide seminars/workshops on subjects of organisations’ choosing. If you would be interested in Senscot Legal’s services, please contact  Linsay Chalmers, Edinburgh SEN Co-ordinator, leaves her post at the end of this month to take on a new challenge with Community Land Scotland. Linsay has been with ESEN for the last three years and has led the SEN from strength to strength. ESEN has seen an increase in membership, launch of ‘The Good Stuff’ campaigns, the successful Social in the Square event as well as being instrumental in taking forward social enterprise interests in the City Deal. We wish Linsay all the best in her new role from everyone at Senscot. ESEN is now looking for a Chief Executive to manage the small but growing staff team, develop various projects and continue to build ESEN’s profile locally and nationally. See more. Social enterprises in Stirling met this week at the MacRobert Arts Centre to discuss re-establishing the Stirlingshire SEN.  Attended by SVE (Stirlingshire Third Sector Interface), the social enterprises all agreed that they would be keen to see a new SEN in the area and are keen to develop stronger links with Stirling Council and other partners including STEP and Forth Valley College.  A meeting will be held next month to continue the conversation.  If you are a social enterprise operating in the Stirlingshire area, please get in touch with Sarah. Date for your Diary: Senscot will be holding its 16th AGM on Friday 4th March at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh (10.30 – 1.30pm). Prior to the AGM, we will be hosting a discussion session looking at “the implications – challenges, opportunities and risks – for social enterprise and the third sector in playing an increasing role in public service delivery”. Our keynote speaker on the day will be Barry Knight from Centris – the Centre for Research and Innovation in Social Policy Ltd. Barry has, in the past, worked as an advisor to UK Governments on economic development, the voluntary sector and social enterprise. To book your place – see booking form. Edinburgh SEN will be launching the ‘Live the Good Stuff’ campaign – promoting health and wellbeing social enterprises – on Monday, 25th January at WHALE Arts. Known as Blue Monday – supposedly the most depressing day of the year. To help bring some calm into people’s lives on that date, they have created an adult colouring book – the ‘Doogie Doodle’. ESEN are encouraging people to colour him in and post a picture of their Doodle on Twitter or Facebook on the 25th January. You can download it here, – or they can post you A3 size copies – you email Lindsay and let her know how many you would like.  Senscot met with Matthew Adams from Ally Bally Bee this week for a catch up.  Since competing in the Dragons Den at our recent Ceilidh, the organisation has further developed its website and – having identified an illustrator – is currently on the search for the ideal writer for the books.  When finished, they will be personalised children’s books about dementia.  For more information, see the new website here. Creative Scotland has produced its Annual Review 2014/15 – illustrating the wide range of work delivered by artists, creative practitioners and organisations across Scotland supported by their funding. It also explains their ongoing organisational development work. Notices TENDERS: Bid Writing Services / Research and Mapping Consultancy – The Wise Group, Employability Skills Pipeline Service – South Ayrshire Council, Disabilities Complex Care – The City of Edinburgh Council & more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOPS: Designed specifically for a third sector audience, Just Enterprise Learning Services increase the business and leadership skills of those employed within the sector.EVENT: Supplier Development Scotland is hosting a free event on Jan 25th that aims to raise awareness of the projects and potential opportunities arising from the City Deal and of the training & support on offer to help SME’s, contractors and suppliers get ‘tender ready’. MENTAL HEALTH: For information news of significant new investment to improve mental health services for children and adults was announced by the FM Nicola Sturgeon. More than £54m will be made available to improve access to mental health services NOURISH: The latest packed update from Nourish Scotland has news, events, research, policy, funding and more. NEWSLETTER: Latest newsletter from the Edinburgh SEN has been published. Dates for the Diary
Perth and Kinross SEN, 25th JanDundee SEN, 28th JanMoray SEN Tourism, 28th JanEdinburgh SEN, 3rd FebGlasgow SEN, 3rd FebMoray SEN, 11th FebInverclyde, 16th FebPerth and Kinross SEN, 23rd FebSouth Ayrshire SEN, 9th Mar Best wishes,