The SENs: Friday 15th July 2016

There’s been a real buzz in Glasgow city centre this week for the Homeless World Cup (HWC). We’re delighted to have been involved hosting in partnership with the HWC 3 workshops that have attracted almost 150 attendees – we’ve also managed to catch a few games including Scotland’s men 4-0 victory against Norway at lunchtime on Tuesday – Women’s team doing well, could they maybe reach the final, even win? As well as our workshops the Homeless World Cup have hosted a series of lunchtime seminars – at Monday’s session we heard from Honey Thaljieh, co-founder of women’s football in Palestine and the first woman in the Middle East to obtain a FIFA Master and to become employed by FIFA. Honey broke through all social and political barriers and became a role model to women and girls throughout the Arab world – truly inspiring stuff. Sport really is a powerful tool for positive change. See more.

Rachael Brown has been appointed as the new Chief Executive at CEO!  Rachael was involved at the very beginning of the journey for the Cultural and Creative SEN during her time at Impact Arts and since then has been a performance adviser with Inspiring Scotland, Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland and Creative Director of Our Creative World.  We look forward to working with her in her new role.  See press release.

GCU and Santander are offering an exciting opportunity for SMEs to take advantage of fully-funded work placements. The placements provide GCU students with the chance to gain valuable work experience through a 4 week fully funded internship within SMEs. In addition, there is a part-funded internship programme available. Both the internships and work placements must be allocated by July 31st.

This week CCSEN member Artlink Central launched their new social enterprise Creating Conversations.  The new social enterprise will market specialist creative products for the care and dementia sectors starting with their first product, the gardening activities kit, that has been developed over the last 2 years and is designed for use by carers and activities coordinators with groups of older people, in care homes, hospital settings or day care groups.  The gardening kit has been rigorously trialled in NHS wards care homes and with community groups.  Read the results of the research, carried out by Dementia and Social Gerontology Research Group University of Stirling, here.

Senscot recently visited Haven Recycle, based on the Hillington Industrial Park offers a range of services including recycling for unwanted electrical equipment, asset recovery, secure data destruction and mobile phone recycling with a zero to landfill approach. The company employs 28 staff, 85% of whom are disadvantaged or have a disability have enjoyed a number of significant account wins recently including Renfrewshire Council after an exacting tendering process. Manager of Haven, Julieanne Levett says, ‘We are enjoying an exciting period of growth and it is particularly gratifying to receive the support of our local council’. Haven will be responsible for Corporate WEEE Recycling including reuse and disposal of redundant ICT.  Get in touch with Haven if you have any WEEE/IT recycling enquiries.  Further to this, Senscot would welcome any interest in collaborative working or partnership opportunities in this area so if this is of interest then email George.


TENDERS: Auchenback Active Limited / Barrhead HA Consultancy Tender, Poverty & Social Inclusion Operation – Glasgow City Council, Provision and Operation of a Community Recycling Centre – South Ayrshire Council, Wild Film Festival Events Manager and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

NEWSLETTER: Latest Cultural & Creative SEN newsletter has been published with news, events, tenders and more.

FUNDING: New funding strands from the Robertson Trust go live on August 1st. Find out more about Care and Wellbeing, Strengthening Communities and Realising Potential.

FINANCE: RBS has £10 million to help social ventures that don’t qualify for mainstream loans. Organisations can get funding from £30,000 up to £750,000 depending on what they do.

AWARDS: Congratulations to the Libertie Project in Inverness on being awarded £8000 from RBS to fund the set-up of four similar “micro social enterprises”.  Additionally, it was awarded the Scottish Charities Digital Dynamo award for an online cafe being run from the shop.

RADICALS: The NESTA New Radicals 2016 list has been published featuring many organisations from Scotland. The list is of people, campaigns and organisations with the potential to transform the lives of millions. Those recognised include Lingo Flamingo, Refuweegee, Euan’s Guide and WEvolution.

SPORT: Holyrood’s Sport in the Community event on 29th Sep is bringing together a host of key stakeholders to explore the power of sport to make positive social benefits and improve outcomes.  Holyrood are offering SEN members an exclusive 25% discount on delegate rates for the event.

INITIATIVE: Do you operate in the Forth Valley area? If so, might your service users be interested in supporting a new initiative aimed at helping to make public places less noisy and easier for people to hear in? Ideas for Ears is seeking volunteers to help gather feedback on how easy it is to hear and converse when visiting public places.

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 26th July
Perth & Kinross SEN, 26th July
Glasgow SEN, 4th Aug
Falkirk SEN, 5th Aug
Moray SEN, 11th Aug
Borders SEN, 18th Aug
Perth & Kinross SEN, 30th Aug
Fife SEN, 7th Sep
Perth & Kinross SEN, 27th Sep 

Best wishes,