The SENs: Friday 15th May 2015

Over the past year, Senscot has been approached about the possibility of setting up a new thematic SEN – covering ‘Employability’. This has been triggered, in part, by factors such as: the number of SEN members engaged in employability programmes (Community Jobs Scotland etc); the Employability Pipelines delivered by Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs); and the implications of employability matters being devolved to Scottish Govt.

Specifically in regard to the Employability Pipeline, many SEN members have been seeking to form consortia to bid for contracts advertised via Public Contracts Scotland. Senscot, in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, will be exploring this further over the coming months. If you are interested or want to know more, contact Kim.

The Cultural and Creative SEN (CCSEN) was established in 2009 and now has a membership of over 80 SEs from across Scotland. A CCSEN Roundtable was also established – made up of individuals strategically placed to help develop and support the cultural and creative SE sector. Current members include: Artlink Central Limited; Creative Scotland; Cultural Enterprise Office; Glasgow Women’s Library; Highlands & Islands Enterprise; Museums Galleries Scotland; Scottish Government; Traditional Music Forum; and VOCAL. Each year, a fresh batch of case studies is produced – see here. CCSEN is also hoping to announce some exciting news over the next few weeks.

The Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health at Glasgow Caley held their latest Knowledge Exchange Forum yesterday – with a session on CommonHealth.  The Common Health project is researching ways of measuring the impact of social enterprises on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Yesterday’s session was to share their approach and methodology to a broad stakeholder audience of SEs, academics and health professionals. From the discussion, there is clearly a lot of interest in the potential to confidently evidence SE impact in the future. The next Knowledge Exchange Forum is in November 2015 and they are keen for more SEs to attend. To find out more, see CommonHealth website or CommonHealth Researchers blog. For more info on the work of the Health SEN, contact Mary Sinclair.

The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015 is still ongoing – over 800 SEs having already participated in the online survey (see link above). This census is seeking to capture the size, scale and reach of SE in Scotland – for the first time. The survey takes around 15/20 mins to complete. Your participation is very much appreciated. See more background.

One of the more established employability programmes that can often be over looked in our sector is the Modern Apprenticeships Programme. Modern Apprenticeships, todays, cover a wide range of skills including IT; Software/Web development; Digital Media/Marketing etc; and Business Admin amongst others. The programme in Scotland is run by QA Apprenticeships. The training programmes are fully funded by Scottish Govt for individuals aged up to 20. If your organisation is interested, contact Darran Prior for more info’.

RBS, this week, announced that theirnew £2.5m Skills & Opportunities Fund is open for applications until 12 noon on Friday 22 May. Grants up to £35k are available to SEs, community groups, state funded schools and colleges working to help people in disadvantaged communities. See details


TENDERS: Counselling Services to Reduce Alcohol and Drug Misuse (future contract opportunity) – The City of Edinburgh Council, Community Housing Alliance Business Plan – Scottish Rural Housing Partnership, Dementia Awareness and Support – Scottish Borders Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

CEILIDH: One World Shop and The Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre have announced the second annual One World Peace Ceilidh at The Edinburgh Steiner School Hall on Friday 29th May. One World Shop is also fundraising for its relocation through a raffle.

CULTURE: Creative future for Customs House in Edinburgh as council confirms lease deal with Out of the Blue and The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.

SHARES: Ever wanted to own a football company? Bala Sport is a social enterprise with a unique community shares offer. Be an investor with a vote from just £50.

WORKSHOPS: Viridor Glasgow is hosting two FREE capacity building workshops for SMEs and social enterprise organisations. The Project Management and Emergency First Aid at Work (Level 5) workshops take place on 26th May and 4th June respectively.

FUNDING: Creative Scotland has released details of funding available under the ‘Creative Scotland On Screen’ programme.   

Dates for the Diary

Sport SEN West, 20th May
Edinburgh SEN, 27th May
West Lothian SEN, 28th May
Dundee SEN AGM, 28th May
Glasgow SEN, 3rd June
Falkirk SEN, 8th June
Falkirk SEN, 7th July
Glasgow SEN, 5th August

Best wishes,