The SENs: Friday 15th September 2017

Date for the Diary: Booking forms are now available for our SE Conference at the Westerwood Hotel – on the 7th/8th December 2017. This year’s event – on the theme of Collaboration (title to follow) – is being run in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Community Enterprise; with support from Scottish Community Alliance. The programme over the two days will explore how social and community enterprises can work better and more effectively together. Items on the agenda will include old favourites such as speed networking; showcases; and a revamped Dragons’ Den. We also hope to introduce newer initiatives such as a bespoke support programme for community-based enterprises and a new sector-led community loan fund. One of our sessions will also look at the SE Action Plan and the specific areas in which locally-based SEs can make their own distinct contribution. To book your place, see Booking Form.

 The annual Aberdeenshire SEN event (see full schedule) will take place on Tuesday 26th September at the Garioch Heritage Centre, Inverurie. Delegates will hear directly from Aberdeenshire Council on their new Social Enterprise Support Fund and receive the latest information on the range of support and briefings available from Senscot. There will also be an introduction to Partnership for Procurement (P4P), the new resource for the sector to aid procurement bids and foster collaboration. Places will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis for this event. Please complete and email this booking form to: events@avashire.org.uk no later than Thursday 21st September, 2017. Dundee SEN is hosting a meeting on Monday, 25th September at 3.30pm, to explore the opportunities around the Dundee City of Culture 2023 bid.  Attended by Dundee City Council, the session will explore potential partnership working, the importance of connecting all the communities of Dundee and how social enterprise can benefit from being involved in the process.  If you would like to attend, please contact sarah@senscot.net. Earlier this week SEN members met to discuss the role that they play in supporting people living with dementia, highlighting the wide-ranging contribution SEs make to this agenda. Innovative approaches embracing personalised activities were noted as key characteristics of SE activity, while there was general agreement that the barriers faced by SEs (funders not understanding new approaches; risk aversion in the public sector) need to be better understood before they can be overcome. Following on from this, Senscot will be organising study visits to learn from other SEs and producing a briefing paper later in the year. Contact Sarah or Mary to get involved. The Scottish Government announced its commitment to providing sustainable transport options which will increase levels of ‘active travel’ across the country. Walking and cycling will be put at the heart of the government’s investment plans to make Scotland an active nation, according to the government’s Programme for Scotland 2017-18. £80m will now be spent annually on making cities pedestrian and cycle-friendly, up from £40m. An Active Nation Commissioner will also be appointed “to ensure the delivery of world-class active travel infrastructure across Scotland.” The Wheatley Foundation have launched a financial incentive scheme which will benefit employers and social enterprises for every new job opportunity created for unemployed people living in homes from a range of listed social landlords. The Wheatley Pledge offers up to 50% in incentives for 12 months – to a maximum of £7000, with similar incentives offered for companies running apprenticeship schemes. Find out more and apply.  Notices FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Aviva Community Fund is now open for applications. The fund is open to all community projects which have a positive impact in their local area. There are four funding levels to apply for, ranging from £1000 to £25,000. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: RBS’ Skills & Opportunities Fund remains open for applications, with grants of up to £35k available for not-for-profit organisations. Apply now. EVENT: Following the successful launch of GSEN’s ‘Open Mic Night’, a follow up night has been organised for the 10th October, from 9.30am to 11am. The event gives the opportunity for important issues to be raised, as well as a speed networking session to open up new contacts in the sector. Venue TBC. Email elizabeth.mckenna@gsen.org.uk for details. EVENT: NHS Health Scotland is holding its annual Community Health and Food networking event next month – Sharing Patter. will see a range of presentations and workshop sessions from practitioners, planners and academics addressing issues around food, health and inequalities within Scotland’s communities. Register now using the Eventbrite pageEVENT: CFINE are running a Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning on the 29th September from 11am – 2pm at their premises in Aberdeen. All donations for coffee and cakes go towards Macmillan’s services. EVENT: The Grassmarket Community Project are hosting a Bluegrass & Americana festival on the 22nd to the 24th of September. A whole host of acts from across the city will be performing country, blues, jazz and more – you can book your tickets here. WORKSHOP: ‘Understanding your role in the Glasgow tourism market’ – Glasgow Convention Bureau & Visit Scotland combine to help you to understand current and potential opportunities in the Glasgow tourism market. 4th October, 1pm – 5pm, Glasgow. Email Elizabeth.McKenna@gsen.org.uk for more details. WORKSHOP: ‘Social Enterprise Tourism Package Offering’ – Workshop will focus on partnerships between businesses and opportunities in the conferencing sector. 25th October, 9am – 1pm, Glasgow. Email Elizabeth.McKenna@gsen.org.uk for more details.  Dates for the Diary Clackmannanshire SEN, 20th SeptemberPKVAS meeting, 26th SeptemberTSI Moray Social Enterprise Impact Awards, 6th OctoberMoray SEN, 12th October Best wishes, Kimkim@senscot.net