The SENs: Friday 16th June 2017

Last year, Senscot commissioned a review of the Thematic SENs – which resulted in trying to focus on key priorities that could lead to joint opportunities between respective thematic areas. The specific priorities included: Health and Social Care Integration; Self Directed Support; Food Poverty; Tourism and Heritage; Creative Industries; Sport for Change; and Employability. One area that has attracted considerable interest is Tourism. So much so that we have begun to establish a new thematic SEN in Tourism. Sarah Cameron (Senscot’s Cultural & Creative SEN Co-ordinator) recently sent out an invitation to organisations to signing up for the new Tourism SEN – and has received over 100 positive responses – including 35 from members of other SENs.  Over the summer months, Sarah will be arranging initial meetings for members. For more info on the new Tourism SEN, contact Tourism SEN member Forth Pilgrim are hosting Defend Dunfermline this August, a festival to celebrate the town’s rich history in a WWII context. The festival tells the story of strategic defence plans drawn up by allied Polish forces in the event of an invasion in Fife. Street theatre, live music, war gaming workshops and a parade all combine to re-enact and celebrate an important part of the town’s war history, while it is also hope the festival will open doors to cultural collaborations between Fife and Poland in future years. Download event flyer. Many thanks to Roar, Connections for Life for hosting an inspiring community learning exchange this week. We were provided with an insight into the interconnected roles of staff, volunteers, service users and external organisations. Nicola Hanssen then offered an overview of their business development and strategy over brunch, whilst also reminding us of the importance of getting up off our seats and moving every 20 minutes! We then got out and about Renfrewshire, visiting Roar’s collaborate heritage project, the Roar Health & Wellbeing Club and enjoyed an Introduction to ‘Exclusive’ exercise group. Fantastic learning for everyone! For more info contact Mary. If you would like the opportunity to get involved with a community learning exchange, Tribe Porty are hosting next Thursday and there are a few spaces left. Tribe Porty promote community co-working and are involved in events management, space hire, youth theatre and arts projects. If you would like to go along contact SarahHealth SEN member Talking Mats have undertaken a project to help people self-manage their health and well-being using digital mats and online resources. Funded by ALLIANCE Scotland, the overall aim of the project is give people coping with a range of long-term conditions control over how their condition is managed through a greater ability to communicate their support needs. So far, the project has helped: a participant with learning difficulties and diabetes adhere to a more balanced diet; a man with early onset dementia reconnect with his prior love for music; and a man with severe aphasia increase his mobility with swimming and fitness classes. Find out more on the Talking Mats website. A wee shout out for Gary Gentles, who recently celebrated 30 years’ service at Community Central Halls (CCH) in Maryhill in Glasgow. Gary has been a stalwart around the social enterprise scene in Glasgow over the years – and a loyal attender of the Senscot Ceilidh. CCH recently hosted a ‘This is Your Life’ for Gary – bringing together friends and former colleagues to recognise his unstinting service over the year. Congratulations, Gary – from everyone at Senscot. The Big Lottery Fund have a total of £7.5m in funding available to help address the root causes of inequality by helping local organisations make the shift towards early action and prevention. The Early Action System Change initiative will provide grants to fund programmes that bring people from the third and public sectors together to plan for the future – putting early action central to their work. Three areas of impact successful applications will focus on are: healthy diet and active lifestyle; children, young people and families; and women and criminal justice. Expressions of interest should be made by 12th October. Find out more and apply here.  Notices TENDERS: Open Framework Agreement for Learning and Development – The City of Edinburgh Council; Provision of Domestic Abuse Support Services at HMP & YOI Polmont – Scottish Prison Service and more. VACANCY: Senscot are looking to fill two positions for the new Partnership and Procurement Hub: Hub Co-ordinator (circa £32k) and Hub Support Officer (circa £24k). FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Wesleyan Foundation fund offers grants of up to £2000 for projects that improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise; maximise ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity; and advance people’s physical, mental health and wellbeing. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: £1.5m of funding is now available through the Community Choices Fund, used to support participatory budgeting in Scotland. The fund’s aim is to support PB activity which will significantly exand opportunities for local people to make decisions on local spending priorities. Closing date is 21st July. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The second round of the Scottish Government’s Social Innovation Fund is now open for applications. Grants of between £30,000 and £250,000 are available. Deadline 21st July. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The FCC Community Fund is now taking applications for projects which serve community needs through public spaces and amenities. Grants of up to £50,000 available. Find out if you are eligible and applyEVENT: Holyrood Magazine and Social Enterprise Scotland are co-hosting Next Steps for Social Enterprise in Scotland – an event which will discuss the implications of the strategy for the sector and a raft of other policy issues. Key speakers include our own Collaborate Scotland Co-ordinator, Yvonne McBride. Find out more and registerAWARDS: The SURF Awards, which celebrate best practice in community regeneration, is open for applications until 18th September. The five categories for awards this year are: Community-Led Regeneration; Youth Unemployment; Scotland’s Most Improved Place; Housing; and Creative Regeneration. Find out more and put forward your projectWORKSHOP SERIES: Edinburgh Napier University are launching a Leadership in Business Governance course –  a four-day workshop which will provide participants with the skills and competencies to perform as an effective board member. See course content and course overviewDates for the Diary
Perth & Kinross SEN, 20th June
Dundee SEN AGM, 22nd June
Stirlingshire SEN, 16th June
SBSEC, 13th July Best wishes,