Sport has a high profile in Scotland just now with the Commonwealth Games 2014 and the Ryder Cup both being hosted this year. It is, therefore, encouraging to read a newly published report by The Working Group on Scottish Sport chaired by Henry McLeish. Whilst the review was undertaken with the thoughts of Scotland as a stand-alone country, many of the findings will help to shape the future of sport in Scotland whatever the outcome of the referendum.
Some key findings, of particular interest within the SE community, include the need to ensure genuine access to sport for all, re-visiting the role of Local Authorities and Leisure Trusts and, importantly, the recommendation that future investment in sport be categorised as ‘preventative spend’. See, full report on website. CCSEN and GSEN joined forces last week and met up with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) for a productive session which provided an opportunity to hear more about the work of GCMB and the new Tourism Strategy for Glasgow. The meeting saw GCMB give an insight into the tourism market followed by a discussion on opportunities that could present themselves for social enterprises. GCMB is keen to connect with SEs and help them deliver quality experiences for visitors coming to the city. If you are involved in any tourism activities in, or near, Glasgow and would like to get involved, contact Sarah or Elizabeth. Health SEN and ABSEN member, Healthy Options, is launching its report – ‘A Healthier Future for Oban and Lorn: Extending Healthcare into the Community’ in Edinburgh in on 5th June. Oban has one medical practice, the Lorn Medical Centre which, at the time of planning Healthy Options, had just over 10,000 patients of whom nearly 40% had a chronic medical condition/s. Shocking as that statistic is, the positive message is that these conditions can be improved or control managed by adopting an active healthy lifestyle. That was the challenge – to improve the wellbeing of ‘our 40%’ and for Oban and Lorn to become a more active, fitter, healthier community. If you’re interested in finding out more or attending the launch, contact Danielle. This week, Finance Minister John Swinney visited Dalry Primary School, to see first-hand the work of Edinburgh and Sport SEN member, My Adventure – one of the latest tranche of recipients of the Enterprise Ready Fund. It’s great to see that a number of SEN members have benefited from the fund to date, see details. A wee reminder: deadline for applications is 16th June – however organisations are encouraged to submit applications before this date – more information and link to apply. New markets are beginning to open across the country. The new Local Motive Market opening in Edinburgh Waverley Station on 6th June is run as a social enterprise, with strong links to the local community. Could local markets be one answer for decreasing the need for food banks? How can we make more good food more accessible as well as affordable? Watch what Dennis Curran from Loaves and Fishes has to say about food poverty at the Scottish Parliament. Food poverty and other health inequalities require dedication from other non-health practitioners in economic regeneration, housing, fuel poverty and enterprise; all working with communities in real partnership, see article. Foundation Scotland has announced the launch of the Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) for 2014. The awards are part of a national community investment programme to help support growing social enterprises and enterprising charities working for the direct benefit of their communities. £160,000 is available to community groups in Scotland. See more. Notices TENDERS: Hermitage Park Restoration – Argyll and Bute Council, ITT for hydro feasibility, preliminary design & development work – Sandbank Community Development Trust and Forgewood Community Centre – Garrion People’s Housing Co-operative. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter. SOCIAL MEDIA: Latest edition of ‘Digital Detox’ has been published with social media nuggets for third sector professionals. WORKSHOPS: Community Building Events at The Melting Pot are monthly workshops delivered by members for members as well as the general public. They are short, sharp nuggets of knowledge and social capital sharing in addition to the odd social! SCHOLARSHIPS: Glasgow Caledonian University has announced funding for four Chancellor Yunus Scholarships covering full programme fees in order to enable students from all backgrounds to study the MSc Social Business and Microfinance programme. SDS: CCPS has a few places still available for a consultation event for proposed new national guidance on SDS for providers. CAPACITY BUILDING: There are spaces left for free capacity building workshops in Glasgow CSR & Sustainability for SME & social enterprise organisations. GARDENING: The University of Glasgow has announced the workshop ‘Making Local Food Happen: Community Gardening in Glasgow’ will take place on Friday 13th June 2014. DAYCARE: The Broomhouse Centre has received funding to provide an additional day care service to people with Dementia in the Balerno/Juniper green and Currie area. Dates for the Diary
Dundee SEN AGM, 28th MayFalkirk SEN, 30th MayStirlingshire SEN, 2nd JuneGlasgow SEN, Aberdeenshire and Moray SEN, 4th JuneFife SEN, 11th JuneSport SEN East, 19th JuneFalkirk SEN, 30th June Best wishes, Kimkim@senscot.net