The SENs: Friday 16th October 2015

A number of SENs have been working with City of Edinburgh Council and five other local authorities in the East of Scotland to submit a £1bn bid to the Scottish and UK Governments for a City Region Deal. The bid, if successful, will run for 10 years and include support for social enterprise, with a view to creating a step-change in the size and impact of social enterprise in the respective areas – and the particular contribution they can make to tackling inequality and poverty. This is an exceptional opportunity for these SENs and their members. A web site has been set up where businesses can pledge support for the bid. The SENs would like to see as many social enterprises as possible signing up and showing their support, sign up.  Bookings for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh have now hit the 100 mark – with space for another 20/30 folk. The programme is just about finalised and we are now inviting applications for this year’s Dragons’ Den. Closing date for application is Friday 23rd October. Here’s the application form. As always, £5k prize money will be available to the winner. We will also be crowdfunding the audience prize. The event is again at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld, on 12th/13th November. To book your place, see bookings. This week, Senscot supported two workshops at Voluntary Action Scotland’s (VAS) Annual Conference for Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs). The workshops focussed on two thematic areas – Health and Culture – and included contributions from Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow SENs as well as Thematic SEN members. Topics included health and social care integration; tourism; festivals and delivering social impact through the creative and cultural industries. Presentations can be viewed here.

 Edinburgh SEN launched their ‘Buy the Food Stuff’ campaign last week which aims to promote the range of high quality food SEs in Edinburgh. To mark the occasion Edinburgh SEN teamed up with Breadshare and Tiphereth in a Jar for The Monster Jeely Piece challenge at Waverley Station which included the creation of the biggest jeely piece (jam sandwich) to date in the UK, see more.  Glasgow SEN member, The Experience has made its mark in the short time it’s been open and has developed a range of leisure and educational activities over and above the go-karting ‘experience’ itself. The latest development is, not surprisingly, something a bit different. Their new dining and events space will see the front end of a Boeing 737 being attached to the side of the building. If you don’t believe us, look at this! REMINDER: The Scottish Community Alliance’s new Community Learning Exchange (CLE) Programme is now open. The CLE Programme is open to members of the SCA member network, of which Senscot is one and makes SENs and their members eligible. For more info, see link above or email SCA. Congratulations are in order to Lucinda Broadbent (Media Co-op). Lucinda, a well-kent face around the Cultural and Glasgow SENs, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Drum Woman of the Year award – highlighting the contribution of women in the creative industries across the UK. This is in recognition of Lucinda and Media Co-op’s work in human rights and social justice. You can vote for Lucinda by going to link above. Notices TENDERS: Coordination, Advocacy and Support for Young People Impacted by Substance Misuse – NHS Lanarkshire, Supporting Individuals and Families Affected by Substance Misuse in South Lanarkshire, Café Tender – Fruitmarket Gallery and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter. PRIZES: Thanks to the amazing generosity of accredited Living Wage employers, Poverty Alliance has a great range of prizes to give away for Living Wage Week. AWARDS: The shortlist for the NatWest SE100 Awards 2015 has been released. Sadly, this year, Scotland isn’t too prominent. Out of 19 SEs short-list, only one is from Scotland – Kelvin Valley Honey. CHAT SHOW: The Melting Pot has announced the return of the popular Social Entrepreneurs’ Chat Show. This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), forming just one of a range of events taking place in 120 countries and reaching millions of people. TRAINING: Details of Mindfulness / Loss, Grief & Bereavement in a Counselling Context training from Crisis commencing in January. AGM: The Citizen Advice Direct AGM takes place from 6pm at Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. The speakers include the inspirational speaker Paula "must try harder" McGuire, Rachel Robyns Laird, and a representative from Police Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit. WORKSHOP: Just Enterprise is running a foundation-level course designed to introduce web design at a high level. Non-technical, it will take you through the basics and highlight the “must haves” together with the pitfalls to avoid. Dates for the Diary
Inverclyde SEN, 20th OctPerthshire SEN, 26th OctDundee SEN, 4th NovPerthshire SEN, 30th NovFalkirk SEN, 1st DecGlasgow SEN, 4th DecMoray SEN, 10th DecEdinburgh SEN AGM, 10th Dec Best wishes, Kim