The SENs: Friday 16th September 2016

For the last 11 years, Senscot has hosted a SE Conference and Ceilidh in November of each year. The primary objective of the Conference and Ceilidh has always been to bring together grassroots social enterprises to make connections with each other and share their respective stories – and, importantly, include a strong social element. This year we are jointly hosting an event in collaboration with others – Community Enterprise; Social Firms Scotland; and the Scottish Community Alliance. The event is taking place on Wednesday 23rd November at The Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh – more details soon.

The inaugural Dundee Social Enterprise Awards takes place this year on 27th October during the conference at the West Park Conferencing & Events, Dundee. Categories include Best New Start-up; Best Innovative Idea; Best Social Impact and Best Environmental Impact. Nominations are welcomed for any social enterprise that meets the SE Code and is based and actively delivering services within Dundee. See more. The DSEN September newsletter has also been published.

REMINDER: As part of our ongoing work with the SENs (both local and thematic) Senscot and Social Firms Scotland are carrying out a short survey of members to get a better understanding of who is involved in delivering formal programmes through the Scottish Qualification system and what the barriers are to involvement.  For more info’, contact Sarah.

George (Partnership & Procurement Support Co-ordinator) will be travelling to Moray on 27th  September to deliver a practical session to support social enterprises and social firms to identify and respond effectively to emerging tender /contracting opportunities. This includes providing guidance in developing partnerships for joint working and developing new services. George will also be running 1:1 sessions for organisations who are ready to respond to current tender opportunities. Booking essential, email Kim Siu.

The Community Learning Exchange, hosted by Scottish Community Alliance, is now into its second year of funding. 98 applications have been supported so far, with 145 organisations benefiting. The September update highlights how tsiMORAY arranged for seven Social Enterprise representatives from Moray to visit ten organisations during a learning visit to Shetland in May 2016. For more info on this and how to apply see here.

Community Land Scotland featured on BBC Breakfast last week.  Chair, Lorne MacLeod, talked about the opportunities for Scottish communities and the piece featured South Uist and the impact of community landownership on the island. This is the first time Community Land Scotland have had any major TV coverage outside of Scotland.

The latest blog post from CommonHealth reflects on the fascinating discussions held with the social enterprise partners during the International Social Innovation Research Conference last week, highlighting both the potential and the challenges of the research. The conference brought together 236 delegates from 34 countries to hear 168 presentations on the latest research into social enterprise and innovation. See more.

Simon Community Scotland, which works with 3,000 people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness, has teamed up with Glasgow SEN member The Bike Station to launch a project which aims to give people skills, improve their confidence and health and put them in control with the help of their very own set of wheels. See more on this here. Also, there was a news report on STV, see report.


TENDERS: Recycling and Waste Uplift Contract – Scottish Canals, Glencanisp Nature Trial – The Assynt Foundation, Flexible Homelessness Outreach Support Services – Glasgow City Council, Home Support Services – North Lanarkshire Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: Erasmus is holding six Information Sessions across the UK in October and November. These events aim to give an overview of the Erasmus+ programme, information on the types of funding opportunities by sector, and next steps. The next Scottish event is Glasgow 2 November.

AGM: A reminder that the Fife SEN AGM takes place on 21st Sep at Furniture Plus in Dysart. Contact Pedro for more info.

FESTIVAL: The Findhorn Bay Festival is a spectacular six-day celebration of arts and culture, taking place at the heart of Moray showcasing artists of national and international renown from 21st – 26th Sep with a vibrant mix of theatre, music, dance and visual arts including big gigs, free events, family events and the popular annual community event Culture Day Forres.

CO-PRODUCTION: Co-production Week Scotland is a chance to promote co-production and highlight all the amazing work that is being done across the country. In the build up to the week, the Scottish Co-production Network is looking for everyone who is passionate about co-production to get involved.

CONFERENCE: The VHS conference and AGM takes place on 24th Nov in Edinburgh. The conference will consider compelling evidence about the impact of social isolation and loneliness on mental and physical health and the part the third sector plays in preventing and addressing this.

ACADEMY: Applications are now open for Good Ideas Academy being run by The Melting Pot (TMP), deadline is 16th Oct. Previously known as the Social Innovation Incubator Scotland, TMP will help innovators on the challenging journey to create viable business models, which focus on making positive social impact through its 3 part programme.

Dates for the Diary

Fife SEN & AGM, 21st Sep
Perth & Kinross SEN, 27th Sep
Falkirk SEN, 5th Oct
East Lothian SEN, 6th Oct
Borders SEN, 6th Oct
Moray SEN, 13th Oct
Inverclyde SEN, 25th Oct
Perth & Kinross SEN, 25th Oct
Borders SEN, 17th Nov

Best wishes,