The SENs: Friday 17th April 2015

Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and more recently DTA Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance have been collaborating to identify opportunities for our respective members in the new European Social Fund Operational Programme 2014 – 2020. Scottish Gov’t have been in touch this week in relation to the ‘Promoting Social Inclusion, combating poverty and any discrimination’ Thematic Objective. The Scottish Gov’t, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Big Lottery Fund Scotland and Local Authorities (LAs) are working together with wider stakeholders to explore opportunities that will contribute to the delivery of the new programmes starting in Scotland this year. We’ll be attending a session next week to hear the overall strategic approach, progress to date, process, time-table and proposed next steps to securing ESF. See more.                     Has your organisation stood up to be counted yet? Remember that the first Scottish Social Enterprise Census is underway – this is an official count supported by the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and all of the main agencies that promote social enterprise in Scotland. As a thank you for registering your information you will be provided with the full evidence from the census and be entered in a FREE PRIZE DRAW to win an iPad Air and a selection of great weekly prizes. If you register within the next 5 days you can win some fabulous artwork for your wall from Impact Arts, one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises. See more.

Glasgow SEN member, Bad Idea, launches its ‘Make it Happen’ Competition on Monday. Bad Idea piloted the idea in Glasgow and is now rolling out across Scotland. The competition aims to empower young people with the confidence to showcase their entrepreneurial talent, and has been developed in partnership with Glasgow University. See more

Cultural and Glasgow SEN member, WASPs is creating a new dance and performance space, in the centre of Glasgow, in one of the city’s historic spaces. The project will continue the development of the A-listed former fish market, The Briggait, and be worth £4 million. Once complete it will be the first dedicated public space for dance and be purpose built for disabled dancers as well as circus, street theatre, flying trapeze and other aerial skills as these continue to grow in popularity. See more
 Common Good Food is new organisation set up to help communities play a part in growing a sustainable, resilient food culture in Scotland. It has just launched straight from Scotland’s most successful local food project, the Fife Diet, and aims to be a practical advocate of Food Sovereignty in Scotland, championing the right to healthy, sustainable food but to do all this they need your support. You can read more about the project and donate here. Prior to the Easter break Senscot attended the CPG on Culture at the Scottish Parliament.  The session focussed on cultural policy with attendees voicing strong views that ‘culture value’ should inform and be at the heart of all social policy. Senscot attends the VOCAL Strategic Forum for Culture, which is currently developing a Prospectus for Culture.  To highlight the work carried out by Cultural SEN members we will be providing a set of Case Studies. Contact Sarah for more info. Latest newsletter from Dundee SEN published this week. See more. Notices TENDERS: East Ayrshire Works Employability Pipeline Framework, Research Project to identify the needs of BME communities in Scotland – PKAVS, Provision of an Employee Counselling Service – South Lanarkshire Council, Provision of an Occupational Health Services Framework – APUC Limited and Community Meals – Scotland Excel. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING: Zero Waste Scotland is launching a grant fund to deliver targeted community engagements to enable behaviour change that will increase recycling, reduce food waste and expand product life-cycles through increased re-use, repair and sharing from households across Scotland. Up to £120,000 available per project.
 FUNDING: Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

FESTIVAL: ‘Edinburgh Power of Food Festival’ – 20th-21st June 2015. Save the date for this new festival aiming to celebrate and promote community gardening and growing in Edinburgh.

ROADSHOW: Come along to Community Shares Scotland’s fourth Roadshow in Edinburgh to learn more about the community shares model and how it can benefit your community.

RECYCLING: Glasgow Housing Association is looking for partnerships to deal with a significant volume of grass cuttings and organic waste within Glasgow.
 Dates for the Diary Inverclyde SEN, 28th AprilFalkirk SEN, 13th MayDundee SEN AGM, 28th MayGlasgow SEN, 3rd JuneFalkirk SEN, 8th JuneFalkirk SEN, 7th July
Glasgow SEN, 5th August Best wishes,