The SENs: Friday 17th July 2015

This week Senscot attended a European Social Investment Fund (ESIF) Stakeholder Workshop relating to the ‘Tackling Poverty and Inequality – Growing the Social Economy’ Strategic Intervention (SI). The SI proposal (draft and not yet approved by the managing Authority) which is starting to shape up has been jointly developed by the Scottish Government Third Sector Unit and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and covers the whole of Scotland.  This SI proposes an integrated pan-Scotland approach to stimulating, testing, supporting and delivering social innovation and enterprise in the social economy, resulting in enhanced capacity to deliver better outcomes for the most disadvantaged groups, sharing of learning and good practice, and the creation of sustainable employment opportunities. For further updates on ESIF 2014 – 2020, see more.

 What’s your experience of Health & Social Care Integration so far?  In seeking to provide the Health SEN with appropriate information, valuable insights and signposting to the right kind of support in the coming months we’re asking members to tell us about their awareness and involvement in Health & Social Care Integration so far by answering a few questions here.  Please feel free to share this link with others. Reminder there is still time to book on to the EU Funding Masterclass in Aberdeen on Friday, 31st July at Home Comforts, 9 East Terrace, Union Sq, Aberdeen (10.30 -1pm). To book your place, see here. These seminars are designed to share some of the core information before much of the EU programmes are “open for business”. There is a level of detail about various ‘strategic packages’ which we consider important as: a) this is how ESF and ERDF Programmes will be delivered; and b) potential applications will need to fit into these packages to have a chance of securing funding. The inaugural meeting of the Employability SEN is on – Wed, 5th August in Glasgow (10.30 start) – Robertson House, Bath Street, Glasgow. The Employability SEN will be jointly facilitated by Social Firms Scotland and ourselves, with the first meeting looking to scope out the role, remit and aims of the SEN. The timing is opportune in view of a number of emerging issues in relation to employability – most notably with Scottish Govt currently seeking views on how to replace existing employment programmes in 2017 (see more); as well as, more immediately, the impact of the new EU Structural Funds. The intention is to create a strong collective voice and focal point for social firms and SEs. Like other SENs, the discussions and direction of the Employability SEN will be driven by its members. If you would like to attend on 5th, contact Jayne Chappell. Social Value Lab have produced a Fife Social Enterprise mapping on behalf of Fife Council.  The document researches 167 Social Enterprises across Fife with a total income of £26.9m. For information on joining Fife SEN contact Sarah met with the Scottish Tourism Alliance this week to find out about the work they do and how social enterprise can connect.  Sarah will be working over the coming months, to update our online information on tourism support and develop stronger local links- we will keep you updated.  If you are interested in tourism and have not already been in touch with please get in touch. The Factory Skatepark has just entered into a pilot partnership with Dundee City Council, Mid-Lin Day Care and Dundee Social Enterprise Network, to provide a range of community transport initiatives for people who may be at risk of being socially isolated. In its first week of operation, more than 100 people have used the new Good to Go Bus and many more are joining up to the free service to make the most of what it has to offer, see more Notices TENDERS: Integrated Employability Service – The City of Edinburgh Council, Aberdeen City Pipeline – Progress Through Positive Partnerships, Vehicle Wash and Valeting Services – West Lothian Council and many more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterINVESTMENT: Social Investment Scotland is encouraging Aberdeen’s 125 third sector organisations to consider investment to help them grow and increase their social impacts through the £16 million Social Growth Fund NEWSLETTER: The latest Edinburgh SEN newsletter has the latest news from the members and details of the showcase event, Celebrate the Good Stuff, taking place on 24th Sep. AWARD: The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK is a unique and prestigious award is sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the renowned entrepreneur best known for founding easyJet. The winner receives £50,000 to expand their business. TRAINING: Spaces available for Just Enterprise Branding & Marketing and Cashflow workshops in Stirling next week. EXPERIENCE: The world’s youngest deaf racing driver has given the thumbs up to the way Scotland’s only indoor electric go-kart arena social enterprise helps people with disabilities enjoy the sport. FILM: Linda Fay of Life-Pod highlights the benefits that working with social enterprises can bring to the public sector in the Edinburgh Compact Partnership’s new film. The film showcases examples of partnership working between the third and public sectors EVENT: The Impact Arts Team is hosting ‘Comedy in the Community’ at The Stand in Glasgow on July 22nd. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased here. Dates for the Diary
Perthshire SEN, 27th JulyGlasgow SEN, 5th AugustFalkirk SEN, 6th AugustMoray SEN, 13th AugustInverclyde SEN, 18th AugustDundee SEN, 20th AugustEdinburgh SEN, 28thAugustPerthshire SEN, 31st AugustFalkirk SEN, 3rd SeptemberTSI Moray, Social Enterprise Awards 25th September Best wishes,