The SENs: Friday 17th June 2016

The Homeless World Cup (HWC) will be taking place in George Square in Glasgow – 10th-16th July.  Senscot is working in partnership with HWC, to host a series of workshops – showcasing sport social enterprises and other community-based sports organisations and the contribution they make to local communities – not just in the area of sport but also on the wider social impact they bring to their respective communities. This programme will run alongside series of seminars hosted by HWC itself – both to be held in Glasgow City Chambers – during the week of the tournament. Places are limited so if you’d like to attend a session sign up asap, you can sign up here.

After more than 3 years working at GSEN, Elizabeth McKenna, is moving onto pastures new. Elizabeth will be missed by the members of GSEN and across the wider SE community. I know we’ll miss her at Senscot. GSEN has grown significantly since Elizabeth came into post and is now well and truly on the map in Glasgow, Scotland and further afield. We wish Elizabeth all the very best in her new role. GSEN is now looking to recruit a Network Manager, see job information here.

The inaugural Joint Thematic SEN event took place in Perth yesterday – this was the first in a series of joint thematic sessions to be held across Scotland. The event provided an opportunity for discussion relating to key priority areas for the thematic SENs – including health and social care integration; self-directed support; sport for change; tourism; and employability. We had a good turn out with representation from PKSEN, Dundee SEN, Stirling SEN and Falkirk SEN. The session took place on the first anniversary of PKSEN – which have made some real progress in the last 12 months including securing a seat for social enterprise at community planning. A full report will be written up and shared next week.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is seeking to tackle under-representation in Modern Apprenticeships (MA) from 4 groups – disabled people, care experienced, ethnic minorities and gender (e.g. females into construction). See the Equality Action Plan for various ways they plan to approach this. SDS is advising employers, such as social enterprises Windmills Café and DNDP, on how to recruit apprentices, or convert existing employees into MAs. The Our Skillsforce website details all funding available including the Scottish Employer Recruitment Incentive and the In Work Support offered by the Open Doors Consortium. There is also more information on Apprenticeships.Scot which is for advertising vacancies as well as advice on recruiting apprentices.

On Monday, Fife SEN hosted an event to engage social enterprises and stakeholders to consider the future of Fife SEN. The day included presentations from Senscot, Dundee SEN and Factory Skatepark – followed by some interactive discussions facilitated by St Andrews University. The session was well attended by around 30 local SE’s who are really keen to ensure the Fife SEN moves forward. These include having a collective voice; opportunities to work together; lobby on specific issues and to continue engaging with the Council and Third Sector Interface. For more information on Fife SEN contact, Pedro.

Dundee SEN hosted its AGM earlier this week – the event highlighted the wide breadth of services and social enterprises in Dundee. The annual report has some great stats – members with a collective turnover of £23.7m; 731 people in employment; and 1153 volunteering opportunities. The report also acknowledged the legal surgeries delivered by Senscot Legal as well as development officer support to 50 organisations. View the full report here.


TENDERS: Stirling Local Food Systems Study – Forth Environment Link, Employability Support Services Framework Agreement – Highland Council, Provision of a Business Support Services Framework – South Ayrshire Council, ESF Employability Project – Midlothian Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

IMPACT: DNDP are in the process of producing and completing a social impact report.  To help complete this it would be extremely grateful if you could take some time to complete social impact survey. 

REFURBISHMENT: Edinburgh SEN member, Cre8te, has secured 8 tenants at the Castlebrae Business Centre following an extensive £2 million refurbishment project to provide modern, bright and attractive office accommodation.

SURVEY: Important survey for organisations using sport or physical activity approaches in Scotland. It explores how sport and physical activity is being used to benefit individuals and communities across Scotland and will take just 10mins to complete.

CONFERENCE: The DTA Scotland Annual Conference & AGM takes place this year on 4th/5th Sep at The Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld. Titled "Climate Change, Localism & Social Justice" the conference is expected to be at capacity again this year so don’t delay in booking in as early as possible as there are a limited number of overnight places.

SHARES: Community Shares Scotland has been assisting the GlenWyvis Distillery in its share offer. Over £1m has been raised so far as it aims to be the World’s first Community owned Scotch Malt Whisky Distillery, 100% powered by Renewable Energy.

RESEARCH: Registration now open for the 8th International Social Innovation Research Conference which takes place in Glasgow from 5th-7th Sep. Hosted by the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, the ‘Social Innovation in the 21st Century: Beyond Welfare Capitalism?’ Conference has early bird tickets available till 1st July.

Dates for the Diary

Perth & Kinross SEN, 28th Jun
Inverclyde SEN, 26h July
Glasgow SEN, 4th Aug
Falkirk SEN, 5th Aug
Moray SEN, 11th Aug
Borders SEN, 18th Aug
Fife SEN, 7th Sep

Best wishes,