The SENs: Friday 17th October 2014

Senscot supports 4 thematic SENs and Roundtables – Health; Sport; Community Food; and Culture/Creative – with around 300 SEs members/engaged. This work is supported by Scottish Govt Third Sector Division; the Scottish Govt Health Directorate; Creative Scotland; and Sportscotland. Over the last year, the focus has been on exploring the linkage between the activities of respective thematic SEN members and the scope for joint working. So far, this has seen the establishment of Joint Thematic Roundtables; linking with local SEN Co-ordinators to connect their members with thematic SENs; working with Visit Scotland and Glasgow Marketing Bureau re tourism opportunities relating to sport; culture and community food; and the development of a Map of Support  For further examples of the work of the thematic SENs, see some highlights here

There’s only one week left to throw your hat in the ring for this year’s Dragons’ Den at our SE Conference and Ceilidh, see here. We still have a few day delegate places left for the event but overnight places are now just about at capacity. For info the programme is available here.

A wee reminder the deadline for completing the SE survey is Wed 22nd October. Recently, we referred to our intention to contribute towards a SE Strategy for Scotland over the coming months – to dovetail in with similar emerging ‘strategies’ from the likes Scottish Govt; HIE; EU Funding; BIG Lottery etc. As a starting point, we are trawling thoughts and opinions on a range of subjects for a SE submission to the Smith Commission on additional devolution to Scotland. Senscot, with others, would very much appreciate if you could take some time to fill in the attached survey – roughly 20-30mins. This is the first stage of a process in which we hope to include as wide a representation of our SE community as possible. See Survey

Falkirk and District SEN and Senscot (as part of the Social Enterprise Alliance with Social Firms Scotland and Social Enterprise Scotland), is hosting a Local Social Enterprise Policy Event. The event will showcase local social enterprises – with discussion on the current local and national social enterprise landscape as well as the longer term needs of our growing sector. This will also be an opportunity for local support partners to further develop relationships with Falkirk and District SEN. There’s only a few places left. See programme here  To book a place, contact

GSEN is hosting the Glasgow Social Enterprise Trade Show – on 10th December at The Briggait. This FREE event will be an opportunity to explore the wide range of products and services from social enterprises in Glasgow in the fabulous WASPs’ building. There will be exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities which can be viewed here….or just you can just come along on the day, meet some new folk and build connections.

Great to see three SEN members on the sofa for ‘A Social Entrepreneur’s Chat Show 2014’ on Wednesday 19th November in The Melting Pot. For one night only three inspiring social entrepreneurs will candidly share their personal stories in front of a live studio audience – complete with camera crew and after-show drinks. Register for an evening of social banter and business learning as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Spaces are limited to this ticketed event, view full details here

Best wishes,



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NEWSLETTER: The latest Cultural and Creative Newsletter was published this week – including a range of info relevant to social enterprises in the cultural and creative industries.

CONFERENCE: Limited places left for the Social Enterprise in Dundee Conference ‘Spotlight on Progress and Future Opportunities’. Focus will be on Dundee City Council’s Social Enterprise Strategy and the growth of the sector in the city. There will also be presentations that highlight successful examples of social enterprise activity in other parts of Scotland.

VIDEO : Another video, this time from the highly successful Edinburgh SEN’s ‘Social in the Square’.

VIDEO: If you missed out on The Melting Pot’s 7th birthday celebrations you can watch a video online.

INVESTMENT : Resilient Scotland invests £500,000 in two Glasgow social enterprises.


VOTE: Can you help Jeely Piece Club win £10,000 from the Yorkshire Building Society’s Lasting Legacy Fund?

Dates for the Diary


Sport SEN West, 22nd October
Falkirk District SEN Policy Event, 27th October
Sport SEN, Adventure Sport, 29th October
Sport SEN North, 30th October
Falkirk SEN, 31st October
Sport SEN North East, 6th November
Social Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13/14th November
Dundee SEN, 19th November
Sport SEN East, 19th November
Falkirk SEN, 24th November
Inverclyde SEN, 2nd December
Moray SEN, 3rd December
Glasgow SEN, 5th December
Glasgow SEN Trade Fair, 10th December