The SENs: Friday 18th August 2017

One of the early interventions of the Social Enterprise Action Plan includes a series of Social Innovation Masterclasses which will be delivered by Scottish Enterprise. Senscot is working with Scottish Enterprise on themes for the workshops – the first one due to be delivered in late September will focus on Tourism in Glasgow. The aim of this innovation masterclass is to help social enterprises to capitalise on the opportunities being created in the city as a result of increased visitor traffic, whilst transforming the economic, environmental, social, and cultural life of Glasgow. The session will be delivered with contributions from Visit Scotland, GSEN and GCMB. Booking information available in the coming weeks in the meantime for further information contact

 A Visit Scotland study has revealed that tourism employment accounts for nearly double the national average of 9% in some Scottish communities, such as Argyll and Bute. With the recently-established Tourism SEN steadily growing in numbers, it’s important to take stock of the important role tourism has to play in sustaining communities at a microlocal level. Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Tourism is a key part of our economy, right across Scotland. As Visit Scotland’s figures show, it is vital in supporting some of our most fragile, rural communities.” If you’re interested in joining the Tourism SEN, please contact Sarah. There are still a few places left for next week’s National Diet & Obesity Strategy Joint thematic SEN discussion.  Tony Rednall from Scottish Govt’s Creating Health Team will provide an update and is keen to hear the contribution of SEs on this. Sign up here. This follows on from Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell visiting Pilton Community Health Project ahead of the Scottish Govt’s consultation on the diet and obesity strategy. Read more.  Dementia was identified at a recent SEN meeting as an issue that many SEs are addressing, examples including Lingo Flamingo, ArtLink Scotland & Dementia Friendly East Lothian CIC. Given the interest, we’re facilitating another joint thematic SEN session to explore role of SE in more detail with a view to promoting this to public sector partners. The session is scheduled to take place on the morning of Tuesday 12th in September. If you are interested, please get in touch with Sarah or Mary. Scottish Govt has set up a mailing list for those interested in keeping up to date on the development of a strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness. If interested, you can sign up here. Not long until Senscot’s Briefing on the role of social enterprise in addressing loneliness and social isolation is available. In the meantime, an interesting read is Carnegie UK’s report on The Place of Kindness in combating loneliness and building stronger communities. You can catch up with the new Partnership and Procurement (P4P) Team at the following events through September. They look forward to meeting up with you to discuss how we can support your organisation to build partnerships to better access public procurement opportunities. DTAS Conference 4th September – Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld; CEiS Policy & Practice Conference 6th September – @ 200 SVS, Glasgow and the SDP ‘Meet The Buyer’ 28th September –  Hampden Park, Glasgow. More info here – George, Neil and Yvonne from the P4P team look forward to discussing how we can support your organisation to collaborate to win and to tell you more about the support available. We have picked up this week that the list of successful applicants to the first round of European Social Investment Fund: Social Innovation is available on the Scottish Governmentwebsite. Notices TENDERS: Positive Emotional Wellbeing Support Service – Scottish Borders Council; Poverty and Social Inclusion – Community Outreach- Dumfries at Dumfries and Galloway Council; Rural Scotland Food Waste Roadshow – Zero Waste Ltd and more.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Grants of up to £150,000 are available per organisation, per year for projects that reduce local carbon emissions via the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: A further £330,000 has been made available from the Community Capacity and Resilience Fund. Awards range from £1,000 to £5,000. For more information, contact The Scottish Edge competition has created a new special award for companies working in Scotland’s creation industries. This is a special prize of up to £100,000, split as 40% grant and 60% loan. EVENT: This year’s CEIS Event includes the launch of the Social Enterprise Census 2017, places still available. EVENT: Community Food and Health (Scotland)’s fifth national community café networking event is open to anyone working in or with a community café. The event is free, but places must be booked in advance. Cafes can book up to 3 places. The closing date for booking is Friday 8 September. Book nowWEBINAR: Highland Small Communities Housing Trust, Dumfries and GallowaySmall Communities Housing Trust and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are hosting an online seminar on the practicalities and process of different types of community housing projects. It takes place on Tuesday 22nd August from 10.30 until 11.45am. Register for the webinar here.  Dates for the Diary Renfrewshire SEN Workshop, 24th AugustDundee SEN, 24th AugustCulture & Employability SEN, 29th AugustAberdeen SEN, 6th SeptemberSBSEC, 7th September Best wishes,