The SENs: Friday 18th July 2014

Voluntary Action Scotland and Senscot are hosting a session on 6th August for Third Sector Interfaces (TSI’s) on ‘Working with our national Social Enterprise partners’. The purpose of the session is to support TSIs in how they and the national social enterprise support agencies can work together to support local third sector social enterprise activity. The event will include contributions from the national social enterprise support programmes and agencies, clarifying the different roles and support that they offer and improving the referral process for all; and mini surgeries with the national support agencies for some one-to-one support. Contact for more information. Senscot is a partner delivering the relaunched Village SOS programme. This will provide support and mentoring opportunities for new or existing rural enterprises across the UK and has been funded through a £1.4m grant from BIG. As part of the development of a well informed and Scotland specific plan for delivering the programme over the next two years, we would appreciate views from rural social enterprises, entrepreneurs, support agencies, network managers, policy makers and other stakeholders through this 10minute survey.   Last week we attended the Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber (SBSEC) AGM.  SBSEC reported having a busy year including converting to a Community Interest Company, and further developing a stronger working relationship with their TSI partner. SBSEC also launched a revamped website this year, see here. During the AGM members shared experiences – Bookdonors on growing from a small locally run organisation to a national organisation delivering strong social, environmental and economic impacts and Grow to Work talked about their journey from start-up, working with young people and the need to look at finance differently. Senscot, Social Enterprise Scotland and Scottish Enterprise talked about the national picture and the importance of SEs understanding the opportunities and the support available to them. GSEN are hosting a Glasgow Business Embassy Event – Glasgow’s Social Enterprise Showcase, where delegates will hear about the innovative and essential work Social Enterprises deliver in Glasgow. See first-hand the impact our social enterprises have in the city from theatre production, a boutique catwalk, enterprising young people, socially driven courier company to a local café with music at its core.  There is no charge for the event and you can register here. On 3rd Sept at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow, CEiS hosts its annual Social Enterprise Policy and Practice Conference.  Senscot has secured 25 discounted places (£50 plus VAT) – for SEN members only. We’ve only got a few tickets left. To book your place, contact Tariq the conference programme can be viewed here. Following a recent joint statement from Senscot Legal (SL) and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), Karina MacRitchie, SL, writes a short blog ‘Is charity status right for you?’ for Third Force News, see more. For more information on charity status or on services provided via Senscot Legal, contact Karina.  Notices TENDERS: Care and Repair Handyperson Service – North Lanarkshire Council, Print and Scan for Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board – Renfrewshire Council and Community Garden – Feasibility Study – Strathpeffer Residents’ Association. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterAWARDS: There is still time to apply for The Social Enterprise Awards 2014 from Social Enterprise Scotland. Deadline extended to 5pm, 21st July. FUND: Visit Scotland has launched the Year of Food & Drink Growth Fund that will run alongside its existing Growth Fund. COURSE: See details of a two day skills course for health and social care practitioners ‘Helping people change for health’ course that takes place in Fraserburgh Hospital. GRANTS: Reminder that the closing date for the Bank of Scotland ‘New Financial Inclusion Grants Programme is the 4th of August. GALLERY: The Makers Gallery & Bistro invites you to its ‘Weird & Wonderful’ exhibition.  Dates for the DiaryFalkirk SEN, 29th JulyMoray SEN, 6th AugustGlasgow SEN, 6th AugustInverclyde SEN, 13th AugustDundee SEN, 20th AugustFalkirk SEN, 27th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd SeptemberFalkirk SEN, 25th SeptemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November  Best wishes,