The SENs: Friday 18th March 2016

Food insecurity is increasingly at the heart of the debate about poverty and inequality in Scotland. A collaboration between Oxfam Scotland, the Poverty Alliance, Nourish, Child Poverty Action Group Scotland and Faith in the Community Scotland, is exploring the development of networking activity to help identify and challenge the causes of food insecurity, and to work together towards a more effective and sustainable response. The scope and scale of this proposed project has yet to be determined, but is likely to include Sharing Best Practice and Enhancing Evidence; Supporting Strong Local Networks; and Building a Movement for Change. They are keen to hear the views from a range of organisations across Scotland – including Community Food SEN members – and are inviting people to fill in this short questionnaire. Closing date – 24th March. News last week that The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) is to receive £750k from Scottish Govt to be channelled into former coalfield communities in Ayrshire, Fife, Lanarkshire and the Lothians. The money is intended to help social enterprises to become more sustainable; assist some communities to develop their own local action plans for change; and to give those areas that already have action plans in place support to grow. The funding will also be used to develop the CRT’s new status as a SQA Approved Learning Centre that will offer educational qualifications and skills training to local people. For more info, contact Pauline Douglas (Head of Operations – Scotland) at Last week’s Fit for Purpose 2016 event at Easter Road Stadium focused on the important role social enterprises can play in improving the health and wellbeing of communities across Scotland and heard a call for more creative approaches to procurement and commissioning of services. This week’s Guardian carries a cautionary tale from a Bristol GP on how ‘opening up’ of public service delivery in England has not been to the benefit of many patients down south. All the more reason that our social enterprise approach retains its community focus. Just to let everyone know, Diane, Senscot’s SE & Sport Co-ordinator, leaves us next week – last day Wed 23rd. Diane will be a big miss – but she is going on to an exciting new adventure. Over the coming weeks, we will do our best to keep Sport SEN members up to date with any new developments/information etc – but ask that you bear with us until Diane’s replacement is in post. CEIS has been in touch with an opportunity for young Scottish social entrepreneurs – they have access to some discounted tickets which will be allocated on a first come basis for the ‘Social Enterprise Boat Camp 2016’ – a few days on the high seas, crossing the Med. If you are interested – or know anyone who may be interested – you can either book directly or contact Joanne for an introduction to ACRA to secure a discounted place. See more details West Lothian SEN tackled the subject of sectarianism at their Network meeting last week. The event was facilitated by Dave Scott (Nil by Mouth) and Jim Dunsmore (Fauldhouse CDT) – with SEN members exploring the problems caused by sectarianism on the people living in our community and in the workplace, and identified ways of tackling issues.  Each organisation that participated was provided with a poster for visible promotion that sectarianism will not be tolerated by their organisation. This work is supported through a grant from the Voluntary Action Fund (Exploring Sectarianism Fund).For more info’, contact  Notices TENDERS: Independent Advocacy Services for Adults – The City of Edinburgh Council, Specialist Services and Sustainable Living Options for Adults with Complex Needs – Aberdeenshire Council, Dundee Joint Social Work Sensory Service – Dundee City Council.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterCONFERENCE: Voluntary Health Scotland are organising a one day conference (Wednesday 1st June, Stirling University) to explore research in to health inequalities in Scotland. INSPIRE BEHAVIOURAL SAFETY: Free Capacity Building Workshop for SME’s & Social Enterprises at GRREC Temporary Visitors Centre, Glasgow, 22nd March. This workshop is invaluable in determining your considered approach to Behavioural Safety. Inspire behavioural safety looks at the underlying reasons that a person makes a sub conscious decision to do something that can create a safety issue. FALKIRK EVENT. Start Up and Fine Tune Your Social Enterprise.  Making sure you are prepared for whatever business throws at you! 28th April.  This workshop is all about helping you put the basic processes and elements of your social enterprise in place so you are better prepared as your business starts and grows. WORKSHOP: Free Negotiation Skills Workshop from Just Enterprise.  Whether dealing with customers, suppliers, contractors, colleagues or Board Members, good negotiating skills are crucial to obtaining acceptance of your ideas or agreeing to contract terms. This beginner’s course aims to increase your chances of achieving “yes” on terms more favourable to you! MSEN Meeting – Thursday 14th April: "Women, Leadership and Social Enterprise" with Jackie Scutt, YWCA. Venue: The Inkwell, Elgin Youth Cafe 10 – 12. More info about the session to follow. Booking essential to  Dates for the Diary Perth and Kinross SEN, 23rd MarGlasgow SEN, 6th AprFalkirk SEN, 11th AprMoray SEN, 14th AprInverclyde SEN, 26th AprilPerth and Kinross SEN, 26th AprSouth Ayrshire, 11th May
Best wishes,