The SENs: Friday 18th May 2018

Senscot over the last 12 months has published a series of Social Enterprise Briefing Papers focussed on a range of issues – social prescribing, community tourism and dementia amongst others. Over the coming months we’ll be focussing on other issues relevant to social enterprise – including the Year of Young People and Mental Health. Two thirds of us experience mental health problems in our lifetime, so it’s good to see this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation focussing on stress. We’ve been highlighting the work of SEN members addressing mental health as part of the campaign this week – further work will include a series of SEN meetings focussing on SE and Mental Health, and we’ll be producing a Briefing Paper later in the year. For more information contact


Following on from the above, Senscot is organising two Community Learning Exchanges (CLEs)  – with a focus on mental health and wellbeing. Over the summer months, there’s an opportunity to visit Cothrom Ltd in South Uist, Thursday 5th July; and The Ecology Centre in Fife, Monday 13th August. We expect these to be popular CLEs, so places are limited to one per organisation and will be allocated on a first come basis. For more information or to note your interest, please email


Over the years, many SEN members have engaged with Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) –managed by SCVO. CJS creates employment opportunities for young unemployed people within third sector organisations throughout Scotland – particularly those who are more disadvantaged in the labour market. Now in its eighth year, CJS has provided 8,000 jobs across Scotland’s third sector. Applications are now being accepted from third sector organisations interested in creating new funded job opportunities, see more here.


Community Food and Glasgow SEN member, Locavore, is launching Scotland’s first social enterprise supermarket in Glasgow today – Locavore Grocery. Located in Govanhill, the store represents the culmination of six years of work by Locavore to create a sustainable food network in the city. The grocery store can claim to be the largest mostly organic, mostly unpackaged store in Scotland, and will also boast the first fully organic café in Glasgow. To top it off, it will also house the country’s first milk vending machine – saving over 100 plastic bottle uses every day. The shop aims to offer an alternative to mainstream supermarket supply chains with the goal of building a more sustainable food network which is better for people, planet and local economies.


P4P has launched its Collaboration Toolkit and online survey. The toolkit is a guide for organisations who are considering working closer together and thinking about forming a new partnership or consortium. Organisations can use the guide and online survey to track their progress and as a checklist. You can access the toolkit on the P4P resources page.


There are also a couple of useful P4P events coming up in June which will outline the benefits of partnership working and consortia models. The first is a workshop which will be held in partnership with Edinburgh Social Enterprise on 6th June – register for tickets here. Alternatively, you can join the P4P team for an online webinar covering similar issues on 22nd June. View details for webinar.






TENDERS: Tender for: Branding Articulation Exercise – West Lothian College, Inverclyde Resilience Project – Inverclyde Council, Christmas Markets 2018-2020 – Glasgow City Council.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: A new Mental Health Fund has been launched by Bank of Scotland Foundation. £320,000 of funding will be made available to charities that deliver projects focussing on mental health. See more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Jo Cox Memorial Strengthening will offer grants between £50,000 and £100,000 for projects around the theme of women’s empowerment and strengthening civil society capacity for preventing identity-based violence. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: ALLIANCE is pleased to announce the opening of the next round of the Self-Management Fund – Working Together to Strengthen Integration. Grants up to £30k available. Find out more.


WORKSHOP: Senscot Legal has teamed up with Architecture and Design Scotland to deliver an introductory workshop on organisation and governance. It’s free to attend, although places are limited so if you’re interested you can register through the Eventbrite page.


WORKSHOP: The Scottish Community Development Centre is running a workshop aimed at organisations who want to improve their community engagement. Wednesday 30th May, Edinburgh. Find out more and register.


EVENT: Weekday Wow! Factor is hosting a ‘healthy daytime disco’ for adults of all ages to enhance their physical, mental and social health. The event will run every Monday at the Sanctuary Nightclub in Partick, Glasgow. £5 entry includes lunch. See details.


AWARDS: The Family Friendly Employer Awards 2018 is now open for nominations. UK-wide awards look to showcase employers with a commitment to their employees with caring responsibilities. Nominate here.


BURSARY: The SEWF 2018 Young Talent Programme bursary is now open for applications. 100 bursary places are available for young people aged 16-24 who are working in or engaged with social enterprises. Deadline 4th June. See details and apply.


Dates for the Diary

22nd May PKSEN

19th June, PKSEN

21st June, DSEN AGM



Best wishes,