The SENs: Friday 18th November 2016

Today, Scottish Govt Third Sector Division hosts a session on the European Social Fund Tackling Poverty programmes. The session will provide details about Growing the Social Economy operations – including eligibility, application and assessment processes, indicative timetable, roles and responsibilities, marketing and promotion. The main focus today will be Growing the Social Economy. Scottish Govt Regeneration Division is working on details of Community-led programmes – further opportunities to find out more about these in the coming weeks. Applications are due to open in the next few weeks. Further updates – next week.

Our “Keep it local; Strength in numbers” Conference is more or less full – waiting list only available. With the Cabinet Secretary now being unavailable, we will be kicking off with an Open Forum/Q&A on the imminent SE Strategy for Scotland. This session will be hosted by Yvonne Strachan (Scottish Govt) with a panel that includes Eric Munro (RBS); Derek Marshall (Factory Skatepark/Dundee SEN/VAS); Betty Elliott (The Spark/Glasgow SEN); and Darah Zaran (Scottish Enterprise). Any question you would like to put to the panel – please email or Tweet #Keepitlocal16. The event itself takes place at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh (Wed 23rd Nov). A drinks reception and dinner will round off the day. See full delegate pack – including programme.

This week, Senscot and Social Firms Scotland helped facilitate an open forum meeting organised by GSEN to explore interest in developing a Glasgow Employability Consortium.  The meeting was positive with those in attendance expressing their views on why their social enterprise has the appetite to move this agenda forward and what types of employability services they provide.  A further event will take place in early December and any interested parties are requested to get in touch. A full write-up of the recent Learning Exchange visit to Fife Employability and Training Consortium is available here.

Edinburgh SEN is hosting a number of information sessions in the coming weeks. If you would like to know more about starting an ethical, sustainable business then ESEN staff will explain the basics of social enterprise – including the different types of help and funding available to get you started. There will also be a short talk from a well-known local social entrepreneur, describing their journey so far! See more.

BAM Construction is holding a ‘Meet the Buyer’ Event at the IET Glasgow Teacher Building on Friday 25th November.  The event is to raise awareness of future projects including Blairdardie & Carntyne Primary Schools and Clydebank, Greenock & Stobhill health centres and the various contracts/sub-contracts arising from these. If your organisation would like to find out more about the upcoming projects, how to become part of the supply chain and be considered for appropriate pieces of work, then please drop into the event, details here.

Sarah attended the Creative Edinburgh Awards last week at Central Halls. It was good to see so many social enterprises represented – with our ex-colleague, Danielle Trudeau, being nominated in the Leadership category. Danielle left us last year to set up her own venture – Tribe Porty. CCSEN member, WHALE Arts won the Social Award for their vital Street Arts project and Jupiter Artland won the City Award.  See the Twitter feed for some great pictures and more information on the night.


TENDERS: Edinburgh Wellbeing Public Social Partnership – The City of Edinburgh Council, Community Led Health Improvement – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Intensive Support Service for Young People – Stirling Council, and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

ECOMMERCE: With the winding down of the Run Native e-commerce site for social enterprises Community Enterprise has supported the growth and establishment of the Common Market operated by the Common Weal.  As well as social enterprises it brings products to the general public that are “independent, local and ethical”.  Many of the vendors from Run Native can now be found there.

EVENT: The ‘Land and Community Growing Event’ is taking place on 7th Dec in Edinburgh. This will be a day to share information, and explore the possibilities for sustainable community growing. Sponsored places available for new or existing projects that are yet to generate funding or income for growing.

AWARDS: Nominations for the annual NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards were announced at the Good Deals conference this week. Congratulations to Delivered Next Day Personally CIC and Bookdonors CIC for being nominated for the Impact Champion and Storyteller awards respectively.

OFFER: MHScot has been in touch with its latest offer, throughout December you can get a huge 25% off the Project Management E-Learning Course. This course covers some of the common project methodologies, setting goals and actually achieving them, identifying the need for a project to be started, using key project management tools and much more. You will also receive a CPD accredited certificate at the end of this online course.

UPDATES: Fablevision has been in touch with a number of updates. It has been listed on the Creative Clyde website and has renewed its commitment to employing disabled people and those with long-term health issues by signing up to Disability Confident Committed, the successor to the “Two Ticks” programme.

Dates for the Diary

Perth & Kinross SEN, 22nd Nov
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Dec
Fife SEN, 7th Dec
Moray SEN, 8th Dec
West Lothian AGM, 8th Dec
Edinburgh SEN AGM, 13th Dec
Glasgow SEN, 14th Dec

Best wishes,