The SENs: Friday 18th October 2013

Deadline for Dragons` Den entries – today, 5pm. To apply, see application form. Over 140 folk have now signed up for the SE Conference and Ceilidh (14th/15th Nov at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld). There are still a few overnight places available so if you’d still like to come along for the full event, contact – we’ll be ‘closing the doors’ within the next week or so. We will be in touch with all attendees over the coming week with further details re accommodation, workshops etc. We also will be making final ‘tweaks’ to the Conference programme – see draft – and will have that available shortly.

 Next week, Senscot will be heading over the Derry for the first Social Enterprise Northern Ireland (SENI) Conference. Senscot, along with the Social Enterprise Academy was one of the founding members of the SENI Consortium. Set up last year, SENI has already established 4 regional networks across Northern Ireland with around 80 members. This event is a culmination of their efforts and achievements during their first year. We’ll also be joined by colleagues from Social Firms Scotland and Social Enterprise Scotland. For more info on SENI, see website. This week, Danielle has produced the 4th issue of the Health SEN and Roundtable Newsletter. Sarah has also just produced the latest Cultural SEN Newsletter. If you’d like to know more, contact Danielle or Sarah. Over the last couple of weeks Tariq has been doing the rounds of individual SENs asking if members are happy to sign up to the Voluntary Code of Practice. The SE Code of Practice is a means of defining social enterprise and, also, by which SEs recognise one another. The response has been very encouraging – with around 20 new subscribers in the last fortnight. Tariq will be getting round all SENs over the coming weeks – but if you’d like to sign up for The Code now, see the subscribe page. If you’re not a social enterprise you can sign up as a ‘supporter’. An increasing number of SENs are producing their own regular Newsletters – providing a range of information relevant to their members. This week, the Edinburgh SEN and Glasgow SEN have produced their latest editions. Dundee SEN has also circulated their October edition. Linsay Chalmers (Edinburgh SEN Co-ordinator) informs us of a new initiative in Edinburgh that will provide £4m in loans to up 1,000 small businesses or social enterprises. The new loan fund is an initiative between the City Council and Capital Credit Union. Read more. Glasgow SEN has hit on a great idea for members to get together and learn more about each other. Over recent months, they have organised a series of study visits for their members – visiting other SEN members in the city. Having done two already, the third Study Visit will take place on 12th November – with visits scheduled to Wasps Studios; Glasgow Women’s Library; Fuse Youth Café; and Impact Arts. Visits are open to GSEN members only. You can book here.
Lorna Baird, formerly development manager with miEnterprise Lothian, has been appointed to the new post of Social Enterprise Adviser with Business Gateway Edinburgh. Lorna can help develop your social enterprise so give her a call to see what she can do for you. You can contact her on 07932 057439 alternatively you can drop in to see her any Thursday 2-6pm (or later if required) in the Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh.  Notices TENDERS: Provision of Website Design & Related Services – Scottish Social Services Council, Employee Occupational Health & Wellbeing and Independent Advocacy & Mediation Services – both Renfrewshire Council. For more details, see Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterPROGRAMME: Learning to Lead in Health Collaborative Leadership, Healthy Partnerships from Voluntary Health Scotland / Social Enterprise Academy  is a 1 day taster programme exploring leadership skills and strategies for working in partnership with statutory bodies. EVENT: West Dunbartonshire Council is holding its Local Meet the Buyer event in Dumbarton on 14th November. Local companies will be able to access business advice, network with other organisations and find out how you can bid for business. WORKSHOP: Viridor is holding a free Customer Service Capacity Building workshop on 31st October. Some of the topics will include putting the customer first, customer expectations and dealing with difficult customers. CROWDFUNDING: Impact Arts have recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for The Young Gallery, Scotland’s first gallery dedicated to showcasing children’s creativity. Based in the East End of Glasgow, the project provides artistic experiences to children aged 0-12 living in an area undergoing wide-scale regeneration. Case Study: CRISIS – Health SEN Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 28th OctoberAberdeen SEN, 30th OctoberFife SEN AGM, 13th NovemberCCSEN, 21st NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN – Inaugural Conference, 22nd NovemberMoray SEN, 4th DecemberEdinburgh SEN AGM, 9th DecemberStirlingshire SEN, 16th December Best Wishes,