The SENs: Friday 18th September 2015

News this week that Scottish Govt is to undertake a review of the Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) and their umbrella body, Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS). TSIs were originally set up in 2009 and tasked with four primary functions. Senscot’s concerns about the commitment or ability of TSIs to adequately address the fourth function – supporting SEs locally – have been documented in the past in this bulletin. By working more closely with VAS, there is clear evidence of progress in a number of parts of the country. However, in other areas, difficulties still exist. It seems wrong that this situation continues to rumble on. Senscot and the SENs welcome this review and hope that it can identify clear measures to address these difficulties. After 5 years, it is reasonable to expect that ‘teething troubles’ would have been resolved.  This week Senscot met with Investors in Young People (IIYP) who are keen to engage with social enterprises. IIYP is designed to help employers meet their business goals by harnessing the creativity and skills of Young People – the country’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people. The new 2nd Generation IIYP framework has a renewed emphasis on stretching organisations that have excelled at developing practices for recruiting, retaining and developing young people. For organisations that use IIYP between April 2015 and March 2016 funding is available from the Scottish Government. See more. The inaugural meeting of the North Ayrshire SEN took place in Ardrossan this week. There’s a vibrant SE community in North Ayrshire and with the Council soon to launch a local Social Enterprise Strategy – including a resourced Action Plan – the time seems right for local SE’s to develop a SEN. A follow up meeting will take place soon with the intention of establishing a Steering Group to take the SEN forward – look forward to seeing how this develops.  Community Jobs Scotland (CJS), delivered by SCVO, is to receive further funding to create more jobs. Fair work secretary Roseanna Cunningham said the Scottish Government would give an additional £1.3m to help at least 100 more people with barriers to employment into jobs. The cash will support 50 early service leavers from the forces as well as 50 young people with convictions (aged 25 to 29) to take up work opportunities for up to 12 months. See more.  This year’s Homeless World Cup is taking place this week in Amsterdam. Scotland’s men’s team embarked on the challenge of becoming the first country to win the Trophy three times – having won in Denmark in 2007; and in France in 2011.The women’s team is appearing for the second time. See more. To catch up on their progress see latest results. The Scottish Community Re:Investment Trust (SCRT) will be hosting a Conference on 19th November at the Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh. This will be the first Conference of its kind in Scotland – looking at ‘Social Finance: Social Investment: Social Banking – what makes them Social?’ Programme and booking forms are now available – with discounts for SCRT members and third sector organisations – see details. The Conference will be seeking to address how we can ensure that social finance meets the demands of the wider third sector and the contribution it can make to a fairer and more sustainable society – drawing on examples from across the UK as well as abroad.

Notices 

TENDERS: Community Public Art Project – West Lothian Council, Soft Landscaping and Planting Works – Fife Council, Painting and Decorating – Brookfield Multiplex, Adult Carers Support Service – Aberdeenshire Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterENGAGEMENT: The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport announced her intention to develop a long term (10-15 years) plan for health improvement and health and social care provision, building on and adding pace to the current 2020 Vision.  INNOVATION: The Melting Pot’s specialist social innovation incubation programme is tripling in size for 2015-16 – igniting social change throughout southern Scotland. The closing date is Monday 21st September at noon. WORKSHOPS: Two new workshops from Viridor / GRREC are taking place next month. Emergency First Aid at Work (Level 5) and Fire Marshall Training / Extinguisher Training take place on the 6th and 7th of October respectively. ROADSHOW: Community Shares Scotland’s Roadshow takes place in Glasgow on 30th October. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the community shares model and how it can benefit your community. Meet with other community groups who are interested in setting up a share offer or learn from those who have had success already. PLAY: The play ‘Touching Cloth’, written by John Hughes (CEIS Ayrshire), has another run with shows in Clydebank and Biggar. It is set in the Glasgow Shipyards in the 1980s. A group of Glasgow SEN members who attended gave it a resounding five stars. CROWDFUNDING: Edinburgh’s award-winning City Centre fair trade shop is launching an urgent crowdfunding campaign today to help fund the refurbishment of an exciting new shop. Due to the redevelopment of their home at St John’s Church in Edinburgh’s West End; the One World Shop is relocating for the first time in 30 years. Dates for the Diary
Renfrewshire SEN, 22nd SeptFife SEN, 23rd SeptTSI Moray SEN Awards, 25th SeptPerthshire SEN, 28th SeptRenfrewshire SEN, 29th SeptCultural & Health SEN, 30th SeptFalkirk SEN, 2nd OctHealth SEN, 6th OctGlasgow SEN, 7th OctMoray SEN, 8th OctInverclyde SEN, 20th OctBest wishes, Kimkim@senscot.net