The SENs: Friday 19th August 2016

For the last 11 years, Senscot has hosted a SE Conference and Ceilidh in November of each year. The first event took place at New Lanark in 2005 and eventually moved to the Westerwood in Cumbernauld in 2013 – in an effort to accommodate more folk. The primary objective of the Conference and Ceilidh has always been to bring together grassroots social enterprises to make connections with each other and share their respective stories – and, importantly, include a strong social element. The time has come, in our view, to refresh things. We still intend holding a national event in November but this time in collaboration with others – Community Enterprise; Social Firms Scotland; and the Scottish Community Alliance. We`ll have more details over the coming weeks.

The revised Social Enterprise Health & Wellbeing Roundtable met for the first time on Wednesday, with members connecting via VC from both Edinburgh & Glasgow. With strategic updates provided on all three of the priority issues (SDS; H&SC Integration; and Food Poverty) from Scottish Govt and Community Food Health Scotland, there followed some challenging discussion and the identification of key actions to address issues currently being experienced amongst SEN members. See Draft Note of Meeting – plus final SEHWRT Position Paper agreed by the Roundtable.

One year on from the inaugural Employability SEN meeting, it continues to go from strength to strength – now with over 130 members! The Employability SEN is being led by Social Firms Scotland with support from Senscot. The establishment of the SEN was timely given the emerging policy developments around employability, equalities and the fair work agenda. Activities have included – influencing and representation; information dissemination; networking; and increasing awareness. See update here.

Places are still available for CEIS’ SE and Policy Practice event at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on 7th Sept. Now in its 10th year, the event is one of the major events in our SE calendar and regularly attracts around 200 delegates. This year’s Programme includes a keynote speech fromAngela Constance (our new Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities) plus a summary of the key issues emerging from the new SE Strategy for Scotland – due to be published in the autumn. Also included will be regular features such as ‘Rising Stars’; an array of ‘themed’ Breakout Sessions – as well as news of an innovative Scottish/Canadian SE Alliance. I’m afraid all Senscot’s bursary places have now been taken. To book a place, see registration form.

Do you have an innovative product or service that tackles a social or environmental issue in Scotland?  You could win £5,000 to develop your idea – with tailored business support! TheSocial Innovation Competition, delivered by Firstport, as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, is looking for three individuals or businesses (including a young social innovator category for under 30’s). Applications close 10th Oct. Contact Sophie Badoux for more information.

Senscot Legal is offering discounted rates on fees this month! A package of core services to social enterprises and third sector organisations may be purchased individually or as a total package for a reduced rate. This includes Governance review/Legal structure set up, Review of HR policies/implement new policies, Membership for HR support and Company Secretarial package including PSC registers. These may be purchased individually or as a total package for a reduced rate. More details in this flyer. Contact 0141 332 8084 or by email to find out more!


TENDERS: Governance Review – Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface, Domestic Abuse Service 2016 – South Lanarkshire Council, Social Media – East Dunbartonshire Council, Waste Prevention Advice and Support Services – Zero Waste Scotland and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: Sports clubs and organisations are being invited to apply for Football, Futsal, Netball & Basketball kit and equipment. The Postcode Community Trust Community Sports Programme provides kit and equipment to community sporting groups. Deadline is 26th Aug!

AWARDS: Social Enterprise Scotland has announced the shortlist for this year’s Social Enterprise Awards Scotland. Follow the #SocEntAwards16 hashtag on Twitter for the latest.

TRAINING: Social Enterprise Academy is providing ‘Wide Horizons for Sport Leaders’ training. This is aimed at people actively engaged in voluntary or part-time paid roles in sport / leisure, to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills and explore the potential of social enterprise in sport.

NEWSLETTER: The latest newsletter for the Cultural & Creative SEN members has been published with news, events, tenders and more.

SURVEY: If you are involved in delivering services for children and young people, then Scottish Public Health Observatory want to hear from you. See more info.

WORKSHOPS: A reminder that Third Sector Lab has created a 10% discount code for Senscot & SEN members on upcoming Digital workshops. Topics include Search Engine Optimisation, Google Analytics, Email Marketing and more.

EVENT: The University of Aberdeen is hosting a one-day conference that will bring together interdisciplinary partners to comment on an issue of recurring importance to Scotland and Scottish society: land reform.

Dates for the Diary

Perth & Kinross SEN, 30th Aug
Dundee SEN, 31st Aug
Fife SEN & AGM, 21st Sep
Perth & Kinross SEN, 27th Sep
Falkirk SEN, 5th Oct
Borders SEN, 6th Oct
Inverclyde SEN, 25th Oct 

Best wishes,