The SENs: Friday 19th December 2014

As this is the last SENs News of 2014, it’s time to offer a few reflections / highlights of activity the last twelve months – relating to both local and thematic SENs. Significantly, membership and engagement with the SENs has grown by approximately 50% – from 470 in Dec 2013 to almost 700 today – and reflects not only the benefits of SENs to grassroots SEs but also an increasing presence and influence at a local level. Particular highlights have included Edinburgh SENs Social in the Square; the GSEN Trade Show; Dundee SEN SE Mapping Report; the 10th SE Conference and Ceilidh; further Joint Thematic Roundtable events; engagement with Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund; Tourism Activity (full report); supporting SE contribution to the impending Health and Social Care Integration programme; and participation in the European Social Entrepreneurs Network. All these activities – and more – will remain on the agenda in the year ahead. See more. Thanks to everyone who filled in the evaluation for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. This was our10th year and our biggest event and some say – most successful to date. The event was first run in 2005 and specifically designed for grassroot SEN members to meet up and share their experiences. This year, over 140 folk attended, representing 17 SENs – making up 72% of attendees. See this year’s full SE Conference and Ceilidh Report. We’re already planning our event for next year – which will see some significant new developments – we’ll be in touch with many of you as the plans develop! The first tranche of successful applicants to the £1 million Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund was announced this week. 21 organisations (11 in strand1 and 10 in strand 2) will receive, between them, over £530,000 for the development of local sporting facilities for use by local communities – as well as contributing to their longer term sustainability. The Fund has been established by the Scottish Govt and The Robertson Trust and is also supported by Social Investment Scotland (SIS), sportscotland and Senscot. As well as receiving funding the successful organisations in Strand 1 will be linked up with Mentors – 6 Sport SEN members will be paid to provide this mentoring support. See more. Following last week’s launch of The Scottish Community Re:Investment Trust, one of the first activities will be to host a one day ‘Crowdfunding Masterclass’ in January. The Masterclass will be led by Theresa Burton, co-founder and Chief Executive of Buzzbnk, and will be targeting third sector organisations looking to launch crowdfunding campaigns (lending and/or reward or donation models) in the near future. If you would like to participate, contact for details. Also available now is Airdrie Savings Bank’s Anchor Savings Account – set up with SCRT – as our first product seeking to harness the resources of Scotland third sector. See the account page. These accounts are open to both organisations and individuals. If you attended the SE Conference and Ceilidh this year you will remember one of the pitches to the Dragons’ Den was to invest in the UK’s first catch and release aquarium. Tobermory Harbour is now crowdfunding to make this idea a reality and have asked us to spread the word. See crowdfunding page.

The final Sport SEN, Health SEN and Community Food SEN newsletters of the year have been sent out. Click the respective links to view.

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STRATEGY: ‘The Festival of Architecture 2016 Strategy’ has been published following consultation and collaboration with over 50 organisations. It shows the vision and aims for the Festival which will be closely linked to the programme under the Scottish Government’s wider Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. INTERNSHIPS: Third Sector Internships Scotland is now accepting expressions of interest from organisations hoping to host an intern in the summer of 2015. The closing date is January 7th 2015. EVENTS: The Supplier Development Programme has a range of free events and training information regarding procurement, and all are open to Social Enterprises. See their events calendar for more information. BREAKFAST: On 23rd January Viridor Glasgow is holding a free ‘Business Breakfast’ for SMEs & SEs. Businesses in Glasgow are already benefiting from £16m of contracts gained from the Viridor project. Find out more about the next phase of business opportunities and meet key players involved. SEMINAR: The ‘Carbon Footprint Seminar’ aims to provide a greater understanding of the carbon footprint concept and the importance of the greenhouse gases emissions inventory associated to different activities. Takes place on 16th January in Glasgow.  Dates for the Diary Falkirk SEN, 12th JanuaryDundee SEN, 28th JanuaryInverclyde SEN, 17th FebruaryFalkirk SEN, 17th February Merry Xmas and all the very best for 2015! Kim