The SENs: Friday 19th February 2016

It was announced by Nicola Sturgeon at The Gathering this week that Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) managed by SCVO is set to receive a further £6.1m investment which will support 700 jobs. The money will be used to improve the job prospects of 16-29-year-olds who face the biggest barriers to employment, such as people with disabilities and those who have left the military. CJS has been a success to date with a high number of positive job outcomes – many SEN members have engaged with the programme.  The Scottish Government has invested more than £45m in CJS since it launched in 2011, creating more than 6,500 job training opportunities for young people across Scotland, with almost 70 per cent of young people involved in the programme going onto a job or further education. See more.  News this week that the Homeless World Cup is returning to Scotland this summer. The football tournament – set up to promote social inclusion around the world – is now in its 11th year. The event is taking place in George Square and kicking off on the 10 July, it will welcome 64 teams, representing 61 countries. Three purpose-built pitches with seating will be erected in George Square with up to 100,000 spectators expected. Mel Young, president of the Homeless World Cup Foundation, said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council and Culture Sport Glasgow to deliver what we’re sure will be the biggest tournament yet.” See more.  Congratulations to Glasgow SEN member, Glasgow Wood Recycling – which is opening a brand-new retail space to showcase its products. The Showroom will be launched at the Showroom Show-off event on the 26th February in South Street, Glasgow. See more.  Our friends at Community Enterprise are recruiting a new Development Officer. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work with a growing team of social enterprise and community developers with one of Scotland’s most well regarded and effective social enterprise support providers. See more. Reminder:  Social Firms Scotland has pulled together a short survey to help inform the future direction of the Employability SEN. One of the main reasons for establishing the SEN was to provide a strong collective voice in the employability arena, specific for social enterprise as well as taking a more pro-active approach to influencing policy both locally and nationally. Given how important this role is, we’d appreciate if social enterprises working in employability – either involved with the SEN as well as those who would like to be involved – could fill in this short 4 question survey on policy and representation. If you’re not engaged in the Employability SEN but would like to be, contact Jayne at SFS or Kim at Senscot. CEIS, in partnership with the Scottish Government, is looking to collate some existing social enterprise video footage to create a short video showcasing the sector in Scotland to international partners and inward visitors. In the longer term and in line with the priority of raising awareness, it is possible that video footage will be commissioned from the sector, however this is a simple request to see if existing material can be used to strengthen the message about social enterprise in Scotland. If you have footage you would like to feature, please email in an editable format by noon on Wednesday 24th March. The final file will be sent to all those who have submitted footage, that is featured in the video. Notices TENDERS: Construction of a new Adult Learning Disability Centre – North Ayrshire Council, Self Directed Supports for children and families – Moray Council, Day Care Inverclyde HSCP – Inverclyde Council, Corporate WEEE Recycling including secure ICT disposal – Renfrewshire Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING: The Voluntary Action Fund has announced the launch of the Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund and Violence Against Women and Girls Fund for 2016-17. WORKSHOP: There is a free Project Management workshop taking place in Glasgow on 29th February for SME and social enterprise organisations. SUPPORT: Just Enterprise can provide tailored business consultancy support to existing Third Sector organisations across Scotland we help them to become more enterprising and sustainable. EMPLOYMENT: The Life I Want is an innovative partnership redesigning and developing support and opportunities for people across Glasgow who have learning disabilities. Its enterprise work-stream promotes the skills and talents of people with learning disabilities in the work place. WORKSHOP: Business Gateway, in partnership with Craft Scotland, is hosting a Craft Tourism workshop for makers in Argyll and Bute on 25th February in Inveraray.  SE100 INDEX: Venture Mòr, working to get disadvantaged young adults into work through employability training delivered in the Scottish wilderness, has been recognised as a leading social enterprise in this year’s NatWest SE100 annual report. Dates for the Diary
Perth and Kinross SEN, 23rd FebStirlingshire, 25th FebMoray SEN, 1st MarFife SEN, 9th MarSouth Ayrshire SEN, 9th MarWest Lothian SEN, 9th MarPerth and Kinross SEN, 23rd MarGlasgow SEN, 6th AprMoray SEN, 15th Apr Best wishes, Kim