The SENs: Friday 19th June 2015

Senscot – in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, DTA Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance – will be hosting an information session on the new round of EU Funding next Friday, 26th June at the Teachers Building, St Enoch’s Square in Glasgow (10am -12noon). This ‘EU Masterclass’ – the first in a series – will be hosted by Les Huckfield. Les kindly put together an initial Note – on a need-to-know basis last week. He has been able to update this with further relevant information . Already, there has been a considerable level of interest in the event – over 40 folk have signed up so far. If you’d like to come along, book here.

VAS and Senscot Practice Forum: In partnership with Community Ownership Support Service (COSS), Senscot and VAS are hosting a joint session for TSI / SEN staff on ‘Supporting enterprising community asset transfer – getting ready to help’ on 22nd July. With the Community Empowerment Bill set to make it easier for local groups to take control of public assets such as community centres or areas of land, a major challenge will be around the sustainability of assets when transferred. This Practice Forum seeks to engage and support TSIs and SENs around their ‘role’ in helping third sector and community organisations to develop and maintain enterprising community assets. Contact Kim for further information. The new round of Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) was launched this week – with the closing date to register as an employer being Monday 29th June. Now in its 5th phase, this round of CJS introduces a couple of new/additional elements: a) the employer processes are moving to an online system; b) the possibility of 3 or 6 month contract extensions will now be considered – on a case-by-case basis – for organisations can provide evidence that an individual would benefit from a longer period in the job; and c) additional funding is available to living wage employers that are committed to paying their CJS employees at least the living wage. See details. SPAEN and Respite Now have joined forces to launch a brand new service to help people make the most of Self-Directed Support opportunities – Peace of Mind. With Scottish Government funding, and support from Senscot and Social Firms Scotland’s Partnership and Procurement specialism, SPAEN and Respite Now have developed a service with collaboration and community at its heart.  Peace of Mind’s Small Hours Hub will match customers with each other based on needs and interests, and create mini consortia where people club together to jointly purchase the supports they need. Supporting this innovative approach is a new bank of trained Personal Assistants who will be ready to be employed by the new mini consortia. See more. Congratulations to GSEN member, The Experience, Visit Scotland has confirmed The Experience has achieved the status of 5 Star Activity Centre.  To celebrate they are rewarding valued visitors with 5% off all activities and food until the end of June! To claim your discount quote #ExceptionalExperience when booking over the phone – 0141 883 4005, or at reception. Please note this cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer.The Experience is a themed entertainment and events venue housing Scotland’s only indoor electric Go-karting arena, Laser Experience, Slot car racing, and more. See more. Another congratulations, this time to Sport SEN member, George Bruce, Ardroy Outdoor Centre, on being awarded Hannah Stirling National Park Award. Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for the National Park area, has given its Award to George in recognition of his outstanding contribution to enriching the lives of thousands of youngsters who enjoy outdoor experiences in the National Park. See moreNotices TENDERS: Film and Animation Services Framework Agreement – Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (Care Inspectorate), Community Hub Business Plan Brief – Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust, Receipt and Processing of Dry Recyclable Materials from Kerbside and Communal Collections – City of Edinburgh Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterEVENTS: During Recycle week (22-28 June) Aberdeen Forward and CFINE will be holding series of events in association with Zero Waste Scotland. AWARDS: The Social Enterprise in Education Awards 2015 took place last week to recognise the achievements of hundreds of children in Scotland that are setting up their own social enterprises to support their communities and learn about running a business. EVENT: SEAMs ‘Feeding Community’ event takes place on 19th of August at the Glencorse Centre in Auchendinny, Midlothian. The free event tailored to people involved or interested in community gardening, local sustainable food production, community cafés, selling local produce, gardening or food-based projects and social enterprises. EQUALITY: The Scottish Government has an initiative called 50/50 by 2020 – i.e. to encourage gender equality on Boards. There is a free evening event taking place on 29th June in Edinburgh to encourage more people (and specifically more women) to join public sector boards.  Dates for the Diary
South Ayrshire Gathering & AGM, 19th JuneFalkirk SEN, 7th JulyGlasgow SEN, 5th AugustFalkirk SEN, 6th AugustMoray SEN, 13th August Best wishes, Kim