The SENs: Friday 19th September 2014

Senscot is hosting a Joint Thematic Roundtable meeting in Edinburgh next week at the Grassmarket Community Project.  This is the second time that the Roundtables have had the opportunity to come together following a successful event last year, see report. That event focussed on challenges facing social enterprises in their respective thematic areas. The one next week is an opportunity for us to hear progress that has been made in the past 12 months and look forward to the year ahead. It will include a presentation from Professor Cam Donaldson (GCU) on the Health and Social Enterprise Research Project and an interactive session on Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) delivered by Ready for Business, see programme.

 Falkirk and District SEN is working with Senscot, as part of the Social Enterprise Alliance (Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and Social Enterprise Scotland), to host a Policy event on 27th October at Trinity Church.  The event will showcase local social enterprises, discuss the current local and national social enterprise landscape and the needs of the growing sector. This will also be an opportunity for Falkirk and District SEN to further develop relationships with local support partners.  If you would like more information or are interested in attending this event, contact Sarah. Big congratulations to Edinburgh SEN for organising Social in the Square in Edinburgh last weekend. Senscot’s Sarah Cameron volunteered on both days and said it was really busy with a great atmosphere and to top it off the sun even put in appearance on both days! Over thirty social enterprises sold fantastic products, served delicious food and entertained visitors to the Square (estimated around 20,000). If you couldn’t make it along to the event, these photos, taken by Laura Hood of Dunedin Canmore, will give you a flavour of what happened. Well done to all. Following the event hosted by Voluntary Action Scotland and Senscot last month for Third Sector Interfaces (TSI’s), which focussed on national support for social enterprise, Just Enterprise has offered to arrange visits to local areas to discuss the support available through the programme. At the event, held at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh, delegates heard about the new Just Enterprise programme, which continues to offer business support, start-up advice and leadership and learning workshops to strengthen the Third Sector in Scotland, see more. CEiS has produced a ‘Conference Resources’ pack from the SE Policy and Practice event in Glasgow on 3rd September. The ‘pack’ includes speakers’ presentations; photographs; plus a full delegate list. A full Conference Report will be available at the end of the month. Good article in Falkirk Herald featuring Falkirk and Edinburgh SEN member Re-Union Canal. Their Falkirk boat, the Jaggy Thistle, which is based at the Falkirk Wheel, is the result of support from the People and Communities Fund to deliver a Canal Communities Connections project. Volunteer development worker Lesley Young co-ordinates the skills programme run by Re-Union Canal Boats at The Wheel. She explained: “We work with a range of volunteers from the community to develop skills on the canal including canal boating and maintaining community spaces”. See more. MY Adventure, member of the Edinburgh and Sports SEN, has acquired an outdoor centre in Towford, near Jedburgh and are seeking support with their crowdfunder camping. Formerly local authority owned and managed, the centre has been closed for 17 years. MY Adventure are seeking a minimum of £6,000, raised by individuals and businesses. For details of how to support this campaign and thus enable this old school-turned-centre to survive the winter and become a vibrant asset for the social enterprise sector, see TENDERS: Feasibility Study for Great Bernera Community Development Trust; Request for Best Offers as Part of a Framework Agreement, Energy Saving Trust Ltd; John O’Groats Artist’s Commission, Highlands and Islands Enterprise; and more.

CHAMPIONS: The next Ready for Business Community Benefit in Procurement champion’s session takes place on the 24th of September. Please contact Joanne for information.
CONFERENCE: This year the Nourish conference takes place on 16th and 17th October in Glasgow. There will also be an evening event at the Old Fruitmarket, with a panel discussion, Scottish food with a Commonwealth twist, as well as poetry and music.

FESTIVAL: Scotland’s newest arts festival, a spectacular celebration of arts and culture, will be taking place at the heart of Moray between 24 and 28 September 2014, showcasing artists of national and international renown.CELEBRATIONS: You Can Cook is celebrating 7 years in the food, health and training sector. Drop-in workshops will take place in the Studio where staff and volunteers will demonstrate a variety of cookery skills.

Dates for the DiaryArgyll & Bute SEN Cultural Meeting, 22nd September
Falkirk SEN, 25th September
Moray SEN / Glasgow SEN, 1st October
Sport SEN North, 3rd October
East Lothian SEN, 9th October
Sport SEN West, 22nd October
Sport SEN, Adventure Sport, 29th October
Falkirk SEN, 31st October
Sport SEN North East, 6th November
Social Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13/14th November
Sport SEN East, 19th November
Falkirk SEN, 24th November Best wishes,