The SENs: Friday 1st April 2016

Senscot is now seeking to recruit a new Social Enterprise and Sport Co-ordinator to facilitate and support the growing volume of activity of the Sport SEN and Roundtable. The Sport SEN and Roundtable have been active since 2010 and the Sport SEN now is now made up of around 120 community-based sports organisations. The role of the new Co-ordinator will be to continue to link up and support SEN members across the country as they seek to be both financially sustainable as well as continuing to use sport as the tool to make significant social impact within their local respective communities.  The post is supported by sportscotland and Scottish Govt’s Third Sector Division and is currently funded until March 2017. Closing date for applications is Monday 18th April – with interviews scheduled for week beginning 25th April. See details & application form. For further queries, email Kim. The next meeting of the Employability SEN is on 19th April in Glasgow. The Employability SEN now has well over 100 members, the meeting has proved popular and is currently oversubscribed with a waiting list. Social Firms Scotland (SFS) has produced a Briefing paper on Scotland’s Employability Support Services this week to keep members informed. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Employability SEN, contact Jayne. With H&SC Integration due to go live on 1st April, The Third Sector Health & Social Care Support Team (within The ALLIANCE) is scoping third sector needs to inform the design of the next stage of its health and social care integration support programme and have offered a focus group to capture the needs of Health SEN members. Please email Mary if you would be interested in contributing. For more Health SEN news, see here.  
Following the successful networking event at HMP Barlinnie Prison in February, a report on behalf of the Prison, GSEN, Social Firms Scotland, Theatre Nemo and the Community Justice Authority has now been published. This report provides a brief overview of what was discussed on the day and the actions which partners agreed to progress following the event. See reportDundee SEN is also recruiting this week for an Office Manager / Development Officer.  Duties include – managing and promoting membership and support the members’ requirements; fostering growth within the social enterprises, through network meetings and increase trading activity, innovation and business development; increasing the opportunities for social enterprise to increase trade, especially through their presence on procurement portals and their quality of their tendering skills and supporting the development of opportunities in the Dundee Waterfront and customer-facing social enterprises. Closing date 19th April, see more. For more Dundee SEN news, see here. REMINDER: We have an allocation of bursary places for SEN members to attend the CEIS Conference in September. There are 15 places in total for the rate of £50.00 + VAT. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please email Tariq if you would like to register your interest.  There is also a small allocation of 5 student places this year. The stipulation here is that interested students would have to supply a note of interest to CEIS Events from their University email address – detail their course in relation to social enterprise. These will also be on first come, first served basis. Finally, if any of the SENs, purchase 10 places at £50.00 +VAT they will receive 1 free place. They are to also contact CEIS Events. Notices TENDERS: Review, Business Planning & Sustainability Support – Community Led Action and Support Project, Community Connecting for people over 50 – The City of Edinburgh Council, Dundee Joint Social Work Sensory Service – Dundee City Council and more.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterALUMNI: ‘Fight for Peace’ works using boxing and martial arts combined with education and personal development to realise the potential of young people. It has received funding to train eight grassroots organisations in its bespoke methodology and provide organisations with 10 months’ free consultancy support to guide them in improving their services for youth. FUNDING: Charities working to reduce re-offending are set to benefit from over £1 million new funding over the next year, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has announced. WORKSHOP: A one-day workshop from Firstport takes place on 14th Mar that will take you through the process of taking an idea for a social enterprise from a concept to implementation and launch. CULTURE: The videos from the Parliamentary session of the Cross-Party Group on Culture, held earlier in the month are now available. Discussion was held on the subject of the Artist as an Endangered SpeciesUPDATE: An update on a possible new Engine Shed Cafe based in a shipping container by the Union Canal at the Calder’s, Edinburgh. VIDEO: The Crags Centre is in central Edinburgh. It has a large Games Hall, flexible Studio, football kick-pitch and traverse climbing wall along the front of the building. Dates for the Diary
Glasgow SEN, 7th AprFalkirk SEN, 11th AprilMoray SEN, 14th AprPerth & Kinross SEN, 26th AprilSouth Ayrshire, 11th May Best wishes, Kim

kim@senscot.net