The SENs: Friday 1st August 2014

The emerging Health and Social Care Partnerships are to get an additional £100m next year to help integrate services and make sure money is directed to community and third sector preventative services. The Scottish Government has written to local Partnerships to establish how the Integrated Care Fund is to be distributed, and stressing the role of the third sector in delivering services fit for the future. The money will be available to Partnerships following the end of the £300m Reshaping Care for Older People Change Fund, which concludes in April 2015. We will be in touch soon to co-ordinate how SEN members can best engage in this process. See full Guidance for Local Partnerships. For further questions, please contact Danielle. Strand 2 of the Legacy 2014, Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund will open for applications on 11th August 2014. Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities is a £1m Fund established with £500k of the Scottish Government 2014 Legacy Fund and £500k from The Robertson Trust.  The overarching goal of the Fund is to support more sports social enterprises to be able to own and/or manage facilities and deliver services which meet the needs of their communities as well as proving sustainable in the long term, see more. Senscot and Social Firms Scotland will have a ‘Procurement and Partnership Officer’ in place later this month – to provide a brokering service for SEs looking to bid for public sector contracts. The role will be to provide practical support to social enterprise in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender opportunities, including facilitating social enterprise partnerships and consortia development. This position is being supported by Scottish Govt and will run, initially, for twelve months. See more.For further info, contact kim@senscot.net We’ve only got a few discounted places left for the CEiS, Policy and Practice Conference on 3rd Sept at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow. Discounted places are £50 plus VAT – for SEN members only. These are being allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place, contact Tariq, to view the programme, see more. In July, Ready for Business hosted the Scottish launch of the recently published Joseph Rowntree Foundation research “Tackling Poverty through Public Procurement”.  At this event for public sector commissioners and procurement leads & private sector suppliers, the report author, Richard Macfarlane described the opportunity for addressing poverty through public procurement and a range of speakers used case studies to describe the impact of Community Benefit Clauses on disadvantaged communities. To access the report, see more. Congratulations to West Lothian SEN members, Kidzeco, that has recently won the “Contribution to the Community” Award at The Centre (Livingston) Retail Awards, see more.Kidzeco provides high quality pre-loved children’s clothes, toys and equipment at an affordable cost. The latest Community Food SEN newsletter was published this week. This edition includes news on the launch of a discussion document, Becoming a Good Food Nation, see more.  Notices TENDERS: Training Initiative Programme – Fresh Start, Future Support and Advice to Rural Communities – Scottish Government and Medium Value Construction Projects – The Common Services Agency (more commonly known as NHS National Services Scotland). Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOPS: Social Firms Scotland is running ‘Introduction to Intellectual Property’ workshops in Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow. STALL: Starting today The Allotment Market Stall will be selling produce that comes fresh and direct to you from the allotments in Aberdeen City. CONFERENCE: The Nourish Conference this year takes place on 16th/17th October in Glasgow. FUNDRAISING: Youth Football Scotland is in process of looking at a possible new way of helping clubs raise funds. It involves the popular Fantasy Football model. OPEN DAY: Grow to Work is a business based in the central Scottish Borders which provides employment and training to young adults in gardening, landscaping and horticulture. Learn more at the open day on 23rd August. Dates for the DiaryMoray SEN, 6th AugustGlasgow SEN, 6th AugustInverclyde SEN, 13th AugustDundee SEN, 20th AugustFalkirk SEN, 27th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd SeptemberSocial In The Square, 12th SeptemberFalkirk SEN, 25th SeptemberSocial Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh, 13th NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November  Best wishes, Kimkim@senscot.net