The SENs: Friday 1st July 2016

Last year, the Independent Short Life Working Group (SLWG) was established to consider – how best to create a dignified and sustained strategy which supports vulnerable people; how best to address the often complex set of issues which lead people into food poverty; and how a strong partnership approach to eradicating food poverty can be developed and how collective resources and asset can be aligned. The report advocates a move away from emergency food provision towards more dignified and sustainable food provision. Recommendations include – social enterprise and community sector to continue the development of community food hubs across Scotland supported by the Fair Food Fund. To read the full report, see here.

Following last year’s review of Thematic SEN and Roundtable activity, we identified priority issues for the Health SEN and Roundtable – Health & Social Care Integration; Self-Directed Support; and Food Poverty for Health & Community Food. We’ve revised the Roundtable approach and now have a combined Social Enterprise Health & Wellbeing Roundtable. Membership includes Scottish Govt, other statutory bodies, academia and social enterprise. The draft Position Paper for the revised Roundtable (RT) is now available for comment and has already initiated some interesting dialogue amongst RT members around Health & Social Care Integration, see here. The Roundtable will meet again in August and we look forward to updating you with more news and developments then.

Tourism is another priority area for us this year. Building on previous work, here’s an updated map of support to help social enterprises engaging or looking to engage in this area. If you have any suggestions for additions or would like further information, email Sarah.

Pauline Graham (Social Firms Scotland) will be delivering this year’s John Pearce Memorial Lecture. The lecture will consider perspectives on the social enterprise community in Scotland which has been built on the roots of community action and an inherent enthusiasm for entrepreneurship. Additionally, Pauline will reflect on the development of social enterprise in Europe and how the ‘Scottish Model’ fits into the more international aspects of social enterprise. Her presentation will also speculate on key challenges for social enterprise in Scotland and the need to frame the forthcoming 10 year Social Enterprise Strategy within a wider policy context. For more info –  see here and there is still time to feed your thoughts into the strategy here.

A former passenger area on Oban pier has been transformed into a social enterprise café serving local produce to provide residents and visitors with Argyll’s finest foods to eat in, take home or enjoy on their ongoing travels. The Food from Argyll Co-operative has employed three full time staff to run the café all year round after collaborating with Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd and CalMac Ferries Ltd to find a use for the empty space formally used by Hebridean Ferries. See more.

The Community Learning Exchange (CLE) has funding again for 2016/17.  CLE will fund Community to Community Visits; Stakeholder Learning Journeys; and Peer to Peer Mentoring. A number of SENS and SEN members have already benefited from the fund. Read some case studies – giving a flavour of some of the exchanges that have already taken place. if you are interested please get in touch.

Raft of packed newsletter updates published recently including the Health, Sport, Dundee SENs and Ready for Business. Follow the links to view.


TENDERS: Processing of Food Waste – East Ayrshire Council, Glasgow Abstinence Project – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Community Based Support for a Social Enterprise – East Ayrshire Council, Independent Living Support Service – The City of Edinburgh Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: The Big Lottery Fund Scotland has grants available between £10-150k for community-led activities. This funding aims to support communities to improve to the places they live and the wellbeing of those most in need.

FUNDING: The Life Changes Trust has opened a second wave of funding for Champions Boards focussing on care experienced young people.  Radical, systemic change is needed if better outcomes are to be achieved for our looked after young people making their transition into adult life. The Trust believes that this type of systemic and cultural change can only be achieved in partnership with care experienced young people. Local partnerships can apply for up to £225,000 over three years. More info.

INNOVATION: A reminder that the 8th International Social Innovation Research Conference takes place in Glasgow from 5th – 7th September. Early bird rates end today.

E-LEARNING: Check out the new E-Learning Courses from MHScot and its One to One Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Based Like Skills Courses.

TENNIS: Accessible Tennis CIC invites you to get involved in a fun packed themed competition served with lots of prizes and giveaways.

Dates for the Diary

Borders SEN AGM, 7th July
Inverclyde SEN, 26th July
Perth & Kinross SEN, 26th July
Glasgow SEN, 4th Aug
Falkirk SEN, 5th Aug
Moray SEN, 11th Aug
Borders SEN, 18th Aug
Perth & Kinross SEN, 30th Aug
Fife SEN, 7th Sep 

Best wishes,