The SENs: Friday 1st May 2015

This week, Diane Cameron, SE Sport Co-ordinator, represented the Sport SEN members at Holyrood in a Sport for Development focused meeting with Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health.  Attending with a number of partner organisations, she was encouraged by the increasing recognition of the use of sport as a tool to make change and is optimistic for further progress in this area something which is reflected in the Active Scotland Framework which identifies key areas  that sport and physical activity make impact on national priorities. See latest Sports Update. This week we welcomed our new Health & SE Coordinator, Mary Sinclair, to the team. On Tuesday, Mary joined some of the team to visit the Scottish Parliament for the Social Enterprise Cross Party Group. A great opportunity to hear about SE activity across the country and to meet key people, including some of the local SEN Managers. Following a day in the office on Wednesday to get up to speed on both the Health and Community Food SENs and to learn more about Senscot Legal, on Thursday Mary was off to Oban to visit Healthy Options and learn how they’re developing a healthier future for Oban and Lorn and identify lessons for sharing with others. Please feel free to get in touch with Mary to introduce yourself and / or arrange an initial meeting. You can contact Mary at or on 07525 864333. 

Senscot attended a Moray SEN meeting yesterday at Knockando Mill to talk about tourism opportunities for social enterprises in the area.  Cameron Taylor, Moray Speyside Tourism, also attended the meeting to give an overview of the local industry, opportunities and issues.  The social enterprises expressed an interest in developing a working group to explore further opportunities for partnership working with a particular focus on marketing.  If you are delivering, or are interested in delivering tourism in Moray please contact Kim Siu at TSIMoray.

Happy birthday to our friends at Social Firms Scotland, 15years old this week! As part of the celebrations, they are launching a competition to give 10 SFS members an opportunity to win £1500 each.  There’s a simple entry form, looking for interesting and innovative ideas of how you would use the prize money to develop your Social Firm; people and business. Open to members only, there’s 2 rounds of the competition, the first opens Friday 1st May with the deadline for entries of Sunday 31st May. See more.

 The Scottish Government pilot funding scheme – the Community Capacity and Resilience Fund – awards grants of up to £5,000 to small, frontline organisations – to carry out projects that mitigate the effects of welfare reform, promote social inclusion and combat poverty. The pilot, administered by SCVO, aims to support innovative and creative projects that have a preventative impact in communities; combat inequality; and promote social inclusion.
Senscot is now looking to recruit a ‘Partnership and Procurement Officer’. The post will offer practical support to social enterprises looking to work in partnership and/or in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender opportunities being presented through current public service reform and other business opportunities. You can download the full application pack here. Closing date – Monday 18th May 2015.
GSEN member, Glasgow Bike Shed ended a successful 3 years project funded by Climate Challenge video on 31st of March this year. Fortunately, the project called "A Better Way To Work" is now sustainable and will keep offering its services to Greater Glasgow! Please enjoy and share the wee video.
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 Notices TENDERS:.Provision of Asset Based Community & Stakeholders Engagement Services – NHS Grampian, Material Recycling Facility Offtakes – Glasgow City Council, Composting of Organic Green Waste – East Ayrshire Council and Development of a Digital Strategy – Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership Ltd. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOP: Free workshop on the topic of Business Insurance for Small Businesses, “Take Cover – The Question is Which?” Takes place on 12th May in Glasgow. PRICING: Just Enterprise offers a range of business development workshops on crucial aspects of social enterprise activity. Upcoming workshops include ‘Costing and Pricing’ taking place in Aberdeen on 27th May. TOOLKIT: The ‘Town Centre Toolkit’ from Scotland’s Town Partnership contains ideas and examples of how people and organisations can make their town centre more attractive, more active, and more accessible. The toolkit makes extensive reference to social enterprise. FUND: For the first time in Scotland, UK investors will be able to invest their money in a pioneering fund for social good. Social Investment Scotland is aiming to raise £500k from UK investors by utilising the government’s new Social Investment Tax Relief scheme. NEWSLETTER: The monthly Ready for Business newsletter has been published with the latest on Public Social Partnerships, events and more. Subscribe here to receive it directly. AWARDS: The Beyond Sport Awards, supported by Comic Relief is now open for entries. REPORT: VHS have launched a ‘Living in the Gap – a voluntary health sector perspective on health inequalities in Scotland.

 Dates for the Diary
Falkirk SEN, 13th MaySport SEN, 20th MayDundee SEN AGM, 28th MayGlasgow SEN, 3rd JuneFalkirk SEN, 8th JuneFalkirk SEN, 7th JulyGlasgow SEN, 5th August
 Best wishes,