The SENs: Friday 20th February 2015

Following the circulation of the SE Vision 2025, we are hosting a meeting for SEN Chairs and Co-ordinators to feed in their views on the document. Date set is Thursday, 5th March – 10.30-12.30 at our offices in Manor Place, Edinburgh. Our feedback has, in the main, been pretty positive – with some caveats: how do we practically go about improving relationships with local authorities; relationships with local Interfaces and their SE function; will actions being proposed genuinely filter down to a local level; is the role of SENs and their potential being fully appreciated; and, is this not an opportunity to address the issue of ‘overlapping’ intermediaries. The session will give an opportunity to talk these issues through.

West Lothian SEN is the latest SEN to launch a website. The site will post regular news to keep members updated on developments and also includes a series of case studies; a directory of SE’s in West Lothian; as well as up and coming events and training information. New features will be added over the next couple of weeks – so keep an eye on the site

To celebrate the International Women’s Day on Wednesday the 11th of March, The Melting Pot will give the stage to three successful female social entrepreneurs: Javita Narang from UK and India based Weaving Destination; Sylvia Douglas from Glasgow-based start-up MsMissMrs; and a lifelong feminist, Jackie Scutt from YWCA Scotland. On the night, they will explore the meaning, impact and importance of the empowerment of women on a local, national and international level – followed by a networking reception ( including a glass of wine). Join them for a night of social banter – more information and tickets here.

The Scottish Government published a consultation document last week on changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland (in relation to the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and new EU Directives. Responses to the consultation will inform the development of secondary legislation transposing the new Directives as well as secondary legislation and statutory guidance arising from the Act.  Government is keen to capture as many views as possible so please respond to any or all of the questions where you feel you have a contribution to make.  Social Firms Scotland is interested in gauging the levels of interest from members in holding an informal session to support and inform responses to the consultation.  Email Jayne by Friday 27th February if you’d be interested in attending such a session. See more.

Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) is holding a series of policy discussions around social enterprise, with the backdrop of the upcoming UK General Election and Smith Commission proposals. The format of ‘Getting the Best Deal for Scottish Social Enterprises’ is a panel discussion lasting around 2 hours, with commentators, sector spokespeople and party political representatives. See more.

Lynne Carr, Chief Executive of Impact Arts, is to retire in April 2015.Lynne joined Impact Arts in 2012 and has been instrumental in re-shaping the organisation through a period of change, including participating in ‘Big Lottery’s Better By Design’ programme to support organisational change through re-design of its business model and services. See more.



TENDERS: EIA of the Annual Festival – Girvan Traditional Folk Festival, Business Support – Project 81 Youth and Community Enterprise, Specialist Residential Dementia Care and Support – Scottish Borders Council, Supply and delivery of fresh fruit, vegetables and potatoes – Orkney Islands Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

VACANCY: Senscot is now recruiting for a new Health/Community Food SEN Co-ordinator. The post, funded through Scottish Govt, will seek to provide ongoing support to both the Health and Community Food SENs and Roundtables. Closing date for applications is Friday 27th Feb.

FASHION: Cutting-edge tartan designs will be showcased at a fashion show event, at Edinburgh’s Grassmarket Community Project on 12th March, celebrating the results of the Greyfriars Tartan Design Competition which has attracted submissions from designers around the world.

TRAINING: The SROI Network (soon to be Social Value UK) is holding a two day SROI Practitioner Training Course, Edinburgh 24/25 March. SROI, or Social Return on Investment, is a methodology for measuring social value which engages with stakeholders and analyses your activities by prioritising what matters to the people who use your service.

COMMUNITIES: Ice-cream company Ben & Jerry’s is once again searching for young, socially responsible entrepreneurs who are creating new models for sustainable business which will help make a difference in communities.

THEATRE: Play Pieces has had the most successful lunchtime theatre season ever with nearly all shows selling out in advance. Now in its third year, with the last two years being funded by Creative Scotland, it’s clear to see the investment has paid off.

Dates for the Diary

Fife SEN, 25th February
South Ayrshire SEN Conference, 27th February
East Lothian SEN, 6th March
Falkirk SEN, 17th March
Sport SEN National, 31st March
Glasgow SEN, 1st April
Falkirk SEN, 16th April
Falkirk SEN, 13th May 

Best wishes,