The SENs: Friday 20th January 2017

Yesterday, 12 members of the Cultural SEN participated in a Community Learning Exchange (CLE) for SEs within the tourism industry. The visit was hosted by the Grassmarket Community Project (GCP) in Edinburgh and participants heard presentations from Jonny Kinross (GCP) and Lynsey McLean (The Experience). On 7th Feb, another CLE takes place in Edinburgh with another 12 Cultural SEN members visiting Out of the Blue; Tribe Porty; Edinburgh Palette; and Codebase. The CLE Programme is run by Scottish Community Alliance and, this year, around 100 SEN members have participated in Exchanges in the likes of Elgin, Liverpool, Fife and Oban. Funds are still available for visits taking place up until the end of June 2017 – as long as applications are in by end of March. For info, contact Kim.

After almost six years as our IT Officer, Tariq is sadly moving on to take up a new post with One Parent Families Scotland. We wish him all the best in his new venture. We have taken the decision to amend the post a bit and are now looking to recruit a new Research and Communications Officer. As well as overseeing Senscot’s IT and social media requirements, the post will also involve a significant research element that will support our various bulletins and newsletters as well as promoting our work with both local and thematic SENs. Here is a link to the application pack. Closing date for applications is Friday 10th February. The Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace takes place on Tuesday 21st March at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. This new event from Social Enterprise Scotland hopes to attract a wide range of SEs from across the country – plus a unique programme of speakers. Buy and sell goods and services, network and learn – with social enterprises, charities and public and private sector guests. For info and to book, see:

Neighbours International will be helping Community & Self-Directed Support Workshop participants understand the roles and functions of community within a SDS based social care system and exploring how we can learn from their experience in the USA. This will be followed by an opportunity to explore what community means and how it works in a Scottish context and where it sits within the SDS System in Scotland. Event taking place on 27th January, Stirling. Find out more and book your place. On the 16th February a free event in Hamilton will showcase the added value social enterprise can bring to Public Sector contract delivery. The event will also examine the challenges involved in becoming “tender ready” and look at some of the practical aspects of delivering community benefits. The event is sponsored by Ready for Business and is being organised by South Lanarkshire Council. To book and for more info see here. New Comic Relief grants programme “Levelling the Field”, is a UK and International initiative which seeks to use the power of sport to empower women and girls. One of the aims of the initiative is to foster collaboration between the Women and Girls and Sport for Change sectors. The initiative was developed following two consultation events to bring the sectors together and develop ideas.  This work highlighted, in particular, a number of issues that disproportionately affect women and girls such as lack of opportunities, gender stereotypes and social isolation – with the programme being designed to address these issues. See more.

In partnership with local SENs and others, Social Investment Scotland is delivering sessions on social investment in seven different locations across the country. The sessions are open to charities, social enterprises, community enterprises, accountants, solicitors and advisors. For more information, see here.

Notices TENDERS:  Tender for Climate Challenge Fund Evaluation & Final Report – Auchenback Active, Consultancy Services to Provide a Charette Led Regeneration Framework for Kincardine, Fife – The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Framework Agreement for Provision of Care at Home Services – Perth & Kinross Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterAWARDS: The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability have recently announced that they will be hosting Scotland’s first national Learning Disability Awards! Applications open on Monday 23rd January, and close on Monday 6th March. LEARNING: The Social Enterprise Academy has released details of its forthcoming learning opportunities taking place in the North of Scotland. There is a whole raft of opportunities including Measuring Social Impact and Award in Leadership for Youth Work and CLD sectors amongst many more. FIRST AID: The Grassmarket Community Project (GCP) got in touch to highlight that it has a couple of spaces on a three day First Aid at Work Course at the rock bottom bargain basement cost of £60.00. Taking place on 21st, 22nd and 24th Jan from 9am to 5pm and all taking place at the GCP. CROWDFUNDING: Aberdeen social enterprise, The Bread Maker, is launching a crowd-funding appeal this week to raise £20,000 – to open a training project involving Adults with a Learning Disability. The funds will be used for class room and meeting room furniture and equipment: computers, broad band and the other IT provisions needed to get the project up and running. FILMS: The Wee Govan Pipers are back!  media co-op’s film plays in the Glasgow Film Festival, with live performances from the stars of the film. Also, details of screenings as part of the Scottish Government’s Fire Starter Festival, a week of events to set co-production alight. Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 24th Jan
Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th Jan
Glasgow SEN, 1st Feb
Edinburgh SEN, 7th Feb
Scottish Borders SEC, 9th Feb
Clacks SEN, 20th Feb

Best wishes, Kim