The SENs: Friday 20th June 2014

Social Firms Scotland (SFS) and Senscot hosted the EU SEN in Glasgow this week – with 35 delegates attending from 10 EU member states. The event kicked off with a presentation by Yvonne Strachan (Third Sector Division) on what has become known as ‘The Scottish Model’. Yvonne’s contribution set the scene for the two day event – with further Scottish contributions coming from the Social Enterprise Academy and Firstport. One of the primary objectives of the EU SEN is to ensure social enterprise plays a full role in helping to meet EU Structural Fund objectives in promoting social inclusion, job creation and combating poverty. We are encouraged to see that Scottish Govt has acknowledged this role in its latest EU Operational Plan. See more. One of the main events in our SE calendar is the CEiS September Conference. Now in its 8th year, the event will feature presentations from Yvonne Strachan (Scottish Govt Third Sector Division) and Rachael McCormack (Strengthening Communities Director, Highlands & Islands Enterprise) who will look at developing a strategic approach for the Third Sector, where delegates will be invited to share their visions and ambitions for social enterprise for the next 10 years. As an event supporter, Senscot has secured 25 discounted passes at £50+VAT for the event. If you would like to take advantage of the discounted rate, please contact Kim at Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. See more. Last week, Senscot attended the ‘Integrating for Better Outcomes’ event organised by the Joint Improvement Team (JIT). The JIT is a strategic improvement partnership between the Scottish Govt, NHS Scotland, the Third Sector, the Independent Sector and the Housing Sector. The speakers stressed the importance of a new and united Health & Social Care team for Scotland.  There was also an opportunity to learn more about a good working example of Health & Social care integration, in the community of Oban, from Healthy Options. The future for making integration work will not only focus on better outcomes, it will also have to invest in community solutions like Healthy Options and other grassroots organisations. See more. Senscot attended the Argyll and Bute Cultural Assembly in Dunoon this week. Linked with Creative Scotland’s Place Partnership Programme, the Cultural Assembly seeks to bring together cultural, creative and heritage organisations, from all sectors from across Argyll in a similar way to the SENs. The group is at the beginning of the process and discussions focussed on long term sustainability, tourism and the heritage sector. ABSEN were cited as a possible partner and Senscot have been asked to contribute to ensure inclusion of social enterprise. For more info, contact Sarah. Congratulations to ABSEN member, Fyne Futures, on receiving the UK National Energy Globe Award.  The project has delivered significant carbon reductions on the Isle of Bute via recycling waste management, reuse of furniture, growing local produce as well as promoting behaviour change across a number of themes including low carbon travel initiatives, energy efficiency and renewable technologies. See more. Interesting times for the Sport SEN with a number of members involved in the Queens Baton Relay, including the Chair of Antonine Sports Centre – who also heard they were successful in getting free cycle racks via one of the legacy initiatives.  In addition, Diane attended the first ever outdoor parliamentary reception which focused on Outdoor Activities for Young People. This is a theme close to the hearts of our growing number of outdoor activity social enterprises including My Adventure, Ardoy, Port Edgar Watersports, Go Country, ACE, Outfit Moray. Stramash were also at the event promoting their status as a Modern Apprenticeship deliverer. See moreNotices TENDERS: Supply & Delivery of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables – Renfrewshire Council, Burnfoot Community Hub Hawick – Scottish Borders Council and Consultancy Funding Support Kirkintilloch Town Hall – East Dunbartonshire Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterART: Roberta has a severe learning disability and has recently learned to make art at Identity Artworks. Now she needs your help to teach others how to make art. CINEMA: On June 28th Stirling’s Historic site the Old Town Jail will be transformed into an Open Air Cinema. Creative Stirling is hosting an Open Air Screening of ‘Sunshine on Leith’ as part of Stirling’s Big Weekend. PROGRAMMES: There are limited spaces available for the fully funded ‘Leadership, Enterprise and Social Impact Learning’ programme in the Highlands & Islands from the Social Enterprise Academy. EXHIBITION: The Gallery on the Corner would like to invite you to attend the preview of its forthcoming exhibition, Journey, on Tuesday 1st July from 6-8pm. This exhibition is the culmination of the MSc Arts Psychotherapies training at Queen Margaret University. NEWSLETTER: Read the special edition newsletter of the Melting Post on Social Innovation Incubation from the Melting Pot. Dates for the Diary ABSEN 26th JuneFalkirk SEN, 30th JuneHealth SEN, 2nd JulyFalkirk SEN, 29th JulyMoray SEN, 6th AugustGlasgow SEN, 6th AugustInverclyde SEN, 13th AugustFalkirk SEN, 27th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd September Best wishes,