The SENs: Friday 20th March 2015

Last week, Senscot held interviews for the post of SE and Health Co-ordinator – to replace Danielle Trudeau who has moved on the devote her time and efforts to develop her own venture, Tribe Porty. This post has been funded by Scottish Govt Third Sector Division and Health Directorate over the last couple of years. Today, the Health SEN has approximately 100 members. Its aims are to provide a collective voice for SEs; promote good practice; improve communication and relationships with health and social care boards and other statutory health providers; and encourage and support joint working where possible. We are very pleased to announce that Mary Sinclair will be taking up this post in the near future. Mary, currently working with SCVO, comes with a strong background in health and the third sector and we are sure she will prove a real asset both to Senscot itself as well as to Health SEN members. The Social Enterprise Academy, Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) and Senscot have been working in partnership to develop a tailored two day learning programme to strengthen the SE support delivered by TSI Development Officers. The aim of the programme has been to increase knowledge and skills around the social enterprise model and help TSI staff explore how they can enhance their support for social enterprises and strengthen the sector further. We’re pleased to say that demand for the programme has been high – over-subscribed – so, all being well, another programme will be run later in the year. The first national mapping of SE in Scotland is due to get underway this month. This ‘census’ – to be updated every two years – will be carried out by Social Value Lab with the final report being made publicly available in Sept 2015 – see list of funders. Senscot and others will be promoting a survey over the coming weeks. There are some other UK wide surveys going on at present – but, in our view, this one should take priority for SEs in Scotland. See more The new Big Lottery funded Village SOS programme has been launched in Scotland – aimed at helping rural communities successfully develop, fund and implement projects which strengthen their community. The specific focus in Scotland is on helping experienced communities to provide practical support to communities just setting out on this journey with additional technical support provided as necessary. The delivery of Village SOS in Scotland is led by Rocket Science with support from Senscot, Forth Sector and Rose Regeneration. See more. Moray SEN is hosting a meeting on Thursday 30th April to discuss and explore Social Enterprise and Tourism.  Moray Speyside Tourism will attend to give an overview of the local tourism strategy.  If you’re interested in attending, please contact Kim Siu Falkirk and District SEN has worked hard over the last year to build its network and develop stronger working relationships locally.  This week, the SEN opened up the doors to new members at an event hosted by the Link Group.  They were also able to report that the SEN is now represented on the Helix Social Enterprise Initiative Executive – the Helix.  The SEN is keen to attract new members and build the network further. Any interested SEs based in or around the Falkirk area, you can get in touch with Sarah Notices TENDERS: Photography to support Zero Waste Scotland, Flow Country website development – RSPB, Helensburgh Skatepark Redevelopment – Argyll & Bute Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterAGM: Edinburgh Community Food invites you to its AGM taking place on 23rd March at Out of The Blue. Meet the team, have lunch and hear all about the work they do.
VOLUNTEERING: Green Aspirations Scotland CIC is having a Volunteering Weekend from 21st – 22nd March. Full instructions will be given and you will learn new skills throughout the weekend. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided in exchange for hard work and friendly banter! CELEBRATION: Congratulations to Glasgow and Cultural SEN member, Theatre Nemo, which is celebrating its 15th year. As part of the celebrations they are putting on a new show titled ‘How did you get that lonely? WHALE-Pod: WHALE Arts has been working with BOLD, Scotland’s only dedicated marketing social enterprise, to help promote the. The WHALE-Pod supports entrepreneurial people with an interest in establishing their own cultural business by offering creative, business development and practical assistance to help start-up their business PLAY: The play ‘Touching Cloth’ written by John Hughes of CEiS is being performed at The Shed on 14th, 15th and 16th May as part of the South Side Fringe.

APPOINTMENT: Voluntary Action South Ayrshire has recently appointed Rosemary Fotheringham to the Role of Business Adviser (Social Enterprise).

LEARNING: ‘From Shetland to Uist’ Social Enterprise Academy is taking its learning programmes to where they can make most impact. Dates for the Diary
Dundee SEN, 24th MarchSport SEN National, 31st MarchGlasgow SEN, 1st AprilFalkirk SEN, 16th AprilInverclyde SEN, 28th AprilFalkirk SEN, 13th MayDundee SEN AGM, 28th May
GSEN, 3rd June Best wishes,