The SENs: Friday 20th May 2016

Diane Cameron left Senscot in April to head up the Ardroy Outdoor Centre – delighted to report that Diane’s been in touch and enjoying her new role – even the sun has come out since she started!  We’ve now gone through a recruitment process and Alan Johnston has been appointed as the new SE and Sport Co-ordinator. Alan currently works for Senscot as Partnership and Procurement Co-ordinator. Alan has a wealth of experience in sport, business and public sector and is looking forward to taking up the new challenge on 1st June. Alan will be making contact with Sport SEN members and key stakeholders over the coming months. In the meantime, if you’d like to get in touch with Alan, email Bookings are open for the Joint Thematic SEN event in Perth on 16th June.  This is the first in a series of joint thematic meetings to be held across Scotland. The event will provide a space for in depth discussion; strategic thinking; influencing and making broader connections; sharing good practice and developing ideas and /or pieces of work; and will hopefully lead to greater involvement for social enterprises within specific policy areas.  We’re delighted to confirm speakers include Emma McGregor (Stirling Community Enterprise) and Lesley Young (Re-Union). See agenda hereand you can sign up here. If you are a social enterprise/firm operating in any of these areas, you are welcome to attend – there is no charge for this event. News this week that the Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) has additional funding for 2016/17 to support their Community Learning Exchange (CLE) Programme. CLE operates through the networks that comprise the membership of SCA (Senscot is a member).  CLE will fund Community to Community Visits; Stakeholder Learning Journeys; and Peer to Peer Mentoring. A number of SENS and SEN members have already benefited from the fund. Here are some case studies – giving a flavour of some of the exchanges that have already taken place. SENs or SEN members looking for more information should contact Kim Fife SEN, supported by the University of St Andrews, is holding a workshop session on 13th June.  Delegates will hear from Derek Marshall (Dundee Skatepark) and Susan Smith (Dundee SEN) providing a local perspective and Senscot will give a national overview. The aim of the session is to engage social entrepreneurs and stakeholders in considering the future of the Fife Social Enterprise Network.  If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact Pedro Santos or New Cultural and Creative SEN member, Invisible Edinburgh, has now launched its walking tours in Edinburgh.  Led by people who have been homeless, tour guides are given high quality training so that they have the opportunity to showcase their Edinburgh! See BBC article published this week. The ALLIANCE is looking for social enterprises interested in Health & Social Care Integration to help shape their Integration Support Team’s programme. Recognising that the landscape has not evolved as fast as originally anticipated by the Scottish Government, they want to scope the experience of integration so far and find out what you think the support programme priorities should be going forward.  Senscot encourages SEN members to contribute the voice of social enterprise to the programme development via their online survey. This will be followed up via focus groups. See here for more information.  ​Notices TENDERS: First Minister’s Reading Challenge Website – Scottish Book Trust, Road Safety Scotland – Theatre in Education Programme – Transport Scotland, Museum Display Object Mounting Works – Fife Council, Sport & Leisure Provision – Stirling Council and more.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDED WORK PLACEMENTS:  University of Strathclyde are one of the Santander Partner Universities have funding for a number of work experience placements for SMEs, charities and third sector organisations.  Email Hazel or Gillian for more information. EVENT: Bookings for Community Enterprise’s ‘Where Community Meets Enterprise’ event are going very well with only around 30 still available (out of 120). The event – on 24th June at Norton Park in Edinburgh – will look at the nature and scale of "community enterprise" within Scotland’s growing family of social enterprises. MICRO ENTERPRISE: Last couple of places for this valuable learning opportunity, which starts at Abertay University on 23rd May WORKSHOPS: Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre’s have 2 new workshops coming up in June, Online Video Marketing & Video Localisation and Health & Safety – Risk Assessments both for small businesses.  AWARDS: Healthy n Healthy received some fantastic news on Friday after it was announced that the organisation had won in their category at the UK Charity Governance Award for ‘Embracing opportunity and harnessing risk,’ after transitioning from a Healthy Initiative to Community Development Trust in 2012. TRAINING: The Supplier Development Programme offer expert procurement training, support and information to help you win public sector contracts to grow your business – and best of all its completely free.  Dates for the Diary Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th MayGlasgow SEN, 1st JunFalkirk SEN, 2nd JunFife SEN, 8th JunMoray SEN, 9th JunBorders SEN, 9th JunDundee SEN AGM, 14th JunJoint thematic SEN (Perth), 16th JunPerth & Kinross SEN, 28th Jun
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