The SENs: Friday 20th September 2013

The Health & Social Care Integration Bill, otherwise known as the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill will see health boards and local authorities integrate all provision for health and social care. This requires significant cultural and structural changes to what currently exists. This week at the Health SEN meeting Susan Lowes from Voluntary Health joined us to speak about the bill which will have a significant impact on many social enterprises.  Health boards and local authorities must create an ‘integration plan’ for each local authority area. There are 4 models of integration to choose from – creating an ‘integration authority’. Plans are specifically for adult services, but other services may also be included. See Bill Summary and Presentation.

Bookings for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh (Westerwood Hotel – 14th/15th Nov) are coming in steadily – over 90 folk have signed up. To join us, see Book your place here.

We’re still working on the final programme and hope to be able to circulate this within the next week or two. Also, applications are open for this year’s Dragons Den (£5k – first prize). To apply, see Dragons’ Den . Closing date is Friday, 18th October.

Last week, Social Firms Scotland and Senscot attended the first Peer Review Meeting of the European Social Enterprise Network (EUSEN) in Trento, Italy – with the theme being Partnership and Governance. There was particular interest in the Scottish Case Study: Low Moss PSP. Peer review meetings – which take place quarterly –  are about developing shared understanding between Managing Authority (Scottish Government) and SE stakeholders on a good practice, its strengths and weakness – and to document these key elements of the good practice for future learning and discussion. See more. This week’s Health SEN meeting (see above) also focused on Self-Directed Support (SDS) and the Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. Members attending the meeting agreed that a focus group around SDS and social enterprise would be beneficial for members. If you offer SDS services or would like to move towards the SDS model, please get in touch with   Senscot attended SE and Cultural Roundtable members, Museums Galleries Scotland’s (MGS) annual Conference last week. Speakers included Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO of National Arts Strategies in USA and Jose Gameiro, Director of the Museum of Portimao. Their challenges are the same as ours – becoming more sustainable and the importance of arts and culture being at the centre of any community. For more, see MGS homepage. North Lanarkshire based social enterprise, Kelvin Valley Honey (KVH), is developing a retail display and sales outlet – dedicated exclusively to products produced by Scottish social enterprises. Opening seven days a week, the outlet is located in Kilsyth’s main shopping street. Any Scottish based social enterprise may display and sell their products through the outlet – free of any charges. See more information.
 The SE100 Index is an online platform for socially enterprising organisations to evidence their financial and social impact performance. Deadline for this year’s list in Sunday 22nd Sept. If you want to submit your details, see  See Scotland’s representatives on the list. More information.

Notices TENDERS: Bulky Waste Treatment Services – West Lothian Council, provision of External Community Based Housing Support for Homelessness Service – Scottish Borders Council and BBC@thequay – A Commonwealth Event. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.
 MEET THE BUYER: Farrans Construction are currently tendering for the new North Ayrshire Community Hospital project and are holding a Meet the Buyer Event on Tuesday 24 Sep in Irvine. On the day, representatives from FHJV will be available to discuss the prospects available for sub-contractors, suppliers, trades people and employment opportunities arising on this project, should it be the successful tenderer. AWARDEES: Two of The Melting Pot’s Social Innovation Incubator 2013-14 awardees are Glasgow based. Can any Glasgow based social enterprises assist with desk space on a part time / full time basis? The article on the website has all awardees listed and more information. CONFERENCE: There are still marketplace and delegate booking opportunities for the CRNS Conference & 2013 AGM taking place on the 23rd October at the Stirling Management Centre. GOTC PREVIEW: The Gallery on the Corner has announced details of the forthcoming preview of its exhibitions as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2013. My 27/4 and Postcards From open on Friday 27th September from 6-8pm.

TOMS: There’s only a week until Dream, Act, Inspire! in collaboration with global social enterprise TOMS. There are still a few tickets remaining, so sign up ASAP.  Case Study: Hallhill Sports Centre Dates for the Diary

Moray SEN, 2nd October
GSEN, 2nd October
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