The SENs: Friday 21st August 2015

The 11th SE Conference and Ceilidh is now open for bookings – again at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld – draft programme available over the next couple of weeks. The focus, as always, will be on SENs and their members – and how they can maximise their opportunities and contributions in some of the following areas: Employability opportunities; the new round of EU Funding; the Community Empowerment Bill; working better with Intermediaries; and improved linkages between local and thematic SENs. The event will also include regular favourites such as the Dragons Den and ‘speed networking’.  On Thursday Mary Sinclair (Senscot) joined Midlothian community food projects at the Feeding Community 2015 event.  Over 40 participants gathered at The Glencorse Centre to share ideas on community gardening, local sustainable food production, community cafes, selling local produce, food sustainability and how to strengthen their community through producing and eating together. Roz Corbett (Federation of City Farms and Gardens) provided valuable insight to the Glasgow Local Food Network, enabling local groups to consider how this type of network could work for Midlothian. Event organisers Social Enterprise Alliance for Midlothian and the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens are worth checking out for their support services in this area.   Senscot attended a Dundee SEN meeting this week focussing on arts, heritage and tourism at HM Frigate Unicorn, a local SE.  Sarah Cameron (Senscot) gave a national overview, including an update on the tourism work we’ve been leading on. This was followed by Elizabeth McKenna (GSEN) who spoke about GSENs tourism journey and the positive relationship it has built with GCMB.  Dundee City Council spoke about the development of a Tourism Strategy for the city, and the growing number of opportunities for social enterprise in the city.  The development of a local industry-led strategy group is ensuring that the voice of local business is heard.  For more information on DSEN’s involvement, contact Ian Baird. Brag, Fife Council and Senscot are supporting a Policy Event at Brag Enterprises on 10th September. The session will give Fife SEN members the opportunity to feedback on the 2015-2016 Social Enterprise Strategy and also to inform the 2016-2017 Strategy. For further information contact Pedro Santos.  The Ready for Business Register has recently been updated – is your organisation registered? The social enterprise register is a national list of Scottish social enterprises. It has been designed to provide a searchable single point of enquiry for public sector commissioners, private sector businesses and third sector organisations who are looking to find social enterprise partners. The register provides contact details for each social enterprise, a summary of the services they deliver and the locations in which they operate. If you have any enquiries about the register or you are experiencing technical difficulties please contact Ready for Business. Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) has launched a report “Reimagining Community Planning in Scotland”. The report written by Oliver Escobar on behalf of TSI’s and VAS. Their vision is for Community Planning Partnerships to become spaces for collaborative and participative decision making. That means that the third sector being a key partner is vital but not enough. It also means that ‘people’ should be at the centre – supported and involved in decision making alongside the public services and third sector. See full report. Latest Cultural and Creative SEN newsletter is now available. If you have items to include in future newsletters please contact Sarah. Notices TENDERS: Membership of a Procurement Framework for Supported Businesses – Perth & Kinross Council, Provision of Glass Collection Services – North Lanarkshire Council, Broomhill Landscape Architect – River Clyde Homes and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING: Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund is out although it is really aimed at LA’s to upscale successful programmes getting people active but if folks have a presence at the Community Planning Partnership Physical Activity Group then they’d be eligible to apply. WORKSHOP: Just Enterprise is holding a FREE ‘Budgeting for Your Organisation & Funding Applications’ workshop in Edinburgh on 22nd Oct. LOANS: Remember the 5p plastic bag tax? ASDA gives SIS half of that, and it is able to reinvest it in Scottish communities by offering flexible loans to social businesses. Round 2 of ASDA Community Capital is now open for expressions of interest. The closing date is 2nd September 2015. HEALTH: Details of upcoming workshops across Aberdeenshire to facilitate further involvement of Third & Community Sector partners in the Health & Social Care Integration process.  VACANCIES: Details of both voluntary and paid positions can be added for FREE onto the Senscot & The SENs websites at this link. Some to highlight this week include VAS seeking 3 board members and Rocket Science looking to recruit a consultantEXHIBITION: The Gallery on the Corner would like to invite artists and creative groups to contribute to take part in its postcard exhibition for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film festival. Submission deadline is 19th September. Dates for the DiaryEdinburgh SEN, 28th AugustPerthshire SEN, 31st AugustWest Lothian SEN, 8th SeptemberTSI Moray, Social Enterprise Awards 25th SeptemberPerthshire SEN, 28th SeptemberTSI Moray, SE & Tourism 1st OctoberFalkirk SEN, 2nd OctoberGlasgow SEN, 7th October
TSI Moray, 8th October Best wishes,