The SENs: Friday 21st February 2014

First Minister, Alex Salmond, announced at this week’s Gathering event continued commitment from Scottish Government for Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) – managed by SCVO.  The additional £4m for the programme will see a further 1,200 job opportunities for young people across Scotland. As well as the positive outcomes for young people, many SEN members have benefited from the CJS programme as well as being able to provide a range of employment opportunities for young people. STOP PRESS: Following the First Minister’s announcement on Wednesday, Angela Constance (Minister for Youth Employment) also announced up to 255 additional CJS jobs which need to be filled by 31st March, 2014. Read more . If you are able to provide a job contact Stevan Houldsworth. Four weeks to go until the 3rd Sports SEN conference – “SE & Sport – Inspiring our Leaders” and over 90 folk have now registered – we have space for 120. The event is geared at being a great opportunity for inspiration, learning and networking for both established and aspiring sports related social enterprises and others – all looking to make a difference through sport.  To book your place, see conference booking page. GSEN has joined up with Resource Efficient Scotland, Home Energy Scotland and the Wise Group to host an event to highlight energy efficiency and renewable energy support available to help SEs reduce their carbon footprint; drive down costs; and improve competitive position. If you are a Glasgow-based social enterprise and want to make more efficient use of energy and resources, get along to this event on 3rd March. See event information. Social Enterprise Scotland is working with local partners in Lanarkshire to deliver a seminar linked to local social enterprise framework priorities. This event intends to demonstrate how at a local level, Local Authorities, Third Sector Interfaces and Enterprise agencies are coming together with other community partners to create a better environment for social enterprise to do business and recognise the importance of the sector to the local economy. See programme and booking information. Kelvin Valley Honey has a new initiative, Socially Enterprising Scotland (SES), which is a physical retail outlet devoted exclusively to the display and sale of products produced by Scottish social enterprises. Socially Enterprising Scotland’s pilot retail outlet (in Kilsyth) is scheduled to open next month. For more info, including ‘expression of interest forms’; how it will operate; and terms and conditions etc., see website. This morning, in Glasgow, Angel Constance, Minister for Youth Employment launched ‘Beyond the Finish Line’, a programme which is part of the Games 2014 Legacy. Another programme from the Firstport stable that will help young Scots set up 10 social enterprises in the run up to and during the Commonwealth Games 2014. Firstport, together with Ice Cream Architecture, will support them to become sustainable enterprises, delivering lasting social benefits to local Glasgow areas and contributing towards the Glasgow City Council Games Legacy vision. See more.   Notices TENDERS: North Ayrshire Council – Third Sector Procurement Register, Treatment of Recyclable & Residual Waste – Scotland Excel, Grounds Maintenance & Winter Emergency Services at SNH Head Office, Grounds Maintenance Contract 2014 – Eildon Housing Association and Supply & Delivery of Vinyl Floor Coverings – Stirling Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterINCUBATOR: A new creative social enterprise incubator space is due to open Edinburgh. This is joint venture between Whale Arts and Community Enterprise with support from Creative Scotland. RURAL PARLIAMENT: Oban has been chosen to host Scotland’s inaugural Rural Parliament in November with the main venue being the community run Atlantis Leisure Centre. EVENTS: Limited discounts are available for the ‘Social Investment 2014 Conference’. OPPORTUNITIES: Glasgow City Marketing Bureau is bringing together the owners and organisers of many of Glasgow’s major events to help local businesses identify and plan for major events taking place in the city. TRAINING: Just Enterprise has limited spaces left for its FREE Finance training taking place in central Edinburgh.
 EVENT: ‘Achieving Community Empowerment – the Guide’ is the result of a 4 year programme from providing support to community organisations from Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC). SCDC has organised two days to share the guide with you, where you can give feedback.
 Case Study: Letham Sports Club  Dates for the Diary

Falkirk SEN, 25th FebruaryStirlingshire SEN, 12th March
Dundee SEN, 19th March
ABSEN Conference, 24th / 25th MarchFalkirk SEN, 26th March
Glasgow SEN, 2nd April
Fife SEN, 8th April
Stirlingshire SEN, 25th April Best wishes,