The SENs: Friday 21st March 2014

Yesterday saw a meeting of the SEN Co-ordinators at Stramash in Oban – these quarterly meetings are rotating round the country. Agenda items included SEN updates; social enterprise support in Scotland – is there cluttered landscape?; and Knowledge & Skills Exchange Fund (see below); The meeting also discussed how SENs can connect and engage more with each other at a more practical level. We hope to come up with some suggestions over the coming weeks. Next week, we`ll be hosting the bi-annual SEN Chairs meeting in Glasgow. Issues being addressed include support for SE/SENs in 2014/15; Govt support contracts; relationship with TSIs; and update on Scottish Community Banking Trust. More next week. Our SE and Sport Conference ‘Inspiring our Leaders’ at the Emirates in Glasgow this week was a real success. Over 120 folk attended – two thirds of attendees representing 52 sports social enterprises. Here’s the delegate list. As well as inspirational presentations from keynote speakers Frank Dick and Mel Young and a good blend of different workshops, the event also saw the formal launch of the new £1 million Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund. See details. Last Friday, Senscot attended the TSI Moray Conference – ‘Join the Dots’.  The conference focussed on celebrating local social enterprise – including an awards ceremony – and heard from Richard Lochhead, local MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment – who praised the strength and diversity of the sector.  The Social Enterprise Strategy for Moray ‘A Flourishing Sector 2014-2017’ was also launched. Attendees had the opportunity to feed into the Action Plan that will be developed on the back of the strategy. Providers & Personalisation (P&P) and SDSS have produced a guide called ‘My Support, My Choice,’ – that will be launched on 1st April to coincide with the Self-Directed Support Act. P&P is also working on provider guidance. In addition, Fife SEN member, Brag Enterprises is currently piloting a Quality Mark for social enterprises and micro providers which is being adapted from the work of Community Catalysts. Sarah attended the CPG on Culture at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.  The topic for discussion was the ‘Intrinsic right or expendable luxury: the challenges and opportunities in securing cultural funding’ – and whether local authorities properly recognise the value of culture not just to the economy but to welfare reform and the health of the people of Scotland. This links directly to the work Senscot has been doing with the thematic SENs around self-directed support and linking cultural and creative social enterprises into the changes within health and welfare?  The next CPG on Culture will focus on the referendum, see website for more information. This week, we attended Scottish Community Alliance’s (SCA) bi-monthly meeting in Edinburgh – with a view to making stronger connections between local and thematic SENs and SCA’s other 17 community networks. One particular piece of good news from the meeting was that Knowledge & Skills Exchange Fund is on the go again. The Fund is for organisations who may need to travel or occur other costs to help build their capacity or skills. This would include covering costs for organisations hosting or going visits etc.Funds will be available from 1st April to SCA  Network members – this includes all SENs. DTA Scotland will be managing the process on behalf of SCA but, for administration purposes, we would ask any SENs interested to contact Kim. The School for Social Entrepreneurs (Scotland) is currently recruiting for the second intake of its Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme.Last ‘Taster session’ is taking place on 27th March at PKAVS offices in Perth – with deadline for applications being Thurs, 3rd April. Each ‘Start Up’ participant will receive a grant of £4,000 to support their learning and the development of their project. For more info, contact Tracey or see website. We mentioned a few weeks back that Amanda Cornish was stepping down from her role as CEO of the Community Recycling Network Scotland (CRNS). Amanda has been in touch this week with news that CRNS has now appointed Amanda’s successor – Mary McLuskey. Mary will be taking up post on 31st March. We wish her well in her new post. Amanda herself steps back on 4th April and we also send her our best wishes for the future. See more. Notices TENDERS: General Wastes from Household Waste Recycling Centres / Contract for Bulky Waste from Special Uplifts and Similar Services – both from North Lanarkshire Council and the tenders have a Community Benefits approach. Also, Supply and Delivery of Fresh Fruit & Vegetables – East Renfrewshire Council and Tender for Business & Commercial Activities Development – St Magnus International Festival. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOP: The Gallery on the Corner will be hosting a two day ceramic workshop at the end of this month. SURVEY: Social Enterprise Academy is considering applying for Accrediting Body Status through the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) which means it could then provide a specialist accreditation service to third sector organisations. CEILIDH: Join Sporrandipity and Grassmarket Community Project for a fundraising ceilidh on April 4th. DEVELOPMENT: The Scottish FA / East Ayrshire Council is hosting a Club Development Workshop in Kilmarnock on 26th March to assist clubs who are engaging in community asset transfer policy on local pitches and pavilions. MEETING: The next networking event from the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens / Trellis takes place on 24th March and will involve two site visits to community gardens in the Dalkeith area. Case Study: Scottish Traditional Boat Festival  Dates for the Diary

ABSEN Conference, 24th / 25th MarchFalkirk SEN, 26th MarchGlasgow SEN, 2nd April
Moray SEN, 2nd AprilFife SEN, 8th AprilStirlingshire SEN, 23rd AprilSport SEN North, 1st MayFife SE Trade Fair, 7th MaySport SEN West, 15th May  Best wishes,