The SENs: Friday 21st November 2014

Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) has now produced its second Impact Report on Scotland’s 32 Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs). To remind you – TSIs have four primary functions: Developing volunteering; Supporting and developing voluntary and community organisations; Building the third sector relationship with Community Planning; and Supporting social enterprise. The Report, in particular, highlights challenges faced by TSIs in being seen as equal partners within the community planning process. For many within the SE community, challenges also remain in getting informed and consistent support through TSIs via their ‘Supporting social enterprise’ function. As last week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh showed and the current consultation on a SE Strategy for Scotland is also showing, many SEs feel this issue still remains to be resolved. See more. See presentations from the workshops at last week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh. You can also view a summary of tweets from the event on Storify. A workshop for potential bidders for the Third Sector National Employability Challenge Fund has been arranged for next Wed – 26th November 2014. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together potential bidders and provide information on the background to this European Social Fund supported fund. Eligible target groups and activity will be supported in the process of  making applications. See more. West Lothian SEN met this week at Almond Valley Heritage Centre.  As recipients of Enterprise Ready Funding, the Centre has built a fantastic new tearoom that will boost its longer term sustainability – the scones are fantastic too!  As well as attracting 130,000 visitors every year and maintaining their 4 star visitor attraction status with Visit Scotland, they also involve the community and their customers in growing their own food. Staying with West Lothian, SEN member, Scott Kyle of Regal Community Theatre in Bathgate, has been involved in the making of ‘Kajaki’.  Kajaki is the true story of a group of soldiers from the British Army 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment (3 Para) who were trapped in a minefield at Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006.  The film reflects the soldiers’ story in grim reality.  It is not viewing for the faint-hearted but has been receiving excellent reviews.  The making of this film was funded partly via a crowd-funding campaign. The makers’ pledge that for every £1 raised via crowd-funding, £1 will be donated to military support charities from surplus profits made by the film.  You can get info on the film Kajaki via Facebook or on the website and can follow them on Twitter @kajakimovie. The SE and sport scene has seen considerable growth in past 4 years with increased engagement at both a strategic and operational level.  There were 9 sports SEs at last week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh; 11 Sport SEN members were successfully awarded Enterprise Ready Funding this year and over 120 organisations have expressed interest in the Legacy Fund for sports SEs. In the New Year, a training course for aspiring sports SEs – commissioned by Glasgow Life – will be delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy via its tutor Roy Clunie –  a founding director of Atlantis Leisure. See more. Notices TENDERS: Supply of a Welcome to Fife Website – Fife Council, Employability Fund 2015-16 –Skills Development Scotland, Youth Counselling in Schools West Dunbartonshire – Aberdeenshire Council and Homelessness Support Services – North Ayrshire Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterEVENT: On 11th Dec VHS plan to showcase and celebrate the success of Digital Inclusion for Health and Learning to Lead in Health. COMPETITION: The Bread Maker is making a big social impact and could be set to secure thousands of pounds of funding as part of a Big Lottery Fund competition.

CAFÉ: A social enterprise cafe based in Glasgow’s West End is set to take the city by storm with its emphasis on everything Gaelic. REBRAND: Join Grassmarket Community Project for the AGM and rebrand launch! FUNDING: Grow Wild is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants. LAUNCH EVENT: Factory 45 is a social enterprise run by national community arts charity Impact Arts and delivers their aim to support more people to develop their talents within the creative industries.
ANNIVERSARY: The Unity Enterprise 25th Anniversary Celebrations are being held at The Scottish Youth Theatre on 28th or 29th November. GRANTS: Social entrepreneurs around Scotland are celebrating after being awarded Build It grants from Firstport’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund. Dates for the Diary

Falkirk SEN, 24th NovemberInverclyde SEN, 2nd DecemberMoray SEN, 3rd DecemberGlasgow SEN, 5th DecemberGSEN Trade Fair, 10th DecemberESEN AGM, 10th DecemberFife SEN AGM, 10th December
Best wishes, Kim