The SENs: Friday 21st October 2016

As a member of the Scottish Community Alliance, Senscot, can access the Community Learning Exchange (CLE) Fund for SEN members. We are currently coordinating three CLE visits over the coming weeks. On the1st Nov, we head to the Fife Employability and Training Consortium (ETC) – an example of organisations working successfully together to deliver employability services in Fife. On 3rd Nov, a Joint Thematic SEN Learning Exchange in Elgin will provide a space for in-depth discussion; strategic thinking; making broader connections; sharing good practice; and developing ideas and/or new pieces of work. Finally, on 7th Nov, we head to Liverpool to visit Can Cook to learn from theirenterprising and sustainable approach to tackling food poverty. All costs for the visits are covered but numbers are limited – further information and booking via the links above.

“Keep it local; Strength in numbers” is the working title of Senscot’s national event this year. It takes place at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh on Wed 23rd November – and is being run in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, Community Enterprise and the Scottish Community Alliance. The event will begin with a session on the impending SE Strategy for Scotland and Cabinet Secretary, Angela Constance, has been invited to share her reflections on the Strategy and, in particular, the contribution social enterprise can make within local communities. The theme for the rest of the day will explore how – through greater collaboration – these contributions can be strengthened. In keeping with our previous events, the day will end on a social note – with a drinks reception and dinner in the evening. Places are being allocated on a first come, first served basis – over 80 signed up so far. To book, see booking form and draft programme.

Mel Young, co-founder of the Homeless World Cup, has written a powerful piece for the World Economic Forum on how a simple initiative can change the lives of thousands of people using a ball.  A stand-out quote, “We have sent rockets to the moon, invented the internet and developed driverless cars, yet we haven’t been able to ensure everyone has a roof over their heads.” Read more.

CRNS (Community Resources Network Scotland) led a successful bid of 17 members to provide 34 reuse items through a Reuse Lot on the Scotland Excel Framework. CRNS are now seeking to appoint a Consortium Co-ordinator for an initial period of 2 years, see more.

Sorry to hear that a fire has resulted in the temporary closure of the Bike Station in the Edinburgh. The ESEN member was due to celebrate its 15th anniversary this weekend but plans have had to be shelved after the incident. Chris Horne, Chairman, has said they “welcome all help and donations”. See more.

Glasgow SEN member MAKLab is reaching out to the community across Scotland to support and help it build a ‘sustainable future of making’. A £50k crowdfunding campaign is in full swing and ends midnight tomorrow (Saturday). If it doesn’t secure the full target it won’t receive anything but if it does it will launch a number of special events, new developments and give special prizes in thanks to its supporters. See more.


TENDERS: Supply of Employability Pipeline Services – The Dundee Partnership, Business Gateway Services for Lanarkshire – North Lanarkshire Council, Inspiration Point – Creative Learning Team, Aberdeen City Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

AWARDS: The shortlist for the fifth Creative Edinburgh Awards has been announced with a number of social enterprises featuring among this year’s nominees. Amongst those up for nomination for The Social Award are Edinburgh Tool Library and WHALE Arts. Danielle of Tribe Porty is in contention for The Leadership Award. We wish them every success.

CHALLENGE: This week Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) has been holding its Appetite for Change Food Challenge. Participants, including the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, have been raising sponsorship whilst on the challenge that involved spending no more than £2 per day on food and drink.

PARTNERS: The Dundee Employability Pipeline is a multi-service programme of support for eligible jobless citizens of Dundee, providing a 5-stage pathway from worklessness to sustainable employment. The Wise Group is seeking partners to develop a bid.

SURVEY: CFINE and partners are investigating (via a 2min survey) whether a smartphone app which allows people to book a doorstep collection service for used, but unwanted items would be used within Aberdeen. Such a service would remove the need to visit the local waste collection site and ensure the items are made use of, either refurbished/reused or recycled.

OFFER: Earlier this month The Melting Pot Edinburgh celebrated its 9th birthday. To celebrate there is a special deal for new members. The first 9 new members to quote TMP9thBday when they sign up get 9% off their first month.

NEWSLETTER: The latest newsletter from the Edinburgh SEN.

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 25th Oct
Perth & Kinross SEN, 25th Oct
Borders SEN, 17th Nov
Perth & Kinross SEN, 22th Nov
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Dec
Fife SEN, 7th Dec
Moray SEN, 8th Dec 

Best wishes,