The SENs: Friday 22nd April 2016

The Employability SEN met for the second time at the Trades Hall in Glasgow this week. Around 45 members attended to hear from Joanne Farrow (Scottish Government) on the current thinking on Scotland’s future employability services which included an update on the large scale consultation that took place last year and outlining the ‘Scottish Approach’. Joanne also highlighted some of the challenges SG face and welcomed further dialogue with the third sector including the TSEF and the Employability SEN on how to overcome these. Alistair Cameron provided an updated on the Third Sector Employability Forum and Margaret Wallace (SCVO) on the changes in Phase 6 of Community Jobs Scotland. A full update will be available soon. For further information on the Employability SEN contact Jayne (SFS) or Kim

Senscot Legal (SL) is delighted to welcome back Karina Macleod who has now returned to work following her maternity leave.  SL are now into their 6th year of trading and have now assisted over 700 social enterprises and third sector organisations. Services covered include company set up and structures; employment law; governance; leases; contracts; policies and procedures; resolution of disputes; and other areas. Senscot Legal offers one-to-one advice, legal surgery type sessions, workshops and training on subjects of your choosing. If you would be interested in discussing its services, please contact or visit its newly refreshed website.

There are still some places available at the TSEF Workshop on Scotland’s Future Employment Services next Monday 25th April in Glasgow. Tony Wilson is Director of Policy and Research with the Learning and Institute (formerly CESI), and is one of the foremost consultants in his field. Learning & Work Institute published his report on Scotland’s Future Employment Services in January. Tony has agreed to run this unique workshop for TSEF members to help draw out some of the principle messages and key learning points from the report. See more.

Leading Transformational Change for Health and Social Care is the programme focus for this year’s NHS Scotland event.  With a wide range of sessions available over the two days (14-15 June), Health SEN members are expected to find something of interest, with the opportunity to look ahead to improving the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s population.  The event is free to third sector organisations. Further information on the programme and registration here.   

This Scottish Parliamentary Election is just over week to go. The Grassmarket Community Project is hosting a hustings which will very much be focused on issue that concerned vulnerable and marginalised people in Edinburgh. Most of the third sector and many social enterprises work with the disenfranchised when it comes to employment and the disengaged when it comes to democracy. Third sector organisations and public sector bodies are encouraged to bring along volunteers, trainees, members and service users to ask the candidates questions about the issues that really matter to them. See more.

REMINDER: We have an allocation of bursary places for SEN members to attend the CEIS Conference in September. There are 15 places in total for the rate of £50.00 + VAT. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please email Tariq if you would like to register your interest.  If any of the SENs, purchase 10 places at £50.00 +VAT they will receive 1 free place, contact CEIS Events.

The British Hospitality Association and the Scottish Tourism Alliance organised a tourism hustings this week.  With representation from five political parties and an audience of more than 40 tourism industry leaders, the session covered seven key issues focussing on the growth of the tourism industry in Scotland, see here for an overview of the event.


TENDERS: Provision of Services for Glasgow’s ESF Employability Pipeline and Youth Employment Initiative, Mental Health Counselling Service for Adults with Mild/Moderate Mental Health Problems, Circular Economy Support Framework – Zero Waste Scotland and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: A reminder that applications for the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund run by the Voluntary Action Fund close on the 20th May. The aim of the £500,000 one-year Fund is to support community-based projects tackling social isolation.

MENTORING: Are you a creative business who has been trading at least two years? Would you benefit from having a mentor? The second of four open calls for Flourish Mentoring from Cultural Enterprise Office closes on 4th May.

NEWSLETTER: Latest packed newsletter from Edinburgh SEN features events, training, funding and more.

INTERNSHIPS: Are you able to support a visit by 10-15 Korean post-graduates who are keen on having first-hand experience of social enterprise here in Scotland through internships?

WORKSHOPS: There are two free workshops coming up from GRREC. The Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility and Introduction to Sustainability take place on 10th of May

AWARDS:  Homes For Good’s Susan Aktemel has been shortlisted in the Change Maker of the Year category at the Charity Bank Impact Awards 2016. The category has been designed to recognise the exceptional individuals we all have in our communities, who are working to build a better world. Vote for Susan here before 25 April.

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 26th Apr
Perth & Kinross SEN, 26th Apr
South Ayrshire SEN, 11th May
Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th May
Glasgow SEN, 1st Jun
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Jun
Fife SEN, 8th Jun
Moray SEN, 9th Jun

Best wishes,