The SENs: Friday 22nd August 2014

We’re now opening up bookings for Senscot’s 10th SE Conference and Ceilidh on 13th/14th November at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.  This event has become a fixture in our SE calendar and has very much been for front-line social enterprises and SEN members. This year, we will be looking to reflect on the progress made over the last 10 years and the challenges that lie ahead. We’re aiming to make it as informative and interactive as possible – giving attendees plenty opportunities to contribute and participate in discussions. The intention is to ensure that as many active SEN members as possible are able to attend. If you would like a booking form, contact This week, Scottish Govt published the list of organisations successful in securing awards from the £6m Enterprise Ready Fund. We’re delighted to see so many SEN members being successful – with 51 of the 115 awardees being engaged with SENs. The Enterprise Ready Fund is helping organisations to develop, become more efficient and self-sustaining and/or diversifying into new markets. Priority was given to activities that contribute towards the Scottish Govt’s Prevention and Welfare Reform agendas.  The fund is being delivered by a consortium of third sector organisations led by Foundation Scotland in partnership with Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEiS), Developing Strathclyde Ltd (DSL) and Social Value Lab, more details. Glasgow SEN members, Glasgow Wood Recycling and Impact Arts have been in the news this week. Glasgow Wood Recycling  has secured around £400k from the BIG Lottery Fund – to launch its "Making Wood Work" initiative – a training and employment project providing opportunities for 144 people. This is the first of its kind in Scotland. Impact Arts’ Craft Café project which helps older people connect through arts and craft also featured on STVs Riverside Show. SCVO has opened a new European funded grants programme aimed at supporting growth across the third sector – with a particular focus on this active in the digital, creative and green industries. The £2 million project will enable the third sector to take on 400 interns over the next 12 months (120 in the digital field). To find out more, email Senscot and ABSEN are working in partnership to pilot a Cultural & Creative Group in Argyll & Bute. This follows on from the ABSEN Conference in March, when members expressed interest in working more closely with the thematic SENs to address specific sector needs.  The development of the Argyll & Bute Cultural Assembly, Place Partnership funding from Creative Scotland and the Collaborative Communities programme through Highlands and Islands Enterprise all mean that opportunities for cultural and creative social enterprise in Argyll and Bute are opening up.  A meeting is to be held in Oban on 22nd Sept. If you are interested in attending, either in person or by conference call, please contact Sarah. Just Enterprise is now accepting bookings for a range of leadership development programmes designed specifically to support individuals working in the enterprising third sector. Delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy, these leadership programmes will support people working across the sector, with opportunities for individuals at the start-up stage through to senior managers working in established third sector organisations. See more.Four new social enterprises are benefitting from Firstport’s latest round of ‘Build It’ awards ranging from £10,000 to £25,000. More details. Notices TENDERS: King George V Skate Park – West Lothian Council, Volunteer-Led Generalist Advice Services – Stirling Council, Zero Waste Scotland Website Development Projects and Invitation to Tender for Micro Hydro Feasibility Studies in Argyll – Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterEVENT: Alongside its AGM, Social Firms Scotland is hosting a free and informal networking event with drinks and nibbles courtesy of the bread maker on 17th September. HUB: Looking for a venue? Forth Sector’s Enterprise and Employability hub at Duddingston Yards provides a flexible environment to deliver training and workshops, conduct seminars, conferences and meetings. DEBATE: There is a debate being held on 1st Oct, Glasgow by DTAS and The Glass-house. The “Does practice make perfect in place?” debate is free but requires registration. BIKES: The NZ Commonwealth team bikes that were donated to The Glasgow Bike Shed are now on sale on the shop floor and on EBay. AWARDS: The Social Enterprise Academy announced that Registration for the 2014/15 Social Enterprise in Education Awards is now open. FESTIVAL: Findhorn Bay Arts Festival is Scotland’s newest arts festival: a spectacular celebration of arts and culture taking place at the heart of Moray between 24 and 28 September, showcasing artists of national and international renown. Dates for the Diary

Falkirk SEN, 27th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd SeptemberWest Lothian SEN, 7th SeptemberSocial In The Square, 12th SeptemberArgyll & Bute SEN Cultural Meeting, 22nd SeptemberFalkirk SEN, 25th SeptemberMoray SEN / Glasgow SEN, 1st OctoberSport SEN North, 3rd OctoberEast Lothian SEN, 9th OctoberSport SEN West, 22nd OctoberFalkirk SEN, 31st OctoberSocial Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13th NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November Best wishes,