The SENs: Friday 22nd January 2016

Over the coming months, Scottish Govt will be preparing a new strategy for supporting social enterprise and the third sector at both a local and national level. This strategy will be informed by the findings of the SE Vision 2025 document – and also by the impending evaluation of the work of Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs). Key to the SE Vision is the acknowledgement of the existing and future roles of local SENs in providing SEs with peer support, mentoring, collective representation and strategic engagement at a local level. Over the years, the SENs have encountered a number of challenges but, today, there are 17 operational local SENs – in both rural and urban areas – providing this critical support and representation to over 900 locally-based social enterprises. Local SENs will be looking to build on progress made over the last decade – and play an increasing role in supporting local economies, local decision-making, and local services delivered by local providers – ‘building a new economy’. Senscot and Social Enterprise Scotland will be attending the VAS Third Sector Interface (TSI) Social Enterprise Practice Forum on the 11th February. The Practice Forum will be an opportunity to discuss in detail with TSI’s both the SE Census and SE Vision documents as well as the support that is delivered to SE’s at a local level via the local TSI’s. SEN Co-ordinators that are partners within the local TSI’s are welcome to attend. For more, email Kim.  REMINDER: The Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) has funding to support a Community Learning Exchange Programme. The Exchange will operate through the networks that comprise the membership of SCA (Senscot is a member).  The Exchange will fund Community to Community Visits; Stakeholder Learning Journeys; and Peer to Peer Mentoring. SENs that would like further info’ on how to engage with the Exchange Programme, please email SCA. Interesting times ahead for Sport SEN members in Moray with two new initiatives on the horizon – both demonstrating a collaborative approach with local business. Outfit Moray this week announced its partnership with a local estate owner who has gifted them a 100 acre site to develop an outdoor activity centre. Meanwhile, the latest plans for the proposed Moray Sports Centre were the subject of further community consultation last week. This initiative was instigated by a local businessman who has purchased a site for the new venture.   Dundee SEN is organising a health and social care event – ‘Creating More Choice and Doing Things Differently’ on the 4th Feb, 10am – 1pm. The event will build on previous sessions and will highlight how personalised and effective services are currently being delivered in Dundee and wider afield.  It will also look to establish how more choice and innovation can be offered via Self-Directed Support and other forms of procurement.   It is hoped the event will identify 3 specific ‘test of change’ projects thatwill be taken forward to the Health & Social Care Small Grants Panel. To book a place email Dundee SENGSEN, the Employability SEN and Social Firms Scotland are working with HMP Barlinnie to look at how social firms/enterprises delivering employability outcomes can work more with the prison. To start the conversation and explore opportunities, an event will take place at the prison on 8th Feb 2016. The event is currently over-subscribed, however, if you are interested in attending add your name to the waiting list as more spaces may become available. If you wish to publicise any stories or events please email these to us. To publish vacancies or events on both the Senscot and The SENs websites click the respective links. Notices TENDERS: Queen’s Park Govanhill Parish Church – Trinity Building Feasibility Study, Employer’s Equality Action Fund – Skills Development Scotland, Employability Skills Pipeline Service – South Ayrshire Council & more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING: RBS has announced that applications for this year’s Skills & Opportunities Fund will be open from 1st-19th Feb. Focus for the fund is to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access skills and opportunities needed to enable them to get into work or start a business. FESTIVAL: Many SEN members are taking part in the Radical Film Network festival that is being staged in Glasgow over the May Day Holiday weekend. Glasgow Bike Station, the Gal Gael Trust and The Glasgow Women’s Library amongst those featuring.  PODCAST: Glasgow SEN member Lingo Flamingo is the latest to feature in the great series of Kibble Podcasts. Find out how it provides tailored foreign language workshops to help battle against dementia and other forms of mental illness. REPORT: A major new report highlights social enterprises as a model for private sector to learn from. It is the first of its kind in Scotland and was conducted by consultancy Social Value Lab but was delivered in partnership with third sector organisations Firstport and CEIS, as well as the Scottish Business Awards. RESEARCH: Positive Prison is working with a researcher from Glasgow University and they are seeking to reach out to men in ‘recovery’ in relation to recovery from prolonged exposure to traumatic experiences. Dates for the Diary
Perth and Kinross SEN, 25th JanDundee SEN, 28th JanMoray SEN Tourism, 28th JanEdinburgh SEN, 3rd FebGlasgow SEN, 3rd FebMoray SEN, 11th FebInverclyde, 16th FebPerth and Kinross SEN, 23rd FebSouth Ayrshire SEN, 9th Mar Best wishes,