Many of our members have asked us about the future of European Structural Funds and in particular the impending ESF programmes relevant to tackling poverty and the social economy. We received a helpful response from Scottish Government Third Sector Division this week regarding EU funding programmes. The message is that programmes in the planning remain unchanged and hope to open for business very soon. In general terms, here’s what Structural Funds Division are saying: “The European Union brings clear benefits to Scotland, including access to European Structural Funds. As the First Minister has made clear, the Scottish Government will now explore all options to secure Scotland’s place in the European Union so that these benefits can be preserved. The European Structural Fund will clearly be a key part of those negotiations.” See more.
If you have been running a social enterprise for two years or less or have a track record of generating income and delivering social impact, then the Firstport Build It Award could be for you. Apply for up to £20k to fund salary/living costs for a year, so you can take your social enterprise to the next level. If you haven’t started to trade or deliver social impact, check the Start It Award. Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network is hosting a workshop on collaborative working with Scottish Prison Service and Social Firms Scotland. Both organisations will be informing ABSEN members (and other SENs) on developments that will help to identify opportunities to be involved and support. Takes place on 28th July, for more details and to book see here. The Scottish Government is undertaking an ‘end-to-end’ review of enterprise and skills services and is seeking your input, views and ideas. The call for evidence invites you to contribute your views to ensure that Scottish Government and public agencies are delivering the joined-up support needed for young people, universities, colleges and businesses. Looking for a new social enterprise venture? We have been approached by Gordon Black with a social enterprise opportunity with Toolz Again. Gordon’s looking for a social entrepreneur to take the initiative forward. The intention is for the recycling of domestic tools that could be brought back into use ‘again’ and at the same time create value for the community. See more details here. To discuss this further contact Gordon Black on email or on 07736 554276. Congratulations to Health SEN member CCI Scotland who received a royal visit recently. The Princess Royal was the special guest at the official opening of their new centre at Langloch Farm just outside Lanark. The £1.8m investment is already having an impact in the local community. Princess Royal was particularly interested in learning how the social enterprise model will help support participants to make positive contributions to the community. See more. The latest stage of consultation to inform the development of a Social Enterprise Strategy for Scotland is just about complete. There is still time to contribute your views into the strategy process here and an opportunity to engage in the conversation at se-strategy.scot. Final strategy document will be published in the autumn. Notices TENDERS: Auchenback Active Limited / Barrhead HA Consultancy Tender, Wild Film Festival Events Manager – The Southern Uplands Partnership, Intranet & Website Solution – Maryhill Housing Association, Challenge Fund Grant Opportunity – Childcare and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter. FUNDING: Six out of ten people surveyed say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with its Celebrate programme and £575,000 for projects in Scotland. CONSULTATION: If you are involved in delivering services for children and young people then the Scottish Public Health Observatory want to hear from you as it conducts a review of the Children and Young People’s Profile produced in 2010. LEADERSHIP IN SPORT: A fully funded leadership programme has been announced by the Social Enterprise Academy for people actively engaged in voluntary or part-time paid roles in sport or leisure, to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills and explore the potential of social enterprise in sport. FESTIVAL: From 21st-26th Sep, Moray will play host to a range of arts and culture events showcasing artists of local, national and international renown during the Findhorn Bay Festival. CHALLENGE: Can you survive for 10 days with just £2 per day? Join CFINE supporters today and sign up for the Community Food Challenge form 17th-21st Oct. CONFERNCE: Now in its 13thyear, the DTAS Conference is Scotland’s biggest community sector event. It is being held on 4th/5th September at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. – with this year’s theme being, ‘Climate Change, Localism and Social Justice’. Dates for the Diary
Inverclyde SEN, 26th JulyPerth & Kinross SEN, 26th JulyGlasgow SEN, 4th AugFalkirk SEN, 5th AugMoray SEN, 11th AugBorders SEN, 18th AugPerth & Kinross SEN, 30th AugFife SEN, 7th Sep Best wishes, Kim