The SENs: Friday 22nd May 2015

The SE Vision 2025 Steering Group met this week to consider feedback from a series of consultations that have taken place over the last couple of months. These meeting have included SEN members; Housing Associations; VAS; Scottish Enterprise; Scottish Govt Third Sector Division; and others. General consensus has overwhelmingly welcomed the document and – although there are areas that could be given either greater emphasis or clarity – it provides a good basis from which to identify the priorities for our sector over the next five/ten years. Further work (and discussions) will continue over the summer months – with SEs; public authorities; and others – as a new SE strategy for Scotland begins to take shape. Following up on last week’s story on whether or not there would be interest in setting up an Employability SEN, we’ve been really encouraged by the response. Around 17 organisations have been in touch to register interest.  We will be in contact shortly with plans to meet up. For further info, contact Kim. Alongside the local social enterprise networks (SENs), Senscot also support 4 thematic SENs – Sport, Culture and Creative, Health, and Community Food. Senscot, working with Aberdeen SEN, are hosting a meeting on 12th June to look at opportunities, potential joint working and issues that impact the respective thematic areas.  This is an opportunity to connect with other social enterprises and hear what is happening at a national level.  For more info’ contact Sarah. Reminder: The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015 is still ongoing – nearly 1000 SEs having already participated in the online survey (see link above). If you get the chance to fill it in – it takes around 15/20 minutes to complete – your participation would be very much appreciated. See more background. West Lothian SEN will be launching its new ‘Support Programme for the Enterprising Third Sector in West Lothian’ next week – 28th May,2015 from 9.30am – 11am  at Broxburn United Sports Club – see details. The programme, co-commissioned by WLSEN and West Lothian Council, will be delivered by Community Enterprise – running through till March 2016 – will help Third Sector organisations start up, grow and develop social enterprise activity.  Book your free place by contacting Fiona. The latest version of the CCSEN Newsletter came out this week – including info on a Joint Thematic event in Aberdeen (12th June); presentation from Visit Scotland to CCSEN Roundtable; and more. Also of interest to CCSEN members could be this year’s Scottish Thistle Awards – with a new ‘Innovation’ category open to tourism businesses and SEs using innovation to commit to the future of tourism in Scotland. Deadline – Sat 6 June. See details. Resilient Scotland announced this week£1m of investment in six social enterprises enabling them to create employment opportunities and secure a more sustainable future. The beneficiaries include ACE Recycling; Heroes Drink Company; Forth Sector, New Caledonian Woodlands; Four Acres Charitable Trust; and GTS Solutions. The investments are part of Resilient Scotland’s ’Start & Grow’ and ‘Making Enterprise Happen’ packages. See more Notices TENDERS: European Structural Funds Glasgow City Employability Pipeline – Glasgow City Council and Counselling Services to Reduce Alcohol and Drug Misuse – The City of Edinburgh Council, Dementia Awareness and Support – Scottish Borders Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterSIGN LANGUAGE: Staff at Scotland’s only indoor electric go-kart arena, The Experience, are on track to be trained in sign language.
AWARDS: To celebrate the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the 2015/ 2016 Scottish Thistle Awards has introduced a category specifically dedicated to ‘Innovation’. The award will celebrate tourism businesses that are looking to the future! RECRUIT: The most recent recruit to the WHALE-Pod is Fiona Harrison. Fiona is a freelance composer, and musician with a degree in Music Performance and Composition.

AWARD: Many congratulations to media co-op for winning an award at the Scottish Royal Television Society for the film “Every School Needs a Pipe Band”. The judges said the film was "a heart-warming story, that leaves you wanting more and it deserved to get a wider audience".

COUNSELLING: The Employee Counselling Service is unfortunately no longer trading. If this has affected you or your organisation, Crisis Counselling Service will be able to assist in continuing support. VIDEO: As part of Mental Health Week the STV ‎Riverside Show talked to men who’ve escaped the darkness of depression through the power of craftsmanship & the Clan at the GalGael trust.
Dates for the Diary
Edinburgh SEN, 27th MayWest Lothian SEN, 28th MayDundee SEN & AGM, 28th MayGlasgow SEN, 3rd JuneFalkirk SEN, 8th JuneInverclyde SEN, 9th JuneFalkirk SEN, 7th JulyGlasgow SEN, 5th AugustFalkirk SEN, 6th August
Best wishes,