The SENs: Friday 23rd June 2017

Senscot’s Feasibility Study into the Italian Consortia model is due for completion over the summer months. The Study is exploring how, through a collaborative approach, SENs and their members could play a greater role in delivering services in local communities; speaking with a stronger voice both locally and nationally; and increasing their sustainability. This article in New Start Mag cites a new JRF Report – giving examples from around the globe, where the social economy plays a far greater and more valued role than it does in the UK. Themes common to the examples cited include: local Leadership ; supportive ecosystems; long-term partnerships with the sector at a local level; and a far more flexible approach to local procurement. As our new SE Strategy and Action Plan begin to gain traction, these examples give us something to aspire to. On Tuesday this week, Mary participated in the PKSEN Marketplace event at the Perth Subud Centre.  The event provided members and SE support organisations with the opportunity to meet, network and tell one another about their services. Some PKSEN members had requested ‘one-to-one’ surgeries with support organisations and these were available throughout the event. Great to see so many thematic SEN members participating in the day. Thanks to Katrina MacPherson (SE Development Officer) for organising a great day! On the same day, Sarah was attending another excellent event in Campbeltown, organised by InspirAlba, Scotland UnLtd and Connecting Scotland.  She also managed to squeeze in a Community Learning Exchange to Machrihanish Airbase Community Company and Campbeltown Town Hall – that included an evening of networking and entertainment as well as a full day looking at support available for SEs in Argyll & Bute. Amongst a list of needs identified, local SEs are also very keen to see the re-establishment of their own local SEN. The Melting Pot is on a roll these days – running a number of programmes for social innovators. This week saw 10 people graduate from their Good Ideas Academy. Another venture on the horizon will be their Good Ideas Camp where a batch of 25 ‘social innovators’ can participate in two weekends of workshops – in November – to test and develop the initial propositions. Closing date for applications is Sunday 1st October 2017. Many, if not all, SEN members benefit from, and depend on, the contribution of volunteers – either in delivering their service or as acting as valued Board members/trustees. Voluntary Action Fund, this week, announced the launch of its Volunteer Support Fund 2017/18. Third sector organisations, with an annual income of under £250,000, can apply for grants of between £7.5k – £10k towards the cost of recruiting additional volunteers. Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 14 July 2017. For further info, see details. REMINDER: Today (5pm) is the closing date for applications for our two new posts with the Partnership and Procurement Hub. The posts being advertised include an additional Hub Co-ordinator (see – application pack) as well as a Hub Support Officer (see – application pack). Interviews for both posts will take place during week beginning 3rd July. For further info, contact Latest edition of the Sport SEN Newsletter is out this week. Featured stories include – UK Sport Independent review; Community Learning Exchange at ROAR, Connections for Life in Paisley; and a Youth Scotland online survey. The newsletter also lists some of the latest funding opportunities available as well as notices and events of relevance to SEN members.  Notices TENDERS: Provision of Education Transport Contracts – PSV – Perth & Kinross Council; Advocacy Services for Children and Young People – North Lanarkshire Council; Youth Services – Aberdeenshire Council and more. VACANCY: SIS are looking to fill a Chief Customer Officer position.  See here for more information on how to apply. TRAINING:  PLUS are hosting/running some training at the end of June, cost is £15 per person per course. SURVEY: Edinburgh SEN are conducting its bi-annual survey of Edinburgh-based organisations working in the Third Sector. EVENT: Friday Night is Bistro Night hosted by The Larder Cook School 7th July in Livingston.  With a wide choice of dishes for each course and every one of them made from scratch here on the premises from fresh ingredients, the £25 price is sure to offer excellent value. TRAINING: The 2017/18 Health in Mind Training brochure is now out and open for bookings.  The brochure is downloadable training brochure on our website and dates, venues and bookings can be made via our Eventbrite listings. FUNDRAISER: Theatre Nemo & Beatson Centre are doing a hair-cutting fundraiser, please help out and donate to a good cause.  Dates for the Diary
SBSEC, 13th JulyMoray SEN, 10th August Best wishes,