The SENs: Friday 23rd May 2014

Senscot attended a Knowledge Exchange Forum hosted by the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health (Glasgow Caley) on Tuesday – giving an overview of their research programme – ‘Developing methods for evidencing SE as a public health intervention’. The 5 year programme will be carried out by the team, led by Professor Cam Donaldson, and will include 8 distinct projects. Its objectives include developing knowledge and understanding of social enterprise and its contribution to health and well-being. This will be the single biggest piece of research carried out on social enterprise anywhere in Europe and we’re fortunate to have it in Scotland. The work will not just focus on health-based SEs – the World Health Organisation defines health as involving our physical, mental and social well-being – but will have equal interest in the work of SEs in other thematic areas. See more. Congratulations to Sport SEN member, Youth Football Scotland (YFS), which has joined forces with the Scottish Football Association (SFA) in a grassroots media partnership. The SFA and YFS will be working together over the coming year to provide a brand new level of media coverage to the national association’s grassroots activities. The joint aim is to energise and recognise the effort, commitment and enthusiasm of thousands of young players and volunteers – whose participation in the game is the lifeblood of Scotland as a football nation. See press release. Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) has compiled a report into Social Enterprises in South Ayrshire. The report is designed to develop baseline knowledge of activity in the area and explore how to enhance SE activity in the area over the next 18 months. The evaluation looks in detail at the numbers, structures and locations of SE activity – including a review of the sectors serviced by these enterprises. Headline figures include – SEs contribute £35m to the South Ayrshire economy (in terms of turnover) and are currently employing around one thousand people. Full report available here. The deadline for the first round of LaunchMe is 2nd June, LaunchMe is the first accelerator programme for early stage, ambitious social enterprises in Scotland. It aims to connect a cohort of 15 SEs with the resources, advice, networking and investment they need to grow and succeed.  LaunchMe is engaging new investors to the social enterprise sector and will help build a pipeline for social investment in Scotland.  Read more. Latest Health and Community Food SEN Newsletters published are out this week. Health news includes information on Risk Management Training for Providers of Self Directed Support as well as a case study on a health PSP. See more. Community Food news includes information on opportunities in Scotland’s Food and Drink industry. See more. Grassroots organisations in Scotland’s mining communities are being challenged to go back to school to learn how to move their enterprises onto the next level. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland has joined forces with Tracey Muirhead, CEO at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland, who will run the Coalfields Regeneration School. The first stage of the recruitment process takes place over the next five weeks with a series of sessions to raise awareness of the Regeneration School. See more. Notices TENDERS: Building Community Capacity to Support Palliative Care – Highland Hospice, Hermitage Park Restoration – Design and Feasibility Team and Sandbank Community Development Trust – ITT for hydro feasibility, preliminary design & development work. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter. PROMO: Thanks to GSEN a short promo has been produced by Fablevision to highlight Eco Drama’s work. Watch it on the site. SURVEY: Community Enterprise is setting up an e-commerce and social media academy to train creative people who are currently unemployed and support them in to employment in the online and digital sectors. It needs your views to help shape the project. SCREENING: The Glad Café is hosting a FREE screening of the media co-op film ‘The Bridge Rising’ at 4pm tomorrow – Sat. 24th May. COURSE: There are still spaces on the REHIS Food and Health Course that is being held over the mornings of the 2nd and the 9th of June, from 9.30-1pm on both days. AWARDS: The Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards will offer students and graduates in England, Scotland and Wales the chance to win up to £50,000.
TRAINING: Join Art of Hosting Scotland to learn ‘the art of hosting authentic conversations, at every level of Scottish society, to lead to wiser action and real change’. Dates for the Diary Dundee SEN AGM, 28th MayFalkirk SEN, 30th MayStirlingshire SEN, 2nd JuneGlasgow SEN, Aberdeenshire SEN (South) and Moray SEN, 4th JuneAberdeenshire SEN (North) & Fife SEN, 11th JuneSport SEN East, 19th JuneFalkirk SEN, 30th June  Best wishes,