The SENs: Friday 23rd October 2015

Bookings for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh are now over the 100 mark – with space limited to another 20 folk. Our programme is more or less finalised with applications for this year’s Dragons’ Den about to close. As always, £5k prize money will be available to the winner – and we will also be crowdfunding the audience prize. This year’s programme includes regular sessions such as The Big Question and the Dragons’ Den – as well as sessions on Scotland’s Vision of SE 2025; SCRT; EU Funding update; Crowdsourcing ideas for Fairer Scotland consultation; SE Showcase; and a Thematic SE World Café session. See the full programme (PDF). The event takes place at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld, on 12th/13th Nov. To book your place, see bookings.  West Lothian SEN (WLSEN) recently hosted their first social gathering at the Cairn Hotel in Bathgate. Speakers included Fraser Kelly (SES); Charlie Gavigan (Social Ideas Factory); and local Councillor, Jim Dixon. The event was a great success and it’s hoped this will become an annual event in WLSEN’s calendar, see more.  Social Firms Scotland celebrates its 15th Birthday next month. To mark the occasion it is hosting a celebration of their work at Oran Mor on November 24th. Speakers include members (DNDP, Freedom Unlimited, SCARF and Workforce Creation), Social Firm participants, partners and Alex Neil, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights. See more. At the TSI Network National Conference last week, Voluntary Action Scotland launched the Health & Social Care Integration Handbook that’s been developed primarily for TSIs to support them in ensuring that the third sector can play as full a role as possible in health and social care outcomes. For more information contact your local TSI. See the latest Health SEN newsletter here. The Scottish Affairs Committee: Creative Industries in Scotland Public Evidence Session met this week – mainly focussing on the games industry. Several games companies are already working within the health and employability sectors. With over 700 Creative SEs identified within the SE Census 2015, could any of these explore operating within the rapidly increasing games industry – and would any of the existing games organisations consider the SE model? Senscot is promoting the Community Learning Exchange and already there has been quite a bit of interest – with visits for the thematic SENs being lined up. Diane’s starting the ball rolling with Sport – with visits to Spartans Community Football Academy, Atlantis Leisure, Broxburn United Sports Club, The Crags Sport Centre. Express your interest by clicking the respective links. Visits to Dundee Factory Skatepark and a bit further afield to Jesmond Swimming Pool in Newcastle are in the pipeline for early December. For more info etc, email Diane. CEIS is conducting a survey to better understand what international trade in the SE sector currently looks like and how they could develop support for SEs with international aims. "International Trade” includes (but is not limited to) the sale of products or services to overseas markets and work delivered overseas on behalf of UK agencies. If this applies to you, they would appreciate it if you would take 10 minutes to fill out this survey. See link above. Other newsletters published this week include ones from Edinburgh SEN and Dundee SEN Notices TENDERS: National Third Sector Fund – Skills Development Scotland, Families First Core Team Model – Independent Sector Partnership – Renfrewshire Council, Provision of Digital Design Servcies – Glasgow Caledonian University and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.  GAELIC: HIE has developed a new Gaelic Innovation Investments product, which aims to support businesses and third sector organisations to develop innovative products and services that use Gaelic as an asset to enhance their business and social objectives. TRAINING: The updated training programme from The Village Storytelling Centre is now live. The courses will help you engage and support the people you work with, make learning more fun, build confidence in presentation and performance. TENDERING: Last few places available at the free Just Enterprise ‘Introduction to Tendering’ course taking place on the 18th of November in Edinburgh. AWARDS: Congratulations to Kelvin Valley Honey for being one of two ‘Impact Champions’ at the Natwest SE100 awards this year. FESTIVAL: The Power of Food Festival had a great start earlier this year and the very positive feedback received indicated there’s an appetite for doing it again. The organising committee are therefore looking for a core team of 4 or 5 people to take it forward. EVENT: A day event from Traditional Music Forum taking place Nov 14th, for musicians, dancers, storytellers, promoters, teachers, community activists etc interested in the traditional arts and oral and local history in Perth and Kinross. Dates for the Diary
Perthshire SEN, 26th OctDundee SEN, 4th NovPerthshire SEN, 30th NovFalkirk SEN, 1st DecGlasgow SEN, 4th DecMoray SEN, 10th DecEdinburgh SEN AGM, 10th Dec Best wishes,