The SENs: Friday 24th April 2015

NEW JOB: Having piloted this initiative over the last year, Senscot is now looking to recruit a ‘Partnership and Procurement Officer’. The work, during the pilot, was successfully carried out by Joan Riddell. The post will offer practical support to social enterprises looking to work in partnership and/or in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender opportunities being presented through current public service reform and other business opportunities. You can download full application pack here. Closing date – Monday 18th May 2015.

The Social Enterprise Cultural Roundtable met this week. The theme for the meeting was ‘Scotland’s Visitor Economy’ – Riddell Graham (Visit Scotland) and Elizabeth McKenna (GSEN Manager) both attended as ‘guest speakers’. Elizabeth spoke about the collective membership to Glasgow Central Marketing Bureau and the benefits to GSEN members. Riddell delivered an informative presentation (PDF) and told the meeting that Visit Scotland’s letter of Strategic Guidance from Scottish Government includes support to social enterprise. Over coming months we’ll be exploring opportunities. Here’s a link to some further information or contact Sarah.

In March, Sport and Edinburgh SEN members, The Crags launched a great initiative –‘30 Days, 30 Ideas Campaign’. The campaign gave members of the community the opportunity to come up with new ideas and suggestions that The Crags could help get started. Throughout the month The Crags published 30 different ideas, one a day for 30 days. Along the way, telling stories of inspirational people who have seen their idea take off already, new ideas submitted ranged from re-opening The Engine Shed building to creating a Science Club at The Crags. See more.

Bookings are now open for the Social Enterprise Summit in Inverness on 10th and 11th June. This two day event will bring together social entrepreneurs, public sector and commercial representatives from across the UK to discuss the challenges and opportunities for rural social enterprises in achieving long-term sustainability. More details here.  


Congratulations to Borders SEN member, You Can Cook, who have been been awarded £68,150 for the "Innerleithen Can Grow" project. You Can Cook will create a community garden within the school grounds of St Ronan’s Primary School, Innerleithen to supply fresh salad and vegetables to the school kitchens. In addition to reducing carbon emissions through the production of local food the project will provide information, advice and support to the community on how to grow and cook healthy, local, seasonal food and reduce food waste. See more

Edinburgh SEN member, Grassmarket Community Project, is hosting two General Election themed film nights and screenings: they are FREE (though donations on the night are welcome) and at least one will feature an informal party political Q & A session.  Monday 27th April 7pm, Screening ‘Spirit of 45’ and Monday 4th May 7pm, Screening ‘A Very British Coup’. They’re keen to have as many social entrepreneurs, representatives from Social Enterprise organisations as well as beneficiaries from the sector there as possible to put the questions to the candidates. The atmosphere will be relaxed and there will be plenty of tea, coffee and cake! See more.

If you wish to publicise any stories or events please email these to us. To publicise vacancies or events on both the Senscot and The SENs websites click the respective links.


TENDERS: East Ayrshire Works Employability Pipeline Framework, Alloa Skatepark Project Contract – Clackmannanshire Council, CPD Connect Website – NHS Education for Scotland, Online Technical Resource Library – Scottish Borders Council and New Horticultural Training & Community Centre – Inverclyde Association for Mental Health. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

CENSUS: Pants! That’s right, Empowerment Pants – that’s the prize gift from SE MsMissMrs for 5 online respondents this week to the SE Census. Remember that the first Scottish Social Enterprise Census is underway – gathering information from all community organisations, enterprising charities and social enterprises that are involved in ‘trading’ activity. Has your organisation stood up yet to be counted?

MENTORS: Bad Idea is hosting an ‘Ideas – Making It Happen’ competition with school leavers on 11 May at the Pierce Institute, Govan. It is looking for 25 Volunteer mentors from the business/social enterprise community to take part in the day and advise young people.

CHAT SHOW: Back in March The Melting Pot hosted a Social Entrepreneurs’ Chat Show to celebrate the International Women’s Day and invited three top female social entrepreneurs from Scotland to share their stories. The videos of the night are now available to view online.

SOS: Village SOS are still recruiting mentors to support communities through the project development process.  In particular they are keen to recruit experienced community groups who are keen to support groups just setting out on the journey.

COURSE: Mindful awareness is gaining a lot of interest in terms of radical treatment for many health related conditions world-wide. Crisis is holding training on Mindfulness that commences on 28th May.

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 28th April
Falkirk SEN, 13th May
Sport SEN, 20th May
Dundee SEN AGM, 28th May
Glasgow SEN, 3rd June
Falkirk SEN, 8th June
Falkirk SEN, 7th July
Glasgow SEN, 5th August

Best wishes,