The SENs: Friday 24th January 2014

Today is the deadline for submitting responses to Scottish Govt’s second stage consultation on the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020.  Social Firms Scotland and Senscot have submitted a joint response – highlighting concern over the lack of specific reference to support for social enterprise and the social economy. Social Enterprise has been identified as an ‘investment priority’ for EU Structural Funds in the period 2014-20. This is startling omission – and seems as odds with last week’s Strasbourg Declaration (see above) and, particularly, in view of  Scottish Govt’s promotion of Scotland as a ‘world leader’ in its support and development of SE. See full response. The programme for the forthcoming 3rd SE and Sport Conference is taking shape. The event takes place on 18th March 2014 at the Emirates arena (Chris Hoy Velodrome) in Glasgow – with this year’s theme being “SE & Sport – Inspiring our Leaders”. As well as keynote speaker, Frank Dick, other contributors will include: Mel Young (Homeless World Cup) doing a plenary on “Power of Sport & Business”; Neil McLean (SE Academy) on “Are Leaders Born or Made?”; Gordon Merrilees (RBS) on “Balancing the books”  – more on those next week. Book your place. The next Social Enterprise Scotland Policy event is taking place in Lanarkshire on 6th March at The Atrium Incubation and Business Centre, Coatbridge – If you work in social enterprise and the third sector in Lanarkshire you can now book your places for this half-day morning event, running as part of Lanarkshire Business Week. More details to follow soon. Book your places now. During the last year Senscot has been working with the thematic SENs and Roundtables to explore areas for joint thematic working – one of the areas identified is tourism. Earlier this week Senscot met with the Director of Partnerships from Visit Scotland and we’re now keen to hear from SEN members who currently work with Visit Scotland or have an interest in tourism, contact Sarah Cameron. The People’s Postcode Trust has announced that its small grants programme has re-opened  offering grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months in the areas of Poverty Prevention; Advancement of Health; Community Development; Public Sports; Human Rights; and Environmental Protection. Save the date, the Argyll and Bute Social Enterprise (ABSEN) Annual Conference is taking place this year on 24th and 25th March in the Argyll Hotel in Inveraray. More details to follow in coming weeks. Notices TENDERS: External Evaluator – Apps Guide Project, Graphic design services – University of the Highlands and Islands and Provision of Grounds Maintenance Services – Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter21 REVOLUTIONS: Glasgow Women’s Library has an ongoing crowdfunding campaign for its new book featuring creative responses by 42 women artists and writers. PREMIERE: media co-op’s feature documentary The Bridge Rising, reveals the battles & the splits, the passion & the humour. World première this Sunday 26th January at GFT with live music from the soundtrack. Exactly ten years ago, after one of Scotland’s longest-running campaigns of civil disobedience, the tolls came off the Skye Bridge. FUNDING: Start & Grow, offered by Resilient Scotland’s JESSICA Fund, provides grant & loan packages (one third grant, two thirds loan) of up to £60,000 to support the development and growth of both new & existing enterprising community organisations in certain areas. TRAINING: Crisis has released information on two courses, Introduction to Counselling and Mindfulness – Awareness of Self. VIDEO: Youth Football Scotland has launched a new promotional video. Watch it on the website. SWIMMING: Floats International has free teacher swimming training for 16-24 year olds. Details on the 3 courses are on the website. WORKSHOP: Just Enterprise are holding a free Introduction to Marketing workshop in Edinburgh on 14th March.  Case Study: Timespan Museum and Arts Centre  Dates for the Diary Falkirk SEN, 27th JanuaryStirlingshire SEN, 28th JanuaryFife SEN, 30th JanuaryGlasgow SEN, 5th FebruaryWest Lothian, 11th FebruaryD&G SEN, 11th FebruaryEdinburgh SEN, 18th FebruaryStirlingshire SEN, 12th FebruaryDundee SEN, 19th MarchABSEN Conference, 24th / 25th March Best wishes,