The SENs: Friday 24th July 2015

This week we’ve added some further dates to our EU Masterclass Seminars – these seminars are designed to share some of the core information before much of the new EU programmes are “open for business”. There is a level of detail about various ‘strategic packages’ which we consider important such as: a) this is how ESF and ERDF Programmes will be delivered; and b) potential applications will need to fit into these packages to have a chance of securing funding. The next session is in Aberdeen on 31st July; followed by Inverness on 12th August; and finally Edinburgh on 21st August. Just click on the links to book your place. In the meantime, see the most recent update. We are now at capacity for the inaugural meeting of the Employability SEN on the 5th August and are no longer taking bookings. The aim of this first meeting is to scope out the role, remit and aims of the SEN – if you are interested in joining the Employability SEN and would like an update following the first meeting please get in touch with Kim. Zero Waste Scotland has announced funding to support growth in re-use and repair through collaborative working. The Re-use and Repair Business Development Support Fund is designed to support new business activities for third sector and private sector re-use and repair businesses and local authorities to test new areas of collaborative working, see more. Organisations interested in support relating to collaborative working can contact Alan Johnston – Senscot and Social Firms Scotland’s recently appointed Partnership and Procurement Officer. On Tuesday, Firstport launched Vital Spark- a dynamic initiative to revitalise rural centres across Argyll and the Islands. Working in partnership with InspirAlba to stimulate and support local people to turn their social enterprise ideas into reality.  This two year programme is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with support from Caledonian MacBrayne, the Kilfinan Trust and Unltd. See more. This week, Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) and Senscot jointly hosted a TSI / SEN Practice Forum on Community Empowerment and Asset Transfer. The session was well attended with more than 20 TSI’s present – with contributions on the day from Community Ownership Support Service (COSS); VAS; Garioch Partnership, Engage Renfrewshire and Dundee SEN. The Practice Forum aimed to engage and support TSIs and SENs around their ‘role’ in helping third sector and community organisations to develop and maintain enterprising community assets. Tavis Smith, who has interned with us for the last few months via the Third Sector Internship Scheme (TSIS), has compiled a short guide for Sport SEN members who are at an early stage of thinking about connecting with the corporate sector.  The Connecting with the Corporates – Best Practice Guide (PDF) has practical recommendations which includes template communication styles. See more. Yesterday, Scottish Government announced £302,500 of funding for an In Work Support package for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people. The new funding will work alongside Scotland’s Employment Recruitment Incentive and be directed at those who face the most significant barriers when accessing employment opportunities. This includes young people who are disabled, care leavers, carers and those with criminal convictions, aged 16 to 29. The In Work Support package will be delivered through an expanded ‘Open Doors’ consortium, including Enable, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Young Carers Trust, Workers Educational Association and Cornerstone. See more.
 Notices TENDERS: Provision of an Advocacy Support Service – Aberdeen City Council, Design, development, delivery and optimisation of a website for the Patrick Geddes Centre – SHBT, Competitive Grant Offer – Equalities Challenge Fund – SDS and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterCONSULTANT: The Total Homes Partnership is seeking a consultant to undertake research for the next stage in the partnerships development. The pilot project worked with 25 individuals/families from housing associations and also focused on people who were being rehomed. DEVELOPMENT: The Scottish Government has signed up to the new UN Sustainable Development goals. One of the Goals is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

FOOD: NHS Health Scotland has published research that indicates there’s an increasing number of households in this country unable to sustain normal patterns of food shopping and eating, with many seeking charitable food aid to help them do so. Included within the report are recommendations on how policy and practice can be better informed.
GO-KARTS: The Experience indoor electric go-kart arena and themed entertainment events venue has raced to the top by winning a coveted visitor attraction accolade after only seven months.

AWARD: Lochbroom Woodfuels has proudly received their award from Investors in Young people. The plaque was presented to the group as they have been recognised for attracting and recruiting young people to their team.

SHARES: There is just a week left to apply for community shares in Bala Sport social enterprise that will bring Fairtrade sports balls to schools, sports clubs and high streets of the UK.
AWARDS: the ALLIANCE is hosting Scotland’s second Self Management Awards during Self Management Week 2012, 1 – 5 October.
Dates for the Diary
Perthshire SEN, 27th JulyGlasgow SEN, 5th AugustFalkirk SEN, 6th AugustMoray SEN, 13th AugustInverclyde SEN, 18th AugustDundee SEN, 20th AugustEdinburgh SEN, 28thAugustPerthshire SEN, 31st AugustFalkirk SEN, 3rd SeptemberTSI Moray, Social Enterprise Awards 25th September
Best wishes, Kim