The SENs: Friday 24th June 2016

Renfrewshire SEN is one of the most recently established SENs – on the go for a year now. Renfrewshire SEN and its members receive support from the local Third Sector Interface, Engage Renfrewshire that provides a range of one to one support and development as well as levering in support from national SE support providers including Just Enterprise, COSS, Firstport, Senscot and Senscot Legal.  The SEN now has 25 active members working across a wide range of issues including fuel poverty, education, community engagement and employability. This week it launched a short video produced by one of the members, Create Paisley, see the video here. Great to see this new and almost unique fund from Comic Relief being launched this week. The Core Fund programme is for smaller organisations working across four programme areas  which are Investing in children and young people to be ready for the future; Empowering women and girls to be free to lead the lives they choose; Improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged people;  Building stronger communities in areas of disadvantage, deprivation and poverty. Grants will be up to £20,000 for each of two years (maximum grant of £40,000). Applications close midday on 27th July. Sport SEN member Broxburn United Sports Club has received a £50,000 investment to support the development of a new community wing extension at its facility at Albyn Park. The investment comes from Social Investment Scotland’s Community Capital Fund, the UK’s first social investment tax relief fund, which raised £400,000 entirely from private investors. See more. REMINDER: The Robertson Trust, sportscotland, Scottish Government and the Sport for Change Network are doing some research. They want to find out how sport and physical activity are being used to benefit individuals and communities across Scotland. Part of the research involves inviting relevant organisations to complete an online survey. There has been an excellent response with over 700 responses so far.  Any organisation delivering sport and physical activity in Scotland is invited to complete the short survey here.  Firstport has launched a three-year programme that supports individuals to make a positive difference in Girvan and the South Carrick villages by developing an idea into a social enterprise. Successful applicants will access a unique package of support to turn their ideas into thriving social enterprises, see more. Are you registered on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) as a supplier?  Ready for Business is seeking your feedback on the pre-award systems related to bidding for public contracts. As the Scottish Government is undertaking a strategic review of the pre-award systems (PCS, PCS-Tender), it would be particularly helpful to get feedback from the supplier community on these systems – i.e. the ease of use and any improvements that can be suggested from a supplier perspective. See more. Thanks to the Health SEN members who participated in the focus group to share their experience of  Health & Social Care Integration so far and to inform The ALLIANCE’s Integration Support Team on what support they would benefit from.  H&SC Integration was also one of the key discussion at last week’s Joint Thematic SEN event in Perth for which a report will be available next week.  In the meantime, for those keen to find out more about H&SC Integration in general and in their local area check out the latest Engage & Inspire bulletinNotices TENDERS: Community Consultation – Balerno Village Trust, Community Based Support for a Social Enterprise – East Ayrshire Council, African Health Project – NHS Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire Works Employability Framework – East Ayrshire Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORLD CUP: There are some big football tournaments taking place this summer, no bigger that the Homeless World Cup! This year it is taking place in Glasgow and there are a series of free workshops taking place in the City Chambers. Tickets going fast so book to avoid disappointment. VACANCY: Fauldhouse Community Development Trust got in touch to mention that it is seeking to recruit an Administration/Finance Worker. EMPLOYMENT: The latest newsletter for the Employment SEN members has been published with news, tender opportunities and more. FUNDING: The Community Choices Fund to support participatory budgeting (PB) in 2016/17 is now open for applications.  Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since June 2014, and is part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.  STIRLING HIGHLAND GAMES: Forth Valley Social Enterprises CIC, have developed a Core Skills in Events programme for 16+ year olds. The programme, focusses on developing transferrable core skills needed in the workplace and will lead into a practical learning experience at Stirling Highland Games on 20th August.  See flyerDates for the Diary
Perth & Kinross SEN, 28th JunInverclyde SEN, 26th JulyGlasgow SEN, 4th AugFalkirk SEN, 5th AugMoray SEN, 11th AugBorders SEN, 18th AugFife SEN, 7th Sep Best wishes,