The SENs: Friday 24th October 2014

This week, the SEN Co-ordinators met in Dundee, hosted by Dundee SEN. As always, there was a full agenda with sharing information and ideas across the SENs as well as some lively discussion on a number of specific issues that have and will have an impact on the SENs, their members and the wider social enterprise community in Scotland. These included the SE Code; the participation of SENs and their members in the development of a new SE Strategy for Scotland; as well as the ongoing issue of the consistency and level of financial resource dedicated to supporting social enterprises through the Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs). Senscot plans to continue working with VAS, TSIs, SENs and Scottish Govt to see how this situation can be improved. We will be discussing these matters further at our up-and-coming SE Conference and Ceilidh. For more, contact Kim

Glasgow SEN will be hosting a Social Enterprise Trade Show on 10th December at The Briggait. This FREE event will be an opportunity to explore the wide range of products and services from social enterprises in Glasgow in the fabulous WASPs’ building. There will be exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities which can be viewed here….or just you can just come along on the day, meet some new folk and build connections. Senscot is delighted to be supporting the event. See more. Yesterday Senscot attended the VAS Annual Conference in Glasgow, facilitating a workshop on social enterprise – showcasing how Glasgow, Dundee and South Ayrshire SENs have approached delivering elements of the TSI Common Services (PDF). Aidan is also participating in the Social Enterprise Plenary session this morning, chaired by Derek Marshall (Dundee Factory Skatepark) – alongside Jim Mullan (Big Issue); Fabio Villani (TSI Moray); and Ewan Aitken (Edinburgh Cyrenians). More on this next week. Over the last 18 months, we have tried to keep you abreast of developments with regard to the role of social enterprise within the new EU funding programme 2014-20. Part of this has included Social Firms Scotland and Senscot’s participation in an EU Social Entrepreneurship Network (EU SEN) .The main aims of the EU SEN (including 10 member states) is to share and transfer learning and good practices across a number of themes and to use our collective voice to influence social enterprise interests in the new EU programme. A dissemination event of EU SENs findings and conclusions stakes in Brussels in January. Here’s a Blog that reflects on our journey. Senscot attended the Nourish conference last week, the theme being ‘Our Common Wealth of Food’. The conference had a global focus – but also asked the question about how Scotland could play its part. Community Food SEN members are encouraging people across Scotland to understand where their food comes from, providing food to those who need it most; and are challenging the status quo of our broken food system. See Nourish Report – Our Mutual Food (PDF). For more on Community Food SEN, see here. Deadline for Dragons’ Den applications for this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh is this Monday, 27th Oct. To apply, see here (DOC). Overnight places are now very limited – 6 available – but we can accommodate more day delegates. For booking form, email . We have also now finalised our programme. See more. Enterprise and Collaboration The way forward for community sport in Scotland is a one-day event on 4th December 2014 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. The full programme is now finalised. Supported by Senscot, this conference will focus on how Scotland’s community sports providers can benefit both themselves and their communities by developing and delivering innovative and enterprising programmes. Sport SEN members can attend the event at a discounted price of £50. Notices TENDERS: Training Initiative Programme – Fresh Start, Future Support and Advice to Rural Communities – Scottish Government and Medium Value Construction Projects – The Common Services Agency (more commonly known as NHS National Services Scotland). Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterCHAT SHOW: For one night only on 19th Nov three inspiring social entrepreneurs will candidly share their personal stories in front of a live studio audience at The Melting Pot – complete with camera crew and after-show drinks. EXHIBITIONS: The Gallery on the Corner would like to invite you to the preview of its November exhibitions, Land, Sea, Sky and Are You Going Up the Road on Tuesday 4th November from 6-8pm. KALEIDOSCOPE: This performance from Theatre Nemo is the culmination of work from three of Theatre Nemo’s community groups Music, Drama and Art focussing on mental health issues. Takes place this evening and tomorrow in Glasgow and in East Kilbride on 31st Oct / 1st Nov. ANNUAL EXHIBITION: Alloa International 2014 is Resonate Arts House fourth annual international show, which features local and international artists work in the celebratory show and this year will feature Scottish Actress and Comedian, Dorothy Paul. PECHA KUCHA: Creative Dundee is hosting the Pecha Kucha Night Vol 10 on 4th Nov, 7-10pm. It’s the 3rd year birthday and is part of NEoN Digital Arts Festival so expect birthday cake! #ONAMISSION: One of Scotland’s most ambitious social entrepreneurs? It’s time for LaunchMe Round 2! Dates for the Diary Falkirk District SEN Policy Event, 27th OctoberSport SEN, Adventure Sport, 29th OctoberDundee SEN Conference, 29th OctoberSport SEN North, 30th OctoberFalkirk SEN, 31st OctoberSport SEN North East, 6th NovemberSocial Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13/14th NovemberDundee SEN / Sport SEN East, 19th NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21nd NovemberFalkirk SEN, 24th NovemberInverclyde SEN, 2nd DecemberMoray SEN, 3rd DecemberGlasgow SEN, 5th DecemberGlasgow SEN Trade Fair, 10th December Best wishes,