The SENs: Friday 25th April 2014

Senscot Legal has entered its fourth year of trading and today, with the support of the Enterprise Ready Fund, is interviewing for a second paralegal to support the existing staff quota. Senscot Legal was set up as a social enterprise itself – to deliver affordable and accessible services exclusively to social enterprises and third sector organisations. Over its first three years, it has provided these services to over 400 organisations – in areas such as Legal Structures, Set Up and Governance, Employment Law and various Charity Issues. It has also been delivering an increasing volume of workshops and seminars. Demand for its services has been increasing year-on-year and the recruitment of another paralegal will go a long way to meeting this demand. If you think Senscot Legal could be of assistance to your own organisation, contact At this week’s Edinburgh SEN meeting members heard from Terry McDonald from St. Vincent de Paul in Oregon (USA).  Terry has been visiting Scotland for a number of years and has been an inspiration to many in our recycling/re-use community. He spoke again about the operation of their successful recycling social enterprise and how it has diversified into retail, upcycling an unusual array of products that are innovative in their designs.  For more info’ on their accomplishments, see website or contact Linsay Chalmers (ESEN). Ready for Business has published several new case studies this week. ‘Public Social Partnership – The Life I Want’ which is about the commitment to the modernisation of day services in Glasgow for adults with Learning Disabilities; and ‘Public Social Partnership – SPT Community Transport’ which focusses on the delivery of SPT’s MyBus Services  and Community Transport Capability & Capacity Growth. All the new case studies are now available on the Ready for Business website. This week, Sarah has circulated the latest Cultural and Creative SEN (CCSEN) newsletter which includes a network update as well as funding and event information. If you’re interested in learning more about CCSEN, contact Sarah. Also, published this week is Dundee SENs April newsletter.
GSEN have produced a Prezi with some highlights from 2013/14. These include an SE Trade Directory for the city; its new website; over 100% increase in membership; and, of course, the publication of the Glasgow SE Mapping Report, see more. Earlier this month, Firstport launched a report – Start Something Good – that sheds light on the journey and impact of start-up social enterprises in Scotland since the inception of Scottish Govt’s Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund in 2009. Headline figures include – £3m invested in 524 individuals; 60% still in existence after 5 years; with each, on average, creating around 3 jobs. Good luck to 17 year old Marcus Glancy, who has been nominated for the Inspirational Young Adult category at the Pride of Edinburgh Awards. Marcus is a youth worker and outdoor instructor with Edinburgh SEN member, Muirhouse Youth Development Group, where he had initially started off as a volunteer, see more. Changes are afoot in the Sport SEN with congrats to Alan Still who is soon to be leaving Princess Royal CDT to join one of our other Sport SEN members Outfit Moray & also to Alan Roberts, from Glenrothes Strollers who recently joined the team at Street Soccer Scotland. Notices TENDERS: General Wastes from Household Waste Recycling Centres / Aids for Daily Living – North Lanarkshire Council, City of Edinburgh Council External Works Framework, Mental Health Support Service for Adults – Aberdeen City Council and Battery Park Skateboard Park – Inverclyde Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterVOTE: Resonate Arts House is in with a chance to win £5k via the Engage Mutual Assurance’s Community Awards Programme. After successfully navigating through the first stage it’s down to the public vote – and every single vote counts! WORKSHOP: Due to the success of last month’s ceramic workshop at The Gallery on the Corner, it will be running it again in May/June. FUNDING: Up to £5,000 available from Cycling Scotland’s – Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Fund 2014/15. FREE WORKSHOPS: The April edition of the Supplier Development Programme has been published with details of upcoming events and workshops. EVENT: See website for full details of the Wiston Lodge ‘Grand Day Out’ taking place tomorrow. AWARDS: The nominations for VisitScotland’s 2014 Scottish Thistle Awards are now open. It would be wonderful to see some social enterprises winning.  Case Study: Out of the Blue  Dates for the Diary
Sport SEN North, 1st MayFife SE Trade Fair, 7th MayGlasgow SEN and  CCSEN Meeting, 9th MayInverclyde SEN, 14th MaySport SEN West, 15th MayDundee SEN AGM, 28th MayFalkirk SEN, 30th MayStirlingshire SEN, 2nd JuneGlasgow SEN, 4th June Best wishes,