The SENs: Friday 25th August 2017

Following a series of discussions and a survey amongst thematic SEN members, it was agreed that we would produce a series of ‘Senscot Briefings’ on activities or policy areas identified by thematic SEN members. As well as highlighting developments in these policy areas, the ‘Briefings’ will also showcase the work of specific SEN members. This week sees our first ‘Briefing’ – “Loneliness and Social Isolation; the role of social enterprise” – which includes case studies on five SEN members – CFINE ; Lingo Flamingo; ROAR; The No.1 Befriending Agency; and Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport. Themes for future ‘Briefings’ will include Cinema and Regeneration; Sport for Change; Diet and Obesity; and Dementia. For more info on the above, please email The inaugural meeting of the West Dunbartonshire SEN will take place on 31st August in Bowling. The Bowing Harbour Project has initiated this meeting and look forward to welcoming social enterprises working in the area to the meeting. A series of meetings will take place over the coming months with a wide range of interesting themes, speakers, peer support and opportunities for collaboration. For more information, contact The second Senscot ‘Briefing’ will explore ‘Sport for Change’ and the idea that sport and physical activity can be used as a conduit for bringing about positive social benefits for individuals and communities. The Robertson Trust has recently produced a useful overview document which draws together some of the key learning outcomes from the recent Sport for Change report. The overview document also highlights the Thrive Toolkit – a digital toolkit and learning resource which offers practical steps and suggestions to support inactive people become active and improve their wellbeing. If you would like any further information on the forthcoming Sport for Change Senscot Briefing, please contact Following the success of last year’s Homeless World Cup in Glasgow, next week sees the 2017 tournament kick off in Oslo, with an estimated 100,000 fans travelling to Norway to take in the event. Sport SEN member Street Soccer Scotland is an international partner of the Homeless World Cup, and is responsible for selecting, coaching and mentoring the players that represent Scotland at the annual event. Last year’s event raised around £10m in social capital – generated from homeless people gaining employment. Meet this year’s Scotland team, and keep an eye out for their scores! West Lothian SEN board is looking for new members to help progress the organisation.  Currently in the process of re-examining their vision and strategy, they a have a strong relationship with West Lothian Council and have supported the TSI throughout their recent changes, strengthening that relationship in the process. Contact Fiona Pearson for more information. Employability and Health SEN members could benefit from a new funding initiative run by the Nesta foundation which aims to help people on middle-to-low incomes. Nesta are looking for organisations who are helping to tackle issues surrounding financial inclusion and capability, mental health barriers to employment, and transition into work for young adults. Projects or organisations which would benefit from support through the programme to help them scale their activities are encouraged to apply, with grants of up to £20,000 available. Find out more and apply for grant funding.  Notices TENDERS: Positive Emotional Wellbeing Support Service – Scottish Borders Council, Rural Scotland Food Waste Roadshow – Zero Waste Scotland Ltd, New Route into Teaching – Scottish GovernmentJoin the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Aberdeen Airport Community Fund places priority on funding projects linked to education, the environment and economic regeneration. The next deadline for applications is Friday 1 September. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Aviva Community Fund opens for applications on the 12th September, and will consider proposals for projects which involve health & well-being; skills for life; inclusivity; and community support. Funding packages are available up to £25,000. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future is offering £5000 of funding to a monthly winner, with the opportunity of a further £25,000. Shell are looking for emerging entrepreneurs who have an idea that addresses the UK’s future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or makes our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in. Find out more and apply. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The ScotRail Foundation are offering grants of between £500 and £2,000 to constituted community groups and charities who aim to empower grass roots community groups to make a positive difference in their local neighbourhoods. Find out more and applySEN DISCUSSION: Dementia was identified at a recent SEN meeting as an issue that many SEs are addressing. Given the interest, we’re facilitating another Joint Thematic SEN Discussion to explore role of SE in more detail with a view to promoting this to public sector partners. If you would like to find out more please get in touch with or mary@senscot.netBLOG: Nicola Hanssen, general manager of Health SEN member ROAR: Connections for Life, has published her latest blog – calling for a fresh approach to the formulation of a national strategy to tackle loneliness and social isolation. Nicola has sat on the Scottish Govt. steering group which is currently consulting on a national strategy. Read the blog hereDates for the Diary Culture & Employability SEN, 29th AugustAberdeen SEN, 6th SeptemberSBSEC, 7th SeptemberSE & Dementia Discussion, 12th SeptemberClackmannanshire SEN, 20th September Best wishes,