The SENs: Friday 25th July 2014

The summer months tend to be reasonably quiet on the SEN front and can give us an opportunity to reflect on developments/changes etc. A notable development this year has been the significant increase in SEN membership – up by around 100 (17%) to 670 SEs engaged with local or thematic SENs. What do we attribute this to?  The increasing level on activity and connectivity of local SENs; the increased profile afforded to SE at a national level; an increase in joint working, particularly between the thematic and local SENs; the impact of support programmes such as Just Enterprise; greater engagement with TSIs. With statutory agencies – Govt, the BIG Lottery, HIE, EU – all developing longer term strategies to support the third sector, it is clear the SENs and their members have a considerable contribution to make. See more. This week Diane our Sports Coordinator attended the Beyond the Games – Living the Values event which focused on three main themes that are at the heart of the social development legacy for the Games: – Humanity – Equality – Destiny. It brought together over 200 international influencers from sport, business and the civic realm as agents for innovation and change.  With some commitment behind this it should lead to an increased recognition and role for sports social enterprise sector in Scotland.  Link to the Twitter account. Congratulations to Cultural and Glasgow SEN members, The Glad Café, who have made it into the Guardian’s Top 10 budget restaurants, café and bars in Glasgow. The Guide has been compiled for Commonwealth Games visitors listing the best places to eat well for under £10, see more.  It was great to see SEN members participating in the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony this week – well done to David Duke, Street Soccer; SWG3 and the GalGael Trust. Fifteen emerging social ventures that are part of Firstport’s ‘Beyond the Finish Line’ programme opened for business this week.  Each of the 15 enterprises has received £2014 as part of the Glasgow 2014 Legacy Project – and opened for business this week and all involve young people looking to regenerate local areas in Glasgow’s communities. Projects include a youth culture magazine; an upcycling enterprise; an illustration company; confidence workshops for young mothers; and a community cinema. ‘Beyond the Finish Line’ is based at 7 Trongate in the city. For details on each of the new ventures, see more. Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) has launched an Asset Transfer Route Map. This tool enables groups to structure their thoughts on what they need to consider, what is required and who they need to involve.  The Community Ownership (COSS) team are more than happy to work on a one-to-one basis with groups considering taking on assets or deliver a workshop to multiple groups.  Anyone interested in the Asset Transfer Route Map, e-mail As mentioned last week Senscot is working Forth Sector and Rocket Science on the Village SOS Campaign in Scotland. The campaign will focus on signposting rurally-based SEs to the wide range of services and support currently available. See more.  To kick off a survey is being carried out to get views on the most appropriate support for community enterprises in rural areas – see more. It takes about 10 mins. Notices TENDERS: Provision of Recycling Scrap Metal – Scottish Borders Council, Provision of a Childcare Vouchers Scheme – APUC Limited and Bute Community Power Wind Feasibility. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterMARKET: The Tram Stop Market in Edinburgh is delighted to be hosting the Scottish Heats of the prestigious ‘British Street Food Awards 2014’. WORKSHOPS: Social Investment Scotland visit Dundee, Aberdeen, Orkney, Argyle & Bute and Shetland to help third sector prepare for growth with free Investment Readiness Workshops. PROGRAMMES: This month the Social Enterprise Academy is launching the full Autumn / Winter calendar of Just Enterprise and Highland & Islands programmes. Programmes can fill up quickly so register soon to secure your place! NEWSLETTER: The July edition of the Edinburgh SEN newsletter has been published. EXHIBITION: Theatre Nemo invites you to the opening of its “Think Big Arts Exhibition” on 1st August. PROGRAMME: This week saw launch the next phase of the successful CashBack for Creativity programme which will see more youth arts activity taking place across Scotland over the next three years thanks to £3m from the Scottish Government. Dates for the Diary Falkirk SEN, 29th JulyMoray SEN, 6th AugustGlasgow SEN, 6th AugustInverclyde SEN, 13th AugustDundee SEN, 20th AugustFalkirk SEN, 27th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd SeptemberSocial In The Square, 12th SeptemberFalkirk SEN, 25th SeptemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November  Best wishes,