The SENs: Friday 25th November 2016

Our ‘Keep it Local – Strength in numbers’ event took place on Wednesday. Over 130 folk turned up to hear some lively discussion on key issues affecting our sector – including the imminent SE Strategy and, as the profile of the sector grows, the importance of preserving its core values and behaviours. We also heard some great examples of the work of social enterprises from communities across Scotland. The general theme of the day was about collaboration; partnerships and consortia as models in which social enterprises can increase their contribution to the delivery of local services – and included two excellent and informative presentations from out two keynote speakers – Floriana Nappini and Neil Berry. See the #KeepItLocal16 Tweets from the day and the ‘Twitter Moment’ of the event.

Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding to design and deliver a peer-led job club, providing a holistic package of employment support tailored to meet the needs of individual participants. Peer-led sessions will be overseen by a Community Employment Specialist (CES) who will use their lived experience of disability to support participants in both the job club and Jobcentre Plus. A total grant of £70,000 will be offered to organisations that successfully meet the funding criteria to deliver a Journey to Employment job club and employ the CES. See flyer, and contact Margaret Simpson if you are interested in this work.

You may remember that recently South Lanarkshire Council proposed that there would be massive funding cuts for the Social Enterprise / Third Sectors across the region. Effectively it seems that well run enterprises with reserves are being penalised in the area. Healthy n Happy has released a strong statement opposed to the proposals that would decimate the work undertaken to tackle poverty in an area of existing high deprivation.

Congratulations due to CCI Scotland that remains on course to double turnover after landing a major contract. The South Lanarkshire-based social enterprise supports health, inclusion and employability projects, has started work on a 10-week playground fit-out with Esh Borders Construction and hopes to add seven additional staff to its books by February. Read more.

The Supplier Development Programme has launched its new policy workshops to complement its current programme of 10 training courses. The workshops will include ISO27001-Information Security Management, Equality & Diversity, Health & Safety, Environmental as well as ISO9001 – Quality Management all delivered to you by webinar. Businesses are now expected to submit their policies as part of the tender process and these workshops aim to provide you with all the information required to understand what is expected of your business and how to achieve certification. See more.

Scottish Enterprise is supporting City of Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils who are seeking an innovative solution to capture, monitor and report on community benefits provided by suppliers on their contracts. Possible solutions should be able to capture what service areas need, publish those needs to tendering suppliers and capture both the awarded benefit and the realisation/delivery of that benefit. See more.

UNESCO has published the first global report on culture for sustainable urban development.  The report, Culture: Urban Future, demonstrates that culture should be fully integrated into urban strategies to ensure sustainability and improved quality of life for people.  Edinburgh features as a case study – looking at the built heritage and urban regeneration.


TENDERS: Armadale Partnership Centre – West Lothian Council, Intensive Support Service for Young People – Stirling Council, Provision of professional legal services – Glasgow City Council & Others, Grounds Maintenance Service – Cunninghame Housing Association Ltd and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: Santander has launched a new Crowdfunding initiative to support projects that help community groups, social enterprises, start-ups and small charities to tackle social problems in communities across the UK. Organisations that participate in the Changemaker programme via crowdfunding will be eligible for a 50% match fund of their target from Santander.

AWARDS: Bùth Bharraigh Ltd, based in Castlebay on the Isle of Barra, has won the Scottish Rural Parliament Rural Innovators Award 2016 for best business. The award recognises projects, people and organisations that improve life in rural communities across Scotland. It also won the also won the Rural Business Awards 2016 prize for Britain’s Best Community Project

NEWSLETTER: The latest Sports SEN Newsletter has been published and is packed with funding, events, news and more.

TICKETS: Along Came Kirsty advise us that Early Bird price tickets are available till the end of December for the ‘Grand Central Glitz’ event in aid of PAMIS. There will be a drinks reception on arrival followed by a 3 course dinner in the beautifully restored ball room.

VACANCY: The Board of the Tannahill Centre is embarking on a process to revitalise the organisation to utilise the centre as a real community anchor for the local community and looking to recruit a Development Officer. See all vacancies here.

EFFICIENCY: The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service is holding an event for Social Enterprises who are keen to improve business efficiency by learning more about applying lean techniques and want the opportunity to establish links with other like-minded organisations.  Limited places still available. 

Dates for the Diary

Falkirk SEN, 2nd Dec
Fife SEN, 7th Dec
Moray SEN, 8th Dec
West Lothian AGM, 8th Dec
Edinburgh SEN AGM, 13th Dec
Glasgow SEN, 14th Dec 

Best wishes,