The SENs: Friday 25th October 2013

Three weeks to go till this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh (14th/15th Nov at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld). Dragons’ Den application closed last Friday – with 14 applications. 5 will be selected to present on the day. Numbers are now over the 150 mark. We can still accommodate 5 people overnight. If interested, email Karina. The Conference programme was circulated to all attendees this week. Senscot attended the Social Enterprise Northern Ireland (SENI) Conference in Derry yesterday. This event was the first of its kind in the North of Ireland and takes a similar form to our own SE Conference and Ceilidh – addressing the issues pertinent to their social enterprise community – while allowing some time for socialising. Over 160 folk attended an event that included representation from all 4 nations within the UK and 5 from Ireland also. Many of the hot issues are similar to our own – what is the right kind of social investment?; how to engage better with local Govt etc. The day ended with their own SE awards – some stern competition for our guys in London in November. See website. Last week saw Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) host the 2013 Scottish SE Awards at RBS’ Gogarburn HQ. Six awards were handed out. See winners. Congratulations are due all round. Also, this week, some of you might have seen a number of SEN members being short-listed for the STV series ‘Finding Real Heroes’. Included in the short-listing were Darling’s Café (Arbroath); Sikh Sanjog (Edinburgh); and De’ils on Wheels (Glasgow). See full list of those short-listed. Next week, Danielle is facilitating a workshop for the NHS Health Scotland, All on One Plate networking conference. The workshop will look at social enterprise, about community food initiatives that are adopting this business model, and the role that social enterprise networks (SENs) are playing in supporting organisations delivering a wide range of activities – including community food. This week’s Community Food SEN newsletter. The Melting Pot in Edinburgh is hosting a Social Entrepreneur Chat Show on 19th November as part of the Global Entrepreneur Week. Hosted by Clare Carpenter and filmed by Smart Film Productions the event aims to raise awareness of the incredible work being done through social enterprises and to inspire others to get involved in the movement. Panel will include Mel Young (Homeless World Cup), Gregory Chauvet (The Bike Station Glasgow) and Marianne Paterson (Ayrshire Childrens Service). See more. The Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland took place earlier this week, recognising excellence within procurement and showcasing the benefits that smart, effective and sustainable purchasing can deliver. Ready for Business LLP was nominated for two awards on the night but just fell short at the final hurdle. The event highlighted the important role Public Social Partnerships have between various agencies. An innovative PSP launched this week at HM Prison Low Moss which offers greater support to people leaving custody in order to reduce the likelihood of them reoffending officially launched today (Tuesday) at Her Majesty’s Prison Low Moss. See more.  Notices TENDERS: Help to Live at Home Services for Adults – East Lothian Council and Landscape Maintenance 2014-2017 – Thistle Housing Association Ltd. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterOPEN STUDIOS: This final Wasps Open Studios event will take place this weekend in Edinburgh. It gives the public a rare opportunity to see inside an artists studio space and talk to artists and makers directly about what inspires them. EXHIBITIONS: The gallery on the corner has published details of two upcoming exhibitions. Changing Light, an exhibition of landscapes by Newton Ross previews on Tuesday 5th November from 6-8pm alongside new work by former gallery trainee, Alan Lucchesi. FREE COOKING GROUPS: Edinburgh Community Food are currently working in partnership with Changeworks and Citizens Advice Edinburgh to deliver a new city wide programme which supports families with children to better manage rising energy/food costs and to maximise income. CAFÉ: Velocity features in a list of best cycling cafes in Britain. Velocity’s founder Laura Nicolson wanted to share the bike repair skills her dad taught her, and her love of cycling. The profits from the enterprise go to promoting cycling in Inverness.  Case Study: Letham Sports Club – Sports SEN  Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 28th OctoberAberdeen SEN, 30th OctoberFife SEN AGM, 13th NovemberCCSEN, 21st NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN – Inaugural Conference, 22nd NovemberStirlingshire SEN, 5th DecemberMoray SEN, 4th DecemberEdinburgh SEN AGM, 9th December  Best wishes,