The SENs: Friday 26th August 2016

Great turn out for the SEN Co-ordinators meeting in Edinburgh this week. The main agenda item for the meeting was Tourism with a very informative presentation from Caroline Warburton, Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Industry Leadership Group for tourism and the leading voice for the tourism sector in Scotland. Senscot has been working on tourism for the last couple of years and have a dedicated section on the website. In the coming months, we’ll be liaising with both local and thematic SENs on a number of actions relating to tourism. For further info’, contact Sarah.

SEN member, The Findhorn Bay Festival, has been featured as a ‘must visit’ September event by, a TripAdvisor company. The Findhorn Bay Festival is a spectacular six-day celebration of arts and culture, taking place in the heart of Moray, showcasing artists of national and international renown. The Festival runs from Wed 21st to Mon 26th September and includes a vibrant mix of theatre, music, dance and visual arts as well as big gigs, free events, family events and the popular annual community event Culture Day Forres. See more.

GSEN’s profile has significantly grown over the last three years and now boasts a membership of over 150 social enterprises within the Greater Glasgow area. With an increasing emphasis on social enterprise nationally and locally, GSEN aims to raise its profile further to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead. It has a key role in the Glasgow Third Sector Interface with which it shares a number of objectives. GSEN is looking to recruit a Network Manager, see more.

With Edgar Cahn (Racial Justice Initiative) participating, the event ‘Developing a Scottish Co-production Strategy for Health & Social Care’ earlier this week, proved very popular. Organised by The ALLIANCE & Scottish Govt, Edgar provided the international perspective, a European slant from Governance International and NESTA covered the national dimension. See more.

Last week, Senscot visited Engage Renfrewshire to gain an insight into how large private sector firms are delivering community benefits at a local level.  Sweco is a multi-national engineering consultancy providing over £100m of works with Renfrewshire Council on the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal projects.  As part of the contract, Sweco has agreed to deliver the following community benefits; Training and Development; Work; Experience; Education Support; Supply Chain Development and Community Project / Business Mentoring Support. See more.

A newly launched report from Ready for Business presents the results of the third survey of public sector commissioners and procurement staff in Scotland.  Main findings include – increased awareness of procurement reform; far greater understanding of what the third sector can bring to service delivery; CBC’s now better known, used and viewed as helpful; and a high level of awareness of the PSP approach. See more.

A reminder that places are still available for CEIS’ SE and Policy Practice event at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on 7th Sept. There will be an array of ‘themed’ Breakout Sessions on topics such as Employability and the Creative Industries. See programme and signup here.

The issues facing rural communities are all too familiar. But as the tide turns in Scotland through a rise in community and social enterprises, what could be behind these changes in the periphery?  See the blog from David Bryan of the Social Enterprise Academy exploring this issue.


TENDERS: Governance Review – Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface, Animation for Young People – NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and NHS Lothian, Energy Efficiency Advice Service – East Lothian Council, Community Allotments Landscape Design & Contract Management – North Lanarkshire Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

NEWSLETTERS: The latest newsletters for the Sports SEN and Dundee SEN members have been released. Both are overflowing with updates, events, funding opportunities and more.

FUNDING: The Aldi Scottish Sport fund is a Scotland-wide community-based sport programme designed to make it easier for kids to take part in sports within their local communities by giving clubs the chance to secure up to £500 of funding.

COMPETITION: Firstport is looking for individuals with an innovative idea that tackles a social or environmental issue in Scotland. There are three £5,000 awards up for grabs, combined with tailored support to refine and develop your idea.

SUPPORT: Scottish EDGE, is offering Scotland’s entrepreneurial businesses the chance to pitch for up to £150,000 in funding and support.

PODCASTS: The excellent series of podcasts on social enterprise continues from Kibble. Latest edition features an interview with Sue John of the Glasgow Women’s Library talking about its 25th Anniversary.  

SURVEY: Could you supply goods or services to the Higher Education and Further Education sector?  Advanced Procurement for Universities & Colleges is working on a development programme for potential suppliers that are interested in doing business either on a national, regional or local level. The survey is open until August 31st.

FUNDING: The Scottish Government’s Community Choices Fund to support participatory budgeting is now open for applications.  Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, £1.5m of the fund is available.

Dates for the Diary

Perth & Kinross SEN, 30th Aug
Dundee SEN, 31st Aug
Fife SEN & AGM, 21st Sep
Perth & Kinross SEN, 27th Sep
Falkirk SEN, 5th Oct
East Lothian SEN, 6th Oct
Borders SEN, 6th Oct
Moray SEN, 13th Oct
Inverclyde SEN, 25th Oct
Perth & Kinross SEN, 25th Oct 

Best wishes,