The SENs: Friday 26th February 2016

Last chance to complete this short 4 question survey to help inform the future direction of the Employability SEN. One of the main reasons for establishing the SEN was to provide a strong collective voice in the employability arena, specific for social enterprise as well as taking a more pro-active approach to influencing policy both locally and nationally. Given how important this role is, we’d appreciate if social enterprises working in employability – either involved with the SEN as well as those who would like to be involved – could complete the survey. We’re looking to hold a meeting in the next month and are just finalising speaker and venue details, more info next week. If you’re not engaged in the Employability SEN but would like to be, contact Jayne at SFS or Kim at Senscot. Mel Young, who among many things is a supporter of the Sport SEN and Chair of the Social Enterprise and Sport Roundtable, was announced yesterday as the incoming Chair of Sportscotland.  We’d like to congratulate him and looking forward to working with him in his new role.  Senscot Legal is coming to the end of its fifth year of operation – providing a range of legal services to social enterprises and third sector organisations. During this time, over 600 organisations have made use of their services – with over 20% being repeat business. This week, their refreshed website went live – see . If Senscot Legal could be of help to your organisation, contact Senscot attended the CPG on Tourism this week which focussed on the Tourism Skills Investment Plan (SIP) that is currently under review, and the key skills issues the sector faces.  A recent state of the sector report stated that 196,600 people are employed in tourism in Scotland with 30% under 25 years old.  The newly revised SIP document will continue to focus on quality, encouraging young people into the sector and ensuring delivery of appropriate and high quality training.  The draft document is due over the next month- we’ll keep you posted. Champions in Scotland, a successful programme connecting sports stars with young people is now available to Sport SEN members and other community organisations across Scotland – their new online resource enable groups to find an inspiring role model in only 4 clicks.  Congratulations to Health SEN member Talking Mats and to Patient Opinion on their award of £100,000 by the Life Changes Trust to develop a new online service which will help more people with dementia communicate their thoughts and opinions. The service will be specifically designed to allow people living with dementia, and who have communication difficulties, to share their experiences of health and social care and communicate their thoughts and opinions about the quality of care they are receiving.  See news release. Located in central Edinburgh, ESEN member, The Melting Pot – pioneers of the co-working movement – refurbished their premises last year. They have great value options for individuals and teams of all sizes and from all sectors. Whether you just need a business address, a drop-in office for a day, or a place to work full or part time, on your own or in teams – it can cover it all. Co-working prices have dropped by 20%. Look at the offers hereHealth SEN and Edinburgh SEN have published newsletters this week.  Notices TENDERS: Recycling and Waste – Edinburgh Leisure, Business Plan Brief – Govanhill Baths Community Trust, Construction of a new Adult Learning Disability Centre – North Ayrshire Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDERS: CVS Falkirk and Falkirk Council announced a FREE Funders Fayre event on 8th Mar. This year, 20 exhibitors will be hosting information stalls, including the Big Lottery, Robertson Trust, LEADER, and Tesco Greenspace, amongst others. EVENT: Reminder that the early bird rate for tickets to the CEIS ‘Social Enterprise Policy & Practice Conference 2016’ ends on 29th Feb. Each year this social enterprise event highlights the advances and significant learning points of the past year. TRAINING: Just Enterprise has many training events taking place next month including ones on Negotiation, Writing for the Web, Social Impact Measurement. The majority of the courses are free and they are tailored specifically for a third sector / social enterprise audience. INCUBATOR: The WHALE-Pod is a friendly and informal business incubator space within the WHALE Arts Centre. Those involved get business development support from Community Enterprise as well as accommodation and mentoring from WHALE Arts. SALE: The Glasgow Bike Station Jumble Sale takes place on 12th Mar. Glasgow cycle enthusiasts, bike shops and long term bike hoarders will get a chance to display, sell and swap their wares, and discuss the finer details of cycle componentry in a Bicycle Jumble Sale. Entry is free, and stalls are £10/table. CLASSES: The Larder Cook School’s upcoming cooking classes are available for bookings.  Classes include; Beginners Cooking Course, Mary’s Meals Charity Fundraiser, Turkish Demo and Dine, Indian Tapas Demo and Dine.   Dates for the DiaryMoray SEN, 1st MarFife SEN, 9th MarSouth Ayrshire SEN, 9th MarWest Lothian SEN, 9th MarPerth and Kinross SEN, 23rd MarGlasgow SEN, 6th AprMoray SEN, 14th Apr Best wishes,