The SENs: Friday 26th June 2015

This week we welcomed our newest member of staff – Alan Johnston. Alan has taken up the role of Partnership and Procurement Support Officer. This follows a ‘pilot’ period over the last 12 months that was delivered by Joan Riddell. This is a joint initiative between Senscot and Social Firms Scotland working with Senscot and Social Firms Scotland. Alan will be providing a dedicated programme – providing practical support to social enterprises in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender opportunities, including facilitating social enterprise partnerships and consortia development. Alan brings with him a wealth of experience in procurement and partnership working. You can contact Alan at   Today, Senscot – in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, DTA Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance – is hosting an EU Funding Masterclass – with contributions from Scottish Govt and our own ‘master’, Les Huckfield. The masterclass is designed as an information session on the new round of EU Funding that will be on stream later in this financial year. The idea was always to host a series of such events around the country – over 60 folk signed up for today’s session – and we’re pleased to announce that the next ‘masterclass’ will be taking place in Aberdeen on Friday, 31st July at Home Comforts, 9 East Terrace, Union Sq, Aberdeen (10.30 -1pm). Hosted by Aberdeen SEN, the event is open to social/community enterprises and third sector organisations from across the North East. To book your place, see here. There has been significant interest in the development of an Employability SEN.  Social Firm Scotland and Senscot will host the inaugural meeting of the Employability SEN in Glasgow on 5th August at 10:30am. There are a number emerging issues in relation to employability currently, including the new EU Structural Funds and further devolved powers around welfare and the Work Programme.   It’s vital that there is a strong collective voice and focal point specific to social firms/enterprises. If you’re interested in attending the meeting or would like more information email Jayne Chappell. Save the date! Before everyone starts heading off for the summer break we hope that you’ll save the date for this year’s Annual Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh. We’re returning for the third year to The Westerwood Hotel near Cumbernauld on Thursday 12th November. We’ll be working up the programme for the day over the coming months and further information will be available after the holidays. Following on from Dundee SEN’s successful event last month, that brought together a range of organisations and individuals to explore how social enterprise can play an increasing role in the important changes that are shaping the way that health and social care services are planned and delivered within Dundee, the team and a group of participants headed to Oban for a study visit to Healthy Options.  See more. Sport SEN member Broxburn United Sports Club is leading the way in encouraging the over 50’s in their community to be more active.  As well as a thriving walking football group it now delivers a range of activities via their Alive & Kicking programme from walking sessions and sporting memories groups to invigor8 multi sports sessions and very popular armchair exercise classes for those in sheltered housing including their oldest participant, a lady who is 100 years young.  Notices TENDERS: Social Justice Public Engagement Events Management – Scottish Government, New Skatepark at Strathmiglo Play Park – Fife Council, Provision of First Aid and Medical Provisions at Events – Glasgow Life and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterAWARDS: Scotland’s Social Enterprise Awards 2015 are open for applications – the annual awards programme managed by Social Enterprise Scotland recognises innovation and success in Scotland’s vibrant social enterprise community. NEW VENTURE: Forth Valley Enterprise CIC has launched a new ‘Homeshare’ programme. Homeshare is about bringing people in the community together to exchange their resources – where householders provide accommodation and the ‘Homesharers’ provide their time and skills. MEETING: Social enterprises in Perth come together next week for the inaugural meeting of the Perth and Kinross social enterprise development group.  Hosted by PKVAS the meeting discuss the possibility of a new SEN emerging – Sarah will be attending to give an overview of the SENs across Scotland.  Contact Sarah for more information. TECH: Google has now extended its non-profit programme to registered Scottish Charities. Once an organisation is approved, charities can get free access to Google Apps to cut IT costs and operate more efficiently and also up to approx. £6,500 a month in advertising credit on Google AdWords. TRAINING: The ‘Art of Participatory Leadership’ intensive residential training course will develop your skills and expertise in using a range of participatory processes and practices.  Dates for the Diary Falkirk SEN, 7th JulyGlasgow SEN, 5th AugustFalkirk SEN, 6th AugustMoray SEN, 13th AugustFalkirk SEN, 3rd SeptemberTSI Moray, Social Enterprise Awards 25th September Best wishes,