The SENs: Friday 26th May 2017

As part of our work on a Feasibility Study into the Italian Consortia Model and the lessons we can learn from it, Senscot spent a couple of days visiting Milan – seeing how things work first-hand. The visit was about learning how social co-operatives – through working together – have grown over the last thirty years and are now the major deliverer of social care services in cities like Milan and Bologna. Their Consortia Model was established in 1988 and has benefitted, in particular, from two specific pieces of legislation: Strategic commissioning of services by local authorities – as opposed to putting out tenders; and the introduction of enforceable quotas for the employment of the disadvantaged or disabled people. Over the coming weeks – as part of our Study – Community Enterprise will be delving deeper into this topic with SEN members themselves.

It is Senscot’s intention to submit a written view – one which represents the views of our SEN members – to the Scottish Government’s Health and Sport Committee as part of the Committee’s Sport for Everyone Inquiry. Phase one of the inquiry found that factors such as caring commitments, a lack of facilities and prohibitive costs have impacted participation in sports at a grassroots level. Phase two will investigate ways in which community-based approaches can remove these barriers and increase the level of participation in sport and physical activity. Take a look at the Call for Views for the time being – Senscot will be in touch next week to gather our members’ views and submit a unified response. Round two of the Scottish Government’s Social Innovation Fund is now open for applications. The £29m fund was set up to help develop a fresh approach to tackling poverty and inequality through growing the social economy. The grants typically allow SEs and other organisations in the social economy to work in collaboration with research institutions to test and scale up new ideas. Stage one (funding of £30,000 to £50,000) and stage two (funding of £100,000 to £150,000) are both open for applications – the closing date for submissions is Friday 21st July at 5pm. Find out more and apply here. Our Cultural Coordinator Sarah recently attended a Regional Screen Scotland meeting which discussed the impact local cinema and screen provision can have on town centre regeneration and community development. To coincide with both Creative Scotland’s development of a Film Strategy and the Scottish Government’s consultation for a Scottish Cultural Strategy, the Cultural and Creative SEN has arranged a meeting which will focus on issues surrounding cinema and town centre regeneration, with the possibility of arranging a community learning exchange visit. Contact if you are interested, and take a look at this piece by Regional Screen Scotland’s Robert Livingston as a starting point for discussion. Perth and Kinross SEN are hosting their first Social Enterprise Marketplace next month, where SEs can connect, exchange and trade with a variety of local partners. The event offers a valuable opportunity for SEs in the area to promote their activities, develop opportunities to share resources and meet local SEs face-to face to establish meaningful connections. Among confirmed attendees are The Workshop Aberfeldy, Birks Cinema and Rosie’s Garden. Entry to the marketplace is free, with the event scheduled to take place on Tuesday 20th June at the Perth Subud Centre. Full details can be found on the event flyer. SSE has reopened two of its funding programmes for a second round of applications, with a total of £440,000 available for ‘transformative’ community projects. Both the Perthshire (£240k in total) and the Scottish Borders (£200k) Sustainable Development Funds will provide funding for projects which can deliver transformational social, economic and environmental change in their local area. Key priority themes for projects which wish to apply are: creating opportunities for education and employment; building resilience and protecting vulnerable residents; and stimulating meaningful community regeneration. The deadline is 10th August. Fund guidelines and application forms can be downloaded from the SSE websiteNotices TENDERS: Interpretive Interactives for HES – Historic Environment Scotland; Accommodation Based Housing Support Services – North Lanarkshire Council; Keys to Employment – Scottish Borders Council and more.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterEVENT: The Scottish Government is hosting a pop-up event with a large range of workshops, conversations and networking opportunities to discuss issues surrounding community empowerment legislation, co-production and participatory budgeting. Monday 26th June. Find out more and sign upFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The M&S Community Energy Fund is open for applications again, with £300,000 to support renewable energy projects across the UK. The deadline for applications is 23rd June. Apply online nowFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The next deadline for Firstport’s Build It awards has been set for Monday 10th July. Up to £20,000 is available to cover the cost of an emerging social entrepreneur’s salary for an entire year. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Wessex Youth Trust’s ongoing grant scheme is open again for projects which deliver opportunities for children and young people up to the age of 21. The next deadline is 1st November. Find out more about eligibility criteriaFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Marr Area Committee’s large project grant scheme is in its final week of applications. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects which aim to improve local communities in Marr. Apply hereCENSUS: So far almost 1000 SEs across Scotland have responded to the Social Enterprise Census 2017. There are now only three weeks left to response, please take 10 minutes to respond if you haven’t already. VACANCY: Dundee SEN are looking to appoint a new full time Project Co-Ordinator to develop the network and create new partnerships. Salary £28,700. Deadline for applications 6th June. Visit the DSEN vacancies page to applyVACANCY: Pinkston Watersports are looking to recruit a general manager for their community paddlessports centre in Glasgow. £35,000 – £35,000. See full job description and apply.  Dates for the Diary
Inverclyde SEN, 30th May
Moray SEN, 8th June
SBSEC, 8th June
Perth & Kinross SEN, 20th June
Dundee SEN AGM, 22nd June Best wishes,