The SENs: Friday 27th February 2015

Since 2011, the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme has helped create nearly 5,500 jobs across our third sector. This week, at ‘The Gathering’, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that the Scottish Government is to invest an additional £6m that could lead to the creation of a further 1,000 jobs for young unemployed people over the coming year. As well as the opportunities that have been created for young people in Scotland, the CJS Programme has also been of significant benefit to a great many SEN members – who will welcome this latest announcement. The programme, itself, is managed by SCVO, see more. For further info’ on the new round of jobs, keep an eye on Community Jobs Scotland. Today is the closing date for applications for our Health/Community Food SEN Co-ordinator post. This post, funded through Scottish Govt, will seek to provide ongoing support to both the Health and Community Food SENs and Roundtables.  As Danielle heads off to focus on her own social enterprise she has produced her final Health SEN Farewell newsletter, see here Other newsletters published this week include Edinburgh SEN and Cultural SEN. The Sport SEN continues to grow and meetings are now held regionally – for practical reasons. However, SEN members have agreed that they still wanted to come together as a national group once a year. This annual gathering will take place on Tuesday 31st March in Perth – and will provide an opportunity to network with sports social enterprises from across Scotland and engage in some useful chat. Hot topics – Sport for Development; connecting with the Corporate Sector; changes in health service delivery; group sessions with some of our top sports social entrepreneurs; sub-group discussions – incl. swimming pools, outdoor activities, sport centres etc; speed networking and lunch too! For more info and to book, see here SFS are currently recruiting a web developer through the SCVO ‘Business Growth Graduate Internship’ programme. The post stands at 6 weeks, and is focussed on the design and build of SFS’s new website. Please feel free to share the details of this post with any graduate web developers you know, or ask them to contact Pete with any queries. Applications for the post are made through the job centre and further details can be found here, by entering the ‘Social Firms’ in the search box. Social Investment Scotland launched the Asda Community Capital last month – the deadline for the first Expression of Interest is Monday 2nd March. Key features of the fund include: It has a one year interest free period; it is for loans between £10k and £50k; no repayments in the first year; no security is taken or needed. See more information. Just Enterprise are running a full day workshop in Inverclyde on “Market Research: A Beginners Guide” on Wednesday 11th March, 2015 – still a few places left. The workshop is aimed at individuals in social enterprises who are non-research practitioners but who may need to undertake basic market research within their role. This could be in relation to business planning and management, funding applications or assessing the demand for new products and services – book here   This week, CEiS highlight two dates for the diary – CEiS International Study Tour: 27th June – 6th July – including the SE World Forum, being hosted by ACRA-CCS in Milan.  Also, now in its 9th year, the CEIS Annual Conference will be taking place on 2nd September, see more.
  Notices TENDERS: New Furniture – Cumbrae House; Skate Park, Inverkeithing – Fife Council; Invitation to tender for an EIA of the Annual Girvan Folk Festival; sportscotland – National Centre Inverclyde – a fully inclusive Facility; Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter SUPPORT FOR VOLUNTEERS: Over £1.1 million will be invested to train and recruit 3,000 volunteers from disadvantaged backgrounds Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has announced. Speaking ahead of the annual third sector conference The Gathering, Mr Neil outlined the Volunteering Support Fund will support new and existing volunteers at 110 projects in Scotland. HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE in Scotland: Through a mix of lectures, case studies and Q&A sessions, this event will look at how healthcare and social care are becoming increasingly interlinked as reforms progress.  Held on Thursday 19th March in Edinburgh. BIG IMPACT Event: Following on ‘The Big Questions’ event hosted by Social Enterprise NI two years ago – where are we now? Find out on 12th March in Crumlin Road, Gaol. SEMINAR Springburn March 3rd: Glasgow Local Food Network by Nourish Scotland and ng Homes. The purpose of the seminar is to talk about food issues within the area and what people would like to see. To learn about the wider food systems and what others community food initiatives are currently doing. EVENT: Improving Physical Health Outcomes of those with Severe and Enduring Mental Health problems – Learning Exchange by NHS Health Scotland, Wednesday 4th March, 10am in Glasgow. Dates for the DiaryEast Lothian SEN, 6th MarchFalkirk SEN, 17th MarchDundee SEN, 24th MarchGlasgow SEN, 1st AprilFalkirk SEN, 16th AprilInverclyde SEN, 28th AprilFalkirk SEN, 13th May Best wishes, Kimkim@senscot.net