The SENs: Friday 27th January 2017

Senscot, in partnership with the Scottish Community Alliance, is hosting a Masterclass on Participatory Budgeting (PB) – ‘Opportunities for social enterprises’. The masterclass will be delivered by Jez Hall of PB Partners and Shared Future CIC and take places on Wednesday 15th March at the Trades Hall in Glasgow. The event will be of interest to those considering PB for the first time, or looking to extend their existing knowledge – and will provide an overview of PB with the aim of: Increasing participants’ knowledge, including experiences in Scotland to date; consideration of ‘participatory small grants’ and ‘mainstream’ models of PB; and identifying opportunities for growing the SE sector through PB. Places available for around 30 participants. For more info and to book see here.

Supported by the Community Learning Exchange Programme, Senscot is organising a study visit to Centrestage Music Theatre CIC  to learn about their distinct approach to dignified food provision. The recent What Works Scotland’s research report outlines how they use food and the arts to engage people, help to improve their life chances and (re)build communities.  Get in touch with  Mary if you’d like to join the visit.

Sarah (Cultural SEN Co-ordinator) attended the Scottish Govt Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism EU stakeholder roundtable this week. Hearing from Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, and Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations, the session focussed on the priorities for the culture, creative and tourism sectors in relation to Scotland’s relationship with the EU and the key characteristics of a differentiated approach to Brexit – Scotland’s Place in Europe.  There was consensus on the main concerns – which included: effects on collaboration with member states; development of new legislation – with focus on unskilled labour as well as skilled; and the need to be cohesive as a sector.

Glasgow SEN member, Community Central Halls, hosted a Burns Supper lunch on Monday to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Really impressive stats from their 40 years’ service include: employed over 2,100 people; supported nearly 2,400 into employment or training through work experience etc; delivered over 181,000 hours of environmental hours work; generated over £31.9m into the local economy, secured £9.9m of Council funding and £4.9m from other sources; generated income of over £17m; supported over 3,400 parents with childcare. Well done and here’s to the next 40 years!

The Health and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry looking at participation in sport in Scotland. The remit for this work is: to consider the degree of progress made in recent years around access to, and participation in, sport in Scotland; to make recommendations in ensuring that the Commonwealth Games "Active Legacy" aims of increasing access to and participation in sport continue over the medium to long term. Further details of the inquiry here. The survey can be accessed here and closes 7th February.

Angus Greenshields of Dundee SEN attended the Social Enterprise World Forum last year that was held in Hong Kong and Myanmar. He has published an extensive blog on the visit – learning how Asian countries address social and environmental problems through social enterprise. Read the blog here and see also the latest newsletter.


TENDERS: Community Cooking Activities – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Provision of Local Bus Services in Stirling Area – Stirling Council, Tender for Climate Challenge Fund Evaluation & Final Report – Auchenback Active, Social security systems based on dignity and respect – Equality and Human Rights Commission and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: A reminder that the Social Economy Growth Fund and the Social Innovation Challenge Fund are open for applications. Both being managed by SG Third Sector Unit and they are closing for applications on the 17th Feb.

EXCHANGE: The Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace takes place on Tuesday 21st March at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. This new event from Social Enterprise Scotland hopes to attract a wide range of SEs from across the country – plus a unique programme of speakers.

GRANT: Highlands and Islands Enterprise is to provide a £90,000 grant to help Uist Wool make its transition towards becoming a social enterprise.

FURNITURE: A ground-breaking reuse consortium has been created in Scotland to deliver quality, affordable furniture to people in need. The CRNS Reuse Consortium comprises 17 accredited furniture reuse members with CRNS operating as the lead organisation. The consortium is able to support 24 local authority areas in providing 34 key household items through the Reuse Lot on the Scotland Excel Domestic Furniture and Furnishings Framework.

CONTRACTS: Senscot is currently working in collaboration with South Lanarkshire Council, Ready for Business, VASLAN and the Supplier Development Programme to hold an awareness raising event on 16thFebruary to demonstrate the added value that social enterprises can bring to public sector contract delivery.

NEWSLETTERS: The latest newsletters from both the Health and Sports SENs have been published. Both have updates, funding sources, events and more.

DEBATE: The recently published Social Enterprise Strategy will be debated in Parliament on 8th February between 1440 to 1700. Information on requesting tickets can be found on the Scottish Parliament website.

Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN, 1st Feb
Edinburgh SEN, 7th Feb
Moray SEN, 9th Feb
Scottish Borders SEC, 9th Feb
Clacks SEN, 20th Feb 

Best wishes,