The SENs: Friday 27th June 2014

Senscot has been working with the Thematic SENs on issues related to Tourism.  As part of this work, we have developed a short survey to help to identify social enterprises that are delivering, or considering delivering tourism activities, and the types of activities which are being delivered. The information gathered will help us identify the type of support required going forward, and provide evidence in discussions with our strategic partners.  If this is an area that your social enterprise is involved in, or is keen to develop, we’d be delighted to get your input. The survey is only 10 questions and will only take a few minutes. For more information on the survey or on SE links with Tourism in general, contact Sarah. One of the most fertile areas for the growth of social enterprise is in sport. Senscot’s SE and Sport Co-ordinator, Diane Cameron, has been working with countless organisations across the country – as well as a number of strategic partners – to help community sport organisations reach out to more people and, at the same time, increase their sustainability. This week, Diane has been down to Wales to share her experiences of sport and social enterprise in Scotland – highlighting examples of good practice; and giving tips on how more organisations in Wales could become sustainable community sports providers. See more. Senscot has secured 25 discounted passes for SEN members at £50+VAT for the CEiS Annual Conference, 3rd September in Glasgow. If you would like to take advantage of the discounted rate, please contact Kim at info@se-networks.net. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. See more. OSCR is issuing a survey about public sector income to around 5,000 selected charities. (This is a repeat of their 2011 profiling of Scottish Charities). It will include a short Scottish Govt module aimed at gathering information on commissioning and procurement – and is intended to provide an indication of the Third Sector’s involvement in the design of public services, and evidence of its success in bidding for public service contracts. If you’re not covered by the OSCR survey, it would be a big help if you could take a few moments to respond to the Govt’s questions on commissioning and procurement. Deadline is Friday 4 July. See more. Congratulations to DGSEN member, Barbara Radcliffe who has been awarded an OBE in the Birthday Honours list for her work in founding the Care Training Consortium and her service to the local community.  Barbara has also been instrumental in the development of DGSEN and is a real champion for social enterprise in Dumfries and Galloway. The Care Training Consortium delivers a wide range of skills training courses to organisations in the Health and Social Care sector, as well as to other businesses across Dumfries and Galloway, see websiteDate for the diary – this year’s Senscot’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh will be taking place on Thursday, 13th November at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld. The theme this year will be ‘Reflect and Celebrate’ as the conference is now in its 10th year. Full programme will be available end of July/early August.  Notices TENDERS: Community Enterprise Park Business Case – Sustaining Dunbar, Care and Repair Handyperson Service – North Lanarkshire Council, Construction of an Outdoor Learning Centre – Bhaltos Community Trust and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterSTREET FOOD: The Tram Stop Market in Edinburgh will be hosting a special Street Food extravaganza on 3rd July, with seven different hot food vendors to choose from. TELEVISION: The Glasgow Bike Station and the Glasgow bike hire scheme was featured on The Riverside Show on STV this week. Watch it online from 53:20 mins. NEWSLETTER: The latest newsletter from Dundee SEN is now available. FRANCHISING: A Fife community bakery is set to support aspiring social entrepreneurs in Scotland by sharing the secrets of its business success. VENUES: Venues are invited to take part in the TMSA Homecoming 2014 Traditional Music and Song Sessions programme. Dates for the Diary Falkirk SEN, 30th JuneHealth SEN, 2nd JulyFalkirk SEN, 29th JulyMoray SEN, 6th AugustGlasgow SEN, 6th AugustInverclyde SEN, 13th AugustFalkirk SEN, 27th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd September  Best wishes, Kimkim@senscot.net