The SENs: Friday 27th March 2015

The Ready for Business Consortium which delivers the Scottish Gov’s Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers Programme is now entering its third year. Yesterday, Ready for Business partners hosted a Stakeholder Engagement Event in Edinburgh, which attracted around 80 delegates (see list) – mostly public sector procurement and commissioning staff. The event included two impressive presentations on the progress of Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) at Low Moss Prison and at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. These were followed by a ringing endorsement from Cabinet Secretary, Alex Neil – not only on the value and importance of these PSPs but also on the role and contribution our third sector has to make both to the  wider economy and, particularly, in addressing inequalities in our society. Following last week’s heads up – The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015 survey is now open. The survey will capture the size, scale and reach of SE in Scotland. Social Value Lab will be carrying out the work – and, all being well, the full report will be publically available in September 2015. This is an important milestone for SE in Scotland – so would be great if SEN members could take 15/20 mins to complete it – and, if you can, share it with others. Prizes which include an iPad Air are on offer to respondents, see background. It’s been really busy week for local SEN activity – kicking off on Monday at the ABSEN Annual Conference in Inverary. ABSEN is one of the larger SENs with membership now approaching 140. The event focussed on the SE Vision 2025 and how this should be reflected at a local level. Next up Edinburgh – ESEN board held a strategy session this week to look at priorities for the coming year, focussing on representation and marketing. The theme of Dundee SEN’s meeting was health and social care integration with presentations on Self Directed Support and a new portal developed by Dundee Council. Last but not least, the Borders SEN hosted an event on Partnerships, Co-Production and Community Benefits in Procurement. Edinburgh SEN members, Re-union Canal Boats are set to appear on Great Canal Journeys on Channel 4 over Easter. Last August, the presenters joined Re-union Canal Boats on one of their cruises down the Union Canal. You can see how they got on when the show is aired on Easter Sunday. See more. Pilotlight has been in touch as they looking for new organisations to work with.   Similar to the Commonwealth Game Legacy funded Pilotlight programme, which a number of our Sport & Health SEN members participated in, this is a robust 12 month programme with 4 mentors from the corporate sector.  To qualify, you have to be a charity, have at least one member of staff, be financially solvent and be looking to develop – please see more info. Scottish projects to address inequality, tackle discrimination and progress equality will benefit from Scottish Government funding of £20m this year – the announcement was made this week in Glasgow. One of the beneficiaries of the funding is Cultural and Glasgow SEN members, Glasgow Women’s Library which has been awarded £72k for their Lifelong Learning Project – working with women learners and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds around Scotland, see more. Monday 6th April isInternational Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) and Sport SEN members will be taking over Senscot’s social media outlets (Twitter and Facebook). Sport SEN members will be engaging media outlets across Scotland, the UK, and the world in order to draw attention to the SE and Sport sector and promoting their work in communities across Scotland – engaging with thousands of people of all ages. Nelson Mandela once said, “Sport has the power to change the world(see full quote). To join in, see #sport4betterworld – or to contribute, contact Diane or Tavis. See more. Notices TENDERS: Tender for the Provision of an Adult Disability Advice Service – NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Supply and Distribution of Fresh Fruit,Vegetables & Prepared Products – Argyll and Bute Council, Grounds Maintenance Term Contract (Angus Area) – NHS Tayside and Framework for Business Gateway Workshops and Advice Sessions – Argyll and Bute Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterAPPEAL: The One World Shop needs a new home for up to two years, as their current home, St John’s Church, is about to undergo redevelopment of its buildings. It’s also launched an appeal for funds to help it manage the move. If you’d like to help, you can find out more.
FUNDING: With the closure of ‘Investing in Communities’ funding stream in June the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland will later this year launch its new funding programmes.
NEWSLETTER: The latest Edinburgh SEN newsletter has been published with the latest news from the Edinburgh social enterprise sector.

WORKSHOP: Just Enterprise is hosting a FREE ‘An Introduction to Selling’ workshop in Kilmarnock on 28th April. This full day introductory workshop is ideal for those responsible for generating income on a day-to-day basis or those who must now adapt to the “new economy” of less grant dependency.

FIRSTPORT: Scotland’s social enterprise development agency, Firstport, is today celebrating a £200,000 funding boost from Resilient Scotland to continue its social replication programme, Ditto.

FUNDING: Over £12 million from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund will be allocated to 197 projects in disadvantaged communities across Scotland to provide advice, training and voluntary opportunities that fit local needs. Dates for the Diary Sport SEN National, 31st MarchGlasgow SEN, 1st AprilFalkirk SEN, 16th AprilInverclyde SEN, 28th AprilFalkirk SEN, 13th May
Dundee SEN AGM, 28th MayGSEN, 3rd June Best wishes,