The SENs: Friday 27th November 2015

The SE Vision document, we hope, will help inform Scottish Govt on the direction of travel for our SE community over the years ahead as they plan a refreshed Govt Third Sector Strategy to be published in spring 2016. The document, firstly circulated earlier this year, continues to get refined – in view of the findings of the recent SE Census as well as a result of further consultations and feedback. The most recent example of this has been through a couple of sessions at this month’s SE Conference and Ceilidh which saw further feedback being received. In addition to this, Social Enterprise Scotland, in preparation for next year’s elections, is putting together a Social Enterprise Manifesto and are inviting SEs to fill in its short survey (just 10 questions) – For the Good of Everyone. Sport SEN members are on their travels as part of a series of study visits around Scotland and further afield.  So far, 34 people – a mix of board members, staff and volunteers – from 19 organisations have visited Broxburn United Sports Club, Spartans Community Football Academy and Atlantis Leisure and they are now taking the learnings back to their own communities.  The programme continues in December with opportunities to visit Factory Skatepark on 4th December and Jesmond Swimming Pool in Newcastle on 7th December.  Anyone interested should contact Diane. Senscot attended the most recent Knowledge Exchange Forum organised by CommonHealth.    With input from Dundee SEN, its Social Health Farago was inspiring from start to end. Brilliant cameo presentations from Tayberry Enterprises, The Home Straight, Motorvate Therapies, Diaosu & Aberdeen Foyer, followed by Breakout Farago to explore the links between social enterprise and well-being in communities and how to evidence the contribution social enterprise makes. The final session was a ‘market place’ with follow up chats with the cameo presenters and the commonhealth researchers. This was a lively session that facilitated real knowledge exchange – so eyes open for the next one! Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber CIC (SBSEC) recently celebrated its 10th birthday and at the recent Borders Supported Employment Network Diversity Awards 2015, Margaret Simpson and the SBSEC were presented with a special award for all the work that has been achieved on this agenda – celebrating all the young people that have been helped into work with the support of the SBSEC and its members. More SBSEC news here. On Tuesday, Senscot attended Social Firms Scotland’s 15th Birthday ‘Bash’ at Oran Mor in Glasgow. Attendees heard from SFS members Deliver Next Day Personally; Freedom Unlimited; SCARF and Workforce Creation. The event also heard from Cabinet Secretary Alex Neill who lauded the important work of SFS in championing those who often find it most difficult to secure worthwhile employment. The statistics are pretty stark: 14% of people with learning difficulties in employment; 79% of people with long-term mental ill-health are unemployed; and only 27% of offenders move into employment on leaving prison. See SFS’ full report – Supporting Businesses to Transform Lives. Senscot attended and ran a workshop at the Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action Conference this week.  Focusing on local organisations and the difference the third sector makes in Aberdeenshire, the Conference brought together a range of public sector and third sector organisations as well as local volunteers.  Senscot, alongside Cornfields, delivered a workshop on social enterprise that included a discussion around the SE Vision.  Notices FUNDING: BIG Lottery (Scotland) launched its new round of funding – £250m over next five years – at an event at Health SEN members, Healthy’n’Happy, yesterday. CONFERENCE: A half day conference in Dunfermline on 5th Dec will consist of a number of short workshops and presentations aimed at ‘skilling up’ local groups on how to engage effectively with MSPs and the Parliament. TENDERS: Counselling & Therapy Framework – Aberdeenshire Council, Quality of Life in Later Years – Voices of Older People in Scotland Research Project, Care at Home – East Renfrewshire Council, Employability Fund for 2016-17 – Skills Development Scotland and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterPODCAST: The Kibble Podcast Network attended the recent SE Conference and Ceilidh and caught up with Daniel Rous from Tayport Community Development Trust.
VIDEOS: If you were not able to make it along the Social Enterprise Chat Show that took place at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh all the video are now available online. FUNDRAISER: Theatre Nemo is hosting a fundraiser on 2nd Dec that will include a fun auction, fashion show, artwork, comedy, music and much more. FUNDING: The Community Food Fund has been created to help promote local food and drink over the next two years, from the formation of food networks to helping, deliver specific training, from establishing new farmers’ markets to boosting the food and drink offering at events.
LAUNCH: Organised by the Glasgow Food Policy Partnership, the event will include the launch of a Food Charter for Glasgow, speaker and key manifestos around critical food related issues. RECYCLING: Alloa Community Enterprises (Ace) has been awarded a contract worth £500,000 to step up household collection services and improve resource management for North Lanarkshire Council. Dates for the Diary
Perthshire SEN, 30th NovFalkirk SEN, 1st DecGlasgow SEN, 4th DecMoray SEN Drop-in Session, 7th Dec           Inverclyde SEN, 8th DecFife SEN AGM, 8th Dec
Moray SEN Xmas Party, 10th DecEdinburgh SEN AGM, 10th Dec Best wishes, Kimkim@senscot.net