The SENs: Friday 27th September 2013

This week, Senscot and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) hosted the 2nd meeting of SEN / TSI Co-ordinators in Glasgow. Over 30 folk attended – representing approx. 20 TSIs and 7 SENs – from as far apart as Dumfries and Galloway to the Shetland Islands. The theme of the session ‘procurement’ – with Ready for Business colleagues delivering a presentation on the procurement reform agenda and progress being made in the ‘developing markets for third sector providers’ programme, see Senscot presentation. A group discussion on procurement challenges and opportunities at a local level followed – more detail next week. That apart, the event was another example of the increasingly positive interaction between SENs and local Interface staff that will be of benefit to the organisations we try to support.

Bookings for the SE Conference and Ceilidh have now passed the 100 mark. If you are a SEN member and would like to book email

Moray Social Enterprise Strategy was approved last month by their local Community Planning Partnership Board. The Strategy (2013 to 2017) has four strategic objectives identified as key priorities are: Create an environment within which social enterprises are supported and can flourish; Raise awareness of the value of social enterprises to Moray; Increase the strength and capacity of social enterprises to become a strong business model; and Through social enterprise, increase Moray’s economic, environmental and social wellbeing, see strategy and covering report.  The refreshed Edinburgh Social Enterprise Strategy will be launched on the 12th November.

It’s been a long uphill climb for Newmilns Ski & Snowsports Centre in Ayrshire as they fought to bring their dream of newly upgraded ski & snowboarding facility to reality.  Almost 10 years after taking over the running of the facility from the local authority, this £930,000 refurbishment will enable them to offer activities to schools & communities across Ayrshire and the wider West of Scotland. Congratulations are in order. See press release.

Senscot attended the Matrix Champions & Leads Network workshop with Scottish Government last week. Its purpose was to share the learning and experience of using and completing the Engagement Matrixa new tool designed to help improve engagement between health boards and third sector partners. Scottish Govt wrote to boards in May, asking them to complete the Matrix in conjunction with third sector partners, to help demonstrate to Ministers ‘what is working well’ in relation to engagement, dialogue and partnership working. Most boards have now completed this exercise and there were many examples of good partnership working with the NHS and Third Sector. It is yet to be seen, however, any social enterprises who are engaged with the NHS and using the Matrix. For more details, please contact,

Senscot attended the ‘Growing Community Projects Along The Food Chain – Making The Links’ in Glasgow yesterday. The event was organised by Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) in conjunction with Keep Scotland Beautiful (which manages the Climate Challenge Fund), Nourish Scotland and the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO Scotland). The event focussed on how communities can be involved in all parts of local food networks from growing and selling, to eating and composting.  Senscot and Keep Scotland Beautiful will be looking to jointly host some Community Food & Social Enterprise events in the coming months.


TENDERS: Print Services for the Tayside Procurement Consortium and Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone – Office Development. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

TRAINING: The next round of Just Enterprise Leading Growth leadership programmes start in October, with the last few places still available. The leadership programmes are designed to support individuals lead the growth of their organisation, their team and themselves.

THEATRE: Inspired by the experiences of carers, Couldn’t Care Less from Strange Theatre is a dark, surreal, funny and moving story of two women whose lives are disappearing. Touring Touring Scotland from 11th October – 2nd November 2013  and  livestreaming FREE worldwide online on 8th October, 8pm GMT.

VOTE: The Whiteinch Centre has been shortlisted for the Bank of Scotland Community Fund and need your votes. Voting closes on 1st Nov.

CELBRATION: Grassmarket Community Project would like to invite all of its friends and supporters to join us for the first annual celebration event. Prof. Lesley McAra will share members’ stories and the impact that the project has had on their lives.

VACANCIES: Instant Neighbour in Aberdeen are seeking three new members of staff. Roles are Social Enterprise Development Manager, Office Manager and Warehouse and Sales Supervisor.

Case Study: Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Dates for the Diary

Moray SEN, 2nd October

GSEN, 2nd October

Aberdeen City and Shire Trade 2 Trade Fair, 8th October

Edinburgh SEN, 28th October

Aberdeen SEN, 30th October

Sport SEN West, 30th October

Fife SEN AGM, 13th November

Moray SEN, 4th December

Best wishes,