The SENs: Friday 28th April 2017

Wednesday evening saw a gathering at the Glad Café in Glasgow to celebrate the ‘incorporation’ of Glasgow SEN (GSEN) as an independent organisation. Supported by CEiS for several years, GSEN is now ‘flying solo’. Over 70 folk heard Betty Elliot (Chair), Will Tyler- Greig (Scottish Govt TSD) and Rachel Smillie (Glad Café) acknowledge the many contributions made in getting GSEN to this point as well as what the future holds for SE support in Glasgow. GSEN has already made a significant mark – attracting over 130 members; building links across the public, private and third sectors in the city; as well as promoting Glasgow social enterprises across a variety of local, national and international markets. Further exciting plans will be announced shortly. We’d like to pass on our congratulations from everyone at Senscot. At Senscot, our ability to effectively communicate the work of SEN members is important to us, and we’re always looking for new ways in which to increase members’ visibility. Accordingly, we have introduced a series of thematic hashtags for Twitter that will help collate relevant tweets, news and media for members. #HealthSEN, #FoodSEN, #CultureSEN, #SportSEN and #EmploySEN can now be used to promote your activities in these thematic areas on Twitter. As the number of tweets with these hashtags builds up, they should become a valuable resource for members, as well as making it easier for our @Senscot account to promote your activities! The 2015 Social Enterprise Census represented a milestone for the sector, providing comprehensive data about the geographical spread, economic impact, structure and performance of SEs across the country. The data also formed the basis of the Scottish Government’s 10-year Social Enterprise Strategy and three-year SE Action Plan. The 2017 SE Census is now live, meaning we will soon have a detailed picture of how the sector is evolving, what growth it is experiencing and what projections can be made for the future. It takes 10 minutes to complete, so please take the time to respond to the 2017 Census here. Senscot will be holding its 17th AGM on Thursday 11th May 2017 (11am-1pm) at EVH’s offices at 137 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EW (5th floor). Each year, we host a discussion session on an issue topical to the SE community in Scotland. This year’s discussion will focus on the new Social Enterprise Action Plan – and will include a series of contributions from speakers offering their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for the sector presented through the Action Plan. If you would like to attend, please see booking form. The event is free – although, due to space, priority will be given to members. The Melting Pot have launched a free initiative to help established third sector organisations increase the impact of their work. The ‘Good Ideas Catalyst’ is a two-day facilitated process where organisations can refine their marketing and communications strategy, review their delivery models and explore ideas for a new product, service or campaign. The programme is geared towards established, Scottish third sector organisations who are looking for opportunities to expand the reach of their work and develop new income streams. Good Ideas Catalyst will run on 4th and 5th September in Edinburgh, with applications open until 18th June. Jewson’s Building Better Communities programme has opened for 2017, with £250,000 of funding available to help improve and transform local communities. The nominations phase is open until 5th May, where community groups can submit their ideas for projects through a 300-word application. Shortlisted projects will then be put to the public vote on social media, with each applicant urged to gather as much local support for their project on Facebook. Find out more and nominate your community’s project here.  Notices TENDERS: External Painter Work Programme 2017/18 – Fife Housing Association; Professional Services for CHArts Place Partnership Project – Argyll and Bute Council; Colzium Visitors Centre Landscaping – North Lanarkshire Council and more.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Marr Area Committee Large Project Grant Scheme is now open for applications. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community organisations for projects which aim to help improve local communities in the Marr area. Application deadline is 29th May. Download the application formFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Resilient Communities Fund from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has £285,000 of available funding for community groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities working in the north of Scotland. Download the guidance and application forms. NEWSLETTER: April’s Social Enterprise Health & Wellbeing newsletter was published on Wednesday, with a new format incorporating learning and knowledge exchange opportunities, strategies and action plan developments, national briefings and events listings. Check it out hereSURVEY: Social Firms Scotland are surveying members on their experience, engagement and wider thoughts on the Fair Start Scotland employability service, please take the time to complete the surveyWORKSHOP: The Glasgow School of Art Institute of Design Innovation are hosting a workshop to inform the design of a toolkit that SEs can use to inform best practice on how to tackle social isolation and loneliness. If you’d like to contribute, sign up for the workshop on 5th May here. VACANCY: Loch Arthur Camphill Community are looking to recruit a manager for their farm shop in Beeswing, Dumfries. See more details and applyVACANCY: Wasps Studios, a charity providing affordable studio space to artists, are taking applications for a project development manager (£28k), an arts enterprise officer (£23k) and a head of projects (£38k). The full-time positions will be based in Glasgow. VACANCY: The Larder Cooking School in Livingston are recruiting training officers to deliver a range of hospitality training courses. TRAINING: SDP Scotland are hosting a series of free online seminars aimed at helping third sector organisations improve their ability to tender for contracts. View details and book your place.  Dates for the Diary Dundee SEN, 15th May
Clackmannanshire SEN, 22nd May
Health SEN, 7th June
Moray SEN, 8th June Best wishes,