The SENs: Friday 28th February 2014

Sport SEN members will be able to benefit from a new £1 million fund to help communities own and run their sport facilities. The fund – a joint initiative between the Robertson Trust and Scottish Govt as part of the Commonwealth Games Legacy programme – will support the sustainability and capacity of SEs delivering sport and physical activity in communities across Scotland. The programme will be launched at our up and coming SE and Sport Conference – “SE & Sport – Inspiring our Leaders” – on18th March 2014 at the Emirates arena (Chris Hoy Velodrome) in Glasgow. There are still around 20 places available. To book your place, see

 ESEN brought cultural and community food social enterprises together this week to discuss a festival in Edinburgh later this year.  With backing from partners and the inclusion of as many of Edinburgh’s social enterprises as possible, this event could be very exciting.  If you are a social enterprise based in Edinburgh and would like to get involved, contact The new Falkirk and District SEN met again this week and invited Falkirk Council along to discuss the development of a Falkirk Social Enterprise Strategy. The Council is conducting a mapping of social enterprise in the area and is keen to involve as many SEs as possible in the process of developing the strategy.  The SEN is keen for any social enterprises in Falkirk to join. If you are interested, contact Social Enterprise Scotland is working with local partners in Lanarkshire to deliver a seminar linked to local social enterprise framework priorities. This event intends to demonstrate how at a local level, Local Authorities, Third Sector Interfaces and Enterprise agencies are coming together with other community partners to create a better environment for social enterprise to do business and recognise the importance of the sector to the local economy. See programme and booking information. GSEN member, Bad Idea CIC, is a social enterprise which redefines the way young people are inspired into enterprise and entrepreneurial activities. Next week, they have 100 secondary school pupils joining them to turn their creative ideas into reality. They have been shortlisted in the RBS Inspiring Enterprise. You can VOTE NOW to help bring the programme to young people right across Scotland. This week, Carnegie launched a Prize for Design and Wellbeing: Opportunity for Community led projects to win £3,500. The Prize will celebrate the vital role that local communities can play in improving public spaces in towns and brings together the Trust’s core interests in the public realm, towns and community leadership. See more details here. Interested in learning more about the human-centred design process? is proud to announce Human-Centred Design for Social Innovation, a five-week course that we’ve created in conjunction with Acumen. This free course will get you started using the human-centred design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change in your community. Book here. Notices TENDERS: Supply of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables – Fife Council, Lesmahagow Renewable Scheme – Lesmahagow Development Trust, North Ayrshire Council – Third Sector Procurement Register, Treatment of Recyclable & Residual Waste – Scotland Excel. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterCONSULTANY: Scottish Government wants to identify short, sharp projects (up to 10 person days) where statistical or analytical skills could make a difference to your organisation – at no cost to you.  FUNDRAISING: On 31st March, Glasgow Bike Station is hosting a fundraising event. There will be bands, food, drinks and a raffle with a bicycle to be won. NEWSLETTER: The latest newsletter from Glasgow SEN is now available. PROGRAMMES: Street Soccer Scotland has a range of FREE upcoming programmes for people 16+ to engage and motivate them. AWARDS: Applications are now open for SCVO’s Scottish Charity Awards 2014. GRANTS: Through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme, funding up to £10,000 is available for projects that combat disadvantage and improve children and young people’s lives. The next deadline for applications to the programme is the 1st April 2014. WORKSHOP: On 19th and 20th March in Tomintoul’s community-owned Smugglers Hostel, Hostel Hub will deliver this bespoke workshop which focuses on the benefits of community-owned hostels and provides a blueprint of how to start up and run hostel accommodation. Case Study:  Changing Local Food Economies – Community Food Case Studies  Dates for the Diary Stirlingshire SEN, 12th MarchDundee SEN, 19th MarchABSEN Conference, 24th / 25th MarchFalkirk SEN, 26th MarchGlasgow SEN, 2nd AprilFife SEN, 8th AprilStirlingshire SEN, 25th AprilSport SEN North, 1st May Best wishes,