The SENs: Friday 28th July 2017

As Edinburgh limbers up for the Fringe Festival 2017, what better way to get into the swing of things than by celebrating all things social. Edinburgh Social Enterprise’s Social in the Gardens 2017 sees a vibrant convergence of Scotland’s social enterprise scene, with stalls, activities, music, dance, food, drink and even a ceilidh to enjoy. #SitG17 will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of August at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens, with over 260 social enterprises in attendance showcasing the best of Scotland’s social economy. There’ll be plenty stalls selling arts, crafts and jewellery plus a street food and drink market to keep you fed and watered through the day. Free yoga sessions and book readings will be available, with an art exhibition on show, as well as kids’ entertainment. A brief check of the Met Office website even promises a spot of sunshine, so there are nae excuses! Senscot would like to extend its warm thanks to SEN members who have so far contributed to our briefing on loneliness and social isolation. So far we have compiled five case studies, looking at the good work undertaken by No1 Befriending Agency, Lingo Flamingo, CFINE, Roar: Connections for Life and new Health SEN member Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Company. We’ve been given a valuable insight into how SEs who work with social care, language learning, fitness classes, lunch clubs, food provision and community transport can all have a telling impact on the effects of loneliness and isolation, and we look forward to showcasing SEN members’ work in the weeks to come. September’s Social Enterprise Policy & Practice Conference hosted by CEIS will see the Scottish Government unveil the Social Enterprise Census 2017, shining a light on the state of SE across Scotland. Angela Constance is confirmed to speak and the census steering group will be present to initiate and lead a discussion about the issues behind the data, current trends and how the findings should inform national policy. Delegates will can then participate in an interactive session on the research as well as break-out sessions and networking opportunities. Tickets are available at £129 plus VAT for SEs. See here for more information and how to book your placeSupporters Direct Scotland have announced funding to examine the feasibility of a ‘Fans Bank’, to facilitate the transfer of ownership of professional sports clubs into supporter and community hands. The Community Sport Fund will examine supporter involvement in the ownership of clubs, while it will also help non-professional, community-focussed sports clubs develop by offering them lower than average interest rates on funding. The initiative is intended to allow sports clubs increase their community and social value through the development of local facilities. For more information, see full press release. SEN members who take an interest in reducing the carbon footprint of their local community should know that Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) are looking to increase the number of organisations they provide support to. The programme is facilitated by Zero Waste Scotland, with funding supplied by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund. The scheme can help you reduce your energy, water and raw material use, and has so far led to over £42m of savings among Scottish organisations. To find out more, call RES on 0808 808 2268, or visit their website. iMultiply are offering a pro bono service for charities for board and trustee recruitment. Positions will be advertised on the recruitment agency’s website and promoted through their social media channels, free of charge. To find out more, contact Debbie Shields on 0141 648 9150 or 07838999959. See full promotional flyer.  Notices TENDERS: Operation of the Cafeteria within Dollan Aqua Centre, East Kilbride – South Lanarkshire Council, Salary Sacrifice Cycle to Work Scheme – City of Edinburgh Council, Positive Emotional Wellbeing Support Service – Scottish Borders Council. Join Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterNEWSLETTER: Sarah’s Cultural & Creative newsletter is out this week, packed with news of an Employability meeting for SEN members and a look at local cinema and town centre regeneration. Read the newsletter nowNEWSLETTER: This week’s Health & Wellbeing newsletter from Mary includes a look at a feasibility study on social prescribing plus a raft of learning and knowledge exchanges. Read the newsletter nowNEWSLETTER: The Tourism SEN newsletter came out this week, signalling its intention to separate Cultural & Creative issues from Tourism matters by creating two distinct SENs. Read about your latest SE tourism newsFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Glasgow 2018 has launched the Festival 2018 Fund for artists, arts organisations and the wider cultural sector. Applicants are invited to suggest the ideal location for cultural activities across the city. Find out more and how to applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Dream Fund is now open for applications. Charities can apply through our online application form at the link below. The deadline for stage one applications is August 22nd. Apply nowFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for community groups who run arts and sports projects. Grants can cover support for training costs, volunteer expenses, transport, one-off events and more. Applications rolling. Check eligibility and applyCONFERENCE: The DTAS Annual Conference & AGM on the 3rd/4th September at the Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre. Places are filling fast, so please email for an application form if you are interested in attending. AWARDS: The NatWest SE100 Index has opened nominations for its Social Business Awards for 2017. Awards winners receive a professionally produced film about their organisation and a share of cash prizes totalling £5,000. Find out more and nominate your SEVACANCY: Volunteer Scotland are looking for a new chairperson to provide leadership and governance for the organisation going forward. See more details and apply.  Dates for the Diary Moray SEN, 10th August
Dundee SEN, 24th August
Aberdeen SEN, 6th September
SBSEC, 7th September
Best wishes,