The SENs: Friday 28th November 2014

Over the last couple of months a consultation process has been on going with regard to producing a SE Strategy for Scotland. This process began at the CEiS event in September and culminated at the recent SE Conference and Ceilidh Conference earlier this month. To date, over 400 people have contributed their thoughts and opinions on what should be our vision for SE in Scotland over the coming years. An initial draft Strategy document will be available early in the new year. Some of the themes that have been emerging are very much about building on what has been achieved over the last 10 years and include: building on existing markets – public/private sector and general public; building capacity and capability – through investment, business support etc; building on potential – via schools; universities; encouraging engagement of young people; and building the ‘movement’ – better evidence, influence and co-operation. If you have any bold/radical proposals to help SE in Scotland, there’s still time to contribute. If so, email them to Jonathan Coburn. Here are some pointers.

Congratulations to the Scottish Winners at the UK SE Awards in London on Wednesday – Kilsyth Community Market Garden t/a Kelvin Valley Honey won the Environmental SE award; and Firstport & Icecream Architecture picked up the Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award. See more on the awards.

The Scottish Government is inviting funding proposals for projects which will help to develop and improve SDS provider services and the SDS workforce over the next three years. Dr Maureen Bruce, Deputy Director, Care, Support and Rights Division, has written the following letter: SDS Innovation Fund Covering Letter Scottish Government inviting provider organisations to apply for the funding which will support innovation and workforce for SDS. The closing date for applications will be 9th January 2015. See more information or contact Dani.

On Monday this week, Senscot attended an information session on State Aid – hosted by the Scottish Government. Recent developments due to State Aid Modernisation have brought about updates to key pieces of legislation. The workshop covered issues particularly relevant to social enterprise and the third sector. Whilst State Aid can be a bit of a grey area, the session was informative. See presentation slides and the Commission’s recent communication on the notion of State Aid.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has launched a new website bringing together information from over 800 different funders. Funding Scotland will be continually updated, and aims to increase the funder’s database over time. See, TFN item, or go direct to the website or find some tips on how to use it successfully.

The Third Sector is recognised as a key player in delivering employability services, with a distinctive role where much of its effort is focused on supporting more disadvantaged individuals. Whilst the sector’s role is not in doubt, there is uncertainly with regards to the scale of current investment flowing through the Third Sector across Scotland. This research seeks to update the data available to help inform the future workplan of the Third Sector Employability Forum. The research study provides a useful snapshot of the contribution of the Third Sector to Employability in the financial year 2013/2014. See more.


TENDERS: Youth Counselling in Schools West Dunbartonshire – Aberdeenshire Council, One to One Day Service for Older People – Non Centre Based – City Of Edinburgh Council and Citizens and Money Advice Services 2015 – Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

WORKSHOP: The People Powered Health programme is providing a free practical workshop on asset mapping within communities. The ‘Powerful Connections’ workshop takes place on 9th Dec, Perth.

REPORT: Social Investment Scotland’s annual Social Impact Report reveals that Scotland’s third sector is thriving – and paints an optimistic picture for the sector in 2015.

DITTO: A leading childcare provider based in the Capital is set to share the secrets of its business success with aspiring entrepreneurs. North Edinburgh Childcare was invited by Firstport to become a champion for its replication programme ‘Ditto’.

FINANCES: Through a two day workshop on 4th and 5th Dec, SSE Scotland is giving the unique opportunity for you to learn how to understand your organisation’s finances, what best practice is for reporting practices and how to reduce your organisation’s financial risks.

FUNDING: Round Four of the Self Management IMPACT Fund is now open for applications, deadline for submissions is 19th December. Grants are available to support the development or strengthening of new ideas as well as existing approaches to self management.

CHAT SHOW: Following the success of last year’s inaugural Social Entrepreneur’s Chat Show, The Melting Pot was once again happy to give the stage to three of Scotland’s top social entrepreneurs for a night of social banter.

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 2nd December
Moray SEN, 3rd December
Glasgow SEN, 5th December
GSEN Trade Fair, 10th December
ESEN AGM, 10th December
Fife SEN AGM, 10th December

Best wishes,