The SENs: Friday 28th October 2016

Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) hosted their two-day Annual Conference for Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) this week – with a full house. Having gone through an evaluation process this year (due to be published in the new year), the event focussed on the future – and how Interfaces – working with others – can better serve their respective communities. Senscot led a workshop on the SE Strategy and how it could affect the work of the Interfaces. Differing views were expressed but it was clear that an opportunity now exists to ensure a more coherent approach at a local level.

Spaces are filling fast for our “Keep it local; Strength in numbers” event at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh on Wed 23rd Nov. Senscot is hosting the event in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, Community Enterprise, the Scottish Community Alliance – and sponsored by RBS. The theme for the day will explore how – through greater collaboration – the contribution of SEs in local communities can be strengthened. Break-out sessions now confirmed, see more. As with our previous events, the day will end on a social note – with a drinks reception and dinner, see booking form. Dundee SE Conference 2016 took place yesterday with an impressive line-up of speakers and exhibitors, including Glasgow Women’s Library, the Yunus Centre, Social Bite and the V&A Dundee. The vibe was positive and forward thinking throughout with plenty of networking opportunities. Of particular interest was the presentation from Matthew Jackson of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies which focused on the potential for public sector procurement to have a positive impact on social issues.  See latest news from Dundee SEN. As part of the Argyll Enterprise Week there will be a series of social enterprise events taking place on Wed 2nd and Thu 3rd Nov in Oban. Amongst other activities there will be a film festival, workshops, an informal learning exchange and much more. We will be attending and contributing to the networking session that gives folks the opportunity to hear about the range and diversity of activity being delivered across Argyll and Bute and to allow you to share your own experiences, as a way of providing a platform for peer support. Also, really looking forward to the Dragons’ Den – for full information and to book, see here. Skills Development Scotland met with Social Firms Scotland following the response to the Apprenticeship Levy consultation to look at how social enterprises might become more involved in the Modern Apprenticeships Programme.  We’ve more of an understanding of the constraints and SDS are now more aware of the level of interest from our sector, barriers faced & support needed. We’re keen to involve members in a more in-depth, informal discussion with SDS. Email Jayne if interested in being involved. We are currently in the middle of the ‘awards season’ with various SEs and others in the mix for awards from the Aviva Community Fund; RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund; and, of course, the SES Awards. Best of luck to all competitors – you’ll recognise some familiar names. Still on SES, they have recently commissioned Community Enterprise to carry out a survey a membership review to a) to build membership; and b) to see what folk expect from a ‘national body’. There are three short surveys for current members; lapsed members; and for those who have never been members. Notices TENDERS: Partners Sought for Dundee Employability Pipeline – Wise Group, National Third Sector Funding (Highlands & Islands only) – SDS, ESF Programme – Big Lottery Fund Scotland, ESF Employability Projects ll – Midlothian Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterCONSORTIUM: SFS, GSEN & Senscot have been approached by a Glasgow based social enterprise in forming a consortium to deliver employability contracts.  If you deliver employability services in Glasgow and are interested in finding out more, contact JayneEVENTS: Scottish Government has issued a Notice on Public Contracts Scotland inviting organisations to register their interest in attending supplier briefing events for Employability Support Services in Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh in Nov / Dec. of the formal advertising and competitive tendering process which is expected to be in early 2017. GATHERING: The Ferret’s Autumn Gathering & AGM is a chance for its supporters to meet up, find out more about The Ferret, and help it to improve the way it works. The Autumn Gathering will be split into two parts, an ‘unconference’ and AGM. NEWSLETTER: Latest Health & Wellbeing newsletter has been published with events, funding, updates and more for the SEN members. FUNDING: Second round of the Community Capacity & Resilience Fund announced, with a further £330k available for innovative and creative projects seeking to mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative approach. Closing 31st Oct. LEARNING: The Social Enterprise Academy has a series of upcoming fully funded or heavily subsidised learning programmes in the North of Scotland. MORAY: Future dates and opportunities to join Moray SEN at national networking events, trading and awareness raising opportunities, fun workshops and an extra special festive MSEN peer learning visit! Dates for the Diary
Borders SEN, 17th NovPerth & Kinross SEN, 22th NovFalkirk SEN, 2nd DecFife SEN, 7th DecMoray SEN, 8th Dec Best wishes,