The SENs: Friday 29th April 2016

In July, the Homeless World Cup (HWC) will be taking place in George Square in Glasgow (10th-16th). Senscot is delighted to be working in partnership with HWC, to host a series of workshops showcasing sport social enterprises and other community-based sports organisations. The workshops will focus on the contribution they make to local communities – not just in the area of sport but also on their wider social impact they bring. This programme will run alongside a series of seminars hosted by HWC – both being held in Glasgow City Chambers – during the week of the tournament.  The series of workshops will include contributions from a number of Sport SEN members and other key stakeholders. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Mary (our Health SEN Co-ordinator) attended yesterday’s Scottish Community Alliance Members’ meeting in Edinburgh. Agenda items included the ‘Vision for a Stronger Community Sector’ – with a discussion that included Yvonne Strachan (Head of Third Sector Division at Scottish Govt). It was acknowledged that much of the content in the Community Vision document resonates with where Scottish Govt wishes to go with community empowerment. Yvonne also encouraged further linkage with the SE community and exploring the common ground that exists with the Community Vision and the SE Vision 2025 document with which Senscot has been involved. Hopefully, more news on this over the coming weeks.

Great to see Diane Cameron settling into her new role at Ardroy Outdoor Centre – the Centre provides adventure and educational weeks and long weekends for children mainly from the primary six and seven age group. Activities include climbing, abseiling, canoeing and gorge-walking, with a skilled and experienced team of outdoor instructors. There was an article in The National this week and also a radio feature last week.

The next Social Health Farago! takes place on 6th May in Inverness. This Knowledge Exchange Forum is part of a series of events that contribute to the CommonHealth research programme. The programme is run by the Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health at Glasgow Caley – and is looking at developing methods for evidencing SE as a community health initiative.

The Cultural and Creative SEN now has over 100 members from across Scotland operating in a wide range of industries.  From music to theatre to museums to the arts, the members deliver a variety of social impacts.  These Snapshots briefly outline the work of 6 members: Absolute Classics, Glasgow CAN, MacRobert Arts Centre, The Makers Gallery and Bistro, The Scottish Maritime Museum, and Tribe Porty.

Good luck to Health SEN member, Healthy’n’Happy, who have been shortlisted for a UK-wide award. The charity is in the running to pick up the ‘embracing opportunity and harnessing risk’ gong at the 2016 Charity Governance Awards. Executive director, Brendan Rooney, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted and considered in these national UK awards. “It is recognition for all the hard work and endeavours of local residents who have led from the front and always gone the extra mile to grow and develop a local organisation that responds to local needs”. If they win, Healthy‘n’Happy could also pick up a £5,000 unrestricted grant. See more.



TENDERS: Provision of Respite Care for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Provision of Services for Glasgow’s ESF Employability Pipeline and Youth Employment Initiative, Evaluator required for heritage project, Circular Economy Support Framework – Zero Waste Scotland and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

NEWSLETTERS: The latest dedicated newsletters for the Health and Sport SENs were published this week.

AWARDS: Congratulations to Sports SEN member Spartans Community Football Academy and for being nominated as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 regional finalists.

FUNDING: CashBack for Communities is the Scottish Government’s vehicle for reinvesting the proceeds of crime back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people. There are three distinct funding strands; Facilities, Youth Work and Open Arts.

VISIT: The Workshop Aberfeldy social enterprise has ‘flown solo’ from Project Northern Lights after a successful first 18 months in business. Deputy First Minister John Swinney officially launched the new charity last week.

WORKSHOP: Health SEN member MHScot Workplace Wellbeing CIC, will be facilitating a workshop on Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace on 3rd May at 1pm.This workshop will look at both the mental and physiological symptoms from stress and poor mental health that can make work a constant struggle

SUPPORT: Anthony Gerrard and Joseph Meade have developed a simple 4-step process to help overcome barriers to getting your project started…and funded!

PETITION: The Govan Fair Association is moving forward with a positive mission to make the Govan Fair one of the most exciting community-led events in Scotland. Support the Fair by signing the petition.


Dates for the Diary

South Ayrshire SEN, 11th May
Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th May
Glasgow SEN, 1st Jun
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Jun
Fife SEN, 8th Jun
Moray SEN, 9th Jun
Perth & Kinross SEN, 28th Jun

Best wishes,