The SENs: Friday 29th January 2016

Last month, we mentioned that we were carrying out a review of activity around the thematic SENs. We are just about at the end of this process and will be sharing further information with SEN members in the weeks ahead. The gist of this refreshed approach will see, we hope, each thematic SEN prioritising specific areas of activity. This is, in part, to make best use of the resources at our disposal but also in attempt to provide more effective support and assistance to members of these respective SENs. Some examples include: Health & Social Care Integration; Food Poverty; Sport for Change; and Tourism. In addition, we will be hosting a series (5 or 6) joint thematic events around the country in partnership with local SENs. Further information over the coming weeks. 
Climate Change Minister, Aileen McLeod, has confirmed the Climate Challenge Fund will continue for another year, after it was allocated £10.3 million in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17. This Fund has supported 756 community-led schemes since 2008, including energy efficiency, sustainable travel and local food growing projects, see more. Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS) held an afternoon workshop ‘Audit Scotland: Health and Social Care Integration and the Third Sector’ this week, with several Health SEN members attending. Audit Scotland presented on the recent audit & published report, outlining their initial audit approach and plans for future audits – welcoming questions and input from the third sector on how this could be improved upon, whilst also clarifying their role. Check out the full Audit Scotland Report or VHS’s Briefing Paper for details on the report.  Community Ownership Support Service (COSS), in partnership with East Ayrshire Council, is running an event in Kilmarnock on 17th Feb. The event will give delegates the opportunity to identify best practice in asset transfer; discuss challenges; and explore ways in which these can be overcome. Due to the impending Community Empowerment Act this event will be useful for CPP’s, representatives of local authorities, councillors and organisations supporting community groups looking at asset transfer. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss some of the issues relating to asset transfer and how other agencies and local authorities have dealt or are dealing with them. If this is of interest, you can sign up here Senscot is supporting SVE to deliver a session on social enterprise during STEPs Business Week.  Working with partners, the session will cover opportunities and challenges for social enterprises in Stirling as well as highlighting the work of local social enterprises.  The event will be held on 21st March – 11am-1pm. For further information, email Sarah. Senscot will be holding its 16th AGM on Friday 4th March at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh (10.30 – 1.30pm). Prior to the AGM, we will be hosting a discussion session looking at “the implications – challenges, opportunities and risks – for social enterprise and the third sector in playing an increasing role in public service delivery”. Our keynote speaker on the day will be Barry Knight from Centris – the Centre for Research and Innovation in Social Policy Ltd. Barry has, in the past, worked as an advisor to UK Govts on economic development and the third sector. To book your place – see Booking Form. Latest Cultural and Creative SEN, Health SEN, Sport SEN and Edinburgh SEN newsletters published this week. If you wish to publicise any stories or events please email these to us. To publish vacancies or events on both the Senscot and The SENs websites click the respective links. Notices TENDERS: Community Based Housing Support (Mental Health) – Scottish Borders Council, Youth Project – Scottish Borders Council, Digital Marketing Support – Skills Development Scotland, Framework Agreement for Improvement Associates working on Health and Social Care Integration and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOP: Last few remaining places for the FREE ‘De-mystifying the Web’ workshop from Just Enterprise. Takes place in Kilmarnock on 9th Feb. ROADSHOW: Community Shares Scotland’s is holding a roadshow in Dumfries and Galloway on the 3rd Mar. Attend this free event to learn more about the community shares model and how it can benefit your own community or the communities you support in a work capacity.  APP: Village SOS has launched a mobile App for Apple and Android devices. This tool will help users who are developing a project in their communities. The resource is packed full of case studies, hints, tips and useful tools to use when writing a business plan. HEALTH: A new cycling scheme which aims to tackle Glasgow’s poor heath record is being launched. The ‘Wheel Being’ project being run by Glasgow Bike Station (and funded by NHS South Health Improvement Team) kick starts on Thursday in the south of city before being expanded across the city. SEMINAR:  FREE ‘Taking Food Waste Off the Menu’ seminar from Resource Efficient Scotland / Viridor taking place on 9th Feb in Glasgow for food businesses. FUNDRAISER: The Grassmarket Community Project’s team invite you to attend its 2016 Fundraising Concert on 6th Feb. There will be live bands, DJ set, raffles with the chance to win a FREE Wedding! Dates for the Diary
Edinburgh SEN, 3rd FebGlasgow SEN, 3rd FebMoray SEN, 11th FebInverclyde, 16th FebPerth and Kinross SEN, 23rd FebStirlingshire, 25th FebMoray SEN, 1st MarSouth Ayrshire SEN, 9th Mar Best wishes, Kim