The SENs: Friday 29th July 2016

This week’s Third Force News highlights concerns being raised by Unison that many of the Scotland’s third sector care providers are facing a ‘perfect storm’ – of increased demand for services and reducing income/funding levels. Deborah Dyer, voluntary sector organiser at Unison Scotland, suggests that ‘smarter working’ is required – that could include mergers or the curbing of senior management salaries – to ensure that frontline services are maintained. In these difficult times, it is also worth looking at alternative approaches from both here and abroad. Last week’s bulletin mentioned that already a number of social care charities across the UK are looking to pilot the Buurtzorg model. Another example worth considering is the Italian social co-operative model where – in Emilia Romagna – over 80% of social services are provided via local, self-organising social co-ops. Closer to home, the Care and Wellbeing Co-op in Perthshire also provides an alternative model. Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian (West Lothian Third Sector Interface) and WLSEN are taking a new approach to delivering the social enterprise function of the TSI. Both parties have signed an Agreement that sees WLSEN recognised as the lead body for social enterprise support within West Lothian and contracts WLSEN to deliver outcomes for social enterprises as agreed in the TSI Workplan, whilst retaining its independence. This model could also be explored in other areas where SENs are looking to engage, see moreLet’s Eat Glasgow is taking place at Glasgow and Creative SEN member, SWG3, on 3rd and 4th September. Let’s Eat Glasgow is run by a group of eight restaurants which have formed a not for profit co-operative aimed at challenging Glasgow’s traditional reputation for food – while at the same time using their skills, passion for good food and ability to raise funds to help those suffering from food poverty or poverty of awareness. Scottish Islands Federation has been in touch. The Federation is a network of island community organisations that aims to share ideas and innovations between the islands as well as give a voice to some of the common challenges that are felt on the islands. They are looking to gather views from island communities on their main challenges and opportunities. If you’re based on one of the islands, you can fill the survey in here  – and you can also view the Facebook page here. OSCR has published useful guidance which outlines the position under Scottish charity law for social enterprises thinking about becoming a charity and is based on their experience of applications from organisations who class themselves as social enterprises. It is also relevant for existing charities thinking of setting up a social enterprise trading arm. Communities Channel Scotland is hosting Social Impact Pledge, a Scottish Government initiative aimed at increasing the social impact of public sector organisations across Scotland. The Social Impact Pledge asks public sector organisations across Scotland to commit to increasing their social impact by making a public commitment to changing three aspects of their current operations or policies. This should be three things that they are not doing currently and haven’t done before. See more here.   Notices TENDERS: Garden Assistance Scheme 2017-2020 – North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Grounds Maintenance Framework, Challenge Fund Grant Opportunity – Childcare, Intranet & Website Solution – Maryhill Housing Association and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING STRATEGY: The Robertson Trust have published their ‘Giving Strategy’ the purpose of the document is to summarise the overall aims of the Trust’s new Giving Strategy covering the period from 2016 to 2019. WORKSHOPS: Third Sector Lab LTD has created a 10% discount code for SENSCOT members on upcoming courses with spaces remaining – SENSCOT10. They can either use the code online or if they email Ross McCulloch direct he’ll apply the discount, book and invoice.  See the list of courses still available here TENDERING OPPORTUNITY: NHS GGC will be tendering Community Cooking services in the near future. The service will be to encourage heathy eating and home cooking skills and the health board are keen for third sector providers to be involved. See more info and flyer here FUNDING: Applications to the £2 million Children, Young People and Families and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Project Fund (CYFEIF and ALEC Fund) are now open.  The Scottish Government has made project funding available to the third sector to support preventative work with children, young people and families. INFORMATION: See the PowerPoint presentation and accompanying notes for the Glasgow ESF Poverty & Social Inclusion Operation Info Session which Senscot attended last Friday. SUPPORT: SIS has laucnhed a new programme of support for Boards across Scotland who want to understand more about the potential for social investment within their organisations.  FREE WORKSHOP: Introduction to IT Security for Small Businesses by Viridor.  Free Capacity Building Workshops for Glasgow SME’s & Social Enterprises, Glasgow 18th August 10 – 12.  See more  Dates for the Diary Glasgow SEN, 4th AugFalkirk SEN, 5th AugMoray SEN, 11th AugBorders SEN, 18th AugPerth & Kinross SEN, 30th AugFife SEN, 7th Sep Best wishes,