The SENs: Friday 29th May 2015

Yesterday, Dundee SEN (DSEN) held its AGM. As one of the country’s most mature  social enterprise networks, DSEN now has over 40 members; employing over 500 people; with a combined turnover of approx. £17m. It has also been involved in a number of local initiatives both with the local authorities and others.  One of their latest ventures will bring together a range of organisations and individuals to explore how SE can play an increasing role in shaping the way that health and social care services are planned and delivered within the city – including integration, SDS and social prescribing. This ‘pilot’ will kick off with an event on 4th June which will be followed with a study visit to Healthy Options in Argyll and Bute as part of  Senscot’s Health and Social Care Transition Project. More next week. If you’re interested in finding out, contact Mary. Senscot, working with Aberdeen SEN and ACVO, are hosting a meeting on 12th June to look at opportunities, potential joint working and issues that impact the respective thematic areas – health, sport culture and community food.  This is an opportunity to connect with other social enterprises and hear what is happening at a national level.  To book, see here. The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015 is now in its final stages. So far, around 1000 SEs have completed the survey – with info’ on another 3000 also being accessed. They are particularly keen to reach smaller social/community enterprises who may be ‘under the radar’ but whom, we would guess, make up a large part of our sector. The final report will be available later in the summer but headline figures will be announced at the up-and-coming SE Summit in Inverness on 10th June. If you have the time, your participation is appreciated.

 Sport SEN (West) met at Newmilns Ski Slope last week. As always, there was a lively exchange of information, news, challenges etc. Talking points included: Newmilns’ newly improved and expanded ski slope which will see them trade 100% sustainably this year; their plans for a ‘party hut’ as well as possible development of a mountainbike track and adventure play park for children; Adventure Centre for Education’s (ACE) focus on succession planning and the benefits received through the Pilotlight process; the issues faced by Antonine Sports Centre when faced by private sector competitors; as well as South Carrick Community Leisure’s challenges in completing construction of a their swimming pool in Girvan with the realisation that that is just the start in terms of running a sustainable community enterprise. There’s still time to sign up for the SE Summit on 10th /11th June at Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. The event celebrates 50 years of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) supporting local businesses and communities in the Highlands & Islands. HIE, along with partners CEIS and Social Enterprise Scotland, will bring together social enterprise, public and commercial sector leaders and practitioners from across three continents to explore rural social enterprise issues, as well as providing opportunities for trading, establishing new business partnerships and accessing support.  See more.
  SCRT 4th monthly e-bulletin came out this week – and includes articles on SIS’ new Community Capital Fund; SCVO’s bank comparisons table; and a call for greater transparency at Big Society Capital. Since the last e-bulletin, SCRT has seen its membership increase significantly (now over 120 third sector orgs) and has also introduced a new associate membership category.
 Notices TENDERS: 2 Year Old Early Learning and Childcare 2015/2016 – Moray Council, Board Good Governance Workshops – Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Future Saltire Development – Scottish Government and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOPS: Social Investment Scotland is offering free workshops across Scotland this summer, for charitable organisations that are considering social investment or curious about social enterprise. FUNDING: Scotland’s Winter Festivals Event Fund 2015 / 2016 is open for events that celebrate St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay, and Burns Night.

EXHIBITION: The Gallery on the Corner announces its next exhibition, a premier with Light Bulb Arts. The exhibition starts with a preview at the Gallery on Tuesday June 9th, 6-8pm. 

 OPPORTUNITY: Fablevision is event managing the Govan Fair this year and is looking for stall holders (especially caterers) to take a stall space at the venue in Elder Park.  The annual event takes place over the 5th, 6th and 7th of June and is going to be bigger and better than ever.

PROGRAMME: The entrepreneurs chosen for innovative accelerator programme LaunchMe 2015 were revealed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney this week. He praised the contribution of social enterprise to the Scottish economy as the entrepreneurs and announced who received a total of £130,000 in funding. EVENTS: The Scottish Borders Health and Social Care partnership has announced a timetable of events to which members of the public are being invited to help shape the future of the Health and Social Care in the Borders. Dates for the Diary
Glasgow SEN, 3rd JuneFalkirk SEN, 8th JuneInverclyde SEN, 9th JuneFalkirk SEN, 7th JulyGlasgow SEN, 5th AugustFalkirk SEN, 6th August Best wishes, Kim