The SENs: Friday 29th September 2017

This week we publish the second in our series of Senscot Briefings – ‘Sport for Change: Running a Sustainable Facility for Sport and Physical Activity’. Sport for Change reflects a growing recognition of the potential of sport and physical activity to make a significant contribution to people and communities in a far wider context than just sport itself – in areas such as social inclusion, health & wellbeing, community cohesion and education & learning. The Briefing also promotes the work of Sport SEN members in this field. The Sport for Change Briefings follow last month’s ‘Loneliness and Social IsolationBriefing. Over the coming months, we will be publishing further Briefings highlighting key issues and the work of SEN members in area such as Dementia; Community Tourism; Social Prescribing; Cinema & Regeneration; and Diet & Obesity.

 Senscot and P4P visited Aberdeenshire this week for a local SE networking meeting, hosted by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action.  Discussions focussed on the role of social enterprise in dementia, social prescribing, tackling obesity and community tourism – issues to be tackled in our future briefings. Aberdeenshire Council attended to give information about their new SE fund, to be launched within the next couple of weeks. £200,000 over the next two years to go towards the development and support of social enterprise in Aberdeenshire. Sarah was in Dundee this week to meet with social enterprises and the local authority in order to explore opportunities around the city’s bid to be European Capital of Culture 2023.  Those cities that are heading on to the second stage of the competition hope to hear before Christmas.  If you’d like to be involved in developing the programme for social enterprise in the second phase, get in touch with DSEN. Hot on the tails of the Social Enterprise Census 2017, GSEN are launching their third report exploring the scale and substance of social enterprises in Glasgow. The event will see a keynote speech from Cllr Rhiannon Spear, who is leading the development and delivery of a Social Enterprise Strategy for Glasgow alongside City Council Leader Susan Aitken. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and local social enterprises, with a networking lunch to follow. 24th October, Glasgow Women’s Library, 10am to 12.30pm. Places will be limited, so register here if you are interested in attending. Yesterday, P4P hosted the first ever Social Enterprise Zone at the Meet the Buyer 2017 event at Hampden Park. Just under 2000 delegates were in attendance for the exhibition, which saw range of speakers and workshops designed to promote and engender closer relationships with the public sector, as well as a raft of networking opportunities. This was a great platform for buyers to understand the benefit of working with social enterprise, and will hopefully have planted the seed of future collaboration for many SEs in Scotland. See an introduction to P4P for more information. Our SE Conference this year at the Westerwood Hotel (7th/8th Dec) is now open for bookings. The event – “Collaborating towards a Sharing Economy” – is being run in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Community Enterprise with the support of the Scottish Community Alliance. The Draft Programme is in place – with speaker and workshop info following over the coming weeks. The overnight rate – including dinner, bed and breakfast in £70 for SEN members and other social enterprises – £100 for intermediaries/support agencies/public sector etc. Day rates only also available. See Booking Form.  Notices TENDERS: Enterprise Web Search Engine – University of the Highlands and Islands, Getting Ready for Work 16-19 – Renfrewshire Council, Escorting Services for Children and Young People – Scottish Government. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterEVENT: CFINE’s Appetite for Change initiative will be held next month, where participants attempt to survive on £10 for five days to raise awareness and money to help tackle food poverty. Registration is £10 and all funds will go directly towards CFINE’s efforts to improve the circumstances of local vulnerable and disadvantaged people. See event poster and fill in the registration formPROGRAMME: Last chance to sign up to Melting Pot’s ‘Good Ideas Academy’, encompassing two intense weekend camps to explore and develop an idea for a non-profit organisation. Find out more and apply here. Deadline midnight 1st October. NEWSLETTER: This month’s Health SEN Newsletter is packed with learning and exchange opportunities, members news plus all the latest funding and tenders. Read it hereNEWSLETTER: Social Firms Scotland’s latest Employability Newsletter is out this week, with news of their AGM and a seminar exploring how SEs can deliver more person-centred outcomes for people with significant barriers to work. Read it hereREPORT: Firstport have compiled a report looking back at their first 10 years’ hard work, having invested in over 800 social entrepreneurs since starting up. Read it hereFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Community Capacity & Resilience Fund is now accepting phase three applications. The fund looks to support projects and activities that support community-based organisations across Scotland mitigate the effects of welfare reform. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Aviva Community Fund is still up and running for applications. Projects which benefit communities can apply for grants of between £1000 and £25,000. Find out more and apply.  Dates for the Diary TSI Moray Social Enterprise Impact Awards, 6th OctoberMoray SEN, 12th OctoberAberdeen SEN, 18th OctoberSBSEC, 26th October  Best wishes,