The SENs: Friday 2nd June 2017

The Partnership and Procurement Hub will be building momentum over the coming months as we build up the staff team. The P&P Hub will be supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations looking to form partnerships and consortia – either for working together or with a view to bidding for public sector contracts. With two staff in place – Yvonne McBride (Hub Manager) and George McConnachie (Hub Co-ordinator) – we are now looking to complete our team by recurring two further members of staff. These will include another Hub Co-ordinator as well as a Hub Support Officer. Closing date for applications is Friday 23rd June 2017 – with interviews during week beginning 3rd July. For more information on either of the jobs, please contact

Applications have opened for the 2017/18 Community Learning Exchange (CLE) programme, run by Scottish Community Alliance. The CLE brings SEs and communities together to learn from each other’s business models and best practice, offering a way to share solutions to common problems. Senscot have been a key promoter of the exchanges, and have so far levered in over £25,000 to help SEN members access the CLE, supporting 22 individual applications. If any of our members are interested in taking part in an exchange they should contact me at, as applications are ongoing. Our Health SEN coordinator Mary was invited this week to speak at the launch of Diesis’ research findings in Brussels – How Social Enterprises Contribute to Sustainable Food Systems in Europe. Mary’s speech explored how Scotland’s social enterprises are empowering local communities through community food, focussing on their commitment to environmental, health and social impact.  As well as having the opportunity to promote Scotland’s SE sector, Mary heard about some fantastic developments taking place across Europe. Check out these case studies: Graefewirtschaft, HopHop Food, Maramao, Permafungi, Terre Joniche. More case studies will be shared as they come available. Congratulations to Julie Samuels who has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of DSEN, starting 10th July 2017. Julie comes with a strong background in social enterprise having been the Chief Executive of The Ecology Centre in Fife. We look forward to working with Julie in her new role. Meanwhile, Susan Smith will continue to provide support for the Tay City Deal and some specific projects on a contracted basis. The DSEN board have thanked Susan for the great work she has done over the last five years growing the organisation in terms of size and influence and we all wish her every success going forward. We would also like to wish Susan all the best for the future and know that we’ll continue to work with her on the projects mentioned above. Some of you may know that ‘participation requests’ came into effect on the 1st April of this year as part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act. In short, the act allows for community bodies to request to be a part of a public service’s ‘outcome improvement process’. Due to the novelty of the legislation and a general lack of awareness, the initial uptake of requests has been slow. The Scottish Community Development Centre are looking for feedback on the progress of participation requests so far, even if you’ve never heard of them before. Contact Colette McLure on or answer a five-minute survey. Glasgow SEN member Delivered Next Day Personally CIC have launched their digital branch, DNDP Digital. Aiming to harnesses the talent of housebound disabled people to bridge the digital skills gap in Scotland, their new service will work in three key areas: web design, content writing and digital marketing. Their business model aims to be flexible, enabling disabled people to work when they can while always keeping their personal care and health to the forefront. To mark the launch of their new digital services, DNPD are giving away one free website every month, complete with original content and a search engine optimisation strategy. Get in touch with DNPD to find out more.  Notices TENDERS: Keys to Employment – Scottish Borders Council; Positive Emotional Wellbeing Support Service – Scottish Borders Council; Community Justice Peer Support and Mentoring Service – The City of Edinburgh Council and more.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: SIS’ ASDA Community Capital has launched a scheme for organisations that are exploring social investment for the first time. Applications for this round will also be supported in the development of a social impact plan. Deadline 16th June. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Essentia Foundation are offering grants of up to £10,000 for SEs or projects which support young people, promote sexual and mental health, work with education or provide services for older people. Deadline 27th June. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Voluntary and Third Sector organisations in West Lothian are now available to apply for a share of £200,000 to purchase equipment, develop services or use as match funding for grants from external organisations. Download application form and visit the website for more detailsFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: CALA Group is running bursary schemes across East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow and Lanarkshire to help local charities and community groups. Visit their website to find out moreFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Persimmon Healthy Communities are giving away 30 monthly donations of £750 each to purchase sports kits and equipment for teams and individuals aged 21 and under. There is also a national prize of up to £200,000 up for grabs. Find out moreEVENT: Creative Dundee and Scottish Enterprise are hosting MIX IN – Cultural Tourism, an event to develop collaborations around cultural tourism across the Dundee and Angus region. The event takes place on Thursday 15th June, 6-9pm at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath. CONFERENCE: Pamis and University of Dundee are holding a conference: Promoting Inclusion, Transforming Lives. The conference aims to bring together those who use services and spaces with organisations who design and support inclusion. 14th to 16th June. Sign up hereAWARDS: Nominations are open for the Highland Third Sector Awards 2017. If you want to nominate someone or an organisation for an award, visit the Highlands TSI website.  Dates for the Diary
Moray SEN, 8th June
SBSEC, 8th June 
GSEN, 15th June
Perth & Kinross SEN, 20th June
Dundee SEN AGM, 22nd JuneBest wishes,