The SENs: Friday 2nd May 2014

The UK’s largest trade union, Unite, has appealed to third sector organisations across the UK not to take part in the UK Govt’s  new ‘Help to Work’ Programme – describing the work placement element of the scheme as ‘forced unpaid labour’. SCVO’s Martin Sime has echoed these views: “Approaches like this are demeaning, counterproductive and undermine genuine volunteering. There are so many better ways to help unemployed people. We need to see more initiatives like Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) which has already created more than 4,550 paid jobs for young unemployed people in charities and third sector organisations across Scotland”. The CJS initiative is currently closed but expected to open again shortly with a further 1400 job opportunities for young people. Senscot is signing up for the Keep Volunteering Voluntary petition. Sign up here. Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Edinburgh SEN members, Re-union Canal Boats, Out of the Blue and Sikh Sanjog – who are respectively celebrating their 10th, 20th and 25th birthdays. Re-union and Sikh Sanjog held their celebrations on the 25th April, and Out of the Blue will be celebrating with a festival starting on the 27th April. More Happy Birthdays – this time to the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA), which is also celebrating its 10th birthday this year.  On the 4th June, SEA will be hosting the 2014 Social Enterprise in Education Awards as well as its 10th Birthday Celebration. More next week.Sport SEN member, Street Soccer, has teamed up with PWC to bring a new football festival showcase to George Square, Glasgow on the 16th May.  The Square will have a custom-built stand and, on the day, children, socially disadvantaged adults and young people, as well as the local business community, will battle it out to become champions, see more. Yesterday Sarah attended Creative Scotland Insight and Museum Galleries Scotland (MGS) Ideas Café which focussed on The Festival of Museums an annual three day celebration (16th- 18th May) of museums and galleries throughout Scotland.  Museums can link into advice, resources, workshops and funding through Museums Galleries Scotland, receive a free listing and be part of the advertising campaign.  CCSEN member Abbott House talked about their event ‘Fife Craft Revolution’ in partnership with Fife Folk Museum. For more information on Festival of Museums contact MGS  and for more information on CCSEN contact Next week is the 4th Social Enterprise Trade Fair in Fife. Organisers, BRAG Enterprises Ltd, will welcome attendees and exhibitors to “Opportunities to Grow” – a dynamic, busy and productive environment. The event will give folk an opportunity to access like-minded social enterprise organisations; collaborate and forge new partnerships with public, private and third sector organisations; and get the chance to vote for Fife’s SE of the Year. See details. News this week that Firstport is expanding its Ditto service in Edinburgh and Fife. Launched in 2013, Ditto has already helped over a dozen individuals to set up new social enterprises across Scotland, reducing set up times and avoiding common mistakes. Already, these social enterprises have created local jobs, volunteering places and encouraged people to use and develop local assets. See more.  Notices TENDERS: Maryhill Public Art: atrium/entranceways – NHSGCC, Wind Feasibility PQQ – Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust, Eriboll Harbour & Shore Facility Market Research & Business Case – Durness Development Group Limited and Aids for Daily Living – North Lanarkshire Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING: Details of social enterprise funding and support opportunities from Santander, UnLtd and Deutsche Bank. UPDATE: The Social Enterprise Academy has recently published its April newsletter  interesting articles, details of courses and more. SUPPORT: SCDC is offering its expanded package of community capacity building support, Supporting Communities, to even more community organisations. PROGRAMME: Community Food Initiatives can apply for up to £1,000 to support them to evaluate and report on the impact of their work. MARKET: Edinburgh Markets welcomes trams by re-naming themselves ‘The Tram Stop Market’.  Dates for the Diary

Fife SE Trade Fair, 7th MayGlasgow SEN and CCSEN Meeting, 9th MayInverclyde SEN, 14th MaySport SEN West, 15th MayDundee SEN AGM, 28th MayFalkirk SEN, 30th MayStirlingshire SEN, 2nd JuneGlasgow SEN and Moray SEN, 4th JuneFife SEN, 11th June Best wishes,