The SENs: Friday 30th January 2015

Senscot joined a delegation – along with Social Firms Scotland, Scottish Govt and the Social Enterprise Academy – in Brussels this week to participate in the closing conference of the EU Social Entrepreneurship Network (EU SEN). Over 2 years – 98 people from 14 member states have participated. 18 ‘Good Practices’ case studies – 2 from Scotland – have been presented in 5 cluster peer reviews, with the EU SEN’s final Report published this week. The Report – titled: ‘Policy meets practice – enabling the growth of social enterprises’ –  focuses on a) detailed recommendation on how EU funds can best support SE and b) examples of good practice that can be replicated across member states. It identifies 15 key recommendations for policy makers across the member states. See the 15 recommendations and full report. Last week, Creative Scotland announced the launch of TTS.Digital, a £450k fund to develop young peoples’ digital creativity and experimentation. TTS.Digital is a strand of Time to Shine, Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy. The strategy sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through the arts and culture. See more.  Pauline Hinchion (SCRT) is out visiting SENs – Edinburgh SEN (today); Glasgow SEN (4th Feb); and West Lothian SEN (11th Feb) – giving the lowdown on SCRT’s activities and objectives. As part of this, Pauline is hoping to build the membership of SCRT as one of its primary aims is to be an organisation that is run ‘by and for the sector’. Membership is FREE. You can sign up here. If you would like Pauline to come along and meet with your SEN, email Pauline. News this week of further support for social entrepreneurs and their enterprises. The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Lloyds Bank are coming together to offer Start-up (£4k) and Scale-Up (£15K) programmes that will also include learning support and business mentorship. Taster sessions in Scotland will take place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Stirling. Applications open on Monday 2nd Feb. See details here. The Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund has helped a good number of Sport SEN members access funding – designed to support their sustainability and capacity to deliver sport and physical activity in communities across Scotland. It’s good to hear that a final round of funding from this Fund has become available this week (26 January 2015). Over £200,000 remains available for third sector organisations looking to develop facilities for use by their local communities.  The fund was created with investment from the Scottish Government and The Robertson Trust, and is delivered by these organisations in partnership with Social Investment Scotland, sportscotland and Senscot. See more.
The latest edition of the Health SEN newsletter is now available – covering Health and Social Integration; Scottish Govt’s ’20:20 Vision’; and the latest round of case studies. See here to view.  Notices TENDERS: Management & Self Evaluation Service of the SG Self-directed Support (SDS) Capacity Building Fund, Employability and Skills Pipeline Procurement Framework – North Ayrshire Council, 7 Golden Rules for Participation – a short film commission – Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOPS: There are two days of free workshops at ‘Edible Cities Edinburgh: A Food-based Approach to Knowledge Exchange’. These workshops culminate in the opening of Urbane, an interdisciplinary exhibition, will envision a new future for Scottish food and sustainability.

TRAINING: On 2nd Feb in Edinburgh there is free training for businesses that will consider sustainable sources and impacts of consumer demand for tourism, local food and help your business create a competitive advantage by managing and reducing your carbon emission. Following the training there will an additional event with a panel of experts. MEETING: Glenbarr Abbey is having an Open Day for members of the public and interested parties tomorrow in the Victorian Tea Room at the Abbey. OPPORTUNITY: There is a superb business opportunity for Individual/Social Enterprise to utilise Kitchen and cafe space within well-established community facility in the East End of Glasgow. The space includes, spacious fully equipped modern kitchen, serving area, storeroom and a large seating area. Dates for the Diary Glasgow SEN, 4th FebruarySport SEN North, Inverness, 5th FebruaryWest Lothian SEN, 11th FebruaryInverclyde SEN, 17th FebruaryFalkirk SEN, 17th FebruaryFalkirk SEN, 17th MarchSport SEN National, 31st MarchGlasgow SEN, 1st AprilFalkirk SEN, 16th April Best wishes,