The SENs: Friday 30th June 2017

This week, Senscot submitted a written response to the Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sports Committee on behalf of its 150 Sport SEN members. The Sport for Everyone inquiry, headed by Neil Findlay, hopes to understand the barriers to participation in sport, and how to overcome these at both a local and national level. Our response highlighted examples from SEN members who engage with communities to increase participation in a manner that is both inclusive and delivers social value – Spartans Community Football Club’s ‘alternative school’ for young people at risk of leaving education is just one of several excellent SEN member initiatives we highlighted. Key themes of our response included the importance of local ownership and the need for community clubs to be consulted during the planning of new facilities, so as not to divert vital revenue from existing facilities. See our full response. Sticking with sports – huge congratulations to Moray SEN member Moray Sports Centre is in order, after their planning application for a new £12m sports centre was given the green light. Funded by local charity Moray Sports Foundation, the 12-acre sports centre will provide excellent facilities for a whole range of activities including gymnastics, tennis and basketball. The sports centre will become the central community hub of the new South Elgin Village development, which will incorporate over 2500 homes and two new schools. CEO Kathryn Evans spoke of her delight at the news, adding: “It’s been great to get out into the community and engage with people. There is such a positive buzz for the opportunities the sports centre will bring. People are eager to learn what’s going to be available at the Sports Centre.” Social Firm Scotland and Senscot are hosting a joint meeting focussing on cultural and creative social enterprise and employability on Tuesday 29th August.  If you are a social enterprise that is already delivering, experienced in delivering an employability programme or this is totally new to you, we are keen to have you involved in discussions. Contact Jennifer for more information. Sarah attended and spoke at the Dundee SEN AGM last week alongside Caroline Warburton from the Scottish Tourism Alliance. Focussing on tourism, the presentation asked Dundee SEN members what they could do to improve their tourism offer and take advantage of national marketing campaigns. Download the full presentation hereVHS Scotland have released their report into the number and range of link worker initiatives in primary care settings across the third sector in Scotland. Commissioned by the Scottish Government, the report is intended to help inform the development of a national Community Link Workers (CLW) programme. The report found that local community services “galvanised for the benefit, health and well-being of local people”, while third sector CLW programmes could “gain the trust of people and communities, engaging those who are most vulnerable and distant from services”. Find the full report and more information, or check out the executive summary. Rural communities are to be handed a boost in the form of a £200,000 funding package. Scottish Rural Action (SRA) has been awarded the money from the Scottish Government to support the delivery of their 2017-19 Action Plan, which contains five policy areas – digital connectivity; enterprise and employment; land; transport and business; and local democracy. Environment and land reform secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “This will support the development of an inclusive and sustainable rural movement that is rooted in Scotland’s rural communities and help support the organisation of a third Rural Parliament in 2018.”  Notices TENDERS: Project Management Services for engaging fishermen in marine environmental survey and monitoring – Scottish Government; LFHW Cascade Training – Zero Waste Scotland Ltd and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Climate Challenge Fund provides grants and support for community-led projects that reduce local carbon emissions. You can now apply for funding with grants of up to £150,000. Find out more and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund is open for a second round of applications. Grants of up to £25,000 are available to support a wide range of projects that benefit women, supported using funds from the so-called ‘Tampon Tax.’ Find out if you qualify and applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Shackleton Foundation is offering grants of up to £10k ‘to enable aspiring leaders and social entrepreneurs to establish their own ventures to help young people in challenging circumstances.’ The next round of funding closes on August 4th. Apply now. EVENT: The Melting Pot have extended the application deadline for their Good Ideas Catalyst – a specialist social innovation incubation programme – to 10th July. Find out more and sign upNEWSLETTER: ESEN’s latest newsletter came out this week, with features on sailing and storytelling, plus a raft of events, news and funding opportunities. Read moreSUPPORT: This year’s Supporting Communities Programme offers support to ‘community anchor organisations’, which are organisations with a leading or developmental role in their community. Fill in an online expression of interest form by Friday 21st July 2017. WEBINAR: Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Forest Enterprise Scotland and Community Woodlands Association are hosting a joint webinar on community ownership of woodland and forestry. Hosted online on the 4th of July at 10.30am, see event flyer for more info and sign up for the webinar here.   Dates for the Diary
SBSEC, 13th JulyMoray SEN, 10th August Best wishes,