The SENs: Friday 30th May 2014

Senscot, on behalf of the Health SEN, will be submitting a response to the Health Inequalities Review (HIR). The review is committed to undertake a series of community engagement exercises across the country – listening to people who rarely have a say in policy development. Chaired by Dr David Conway of the Socialist Health Association, this review aims to go beyond health service reform and take a broader approach to preventing, reducing and reversing health inequalities. From this they hope to propose a raft of policies that cut-across health and wider public services, that can be taken forward in the short, medium and long term – that take into account current and potential future constitutional arrangements, and that are costed – taking into account current spending realities, – but which also consider what could/should be done with reallocating and re-prioritising resources. We’re keen to gather views from social enterprises for more information see here and submit responses to Danielle. Dundee SEN (DSEN) held its AGM this week at the Factory Skatepark – reporting on a successful year – with increased membership to 32 social enterprises; 71% of income coming through trading; and a joint turnover of £13m for 2012/13. Alan Watt (Dundee City Council) gave a presentation on the Waterfront Development, the changes this will make to the city and the opportunities that will arise.  Our Sarah also attended and spoke about the work of the Cultural and Creative SEN. DSEN is keen to work more closely with the thematic SENs over the coming months, in particular linking with more cultural and creative social enterprises, identifying some of the challenges they face and look at how Senscot and DSEN can support them in addressing these. See more. For more info’, contact Sarah. Edel Harris (Cornerstone CEO) contributed an interesting piece in the Scotsman this week – describing the challenges faced by both the private sector and social enterprise sector with the introduction of the Social Care (Self-directed Support – SDS) (Scotland) Act 2013. SDS will result in a shift away from traditional contracts with local authorities and NHS Boards to independent providers engaging in consumer contracts with individuals and their families. Edel argues that social care SEs – combining their social mission with a strong business ethos – are well placed to ensure that quality services can be maintained. See more. Congratulations to Health SEN member, Healthy ‘n’ Happy Development Trust (HnH) who received a visit this week from by First Minister, Alex Salmond and Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities. Alex Salmond announced new capital investment as part of the Commonwealth Games legacy programme – communities in Rutherglen and Dalmarnock are to benefit from a £4.4m funding boost. Projects funded are based near 2014 Commonwealth Games venues and the Athletes’ Village and include a £4m investment in safe and attractive pedestrian and cycle routes, as well as initiatives to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of people in the area.  Clyde Gateway and HnH are working together to create a new community venue for Cambuslang and Rutherglen. See more. SEN members still considering submitting an Enterprise Ready Fund application need to be quick – as the fund closes at noon on 16th June 2014. Applicants are being encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline to allow time for any technical/eligibility issues (and supporting documentation) to be addressed in advance, see more. The latest Sport SEN and Edinburgh SEN Newsletters were published this week. Voluntary Health Scotland is launching a programme of events to address health inequalities across the life course. Health inequalities are differences in health status and outcomes between different groups of people. See here for more information and upcoming events.  Notices TENDERS: Building Community Capacity to Support Palliative Care – Highland Hospice, Architectural & Landscape Design Services – Dumfries and Galloway Council, Consultancy Opportunity – Ardentinny Community Trust and Researcher – Capability Scotland. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOPS: Social Firms Scotland is currently considering running a number of half-day workshops giving an Introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) and wants to gauge levels of interest. CYCLING: Glasgow’s cycling culture celebrated in new Mungo’s Hi Fi video featuring Glasgow SEN member, the Glasgow Bike Station. LAUNCH: This week saw the launch of Big Issue Invest Scotland, a new joint venture between Big Issue Invest (the social investment arm of The Big Issue) and DSL Business Finance. TRAINING: Edinburgh based COMAS social enterprise is offering training on ‘Burnout’. This offers an opportunity to explore ‘burnout’ within a framework of prevention, managing its symptoms and responding effectively to people experiencing it. MORE WORKSHOPS: Investment Readiness Workshops, in partnership between Social Investment Scotland and GSEN, will be held in Glasgow on 10 June.  Dates for the Diary Stirlingshire SEN, 2nd JuneGlasgow SEN, Aberdeenshire SEN (South) and Moray SEN, 4th JuneAberdeenshire SEN (North) & Fife SEN, 11th JuneSport SEN East, 19th JuneFalkirk SEN, 30th June and 30th JulyMoray and Glasgow SEN, 6th August Best wishes, Kimkim@senscot.net