The SENs: Friday 30th September 2016

This week Senscot contributed to Voluntary Action Scotland’s TSI Practice Forum on social enterprise with a session on Procurement delivered by George (Senscot) and Charities and Trading Subsidiaries delivered by Helen (Senscot Legal). In addition to this George McConnachie, Partnership and Procurement Co-ordinator, delivered one to one surgery sessions in Elgin organised by tsiMORAY.  Please remember that one-to-one support is available, if you have an opportunity to work collaboratively or need assistance with tendering then get in touch!

Big congratulations to our friends at Crisis who we will be celebrating next week at its ‘40,000 Stories Event’ in Gogarburn, Edinburgh. Since established in 1996 Crisis have counselled over 40, 000 people to improved mental health – a fantastic achievement – well done to Jean and the team! 

Sport SEN member, Youth Football Scotland, has purchased an unlimited cloud data storage package with Dropbox, designed for large businesses, and are looking for other organisations to share with and split the cost. If your organisation is interested in unlimited cloud data storage at a modest cost, please contact Robbie.

Enquiries and applications are welcomed for the Dundee Futures Fund if you have an enterprising idea, and if you are, or plan to be, based in or trading in Dundee. Support will be provided for feasibility grants, support for start-ups, main grants, legal surgeries and more.  Closing date is 16th Nov. For more information, contact Sheila Newcombe, or 01382 504848 or see website.

Good to see that a number of Sport SEN members are amongst 40 groups that have been awarded almost £2m funding from the Cashback for Communities. Amongst the award recipients were Beith Community Development Trust and Showcase the Street. Congratulations to them and all others. See more.

REMINDER: Joint Thematic Learning Exchange visit will take place on Thursday 3rd November, hosted by Elgin Youth Café, there will be an opportunity to choose from a wide range of sessions relevant to social enterprises including – business sustainability; asset transfer; partnership working; employability, tourism; food poverty and much more. The visit is open to social enterprise operating across the area – for more information and sign up details see here.

Edinburgh Remakery is inviting its customers and supporters to a special Open Evening on 6th Oct. to celebrate the official launch of its new Woodwork Studio, workshop calendar, and new Remakery Membership scheme! Visit for your chance to win some amazing prizes and discounts in our one-off competitions on the night, and enjoy some food, drink, music, and fun. See more


TENDERS: Grass Sports Pitch Maintenance Framework – Fife Council, Provision of a Mental Health and Wellness Centre in Moray – Moray Council, Children and Young Peoples Services – Scottish Borders Council, Sport and Leisure Services – Stirling Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING 1: The Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme is offering grants of between £500 and £5,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community. Deadline is noon on Friday 21 October.

FUNDING 2 : The Prince’s Countryside Fund seeks to provide funding to rural communities and enterprises. Projects should have a long term positive effect on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside, by tackling key rural issues. Deadline 13th Oct.

FUNDING 3: Creative Scotland’s, Made in Scotland 2017 Fund is open for applications. Made in Scotland 2017 is a curated showcase that promotes high quality music, theatre and dance from Scottish-based artists, to international promoters and audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

CONFERENCE: Bookings are now being taken for the CRNS Annual Conference, Perth Concert Hall, 3rd Nov. There are also a limited number of exhibitor stands available in the Market Place, the networking hub at the conference, if interested in booking email Elaine for further details and prices.

TRAINING: A new training provider has launched with a comprehensive and affordable package of 83 courses, running from this October through to March 2017. Civicos Training and Communications CIC aspires to become the most significant provider of training for Scottish civic society.

CLOSURE: Another update from the Engine Shed, Marian Macdonald argues the demise of the centre means learning disabled adults are missing out on a tried and tested training ground for permanent jobs.

ACADEMY: A reminder that The Melting Pot is seeking applications for its 2016-17 Good Ideas Academy – deadline midnight on Sunday 16 October.

Dates for the Diary

Falkirk SEN, 5th Oct
East Lothian SEN, 6th Oct
Borders SEN, 6th Oct
Moray SEN, 13th Oct
Inverclyde SEN, 25th Oct
Perth & Kinross SEN, 25th Oct
Glasgow SEN, 2nd Nov
Borders SEN, 17th Nov
Perth & Kinross SEN, 22th Nov
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Dec 

Best wishes,