The SENs: Friday 31st October 2014

Dundee City Council and Dundee SEN hosted its SE Conference in the city this week, entitled ‘Spotlight on Progress & Future Opportunities’.  An impressive turnout – over 100 delegates – heard a series of informative and entertaining presentations from Derek Marshall (Factory Skatepark); Dr Andrew Murray; Neil Mathieson (Atlantis Leisure); Simon Teasdale (Glasgow C.U) and Rick Rijsdijk (Social Value Lab). Rick also presented the findings of the newly published Mapping Report. Headlines include: 123 SEs; combined income of £91m; spending power of £83m; and total assets of £105m. Here is link to full report available and also presentations at the event. On Monday, Falkirk and District SEN (FDSEN) and Senscot (as part of the SSE Alliance with Social Firms Scotland and Social Enterprise Scotland) hosted a Social Enterprise Policy event in the Trinity Church in Falkirk. Delegates had the opportunity to hear from Falkirk Council on the developments of their SE Strategy; Falkirk CVS and local SE’s – Link Housing Association and The Gingerbread Cafe. Delegates then engaged in discussion re issues that are arising from the consultation process of the emerging national SE strategy – other SENs interested in similar sessions, please contact Kim. Presentations from the Falkirk event can be viewed here. On Wednesday, Senscot hosted the first meeting of the Outdoor Pursuits SE’s that are members of the Sport SEN at Birnham Arts Centre. The meeting included a session on social media and input from Riddell Graham, Director of Partnerships (Visit Scotland), who spoke to the organisations about Visit Scotland’s Quality Assurance Scheme. As always at these meetings, the networking between the organisations – sharing good practice and ideas was excellent and the SE’s have indicated they want to make this a regular meeting in the SEN calendar. For more info’ on this or the Sport SEN, contact Diane. Big congratulations from all at Senscot to this year’s SE Award winners: Category 1 – Social Enterprise of the Year – Wasps Studios;Category 2 – One to Watch – Lochbroom Woodfuels (Ullapool); Category 3 – Prove It Social Impact – Cunninghame Housing Association – Citrus Energy (Ardrossan); Category 4 – Social Enterprise Market Builder – City of Edinburgh Council & Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network (ESEN); Category 5 – Inspiring Youth – Firstport (Beyond the Finish Line) and Icecream Architecture (Glasgow) and Stonelaw High Fair Traders (schools winner, Rutherglen). See more.
 As part of Moray Business Week (10th-14th Nov), tsiMORAY is running a SE market place at two Career Fairs – promoting the range of employment opportunities; and launching their documentary of inspiring young social entrepreneurs. All this is being run in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy and Out of the Darkness Theatre Company. If you’re in the area and want to attend, see facebook pages at Social Enterprise Market and It’s Happening.
 Reminder for the Enterprise and Collaboration Event – The way forward for community sport in Scotland – a one-day event on 4th Dec 2014 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. The full programme is now finalised. Supported by Senscot, this conference will focus on how Scotland’s community sports providers can benefit both themselves and their communities by developing and delivering innovative and enterprising programmes. Sport SEN members can attend the event at a discounted price of £50.
 Notices TENDERS: Multi Lot Landscaping projects – West Lothian Council, High Valleyfield Skate Park – Fife Council and West Lothian Council Independent Advocacy – Mental Health and Substance Misuse. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterCHAT SHOW: For one night only on 19th Nov three inspiring social entrepreneurs will candidly share their personal stories in front of a live studio audience at The Melting Pot – complete with camera crew and after-show drinks. COUNSELLING: Details of the forthcoming course from Crisis, ‘Loss, Grief & Bereavement in a Counselling Context’. PROGRAMMES: Closing date is today for the forthcoming programmes in H&I from the Social Enterprise Academy. WORKSHOP: Social Investment Scotland has organised and is sponsoring a workshop providing training to trustees of charities and social enterprises. EXHIBITIONS: The Gallery on the Corner would like to invite you to the preview of its November exhibitions, Land, Sea, Sky and Are You Going Up the Road on Tuesday 4th November from 6-8pm. NEWSLETTERS: Latest newsletters from both the Glasgow SEN and Dundee SEN. Click the respective links to view. Dates for the Diary

Sport SEN North East, 6th NovemberSocial Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13/14th NovemberWest Lothian SEN, 18th NovemberDundee SEN / Sport SEN East, 19th NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21nd NovemberFalkirk SEN, 24th NovemberInverclyde SEN, 2nd DecemberMoray SEN, 3rd DecemberGlasgow SEN, 5th DecemberGlasgow SEN Trade Fair, 10th DecemberFife SEN AGM, 10th December Best wishes,