The SENs: Friday 3rd July 2015

Friday’s EU Funding Masterclass seemed to be very well received with a lot of positive feedback – and, naturally, a series of further questions and enquiries. Over 60 folk attended. Our intention was to share some of the core information before much of the EU programmes are “open for business”. There was level of detail about the various ‘strategic packages’. We consider this important as a) this is how ESF and ERDF Programmes will be delivered; and b) potential applications will need to can fit into these packages to have a chance of securing funding. Further ‘masterclasses’ will be held over the summer – with the next one taking place in Aberdeen on Friday, 31st July at Home Comforts, 9 East Terrace, Union Sq. (10.30 -1pm). To book your place, see here. News this week of a new SEN covering Perthshire. Sarah attended a meeting in Perth on Monday at PKAVS. Eight social enterprises attended and have now scheduled a series of meetings through till the end of the year – next one is on Monday, 27th July at PKAVS offices in Perth. If you interested or want more info’, contact Sarah. BIG Lottery, this week, announced the launch of their new Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) Initiative – £500k available at up to £50k time for social businesses. The money has been invested by Life Change Trust and is based on a model developed by Big Issue Invest in England. They are looking for innovative ideas that could improve the lives of young people who have had experience of the care system; or people affected by dementia. At the time of writing, we’re not yet clear what they specifically mean by social businesses. Zero Waste Scotland is offering grants (up to £1,800) for social enterprises and wider third sector organisations so that staff can participate in training in upcycling and repair skills. Grants are available to cover the costs of tuition, travel and subsistence, and any materials or equipment needed for the course. If interested, see here. Pleased to see that some Sport SEN members are amongst the dozen community groups to benefit from more than £250,000 from the latest round of the £1m Legacy 2014 Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund. The Fund, a partnership between Scottish Govt and The Robertson Trust, was set up to help encourage physical activity in communities across Scotland – targeting sport-related social enterprises and contributing to their longer term sustainability. See more. This week, Scottish Govt announced the 250th Scottish organisation to sign up as a Living Wage employer. The drive to recruit more Living Wage employers is being led by the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative (SLWAI). There are a growing number of SEs already accredited but SLWAI is keen to get even more to sign up, particularly as they view social enterprise as a natural ally of the Living Wage movement – successful enterprises with a commitment to their respective communities. Here, David Faith (SLWAI) invites any SEs interested in signing  up to get in touch as well as those are maybe not ready to do so – to find out the barriers they face. The Health SEN newsletter was published earlier this week – featuring an update from the Transition Project for Health & Social Care Integration, news from members, funding updates and more. For more info’, contact Mary.  Also, latest newsletters from Edinburgh SEN, Glasgow SEN and West Lothian SEN.  Notices BULLETIN: SCRT’s June latest bulletin include a successful crowdfunding campaign in Glasgow; the lifting of restrictions on Credit Unions to allow them to offer a greater range of financial products; as well as news of SCRT’s first Annual Conference – Edinburgh, Nov ‘15: “Social Investment; Social Banking; and Social Finance – what makes them social?”  TENDERS: South Lanarkshire Council – Works 4 U Framework, Administration and Management of Third Sector Funding in Early years/Early Intervention, Scottish Government Investment in Charitable Bonds 2015/16 and 2016/17 and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterREMINDER: Closing date – Friday 10th July for Scotland’s Social Enterprise Awards 2015. This annual awards programme is managed by Social Enterprise Scotland and looks recognise innovation and success within our social enterprise community. TMP v.2 REFURB: Can you help with the big refurbishment in the co-working space Sat 18th July – Sun 2nd August?  There are many different jobs to do and skills needed. SUMMER: Third Force News is celebrating Social Enterprise this summer. Tweet pictures and stories using #SocEntSummer to join in. INVITE: Grassmarket Community Project on 8th July is hosting an Open Evening & Celebration of many of the wonderful activities and opportunities it provides. It will be showcasing over 16 activities from ‘Herbal crafts’ to IT, from ‘Make & Mend’ to bespoke designer furniture, from drama to music to meditation. WEBSITE: A new website has been launched by Rosie’s Social Enterprises, which is run by Turning Point Scotland. From humble beginnings, Rosie’s has grown into a suite of successful social businesses. Dates for the Diary
Falkirk SEN, 7th JulyGlasgow SEN, 5th AugustFalkirk SEN, 6th AugustMoray SEN, 13th AugustInverclyde SEN, 18th AugustFalkirk SEN, 3rd SeptemberTSI Moray, Social Enterprise Awards 25th September Best wishes, Kim