The SENs: Friday 3rd June 2016

The SE Vision 2025 (Feb 2015) set out a blueprint for how SE can increase its contribution to the economic, social and environmental well-being of communities across Scotland over the next decade. The document followed a consultation process involving the Scottish SE community – both local and national – and emerged with a strong emphasis on supporting the local economy, local decision-making, and local services – delivered, where possible, by local providers. Similar themes are also evident in the more recent Community Alliance Vision as well as the SE Manifesto for May’s elections. The intention is now to work with Scottish Govt to co-produce a ‘SE Strategy for Scotland’ for the next 10 years – where SE is an important partner in our economy, in local communities, in civic society, in public services – in creating of a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. Next steps include a series of Roundtables involving the wider third sector as well as the public and private sectors. An interactive website will also be available shortly to facilitate as wide a range of contributions as possible. More info over the coming months.

The Robertson Trust (along with sportscotland, Scottish Government and the Sport for Change Network) is exploring how sport and physical activity is being used to benefit individuals and communities across Scotland.  This could include a wide range of physical activity, including dance, outdoor activities and walking.  The research will help to – better understand how organisations are currently using sport and physical activity; identify how sport and physical activity might be better supported going forward; demonstrate the real difference that sport and physical activity can make. The important survey for organisations using sport or physical activity approaches in Scotland.  The survey will take 10 minutes to complete.

The latest Sport SEN Newsletter has been published with news from sportscotland, Spartans Community Football Academy.

The inaugural Joint Thematic SEN event takes place in Perth on 16th June – the first in a series of joint thematic meetings to be held across Scotland. The event will provide a space for in-depth discussion; strategic thinking; influencing and making broader connections; sharing good practice and developing ideas and /or pieces of work; and will hopefully lead to greater involvement for social enterprises within specific policy areas.  We’re delighted to confirm speakers include Emma McGregor (Stirling Community Enterprise) and Lesley Young (Re-Union). See updated agenda here and you can sign up for free here. There will be an opportunity to continue conversations and to network over lunch with various intermediaries including Just Enterprise & Senscot Legal.

Voluntary Health Scotland, in partnership with The Open University, hosted the Understanding the Gap conference in Stirling this week – exploring how research can help address health inequalities in Scotland. Mary (Health SEN Coordinator) attended along with a wide range of third sector organisations, public sector representative and academics and observed a real enthusiasm amongst all participants to work collaboratively to bring about real change. One of the highlights of the day was a session from Dr Tony Robertson (Lecturer in Public Health, University of Stirling) on understanding the biological pathways linking social and economic circumstances and health. Check out his website and blog that provide brilliant insight in to why the causes of poverty need to be addressed before we can see real change.

A Business Connector from Business in the Community attended the Falkirk and District SEN meeting this week for a discussion on how the private sector can get more involved with, and support social enterprise.  With a host of employability projects being delivered by members across the area, there are real opportunities for partnership working. For more info’ on FDSEN or for an introduction to the Falkirk Business Connector, please contact Sarah.


TENDERS: Big Lottery Fund Scotland ESF Programme, Tender for Cafe Operation – Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust, Operating lease for Campbeltown Picture House, Employability Services – Dundee City Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FAIR: HMP Low Moss is organising an employability fair on 28th June and would welcome interest from social enterprises.  No programme as yet but there will be a tour of the prison, alongside input from the Prison and businesses working with the prison. For more info or to book a place, contact Head of Offender Outcomes Willie Sweeney.

SURVEY: The Children’s Food Trust want to give children in Scotland more chances to learn to cook and would love to hear your views on the importance of cooking skills in the challenge of creating a healthier Scotland. It would very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete the very short survey.

VACANCIES: Resonate Arts House is looking to recruit three vacancies. Closing date for the Community Action Officer, Finance Administrator and Business Development Sales Associate roles is 15th June.

CAFÉ: Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust is seeking expressions of interest from qualified and experienced caterers to operate the café within the Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow. The Trust is seeking to appoint a catering partner who will deliver great service, a range of café style foods, consistent quality and value for customers.

FESTIVAL: Glasgow will host the UK’s first food and drink festival with a social purpose in September. Let’s Eat Glasgow – run by Real Food, Real Folk which is a cooperative of top city chefs – brings together the best of food and drink produced across the West of Scotland while supporting social enterprises that promote food nutrition across the city.

Dates for the Diary

West Lothian SEN, 7th Jun
Fife SEN, 8th Jun
Moray SEN, 9th Jun
Borders SEN, 9th Jun
Dundee SEN AGM, 14th Jun
Stirlingshire SEN, 14th Jun
Joint thematic SEN (Perth), 16th Jun
Perth & Kinross SEN, 28th Jun
Glasgow SEN, 4th Aug
Falkirk SEN, 5th Aug

Best wishes,