The SENs: Friday 4th April 2014

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) will be out on the road next month (12th-16th May) with their Great Social Enterprise Tour. SIS will be visiting 5 cities in 5 days – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. The roadshow – with the theme, ‘connecting capital to communities’ – will be an opportunity to showcase local social enterprises and their products and services as well as finding out more about how social investment could be of help to your own enterprise. For booking details, see here. Last year, alongside other Third Sector colleagues, Senscot provided evidence to the Scottish Govt’s Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities. The Task Force recently reconvened to consider the latest evidence on health inequalities in Scotland and has now launched a report in which they identify four priority areas – Development of Social Capital; Support for Community Planning Partnerships (CPP’s) and the CPP process; Focus on 15 – 44 age group; and Support of the Implementation of Place Standard. The report also recognises the key role that Third Sector organisations can contribute to the success of CPPs in tackling health inequalities, see report This week, Senscot has published the latest set of  thematic case studies – this time relating to members of the Cultural and Creative SEN (CCESN). CCSEN has grown significantly in the last year – now with 69 members and rotating meetings around the country, linking in with local SENs. The following set of case studies demonstrate the wide range of partnerships that Cultural and Creative SEN members are engaged in – from local authorities and the NHS to the private sector and indeed with other social enterprises. See case studies here . For more info’ on CCSEN, contact Senscot Legal began trading in March 2011. It was set up as a social enterprise, to provide high quality, accessible and affordable legal advice and support to the social enterprise and wider third sector in Scotland. Over the last three years, it has provided services to around 400 organisations. To help meet the growing demand, Senscot Legal applied to the Enterprise Ready Fund for support to appoint an additional paralegal to the team. We’re delighted that this application has been successful and are now actively recruiting. See job pack, for further details contact Closing date – Friday, 18th April 2014. Edinburgh SEN member, the Grassmarket Community Project announced this week that it has won a prestigious My Place Award from the Scottish Civic Trust. The My Place Awards celebrate projects or buildings that have a positive impact on the local community, entries are assessed on their heritage and architectural benefits. Grassmarket CP is known to many, not just Edinburgh folk, as a popular venue on the SE circuit. We hear they’re also shortlisted for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards – to be announced this June. Congratulations all round. See here. GSEN member, Space unlimited, contacts us this week with news of their New Urban Voices project. The project supports young people in Dundee and Forfar to influence and lead change in their local communities – and has already connected these young people with decision makers locally – as well as with the Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment. To fund the next stage – that will include local pop-up exhibitions in their own communities and an exhibition in Dundee City Centre – they are running a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, with support from RSA. They would be delighted with your support, see more. Notices TENDERS: Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING: Fund101 targets UK-based entrepreneurs looking to turn an idea into a new business and existing small companies wishing to purchase equipment to help take their enterprise to the next level. FUNDING: Duke of York Launches Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award for Young Entrepreneurs The scheme will support up to 1,000 young people in developing a digital business, enabling them to build prototypes and test the viability of their business idea with real customers. There are three stages to the iDEA Award and at the end of each stage applicants will receive industry-recognised badges that reward the entrepreneurial skills and competencies that have been developed. BOOK: The first edition of the new book from the Glasgow Women’s Library ‘21 Revolutions: New writing and prints inspired by the collection’ is now available to buy. EVENT:Health Benefits from Healthcare Settings – building stronger partnerships between Health & Social Care and the Third Sector. Wednesday 28 May 2014, Battleby Conference Centre, Perth. CONFERENCE: Community Health Exchange are inviting community-led health organisations and their nominated partners from statutory sector agencies to attend their free conference ‘Communities at the Centre – Community Led Health Approaches to Tackling Health Inequalities’. It will be held between 10:30am – 3:30pm on 1st May 2014 at Townhead Village Hall, Glasgow G4 0PL. Dates for the DiaryFife SEN, 8th AprilStirlingshire SEN, 23rd AprilSport SEN North, 1st MayFife SE Trade Fair, 7th MayInverclyde SEN, 14th MaySport SEN West, 15th MayDundee SEN, 28th May  Best wishes,