The SENs: Friday 4th August 2017

The Ready for Business Consortium (CEIS, Social Firms Scotland and Senscot) has, over the last number of years, led the delivery of the Govt’s Developing Markets Programme. This contract came to an end in March 2017. However, the Govt has provided Ready for Business with some continued funding to provide advice and support to organisations interested in the Public Social Partnership (PSP) model – via a PSP Helpdesk. If your organisation is interested in re-designing a service or finding an innovative way to improve the experience of service users – please contact the PSP Helpdesk for more information.

Despite the sheer malevolence of the Scottish weather, Social in the Gardens 2017 transformed the Ross Bandstand in Princes St Gardens into a fantastic celebration of the city’s thriving social enterprise scene on Wednesday and Thursday. A glorious five hours of sunshine on Wednesday morning ensured #SitG17 got off to the best possible start, with Fringe Festival goers drawn in from Princes St by the music, the buzz and the smell of fresh pakora. Plenty of SEs were on hand to showcase their wares and make new connections. Huge thanks must go to Edinburgh Social Enterprise’s Clare Pattullo, Gordon Hodgson and the scores of other team members and volunteers who made the event possible. Health coordinator Mary will be hosting a joint thematic meeting on diet and obesity for SEN members next week. The meeting will take place at our Bath Street offices, running from 10.30am. The meeting will focus on the contributory factors to obesity, and will draw from research papers such as NHS Health Scotland’s inequality report, which highlighted the link between deprivation and obesity. Following their 2017 conference, NHS Health Scotland have released a catalogue of resources on the issue. To register your interest for the meeting, please contact For over three years, Senscot has been working with and supporting the sportscotland,  Robertson Trust and others in their bid to develop and promote a recognised Sport for Change agenda. The idea of using sport as a conduit for social change should not be a radical one, but a change in mindset has been slow in coming, making the work that Robertson Trust do all the more valuable. Key factors identified as enabling Sport for Change include; understanding community and individual need, removing barriers to participation, a strong and inspirational base of volunteers, and working in partnership with others. View the Sport for Change overview document, or explore the Thrive Toolkit, an online resource to learn about how to get communities active. Over the last 12 months, Senscot Legal has seen an increase in the number of organisations looking to engage their services on a ‘retainer’ basis.  These include specific pieces of legal support – Senscot Legal also being available on an ad-hoc basis for a specific time period for any queries that arise.  There is a fixed fee payable in advance – tailored to suit your organisation.  Services include advice relating to governance; legal structure and set up; charity law; leases; employment law; and contracts.  If you are interested in finding out more, please email Karina Macleod or call on 0141 332 8084. There’s still time to register for the annual Meet the Buyer event at Hampden Park in Glasgow, which will include a social enterprise zone this year. Supplier Development Programme is partnering with Scottish Government, Scotland Excel and Business Gateway to host the event, which provides an opportunity to meet 60 exhibitors from the public sector, private contractors and business support providers, with over 1,000 delegates expected on the day. Register here.  Notices TENDERS: Communications Support for Recycling and Waste Service Changes – Shetlands Council, Positive Emotional Wellbeing Support Service – Scottish Borders Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterCROWDFUND: Lochwinnoch Community Garden is crowdfunding to restore the damage caused to their polytunnel and machinery after it was completely destroyed by vandals who had broken into the garden. Show some community spirit and give them a helping handFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: SCVO have announced that the Scottish Government and BT are investing a further £175,000 to support working age people by increasing financial capability, employment and other economic outcomes, or support older and disabled people to reduce social isolation and loneliness. Find out moreFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: For the next two years, the Carbon Trust is providing support packages to help small and medium sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland identify energy saving opportunities and install energy efficient equipment in their business. Find out more and applyEVENT: Organisations with an interest in the fields of reducing reoffending and victim engagement are invited by Sacro and Victim Support Scotland to attend one of the next North Lanarkshire Third Sector Community Justice Network meetings. The event will take place in Cumbernauld on September 14th, from 10am – 3pm. Contact for more details. EVENT: Voluntary Health Scotland are hosting an event titled Tomorrow’s World Today: New Frontiers in Mental Health. The event will discuss how a digitally connected world can change our understanding of health and wellbeing. The event will take place on 1st March 2018, but if you would like to discuss exhibiting at the event, contact Lauren BlairVACANCY: CVS Inverclyde is currently looking for a Health and Social Care Partnership Facilitator. The FT role is currently based within Greenock, however the job location may move within the Inverclyde Council area. £30k. See more and applyVACANCY: Rock Trust seek to hire a Nightstop Development Worker. Nightstop provide safe and secure, emergency accommodation for young people in the homes of volunteer hosts. £21k-25k pro-rata. See more and apply.  Dates for the Diary Moray SEN, 10th August
Dundee SEN, 24th August
Aberdeen SEN, 6th September
SBSEC, 7th September
 Best wishes,