The SENs: Friday 4th December 2015

This week, Audit Scotland published a new report – Health and Social Care Integration – reviewing the progress made to establish new integration authorities (IAs), which will be responsible for planning joint health and social care services and managing budgets totalling over £8 billion from April 2016. While all 31 IAs are expected to be operational by April, the report states that significant risks must be addressed if integration is to provide the substantial changes needed to health and social care provision in Scotland. Senscot is a member of the Health and Social Care Third Sector Advisory Group which has released a press release welcoming the report. The Advisory Group is keen to build on this as the voluntary, community, social enterprise and housing sectors are all well placed to develop and deliver the community-based and preventative solutions that integration requires. Email Mary if you are interested in participating in future discussions.

We recently highlighted the Investors in Young People Scotland Accreditation and Advice – news this week that the Scottish Govt has increased the funding available to employers of up to 250 people to a maximum of 100%. This is only available to organisations that use IIYP before March 31st 2016. Investors in Young People assessment helps organisations to recognise their employment of young people and evaluate the success of the activities they undertake. IIYP advice helps organisations plan and improve how they recruit, support and develop young people as part of future-proofing their business. Not only do you get high value support to help your business reap the benefits of engaging young talent, but you also get funding to help you achieve it. See more. An information session is taking place in Fife on 18th Dec. See details.

Lots of interest expressed at the Senscot Conference & Ceilidh workshop and the recent Health SEN meeting to explore how SEs can get involved in Self-Directed Support. In response to this, we’re planning some focused study visits to some great examples of SE involvement in SDS, including Peace of Mind. Email Mary if you’re interested.

This week we met with David Cousland from DSL Business Finance. DSL provides loan finance for social enterprises, charities, co-ops and employee-owned businesses that deliver high social impact. They can be the main funder or as a gap loan provider, co-investing alongside other funders. See more.

Senscot attended the Cross Party Group on Culture this week. Focussing on the Scottish film sector, the session heard from a range of organisations including Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow Film. Two particular issues were up for discussion: film education and lack of inclusion in the national curriculum; and, a lively debate around the lack of a Scottish film studio.  The need for a national long-term strategic approach was highlighted alongside improvement and development of resources for the sector.

Congratulations to Aberdeen SEN member, Instant Neighbour, who last week picked up the Environmental SE of the Year Award SE UK Awards.

Edinburgh, Dundee and Cultural SENs’ most recent newsletters published this week.



TENDERS: Business Consultancy Framework – Scottish Borders Council, Digital Development Framework – Zero Waste Scotland, Environmental Maintenance Contract 2016-2019 – Cassiltoun Housing Association Ltd. and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

CLOSURE: Sad news as The Gallery on the Corner announces its closure due to financial pressures. There is a farewell party taking place on 16th Dec.

PROGRAMME: The ‘Developing Enterprising Skills: Micro Enterprise and Social Care’ partnership programme from Dundee SEN and Social Enterprise Academy will provide you with core business knowledge, tools and entrepreneurial skills that are critical in creating, developing and sustaining a micro enterprise.

EMPOWERMENT: Marco Biagi MSP launched COSS’s Community Empowerment Act workshop series in Livingston. ‘Asset Transfer: Communities at the Centre’ is aimed at CPPs across Scotland, with a focus on the opportunities for Asset Transfer within the Act. Livingston was the first event in the series, with workshops still to be held in Kirkcaldy, Pitlochry, Dumfries and Kilmarnock. 

HANDBOOK: The Health and Social Care Project that VAS has been leading (in partnership with ALLIANCE and CCPS) has developed a Handbook for TSIs to use when considering approaches to developing the third sector’s role in local health & social care integration.

GIFTS: If you’re looking for gift ideas this Christmas, Social Investment Scotland have created this website featuring products and leisure activities from across the country. Featuring everything from scarves from the Highlands to Empowerment Pants from Glasgow!

Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN, 4th Dec

Moray SEN Drop-in Session, 7th Dec          

Inverclyde SEN, 8th Dec

Fife SEN AGM, 8th Dec

Moray SEN Xmas Party, 10th Dec

West Lothian SEN AGM, 10th Dec

Edinburgh SEN AGM, 10th Dec

Stirlingshire SEN, 14th Jan

Dundee SEN, 28th Jan


Best wishes,