The SENs: Friday 4th July 2014

Many thanks to those of you who have already participated in our SE and Tourism survey. To date, over 60 SEN members have participated – from just about every local authority area. Initial feedback suggests that this is an area of considerable interest for a good number of SEN members as well as an area with plenty potential for development. The feedback also indicates, however, that very few SEN members are linked into tourism bodies either at a local or national level. To build stronger evidence base, we’d appreciate even more responses from SEN members. The survey itself comprises 10 short questions and only takes a few minutes to complete. Thanks for your co-operation. See more. For more info’, contact Sarah. Bank of Scotland has been in touch with regard to their new funding initiative – the Financial Inclusion Grants Programme – which will provide funding between £1,000 and £20,000 to registered Scottish charities, enabling them to deliver projects that promote financial inclusion and money advice. Deadline is Monday 4th August. See more. With a new round of EU funding in the offing (2014-20), here are a couple of presentations giving a bit more background. The first is Yvonne Strachan`s (Scottish Govt) to the recent EU SEN gathering in Glasgow outlining the Government’s approach to SE and EU funds. See more. The second is following a workshop hosted by Sandy Watson (Scottish Enterprise) last week. See more. Sarah attended the ABSEN meeting in Oban last week.  Part of the morning’s discussion was on the theme of culture and how social enterprises can be better supported.  ABSEN is keen to link more cultural and creative social enterprises into the Network and will be working more closely with the new Argyll and Bute Cultural Assembly.  Senscot will be looking to support ABSEN over the coming months to increase its membership and to provide relevant contacts. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Sarah. The introduction of the Community Empowerment Bill will offer many communities across Scotland the opportunity to acquire local assets and – as a consequence – DTAS’ Community Ownership Service (COSS) is likely to see a significant increase in demand for its services.  In readiness, COSS has produced an easy-to-follow guide – designed to help community groups work through the process. See more. On 3rd Sept at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow, CEiS hosts its annual Social Enterprise Policy and Practice Conference.  Senscot has secured 25 discounted places (£50 plus VAT) – for SEN members only. These are being allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place, contact Tariq – half have been taken up already. CEiS has also provided updated programme, see more. Date for the diary – this year’s Senscot’s Social Enterprise Conference and Ceilidh will be taking place on Thursday, 13th November at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld. The theme this year will be ‘Reflect and Celebrate’ as the conference is now in its 10th year. Full programme will be available end of July/early August.  Notices TENDERS: Community Enterprise Park Business Case – Sustaining Dunbar, Care and Repair Handyperson Service – North Lanarkshire Council and Print and Scan for Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board – Renfrewshire Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterOSCR: Senscot Legal and OSCR have released a statement on regulatory challenges which can arise for social enterprises when applying for charitable status.   ONLINE LEARNING: The DO School Start-Up Lab is tailored for those who already have an idea for a venture and want to learn from the best – Experts from all fields that are relevant to starting-up. SURVEY: Social Enterprise Academy want to find out what you think about becoming an accrediting body using the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) to provide an education and training accreditation service to the 3rd Sector. SCREENING: See how the Skye Bridge protesters outwitted the Bank of America in media co-op’s film The Bridge Rising, screening on the 14th July in Edinburgh. NEWSLETTER: The latest newsletter from the Community Food Initiatives West Lothian has been published.  Dates for the Diary Falkirk SEN, 29th JulyMoray SEN, 6th AugustGlasgow SEN, 6th AugustInverclyde SEN, 13th AugustFalkirk SEN, 27th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd SeptemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November  Best wishes, Kim