The SENs: Friday 4th March 2016

The next meeting of the Employability SEN will take place on 19th April in Glasgow (venue tbc). The meeting will take a more strategic view of the employability landscape – Joanne Farrow (Employability Implementation Lead, Scottish Government) will be our main speaker.  Joanne will give an overview of how Scottish employability services might be delivered when the new powers are transferred next year as well as insights into opportunities for social enterprises delivering employability outcomes.  We’ll confirm the full programme details in the coming weeks. Places are limited and we anticipate a high level of interest (the meeting is for Employability SEN members only). Members can book here. If you’re not a member and are interested in joining contact Jayne at SFS or Kim at Senscot. Diane Cameron, our SE and Sport Co-ordinator is leaving us at the end of this month. Diane is leaving to take up a new role as Chief Executive at the Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, near Lochgoilhead – and a member of the Sport SEN. This is a great opportunity for Diane and we wish her the very best of luck in her new post. Diane started with Senscot almost exactly six years ago and – from a standing start – has built a Sport SEN that, today, has over 70 members and 60 aspiring members. Diane has become a central figure in the growing and developing area of sport and social enterprise – criss-crossing the country, building links between funders; sport governing bodies; and community-based sports organisation – as well as being a strong advocate for the emerging ‘sport for change’ agenda. Diane’s been a key member of the team – we’ll miss her but wish her the very best of luck in her new role. The Legacy Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund was the upshot of Sport SEN members, including Spartans, Inchpark, Newmilns and Factory Skatepark – campaigning for development funding to fast track capital projects.  Its launch in 2014 came at exactly the right time for fellow Sport SEN member Outfit Moray, enabling them to undertake a detailed feasibility study for their proposed Outdoor Learning and Adventure Hub being developed on land owned and gifted to them by the Innes Estate.  This week sees the publication of the baseline findings from the fund. For a copy of full report, contact Linda. Over recent years, food insecurity has featured at the heart of the debate about poverty and inequality in the UK. Oxfam Scotland, working with key partners, would like to explore the development of networking activity which will bring together a range of stakeholders working in this area to identify and challenge the causes of food insecurity, see survey. Senscot attended the CPG on Culture this week. The topic, on the day, was ‘The artist as an endangered species’.  The low income of the majority of visual artists was highlighted – Scottish Arts Union Membership Survey.  Visual artist Ellie Harrison referred to ‘Wee D’s – The Glasgow Effect’ (link contains offensive language) in response to Creative Scotland’s controversial Glasgow Effect project and the need to make arts funding more accessible and connected to the reality of people’s lives.  Glasgow International Director, Sarah McCrory, asked ‘should art be allowed to be art? When it comes to public money, should it always have an added social impact?’  Social Enterprise East Lothian (SEEL) met at The Goth last week in Prestonpans.  SEEL are the East Lothian SEN and will be working closely with the Prestonpans community over coming months to support the development of new social enterprises, culminating in a dragons den in September.  Notices TENDERS: Creation of Website, Follow the Vikings Project – Shetland Amenity Trust,  Adult Employability Services – Renfrewshire Council, Get Into Security 2016-17 – The Princes Trust, Construction of a new Adult Learning Disability Centre – North Ayrshire Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterSPECIAL OFFERS: Ever considered basing yourself at or under the umbrella of The Melting Pot – Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation? There are two special offers at the moment for fixed desks and virtual office services. SUPPORT: The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs’ Programme has opened again. The package of support includes three different elements; an inspirational and practical 14-day course; a business mentor from Lloyds Banking Group; and a grant. Applications are currently open and must be received before 1pm on 21st March. NEWSLETTERS: See the latest news from the Dundee SEN and Scottish Borders Social Enterprise CICCONFERENCE: Alzheimer Scotland’s annual conference is the most important conference date in the diary for Scotland’s dementia community. Bookings close on 13 May with early-bird rates available until 15 April. WORKSHOPS: There are two free upcoming workshops taking place in Glasgow. The ‘How to compete like a Big Brand without a Big Brand budget’ and ‘Online Video Marketing & Video Localisation’ workshops take place on the 17th & 24th March respectively. LEARNING: Latest dates for the Social Enterprise Academy learning programme in the North of Scotland have been published.  Dates for the Diary Fife SEN, 9th MarSouth Ayrshire SEN, 9th MarWest Lothian SEN, 9th MarPerth and Kinross SEN, 23rd MarGlasgow SEN, 6th AprMoray SEN, 14th AprPerth and Kinross SEN, 26th AprSouth Ayrshire, 11th May Best wishes,