The SENs: Friday 4th May 2018

We were delighted to hear this week that P4P has secured continued funding for the year ahead. Initially funded as one of the SE Action Plan’s ‘early actions’, P4P has, in its first year, connected with over 70 social enterprises/third sector orgs; held over 20 events/surgeries; established two consortia; and supported tender submissions for 7 contracts – winning two of them. With funding secured, P4P is now able to press ahead with recruitment of another P4P Co-ordinator’s post – to fill the vacancy left open when George left us earlier in the year. The application pack includes a job description, application form as well as a copy of Senscot’s terms and conditions. Closing date for applications is Friday 25th May – with interviews taking place week commencing 4th June. For further info, contact


Sport and Tourism SEN member Outfit Moray has set up a range of fundraising options to help support its day to day operations. A ‘How Can I Help?’ page has been set up, with a number of suggestions on how supporters can help for free. Planned fundraising events include a Eurovision Song Contest sweepstake and an RAF Tornado flight simulator raffle, while supporters can also select Outfit Moray as their favourite charity when shopping on Amazon and eBay. The fundraising drive highlights the challenges charities and social enterprises face in a challenging environment, but could also provide inspiration for SEN members looking to develop new income streams. Check out the fundraising page now.


Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, will run from 14th to 20th May this year and will have a particular focus on stress. Two thirds of people are shown to experience a mental health problem in their lifetime and stress is often a contributing factor. In September, we will be publishing a Briefing Paper looking at the contribution of social enterprise to tackling issues around mental health and wellbeing. You can sign up to the Joint Thematic SEN Discussion on Mental Health & Wellbeing in June, but, in the meantime, please share any related events or activities you are hosting and we’ll promote them through our website and social media feeds.


There are still a few places left for the next Health SEN meeting, which will be hosted by Community Food Initiatives North East in Aberdeen on 15th May. We’ll be discussing the SEN’s involvement with Assist Social Capital and Unlocking > Potential. There’ll also be an opportunity to contribute to our forthcoming Briefing – Mental Health & Wellbeing and Social Enterprise – which will be published in July. The meeting will be followed by a short tour of CFINE’s premises to show the range and scale of support and services they provide. You can sign up for the meeting here.


The Scottish Government has released an analysis of responses to its consultation on a draft strategy for diet, activity and healthy weight. Although we did not submit a response to the consultation itself, we took efforts to promote this and the draft strategy to SEN members – and followed it up with a Senscot Briefing on Diet, Activity & Healthy Weight. Eight out of ten respondents agreed that the marketing of junk food should be restricted, while support was also shown for a focus on consumer education relating to food and drink. See press release and full analysis of responses report.


P4P is delivering an ‘Introduction to Collaboration and Partnership’ workshop next week in partnership with Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire and Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire. The workshop takes place on Thursday 10th May at the Atrium Business Centre in Coatbridge from 09:30-12:30. See details and register.




TENDERS: Early Learning & Childcare Qualifications 2018 – The Highland Council, Digital Tourism Scotland Programme – Scottish Enterprise, Biomass Fuel (Woodchips) Supply – NHS Grampian.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: ALLIANCE is pleased to announce the opening of the next round of the Self Management Fund – Working Together to Strengthen Integration. Grants up to £30k available. Find out more.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Employer Award supports Scottish organisations wishing to encourage cycling as a healthy, sustainable and accessible way to travel to work. Find out more.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Sportscotland’s Sport Facilities Fund (SFF) supports capital projects that create or improve places where people take part in sport and physical activity. The fund will target our resources around the development of projects that have the greatest impact on participation and progression. Read more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: SE development agency Firstport has launched the Social Innovation Competition to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, with three £5000 awards to be won along with a package of tailored support to refine and develop your idea. Find out more and apply today.


TRAINING: Due to popular demand, MHScot Workplace Wellbeing have added even more 2018 dates for their Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Course. Find out more and register.


EVENT: Street Fit Scotland are running a series of free ‘outdoor boot camp’ classes for people who are homeless, in a hostel, rehab, supported accommodation or feeling isolated. Every Wednesday from 9th Mary to 29th August in Edinburgh. Find out more.


EVENT: SEN Member the Ecology Centre in Fife is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a family ceilidh on Saturday 19th May. Tickets £10 per adult – join your peers for a dance and celebrate the milestone! See more.



Dates for the Diary


15th May, Health SEN

16th May, GSEN

22nd May, PKSEN


Best wishes,