The SENs: Friday 4th October 2013

This year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh (Westerwood Hotel – 14th/15th November) is approaching capacity. As things stand, there are around 15 overnight places available – plus 20 day delegate places. If you’re keen to come along, contact We also have an updated programme available. The Dragons’ Den prize is £5k as usual – with this year’s sponsors being RBS; KibbleWorks; Employers for Childcare; and Firstport. If you’d like to pitch your idea to the Dragons, complete the entry form. Deadline for applications is Friday 18th October.

This year, for the first time ever at conference, a shop displaying and selling products produced or supplied exclusively by Scottish social enterprises will be available to delegates. We’re aiming to stock a wide display of products, many ideal as Christmas gifts. The shop will be open throughout the duration of Conference. If you have products that you would like to be displayed, please send an email expressing your interest to Bridget – with product details and price. We will be back in touch soon to confirm if you’re product/s has been selected.

From 2014, a new tranche of European Funding will be available in Scotland – and, for the first time, there is explicit reference to social enterprise and community-led local development and the role they can play in ‘complementing public sector efforts, and being pioneers in developing new markets’. Currently, there are three ‘Shadow Strategic Delivery Partnerships’ set up to govern and shape the investment of new funds in Scotland. SCVO was given the task – and funding – to co-ordinate the third sector’s input to this process – and has raised concerns about the Partnerships being public sector dominated. The social enterprise community is similarly concerned about its own lack of engagement. See briefing.

Great news this week for Sport SEN member, Street Soccer Scotland, with the announcement of £300,000 from Scottish Govt’s 2014 Legacy programme. The money will allow David Duke and his team to deliver a series of programmes over two years in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee – with 37,500 places for young men and women and sports coaching qualifications for as many as 600 individuals. While mainly focused on young people aged 16 and above, the new funding will also support the provision of Street Soccer sessions in a number of schools. See more.

Good luck to Cultural SEN member, Theatre Nemo, who are gearing up for a busy October. They have been working with groups in the Community, Prison and Hospital to exhibit or perform at the numerous upcoming events for the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. See schedule of events.

Couple of Newsletters to cast your eyes over this week: Firstly, our Supporting Social Enterprise (SSE) Alliance partners, Social Firms Scotland, with the latest edition of their e-bulletin – topics include SFS’s leading role in the EU Social Enterprise Network; and their up-and-coming AGM (with John Swinney). Also, Edinburgh SEN (ESEN) has also circulated its latest e-bulletin. News items include – their refreshed website – their new member of staff; as well as updates from members. Also, after a year sharing office space in Senscot’s Edinburgh Office, ESEN has now moved to new premises at Re-Union Canal Boat’s office at Edinburgh Quay.


TENDERS: Voucher Scheme for Recycled Furniture Initiative – Renfrewshire Council, Support Service for Self Directed Support (SDS) – Aberdeenshire Council and Provision of a Support Service for Young Homeless People – Stirling Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

OPEN DAYS – Over the month of October Wasps will be opening its studio doors and inviting the public into its spaces to see the tools of a working artistic trade.

DEBATE: The Glass-House would like to invite you to join us for a lively debate on Wednesday 9 October from 6.30pm (with a drinks reception from 6pm). The Glass-House Debate Series 2013/14 asks how we can unlock the potential of people and place through collaboration. They will explore the place potential of key themes: health and wellbeing, young people, creative reuse and housing.

CELEBRATION: On 16th Oct the gallery on the corner is hosting a special event to celebrate the success of its trainees.

LECTURE: The Scottish League of Credit Unions invites you to attend its bi-annual Bert Mullen Lecture being hosted in Stirling University on the evening of Friday 18 Oct.

Case Study: Murieston Utd Football Club – Sports SEN


Dates for the Diary

Aberdeen City and Shire Trade 2 Trade Fair, 8th October

West Lothian SEN, 15th October

Edinburgh SEN, 28th October

Aberdeen SEN, 30th October

Sport SEN West, 30th October

Fife SEN AGM, 13th November

Moray SEN, 4th December

Best wishes,