The SENs: Friday 5th August 2016

One of the big social/community enterprise events in the calendar takes place on 7th Sept in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. CEiS’ annual SE Policy and Practice event is now in its 10th year and regularly attracts around 200 delegates each year. This year’s Programme includes a keynote speech fromAngela Constance (our new Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities) plus a summary of the key issues emerging from the new SE Strategy for Scotland – due to be published in the autumn. Regular features include Rising Stars and ‘themed’ Breakout Sessions – as well as news of an innovative Scottish/Canadian SE Alliance. CEIS is kindly offering 15 Bursary places (£50+vat) to SEN members. For details, contact Each week, the Senscot bulletin carries a ‘profile’ on a social enterprise in Scotland – usually a SEN member. This week, Limelight Music became the 750th organisation to be ‘profiled’ – the first was Birse Community Trust in December 2001. Whilst a few of the organisations on the list may no longer be trading – the vast majority continue play important roles within their respective local communities. We are conscious, however, that some of the ‘profiles’ could do with being ‘refreshed’. If you feel this applies to your own organisation and, if you have the time, please forward an updated version to A month-long celebration of local food and drink, the Great Perthshire Picnic, will champion home-grown produce and talent. The event is being led by Employability SEN member, Giraffe Trading, which will be hosting a Scottish tapas evening in their South Street café. Giraffe Trading is being supported by the Community Food Fund to launch the first year of the event which they hope can get established and sponsored in future years, see more. Scottish Government, last month, published a consultation document in preparation for its new Mental Health Strategy – ‘Mental Health in Scotland: a 10 year vision’. They are inviting written responses – by 16th Sept – on proposed actions to transform mental health in Scotland. As part of this initiative, the Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee is also inviting views on mental health services, support and strategy – deadline is 17th August. The Committee has issued a series of questions focused on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), with particular reference to waiting time targets, the success of the previous Mental Health Strategy and priorities for the future. The Alliance is submitting a response and would welcomes your views. To do so, email The Robertson Trust is one of Scotland’s most pro-active and progressive funders. Last week, they announced their new Giving Strategy – covering the period 2016-2019 – that will aim to address some of the needs and challenges faced by people living in communities across Scotland. Their new Giving Strategy will incorporate three funding strands: Care & Wellbeing; Strengthening Communities; and Realising Potential. Just Enterprise is now accepting applications from new or existing clients – who may be planning to develop new projects; promote new activities or innovative services; improve operational efficiency or strengthen the infrastructure of their business. Since its launch in 2011, Just Enterprise has supported over one thousand organisations from across Scotland. If you feel Just Enterprise can help your own organisation – see details  Notices TENDERS: Building Cleaning Machine Repair and Annual PAT Testing Service; Experiences of people with a learning disability in the Scottish criminal justice system; National Marine Centre – Exhibition Design Services; Challenge Fund Grant Opportunity – Childcare and more.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterSURVEY: tsiMORAY is in the early stages of collecting and collating updated information from all of our social enterprise and enterprising community organisations to be included in a potential interactive map of social enterprises in Moray. SERVICES: Senscot Legal is now offering a package of ‘core services’ to social enterprises and third sector organisations – and includes Governance Reviews; Reviews of Policies and Procedures; and the Company Secretary function. These are available as individual services or can be ‘wrapped up’ as a ‘core services package’. AWARDS: The NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards are open to all social ventures across the UK. To enter, organisations need to have completed their profile on the SE100 Index, including providing standard financial information and details on their social impact. INFORMATION: The Melting Pot is Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation, designed to provide a range of practical resources to entrepreneurs, leaders, community activists, public/private/third sector organisations of all shapes and sizes.  HEALTH AND WELLBEING NEWSLETTER: This month’s newsletter includes introductions to new Health SEN members, Open Secret and Resonate – as well as news on Scottish Govt’s forthcoming Mental Health Strategy; the current Social Security Consultation process; and local and national updates on Health and Social Care Integration.  Dates for the Diary Moray SEN, 11th AugBorders SEN, 18th AugPerth & Kinross SEN, 30th AugFife SEN, 7th SepPerth & Kinross SEN, 27th SepInverclyde SEN, 25th Oct Best wishes,