The SENs: Friday 5th February 2016

Senscot and Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) will be attending the Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) Social Enterprise Forum at The Melting Pot next Thursday. The session is aimed at staff from Third Sector Interfaces and will focus on TSI social enterprise support in the future and what this should ‘look like’. Senscot and SES will share information and findings from Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2015 and Scotland’s Vision for Social Enterprise 2025. The Social Enterprise Academy will also attend to discuss a follow up Social Enterprise and TSI Learning Programme.  Now in its 5th year, 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. The content of the course and the size of the grant award will vary depending on whether you join Start Up or Scale Up. Applications are currently open and applications must be received before 1pm on 21st March 2016, see more. This week, Social Investment Scotland, launched its new Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy – funded through the proceeds from Asda’s carrier bag charge totalling around £750,000. The aim of the Academy will be to increase the availability of social enterprise products in supermarkets. The new Academy will support up to eight Scottish social enterprises to strengthen their understanding of supermarket retail. Deadline for applications is 14th March. Fife SEN, with support from BRAG, has been working closely with St Andrews University to promote and develop a marketing strategy for the SEN.  University students, through Enactus and Playfair, will be developing an online presence for the SEN and, with support from the Santander Universities Internship Scheme, will soon be starting to reach out to social enterprises operating in Fife.  For more information on Fife SEN see the latest update or contact Sarah or Pedro Santos.  Congratulations to Borders and Community Food SEN member, You Can Cook, on being accredited as a “Living Wage Employer” by the Scottish Living Wage Foundation. Bosco Santimano (Founder and Executive Director) was informed that they were also the first Cookery Training provider in food and health in Scotland to be accredited.  You Can Cook has been paying the living wage since it was formed in 2007! The ethos of the company is to make sure that all staff, whether employees or sub-contractors, would be paid a fair wage even though that could impact on potential profits of the company. See more. The Scottish Government’s Water Exemption Scheme helped over 7,400 charities and sports clubs with reduced charges in 2015-16. However, charity regulator OSCR is sure there are more charities that can benefit, and also reminds us that charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs must reapply each year to the Scheme to retain exemption. Applications have to be in by 31st March, more details here. CEIS have announced the date of their annual Policy and Practice event. Now in its 8th year, the event will take place on 7th September at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. Early bird rates available until 28th February, £99+ VAT for SE’s and £139 + VAT for non-SE’s. See here for more details. Notices TENDERS: Website Tender – Glasgow City Heritage Centre, Tender for heritage DVD production – Newbattle Abbey College, Alcohol and Drug Recovery Hub – Glasgow City Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOP: There is a free HR Essentials workshop taking place in Glasgow on the 25th of February. Contracts of employment, right to work and an overview of the employment lifecycle will be covered amongst other topics. WORKSHOP: Growing Together / FCFCG Community Garden Essentials are jointly running a practical workshop for people who are responsible for managing the finances of their organisation or project.  SURVEY: Work4ME have been given the opportunity to conduct a survey around volunteering and the role it might play in helping people with long-term conditions get into work. Survey will only take a matter of minutes and the results will be published on its website in April. CONFERENCE: Following on from the success of last years’ conference the National Third Sector GIRFEC Project will be hosting its second National Learning event on February 26th. The theme for this year will be: Tackling Inequalities in partnership; are we getting it right. HEALTH: The topic for the forthcoming Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities meeting is: Spotlight on Research in Health Inequalities. Takes place on 25th of February in the Scottish Parliament.  Dates for the Diary
Moray SEN, 11th FebInverclyde, 16th FebPerth and Kinross SEN, 23rd FebStirlingshire, 25th FebMoray SEN, 1st MarFife SEN, 9th Mar
South Ayrshire SEN, 9th MarWest Lothian SEN, 9th MarPerth and Kinross SEN, 23rd Mar Best wishes, Kim