The SENs: Friday 5th May 2017

Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is now accepting applications from charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations interested in creating new job opportunities. CJS aims to support unemployed and vulnerable people aged 16-29 by helping them into paid job and training opportunities in the third sector. All jobs created must offer at least 25 hours of work per week, pay a minimum of £5.60 per hour (or the NMW rate appropriate to age), and last for at least 52 weeks. Organisations that have not been involved in CJS before should register online by the 19th May to create and submit each of the opportunities they wish to be considered for.

Nourish Scotland has relaunched its Making a Living from Local Food campaign. The programme offers mentoring and peer-to-peer support for recently-established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland and is now inviting applications. Successful applicants will become part of a regional peer group which is then paired with a mentor. This year’s mentors include Rob Davidson from the Cyrenians Farm near Edinburgh, Howard Wilkinson from Ayrshire Food Network and Jo Hunt from Knockfarrel Produce near Inverness. Mentors will provide five three-hour group sessions and an additional five hours of one-to-one mentoring, with various networking and learning exchange opportunities on top of that. Find out more here. Members are reminded that the 2017 Social Enterprise Census will be ongoing over the course of the next few months. The larger the sample size, the more valuable and robust the data that it produces will be. The Census will also be instrumental in the development of future Scottish Government Social Enterprise Action Plans. If you haven’t already done so, please take the ten minutes required to complete the census. Senscot are working with Citrus Energy to provide an impartial energy brokering service for our members.  Citrus Energy has been created to provide ethical commercial energy advice, to help businesses, charities and fellow social enterprises find the best energy prices. Senscot and Citrus are looking to identify social enterprises interested in reducing their energy bills. We will be providing more information on our website in the coming weeks, in the meantime for further information please contact Citrus Energy is a social enterprise subsidiary of Cunninghame Housing Association. New research from SCVO has revealed the extent to which small charities and community groups are forced to perform administrative acrobatics in order to maintain their level of public sector funding. Issues to arise from the research include the complexity of application processes, a lack of feedback for unsuccessful claims and an inability to implement long-term planning. Annual funding arrangements are putting an unnecessary strain on charities and community groups, many of whom are having to pick up the slack from a welfare system that is being incessantly pruned, which is why Senscot will continue to support a move to three-year funding cycles. SEN members whose work includes a play element are encouraged to sign up for an event which will bring organisations, charities and social enterprises together to connect, learn and share ideas. Run by Inspiring Scotland and BBC Children in Need, the series of workshops will discuss best practice on a range of themes including play therapy, play and mental health, nature play, food and street play. A marketplace will also up and running during the lunch break for partners to showcase their resources. Find out more and sign up hereNotices TENDERS: Office Cleaning Services 2017-2020 – Govanhill Housing Association; Environmental Network Improvement – Renfrewshire Council; Open Space Maintenance Contract from 2017 to 2020 – Shire Housing Association Ltd.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterEVENT: Senscot Legal is running a free masterclass on how to set up an effective legal structure for social enterprises. The workshop will be run by Karina MacLeod on 8th May in Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston Campus. Sign up hereEVENT: SEN member Timespan are hosting a series of events and exhibitions across May, including storytelling and art sessions, an interactive mapping of Helmsdale Castle and a film screening of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Find out more hereSURVEY: Community Enterprise is currently running its second survey to understand the priorities, needs and skills that SEs in Scotland have relating to marketing and communications. Take the five-minute survey hereSURVEY: SPAEN are working on a “Wellbeing Indicator” toolkit aimed at measuring the impact of Self-Directed Support. SPAEN hope to survey as many SDS recipients as possible to inform the toolkit. Take and distribute the surveyWORKSHOP: SCVO are hosting an SQA accredited three-day course on how to plan training sessions and develop learning resources. Find out more and sign upWORKSHOP: Spaces are running out for NFP’s bid writing for grant funding workshops. Basic and advanced courses are available in June, in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. £95 per course. Find out more and register hereVACANCY: Children Included East Lothian are looking for a full-time project co-ordinator to lead and manage their work with disabled children and their families. £24k. See more detailsFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: £2.5m of National Lottery funding is still available through The Great Place Scheme. Funding is provided for projects which increase the role of local heritage in communities across Scotland. Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest by 12pm on 8th June. Download full guidance pack. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Organisations with innovative projects to encourage people to walk and cycle more often can apply for a share of £470,000 of UK Government funding. Find out more hereFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Up to £500 of funding is available to sports clubs in Scotland through the Aldi Scottish Sport Fund. Applications close 18th June.  Dates for the Diary Dundee SEN, 15th May
Clackmannanshire SEN, 22nd May
Moray SEN, 8th June
SBSEC, 8th June
Perth & Kinross SEN, 20th June
Dundee SEN AGM, 22nd June  Best wishes,