The SENs: Friday 5th September 2014

During the last couple of years there has been a significant increase in activity within the Thematic SENs (Health, Sport, Culture and Creative and Community Food). This has included exploring areas for joint working across the themes. At the first Joint Thematic Roundtable in September 2013, one of the key issues was the opportunities that exist for social enterprises within Scotland’s tourism industry. During the summer months, almost 70 SEN members responded to a survey conducted by Senscot. The intention of the survey has been to gain a clearer understanding of the tourism landscape within the social enterprise community. The survey report highlights both the existing contribution of social enterprises within Scotland’s tourism industry and also the significant potential for its further development. For more information, contact Sarah. This week, Senscot attended the CEiS Annual Social Enterprise Conference in Glasgow. Over 200 folk turned up to hear a wide range of presentations/workshops etc. The first session of the day kick started conversations about a vision for social enterprise and a 10 year strategy. Yvonne Strachan (Scottish Govt) committed to continue dialogue with the SE community over the coming months. One of the highlights of the day was the Showcase session hearing from the ‘Rising Stars’. They included – The Experience; Grey Friars Tartan; Bodysurf; Velocity; Stramash and Oban Phoenix Cinema. Big Issue Invest Scotland (BIIS), a joint venture between Big Issue Invest and DSL Business Finance, is open for business and has been out and about this week – attending both the DTAS and CEiS Annual Conferences. BIIS is offering business loans between £5,000 and £1.5 million. If you’re aiming to improve property, plant and equipment, working capital or business expansion, see more. The Year of Food and Drink is a chance to spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce to our people and our visitors – as well as capitalising on the momentum created by the previous Year of Food and Drink in 2010 and Homecoming Scotland 2014. It is a Scottish Government initiative being led by Event Scotland and Visit Scotland.  Potential applicants are advised to contact EventScotland to discuss their applications in advance of submitting an application form, see more. Social Firms Scotland’s AGM, ‘Creating Inclusive Employment’, will take place at The Bread Maker in Aberdeen on September 17th. Hear from members, Dave Simmers (CFINE), Patsy Telford (Rosie’s Social Enterprises) and Donald Anderson (The Bread Maker) on how Social Firms continue to create economic impact and employment and training opportunities for people who face significant barriers to work. More info on the event is available here. Edinburgh SEN published its newsletter this week with information on ‘Buy the Good Stuff’- their new marketing campaign and ‘Social In the Square’ which takes places on 12th/ 13th September, see more.  Notices TENDERS: Employee Occupational Health and Wellbeing – Renfrewshire Council, Construction of Woodland Cycle Trail & Skills Area – Midlothian Council, Sector Skills Academy Programme – Perth & Kinross Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter. VOTE: Both The Bike Station in Glasgow and Mid Argyll Community Pool have been in touch looking for votes to help them receive a grant up to £3000. Please follow the respective links to do so. AWARDS: The Scottish Health Awards is looking for nominations of volunteers who make a special difference to the health and wellbeing of their community for the Volunteer of the Year category. CONFERENCE: The Nourish Scotland Conference this year takes place in Glasgow on the 16th and 17th October. Booking is now open and a draft agenda is available. GATHERING: Following the success of the first Pilgrimage Gathering attended by 80 delegates last year, the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum & Forth Pilgrim have organised a similar event on Oct 3rd. ICEBUCKET: Iain McWhirter of MND Scotland will be speaking at a #BeGoodBeSocial talk, looking at what has made Ice Bucket Challenge their most successful fundraising campaign to date. Dates for the Diary West Lothian SEN, 9th SeptemberSocial In The Square, 12th SeptemberArgyll & Bute SEN Cultural Meeting, 22nd SeptemberFalkirk SEN, 25th SeptemberMoray SEN / Glasgow SEN, 1st OctoberSport SEN North, 3rd OctoberEast Lothian SEN, 9th OctoberSport SEN West, 22nd OctoberSport SEN, Outdoor Activity, 29th OctoberFalkirk SEN, 31st OctoberSport SEN North East, 6th NovemberSocial Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13/14th NovemberSport SEN East, 19th NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November Best wishes,