The SENs: Friday 6th April 2018

The SEN Community Bond Offer now has one month left to run – closing date 7th May 2018 – and we would like to encourage all SENs; SEN members; and other supporters of social enterprise in Scotland to give their support during the final few weeks. To date, over 40 ‘investors’ have purchased Bonds. The more ‘investors’ we can attract over these last few weeks – the more money that will be available to SEN members via the SEN Loan Fund. This Loan Fund will be set up to provide small, affordable loans to SEN members – helping them ease short-term cashflow issues; bridge funding gaps or develop new ideas. Community Bonds are available at £50 each – although there’s a cap on any ‘investor’ at 100 Bonds. Your support during this final stage of the Bond Offer is very much appreciated. For more info, see Bond Offer  and application form. For any further questions, contact


If you’re currently working on an idea or project which will benefit young people in Scotland, how about a wee cash boost to get things moving along? SE development agency Firstport has launched the Social Innovation Competition to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, with three £5000 awards to be won along with a package of tailored support to refine and develop your idea. Priority will be given to projects which identify solutions to social issues or challenges faced by people aged between 8 and 26 in Scotland. You can take inspiration from previous competition winners before applying. Deadline for applications is 30th July. Find out more and apply today.


Charity regulator OSCR has published an updated Charities and Trading Guide on its website. The guide examines the main ways a charity can trade and what charity trustees need to consider in relation to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. Section One is particularly helpful, offering advice on the nature of charity trading – including valuable information on tax exemptions and reliefs. The detailed guide includes a digital glossary to help cut through the legal jargon and should be used as a valuable resource for any charity trustee, or indeed those applying to set up a charity with the intention of trading. Download the full PDF version or use the online guide.


SEN member The Melting Pot has been providing a shared working environment and resources for socially-minded businesses and entrepreneurs for over ten years and is now proudly launching a new venue to continue its good work. The Melting Pot Studio @ The Crags Centre in Edinburgh will provide a bright studio space for up to 30 people in the shadow of Salisbury Crags, offering the same excellent services as their Rose Street base. The studio can be hired for as little as £150, which includes free parking. View a full list of Melting Pot’s venue hire prices here.


Have you signed up yet for the Ready for Business (RfB) Third Sector Register? The RfB Register is a searchable database for the public and private sector to find social enterprise suppliers. If your organisation is currently delivering contracts or you are looking to deliver contracts in the future, sign up now on the P4P website  – it only takes 10 minutes. If you want out more about the register and the support P4P offers you can contact the team on 0141 280 2560 or




TENDERS: The Great Tapestry of Scotland Visitor Attraction-Scottish Borders Council; Housing Advice Advocacy and Education-North Ayrshire Council; Scotland’s Baby Box-Contents-Year 2-APS Group (Scotland) Limited and more.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Any group of volunteers can apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. Find out more here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Year of Young People National Lottery Fund is offering grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to projects that focus on young people’s health and wellbeing. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Co-op’s Local Community Fund is opening its next round of funding applications. Deadline 8th April. Apply now.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The 3rd April deadline for the Scottish Government’s Self-Directed Support Fund is approaching. The fund aims to increase the delivery of independent support for people who require social care. Find out more and apply.


BRIEFING: Catch up on latest Senscot Briefing – Community Tourism: The Role of Social Enterprise. The Briefing explores how local tourism initiatives can be instrumental in benefiting the community – in economic, cultural and heritage terms. Read the Briefing now.


NEWSLETTER: Social Firms Scotland’s latest newsletter is out. This month features a DPS event in Glasgow and a useful factsheet from P4P. Read the newsletter now.


NEWSLETTER: See latest Scottish Community Alliance newsletter, with comment on the right to buy in urban areas and an update on the Govanhill Baths’ plight. Read it now.


EVENT: The Scottish Food Coalition invites people to get together for Kitchen Table Talks to discuss the future of food in Scotland – scheduling Kitchen Table Talks around the country according to demand. Find out more and contribute to the discussion.


VACANCY: Community Enterprise are looking to hire two development officers to deliver capacity building and development support to a wide range of third sector clients and projects across Scotland. See more details and apply.


VACANCY: Highlands TSI is looking to hire two part time adult health and wellbeing development officers. £25k pro rata. See more details and apply.


Dates for the Diary

25th April, ASEN

26th April, DSEN

15th May, Health SEN

16th May, GSEN


Best wishes,