The SENs: Friday 6th February 2015

Job Advert: Senscot is now recruiting for a new Health/Community Food SEN Co-ordinator. Danielle Trudeau, who has been with us since Feb 2013, is moving on to devote her time and energies running her own social enterprise ‘Tribe Porty’. The post, funded through Scottish Govt, will seek to provide ongoing support to both the Health and Community Food SENs and Roundtables. Closing date for applications is Monday 23rd Feb. For an application pack, contact Karina. See job description and download application form here.

 Following a consultation process – involving over 400 people from across our SE community – we now have a version of the ‘SE Vision 2025 – Building a New Economy’ for circulation – feedback invited. Attached is a 4 page Executive Summary – plus a link to full report. The document has taken on board a wide range of views from within our sector – and can be seen as benchmark; what needs to happen for social enterprise to increase its contribution to the social, economic and environmental landscape in Scotland. It is assumed that these ideas will continue to evolve. Some will see it as a bold document; for others – not bold enough – but, importantly, it is starting point, we hope, for a wide-ranging and inclusive national dialogue on the role of social enterprise in a changing Scotland.See more. Dundee Business Week is taking place between 23rd and 27th Feb 2015. Dundee SEN is taking part this year in a more proactive role – which includes hosting events and offering one-2-one surgeries along with the Business Gateway and the Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, see more. Community Enterprise Ltd is considering working with others to establish a Third Sector Enterprise Centre in West Lothian – to both strengthen existing enterprises in the area and stimulate new entrepreneurial activity.  This is more than just office space.  The key objectives are a) to offer affordable quality accommodation and meeting space to third sector organisations, social enterprises and social entrepreneurs and b) to encourage innovation and joint working by creating an atmosphere of collaboration and mutual learning while developing job creation and learning. See more.

There is a lot of chat about food sovereignty at the moment and at this week’s conference, ‘The Politics of Food and Nutrition: Resilience, Security and Justice in a Global Context’, key note speaker, Mike Small of The Fife Diet, called for sovereignty for food sovereignty. ​Mike has built not just a network but a community that is committed to changing the current unsustainable food system.  Over the past 8 years, The Fife Diet has been shaping and changing behaviours around food and carbon footprints. Mike will soon be publishing some work gathered over the course of the project and now calls for a whole system change for food and sovereignty. In the meantime, read the Common Weal’s vision for food, just one of their ‘key ideas’, here.
 Senscot attended the UNESCO City of Design launch in Dundee last week. Dundee is the UK’s first City of Design by the United Nations and was recognised for its diverse contributions to fields including medical research, comics and video games.  Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Govt’s Culture, Europe and external affairs secretary, said "This accolade further strengthens the city’s growing reputation as a hub of cultural and creative excellence and an international centre for the creative industries."  For more information, see hereNoticesTENDERS: Equality and Sport Research – sportscotland, Provision of an Integrated Advocacy Service – East Renfrewshire Council, Cycle Friendly Design Package – Cycling Scotland, Landscape Maintenance – Clyde Gateway URC Ltd. and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.FUNDING: Bank of Scotland and the School for Social Entrepreneurs are calling out to motivated entrepreneurs with a desire to inspire social change to realise their dream by offering them a funding grant, business mentorship and year-long training programme. Applications open until 2nd April.

FUNDRAISER: Jane Churchill (of Healthy n Happy) is hosting a fundraiser at the Glasgow Bike Station next month to celebrate turning 40. All welcome.WORKSHOP: Limited availability for 1 day ‘Budgeting for Your Organisation and Funding Applications’ course at a venue in central Glasgow in March 2015. Just Enterprise finance training courses have been developed to significantly increase the ability of boards and practitioners to make valued and informed decisions relating to the financial management of Third Sector organisations. PROJECT MANAGEMENT: There is a free Project Management workshop for small businesses / social enterprise taking place in Glasgow on 24th Feb. VOTE: media co-op’s participatory film ‘Judge for Yourself’ is up for an award. If you have 30 seconds please vote for it. The 2 minute short can be viewed on the website.  Dates for the Diary

West Lothian SEN, 11th FebruaryInverclyde SEN, 17th FebruaryFalkirk SEN, 17th FebruaryFalkirk SEN, 17th MarchSport SEN National, 31st MarchGlasgow SEN, 1st AprilFalkirk SEN, 16th April Best wishes,