The SENs: Friday 6th June 2014

The next round of ‘Just Enterprise’ was officially launched this week – with the contract being extended to 2016. The Just Enterprise Consortium comprises CEiS, HISEZ, Firstport, the Social Enterprise Academy, Forth Sector Development, Community Enterprise Ltd, CEMVO Scotland, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd, Ready for Business and Inspiralba. Since 2011, it has delivered a programme of business support including start-up advice, leadership and learning workshops to over 4,300 organisations and individuals.  A particularly welcome addition within the new contract will be ‘business recovery assistance’ – for SEs that are experiencing organisational or financial difficulties. The importance of this new service cannot be underestimated and we congratulate Just Enterprise in addressing this need. See more. Dundee SEN (DSEN) has reported a growth in Aspiring Social Enterprises (ASEs) in the City. They are currently working with over 50 ASEs – ranging from people at the earliest stage of an idea and a vision – to those working on plan of action and legal structure – and to others ready to in search of start-up funds and other relevant support. DSEN has introduced an Aspiring Social Enterprise Membership enabling the ASEs to access support and advice when required as well as supporting and encouraging their involvement in DSEN. The ASEs are benefitting from support locally and nationally including linking up with Firstport, the Social Enterprise Academy and Senscot Legal. See more. It’s not often that the launch of a new fund makes your heart sink but this week’s announcement of a £500k Emergency Food Fund did exactly that. See more. The shocking statistics that the number of people who used food banks in Scotland between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014 rose to 71,428 demonstrate that the fund is needed. This week the Sustainable Food Trust in partnership with Nourish Scotland held an informative conference to showcase the unsustainable food system we are currently living with – and to discuss how Scotland could bring sustainable food production and consumption into the mainstream. The  burning question was why our current economic system makes it more profitable to produce food in ways that damage the environment and human health as opposed to rewarding methods of production that deliver benefits. See more. Third Sector Internships Scotland (TSIS) has announced its internship programme will continue through 2014-15 with further support from the Scottish Funding Council. The initiative, led by Queen Margaret University, the Open University in Scotland and SCVO, helps students at Scottish universities gain meaningful and, importantly, paid work experience within the third sector. Many SEN members have benefitted from previous rounds. The new round is open to both existing and new organisations. The TSIS Project Co-ordinator has offered to attend SEN meetings to give further information – if you’d like to take up this offer contact Kim. See more. Senscot is supporting Social Firms Scotland to host the next EU SEN meeting in Glasgow on the 16th and 17th June. Up to 30 visitors will be joining us from 10 member states across Europe – with a programme that focuses on support infrastructures for social enterprise. This is a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on and promote the strong SE community in Scotland. We’re delighted that Yvonne Strachan (Head of Equality, Human Rights & Third Sector, Scottish Government) will join us to welcome our visitors and give an overview of Scottish Government support for social enterprise. More information next week. Notices TENDERS: Refurbishment of Social Housing – Blairtummock Housing Association Ltd, Provision of Service User Involvement within the Angus Integrated Mental Health Service – Angus Council, Family Nurture Asset Based Community Building Programme – Fife Council and Consultancy Funding Support Kirkintilloch Town Hall – East Dunbartonshire Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterLAUNCH: LocalMotive Markets officially launches today at Edinburgh Waverley Station that will be the first Network Rail-owned station to host a weekly market in the UK. BOARD: Artmap Argyll recently became a registered company limited by guarantee and is now looking to recruit members to its new Board of Directors, with specific skills that will support the company’s growth over the next 3 years. EVENT: Nourish Scotland is organising an event talking about ways people can get access to land to start and grow their businesses. NEWS: The latest Big Lottery Fund newsletter features Claire Carpenter of The Melting Pot. NEWSLETTER: Latest newsletter from the Supplier Development Programme.  Dates for the DiaryAberdeenshire SEN, 11th JuneFife SEN, 11th JuneSport SEN East, 19th JuneFalkirk SEN, 30th JuneFalkirk SEN, 29th JulyMoray SEN, 6th AugustGlasgow SEN, 6th AugustInverclyde SEN, 13th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd September Best wishes,