The SENs: Friday 6th March 2015

The quarterly SEN co-ordinators and chairs meeting took place yesterday in Edinburgh. Amongst the items for discussion was the recent SE Vision 2025 document. The general feedback was positive – with a couple of caveats. Principally, this was around ensuring that whatever actions emanate from this document over the next year or so, it is vital that they genuinely filter down to a local level. Many SEN members are very conscious that whilst SE appears to be punching its weight at a national level – locally, it can remain an uphill struggle for many. Other matters raised included the relationship between SENs and TSIs; national Intermediaries; and the Social Finance sector. We will be re-visiting these issues over the coming months. Falkirk and District SEN has been up and running for a year now and is keen to welcome new members.  With this in mind, members would like to invite any social enterprises in the Falkirk area to a networking event and lunch on 17th March – from 11am onwards.  This will provide an opportunity for SEs to meet each other and hear more about what is happening in Falkirk.  For more info’, see flyer. This week, Santander launched the 2015 Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) – the £2 million national community investment programme – providing funding for SEs working for the benefit of their community.  The awards are open to social enterprises and trading charities which are providing training or employment opportunities, tackling social exclusion or environmental impacts. Awards are available to fund equipment or a service which will help the enterprise to grow. See more Senscot is contacting SEs in Aberdeen over the next couple of weeks to carry out a short telephone survey. The aim is to give ASEN a better understanding of its members needs, the challenges of the sector in Aberdeen and the support required in the city. We would really appreciate if as many of the city’s SEs as possible could participate. For more info’, contact SCRT has only been operational for a couple of months and has already been engaged in quite a bit of activity. As well as launching the Anchor Savings Account in conjunction with Airdrie Savings Bank, SCRT has also hosted a ‘crowd-funding ‘masterclass’, delivered by Buzzbnk – our crowdfunding partner.  This week sees the publication of the first SCRT e-bulletin. This will be a monthly bulletin – and will look to bring some different thinking to the third sector’s approach to finance, economics, banking and social investment. To subscribe, see here Senscot attended the Edinburgh Green Tease (Art, Culture and Food Event on 25th Feb. The event began at Edinburgh Larder café where director, Eleanor Cunningham, described the aims of the organisation – promoting local food, using seasonal produce, shortening food supply chains. Allison Palenske then introduced, her (Edinburgh College of Art) thesis project ‘The Dinner Lab’. The Dinner Lab brings together notions of art, science, cultural geography, community and activism to explore the culture of contemporary food and drink consumption. See more Latest Community Food SEN newsletter published this week, see more  Notices TENDERS: Catering Service for Glasgow Kelvin College; Proposed Skatepark at Wallsgreen Park, Cardenden; Making Cycling Mainstream – Content Development Package; Design Services Framework; Young Peoples Managed Support Service.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterSE TRADE FAIR: Lanarkshire’s Social Enterprise Trade Fair 20th March 2015.  Providing businesses, local authorities, public sector bodies and other third sector organisations the opportunity to learn how Social Enterprise can assist your organisation to deliver better services whilst providing significant social benefit. LEGACY WEEK: An opportunity for people, communities and organisations across Scotland to highlight the legacy of the Commonwealth Games and how programmes, projects and investment that are benefitting people across Scotland and in Glasgow, 9th – 15th  March.  PROGRAMME: Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme has three core elements: a 14 day course, one to one business mentoring and a grant. The programme is split into two categories… Start Up will help you get a new organisation up and running & Scale Up will help you grow an existing social enterprise. JOB OPPORTUNITY: Adventure Centre for Education is a thriving outdoor activity and environmental education Charity which, in this exciting time of growth and expansion, is looking to recruit an Assistant Manager for a two year position with possible extension.   Dates for the Diary Falkirk SEN, 17th MarchDundee SEN, 24th MarchSport SEN National, 31st MarchGlasgow SEN, 1st AprilFalkirk SEN, 16th AprilInverclyde SEN, 28th April Best wishes,