The SENs: Friday 6th May 2016

Following our recent review of Thematic SEN activity, 2016/17 will see a focus on key priorities identified in the review – and a further emphasis on exploring joint opportunities between the respective thematic areas. The specific priorities include: Health and Social Care Integration; Self Directed Support; Food Poverty; Tourism and Heritage; Creative Industries; Sport for Change; and Employability. We will be holding a series of joint thematic meetings across Scotland during the year ahead – working in partnership with Local SENs.  These events will provide a space to explore joint working opportunities; building connections; sharing good practice and developing ideas and /or pieces of work – and will hopefully lead to greater involvement for SEs within specific policy areas.  The first event is in Perth on 16th June at The Salutation Hotel. More details to follow. For further info’, contact Sarah.

The Scottish Govt has commissioned an evaluation of the TSI Network Model and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) – being carried out by Blake Stevenson and Arrivo Consulting.   As part of the study, they are carrying out 11 case studies exploring how the TSI model works at the local level. To augment the case studies, they are carrying out a survey of third sector organisations in those areas to identify the type of support they need and where they can access that support. The case study areas are: Borders, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Highland, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross. The survey is very short and should only take 5 minutes. Please click here to access the survey. More info here.

The Small Business and Enterprise Act came into force in 2015 – affecting all companies and LLP’s in the UK.  The act aims to streamline company regulation and make it more transparent. The main update is the requirement for a register of any persons with significant control (PSC).   If your social enterprise is registered as a limited company, CIC, or charitable company then you will have to review your company information and put in place the register if it applies to you.  Senscot Legal has prepared a briefing note on the important information from the act and what it means for third sector organisations – which can be found here.

The majority of SEN members are now signed up to the SE Code. Recently, the SE Code Steering Group held its annual review of the Code and its criteria. In addition to revising the criteria, a FAQs page has been added to address some of the questions/queries that have arisen. As part of the consultation process, a number of current subscribers have also been invited to give feedback. See refreshed version of the SE Code criteria and FAQs.

Two SEN members celebrating big birthdays this months, firstly, congratulations, this week, to Jean Cummings and her colleagues at Crisis Ltd, on their 20th birthday (10th May). They will be celebrating their anniversary at an event later in the year – sponsored by RBS Community Banking. North Coast Leisure Centre celebrated its 21st birthday with a range of activities including a Family Dance in the Village Hall on Saturday night.

Glasgow Food Policy Partnership is keen to hear from those working in the community food sector in Glasgow about whether they feel a community food network for the city would be useful and, if so, what form should it take. If there is support for exploring the possibility further, a small ‘short life’ group will be established to develop a detailed proposal for a community food network which is suited to Glasgow’s specific needs and circumstances. An event is planned for early June and if you are involved in community food activity in Glasgow and would like to participate, please email Carol to express your interest by 9th May. Confirmation of places along with further details about the event will be sent by 20th May.


TENDERS: Exhibition & Interpretation Design Services for Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum Project, Supply and Delivery of Fresh/Organic Food Stuffs – East Ayrshire Council, Inverclyde Community Finance Initiative – Feasibility Study and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

SUPPORT: Anthony Gerrard and Joseph Meade have developed a simple 4-step process to help overcome barriers to getting your project started…and funded! Tickets going fast for this event.

NEWSLETTERS: The latest packed newsletters from the Edinburgh and Dundee SENs have been published.

WORKSHOPS: There are three free workshops coming up from GRREC. The Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility and Introduction to Sustainability take place on 10th May and Project Management – A Practitioners Workshop takes place on 24th May.

EVENT: Reminder that bookings are open for Community Enterprise’s event in Edinburgh on 24th June. – ‘Where Community Meets Enterprise: The nature and scale of "community enterprise" within Scotland’s growing family of social enterprises.

SPORT: Sport SEN members will be interested in an up-and-coming event that will focus on how Scotland’s community sports providers can benefit their communities and increase their impact.

FESTIVAL: Cultural SEN member, The National Piping Centre, has announced the music festival line up for Piping Live this summer.  Now in its 13th year, Piping Live! attracts 40,000 people from around the world each year to watch more than 5,000 international pipers perform at 150 events across Glasgow.

Dates for the Diary

South Ayrshire SEN, 11th May
Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th May
Glasgow SEN, 1st Jun
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Jun
Fife SEN, 8th Jun
Moray SEN, 9th Jun
Borders SEN, 9th Jun
Dundee SEN AGM, 14th June
Joint thematic SEN (Perth), 16th June
Perth & Kinross SEN, 28th Jun 

Best wishes,