The SENs: Friday 7th April 2017

Following yesterday’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, today sees the publication of a comprehensive Sport for Change research project, conducted by Research Scotland on behalf of the Robertson Trust, sportscotland and the Scottish Government. Positive outcomes of the research include a jointly-developed definition of Sport for Change; findings which suggest Sport for Change engenders “resilience in communities”; evidence that it prevents deaths and diseases, reduces depression, dementia and isolation, builds social capital and reduces NHS costs. The research also found that up to 94% of organisations delivering physical activity or sport in Scotland do so to bring about benefits for individuals and communities. Senscot – as an active member of the Sport for Change Network – welcomes this report and hopes that its publication helps to give greater recognition to the work being carried out by our 150 Sport SEN members in communities across Scotland.

See the executive summary and the full report. Tuesday’s Scotland CAN DO assembly saw a convergence entrepreneurial minds discuss the importance of the creative sector to Scotland’s future economy. Minister for business, innovation and energy Paul Wheelhouse MSP identified the creative industries as one of the Scottish Government’s key growth sectors, while Lynne Cadenhead of Women’s Enterprise Scotland spoke of failure being an inherent part of the entrepreneurial process that must be embraced and discussed, not ignored. The assembly also highlighted several funding opportunities for entrepreneurs, which can be viewed below. At Friday’s East Lothian SEN meeting we heard from Rogue Village, who work with local artists to celebrate and promote East Lothian’s rich cultural offerings. Venturing Out shared their inclusive approach to creating an environment for those in the community who would otherwise be excluded from activities such as canoeing, rock climbing or even bushcraft, while Dunbar Music School offered a rundown of their community music programme, which offers lessons to pupils aged four all the way through to 77 – another stirring SEN meeting! Sticking with Friday’s meeting in East Lothian, it also marked the end of the inspirational Elaine Gale’s involvement. Elaine has worked assiduously with SEs in the area for 10 years and was instrumental in the SEN’s development. Her hard work has ensured the meetings are characterised by their vibrancy and high levels of engagement. Her willingness to provide one-on-one support in the sometimes-stressful world of social entrepreneurialism is summed up by one tribute: “Sometimes the darkest moments are when you are starting up your social enterprise, but Elaine was always there for me”. From all at Senscot, thanks for your contributions Elaine! Last week’s bulletin praised Centrestage for identifying a community need and adjusting their model accordingly. This week, however, mobility product vendor Respite Now have provided an admirable example of reactive service provision. After receiving enquiries about the sale of second-hand wheelchairs and mobility scooters, they abandoned their model of only providing new products. Now, customers can advertise and trade items directly through a new Buy/Sell page on their website. Anyone looking to advertise or purchase second-hand mobility equipment should visit the new page. Our recent tick list indicated that 52% of SEN members have a focus or interest in mental health and wellbeing. Therefore, to coincide with the Scottish Government’s Mental Health in Scotland – a 10 Year Vision, we’re keen to hear your comments and help promote the work you are doing in this area.  Recognising that many mental health problems will be preventable, the strategy focuses on three key ‘life stages’ – Start Well, Live Well and Age Well – so there’s plenty scope for social enterprises to contribute.  For more info contact  Notices NEW WEBSITE: Senscot are in the process of building a new website and we need your help! We need high-quality images of SEN members and their activities to better promote our work and increase SEN member visibility online. Whoever you are, whatever your social enterprise, please send us your best images, along with permission to use them on our shiny new website, to Thanks! TENDER: The Poverty Alliance is inviting applications from researchers to carry out a study to explore the potential for establishing a new model whereby a town, city or region can officially be recognised as a ‘Living Wage Place’. The deadline for proposals is Monday 22 May 2017. For more information, download the Invitation to Tender.FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Cash4Clubs fund has re-opened for applications, with grants of between £250 – £1,000 available for a range of sports facilities, equipment and activities. Clubs have until the 26th of May to applyFUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Transform Foundation are taking applications for up to £18,000 of funding to cover the design, build, content strategy and training for a new, mobile-optimised website. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants can apply through the Transform Foundation website. OPPORTUNITY: SE development agency Firstport are taking applications for their What if…Girvan programme, which will offer business support to community-minded entrepreneurs in the South Carrick region. Find out more and apply. OPPORTUNITY: Low-carbon Scottish start-ups may now apply for Climate-KIC’s Accelerator programme, described as “the world’s first business school for promising entrepreneurs”. Successful applicants will receive a raft of benefits and coaching sessions to get their business off the ground. EVENT: Marr Area Partnership, AVA and Kincardine Development Partnership are jointly hosting a village halls event on Friday 21st April in Finzean Hall, Banchory. There will be presentations on renewable energy, redeveloping your hall, LEADER funding, guidance from OSCR, as well as case studies from halls across South Aberdeenshire. See more details and apply for a place now. Deadline: 13th April. SURVEY: Community Enterprise are undertaking a survey across the social enterprise sector in Scotland to gauge the capacity of SEs in regards to marketing, branding and communications. It follows on from a similar survey five years ago to get a picture of the changing landscape of SE marketing and communications. Complete the survey here.  Dates for the Diary Moray SEN: 13th April  Best wishes,