The SENs: Friday 7th August 2015

On Wednesday, the inaugural Employability SEN meeting took place in Glasgow. 35 organisations attended to discuss the interest in and potential remit of an Employability SEN – particularly in light of the current and impending opportunities for the provision of employability services in Scotland. Main outcomes of the meeting were: a) to proceed with setting up an Employability SEN for locally based SEs in Scotland; b) the importance of collaborating and establishing a collective voice; c) look to be pro-active in influencing policy both locally and nationally; and d) to ensure that future meetings circulate around the country to ensure as wide a participation as possible. Note of meeting will be circulated shortly. For more info, contact Kim or Jayne. One of the big 5 social/community enterprise events in Scotland takes place on 2nd Sept in the Raddison Blu Hotel in Glasgow. The CEiS annual SE Policy and Practice event is now in its 9th year and attracts around 200 delegates each year. This year’s programme will see the public presentation of the SE Census, carried out by Social Value Lab. Other items on the agenda will include the SE Vison 2025; Community Empowerment and SE; Rising Stars; and more. To register, see here. Senscot has 25 bursary passes to allocate to SEN members to register for £50+ VAT instead of £129 +VAT.  Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Email Tariq to reserve your place. Read the latest Health SEN newsletter which includes information on a new series of briefings by NHS Health Scotland that provide evidence-informed recommendations for tackling the inequalities in our society and their impact on people’s health. The first briefing ‘Health Inequalities: What are they? How can they be reduced?’ explains what health inequalities are, and the action required to reduce health inequalities at a national and local level.  A reminder that you can still sign up for the EU Masterclass in Inverness on 12th August; and Edinburgh on 21st August. Just click on the links to book your FREE place. These seminars are designed to share some of the core information before much of the new EU programmes are “open for business”. For many people sport conjures up horror stories from schooldays when in fact it can be a very powerful tool for change.  With the Scottish Government’s Active Scotland Outcome’s Framework and the green paper published this week by the UK Government entitled A New Strategy for Sport , it would seem the power of sport is being recognised. Unfortunately for Sport SEN members things on the ground can be different – community run swimming pools, including Mallaig, Mid Argyll and McLaren, all deliver a range of local services but live with the constant threat of cuts to their Service Level Agreements.  Many social enterprises deliver health programmes including Healthy Options in Oban, however, the NHS has failed to invest despite evidence of the impact and cost effectiveness of such programmes. We’re hopeful that these new frameworks and strategies will support the work being delivered by SE’s across the country.
 The Scottish EDGE competition is designed to help entrepreneurs realise their growth ambitions and to contribute to Scotland’s economic success. The applicants with the strongest growth plans will be invited to present their ideas in a Dragons’ Den style pitch to a combination of business and public sector representatives. See website.
 Notices TENDERS:  Adult Counselling Service – Aberdeen City Council, WLC Linlithgow Partnership Centre – West Lothian Council, Supply of Fresh Fruit and Fresh Vegetables – Fife Council, Provision of an Advocacy Support Service – Aberdeen City Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter. SEN: West Lothian SEN published its latest newsletter this week and is currently recruiting a part-time Communications Assistant.
AWARDS: The deadline for the SE100 Awards 2015 is fast approaching. Profiles must be completed by midday 24 August 2015 for social enterprises to qualify for the awards. GRADUATION: The Melting Pot would like to invite you to a special afternoon on 24th August highlighting the next generation of social innovation as the Social Innovation Incubator awardees fly the nest. CONVERSATION: Take part in one of Scotland’s biggest ever anti-stigma conversation on 3rd September in Edinburgh. Join See Me and ‘Walk a Mile in someone else’s shoes’ to challenge mental health stigma. FUNDING: SCVO has announced that up to £325,000 is available to support a third round of community digital participation projects across Scotland through the Digital Participation Challenge Fund. RESOURCES: There are FREE ‘Eat Better Feel Better’ resources available to community groups and health organisations throughout Scotland. If you would like to request some of these items, please fill out the order form (PDF) and email it in by 5pm today.  Dates for the Diary
Moray SEN, 13th AugustInverclyde SEN, 18th AugustDundee SEN, 20th AugustEdinburgh SEN, 28thAugustPerthshire SEN, 31st AugustFalkirk SEN, 3rd SeptemberTSI Moray, Social Enterprise Awards 25th September Best wishes,