The SENs: Friday 7th February 2014

A couple of weeks back we highlighted the fact that the proposed Scottish Govt’s 2nd stage consultation on the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 was lacking any specific reference to support for social enterprise and the social economy. Since then, we are pleased to report that we have subsequently met with Scottish Govt and with SCVO. Discussions are ongoing but we hope over the next couple of weeks a clear programme of support for both social enterprise and the community sector can be incorporated into a wider third sector proposal – and be in keeping with the recent Strasbourg Declaration.
At this week’s Social Enterprise and Health Roundtable meeting, member, Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, provided and update on a 5 year research programme. The project titled, ‘Developing methods to evidence social enterprise as a public health intervention’ commenced on the 1 January this year. This research is welcomed by all the members of the SE and Health Roundtable. See this week’s Scotsman article, Social Enterprise can ‘improve Scotland’s health’.
Yesterday, the City of Edinburgh Council endorsed its support for a Social Enterprise Strategy for Edinburgh. See, council meeting papers. Great credit has to go to Linsay and everyone involved with ESEN for the work they have put in to bring this to fruition. Edinburgh Council Leader, Andrew Burns also chipped in with his support. The Community Food Roundtable has been discussing the need and benefit of a community food e-commerce platform. This would support the selling of community food social enterprise products, promote the sector and provide training for selling online. The survey really only takes a few minutes, please complete and share. There are a few Newsletters to get your teeth into this weekend! You may think there is a glut of these but, apart from the time and effort put in to producing them, there is a stack of valuable news and information on what’s going on locally and thematically – which this bulletin does not have the space to cover. On the SEN front, Edinburgh (ESEN) and Glasgow (GSEN) have produced their monthly circulars – both reflecting the wide range of activity going on in support of SE in their respective cities. We also have the latest edition of the Community Food Newsletter. For more on this, contact Danielle. Finally, the Ready For Business Consortium has produced its first bulletin of the year – keeping us abreast of the progress of the Developing Markets programme and other news around commissioning and procurement. The Sports SEN conference – “SE & Sport – Inspiring our Leaders” – is filling up fast. This will be a great opportunity for inspiration, learning and networking for both established and aspiring sports related social enterprises that range from community sports facilities to sports clubs: from outdoor activities providers to social entrepreneurs – all looking to make a difference through sport.  For more information and to book your place, see conference page. Our ‘SE Map of Support’ continues to generate a lot of interest (nearly 700 unique visits on website) – and responses/observations are still coming in. To clarify a couple of points that are coming up – the Map is identifying organisations that offer support nationally. We’re also not including those who are solely funders. Also, on the plus side, we’ll shortly be adding links to bespoke thematic support (Sport, Culture etc). See, Map of Support  Notices TENDERS: Grounds Maintenance Term Contract 2014-16 – Ochil View Housing Association, Provision of Early Years and Childcare – Glasgow City Council, Mental Health Outreach Service for Adults – Aberdeen City Council and Cullet Recycling – East Ayrshire Council.. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.
TRAINING: Senscot Dragon’s Den winner Assist Social Capital has free swimming training courses coming up. These are free for 16-24 year old’s plus they get £10 per day expenses towards travel and food. SHOP: A new second-hand clothes shop in Glasgow’s Southside has opened. Glad Rags Thrift is the new next door neighbour to sister business and entertainment hub, The Glad Café.

CANNY FAMILIES: Edinburgh Community Food are currently working in partnership with Changeworks and Citizens Advice Edinburgh to deliver a city wide programme which supports families with children to better manage rising energy/food costs and to maximise income. MARKETS: Edinburgh’s St Mary’s Market Keeps on Trucking with new food trucks this Saturday. GRANT: Applications are now open for the Lloyds Social Entrepreneurs Programme. The programme offers a fully funded year of training and a grant (£4,000 or £15,000). Applications for the Programme are open from 3rd February until 3rd April 2014. Case Study: Community Food Case Studies – Changing Local Food Economies Dates for the Diary

West Lothian, 11th FebruaryD&G SEN, 11th FebruaryInverclyde SEN,12th FebruaryEdinburgh SEN, 18th FebruaryStirlingshire SEN, 12th MarchDundee SEN, 19th MarchABSEN Conference, 24th / 25th MarchFife SEN, 8th April Best wishes,