The SENs: Friday 7th July 2017

The Management Committee of what has been known until now as the Partnership and Procurement Hub has agreed to introduce a new working title for the project – Partnership for Procurement (P4P). This link gives a breakdown on what P4P will be delivering for social enterprise and third sector organisations. This week, P4P completed its team of four staff – with the appointment of a further P4P Coordinator as well as a new Support Officer. Our two new staff members join Yvonne McBride (P4P Manager) and George McConnachie (P4P Coordinator). If you would like to know more about what P4P can offer, please contact yvonne@senscot.netShowcase the Street, a social enterprise using sport and physical activity as a tool to engage young people, are set to host a Community Learning Exchange next month to allow SEs with similar activities and social goals to glean from their expertise. The project was established in 2003 to bring dance and the arts to young people in areas of deprivation and rural isolation. Participants will observe Showcase the Street’s SE model of running physical activity programmes, the delivery of successful employability outcomes via sports and how to develop a sustainable facility. View full event flyer or contact Jayne Chappell or Alan Johnston for more information. The SE Code has been accepted as the benchmark by which social enterprises in Scotland recognise each other – with this being recognised in both the SE Strategy (2016-26) and as the core criteria for the SE Census 2017 – due out this autumn. However, there is also recognition that other ‘structures’ – whilst not social enterprises – also make an important contribution within a ‘wider movement’. These ‘socially responsible businesses’ (SRBs) include some CICs Ltd by shares as well as other ‘mission-led’ organisations. To some, this distinction remains a grey area. The SE Code Steering Group has produced this chart in an effort to bring some clarity of understanding to this issue. Glasgow SEN have announced the launch of an open mic night to highlight members’ SE activity and encourage trading between members. The first session will be on 17th of August at the newly refurbished Spoon Café in Glasgow’s Trongate. The open mic session offers members the opportunity to highlight a new product or service, or to call for support in tackling a specific challenge that has arisen. A Doodle poll has been set up for those who are committed to attend. For more information, contact GSEN director Elizabeth. Over 260 social enterprises are set to take over the famous Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens for this year’s Social in the Gardens. Organised by Edinburgh Social Enterprise, it promises to kick-start the capital’s frenetic festival season with its biggest line-up of events, activities and organisations yet. Revellers can enjoy live music, comedy, theatre and dance performances throughout the day from the bandstand, as well as markets showcasing the best of SE food, drink, crafts, arts, jewellery and more. The festival will run on the 2nd and 3rd of August, starting from 10am. Visit the website for more details. We love sharing a good news story about SEN members, so congratulations to Larder Cook School in Livingston for their recent success in getting students moving on to positive destinations. Their employability programme helps disadvantaged young people get into work and training through a one day a week course offering an SQA qualification in professional kitchen and front of house. This year, 100% of their alumni have successfully completed the course and moved on to further education or employment, with six graduates accepted into the West Lothian College. Well done, from the entire Senscot team!  Notices FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The £2.5m Employability Innovation and Integration Fund is seeking proposals from organisations who develop employability and skills training services with health and social care, justice and/or housing services. For more information, see website. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Scottish Government’s Community Choices fund is open for 2017/18. The fund is to support participatory budgeting projects in Scotland. Closing date for applications 21st July. Find out more and applyCONFERENCE: Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s Strengthening Communities national conference will be held on 21st and 22nd September at the Aviemore Highland Resort. Find out more and book your placeCONFERENCE: The CEIS Social Enterprise Policy & Practice conference is to be held on the 6th September in Glasgow. See pricing and book your placeNEWSLETTER: GSEN’s latest newsletter is out, packed with the latest news, events and funding opportunities for SEs in Glasgow. Read the newsletter hereNEWSLETTER: Social Firms Scotland’s latest Employability Newsletter is out now, with news, funding opportunities, events and more. See newsletterBRIEFING: Social Firms Scotland have released a briefing about the DWP’s Dynamic Purchasing System for locally awarding contracts through the Flexible Support Fund, complete with downloads on how to become a registered DPS supplier. See briefingFREE VENUES: Nexus Business Space would like to offer free venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh for hosting networking events for social entrepreneurs and small business directors. Meeting rooms which can host 20-30 people available. Contact thomas@nexusbusinessspace.com for details. EVENT: The Larder Cook School has launched a monthly Friday Night is Bistro Night evening, where diners can enjoy a three-course meal for £25. See event flyerVACANCY: Social Enterprise Academy are looking to hire an International Networks Manager. Salary £32k. Closing date for applications 24th July. See details and apply.  Dates for the Diary SBSEC, 13th JulyMoray SEN, 10th August Best wishes, Kimkim@senscot.net