The SENs: Friday 7th November 2014

Next week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh is now sold out. 140 delegates are signed up and, amongst them, we will be welcoming, for the first time, a delegation from Liverpool. Here’s a link to the final programme. Things to look out for include; a consultation session on a SE Strategy for Scotland; the Dragons’ Den – where five brave ‘knights’ will face the Dragons; a Showcase from previous Dragons’ Den entrants; as well as four varied workshops. We’d appreciate if you could get back to Karina asap on your workshop choices. Lastly, we are now crowdfunding for the Audience Prize at the Dragons’ Den. You can donate here. Reminder: the consultation for a SE Strategy for Scotland will remain open till 14th November – so still time to complete. The more completed forms the better. See more. The Big Issue is asking companies/social enterprises/organisations to take out a Corporate Subscription to the magazine and participate in a new partnership initiative – “Off-street” circulation supporting our “on-Street business” which supports the lives of individuals and families the length and breadth of the country.The cost of an annual subscription is £250 – and in return, not only do you receive the magazine, but an annual CSR Report describing the contribution made to the lives of sellers. Additionally, you will have your work highlighted in the magazine, website and in Social Media campaigns with marketing and promotional opportunities at the many events in which TBI participate each year. See more. We’re delighted to have recruited our first Intern this week from Third Sector Internship Scotland (TSIS). Tavis Smith, will join the team in a couple of weeks to work with Diane (Sport SEN Co-ordinator) on developing a Communications Strategy for the Sport SEN. For more, contact Diane. TSIS helps students to find paid work experience in the Third Sector. If you are interested in taking on an Intern, TSIS is now open for Expressions of Interest from employers wishing to host an internship in Summer 2015. These are expected to be full-time internships, starting in May/June 2015 and completing no later than August 2015, see moreThe deadline for new EOIs is Wednesday 7th January 2015. Falkirk and District SEN memberForth Valley Social Enterprises (FVSE), took over the running of Stirling Highland Games this year.  This video was created by a team of 16-18 year olds on the day- they had attended a training programme covering core skills development surrounding event delivery.  Building on the success of this year’s event, FVSE have secured the next Stirling Highland Games – being held in August 2015. Senscot attended the CFHS annual networking conference 2014 , hosted by Community Food and Health (Scotland). The Scottish Government’s new campaign – Eat Better Feel Better – is being launch in Jan 2015, see more.  See the latest Community Food SEN Newsletter for more Community Food News. Notices

TENDERS: Investment Readiness Consultancy – Kilmartin House Trust, Construction of West Harris Community Enterprise Centre – West Harris Trust, Provision of support to individuals with autism and complex needs – NHS Highland and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterTRADE SHOW: Glasgow SEN will be hosting a Social Enterprise Trade Show on 10th December at The Briggait. This FREE event will be an opportunity to explore the wide range of products and services from social enterprises in Glasgow. View Facebook page.
SPORTS: Enterprise and Collaboration ‘The way forward for community sport in Scotland’ is a one-day event on 4th December 2014 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Sport SEN members can attend the event at a discounted price of £50.
 SURVEY: Fife Diet’s Seed Truck Project, a practical advocate of food sovereignty in Scotland, is seeking your input into planning its future work.
LEADERSHIP: Applications are still open for the fully funded Social Enterprise Academy’s Entrepreneurial Leadership through cross-sector collaboration programme. DRAMA: ‘Beyond the Trenches’ is the latest offering from the sell-out Play Pieces lunchtime season and will demonstrate how devastating the Great War was not only for young people in the Highlands, but for communities as well. Takes place on 14th / 15th November. Dates for the Diary Social Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13/14th NovemberWest Lothian SEN, 18th NovemberDundee SEN / Sport SEN East, 19th NovemberSport SEN East, 19th NovemberFalkirk SEN, 24th NovemberInverclyde SEN, 2nd DecemberMoray SEN, 3rd DecemberGlasgow SEN, 5th DecemberGlasgow SEN Trade Fair, 10th DecemberFife SEN AGM, 10th December Best wishes,