The SENs: Friday 7th October 2016

As most folk are aware, Senscot is not hosting a Ceilidh this year. Instead, we are hosting an event at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh on Wed 23rd November. The event is being run in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, Community Enterprise and the Scottish Community Alliance – and will focus on collaborative working (between SENs and individual SEs) and the specific contribution community-based enterprises can make in delivering services locally. Keynote speakers will be attending from Italy and England – with Lesley Riddoch hosting a plenary session to round off the afternoon schedule. A drinks reception and dinner follow later in the evening. Priority places will be given to SEN members on a first come, first served basis. To book your place, see booking form and draft programme.

The Joint Thematic Learning Exchange visit taking place on Thursday 3rd Nov, hosted by Elgin Youth Café, will include 3 employability-focused workshops as well as an opportunity to choose from a wide range of sessions relevant to social enterprises including – business sustainability; asset transfer; partnership working; tourism; food poverty and much more. The visit is open to social enterprises operating across the area. For more information and sign up details, see here.

Did you know that Senscot Legal provides company secretarial services to SEN members and other third sector organisations for an affordable annual fee? Services include preparation and maintenance of statutory registers, including persons with significant control; annual return filed at Companies House; Directors appointment and resignation documentation prepared and filed at Companies House and more. For more on what company secretarial services include, please contact Jennifer on 0141 332 8084.

Community Food and Health SEN members can participate in a study visit on Monday 7th Nov to Can Cook in Liverpool to learn from their enterprising and sustainable approach to tackling food poverty. If interested, please email Mary. This visit is part of the Community Learning Exchange (CLE) programme which has funded a number of fantastic visits for social enterprises to learn from other organisations. See case studies of recent visits. If you’d like to apply to the CLE fund, please get in touch.

Mytime Active was delighted to be a finalist at the Scottish Sports Team Scotland Legacy Award in September for its Big Lottery work supporting families to get fitter, healthier and happier. Read more about how the evidenced based MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It) behaviour change programmes empower families.

The Edinburgh Remakery is one of five finalists for The Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award – and the only Scottish one. The Edinburgh SEN member is in line for receiving £10,000 towards starting up Remade projects around the country, in response to demand. To celebrate this nomination, it is offering a discount on memberships for the whole voting campaign period of 3-28 October: just £15 – down from £25. Voting is FREE and you can vote twice; online and by texting SEYA SOPHIE to 67076. See more.

Voluntary Health Scotland has been commissioned by Scottish Govt to identify community link worker initiatives with third sector involvement across the country to help inform future plans to create an additional 250 community link worker posts. If your social enterprise is involved in any community link worker initiatives, we encourage you to complete its survey and ensure the contribution you currently make can be considered.  (The survey is a fair length, but even filling in what you have time to, would be useful). Participate in survey.  More info, see pdf version. Closing date 14th Oct.


TENDERS: Digital Xtra Round 2 Competitive Grant – The Skills Development Scotland Co. Limited, Interim director (consultant) – Third Sector / Social Enterprise – Newmains Community Trust, ESF Progress Through Positive Partnerships Employability Pipeline – Aberdeen City Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: A further £150,000 is now available via the Digital Xtra Fund to support further digital skills focused extracurricular initiatives. Applications are open now via Public Contracts Scotland and eligible organisations can bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.

ACADEMY: A reminder that The Melting Pot is seeking applications for its 2016-17 Good Ideas Academy – deadline midnight on 16th Oct.

PODCAST: Emily Reid of Eco-Drama is the latest member of the Glasgow SEN to feature in the series of interviews from the Kibble Podcast Network. This time to chat about social enterprise, theatre and the environment.

COMPETITION: Final chance to apply to the Firstport Social Innovation Competition! The competition is looking for exciting innovative business solutions that are tackling the most pressing social and environmental issues facing Scotland today. Three winners will receive £5,000 and tailored business support.  One of the prizes will go the young social innovator category, for applicants under 30 years old. Applications close 10th Oct.

ROOM HIRE: Fancy sharing an office with the It is seeking a like-minded organisation or social enterprise looking for a new home!

INTERNS: GCU have a funded short internship programme available to SMEs and Social Enterprises. There is drinks and networking reception on 27th Oct to find out how you can access funding for a GCU student or graduate to join your business on a fully-funded two-week work placement or a part-funded internship of up to 10 weeks.

Dates for the Diary

Moray SEN, 13th Oct
Inverclyde SEN, 25th Oct
Perth & Kinross SEN, 25th Oct
Borders SEN, 17th Nov
Perth & Kinross SEN, 22th Nov
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Dec
Fife SEN, 7th Dec
Moray SEN, 8th Dec

Best wishes,