The SENs: Friday 8th April 2016

Over the last 18 months, Village SOS has successfully supported 14 community projects in Scotland – with a further 17 currently receiving ongoing support. The support, in the main, comes via Rocket Science and Forth Sector Development, with many of these coming to completion over the next few weeks. The Village SOS programme offers 3 or 6 day mentoring packages as well as 3 days free consultancy to new, developing or existing community projects that benefit residents in rural communities across Scotland, Some examples of projects that have participated in the programme include Nigg and Shandwick Community Council; Garrison House; and Glasgow-based charity, the Advisory Group. If you’d be interested in accessing the Village SOS programme, see details and case studies. The programme runs until 31st August 2016.

Reminder: Senscot is currently recruiting for a new SE & Sport Co-ordinator. Closing date for applications is Monday 18th April – with interviews scheduled for w/c 25th April. See further details & application form.

Date for your Diary: Sport SEN members will be interested in an up-and-coming event that will focus on how Scotland’s community sports providers can benefit their communities and increase their impact – ‘Power of Sport: How Sport can grow while creating Social Change in Scotland’(Royal Society in Edinburgh, 15th June). With growing recognition of sport’s power to create social change, the event will highlight sport’s positive impact on people’s lives and the social outcomes it can deliver in areas such as health and wellbeing, skills development and physical confidence as well as bringing communities together. It will also address the challenges that are faced in terms of capacity, resources, skills and knowledge. With others, Senscot is supporting this event – and 10 bursary places will be available to Sport SEN members. If interested, contact Tariq.

Fight for Peace, the London-based charity, works with young people to help realise their potential, using a combination of boxing; martial arts and education. They have received funding to work with eight grassroots organisations using their bespoke methodology – and are keen to include Scottish organisations, if possible. Their consultancy support lasts 10 months and is free. See background info’ and criteria.

Glasgow SEN has been in touch asking if members are in a position to assist the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (previously known as the Historical Child Abuse Inquiry) which was set up in October 2015. The Inquiry has statutory powers to compel the production of records, even where those records could otherwise be withheld on data protection grounds. They are keen that organisations that may hold relevant records preserve them and to inform the Inquiry of this fact no later than 31st May 2016. See full details.

After 12 years based at the rural idyll of Oatridge College in West Lothian, Community Enterprise has this week moved along the road (relatively) to new premises in Livingston. These past 12 years has seen considerable change with Community Enterprise emerging as one of the leading support organisations in the country – with a reach across the length and breadth of Scotland. They’ll be based at the Kirkton Campus – while they continue to develop the concept of a social innovation hub in West Lothian.

We are delighted to invite members of the Health and Community Food SENs to express an interest in joining the Social Enterprise Health & Wellbeing Roundtable as SEN representatives. It is anticipated that we will recruit 3-4 social enterprise members with knowledge and/or experience in at least one of the following priority areas – H&SC Integration, Self-Directed Support, Food Poverty.  If interested, please send an outline of why you are interested and what you would contribute as a SEN representative for consideration. Expressions of interest should be sent to  by Friday 11th May.


TENDERS: Freelance Evaluator – Youth Music Initiative, Specialist Sensory Impairment Service for Perth and Kinross Residents, Skate Park at Dalgety Bay – Fife Council, Provision of Tenancy Support Services – Argyll and Bute Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: The Scottish Government has recently launched the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund ran by Voluntary Action Fund. The aim of the £500,000 one-year Fund is to support community-based projects tackling social isolation.

CONFERENCE: Save the date for a Social Enterprise Conference to be held on Thursday, 27th October 2016 at the West Park Conference & Events, Dundee. See link for sponsorship opportunities.

WORKSHOP: There is a FREE capacity building workshop coming up for SMEs and Social Enterprises on 21st Apr. This highly practical session will look at key aspects of making an organisation more entrepreneurial.

TRAINING: Firstport as part of the Just Enterprise consortium are running a free full day of training in Falkirk on 28th Apr.  The workshops will help you put the basic processes and elements of your social enterprise in place so you are better prepared as your business starts and grows.

NEWSLETTERS: See the latest newsletters from the Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber, Glasgow and Edinburgh SENs for news, events, funding and more.

Dates for the Diary

Falkirk SEN, 11th April
Moray SEN, 14th Apr
Perth & Kinross SEN, 26th April
South Ayrshire SEN, 11th May
Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th May
Glasgow SEN, 1st Jun 

Best wishes,