The SENs: Friday 8th August 2014

On Wednesday, Senscot and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) co-hosted the third event for Third Sector Interfaces (TSI’s) and SENs – with a focus on working with national social enterprise partners. 40 people attended, representing 20 TSIs, taking the opportunity for TSI’s and a number of key national SE support organisations to explore how they can work better together to support TSIs in their delivery of the social enterprise common services. Just Enterprise, Firstport, Social Enterprise Academy, Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Enterprise all outlined the support they respectively provide to social enterprises. In addition, Edinburgh and Dundee SENs also outlined their approach to social enterprise development as TSI partners. One of the main outcomes of the day was the agreement on the need for a two way referral process between TSI’s and those delivering national support programmes. For more info’, contact Kim. At this week’s Glasgow SEN meeting Chair, Peter Lavelle, Glasgow Wood Recycling stepped down after an exciting time of growth in the SEN seeing membership grow to 101. New Chair, Deborah Grant from Indigo Group steps into the role, Elizabeth McKenna, Network Manager said, “It has been a pleasure to have worked closely with Peter over the last year – a big thanks to him for leading us to achieve and implement key services for all our members.  As Peter hands over the baton to Deborah, we’d like to welcome her into the role of GSEN Chair and look forward to what the next year holds for us”. See more. Social in the Square, Scotland’s first social enterprise festival, will take place in St Andrew’s Square Garden in Edinburgh on the 12th and 13th September. Visitors to the festival will be able to buy beautiful products from the social enterprise market, eat delicious curries and burgers, take part in activities for kids and grown-ups and see cookery demonstrations plus music, dance and theatre; even the recycling, security and marketing for the event are being delivered by social enterprises.  The festival is being organised by Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network in partnership with Social Enterprise Scotland. Entry to the Garden is free. Find out more information on the Facebook page. Senscot will be hosting its 10th SE Conference and Ceilidh this year – dates are 13th/14th November. We expect to have booking forms and a draft programme ready over the next couple of weeks – taking on some of the pointers from last year’s feedback. The event will again be at the Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld. Being our 10th, we’ll be including at least one session on reflections on the progress made within our SE community since the first Ceilidh in Nov 2005 – and some of the challenges that lie ahead. See 2013 Report. Senscot attended the VOCAL Strategic Forum on Culture this week.  The forum, made up of national strategic bodies, is currently developing a prospectus outlining the social impacts of cultural organisations. Senscot is keen to involve social enterprise within this, providing strong evidence of impact.  If you can contribute to this research, e.g. SROI, social audit, contact SarahMuseums Galleries Scotland also updated during the meeting that it will be entering a consultation period in the autumn to develop its action plan for the next 3 years.  MGS have included social enterprise within their strategy and previous action plan and we look forward to seeing the work they are doing with social enterprise progress. This week Ready for Business published new resources, the PSP Sustainability Toolkit and accompanying Sustainability Resource Pack. This sustainability toolkit is designed to support in planning and achieving sustainability following the successful piloting of your new PSP service. This toolkit focuses primarily on the operational activities required to move towards sustainability of your PSP. The points made here are particularly relevant for PSPs created as a response to the availability of funding. However, it is expected that the majority of PSPs which develop “organically” will be required to undertake these activities. See more. Notices TENDERS: Training Initiative Programme – Fresh Start, Provision of Addiction Recovery Services – Argyll and Bute Council, Medium Value Construction Projects – The Common Services Agency and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterDITTO: An Edinburgh based social enterprise, set up to promote and sell the creations of independent designers in Scotland, has been recognised as having an outstanding business model, by Firstport and has become part of its ‘Ditto’ bank of business ideas. DEVELOPMENT: Last few remaining places for Leading Edge which is a university-level leadership development programme designed exclusively for Chief Officers in the third sector. WORKSHOPS: There are two free capacity building workshops taking place later this month on PR and Waste Prevention Action Planning. SCALE-UP: Awards of up to £10,000 and business support to encourage the scale-up of established enterprises in Coalfields Communities. JAMBOREE: Orkestra Del Sol & special guests, Brass. Aye are performing at The Bike Station on Sunday 10th of August and you’re invited! Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 13th AugustDundee SEN, 20th AugustFalkirk SEN, 27th AugustFife SEN AGM, 3rd SeptemberSocial In The Square, 12th SeptemberFalkirk SEN, 25th SeptemberMoray SEN / Glasgow SEN, 1st OctoberSport SEN North, 3rd OctoberSport SEN West, 22nd OctoberFalkirk SEN, 31st OctoberSocial Enterprise Conference & Ceilidh, 13th NovemberSouth Ayrshire SEN Conference, 21st November Best wishes,