The SENs: Friday 8th July 2016

The latest stage of consultation – via a series of Roundtable events – to inform the development of a Social Enterprise Strategy for Scotland is just about complete and feedback from those sessions is currently being collated. There is still plenty of time to contribute your views directly into the strategy process here – we would strongly encourage SEN members to take just 5 mins to ensure that local voices are heard in the consultation. There is also the opportunity to rank and prioritise ideas for the strategy and join in the conversation via social media and online forums at the website. The final strategy document – co-produced with Scottish Govt –  will be published in the autumn. Senscot’s series of workshops at next week’s Homeless World Cup – are now sold out. Around 180 people have signed up to hear sport SEs and other community-based sports organisations showcasing their work and the contribution they make to local communities. Thanks to all who have signed up. The inaugural Joint Thematic SEN event took place in Perth in June – the first in a series of joint thematic sessions to be held this year. The event provided an opportunity for discussion relating to key priority areas for the thematic SENs – including health and social care integration; self-directed support; sport for change; tourism; and employability – with particularly strong turn-outs from PKSEN, Dundee SEN, Stirling SEN and Falkirk SEN. The event report is now available here. Community Food and Health (Scotland) is holding another community café networking event on Thursday 1 September in the Pearce Institute in Glasgow from 11am – 3.30pm. Anyone working in or with a community café – volunteer, staff member, manager, or board member – is welcome to apply for a place at the event. Book hereOn The Corner is looking to build a network or third sector social enterprise and creative orgs and individuals across its three floors in Glasgow’s London Road. There is space for open planned offices, music studios, artist spaces, dance floors, massage therapy rooms and more! See 10 reasons to be based there. If ever there was an example of a good story coming out of a bad one, Glasgow’s Clutha pub is surely it. It has long been one of the city’s favourite bars and as it began to find its feet again after the helicopter tragedy that struck two-and-a-half years ago, it has become a regular source of charity nights, in addition to its live music and open-mic nights. Building on this, owner Alan Crossan has plans to turn the Clutha into a social enterprise. See more. Exciting news from Cultural and Glasgow SEN members, WASPs Artists’ Studio, who have announced plans to create the UK largest ‘Creation Centre’ in Glasgow by the end of 2017. WASPs currently provides affordable workspace for 900 people, from a range of cultural disciplines, in 17 complexes across the country – from Shetland to the Borders as well as in our major cities.   Notices TENDERS: Auchenback Active Limited / Barrhead HA Consultancy Tender, ERDF Workshops Framework & Specialist Support – Dumfries and Galloway Council, Portable Appliance Testing Service – NHS Highland, Ayrshire Youth Employment Initiative – East Ayrshire Council and more. For more, see Ready for Business Linked-In group and Twitter.

UNLTD AWARDS: The next deadline for UnLtd Scotland Grow It Awards is approaching, the deadline date is Thursday 1st Sept. The Award is for social entrepreneurs looking to scale their venture (scaling outwards in your local area, or nationally across Scotland).  The award provides tailored support, access to workshops and networks, and up to £15,000 cash. Information session being held on 10th Aug. DTA SCOTLAND CONFERNCE: is being held on 4th/5th September at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. Now in its 13th year, the DTAS Conference is Scotland’s biggest community sector event – with this year’s theme being, ‘Climate Change, Localism and Social Justice’. NEWSLETTER: See latest Glasgow SEN newsletter – with news, vacancies, events and more. SNAPCHAT: Thinking about using Snapchat for your organisation? This free Ebook guides you through this alternative medium for disseminating your message to a new audience. TRAVELLING: Positively Scottish has published a guide to travelling conscientiously in Scotland whilst helping communities by using social enterprise venues. CASE STUDY: Skills Development Scotland has published a good case study of Delivered Next Day Personally CIC following the recruitment of its first Modern Apprentice. NEWS: Award-winning SE Am Pàipear, based in Benbecula, is calling for communities with no dedicated local news service to consider launching their own community newspaper. Dates for the Diary
Inverclyde SEN, 26th JulyPerth & Kinross SEN, 26th JulyGlasgow SEN, 4th AugFalkirk SEN, 5th AugMoray SEN, 11th AugBorders SEN, 18th AugPerth & Kinross SEN, 30th AugFife SEN, 7th Sep Best wishes, Kim