The SENs: Friday 9th January 2015

By April 2015, Health Boards and Local Authorities will need to have integrated governance arrangements for health and social care in place. Local Health and Social Care Partnerships will oversee the delivery of joint strategic commissioning plans – focussing on preventative and anticipatory care and the wellbeing of patients, service users, carers and families. Social Enterprises and other third sector organisations will be key to this transition – providing a real asset based-approach to transforming the health of people and communities. The following set of Case Studies demonstrate how Health SEN members have established working relationships with health and social work within their organisations. See Case Studies (PDF).

On the 10th December, GSEN hosted its first Social Enterprise Trade Show at the Briggait. With over 30 exhibitors, an activity programme and the launch of the People Make Glasgow Enterprising Brand, the day was a great success. If you didn’t make it along, you can have a look to see what happened on the day here.

Most SEN members will have received support from the Just Enterprise Programme – funded by Scottish Govt and now in its third year. The programme of support includes start-up, business support, business recovery, procurement, leadership/learning services and, to date, has provided support to over 4,000 organisations. Here’s its recent report.

Last month, Sports Marketing Network and Senscot hosted the ‘Enterprise and Collaboration in Community Sport in Scotland’ event – exploring how Scotland’s community sports providers can achieve more by being more enterprising and working in collaboration. Presentations on the day included – James Steel (sportscotland) on supporting world class sports clubs in our local communities; Diane Cameron (Senscot) on the journey from ‘just a sports club/hub’ to a sustainable community sport enterprise; and Gordon Clark (Sport Wales) on creating an enterprise culture in Welsh sport. See full conference report here.

The Scottish Community Re:Investment Trust, launched last month, has been set up as a SCIO – with membership open to all third sector organisations in Scotland. Its goal is to be a financial intermediary ‘owned and controlled by Scotland’s third sector’. To join and show your support, see here. One of SCRT’s first actions was to establish – in conjunction with Airdrie Savings Bank – the Anchor Savings Account; a savings account in line with your mission that seeks to harness the resources of Scotland third sector for its own use. The account is now open to both organisations and individuals, see more.


TENDERS: Fund Administrator – Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company, Landscape Maintenance Contract for three year period – Maryhill Housing Association, Briggait Phase 2 Integrated Design Team – The Wasps Trust, CashBack for Communities: Delivery Partner – Scottish Government and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

WORKSHOPS: Updated information on two free capacity building workshops taking place in Glasgow. ‘Employment Law for Small Business’ and ‘Techniques to Manage Stress at Work’ workshops take place on 27th & 28th January respectively.

CASE STUDIES: Read Case Studies for 8 participants in the Reach for the Sky Basketball ‘Coach & Volunteer Pathway’ programme.

EVENT: On 12th Feb, Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is inviting you to be inspired through the power of social enterprise, at Social Enterprise Insights, a vibrant discussion being held in Edinburgh.

MINDFULNESS: Details of a new 8 week Mindfulness course from Crisis starting on 22nd Jan. Course especially suited to those who wish to better manage their physical, mental or emotional state.

FUEL POVERTY: Low carbon developer and social enterprise, iPower, has launched the UK’s first funded fuel cell programme to help combat fuel poverty in Scotland thanks to a £1m investment from the Social Growth Fund.

Dates for the Diary

Falkirk SEN, 12th January
Dundee SEN, 28th January
Sport SEN North East, Aberdeen, 29th January
Glasgow SEN, 4th February
Sport SEN North, Inverness, 5th February
Inverclyde SEN, 17th February
Falkirk SEN, 17th February
Falkirk SEN, 17th March
Glasgow SEN, 1st April 

Best wishes,