The SENs: Friday 9th May 2014

Community Jobs Scotland has launched a call for applications this week with the aim of creating another 1,400 jobs for young unemployed people with third sector employers.  This includes young people with additional barriers, disabilities, care leavers and those currently in custody.  Previous rounds of the programme have seen 4,500 vacancies filled across the Third Sector in Scotland and many SEN members have participated and benefited from being involved. The deadline for applications is 28th May but organisations are being encouraged to submit before the deadline. See details. Senscot, with our SSE Alliance partners – Social Firms Scotland and Social Enterprise Scotland – has secured Scottish Govt support for a new post of Partnership and Procurement Officer. The postholder will help to deliver a dedicated programme – providing practical support to social enterprises and social firms in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender opportunities, including facilitating social enterprise partnerships and consortia development. Closing date is Monday 26th May. See details. Dundee SEN and DVA have been successful in securing funding from the Reshaping Care for Older People Fund to create two new posts.  DSEN will now be able to offer support directly to enterprising third sector organisations with preparing for tendering and procurement as well as marketing the work of the local SE community. DVA is developing a ‘Healthcheck’ for organisations to allow support to be provided where there are gaps in organisational capacity. Both posts are advertised on the Dundee SEN website.  Senscot attended the Fife Social Enterprise Trade Fair this week hosted by BRAG Enterprises Ltd.  The event is now in its fourth year and was officially opened by John Swinney MSP, who talked about the importance of social enterprise in meeting the needs of our communities.  Five social enterprises competed for Fife Social Enterprise of the Year with Identity Artworks taking the top prize. Billy Zima and Ian Stewart (photo) talked about the organisations work with people with disabilities and the difference this has made to their lives.  If you are interested in joining Fife SEN please contact Sarah. Finance Secretary John Swinney visited Sport SEN member Edinburgh’s Spartans Community Football Academy yesterday to launch the £16 million Social Growth Fund for Scotland. The fund, will be delivered by Social Investment Scotland (SIS) and will help to expand Scotland’s third sector, providing more support to social enterprises and community businesses across Scotland. See more. This week the Scottish Government announced that more than £2 million is to be invested to create life-changing opportunities for vulnerable young people.  The CashBack for Communities funding will be invested by national youth work agency, YouthLink Scotland, over the next three years in projects that will empower and guide Scotland’s young people towards a more positive future. It is estimated that around 25,000 young people will be able to access new opportunities in each of the three years as a result of the new funding. See more. Notices TENDERS: Creative Industries Trade Networks – Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Provision of support with housing and personal care – Aberdeen City Council and Tender For Personal Care and Housing Support (Including Home Based Respite) – Angus Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterWORKSHOPS: Two free capacity building workshops taking place on 21st May. One is for an ‘Introduction to Sustainability’ and the other ‘Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility’. SDS: Following the publication of the Statutory Guidance on SDS, Providers and Personalisation is hosting a free event to explore how the new duties should be implemented. EVENT: Nourish Scotland is hosting a seminar on June 17th seminar at Grassmarket Community Project on new ways into farming. FESTIVAL: The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival has revealed a sneak preview of the events which will take place over the last weekend in September. EXHIBITION: The Gallery on the Corner is hosting a preview of Flora and Fauna on 13th May. This exhibition by the Artistocats, Midlothian’s Community Access Team, features work that has been produced over the last year and explores mark making and texture in painting and print. PROJECT: Planning Aid Scotland has been awarded funding from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund for an innovative new project, “Place, Work, Folk: Our Legacy, Their Future”.
 Dates for the Diary Inverclyde SEN, 14th MaySport SEN West, 15th MayDundee SEN AGM, 28th MayFalkirk SEN, 30th MayStirlingshire SEN, 2nd JuneGlasgow SEN and Moray SEN, 4th JuneFife SEN, 11th JuneSport SEN East, 19th JuneFalkirk SEN, 30th June Best wishes,