The SENS Newsletter: Friday 10th January 2014

The Sport SEN is hosting its 3rd SE and Sport Conference on the 18th March 2014 at the Emirates arena (Chris Hoy Velodrome) in Glasgow. The theme of the event will be “SE & Sport – Inspiring our Leaders”. Our keynote speaker will be Frank Dick, former director of coaching for British Athletics and now one of the country’s top motivational speakers in the fields of sport and business. Breakout sessions will focus on leadership, business and the power of sport. We have space for 120 delegates – the majority of which will be established & aspiring Sport SEN members. We also would like to welcome colleagues from Sport for Development organisations, Sports Governing Bodies, Local Authorities & Leisure Trusts as well as other social enterprise & third sector intermediaries. To book your place, see booking page. Just before Christmas, Scottish Govt’s Third Sector Division circulated an updated organogram. The Division has 4 sub-divisions – Third Sector Strategy and Public Service Reform;  Intra Government and Public Service; Social Enterprise, Innovation and Support; and Infrastructure and Social Investment. See details. Glasgow and Cultural SEN member, Impact Arts, is offering young people (aged 16-19) the opportunity to join the Creative Pathways programme. Creative Pathways is a creative approach to youth unemployment. It is an opportunity for young people who are not currently involved in education, employment or training to choose from a range of creative paths. See more. As part of its pitch to the Senscot Dragon’s Den, 2012 winner, Clydesdale Community Initiative (CCI), committed to an event to share inspiring stories relating to income generation for Community Gardens. This joint event, in partnership with the Federation of City Farms and Gardens and Nourish takes place at Forth Valley College, Stirling on Thursday, February 13th. CCI intends the event to give a realistic idea of the challenges faced by Community Gardens and some ideas for overcoming them. It will be a day of inspiring stories and top tips for trading successfully – including a choice of mini masterclasses. See more. More than £600,000 will be invested over two years in supporting 150 graduates in finding a job towards employment.  The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) will administer the programme of paid internships for both groups which will be in third sector organisations, supported by leading equality organisations. See more. Community Food Initiatives West Lothian (CFIWL) – a branch of CFINE – has announced this week the appointment of its new Development Manager, David Herd. Many folk will know David from his days with Social Investment Scotland. He takes up post this week. CFIWL is already very active in the West Lothian area, supporting 15 food co-operatives and over 50 volunteers. We wish David the best of luck in his new role. See more.  Notices TENDERS: Tender for Supply of Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Barras within NHS GG&C, Provision of Social Work Transport – Aberdeenshire Council and Provision of Off Duty Catering for the Police Service of Scotland – Commonwealth Games. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterINDEPENDENCE: In one of the first major public events of referendum year, First Minister Alex Salmond will appear in conversation with the BBC’s James Naughtie in Glasgow on Thursday 16th January. All ticket sale proceeds will go towards INSP’s work fighting poverty and homelessness in Scotland and around the world.

PLANNING: The Emerging Leaders programme from Social Enterprise Academy brings together people who are developing social enterprise ideas from across the Highlands & Islands. All costs covered at a country house hotel with a chance to spend quality time with your peers, facilitated by three experienced tutors who are all social entrepreneurs themselves. WORKSHOPS: Just Enterprise is running a series of free workshops in February. Topics include Costing & Pricing, Negotiation Techniques and An Introduction to Tendering for Public Sector Contracts. AWARDS: Armadale Primary school’s Big Kids Enterprises and Broxburn’s Simply Play were crowned winners at the recent Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2013 and have been featured in the Daily Record. ARTISTS: The Gallery on the Corner is looking to work with more artists over the coming year. If you, or anyone you know, fits its remit and is interested in exhibiting your work with them contact Paul Penrice for a submission pack or to answer any questions you may have. Looking for both individuals and groups. Case Study: Letham Sports Club Dates for the Diary Dundee SEN, 22nd JanuaryStirlingshire SEN, 28th JanuaryFife SEN, 30th JanuaryGlasgow SEN, 5th FebruaryWest Lothian, 11th FebruaryD&G SEN, 11th FebruaryEdinburgh SEN, 18th FebruaryStirlingshire SEN, 25th February Best wishes, Kim

kim@senscot.net