The SENS Newsletter: Friday 15th November 2013

The 9th SE Conference and Ceilidh went off well this week – 160 delegates – approximately 70% SEN members. Some of the highlights included: Minister, Derek Mackay answered questions very honestly; a lively Referendum debate ; A Dragons’ Den first with 1st prize being split between Moffat CAN winner was the Swim School; Audience winner was Swim School. Thanks to all those who came along; our sponsors and supporters; as well, of course, as those who contributed to sessions/workshops. We’ll have a fuller report next week. In the meantime, here’s the final delegate list. Once the dust has settled, we’ll be planning for the Ceilidh’s 10th birthday in 2014.

Every year, Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) runs a series of policy events across Scotland. The next event is in East Dunbartonshire on Thursday, 12th Dec in Kirkintilloch. This event will be hosted by SES, in partnership with Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action (EDVA) and will bring together local SEs, MSPs, MPs as well as local authority officers and elected members. If you work in or with SEs in East Dunbartonshire and would like to attend the event, book here.

This week saw the launch of the Social Enterprise Strategy for Edinburgh (2013-18). Over 60 delegates gathered at the Melting Pot to hear from speaker’s including Councillor Andrew Burns, (Leader of Edinburgh City Council);  Councillor Maureen Child, (Edinburgh’s Third Sector Champion); Harriet Eadie, (Chair of the Edinburgh Compact), Neil McLean, (Chair of the Steering Group) and Linsay Chalmers, (Edinburgh SEN). The strategy sets out how social enterprises will be key to a vibrant economy that delivers the best outcomes for the people of Edinburgh, see the strategy.

Edinburgh SEN, along with its Third Sector Interface (TSI) partners, is also looking to fill a much needed gap by exploring the feasibility of setting up an accountancy and book-keeping social enterprise. As part of their market research, they have put together a short questionnaire – it’ll only 10 mins to fill in.

Congratulations to Fife SEN member, The Ecology Centre, on picking up the top prize in the Community Initiative category at the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards. The community-owned Centre has, over recent years, transformed agricultural space and a derelict site into an environmental education and volunteering centre at Kinghorn Loch. For more, see press release.

Edinburgh SEN member, the Melting Pot is hosting the ‘Social Entrepreneur Chat Show’ on Tuesday 19th Nov (6-8pm). Chat show host is Claire Carpenter – and on her sofa are Mel Young (Homeless World Cup; Greg Chauvet (Bike Station, Glasgow); and Marianne Paterson (Ayrshire Children’s Services). If you fancy going along, see details.

Don’t know how familiar folk are with Scottish Govt’s ‘Our Great Ideas’ website –  that highlights some of the innovative work going on in local communities across the country.  Around 50 organisations are listed – around half are SEN members – so if you’re interested in signing up, see website.


TENDERS: Advice & Information Services Throughout Dumfries & Galloway and Community Respite for Adults and Older People – West Lothian CHCP. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

EVENT: The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is celebrating Global Enterprise Week to promote social enterprise throughout coalfield communities by holding a Coalfields Enterprise Dragons Den & Speed Networking event on Thursday 21st November.

CONVERSATION: The fourth Comrie Conversation event will take place on 19th November at 19.30 in the White Church, Comrie. YES or NO – the independence referendum creates the opportunity to discuss what kind of future we want for Scotland.  The final event of the year has a real heavyweight line-up.

CONFERENCE: SCARF is hosting a half day conference on 6th December that will open up the debate on how fuel poverty is tackled in Scotland post referendum.

UPDATE: 2013 has been a ground-breaking year for Moray social enterprise Findhorn Bay Arts. A document has been published which shows unprecedented support from partners and communities. 

XMAS SHOPPING: On the 23rd of November The Glasgow Bike Station is running a Christmas shopping event.  There will be stalls and training sessions. For each new bike sold, one child bike will be donated to Action for Children.

Case Study: Out of the Blue – Cultural SEN

Dates for the Diary

CCSEN, 21st November

South Ayrshire SEN – Inaugural Conference, 22nd November

DGSEN, 3rd December

DSEN – John Sharp Futures Fund Launch, 4th December

Moray SEN, 4th December

Aberdeen SEN Reflections Event, 5th December

Edinburgh SEN AGM, 9th December

Stirlingshire SEN, 16th December

Best wishes,