The SENs Newsletter: Friday 22nd November 2013

We`ve started trawling feedback on last week`s SE Conference and Ceilidh at the Westerwood. You can fill the form in here, We`re delighted that the vast majority of responses have been positive although we are aware a couple of things could have been done differently.  Most importantly though, people value the opportunity of getting together; making new connections; and mixing a bit of work and play – which, of course, was the original idea. We`ll have a full report shortly.

 Senscot Legal is working with Chase de Vere Independent Financial Advisors to deliver a free-to-attend briefing on auto-enrolment and what it means for your organisation.2012 brought many changes to employment law, most notably to pension provisions for employers. The crux of these provisions is that eventually all employers – irrespective of size – will be required to automatically enrol certain members of their workforce into a pension scheme and to make a contribution towards it. See here. 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. The deadline for Enterprise Ready Fund Category 3 applications is 2nd December. The fund has up to £1million to support capital, marketing or training costs – directly linked to trading or income-generating activities. See, here. Aberdeen SEN is hosting an event on 6th December entitled Christmas Reflections.  Social enterprises across Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire are invited to come along to share their experiences over the last year and their hopes for the coming year. The ASEN management group will give an update on the current workplan and, following discussion, start to develop next year’s.  See here. SCVO is delivering a Community Job Scotlandprogramme targeted at Young Offenders . They will work in partnership with Apex Scotland and The Scottish Prison Service in identifying suitable young people leaving custody. The initiative is aimed at young people who were serving short sentences of 6 months to 2 years. The programme is working to very tight timescales and will be looking for recruitment to start in end of Nov/Dec 2013 – with jobs being filled by March 2014. For more, contact and see here. Social Firms Scotland will be hosting its AGM event next Thursday 28th Nov at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. The event – ‘Seizing Opportunities, Managing Risk’ – will have John Swinney MSP as its keynote speaker. If you’d like to attend, contact either Pete or Jayne  Notices MAPPING: The BIG Lottery has commissioned EKOS to map and measure social enterprises in Scotland. The questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes – and you could win a new Apple iPad. JUST ENTERPRISE: Still a limited number of delegate places available for the FREE business planning workshop running in Central Glasgowon Tuesday 3rd Dec – covering stages involved in developing a business plan, as well as the tools/techniques to gather and assess information. TENDERS: Print Services for the Tayside Procurement Consortium and Rutherglen Low Carbon Zone – Office Development. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter OF WORK READINESS: Fifteen SEs and 3rd sector orgs to host young people (16-19 years old) on the Certificate of Work Readiness (CWR) under the initiative by The Social Learning Company and the Social Enterprise Academy. They are on look-out for more placements for young people. 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. 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: Greenock Arts Guild Ltd – Cultural SEN Download full case study here Dates for the Diary DGSEN, 3rd DecemberDSEN – John Sharp Futures Fund Launch, 4th DecemberMoray SEN, 4th DecemberAberdeen SEN Reflections Event, 5th DecemberEdinburgh SEN AGM, 9th DecemberStirlingshire SEN, 16th December Best wishes, To unsubscribe or change subscription address, e-mail with subject The SENs.