The SEN’s Newsletter: Friday 29th November 2013

Senscot is part of the ReadyforBusiness (RfB) Consortium that has, since 2011, been delivering the Scottish Govt’s ‘Developing Markets Programme’ – other members of the consortium include: CEiS; Social Firms Scotland; KPMG; MacRoberts; Social Value Lab; and Sustainable Procurement Ltd. The new contract for this work has recently been out to tender and we are pleased to hear that the RfB Consortium has been the successful bidder. The new contract will run from April 2014 and will continue the consortium’s work to embed Public Social Partnerships (PSP), Community Benefit Clauses (CBC) and the use of Social Value throughout public sector commissioning and procurement in Scotland. For more info on the programme, see We’ve now completed the report on this month’s SE Conference and Ceilidh 2013. Once again, we’d like to thank all those who attended, contributed, sponsored and supported the event in general. We’ll let the dust settle for a bit before planning the 2014 event – our 10th. See full report. The South Ayrshire SEN (SASEN) was formally launched at its inaugural Conference in Maybole last Friday. More than 70 delegates attended the event which also saw the launch of South Ayrshire Council’s Ambitions Programme – £340k pa being invested in the development of SE in the area over the next three years. A Mapping of Social Enterprise commissioned by SASEN and undertaken by ODS Consulting was also launched at the event, see more. Next week, Social Firms Scotland and Senscot will be attending the 2nd Peer Review meeting of the European SEN in Malmo, Sweden. The theme for this meeting is ‘Growth and Development’ – with the focus on good practice from Italy, Sweden, Belgium and England on Social Franchising, Social Value and Consortia Development. Update next week. The Cultural SEN met last week at the Wasps South Block Venue in Glasgow. Elizabeth McKenna, GSEN Co-ordinator, joined the meeting to talk about some of the issues facing the local cultural community and to explore areas for the thematic and local SEN to work together. In addition, CSEN member, Media Co-op, gave an update on their film on the Skye Bridge Toll Campaign which will be premiered at Celtic Connections, read more.  Social Firms Scotland held their Mini-Conference and AGM in the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh yesterday. The event heard three enlightening presentations from SFS members – Clydesdale Community Initiatives; Enable; and SCARF – followed by an interesting discussion session on topics such as the ‘living wage’. John Swinney also spoke – again re-iterating not only his own personal support for the work of social firms and SE but also the Scottish Govt’s ongoing commitment to the third sector in Scotland – that, he said, has full Cabinet support. Self-Directed Support (SDS) is a significant shift for the whole system of health and social care. We’re keen to support SE providers of SDS services and assist in developing as consistent an approach as possible. Danielle, this week, attended an SDS Conference that was focussing on an understanding the practicalities of ‘ensuring a range of providers and types of support’. If you’re interested, contact,
 Notices TENDERS: Trade Food Waste Collection and Processing – Midlothian Council, Provision of residential alcohol/drug detoxification and/or rehabilitation – NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Business Gateway Workshop: Reaching More Customers – Craft Business Development Workshop – Argyll and Bute Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterAWARDS: Congratulations to all award winners at the Herald Society Awards 2013. Special mention to Glasgow Bike Station for winning the Environmental Initiative of the Year Award. NEWSLETTER: The November edition of the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network has been published. This edition highlights the positive coverage of the Social Enterprise Strategy launch. WORKSHOPS: The Gallery On The Corner is hosting a preview of an exhibition the new creative trainees. The gallery will also be hosting four ½ hour workshop taster sessions open to anyone on the autism spectrum who is interested in developing their creativity. EVENT: Aberdeen SEN are hosting an event on 6th December entitled Christmas Reflections.  Social enterprise across Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire are invited to come along for some mulled wine, or hot chocolate for the drivers, share their experiences of the last year and their hopes for the coming year. TRAINING: Assist Social Capital has published details on fully funded training courses for swimming teachers. VACANCY: Engage Renfrewshire is seeking a part-time Administration Assistant. 
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Letham Sports Club  Dates for the Diary DGSEN, 3rd DecemberInverclyde SEN, 6th DecemberGSEN, 6th 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,