The SENs: Thursday 17th April 2014

Over the last twelve months, the work and activity around the thematic SENs has been steadily increasing. The four thematic SENs – Sport; Health; Community Food; and Culture and Creative – has seen significant growth in their respective memberships and, equally importantly, a similar increase in joint working initiatives – either for on the ground delivery or policy development – with Scottish Govt departments; other public agencies; as well as with colleagues in the third sector. We have also begun the process this year of bringing together the members of the thematic SENs and Roundtables. This work will continue in the year ahead. In the year ahead, we will also be looking to tie in the work of the thematic SENs with that of the local SENs. One immediate example of this is the CC SEN and Glasgow SEN meeting up with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau re the role of SE in the city’s tourism strategy Glasgow SEN and the Cultural and Creative SEN are holding a meeting with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau on May 9th.  GCMB works with numerous partners, stakeholders and businesses to position and promote Glasgow across national and international markets as one of Europe’s most vibrant, dynamic and diverse cities.  This is an informal meeting where social enterprises will have the chance to hear more about GCMB activity and support in Glasgow, how they can get involved and develop their social enterprise for different tourism markets, and engage and influence the new Tourism Strategy for 2015.  If you would like to attend this meeting please contact Sarah. Tomorrow is the closing date for applications for the post of paralegal with Senscot Legal. This post – funded through the Enterprise Ready Fund – and will be based in Bath St, Glasgow. See job pack, or for further details, contact Karina. Closing date: Friday, 18th April 2014. Fife SEN member BRAG Enterprises will again be hosting the Fife Social Enterprise Trade Fair 2014. In its 4th year, the event will take place on Wed, 7th May at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes. Titled, ‘Opportunities to Grow’, this year’s Trade Fair will be opened by John Swinney, MSP. See details. Latest round of Social Enterprise Academy courses in Highlands and Islands are looming up. They include Measuring Social Impact (Inverness – April 24th); Action Learning (Shetland, May 20th & 21st); and Wide Horizons (Skye, May 26th, 27th & 28th). See details. In case you missed this last week, here are some of the latest round of newsletters – giving updates on developments and opportunities that could be of benefit to SEN members. Firstly, the latest SE and Health Newsletter – which includes features on the website, ‘Discover the Third Sector’ as well as newly published guidelines on Self-Directed Support. Secondly, the Ready for Business Consortium has produced the last Developing Markets Newsletter within the current contract. And, lastly, DSL last week launched their new quarterly Newsletter with a raft of info and announcements – on new contracts; ventures; as well as a few birthday celebrations.   Notices TENDERS: Southside Housing Association – Landscape Maintenance 2014 – 2017, Cleaning services – The Wheatley Housing Group Limited, Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association – Feasibility and Business Planning – Recycling Business. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

CROWDFUNDING: New Urban Voices, from Space Unlimited, is looking to support young people in Dundee and Angus to set-up and run exhibitions showcasing their ideas for change in their local communities through a crowdfunding campaign.  COURSE: Street Soccer Scotland is running a free 8 week Football Works Programme for unemployed youths looking to gain skills and qualifications. CONCERT: The Engine Shed and Waverly Care will be beneficiaries of a collection at a free Choral Concert taking place on 11th May. See also the latest newsletter from The Engine Shed. FUNDING: Last week the Scottish Government confirmed funding of £500,000 over two years to support FareShare in its efforts to tackle food waste and food poverty across Scotland.  Case Study: Cultural and Creative SEN  Dates for the Diary

Edinburgh SEN, 22nd AprilStirlingshire SEN, 23rd AprilFalkirk SEN, 24th AprilSport SEN North, 1st MayFife SE Trade Fair, 7th MayGlasgow SEN Cultural Meeting, 9th MayInverclyde SEN, 14th MaySport SEN West, 15th MayDundee SEN AGM, 28th MayFalkirk SEN, 30th May  Best wishes,