The SENs: Thursday 19th December 2013

As this is the last SENs News of 2013, it would be apt that we give a few reflections/highlights over the last twelve months. Positive developments include: 23 active SENs (19 local and 4 thematic) – including a re-animated Community Food SEN; Membership  has risen to over 550 social enterprises; 3 SENs have developed SE Strategies with their respective local authorities – Edinburgh, Dundee and Moray; Joint working initiatives haver included 2 events with TSIs plus a Joint Thematic Roundtable event (see report); the 9th SE Conference and Ceilidh; progress in a number of policy/development areas – notably Health; Sport; and EU SEN. In the work ‘still to be done’ category – continuing to ensure SE has its place at the table re policy development that impacts on SEN members and their local communities. The Sport SEN will be hosting its 3rd SE and Sport Conference early next year. The date for your diary is 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 150 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. Working towards a sustainable food strategy, Edible Edinburgh website is a great resource for health and wellbeing, procurement, local economy, land use and cultural change around food. The Community Food Roundtable met for the second time this week. Senscot, Keep Scotland Beautiful-Climate Challenge Fund and other roundtable members discussed a joint event for community food members.  Danielle is keen to explore this further and welcomes ideas for topics for conference, email Danielle. Atlantis Leisure, one of the largest & most successful sports social enterprises in Scotland, has successfully re-negotiated its partnership agreement with Argyll & Bute Council. Having been on the go for 21 years, Atlantic is a true embodiment of community empowerment. This flourishing community sports hub for the people of Oban & Lorn serves as a role model for communities across Scotland. See more. Cultural and GSEN members, Theatre Nemo, appear in the new published paper by Christopher Dingwall Jones – Representational tactics: approaching two Scottish performances of mental illness through the work of Michel de Certeau, See more. The Health SEN and Roundtable has had a very active year with developments on a number of fronts – with a number of pieces of legislation going through Parliament – all having a significant bearing on the work of Health SEN members and especially those they work with. Danielle, in the latest Health SEN, gives a brief synopsis and well as other news relevant to Health SEN members. See Here.  Notices TENDERS: Business Support for Third Sector Organisations, Inverness Skate Park – Highland Skate Park Association and Support Service for SDS (Self Directed Support) – Aberdeenshire Council. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterGIFTS: If you are struggling to think of a gift for family or friends MY Adventure has gift certificates available with ‘5 Gold Deals of Christmas’. SUPPORT: Social Investment Scotland, has launched a new Investment Readiness Programme, aimed at supporting social entrepreneurs and third sector leaders with their growth plans for the year ahead. WORKSHOPS: Just Enterprise has announced details of the free Winter / Spring programme of Business Development and Thematic Workshops. Two workshops take place in central Edinburgh during February. MORE WORKSHOPS: There are three more free capacity building workshops for SME’s and Social Enterprises from Viridor. The workshops will cover Microsoft Word / Excel and PowerPoint. SOCCER: Street Soccer Scotland has released details of the Christmas Day Session at Lochend Youth Football Club (11am-1pm). Case Study: Out of the Blue – Cultural SEN  Dates for the Diary
Dundee SEN, 22nd JanuaryFife SEN, 30th JanuaryGlasgow SEN, 5th February
West Lothian SEN, 11th February
DGSEN, 11th February
Edinburgh SEN, 18th February
Stirlingshire SEN, 25th February Best wishes and have a fabby festive period,