The SENs: Thursday 24th March 2016

With our Scottish elections taking place in six weeks’ time, Social Enterprise Scotland has produced a manifesto – ‘For the Good of Everyone’ – promoting the increasing role social enterprise can play in Scottish society. The manifesto itself will be launched at an event at the Grassmarket Project in Edinburgh on 11th April – that will include John Swinney (SNP); Andy Wightman (Scottish Green Party); as well as candidates from other leading parties. The launch will also include a debate on the theme – “What should politicians do to build a social enterprise society in Scotland?". Some of the themes covered in the manifesto include promoting and protecting the social enterprise brand; building mass public awareness; business support; transforming public services; local solutions as standard. Places are still available for the event – which is free. As you may be aware, Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are currently developing a new ESF funded programme to support the personal development of individual social entrepreneurs.  This programme forms part of a Scotland-wide ESF Social Economy Development Operation, contributing towards the aims of the Scottish Government-led ‘Growing the Social Economy ESF Strategic Intervention’. They are keen to bring fresh thinking to this initiative, and design a programme that will meet the needs of the Social Economy. Three workshop events are planned over the coming weeks – see here for more information. News this week on Investment in Employability – new powers will be backed with £20m additional Scottish Government funding to help people into jobs. The Work Choice programme will be replaced with a new contract with existing providers – for one year – to provide ongoing support to people with disabilities in Scotland. At the same time, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will use the mechanisms currently in place through the Employability Fund to deliver a new devolved service for clients with a health condition and at risk of long term unemployment, who want to enter work. We have an allocation of bursary places for SEN members to attend the CEIS Conference in September. There are 15 places in total for the rate of £50.00 + VAT. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please email Tariq if you would like to register your interest.  There is also a small allocation of 5 student places this year. The stipulations the student places have are that the students would have to supply a note of interest to CEIS Events from their University email address and they must detail their course relation to social enterprise. These will also be on first come, first served basis. Finally, if any of the SENs, purchase 10 places at £50.00 +VAT they will receive 1 free. They are to also contact CEIS Events. Yesterday, Health SEN Coordinator, Mary attended the VHS Sounding Board to explore the SG’s 2015 Review of Public Health and consider its implications for the third sector. Chaired by Dr Stuart Cable (NHS Education for Scotland), the Sounding Board event heard Gareth Brown (Scottish Government), present the Review and Grant Sugden (Waverley Care) shared his perspective as the voluntary sector (VHS) representative on the Review Group. Valuable discussion followed amongst participants on the challenges and opportunities generated by the Review and on what actions are required from the third sector in response. Check out the VHS Briefing Paper for the Third Sector, which includes links to all of the associated documents.  Notices TENDERS: Review, Business Planning and Sustainability Support; North Ayrshire – Community Led Action and Support Project, Scotland’s Business Support Contract for Applicants and Grant Holders – Big Lottery Fund, Community Connecting for people over 50 – The City of Edinburgh Council.  Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING: Charities supporting children, families and adult learning will be invited to apply for a share of a new project fund that will award £2 million over the next two years. Applications will be invited in the summer for a share of £1 million that will be made available in 2017/18, with a further £1 million to be available in 2018/19 WORKSHOP: Just Enterprise are taking a Free Introduction to Selling full day workshop which is ideal for those responsible for generating income on a day-to-day basis or those who must now adapt to the “new economy”. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of selling, from preparation to questioning styles, objection handling, and how to develop a consultative approach to sales.  Will be held in Glasgow on the 19th April. FORUM: These free open Forums provide an opportunity for our reuse, repair and recycling organisations to network, get strategic updates from CRNS and engage with speakers on a topic of interest.  Refreshments and a networking lunch are provided. ASSET TRANSFER CONSULTATION: The Scottish Government has published an open consultation on the Asset Transfer Draft Regulations under the Community Empowerment Act. The consultation is open to individuals and organisations. NEW GUIDANCE:  The statutory guidance under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 has been published. This suite of guidance covers: procurement strategies and annual procurement reports; sustainable procurement duty; community benefit requirements in procurement; selection of tenderers and award of contracts; and procurement for health or social care services.  Dates for the Diary Perth and Kinross SEN, 29th MarGlasgow SEN, 6th AprFalkirk SEN, 11th AprilMoray SEN, 14th AprInverclyde SEN, 26th AprilSouth Ayrshire, 11th May Best wishes,Kimkim@senscot.net