The SENs: Thursday 2nd April 2015

The Sport SEN met in Perth this week for its annual national meeting. Meetings tend to take place regionally – due to the growth in numbers of Sport SEN members – however, members are keen to take the opportunity to come together nationally at least once a year. The day kicked off with ‘lightening talks’ giving members 2 mins to get to know each other – followed by a Q&A Session with some of the SENs more experienced members – Bobby Pollock, Newmilns Ski Slope; Neil Mathieson, Atlantis Leisure;  and David Duke, Street Soccer. The day concluded with world café sessions linked to other thematic activity – that include Tourism; Health; Sport for Development; and Working with Corporates. For more on the Sport SEN and its work, contact Diane. Staying with Sport – a reminder that on Monday, 6th April, Sport SEN members will be taking over our social media outlets to participate inInternational Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). They will be engaging media outlets across Scotland, the UK, and the world to draw attention to the SE and Sport sector and promoting their work in communities across Scotland – engaging with thousands of people of all ages. To join in, see #sport4betterworld – or to contribute, contact Diane or Tavis. See more The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015 is now underway. This survey is seeking to capture the size, scale and reach of SE in Scotland – for the first time ever. Social Value Lab is carrying out the work – and the full report will be publically available in September 2015. This is an important milestone for SE in Scotland and it would be great help if you could take 15/20 mins to fill in the survey. For more, see background. Good news this week for Dundee SEN – one of 21 organisations benefiting from a £2m investment from The Rank Foundation. The Ran Foundation aims to improve the lives of people and their communities across the UK by encouraging and developing leadership; promoting enterprise and innovation and caring for the disadvantaged and the marginalised. Dundee SEN’s investment will enable new start social enterprises to develop their idea with the support grants programme alongside other resources which included a dedicated development officer, marketing and training. See press release.   News from Moray this week includes a documentary about Moray’s young and inspiring social entrepreneurs. Listen to their message and learn about the spectrum of opportunities within social enterprise; from volunteering to starting up and running your own business. A website has also been developed which has information on how to getting a social enterprise started. The new Village SOS programme has now been launched in Scotland. Being led by Rocket Science, with support from Forth Sector and Senscot, the focus of the programme in Scotland is about helping communities who want to take forward a project or enterprise to get support from communities who have already been through this experience – with additional technical support provided as necessary. See more The latest GSEN and Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers newsletter published this week. Notices
TENDERS: Community Meals – Scotland Excel, Green roofs – Brookfield Multiplex, Provision of Supplementary Transport Service – NHS Ayrshire & Arran, ICT Digital Skills Transition Training Fund for The Highland and Islands – Skills Development Scotland. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

REPORT: The SE100 announced the launch of this year’s RBS SE100 report, revealing social enterprise’s impressive £22bn contribution to the UK economy and society over the last five years. NETWORKING: Community Food and Health (Scotland) is working with Strathclyde University as part of ‘Engage’ week.  An afternoon session is planned in Glasgow to explore how social enterprises can reduce the barriers to a healthy and affordable diet.  This free event is intended for social enterprises engaged with food as a means of tackling health inequalities. CATERING: Glasgow based social enterprise Locavore has released its new menu for event catering. FACT SHEETS: Social Investment Scotland has just created a jargon-free set of Fact Sheets to help people looking for social investment to understand the loan process at a glance.EXHIBITION: Join The Gallery on the Corner on Thursday 2nd April, 6pm-8pm as it celebrates World Autism Awareness Day on with the opening of this year’s Autism: Life in Colour exhibition. Dates for the DiaryFalkirk SEN, 16th AprilInverclyde SEN, 28th AprilFalkirk SEN, 13th MayDundee SEN AGM, 28th MayGlasgow SEN, 3rd JuneFalkirk SEN, 8th June
Best wishes,