There are lots of opportunities to engage with other social enterprise via the wide range of virtual SEN sessions in the coming month listed below.

Up until earlier this week, the numerous SEN sessions we’ve held since lockdown have all taken place without incident. However, the worldwide Zoom down time experienced on Monday provided a powerful reminder of how quickly we can become dependent on the one system. Whilst we were unsuccessful in our frantic efforts to find an immediate alternative to bring 40+ people from across Scotland and beyond together the same afternoon, we were fortunate in having the goodwill of our participants and speakers in agreeing to schedule an alternative date.

The SEN Session on Flexible Working & Mental Wellbeing will now take place on Monday 14th September at 3pm. Some places are still available.

All the best,

Mary Sinclair
Social Enterprise Network Scotland

Learning & Knowledge Exchange Opportunities

Sport & Health SEN Meeting: Using Sport & Physical Activity to Promote Positive Mental Health – Wed 9th Sept (10- 11.30am)

This session will focus on how to use sport and physical activity to address mental health within communities.  We will hear from various speakers about their approach and the support which exists to help organisations develop programmes and initiatives on this topic. To book email Jude.

 Angus SEN: Learning to Tell Your Story – Wed 9th Sept (9.30am-12.30pm)

In partnership with Evaluation Support Scotland, Angus SEN will be hosting ‘Learning to Tell Your Story’ – an introductory session on the basics of evaluation. Register here.

Aberdeen SEN Meeting – Fri 11th Sept (11am)

An opportunity to look at the 3 biggest challenges members face coming out of lockdown, the support that is needed and how the SEN can help. To book email Janice.

Health SEN Meeting – Wed 16th Sept (10.30am-12pm)

An opportunity to hear from Anne Connor (Outside the Box) and to explore how smaller and community-based providers can play more of a part in the world of health & social care. This will inform a series of sessions Outside the Box are facilitating in coming months.  Email Mary.

Virtual Community Learning Exchange with Prep Table Scotland – Thu 17th Sept (10am)

Prep Table (recent merger with Scran Academy) is a social enterprise aiming to make the food industry more open, fair and ethical for producers, suppliers, employees and customers.  Join founder Fiona Donaldson to hear about her social enterprise journey, from being completely new to the sector in 2017 to running a successful business delivering social impact.  More info.

Community Food SEN Meeting – Fri 18th Sept (10.30am-12pm)

An opportunity for Community Food SEN members to come together and discuss the challenges faced as we move from Phase 3 towards Phase 4 of Scotland’s Route Map, what support is required and what they need from the SEN. Contact Mary.

Employability SEN: Wednesday, September 23rd (2-3pm) – Drew Reid from Skills Development Scotland will be talking about how their Skills for Growth programme could benefit members. To book email Jayne.

All SEN Session: Mental Health & Wellbeing Needs in Communities – Fri 25th Sept (TBC)

An opportunity for SEN members to come together and discuss the mental health & wellbeing needs identified within their communities and to explore social enterprise response to this need, alongside the challenges and accompanying social enterprise support needs.  Contact Mary.

Community Learning Exchange Programme 20/21

If you have experience, expertise or knowledgethat you are able and willing to share with other groups in any health & wellbeing related area please get in touch to discuss a potential Community Learning Exchange. Contact Mary.

SEN Member News

Impact Arts new well-being programme ‘Make Space’ gets the best feedback from one of the young people participating “Thank yous very much! This project came along at a really scary part in my life and the support, projects, delivery and genuine self-care from guys helps 10000%”  More info.

Respite Now have been hard at work developing their product base to help you prepare for re-opening your business. More info on their shop and Crowd Funding activity to support the Peace of Mind programme here.

Scottish Communities for Health & Wellbeing (SCHW) has produced “A Blueprint for a Healthier Scotland” which will be presented to the Scottish Government in the near future. One of the directors, Peter Taylor, has produced a document “Communities in Lockdown” to support this and is a report on the inspiring responses of 8 SCHW organisations to tackling the impact of the pandemic on their communities.

Thriving Survivors core service, the ‘discovering me programme’, is now being delivered online and taking referrals for the next round of programmes. They also have digital survival packs (part of Connecting Scotland initiative) available for people struggling to access services including an electronic device and internet connection. Get in touch.

Saje Scotland have their Freedom Programme starting up again. This 10-week programme is for women interested in learning more about the effects of domestic abuse and, in particular for women who experience or have experienced domestic abuse. More info.

Talking Mats – details on their latest training opportunities to support you to have better conversations.More info.

Movement Evolution Scotland CIC are looking for a new home in the Grampian region to further develop competence and confidence through movement. Find out if you can help and learn more about them here.

Street Soccer Scotland are a clear winner in the Barclays Entrepreneur Awards – huge congratulations from all of us at Social Enterprise Network Scotland! Read more.

BikeTown’s Bike Around Town campaign has encouraged communities to enjoy all of the benefits of cycling and has been a huge success locally. More info on the benefits of this and the ‘Bike Tag’ game here.

Projekt42’s latest service developments include affordable counselling for all and a whole variety of online community classes including yoga and kung fu – there’s something for everyone! More info.

Roar’s Nicola Hanssen (Chief Executive) shares powerful insight into the practicalities of a key barrier to many older people regaining their confidence and getting mobile following recent months. Read blog.

Eat Well Age Well’s Raising the Issue of Malnutrition training is now virtual, plus they have a series of interactive Twitter chats coming up. Read more and view dates.

Edinburgh Community Food have been running a series of REHIS Eating Well for Older People courses and  details of all the latest dates are available here.

CFINE’s most recent challenge to tackle food poverty in Aberdeen – try living on £2 a day! Read more

Other News

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee is calling for views on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on social care services at home.  Read more.

Vision: Reimagining the future of health and care (7th-11th September)

Annual conference from The ALLIANCE. More Info.
First SFC Food Stories workshops tomorrow night, 5.30pm! see email.

10 Year Anniversary of the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at GCU

A note of the celebrations and their 10 year review document and plans for the future, as they look forward to continuing to contribute to research that focuses on the Social Economy; Economics of Health and Wellbeing and Community, Citizenship and Participation.

Historic Environment Scotland have published their COVID-19 Policy and Minimum Operating Standards.

These outline the requirements that must be met before HES sites will be able to reopen in line with official government guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Developed from a range of sector and industry advice, guidance and best practice, they set the benchmark for the safe reopening of sites and resumption of operational activities.  More info.

Tender & Funding Opportunities

Go to Partnership for Procurement (P4P) and Public Contract Scotland to check current and forthcoming tender opportunities.  In the meantime, here are a couple that may be of interest:

·         Wellbeing Training by Scottish Police Authority.

·         Break Point Re-Opening of the 2019 Social Work Framework for Selected Purchased Social Care Supports by Glasgow City Council.

Some current relevant funding opportunities highlighted below, but for fuller listings go to SCVO-funding.

GSK IMPACT Awards:  Winners receive core funding of up to £40K and access to training and development, your organisation must be at least 3 years old and working in a health-related field.  Deadline – 14 September

SE Health & Wellbeing Newsletter – August 2020