During our SE Reset week in May, mental health & wellbeing emerged strongly as one of the key themes – with social enterprises highlighting a range of issues relating to workforce, service users, and their wider community.  More recently, SCVO published its own report – ‘Coronavirus and its impact on the Scottish Voluntary Sector: a review of literature’  – which references SENScot’s SE Reset Report along with other key publications from the sector – which again highlights the scale of concerns relating to mental health & wellbeing. SEN members have also initiated a number of sessions which would address these concerns – which we have subsequently facilitated via presentations and discussions on a range of specific issues which have included: Supporting Staff Mental Wellbeing; Legal Responsibilities of Employers; Flexible Working & Mental Wellbeing; and the Role of Sport / Physical Activity in Improving Mental Wellbeing.

On Friday, we host a further session – Mental Health & Wellbeing in Communities – exploring the needs emerging as result of Covid19 and the social enterprise response to this and associated challenges. Social enterprises already play a key role in improving mental health & wellbeing across Scotland, via a wide range of direct support, early intervention & preventative approaches. We have no doubt that they will continue to make a crucial contribution in the mental health recovery from Covid19 and we invite social enterprises to get in touch to discuss this issue further and, hopefully, to be able to participate in a series of sessions and activity that we’ll be  in the coming months.

All the best,

Mary Sinclair

Learning & Knowledge Exchange Opportunities

ALL SEN session: DWP Kickstart scheme – Thu 24th Sept, 10-11am
Join us to hear more from DWP about their Kickstart scheme which provides full funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.  Contact Jayne.

All SEN Session: Mental Health & Wellbeing Needs in Communities – Fri 25th Sept, 10.30am-12pm
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.  More info.

 Employability & Cultural SENs Session Wednesday 30th Sept (2.30pm)
Exploring employability opportunities within cultural sector for people who find it difficult to access jobs. Contact Sarah.  

Intergenerational National Network meeting Monday 9th Nov (10.30 to 12pm)
The meeting will be hosted by Sustrans, and the theme will be how different age groups travel through and use public space.  For further information contact Pat Scrutton

SE Reset Week 2 – is now scheduled for week commencing 16th November. A full programme of sessions will eb available over the coming weeks. This follows on from our initial SE Reset Week back in May.

 Rural SEN Virtual Community Learning Exchanges

Bùth Bharraigh Community Shop Tuesday 13th October, 13:30 – 15:00
Hear from Bùth Bharraigh’s Development Manager, Sarah MacLean – who will take us through the past few months in Castlebay, and describe how they have had to alter their services to meet changing community needs. Aside from adapting daily operations, a challenge for Bùth Bharraigh has been maintaining regular contact and links with socially isolated and vulnerable volunteers.

R-evolution Community Benefit Society Monday 19th October, 13:00 – 14:30
Hear from Debi Weir, the founder of R-evolution, a social enterprise based in Speyside, who aim to break the cycle of child poverty. With a planned launch date of March, Debi and her team had to quickly adapt when Covid-19 hit and move their services online.

Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust Wednesday 28th October, 14:00-15:30
Hear from Julie Young, Development Manager of ACT, who run several projects in areas including conservation, tourism, and access to the outdoors. During lockdown, their operations had to change, but two current projects managed to emerge despite lockdown: MAKI Pups, an outdoor nursery, and ACT Now, a programme designed to help communities adopt strategies to tackle climate change.

SEN Member News

EnvironMentalHealth CIC is launching their new logo next week and to celebrate the launch are offering a free introduction to First Aid for Mental Health on 13th October to anyone interested. June has also shared moving words on her own personal journey in creating EnvironMentalHealth and is well worth a read. More info here.

Theatre Nemo are involved in a new adventure with Simon Community Scotland – The Access Hub. This is a brand-new Health, Wellbeing & Home Hub developed with key agencies in Glasgow.  Nemo will initially be providing Art activities and will gradually be introducing other creative activities that will improve participant’s mental wellbeing. To learn more, register for one of the Launch Tours.

Nilupul Foundation, following the successful delivery of their 6 week online Bodyworks course, are putting on another course starting 23rd Sept – 28th Oct, 6.30 -7.30 pm. Bodyworks helps people to manage COVID-19 pandemic stress, relaxing the body & calming the mind through mindfulness. £36 donation to project helping vulnerable & disadvantaged in Dundee. More info.

Project Ability are delighted to launch their very first online exhibition. Like many other businesses, they have had to adapt during these difficult times, having to shut their studios and gallery back in March, yet still making every effort to stay in ouch with their artists via zoom, phone calls and delivering art packs to home. Check out the Flashback to February online exhibition.

Eat, Sleep, Ride have published their Social Impact Report.  ESR is a social enterprise working with young people experiencing mental health problems, those that have suffered abuse, lived in areas of high deprivation and other challenges such as drug/alcohol addiction. The young people take part in horse care, riding and stable management activities.

Life Pod has created the UK’s first “hoarding academy” with the aim of improving understanding of the disorder among health and local authority workers, as well as offering support to people affected by compulsive hoarding. Read more.

Ideas for Ears have kindly shared a short film (4 mins) about hearing access. This community project brought people together, got them sharing ideas and knowledge, and created a real spirit of can-do optimism. More info and link to video here.  

Greener Kirkcaldy‘s Community Food Team have launched The Lang Toun Larder – A Community Pantry. The pantry redistributes surplus and unsold food from local businesses. People can sign up as members and ‘shop’ in the pantry once a week. Their Community Chef makes meals and bakes bread and scones for the pantry weekly. Fresh fruit and veg is also available from their Community Training Garden. More info.

Ardenglen Housing Association are launching the Castlemilk Community Food Pantry and are looking for a motivated, dynamic and resilient individual to join their Operations Team as the Pantry Coordinator. More info.

Outside the Box are exploring community solutions for social care and looking at how small and local is an important part of the picture. More info on their work and upcoming sessions here.   

Healthy Valleys have kindly shared their latest newsletter which contains a summary of the amazing work they have been doing over the past two months in rural South Lanarkshire to support people and communities.  There is no doubt that the past few months have been challenging. 

Talking Mats “Talking Mats Online Foundation Training courses continue to be highly popular with both of September’s courses full.  There are courses due to start on 6th October and 3rd November, as well as the Keeping Safe course that takes place from the start of every month.  Contact info@talkingmats.com for more information or to secure your place on one of the courses.”

Respite Now CIC is now a recognised online centre for The Good Things Foundation and have been awarded a quantity of digital tablets which will be put to good use with the people they support and the Peace of Mind program. 

Falkirk Foundation have a number of current and upcoming opportunities within their Falkirk Work Academy which delivers Employability tutoring to a range of people seeking work. More info.

Other News

Review of Adult Social Care
An independent review, chaired by Derek Feeley (former director general of Health & Social Care, SG) is taking place to consider the idea of a national care service and will report in January 2021. This will include a wide range of service and non-clinical support in a range of settings, including day services and community support. More info.  SENScot is keen to hear your thoughts on this. Please get in touch to discuss further.

Thrive Celebration Event (Wed 30th Sept)
Join UnLtd, social entrepreneurs and supporters to celebrate the second year of the Thrive accelerator at our “Thrive Celebration Event”.  Thrive is an accelerator helping ambitious social ventures to scale. Over the past six months, UnLtd has supported 12 brilliant social entrepreneurs, each of whom are improving the lives of older adults in the UK.  This event will focus on their achievements over the past six months and what they’ve got planned for the future and provide an opportunity to hear about funding, support opportunities and UnLtd’s future healthy ageing work over the next year. Next round of funding & support opens for application Sept 30th. More info.

Partnership opportunity with a mental health digital project
The ALLIANCE have flagged up this partnership opportunity with a mental health digital project that SEN members may be interested in. This appears to be an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises to partner in ‘IT4Anxiety’. More info.

Spreading and sustaining service transformation. (Healthcare Improvement Scotland)
If you’re interested in implementing and sustaining service transformation, it’s important to understand what enables change. The findings and insights in Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s new learning system report uncovered three main themes of trust, communities and technology, and the importance of addressing inequalities within each of these. Read the report.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on communities and priorities for recovery research. (Scottish Government, 17th Sept 20)
Report on research to understand concerns, opportunities and wider experiences related to the coronavirus pandemic with various organisations across Scotland. Read here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on wellbeing research. (Scottish Government, 17th Sept 20)
This report provides insight into the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the social and economic wellbeing of people across Scotland.

VHS Annual Conference & AGM 2020
This will take place online over 2 days on the 4th & 5th Nov, with 4 session to allow flexible access and options for joining. More info.

‘Owning the Economy’ Community Wealth Building Summit 2020
Taking place on 5th Nov, this is an opportunity to hear from global thought leaders who are progressing community wealth building policy and from emerging and established practitioners. More info.

Tender & Funding Opportunities

Go to Partnership for Procurement (P4P) and Public Contract Scotland to check current and forthcoming tender opportunities. 

Some current relevant funding opportunities highlighted below, but for fuller listings go to SCVO-funding.Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme
This week saw the formal launch of the new Scottish Govt’s new £25m Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme. The Programme is split into two parts – the Communities Recovery Fund and the Adapt and Thrive Programme. The links provide further details including guidelines and application forms etc – with both programmes being open to applications up until March 2021. Whilst the Communities Recovery Fund is a more straightforward grant programme, Adapt and Thrive will provide wrap-around advice as well as grants and loans. As stated in recent weeks, both programmes are open to community organisations, social enterprises and wider third sector organisations with turnovers under £500k.

SE Health & Wellbeing Newsletter – September 2020