Final details of Scottish Govt’s Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme is due to be announced over the next week or so. Information, to date, suggests that the £25m fund is being made available ‘to create the best conditions for the third sector and volunteering to thrive and contribute to a recovering economy and society’. We understand that the ‘Adapt and Thrive’ component of the Programme will offer both advice and funding – and will include a cap of £25k per organisation/application. It also appears that organisations with turnovers of over £500k will not be eligible. The Recovery Programme will be widely welcomed as our sector continues to try and address the challenges of the ongoing pandemic and its impact on local communities.

The rationale for capping Adapt & Thrive fund is understandable – with the overwhelming majority or organisations in Scotland being small and locally-based. However, for those organisations (with turnovers over £500k), there are growing concerns about the implications for them – and what the alternatives will be. This dilemma is exacerbated for many social enterprises as they see some sectors – such as museums, heritage, community transport etc – having bespoke funds being made available – while others are still awaiting news of similar support from their own relevant Govt department or statutory agency. The additional challenge of clear and consistent guidelines also remains a critical issue for many. Guidance & eligibility for the ‘Communities Recovery Fund’ element has not yet been published.

Having already committed around £40m this year to the Resilience Fund and Supporting Communities Fund, Scottish Govt has demonstrated its awareness of the role of the third sector – both socially and economically – across wider society and, in particular, within local communities. However, with so much uncertainty around, a longer-term and well thought out programme of support – for organisations of all sizes – will be required if the sector is going to genuinely be able to contribute effectively to the country’s recovery. Such unprecedented circumstances – call for equally unprecedented measures.


Since 2017, SENScot’s Glasgow base has been at 24 George Square. As from Monday, 21st September, we will have a new office, based at 42 Miller Street, Glasgow G1 1DT (just off Ingram Street). This will also be the new base for P4P and for Senscot Legal. Phone numbers etc will remain the same.


Just a reminder – if you are missing Laurence’s weekly ‘musings’, you can sign up for them via his new website – Larry’s Lunchette.


The UK Govt’s Kickstart Scheme may be of interest to many social enterprises in Scotland. The programme is designed to provide jobs for young people (16-24 years old) – initially through a six-month, fully funded placement. One of the conditions of the Scheme is that if you are taking on less than 30 placements, you are required to go through an ‘intermediary’ organisation. Two such ‘intermediaries’ are SCVO and GCVS . Our Employability SEN has organised an information session with DWP (Thursday 24th Sept, 10am) – for social enterprises interested in finding out more about Kickstart as an Employer.  Contact Jayne to book


Good to hear that work on the restoration of Govanhill Baths is due commence before the end of the year. The campaign by the local community to save the Baths began 20 years ago – and now, thanks to an additional award from Scottish Govt’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund – work can finally get underway. The £9m project will see Govanhill Baths re-open as a wellbeing centre incorporating three pools, a health suite and other sports and health initiatives. All being well, the Baths will open again in spring 2022 – the 21st anniversary of the community’s original protests at the planned closure by Glasgow City Council.


Social enterprise is constantly breaking new ground in providing opportunities for more marginalised or disadvantaged members of our communities. Criminal Records is another such example – a record label for ex-offenders, supported by artists who’re prepared to give of their time to help those who are in, or have come through, the criminal justice system. The label will develop and give a platform to talented musicians, most of whom would never get the opportunity to be heard owing to criminal convictions. At the heart of Criminal Records is a desire to restore dignity, build self-esteem, self-agency and a sense of purpose.


Frontline News:

Glasgow SEN has announced the appointment of Jennifer Robertson as their new Director. Jennifer is currently Social Enterprise Officer covering three TSIs across Forth Valley – and has been supporting the Forth Valley SEN. She will be taking up her new post in October – and we wish her well in her new role:

Scottish Govt, this week, announced The Islands Green Recovery Programme – a £2m fund to support locally-led green initiatives – such as low carbon transport, food sustainability and zero waste projects:

Scotland’s first community-owned brewery is being established on the Isle of Eigg. As well as creating jobs, all brewing will be 100% environmentally based – using green energy, fuelled by solar power panels:

Instead of hosting the SE Awards this year, Social Enterprise Scotland will instead host a Social Enterprise Digital Showcase (3rd Nov 2020). Applications are now invited. Closing date is Wed, 30th Sept (12 noon):


Dates for your Diary:

Community Food SEN: Tomorrow, Friday, 18th Sept (10.30am) – Opportunity for SEN members to discuss challenges faced in moving from Phase 3 to Phase 4 of Scotland’s Route Map. Contact

Employability SEN: Wednesday, Sept 23rd (2pm)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: Friday 25th Sept (10.30am) – Mental Health & Wellbeing Needs in Communities – addressing SE response to mental health & wellbeing needs in communities. Contact –

Employability & Cultural SENs: Wednesday 30th Sept (2.30pm) – Exploring employability opportunities within cultural sector for people who find it difficult to access jobs. To book, email :

Recording of this week’s All SEN Session on Flexible Working & Mental Wellbeing now available – with contributions from Geoff Leask (Young Enterprise Scotland); Lisa Gallagher (Flexibility Works) and Claire Carpenter (The Melting Pot):


SE around the globe: We are looking at a social enterprise a bit closer to home in this week’s ‘SE around the globe’ – that operates a dining scheme to help young people out of homelessness. London-based Fat Macy’s, launched in 2016, was set up to help young people break the cycle of homelessness by training them to become chefs and supporting them as they move out of hostels and into permanent homes. Meals are cooked by trainee chefs, who can apply for a housing deposit grant when they graduate, providing them with financial support as they move into rented accommodation. Since launching in 2016, Fat Macy’s has provided 1,600 hours of work experience to around 30 trainee chefs and raised £16,000 to go towards housing deposits for their graduates


SEN Spotlight: This week’s spotlight is on one of the longer established thematic SENs – the Cultural SEN , first established in 2009. Today, there are around 130 social enterprises active within the network. The members come from a wide range of different specialisms – including community cinema; community theatre, heritage museums, music groups, art centres, design agencies, and independent film studios. Over the years, they have sought, with some success, to influence policy-making both locally and nationally and, more recently, their work was referenced within Scottish Govt’s Cultural Strategy – published in February 2020. Specific Briefings, in recent years, have also focused on Community Cinema and SE and the Heritage Sector – amongst others. As with other thematic SENs, a monthly Newsletter is circulated to all members. This month’s Cultural SEN Newsletter is now available.

SE Network News Edition No.12