The SENs: Friday 23rd February 2018

Senscot yesterday attended a meeting around the notion of the Buy Social model rolling out in Scotland. The meeting was hosted by Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) who were asked by Scottish Govt to co-ordinate the thinking around the implementation of this or other models as part of the SE Strategy and Action Plan. Attended by local and national representative organisations as well as some of the national support agencies, this is the starting point of a longer and wider conversation and consultation exploring if Buy Social or another type of raising awareness campaign is appropriate and/or desirable for the SE community in Scotland – to help them build their ‘markets’ – generating more customers for their products and services. SES, supported by Social Value Lab, will be taking this process forward during 2018.


GSEN has launched its first Pocket Guide to Glasgow Social Enterprise, a booklet designed to showcase the contribution that social enterprise is having on the social, economic and environment life of the city. The Guide is brimming with information on social enterprises in Glasgow, with GSEN members sorted into categories to make finding the right services and products as easy as possible. Designed by GSEN member Fablevision Studios, the Guide will help promote the work of social enterprise across the city, while offering a fuller understanding of the growing impact SEs are having on the vibrancy of Glasgow. You can download a copy here.


SEN member The Larder Cook School is working to develop an app which will allow individuals and companies to donate to its social aims at the touch of a button. The app is being designed to offer an alternative to the existing food bank model, one which provides access to home cooked food in a social setting – also providing access to cookery classes and volunteering; reduces isolation; builds resilience and capacity; and develops transferable skills for life and work. Individuals and companies will be able to make food donations on a ‘pay it forward’ basis, with food then distributed through social dining events held at Larder events throughout West Lothian. Read more about the app here.


The Scottish Land Commission is currently reviewing the effectiveness of Community Right to Buy mechanisms. There are currently more than 562,000 acres of land (2.9% of the total land area of Scotland) under community ownership, with many communities in Scotland already demonstrating the value that Right to Buy can bring. Recent legislation extends the option to include urban land, buildings and communities and it is hoped that the review will make it easier for communities to take ownership of land and buildings in both a rural and urban context. The final report is due in August 2018.


Shelter Scotland is working with Community Enterprise to undertake an in-depth review of the needs of the housing sector in Scotland. The review will help shape the development of Shelter’s training programmes to better meet the needs of the sector. If your organisation works in housing, health, social care, homelessness, or related areas (e.g. welfare benefit support, money and debt advice), please consider completing this short survey to help shape the future of Shelter Scotland’s training provision.







TENDERS: Car Wash/Valet at Station(s) – Abellio ScotRail, Intensive Family Support Service – Fife Council, Review of the effectiveness of current community ownership mechanisms – Scottish Land Commission. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.


COMPETITION: This is the final week of Community Enterprise’s competition to win a branding makeover plus training from social enterprise design agency BOLD. Download the full information pack here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Scottish Government’s Support in the Right Direction Fund is open for applications. The deadline for applying is 12pm (midday) on Tuesday 3 April 2018. Click here to find out more.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Excel Fund supports individuals or groups to develop skills, or to take part at national or international sporting or cultural events such as dance competitions, sports events and training. Awards of up to £2,000, £5,000 and £10,000. First round deadline is 23rd March. Find out more.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Scottish Edge Fund is now open for applications, with a top prize of £150,000 available to grow your business. Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up and coming entrepreneurial talent. Find out more and apply.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Aberdeen Harbour Community Action Fund is now taking applications for grants of £1,000 to £5,000. Find out more and apply.


NEWSLETTER: Social Firms Scotland’s latest newsletter leads with Senscot’s latest Briefing on employability in sport, plus plenty partner news and collaboration opportunities. Read the newsletter now.


NEWSLETTER: The West Lothian SEN newsletter is available now, with local news, funding and partnership opportunities. Read the newsletter now.



Dates for the Diary

27th February, WL SEN

8th March, Community Tourism CLE

21st March, ASEN

27th March, PKSEN



Best wishes,