The SENs: Friday 16th December 2016

On Wednesday, we attended the launch of Scotland’s new SE Strategy – a co-production involving the SE Community and Scottish Govt. Senscot, along with Social Firms Scotland, was involved in initiating a sector-led Steering Group back in the autumn of 2014 – from which the SE Vision document emerged. The Strategy itself will be followed by a series of three-year Action Plans – designed to implement the Strategy over the coming decade. A key thread that runs through the document is the acknowledgement that – wherever possible – local services will be delivered locally and responsive to the needs of local communities. Senscot hopes to work with SENs, their members and other partners to ensure that this remains a priority.

Yesterday we attended the ESF Growing the Social Economy Information Session at Victoria Quay. The session gave an overview of the fund and priorities, here’s a link to the presentation. Applications are to be launched on 23rd December.

On Thursday 19th Jan, The Grassmarket Community Project is hosting a Community Learning Exchange Visit focussing on Social Enterprise and Tourism where participants will hear from both The Grassmarket Community Project and The Experience. The Experience is a themed entertainment and events venue housing Scotland’s only indoor electric go-karting arena – and recent winner of the Scottish Thistle Awards Regional Best Visitor Attraction 2016. They will give an insight into the opportunities and challenges faced in being part of the tourism industry.  To attend and for more information, contact Sarah.

ESEN held its AGM on one of the Re-Union Canal Boats this week – and welcomed new board members, Daniel Rous, Greyfriars Charteris Centre, and Colin Campbell, Assist Social Capital.  The SEN has achieved a lot this year and it was great to see so many new faces alongside the ‘usual suspects’. See more news from ESEN’s recent newsletter.  

It has also been a busy year for WLSEN who, earlier this year, signed an agreement with the local Third Sector Interface (TSI) that sees WLSEN recognised as the lead body for social enterprise support within West Lothian. Great turn-out for the AGM last week at Fauldhouse Community Development Trust with membership now increased to 42 social enterprises. 

Working with Dundee SEN, Boost by Design will support 20 early stage social enterprises who could benefit from gaining a better understanding of service design, digital innovation and community building. Boost by Design will be run in partnership with local partners, including Open Change, who are well regarded for their service design approaches. This project has only been made possible thanks to valuable support from the Rank Foundation. See more

Check out the write up from the Can Cook study visit that took place in November. This includes key learning points and reflections from participants. Download PDF here and for more information, please contact Mary.

Glasgow West End’s latest food destination is a food truck, Street and Arrow! It is part of a social enterprise run by the Violence Reduction Unit’s Braveheart programme. Along with a café in the city’s East End, the programme employs former offenders for eight months, working with a full-time mentor on things like debt management and paying bills.


TENDERS: Provision and Operation of a Community Recycling Centre – South Ayrshire Council, Volunteer Provision, Training and Management Service – Scottish Canals, Open Space Landscaping Maintenance – Maryhill Housing Association and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: sportscotland’s Sports Facilities Fund invests Scottish Government and National Lottery funding exclusively into sports facilities. Grant awards available of up to £500k up to a maximum 50% of a project’s cost.

FUNDING: The Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people to ensure they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and participate fully in society. Grants available are usually no more than £15k pa.

OPPORTUNITY: The Culinary Ability Awards (CAA) is an organisation that train young individuals with a variety of disabilities to work in professional kitchens in order to enable a career, independence and life CAA is now looking for referrals for the pilot programme, and beyond, and would also be interested to hear from other training providers interested in working in partnership.

NEWSLETTER: The latest Cultural & Creative SEN Newsletter has been published with updates, funding, events, tenders and much more!

FUNDING: The Women’s Fund for Scotland makes grants across four key themes; Building skills and confidence; Improving health and well-being; Building social networks and Moving on from violence. Currently, available funds are distributed to grass roots not-for-profit organisations run by or for women working to address these themes.

RESTAURANT: Ayr’s first ‘social’ restaurant could be up and running next spring in a bid to challenge hunger and food poverty. Unity Grill is on a mission to provide a welcome table, delicious food and community spirited sharing with 100 per cent of profits being used to challenge hunger and food poverty.

SCREENINGS: The Grassmarket Community Project has a number of free screenings over the coming weeks including Finding Nemo, It’s a Wonderful Life, Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid and many more.

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 24th Jan
Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th Jan
Glasgow SEN, 1st Feb

Best wishes,