The SENs: Friday 27th May 2016

There are still some places available for the Joint Thematic SEN event in Perth on 16th June.  This is the first in a series of joint thematic meetings to be held across Scotland. The event will provide a space for in depth discussion; strategic thinking; influencing and making broader connections; sharing good practice and developing ideas and /or pieces of work; and will hopefully lead to greater involvement for social enterprises within specific policy areas.  We’re delighted to confirm speakers include Emma McGregor (Stirling Community Enterprise) and Lesley Young (Re-Union). See agenda here and you can sign up here. If you are a social enterprise/firm operating in any of these areas, you are welcome to attend – there is no charge for this event.

The next round of Community Jobs Scotland is now open with a target of up to 700 opportunities available for vulnerable people aged 16-29. The new jobs are focused on individuals who are most disadvantaged in the labour market. Applications are sought from both previous and new employers working in the third / social enterprise sector across Scotland.  Online registration for new employers must be completed by June 6th. If you have already registered there is no need to complete another registration. See more.

​The new Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance, had a wide-ranging interview with Third Force News this week. She touched upon topics such as social enterprise, community empowerment and social investment. Also mentioned was the 10-year plan for social enterprise that is currently being developed and is expected to be published in the autumn.

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) held a Symposium entitled ‘Money Matters’ at The Scottish Storytelling Centre.  With input from The Social Enterprise Academy and David Cook (Cultural Enterprise Office), the day focussed on financial sustainability and introduced social enterprise to the heritage sector.  It was great to see Cultural SEN members The Glasgow Women’s Library and Almond Valley Heritage Trust talking about their journey and the positive impact enterprising activity has had on their organisations.   MGS has created a follow on training programme relating to the topics covered on the day. See the tweets here.

It has been a busy and exciting time of late at The Melting Pot (TMP) with the launch of a new website and in the process of recruiting an Operations and Communications Manager. TMP is also just finishing a 6-month co-design process, facilitating a diverse range of stakeholders in Northern Ireland, helping them to create an effective ecosystem of support for social innovation. Here’s short impact video showing how they go about this. If you’ve got a great idea for social impact, and are thinking about applying to the next ‘Incubation Programme’ (starting September 2016), then register your interest now with Claire.

Two Glasgow SEN Members, Glasgow Wood Recycling and Post Creative CIC, collaborated on a new website for the re-use social enterprise. The site looks great and the photo gallery does the products justice with enhanced highlights of the bespoke design service, volunteering and training programme. There is 10% off all products for the launch.


TENDERS: Manifesto Analysis – Scottish Rural Action, UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Civil Society Project, Website renewal and development – Stirling Council and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: Grants are available to support enterprising organisations that will ensure the provision of extracurricular computing science related activities are extended and made available more consistently across Scotland.

BORDERS: See the inaugural edition of the Scottish Borders Third Sector News magazine with a spotlight on One Step Borders and Nurture the Borders social enterprises.

EVENT: On 13th June Fife SEN is holding an event to engage all social entrepreneurs, social enterprises and stakeholders to consider the future of the Network. More details in the flyer.

DEBATE: Glasgow Bike Station Managing Director Greg Chauvet will be speaking at the Big Debate: Can we make it safe for our children to cycle to school? The event takes place on 28th May and is free but ticketed.

LAUNCH: Edinburgh Remakery has set up a unique re-use and repair superstore to encourage second-hand shopping and enable more people to learn key repair skills in the Scottish capital, as a way of driving a circular economy.

NEWSLETTER: The latest Health & Wellbeing newsletter was published earlier this week with updates, funding, tenders and more.

Dates for the Diary

Glasgow SEN, 1st Jun
Falkirk SEN, 2nd Jun
West Lothian SEN, 7th Jun
Fife SEN, 8th Jun
Moray SEN, 9th Jun
Borders SEN, 9th Jun
Dundee SEN AGM, 14th Jun
Stirlingshire SEN, 14th Jun
Joint thematic SEN (Perth), 16th Jun
Perth & Kinross SEN, 28th Jun

Best wishes,