The SENs: Friday 28th August 2015

At Beith Community Development Trust this week, Alex Neil (Minister for Social Justice and Communities), announced £1.7m of funding to help revitalise and regenerate town centres across Scotland. The Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is available to support enterprising, community-led projects which help to deliver town centre regeneration priorities in a local area.  Community organisations are invited to bid for pots of between £20k and £150k capital funding to support projects which are in line with the key themes set out in Scotland’s Town Centre Action Plan.  The Scottish Government is keen to see communities step forward with their ideas.  Deadline for applications is 29 September.  Full details here.   The inaugural meeting of the Employability SEN took place on 5th August. As a follow up Social Firms Scotland are leading on a response to the Scottish Govt’s Consultation – Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability Support.  Two sessions are have been arranged to give Employability SEN members an opportunity to contribute – Glasgow on 1st September, click here to book; and Aberdeen (in partnership with Aberdeen SEN) on 8th September – click here to book. Places are limited so please book as soon as possible. Following these sessions, a draft response will be circulated to SEN members for feedback/reflections before submitting a final version by the deadline of 9th October.   CEIS has kindly offered 10 additional bursary places (£50+VAT) for next week’s Social Enterprise Policy and Practice Conference – contact Tariq to book a place. See full programme. Senscot is organising a meeting for the Cultural and Creative Social Enterprise Network (CCSEN) which will focus on Health and Wellbeing on Wednesday 30th September.  The meeting will be hosted by Artlink Central – time and venue to be confirmed.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Sarah. A number of Dragons’ Den opportunities are looming up – including our annual fixture at the SE Conference and Ceilidh (application details out soon). Dundee SEN members have their own opportunity on the horizon and Sport SEN members in former Coalfield areas having an opportunity to bid as part of CRT’s Coalfield Community Challenge. The Melting Pot is launching a new programme ‘SIIA Ideation/Incubation Stage – Make it Happen’. The ideation stage is an intense course for 20 people in a large group focusing on: idea strengthening, business modelling and pitching. Evening & weekend workshops covering all aspects of the ‘Business Model Canvas’ in addition to mentoring with Managing Director of The Melting Pot, Claire Carpenter.​ It will help them clarify/crystalise their idea, make them more confident in articulating it and help us monitor their progress and work out their commitment. See more. The Vital Spark programme is a new initiative involving Firstport and InspirAlba. The programme is based in Argyll and the islands and will look to encourage and support local people to develop social enterprise ideas as solutions to some of the challenges faced with their communities. Vital Spark will operate hubs in three areas – Rothesay; Dunoon; and Campbelltown Congratulations to all that have been shortlisted for this year’s Social Enterprise Awards managed by Social Enterprise Scotland – list can be viewed here. Wishing you all the best of luck for November! Edinburgh SENs latest newsletter published this week which includes updates on Buy the Good Stuff. See here for this week’s EU Funding update. Notices TENDERS: Adult Community Treatment Services – The City of Edinburgh Council, West Lothian Council Independent Advocacy For Adults With A Learning Difficulty, Broomhill Landscape Architect – River Clyde Homes and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on TwitterFUNDING: Cycling Scotland is currently offering Development Grants of up to £20,000 to help community groups. SIIA AWARD: Following on from the information above there is another stage too for established social enterprise / non-profit organisations. The group will consist of 10 Awardees and the programme will be made of peer support sessions FUNDING: Five Scottish entrepreneurs have secured a share of almost £20,000 of seed funding to create businesses that benefit their local community. The funding is part of Firstport’s pioneering Ditto replication programme, which has also given the entrepreneurs access to established business models and business support. WORKSHOPS: Viridor / GRREC is holding two free workshops for social enterprise and SME organisations. The ‘Understanding Autism & Employment’ and ‘Project Management’ take place on 1st and 22nd September. FUNDING: The Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund provides grants of £300-£500 to small voluntary organisations / community groups to help run an event or engagement activity with a group of five or more people to gather their thoughts on creating a Fairer Scotland and what matters to them. Dates for the Diary
Perthshire SEN, 31st SeptWest Lothian SEN, 8th SeptFife SEN, 23rd SeptTSI Moray SEN Awards, 25th SeptPerthshire SEN, 28th SeptCultural SEN, 30th SeptFalkirk SEN, 2nd OctHealth SEN, 6th OctInverclyde SEN, 20th Oct Best wishes, Kim