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The SENs: Friday 9th December 2016

Like many in our sector, we look forward next week to the launch of the new SE Strategy for Scotland. Many SENs and their members were able to participate in a wide-ranging consultation process that began in late 2014. Reflecting on the first SE Strategy (March 2007) - and Action Plan - offers an opportunity to consider how the SE community in Scotland has evolved over these last 10 years. From the SENs perspective, here are some stats from our annual report in 2007 (2016 figures in brackets): Local SENs - 10 (18); Thematic SENs - 2 (5); Local SEN members - 215 (1068); Engaged on Thematic SENs - 32 (486). It’s certainly not been plain sailing - but the increased level of activity, engagement and influence is there for all to see. We are hopeful the new Strategy helps SENs and their members build on a growing contribution within their respective local communities.

With council funding cuts placing an ever greater strain on delivery of community services, third sector organisations are looking at new ways to address local needs and increase their own sustainability.  This week, several Argyll-based recycling and re-use organisations met in Tarbert to discuss the possibility of developing a consortium approach aimed at maximising use of resources and providing innovative solutions.  If you would like to be involved in any future discussions, email Reeni - with an outline of what services you currently deliver and your interest in joining the consortium. Also - a further meeting of the prospective Glasgow Employability Consortium took place earlier this week to discuss collaborative working opportunities.  For more info or to get involved - email George.

The Grassmarket Community Project are hosting a Community Learning Exchange Visit Social Enterprise and Tourism on the 19th Jan.  Based in the heart of Edinburgh the Grassmarket Community Project are ideally located to attract visitors and have been working hard to improve their offer.  With experience in balancing service delivery alongside tourist needs, and experience in working with a variety of partners, Jonny will give an insight into the opportunities and challenges that the project has faced in being part of the tourism industry.  Followed by a discussion session that will allow SEs to focus on the challenges and the opportunities open to them.  For more information, contact Sarah.

Last month, Senscot hosted a Social Enterprise Learning Exchange in Elgin in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, Highland & Islands Enterprise, Moray SEN, Highland TSI, Aberdeen SEN and Aberdeenshire TSI. The aim of the session was to provide a space for in-depth discussion; strategic thinking; influencing; making broader connections; sharing good practice and developing ideas and / or pieces of work. Hopefully this will lead to greater involvement for social enterprises across a range of policy areas. See the report here.

Nourish has partnered with Oxfam Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, and The Poverty Alliance to try to evolve the response to food poverty in Scotland from foodbanks to tackling the underlying causes. The focus of the ‘A Menu for Change: Cash, Rights, Food’ project will be on enhancing access to cash and promoting alternative, more dignified ways of supporting those facing hunger.  Also, find out more about Nourish's Community Food Catalysts programme - a fabulous opportunity. To find out more email or see here and sign up before 5pm Friday 30th Dec. 

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SEN Meetings

Edinburgh SEN AGM, 13th Dec
Glasgow SEN, 14th Dec
Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th Jan


"Ye Olde Toy Storey" (A Disnae Panto Glesga Style)
(TRAM Direct Theatre Company)

Family Panto with lots of audience participation. Sunday 18th Dec at 2p.m. and 7p.m. Tuesday 20th at 7p.m. Wed 21st at 2p.m. and 7p.m. St Lukes Bain Square Glasgow. Tickets www.tramdirect.com

Date: 2016-12-18 ...more

Retail resilience: Retail Finance
(Museums Galleries Scotland)

Retail numbers - the nuts and bolts of the information you need to make sure your retail business is profitable for your organisation. Join John Prescott from the Association for Cultural Enterprises to find out about the stuff you need to know, and how to plan to develop your business.

Date: 2017-01-31 ...more

Retail Resilience: Buying
(Museums Galleries Scotland)

Invest in our buying workshop and we’ll teach you all about effective strategies to help you with this aspect of retail. Trainer Selina Fellows will cover the key stages of the planning cycle, before giving insight into product strategy, review/research, range planning, sourcing or designing products, supplier selection and ordering, planning product launches... In addition, we’ll look at developing a buying plan, developing a product range and evaluating performance.

Date: 2017-03-01 ...more

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