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The SENs: Friday 19th August 2016

For the last 11 years, Senscot has hosted a SE Conference and Ceilidh in November of each year. The first event took place at New Lanark in 2005 and eventually moved to the Westerwood in Cumbernauld in 2013 – in an effort to accommodate more folk. The primary objective of the Conference and Ceilidh has always been to bring together grassroots social enterprises to make connections with each other and share their respective stories – and, importantly, include a strong social element. The time has come, in our view, to refresh things. We still intend holding a national event in November but this time in collaboration with others – Community Enterprise; Social Firms Scotland; and the Scottish Community Alliance. We`ll have more details over the coming weeks.

The revised Social Enterprise Health & Wellbeing Roundtable met for the first time on Wednesday, with members connecting via VC from both Edinburgh & Glasgow. With strategic updates provided on all three of the priority issues (SDS; H&SC Integration; and Food Poverty) from Scottish Govt and Community Food Health Scotland, there followed some challenging discussion and the identification of key actions to address issues currently being experienced amongst SEN members. See Draft Note of Meeting - plus final SEHWRT Position Paper agreed by the Roundtable.

One year on from the inaugural Employability SEN meeting, it continues to go from strength to strength - now with over 130 members! The Employability SEN is being led by Social Firms Scotland with support from Senscot. The establishment of the SEN was timely given the emerging policy developments around employability, equalities and the fair work agenda. Activities have included – influencing and representation; information dissemination; networking; and increasing awareness. See update here.

Places are still available for CEIS’ SE and Policy Practice event at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on 7th Sept. Now in its 10th year, the event is one of the major events in our SE calendar and regularly attracts around 200 delegates. This year’s Programme includes a keynote speech fromAngela Constance (our new Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities) plus a summary of the key issues emerging from the new SE Strategy for Scotland – due to be published in the autumn. Also included will be regular features such as ‘Rising Stars’; an array of ‘themed’ Breakout Sessions - as well as news of an innovative Scottish/Canadian SE Alliance. I’m afraid all Senscot’s bursary places have now been taken. To book a place, see registration form.

Do you have an innovative product or service that tackles a social or environmental issue in Scotland?  You could win £5,000 to develop your idea - with tailored business support! TheSocial Innovation Competition, delivered by Firstport, as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, is looking for three individuals or businesses (including a young social innovator category for under 30’s). Applications close 10th Oct. Contact Sophie Badoux for more information.

Senscot Legal is offering discounted rates on fees this month! A package of core services to social enterprises and third sector organisations may be purchased individually or as a total package for a reduced rate. This includes Governance review/Legal structure set up, Review of HR policies/implement new policies, Membership for HR support and Company Secretarial package including PSC registers. These may...Read more

SEN Meetings

Perth & Kinross SEN, 30th Aug
Dundee SEN, 31st Aug
Fife SEN & AGM, 21st Sep
Perth & Kinross SEN, 27th Sep
Falkirk SEN, 5th Oct
East Lothian SEN, 6th Oct
Borders SEN, 6th Oct
Moray SEN, 13th Oct
Inverclyde SEN, 25th Oct
Perth & Kinross SEN, 25th Oct


Meet the Artist: Penny Anderson
(Glasgow Women's Library)

Penny Anderson unveils her exhibition of the real and imagined testimonies of women doing laundry on Glasgow Green. These women witnessed tumultuous historic events: executions, the Calton Weavers’ Massacre, the camp of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Poll Tax, Suffragette gatherings and many other meetings and rallies. Silver, real and imagined will be sewn onto white cloth and displayed on the historic laundry poles on the Drying Green in Glasgow Green.

Date: 2016-08-27 ...more

Back to Blairgowrie TMSA Concert: 50 years of history in one night!
(Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA))

The TMSA invites you to celebrate 50 years of history in one night - back where it all began in 1966!

Date: 2016-08-27 ...more

East End Women’s Heritage Walk
(Glasgow Women's Library )

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The women of the East End have always had to be industrious and resourceful simply to survive. This walking tour focuses on some of their achievements and struggles, and the radical nature of the area which gave birth to them. Find out about the women of the Templeton factory, the suffragettes, the brazen women of Glasgow Green, Battling Betty, the woman who set up the Barras and many, many more! The tour includes a stop at Glasgow Women’s library dedicated to remembering such women and their achievements.

Date: 2016-08-28 ...more

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