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The SENs: Friday 2nd December 2016

The theme in our Conference last week, ‘Keep it Local - Strength in numbers’ was about how community-based social enterprises can play a greater role in delivering local services. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is one particularly creative measure that can support this objective. PB is all about ‘community led commissioning’ - and with communities having a direct say during commissioning processes, then money is more likely to go (and stay) locally. PB Partners have received funding from Scottish Govt to run 10 masterclasses on PB - and Senscot is in discussion about co-hosting one of these masterclasses (for SENs/SEN members) early in 2017. So far, 16 communities and 12 Councils have accessed the Govt’s Community Choices Fund to support PB at a local level. More soon.

The ESF Tackling Poverty and Social Inclusion information went live on Scottish Government website this week.  Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty and discrimination are key priorities in the 2014-2020 European Social Fund (ESF) Programme.  The £9.7m Social Economy Development Programme and £18.9m Aspiring Communities are part-funded by ESF and Scottish Government - meaning there is no requirement for applicant organisations to provide match funding. Please note the application, guidance and timeline are not yet available but will be soon - we will keep you posted.

Niall McShannon of Clydesdale Community Initiative wrote an open letter to the Third Force News in response to an earlier article on the tensions between large third sector organisations and grassroots organisations. In the powerful and thought provoking letter Niall seeks more ‘appreciation and humility’ in the relationship between the local organisations ‘that represent true community engagement and empowerment’ and the larger ones. See more.

Yesterday saw the launch of the next phase of the Self-directed Support implementation plan for 2016-2018.  The reception provided the opportunity to hear from people about their experiences of SDS and find out how systems, processes and support have changed to better meet people’s outcomes and to hear from Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell. Check out #SDSScot on Twitter for comments on the launch. As one of the Health SENs priority issues, we’re keen to hear from members involved in SDS - connecting them up to share experiences. Contact Mary.

The Scottish Government held three supplier information events this week - in Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh. The events outlined the procedure for procuring the 2018 Scottish Employability Support Services contracts. Senscot attended the Edinburgh event which focussed on the proposed procurement methodology, the timeline, funding model and the possible ‘lotting’ structure of the contracts. Further notes from the event are available here.

Sarah attend the CPG on Tourism this week.  Attended by Mike Russell, Minister for Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, the session focussed on the implications of Brexit on the tourism industry.  Three particular issues were highlighted: free movement of labour, access and, reputation.  It was highlighted that 17% of staff employed in Scottish tourism sector are from the EU.  Senscot is organising a meeting focussed on SE and Tourism on the 19th Jan at the Grassmarket Community Project. For more information, contact Sarah.


TENDERS: Together for Children in Aberdeen - Aberdeen City Council, Delivery of Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Edinburgh Wellbeing Public Social Partnership - The City of Edinburgh Council, Allan Community...Read more

SEN Meetings

Fife SEN, 7th Dec
West Lothian SEN AGM,8th Dec
Moray SEN, 8th Dec
West Lothian AGM, 8th Dec
Edinburgh SEN AGM, 13th Dec
Glasgow SEN, 14th Dec
Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th Jan


Out of the Blue Xmas Arts Market + Bruncheon
(Out of the Blue Arts & Education Trust)

Artwork and crafts for sale direct from the artists in the relaxed atmosphere of The Out of the Blue Drill Hall.

Date: 2016-12-10 ...more

Xmas Bruncheon featuring Candythief, Carols and Key To Music
(Out of the Blue Arts & Education Trust)

A cracking line-up for our December Bruncheon put together by special guest programmer Candythief who will also be hitting the stage! Come along for top-notch live music, great food, and excellent company! Also a chance to get all of your Xmas shopping sorted at the Out of the Blue Xmas Arts Market! Over 50 artists and makers will be selling everything from painting and photography through fashion and textiles to furniture and design.

Date: 2016-12-10 ...more

"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

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