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The SENís Newsletter: Friday 29th November 2013
Senscot is part of the ReadyforBusiness (RfB) Consortium that has, since 2011, been delivering the Scottish Govt’s ‘Developing Markets Programme’ - other members of the consortium include: CEiS; Social Firms Scotland; KPMG; MacRoberts; Social Value Lab; and Sustainable Procurement Ltd. The new contract for this work has recently been out to tender and we are pleased to hear that the RfB Consortium has been the successful bidder. The new contract will run from April 2014 and will continue the consortium’s work to embed Public Social Partnerships (PSP), Community Benefit Clauses (CBC) and the use of Social Value throughout public sector commissioning and procurement in Scotland. For more info on the programme, see www.readyforbusiness.org.
We’ve now completed the report on this month’s SE Conference and Ceilidh 2013. Once again, we’d like to thank all those who attended, contributed, sponsored and supported the event in general. We’ll let the dust settle for a bit before planning the 2014 event – our 10th. See full report.
The South Ayrshire SEN (SASEN) was formally launched at its inaugural Conference in Maybole last Friday. More than 70 delegates attended the event which also saw the launch of South Ayrshire Council’s Ambitions Programme - £340k pa being invested in the development of SE in the area over the next three years. A Mapping of Social Enterprise commissioned by SASEN and undertaken by ODS Consulting was also launched at the event, see more.
Next week, Social Firms Scotland and Senscot will be attending the 2nd Peer Review meeting of the European SEN in Malmo, Sweden. The theme for this meeting is ‘Growth and Development’ - with the focus on good practice from Italy, Sweden, Belgium and England on Social Franchising, Social Value and Consortia Development. Update next week.
The Cultural SEN met last week at the Wasps South Block Venue in Glasgow. Elizabeth McKenna, GSEN Co-ordinator, joined the meeting to talk about some of the issues facing the local cultural community and to explore areas for the thematic and local SEN to work together. In addition, CSEN member, Media Co-op, gave an update on their film on the Skye Bridge Toll Campaign which will be premiered at Celtic Connections, read more.
Social Firms Scotland held their Mini-Conference and AGM in the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh yesterday. The event heard three enlightening presentations from SFS members - Clydesdale Community Initiatives; Enable; and SCARF – followed by an interesting discussion session on topics such as the ‘living wage’. John Swinney also spoke - again re-iterating not only his own personal support for the work of social firms and SE but also the Scottish Govt’s ongoing commitment to the third sector in Scotland - that, he said, has full Cabinet support.
Self-Directed Support (SDS) is a significant shift for the whole system of health and social care. We’re keen to support SE providers of SDS services and assist in developing as consistent an...Read more
DGSEN, 3rd December
Portobello Market at Christmas
Local community Farmers Market
Date: 2013-12-07 ...more
Wiff Waff Wednesday
Wiff Waff is the 300 year old name for "ping pong", our favourite sport down here at the Drill Hall!
Date: 2013-12-11 ...more
Drama Queens: Play Reading for Pleasure
Simply sit with a cup of tea and participate in an informal play reading without the stress of learning the lines or the goosebumps of actually having to perform on stage. Become a new character without even having to leave the comfort of your chair. And you donít even need to read out loud; just come along and listen. Great fun for everyone.
Date: 2013-12-12 ...more