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The SENs: Friday 31st July 2015
Senscot is a member of the Scottish Community Alliance – a network of networks leading the campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland. The 18 SCA network members engage with over 2,000 community groups/organisations/enterprises - spread across the length and breadth of Scotland. This week’s quarterly SCA gathering included discussion on the Land Reform Bill; Localising Scotland’s Food System; and U Lab – a global programme run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed to stimulate and facilitate change. Scottish Govt is tailoring U Lab in Scotland with a programme starting online in October that will run online and well as through local ‘Hubs’. A preparatory event in being held in September – including info’ on how the ‘Hubs’ will be developed. Senscot has signed up to attending. See more
A reminder that you can still sign up for the EU Masterclass in Inverness on 12th August; and Edinburgh on 21st August. Just click on the links to book your FREE place. These seminars are designed to share some of the core information before much of the new EU programmes are “open for business”. This week’s update is available here.
Health SEN member, Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust, initially set up in 2002 as a charity and ltd. company, has been working since 2007 to develop its enterprise potential. Healthy n Happy, like many organisations operating in the Third Sector has been trying to explain the real importance and positive difference that core funding can make. It allows an organisation to establish strong foundations, maintain stability, effectively govern and plan (whilst continuing to be true to its values). This, as opposed to eternally trying to cover core costs through project funding which is, by its very nature is short-term and impossible to predict. This info-graphic (PDF) was developed to help illustrate the challenge and inherent dangers of loading projects onto an ever diminishing core income and the serious impact to successful organisations and thriving communities. See more.
Are you interested in ‘collective purchasing’? Health and Community Food SEN member, CFINE, is seeking to engender a commitment amongst community food social enterprises and organisations to collective purchasing, a common business approach to growth and development. So, for example, buying £250,000 of produce is likely to secure more competitive prices than £100,000. CFINE will purchase c£400,000 of produce in 15/16 – if partners joined up and doubled that, this would be serious purchasing power. It also would increase the collective capacity to purchase ‘local’ produce to reduce food miles and invest in local economies. See more here.
Entrepreneurs are becoming the norm amongst the Sport SEN as we see an upsurge in interest. Keen to adopt the model they have a passion to use sport as tool for change and run sustainable businesses which re-invests its profits to do more good. The sports they chose are hugely varied and include; Michelle who’s soon to launch Streetfit Scotland, a fitness programme for homeless adults...Read more
Perthshire SEN, 27th July
Hands Up for Enterprise
Hands Up for Enterprise Event --- Friday 28th August 2015 The Hands Up for Enterprise event is being held in the Angus Centre for Enterprise at the Arbroath Campus of Dundee and Angus College on the 28th August from 9am until 2pm. The event will bring together people who are involved with, or are keen to start up a Social Enterprise within Angus. There will be key speakers who are involved in successful Social Enterprises, as well as information on how to start up and sustain your Social Enterprise.
Date: 2015-08-28 ...more
DTA Scotland Annual Conference & AGM
DTAS Annual Conference & AGM - 2 days of networking and learning from other development trusts, listening to inspirational speakers and gaining help and support in the Marketplace.
Date: 2015-08-31 ...more
Social Enterprise Work and Wellbeing Conference and Exhibition
An exciting new event which brings together housing associations and social enterprises to showcase inspiring examples of success and network with new partners.
Date: 2015-09-24 ...more