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The SENs: Friday 21st November 2014
Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) has now produced its second Impact Report on Scotland’s 32 Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs). To remind you - TSIs have four primary functions: Developing volunteering; Supporting and developing voluntary and community organisations; Building the third sector relationship with Community Planning; and Supporting social enterprise. The Report, in particular, highlights challenges faced by TSIs in being seen as equal partners within the community planning process. For many within the SE community, challenges also remain in getting informed and consistent support through TSIs via their ‘Supporting social enterprise’ function. As last week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh showed and the current consultation on a SE Strategy for Scotland is also showing, many SEs feel this issue still remains to be resolved. See more.
See presentations from the workshops at last week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh. You can also view a summary of tweets from the event on Storify.
A workshop for potential bidders for the Third Sector National Employability Challenge Fund has been arranged for next Wed - 26th November 2014. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together potential bidders and provide information on the background to this European Social Fund supported fund. Eligible target groups and activity will be supported in the process of making applications. See more.
West Lothian SEN met this week at Almond Valley Heritage Centre. As recipients of Enterprise Ready Funding, the Centre has built a fantastic new tearoom that will boost its longer term sustainability - the scones are fantastic too! As well as attracting 130,000 visitors every year and maintaining their 4 star visitor attraction status with Visit Scotland, they also involve the community and their customers in growing their own food.
Staying with West Lothian, SEN member, Scott Kyle of Regal Community Theatre in Bathgate, has been involved in the making of ‘Kajaki’. Kajaki is the true story of a group of soldiers from the British Army 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment (3 Para) who were trapped in a minefield at Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006. The film reflects the soldiers’ story in grim reality. It is not viewing for the faint-hearted but has been receiving excellent reviews. The making of this film was funded partly via a crowd-funding campaign. The makers’ pledge that for every £1 raised via crowd-funding, £1 will be donated to military support charities from surplus profits made by the film. You can get info on the film Kajaki via Facebook or on the website and can follow them on Twitter @kajakimovie.
The SE and sport scene has seen considerable growth in past 4 years with increased engagement at both a strategic and operational level. There were 9 sports SEs at last week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh; 11 Sport SEN members were successfully awarded Enterprise Ready Funding this year and over 120 organisations have expressed interest in the Legacy Fund for sports SEs....Read more
Falkirk SEN, 24th November
Delivered by Social Enterprise Academy, this one day programme is an ideal introduction to leadership.
Date: 2014-12-04 ...more
Out of the Blue Xmas Arts Market + Open Studios & DJs
The Out of the Blue Xmas Arts Markets are back! This year the are set to be even bigger events with an additional room of stalls, a Local Labels Music Fair, DJs, more Open Studios and Live Music courtesy of the Bruncheon, as well as a Mulled Wine Stall. Make sure to attend both Saturdays if you can, as the line-up of stalls on offer is completely different on each date.
Date: 2014-12-06 ...more
Out of the Blue Open Studios
Running alongside the Xmas Arts Market on Saturday 6th December, an opportunity to meet some of the wonderful artists and makers who are based at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall and purchase their work.
Date: 2014-12-06 ...more