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The SENs: Friday 15th May 2015
Over the past year, Senscot has been approached about the possibility of setting up a new thematic SEN – covering ‘Employability’. This has been triggered, in part, by factors such as: the number of SEN members engaged in employability programmes (Community Jobs Scotland etc); the Employability Pipelines delivered by Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs); and the implications of employability matters being devolved to Scottish Govt.
Specifically in regard to the Employability Pipeline, many SEN members have been seeking to form consortia to bid for contracts advertised via Public Contracts Scotland. Senscot, in partnership with Social Firms Scotland, will be exploring this further over the coming months. If you are interested or want to know more, contact Kim.
The Cultural and Creative SEN (CCSEN) was established in 2009 and now has a membership of over 80 SEs from across Scotland. A CCSEN Roundtable was also established – made up of individuals strategically placed to help develop and support the cultural and creative SE sector. Current members include: Artlink Central Limited; Creative Scotland; Cultural Enterprise Office; Glasgow Women's Library; Highlands & Islands Enterprise; Museums Galleries Scotland; Scottish Government; Traditional Music Forum; and VOCAL. Each year, a fresh batch of case studies is produced – see here. CCSEN is also hoping to announce some exciting news over the next few weeks.
The Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health at Glasgow Caley held their latest Knowledge Exchange Forum yesterday – with a session on CommonHealth. The Common Health project is researching ways of measuring the impact of social enterprises on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Yesterday’s session was to share their approach and methodology to a broad stakeholder audience of SEs, academics and health professionals. From the discussion, there is clearly a lot of interest in the potential to confidently evidence SE impact in the future. The next Knowledge Exchange Forum is in November 2015 and they are keen for more SEs to attend. To find out more, see CommonHealth website or CommonHealth Researchers blog. For more info on the work of the Health SEN, contact Mary Sinclair.
The Social Enterprise Census Scotland 2015 is still ongoing – over 800 SEs having already participated in the online survey (see link above). This census is seeking to capture the size, scale and reach of SE in Scotland – for the first time. The survey takes around 15/20 mins to complete. Your participation is very much appreciated. See more background.
One of the more established employability programmes that can often be over looked in our sector is the Modern Apprenticeships Programme. Modern Apprenticeships, todays, cover a wide range of skills including IT; Software/Web development; Digital Media/Marketing etc; and Business Admin amongst others. The programme in Scotland is run by QA Apprenticeships. The training...Read more
Edinburgh SEN, 27th May
Launch of Enterprising Third Sector Support in West Lothian
Launch of a brand new enterprise support programme aimed at third sector organisations in West Lothian
Date: 2015-05-28 ...more
Arts & Communication training 1&2
Two separate day courses that explore how the arts enrich creativity, communication and building relationships with people with communication support needs due to a range of disabilities.
Date: 2015-05-29 ...more
Wild Food Forage
If you want to learn more about the food that naturally grows all around us, what is safe to eat and how to prepare it into a tasty snack, then we have the event for you! The event will be in woodland at Tir na nog, near Drymen on the edge of Loch Lomond National Park. Here's what other people thought: "Found amazing food flavours" "More foraging events, please!"
Date: 2015-06-07 ...more