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The SENs: Friday 24th February 2017
One of the success stories in our sector, in recent years, has been the impact of the Community Jobs Scotland programme (CJS). At the Gathering this week, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced a new round of funding – with a further £6.1m being pledged to help create 700 new job opportunities for young people between the ages of 16 - 29. Since it started 6 years ago, CJS, managed by SCVO, has help thousands of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds find employment. Many SEN members have participated in the programme – offering both placements as well as employment opportunities to scores of youngsters – providing mutual benefits both to individual young people involved as well as to local social enterprises and communities across Scotland. See Nicola Sturgeon’s full speech.
Still at the Gathering - Cabinet Secretary, Angela Constance announced a £1.9m investment (over three years) in community-based organisations to tackle poverty and mitigate UK Govt welfare changes. The investment follows successful ‘pilots’ run by SCVO, DTA Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) – where the focus has been on directing funds at the most local level – to grass-root groups that struggle to find the small amounts that can make all the difference on the ground.
The Scottish Govt announced a £900k package of ‘early actions’ being supported by Scottish Govt in advance of production of the SE Action Plan a week or so ago. Here is a breakdown of who will be doing what – and with whom. Senscot will be involved in two of the actions - the Partnership and Procurement Hub – and a feasibility study into how a consortia model could work for local SENs. We will have more info over the next week.
News this week that Glasgow SEN (GSEN) has now been incorporated as a company limited by guarantee – and is now just waiting on news of its application for charitable status. Set up in 2008, GSEN has now grown its membership to over 140 organisations across the city – and has benefitted from being hosted and supported by CEiS during this time. GSEN’s Network Manager, Elizabeth McKenna said: “This will have a considerable impact on our ability to grow and develop services and products for members in the future. It’s a really exciting time and I’d like to thank everyone who has made this possible so far.” Congrats all round.
Clearly a big week of funding announcements – and here’s another – with the Climate Challenge Fund announcing its 23rd round of awards – with nearly £10m going out to 113 community-led organisations. It’s good to see a number of active SEN members well represented amongst the awardees. Well done to successful applicants.
In 2014, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and the West of Scotland Community Transport Network, embarked on Scotland’s first Community Transport Strategic Public Social Partnership. The aim was to involve service users and community transport providers as equal partners in designing and piloting new services - to make sure they met local community, health and social need. They are now keen to speak with social enterprises (particularly in Glasgow) interested in partnering them to build the capacity and capability of community transport through a Training, Volunteering & Employability programme. To find out more contact Robert MacKenzie or sign up for the New Approaches in Social Transport: The PSP Model Conference, taking place in Glasgow...Read more
Scottish Borders SEC, 9th March
Retail Resilience: Buying
Invest in our buying workshop and we’ll teach you all about effective strategies to help you with this aspect of retail. Trainer Selina Fellows will cover the key stages of the planning cycle, before giving insight into product strategy, review/research, range planning, sourcing or designing products, supplier selection and ordering, planning product launches... In addition, we’ll look at developing a buying plan, developing a product range and evaluating performance.
Date: 2017-03-01 ...more
Social Enterprise: Start-up Awareness
Thinking about setting up a Social Enterprise? This session will help you decide if Social Enterprise is right for you and your business idea.
Date: 2017-03-01 ...more
Getting Private Sector contracts – A Third Sector perspective, Part 2
What does the private sector want from suppliers - this two part workshop aims to help third sector organisations prepare and apply through private sector procurement processes.
Date: 2017-03-02 ...more