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AngusSEN AGM

Save the Date! – Angus SEN AGM
Our first AGM will be held on Wednesday 10th February 2021 at 12.30pm. 

The meeting will be held on Zoom with guest speaker, TBC. If you wish to join the meeting please contact admin@angussen.org.uk or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/annual-general-meeting-tickets-136601437577 A link for the meeting will be emailed in the few days prior to the event.

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Business Support Chats – 12 Days of Christmas offer – Ruadh Consultancy 

As we reach the end of one of the most volatile and unpredictable periods most of us have experienced it’s time for reflection and planning for the coming year.  All too often your primary focus has to be on the day-to-day operation and it can be the case the basics are overlooked, which in time can cost you both in terms of time and money.  
Consider a back-to-basics approach, review your overall administrative function, what areas could be strengthened? Credit control, invoicing, costing, record keeping? 
You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money and you’ll most certainly see the benefits long term. 
In the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, Brian is less scrooge and more Bob Cratchit and is offering a 30 Business Basics Chat for the special rate of £12.  
If you would like some help closing off a very challenging year by helping out and getting you in a better place for the following year, please get in touch with Brian at brian@ruadhconsultancy.com or phone 07759 074560.  

Voluntary Action Angus offer a wealth of support to third sector organisations including social enterprises. More information can be found here.
Sign up to their weekly bulletin. They have training that is open to all social enterprises and third sector organisations – information can found here If your organisation is, or would like to offer training or awareness raising sessions for other third sector orgs, please contact Ben@voluntaryactionangus.org to organise a date and be added to the calendar. 

Free recruitment listings
Angus SEN will happily share with our members and via our social media, any recruitment listings that your organisation may have.  Email information to admin@angussen.org.uk
SENScot has always had a free listing service on their web site– with a national reach. Just compete the form and your job will be listed.
Angus Council has also launched a free recruitment. Opportunities can be registered by employers as well as CVs uploaded. There is also a section for volunteering recruitment. 

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Focus on Our Members

Focus on Our Members

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This week’s feature is on the HOPE Organic Garden & Shop, based at Hospitalfield in Arbroath. HOPE is a charity that provides garden training and work experience for people with learning disabilities in Angus. The charity was set up by Dr Cedric DeVoil, a local GP, who saw the benefits that gardening and training would bring to people suffering from depression and other illnesses. It was a successful venture and last year HOPE celebrated its 25th anniversary.  

Every summer HOPE produces organic vegetables, salad, fruit and herbs which are sold to the local community. We are a registered organic grower with the Soil Association.HOPE has four members of staff and a dedicated band of volunteers who help to ensure that the eighteen trainees are always at the centre of what happens in the garden. This year, because of Covid-19 it’s been a challenge, but the Trustees and gardeners have worked together and have taken innovative gardening projects to the trainees on homes. These have included growing sunflowers, planting onion sets, projects with bees and insects, colouring initiatives and currently growing amaryllis lilies.

Several of the trainees have Autism, Asperger’s or other long term conditions so this has been a lifeline for them and their families. With photographs and an active Facebook page and website, the aim has been to make everyone still feel connected with what is growing in the Garden and their place at HOPE.During the pandemic the charity was unable to open the shop and sell the organic produce, so they got together with another local charity (Reach Across) to provide fresh food boxes every week for vulnerable families in Arbroath. The boxes also included a series of ‘Easy Peasy’ recipes to help people make simple meals. This community action has really benefitted people across Arbroath.
Currently the gardeners are making the annual Christmas wreaths which are being sold in the HOPE Garden Shop. The head gardener is also busy planning workshops for the trainees on bees and insects and herbs.  Everyone is hoping that in Spring 2021 HOPE will be able to welcome all the trainees back into the garden. To find out more please visit their website or Facebook page
@hopeorganicgarden

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December Newsletter

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Funding and Finance

Funding and Finance

With EU Funding coming to an end at the end of 2020 – Scottish Govt has provided an update on in its planned replacement – the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Further details have yet to emerge – but the above link gives some background on Scottish Govt’s current thinking. Over the last 7 years, Scotland has received, on average, around £100m per annum in EU Funding

Connecting Scotland Fund – Round 2 now open
Applications for round 2 will close at 11am on 18th of January

Strategic framework application fund – Facilitated by Angus Council
If your business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020, you may be eligible to apply for grant funding.
Applications are now open for the following funds:
Business temporary closure fund
Business restrictions fund

Firstport’s LaunchMe 2020 Programme closes for applications next week – closing date is 12th December (noon) – targeting ambitious social enterprises looking to scale up and increase their social impact.


Adapt & Thrive Programme & Communities Recovery Fund

We are keen to find out whether any of our members have been successful, or indeed unsuccessful with these funds. Or if you are thinking about applying but would like to have a chat about it, please get in touch at admin@angussen.org.uk.

Have you checked the following funders recently?

Robertson Trust
The Community Climate Asset Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund
UnLtd Scotland


For up to date information be sure to check in with:

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

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Networking

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SENScot Restart and Rebuild Week – Tayside Engagement Event, Thu, 19 November, 11:00 – 13:00. This online event is aimed at social enterprises as part of the SENScot Rebuild and Restart week of events. This event will showcase three social enterprises that have adapted to a new opportunity: Pauline Lockhart from S-Mart, Fergus Storrier from Showcase the Street, and Kaja Ekiert from Handam Refill Station. Sarah Daly, National Lottery, will be there to help us to consider some of the ideas that are forming and to identify from where funding may be available. 

The event is being offered by Angus SEN, Dundee SEN and GrowBiz SE Support Group. Book your free ticket here. If you need any more information about the event please email: admin@angussen.org.uk
National EventsThroughout the COVID pandemic, social enterprises have proven to be both resilient and agile in responding to the needs of Scotland’s most vulnerable groups and communities. Much of this has been as a result of Scottish Government’s swift action to ensure that substantial resources were made available at the outset of the crisis. 

However, as we move from the Response phase – we want to build on the success of the SE Reset Week held in May 2020, and move on to focus on Restart and Rebuild.  SENScot and the SENs, in partnership with others, will be hosting a week-long series of events – to inform, inspire and connect social enterprises from across Scotland. 

The SE Reset Week provided a timely opportunity for SEs across the country to come together and contribute from a local and thematic perspective via virtual SEN meetings and discussions including virtual focus groups where SEs were able to identify and explore challenges, share ideas and opportunities in conversation with their peers. We will pick up on some of the key themes identified – Mental Health and Wellbeing; Collaboration and Peer Support – as well as exploring a range of other topics.

Click here for programme and to book

Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) has commissioned independent research to develop insights about the drivers and barriers to purchase from social enterprises. By completing this survey you will provide SES with insights that will be taken into account in its upcoming campaign to drive awareness for social enterprises among Scottish consumers in the festive season. If you would like to enter our prize draw to win a ‘build your own gift hamper’ worth £50 from Social Stories Club please provide your email details at the end of the survey where indicated.  Click here to take part

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Funding and Finance

Funding and Finance

Firstport’s LaunchMe 2020 Programme opened for applications this week – closing date is 12th December (noon) – targeting ambitious social enterprises looking to scale up and increase their social impact. Visit their website for more.

Adapt & Thrive Programme & Communities Recovery Fund We are keen to find out whether any of our members have been successful, or indeed unsuccessful with these funds.  Or if you are thinking about applying but would like to have a chat about it, please get in touch at admin@angussen.org.uk. 

The Robertson Trust has announced details of its new funds and accompanying eligibility criteria – following recent publication of its 10-year Strategy. Broken into three core categories – with two additional streams for community vehicle and capital build grants – the funds will provide over £200m to local communities and community organisations over the next decade. Eligibility criteria will focus on ‘constituted community groups and registered charities working to alleviate poverty and trauma in Scotland – with an annual income under £2 million’. With a number of SEN members being constituted as asset-locked Community Interest Companies (CICs) – SENScot wrote to The Robertson Trust to ask for clarity as to whether or not such organisations could still be eligible. The Robertson Trust has, in response, reiterated that its initial focus will remain as per the core criteria. However, as work to address poverty and trauma develops, they assure us that they will be open to reviewing their guidance in line with this. Sign up to the Trust’s Mailing List for more on future opportunities and/or changes as they develop.

The Community Climate Asset Fund is now open. Scottish Govt is committing £3.5m to support community climate action projects that boost energy efficiency in community buildings, the purchase of electric bikes and vehicles, waste reduction projects, and the purchase tools/equipment for food growing projects.

The National Lottery Community Fund are keen to chat to organisations about their projects and aspirations to see if they can help.  If they can’t help, they will try and put you in touch with other funders who may be better suited. Sarah Daly of The National Lottery is joining us on the Tayside Engagement event, during Restart/Rebuild week (Details above) and would be happy to chat with you.  More details off the fund can be found here  

UnLtd Scotland now has a new programme of support available for aspiring social entrepreneurs in Scotland. The new round of awards come in three strands: Try It – for testing hunches and ideas; Do It – providing funding and support to help get started; and Grow It – for existing organisations looking to expand.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations 
As always, we recommend you have a look at SCVO’s funding page which is regularly updated with new and current funding opportunities.

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AngusSEN Event – 19th Nov, 11.00 – 13.00

Angus SEN Event – Thursday 19th November 11.00 – 13.00Logo, company nameDescription automatically generated

SENScot Restart and Rebuild Week – Tayside Engagement Event, Thu, 19 November, 11:00 – 13:00. This online event is aimed at social enterprises as part of the SENScot Rebuild and Restart week of events. This event will showcase three social enterprises that have adapted to a new opportunity: Pauline Lockhart from S-Mart, Fergus Storrier from Showcase the Street, and Kaja Ekiert from Handam Refill Station. Sarah Daly, National Lottery, will be there to help us to consider some of the ideas that are forming and to identify from where funding may be available. 

The event is being offered by Angus SEN, Dundee SEN and GrowBiz SE Support Group. Book your free ticket here. If you need any more information about the event please email: admin@angussen.org.uk

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November Newsletter

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Tuesday 22nd September – AngusSEN Network Catch Up

It’s been a while since we have all been able to get together and a lot has happened over the past few months.  Please join us for a coffee and catch up on Tuesday 22nd September at 6.30pm -7.30pm.  It would be good to hear how you are all doing and to talk about how we can continue to support you moving forward.  You can sign up on Eventbrite now.

If you would like to have a chat before then, or have anything that you would like to talk about on the 22nd, please do not hesitate to get in touch.