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Employability

Wednesday 10th February 2021 (10am) – All SEN Session: Apprenticeships: In the last Employability newsletter, we highlighted a number of apprenticeship-related initiatives (i.e Pathways Apprenticeships, Apprenticeship Employer Grant) – hear more from Skills Development Scotland about these opportunities.  Contact Jayne to register

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Events Networking

Sports SEN

Sports SEN 

Monday 8th February 2021 (12.30) -  Sport SEN Meeting:  Climate Change and Net Zero.  A focused discussion about what members are currently doing; what their future plans are; and how we can best support organisations to meet targets around reaching Net Zero.  To join, email jude@senscot.net 

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Events Networking

Rural SEN

Monday 1st February 2021 (2pm) – Rural SEN Net Zero Strategy Session: Focus group with Rural SEN members to assess what they require to achieve Net Zero. To book, email ahiggins@inspiralba.org.uk 

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LOCAL

JOINT TAYSIDE SEN NETWORK EVENTS

On Tuesday 12 January 2021, we co-hosted a networking event with Dundee SEN and Perth and Kinross SE Group to check in on our members and have a discussion around what organisations have been doing to adapt to further restrictions, funding such as Adapt and Thrive and the Business Support Grants.  This was really well attended and members reported that they enjoy having the opportunity to engage with social enterprises in other areas to discuss and share experiences.

For those of you unable to attend, you can find the notes from the event here –

The Next joint Tayside SEN Event is planned for Tuesday 23rd February at 10.00am Via Zoom.  The subject of the discussion will be around the Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy –see item below for more details- and how Social Enterprises will be key to contributing towards Scotland’s transition towards Net Zero by 2045.  We hoped to be joined by representatives from Zero Waste Scotland and Circular Tayside.   Please note, this is for all social enterprises, not just those with a specific focus on climate change. Booking details will be emailed out and shared on our social media pages.

NATIONAL EVENTS & INFORMATION

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NET ZERO STRATEGY – Consultation

SENScot & others have drafted a Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy – with the aim of  encouraging all social enterprises in Scotland to unite and lead the way to NetZero transitions by 2045. As part of this work, they’ve put together this short survey to gather baseline information from organisations in areas such as transport, energy and the circular economy.  They are particularly keen to hear from social enterprise who don’t currently have a focus on climate change and would appreciate if you could take the time to complete the survey. This will help identify what support is required for social enterprises to get to Net Zero. 

SENScot has participated in the launch of the Social Enterprise Places Scheme in Scotland. Sponsored by Scottish Govt and Royal Bank of Scotland and organised by Social Enterprise Scotland – the scheme is based on a SE UK initiative which operates in England and Wales. Uist and Lewis have been named as ‘SE Places’ in Scotland – with Govan being identified as ‘one to watch’ – congratulations all round. The premise of SE Places is to raise awareness as well as stimulate further social enterprise activity – within the chosen areas. We hope this scheme can achieve these aims and help increase the understanding of the value of social enterprise within these communities and, at the same time, augment and add value to their existing local infrastructures.

Below are some highlights of upcoming events being held by the Thematic SENs however Check here for details of all thematic SEN sessions coming up soon. 

Rural SEN 

Monday 1st February 2021 (2pm) – Rural SEN Net Zero Strategy Session: Focus group with Rural SEN members to assess what they require to achieve Net Zero. To book, email ahiggins@inspiralba.org.uk 

Sports SEN 

Monday 8th February 2021 (12.30) -  Sport SEN Meeting:  Climate Change and Net Zero.  A focused discussion about what members are currently doing; what their future plans are; and how we can best support organisations to meet targets around reaching Net Zero.  To join, email jude@senscot.net 

Employability 

Wednesday 10th February 2021 (10am) – All SEN Session: Apprenticeships: In the last Employability newsletter, we highlighted a number of apprenticeship-related initiatives (i.e Pathways Apprenticeships, Apprenticeship Employer Grant) – hear more from Skills Development Scotland about these opportunities.  Contact Jayne to register: 

Health & Wellbeing Activities & Services 

Community Food SEN: Net Zero Strategy for Social Enterprise Session – Thu 4th Feb 21 (2-3.30pm)             SENScot, with others, has helped formulate a draft Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy – with the aim of  encouraging all social enterprises in Scotland to unite and lead the way to NetZero transitions by 2045. This session is part of series of focus groups in the coming weeks that will inform the final strategy and will provide an opportunity for Community Food SEN members to discuss what support, tools, resources etc are needed to help the achieve net zero.  Email Mary to register. 

All SEN Session for Social Enterprise Counselling Service Providers – Thu 11th Feb (10.30-12pm)       With SEN members reporting an increased demand for counselling services, we are keen for social enterprise to share their thoughts on what opportunities and challenges this is currently posing and how they are responding to this. Email Mary to register. 

Social Care Rural Voices Event – Wed 24th Feb (10.00-12pm)       The purpose of the event is talk about what is working well in rural areas for people around social care, what’s not working so well and what would help make it work better for everyone.  We will hear from people working in rural social care, including Anne Connor from Outside the Box talking about the Voluntary Pledge. The event is organised by Outside the Box, Inspiralba & SENScot and is part of Community Solutions, a project with Health Improvement Scotland to explore trust-based partnerships between the community sector and health and social care partnerships. Register here
  
Health/Employability SENs: Person centred approach to Employability, Mental Health & Wellbeing with Elevate-Glasgow PSP – Thu 25th Feb (1-2.30pm)   Elevate’s aim is to ‘increase employability opportunities for individuals in recovery, reduce the number of adults in recovery who are unemployed and to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Glasgow City’s local people and communities.’  Hear from a number of speakers who are directly involved in the delivery of this very successful PSP.  Email Janice to register. 

Other 

P4P’s next ‘In Conversation With’ webinar is with DTAS – Thu 28th Jan (11.00-12pm)     DTAS will be focussing on their collaborative project on tackling derelict and vacant land with the Scottish Land Commission. Register here. 

Next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Social Enterprise – Tue 16th Feb (12.30-2pm)        All are welcome to the next CPG meeting which will focus on the Holyrood election campaign theme. Register here. 

Intergenerational National Network – Mon 22nd Feb (10.30-12pm)      The next meeting of the Intergenerational National Network will be hosted by Glasgow Science Centre and will have a focus on climate change. A full agenda will be available shortly. Contact Pat Scrutton for more info. 

CHEX Conference 2021: Health Issues in the Community – Tue 2nd & Wed 3rd March.         A menu of workshops over two days exploring the impact of health issues in the community across Scotland. More info. 

People at the Centre: ALLIANCE Digital Gathering. – 22nd to 26th February. Registration now open – more info. 

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Members

Focus on Our Members

Sustainable Kirriemuir is a community group that aims to educate local people on the climate emergency and to support them to move towards more sustainable, low carbon living. Set up in 2019, their Nourish Kirriemuir project is currently funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to engage 500 local people with the climate emergency, grow 2 tonnes of local food and save 6 tonnes of food from being wasted.

Sustainable Kirriemuir has three members of staff and a dedicated group of volunteers who work hard to keep driving the project forward, despite the challenges Covid-19 has presented. We are always thinking of new ideas on how we can adapt our activities to work around the restrictions. Last summer we provided 100 raised bed kits to local families complete with compost and veg plants to support them to grow at home through our Get Set Grow campaign in response to Covid-19. This spring we hope to be able to repeat the Get Set Grow campaign, along with developing our 4 community garden sites at Northmuir Primary, Southmuir Primary, Webster’s High School and the Kirriemuir Community Garden at St Mary’s Field. We are also working in partnership with Kirriemuir Food Hub to redirect local food waste, and Free Period Angus to provide reusable period products to the people of Angus.

Sustainable Kirriemuir have also embraced the use of digital technology to stay connected to others in the community and have hosted many different online events including the popular Christmas Crafternoon workshops in December, virtual Cook-alongs and regular monthly Climate Café sessions, with various speaker events and film screenings coming in the next few months. February will see our first virtual Seed Festival and over the following few months we are bringing together a series of Sustainable Fashion virtual events as well as supporting local people to reduce their food waste through our Food Waste @ Home Challenge, launching in March.

Over the next 3 months we are also working with Angus Council to connect with Kirriemuir residents of all ages to gather their ideas on every aspect of active and sustainable travel connecting people in and to the town. This Community Planning Project will focus upon walking and cycling (functionality and leisure); public transport and car use; safety and infrastructure, with a view to being able to create a vision of a transport system, shaped by the people of Kirriemuir, which promotes social inclusivity, connectivity, sustainability and health and well-being.

If you would like to contribute to this discussion please visit this link before 5th February:  

https://shapingangus.co.uk/kirriemuir-active-and-sustainable-travel-project

 For more information on any of our projects please visit www.sustainablekirriemuir.co.uk

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Resources

Resources

P4P is offering its Procurement Healthcheck consultancy service free of charge for the first 10 SEN members who sign up before the end of February. This includes an assessment and report to help you identify your strengths and areas for improvement to support you to become “tender ready”. These are being offered on a first come first served basis, so if interested get in touch with the P4P team.

Voluntary Action Angus offer a wealth of support to third sector organisations including social enterprises. More information can be found here. http://www.voluntaryactionangus.org.uk/  Sign up to their weekly bulletin here http://www.voluntaryactionangus.org.uk/bulletin/

Training is open to all social enterprises and third sector organisations – training calendar can be found here Third Sector Training Calendar / Aug-Dec (voluntaryactionangus.org.uk)

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.

Discovery Credit Union is currently advertising for volunteer board members along with a part time internal auditor. The internal auditor is a paid post for only for a small number of hours per week but might appeal to a retired/semi retired person. Further details can be found below for both opportunities or by contacting DCU at info@discoverycu.co.uk

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- https://senscot.net/jobs/ with a national reach. Just compete the form and your job will be listed.

Angus Council has also launched a free recruitment https://jobs.investinangus.com/. Opportunities can be registered by employers as well as CVs uploaded. There is also a section for volunteering recruitment.

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Funding and Finance

Funding and Finance

Business Support – 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
To check eligibility for the fund check herehttps://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-strategic-framework-business-fund/pages/eligibility/
Please note when completing these applications that if you are in receipt of charitable rates relief, please tick the box that says that you you pay rates directly to the Council. There is not an option for ‘in receipt of rates relief’ however I have checked this with the Council. If you have any issues with applying for the fund, please email Invest@angus.gov.uk

Angus Council Discretionary Fund
The Councill have also opened the above fund on Friday 29th January. The fund is to support businesses that have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions and regulations and have had no financial support since 9th October 2020.

Please go to Covid 19 Business Funding Information and Support (investinangus.com) for more information.
Some current relevant funding opportunities are listed below, but for fuller listing go to SCVO-funding.

Adapt & Thrive Programme & Communities Recovery Fund
The Adapt and Thrive Programme has introduced two significant changes to the current criteria. Eligible organisations can now access funding regardless of turnover size and the top value of grants will increase from £25k to up to £75k.
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.

UnLtd Scotland announced its new tranche of funding to identify and support social entrepreneurs. Up to £15k is available for awards – alongside a package of one-to-one peer support. They are particularly keen to encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background – as well as people with a disability. For more info contact ThomasMcAlister@unltd.org.uk.


Tech for Good Build 2021 is aimed at supporting organisations (who have an income of between £70K – £10M) to define, develop or re-purpose digital tools, platforms and products that meet a social need or challenge. Deadline Fri 12th Feb at noon.


Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (for loans of between £100K and £1.5m) – closes at 11.59pm on 31st March.


Volant Charitable Trust Open Grant aims to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation. It supports Scottish charities and projects, whether national or community-based, which help alleviate social deprivation, particularly supporting women, children and young people at risk – closing date 30 April 2021.


The Scottish Children’s Lottery has reopened across its four-grant giving SCIOs – Chance to Connect, Succeed, Flourish and Study. There are no deadlines and applications are reviewed quarterly. You can apply for a small grant of up to £5,000, or for a large grant of up to £25,000.

Cameron Grant: small cash awards from Cameron Grant Memorial Trust to support innovation in mental health.

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Angus Events Networking

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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Resources

Resources

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