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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
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

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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Angus Events

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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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.

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An Introduction to Evaluation

There are still spaces available for our upcoming training event –  An Introduction to the basics of Evaluation Training – on Wednesday 9th September 9.30 -12.30 am, via zoom. This is session has been especially tailored for our members by Evaluation Support Scotland.This 3-hour introductory session will help you get to grips with the basics of evaluation.

Along with fellow members of Angus Social Enterprise Network, you will gain an understanding of the different stages of the Evaluation Pathway. The session will get you thinking about how to embed evaluation within your practice so that it’s not a burdensome ‘added extra’ come reporting time.

Book your place here –  If you would like to find out more please email admin@angussen.org.uk.  

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SENSCOT

Are you a member of the national social enterprise network Senscot? We believe that Scotland’s social economy is at its strongest when people who share a vision work together. That’s why, since 2004, Senscot  have been directly involved in supporting and facilitating Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) across Scotland. If you want to find out more about joining nationally, visit their website for more. 

The SENs provide a forum for social enterprises to access peer support, share resources and develop effective solutions to shared challenges. They give social enterprises a collective voice with which to raise important issues at both a local and national level. Regular SEN meetings are organised, where members ask advice or share best practice as well as exploring opportunities for joint working.

There are currently six thematic networks operating nationally – Community Food, Cultural & Creative, Employability, Health, Sport and Tourism – and 17 local networks stretching from the Scottish Borders to Moray.

Upcoming national events to highlight:
All SEN Session – Rescheduled: Monday 14th September (3-4pm) – Flexible Working & Mental Wellbeing. Our re-scheduled session will include contributions from Geoff Leask (Young Enterprise Scotland); Lisa Gallagher (Flexibility Works) and Claire Carpenter (The Melting Pot). To sign up, email mary@senscot.net

Sport and Health SEN: Wednesday, 9 Sept (10am) – Using Sport and Physical Activity to Promote Positive Mental Health’ will include various speakers about their approach and support which exists to help organisations develop programmes and initiatives on this topic. To book, email jude@senscot.net

Health SEN: Wednesday, 16th Sept (10.30am) – Anne Connor (Outside the Box) will talk about how smaller providers can play a bigger role in the world of health & social care. To book, email mary@senscot.net

Community Food SEN: Friday, 18th Sept (10.30am) – Opportunity for SEN members to discuss together challenges faced moving from Phase 3 to Phase 4 of Scotland’s Route Map. Contact mary@senscot.net

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Resources

Resources

Inspiralba recently launched the Rural Social Enterprise Hub online, which is currently in its pilot stage. The Hub will provide a resource for Rural Social Enterprises to connect, access learning resources and information as well as providing opportunities for peer networking and collaboration. We are currently building the directory and would love to include your organisation’s details. 

You can add to the directory here, and if you have any issues, please feel free to reach out to Jakki Spicer at jspicer@inspiralba.org.uk.

Being in the directory will give your organisation the opportunity to share your work with others in Scotland, across Europe and we hope in time across the globe. You will also be able to submit events and papers, participate in forums and network with other social enterprises. This is a grant-funded project and there is no charge for users at all.

And here’s Inspiralba’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.

Information on COVID related support is available from Senscot’s COVID 19 Resources Page – which is updated regularly. 

SCVO has a comprehensive Information Hub including a directory of needed and offered services. 

If you are looking for information that is specific to Angus and especially the business side of things, this is the link.

Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS), Scotland’s national reuse, repair, recycle charity also has some useful information and guidance available here.

Free recruitment listings
SENS has always had a free listing service on their web site with a national reach. Just compete the form and your job is listed.
Angus Council has now launched a free recruitment. Opportunities can be registered by employers as well as Cvs uploaded. There is a section for volunteering recruitment as well. Full launch on 3rd August.

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Funding and Finance

Funding and Finance

Recovery Funding 
Last week saw the First Minister announce Scottish Govt’s Programme for Government – Protecting Scotland, Renewing Scotland. For our own sector, there was confirmation of the £25m Recovery Fund – with further details out soon.

SCVO’s Funding page offers information on funds specifically for the third sector. It is updated regularly.  – https://scvo.org.uk/funding

Current Funding available with closing dates –

  • Regeneration – Mickel Fund | £500 – £10,000 | 30 September 2020
  • Healthy Towns – sportscotland Sports Facilities Fund | £10,000 – £100,000 | Stage 1 applications 1 October
  • Culture and Arts – Idlewild Trust | N/A | 10 September 
  • Culture and Arts – Henry Moore Foundation | up to £30,000 | 9 September9 December
  • Culture and Arts – The Finnis Scott Foundation | £500-£10,000 | 18 September 2020
  • Employment and Training – Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust – Main Grant Programme | £5,000-£10,000 |  3 September
  • Community – EndrickTrust | avge £4,840 | 4 September

Newly Added Funding 

  • Environment – Scottish Forestry – Forestry Grants Scheme CSGNC | total £3m | open now 
  • Healthy  Towns – Sustrans Scotland – Places for Everyone | N/A | 6 November
  • Community – Charity Aid Foundation – Venturesome | £10,000 – £35,000 | open now
  • Community – Hugh Fraser Foundation | avge £4,000 | 31 October 
  • Community  – Pastoral Care Trust – St Nicholas Care Fund | up to £15,000 | open now
  • Community – National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) – Community Led Activity | £10,000 – £150,000 | open now
  • Community – National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) – Improving Lives | £10,000 – £1,000,000 |open now
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Networking

Networking and Events

There are still spaces available for our upcoming training event –  An Introduction to the basics of Evaluation Training – on Wednesday 9th September 9.30 -12.30 am, via zoom. This is session has been especially tailored for our members by Evaluation Support Scotland.This 3-hour introductory session will help you get to grips with the basics of evaluation.

Along with fellow members of Angus Social Enterprise Network, you will gain an understanding of the different stages of the Evaluation Pathway. The session will get you thinking about how to embed evaluation within your practice so that it’s not a burdensome ‘added extra’ come reporting time.

Book your place here –  If you would like to find out more please email admin@angussen.org.uk.  


AngusSEN Network Event
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.  Members will be contacted directly with a joining link. 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.

Angus SEN Procurement Skills Accelerator  
We recently hosted the Angus Procurement Skills Accelerator facilitated by P4P (Partnership for Procurement). The course covered an introduction to procurement and collaboration, Quick Quotes/Quick wins and finally Finding opportunities and Engaging with buyers.  We explored and registered for the Public Contract Scotland website and learned some really helpful and crucial hints and tips for getting the best out of the often intimidating world of procurement!  
For anyone unable to attend the training, but still an interest in public sector procurement– this blog written by Claire McLaughlin of P4P is for you!  


Bring Your Chat Online – Enterprising Young People

Smart Village Scotland and Rural youth Project are working on a project to design and build a digital platform for young people between 18 – 28 years, fully funded. The aim is to create a young enterprising community where they can find out about how to start a business or take forward a good innovative idea,  showcase their business, seek support and advice, collaborate and network.
They are holding an online chat to seek the ideas of the young people to see what they would want.  This event is open to young people from age 16 upwards, although the platform will be specifically be for ages 18-28 years.
Book your place

In Conversation With….
On 17th Sept, P4P will be launching a new series of monthly webinars, titled ‘In Conversation With…….’. The series will feature a range of voices from across our social enterprise community who are successfully collaborating with others, or are supporting those that are already doing so. The first webinar will see P4P joined by Co-operative Development Scotland – discussing the Consortium Co-operative model – with  October’s webinar featuring the newly-formed Glasgow Arts Partnership, led by the Glasgow Connected Arts Network. Here’s the booking form for both webinars. As a warm-up to September’s webinar, see P4P’s latest Guest Blog where Suzanne Orchard (Co-operative Development Scotland) explains potential benefits for social enterprises in adopting the Consortium Co-operative partnership model

Social Enterprise World Forum
This year’s Social Enterprise World Forum will be taking place (virtually) between 21st-25th Sept. Tickets cost £49. Scottish participants include InspirAlba; the SE Rural Hub; CRNS; and the SE Academy