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P4P -“In Conversation With” Webinar

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. 

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Health/Employability

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.

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Social Care Rural Voices

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.

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All SEN Session

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. 

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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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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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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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Networking

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.