Our most recent joint Tayside SEN Event took place on Tuesday 23rd February at 10.00am Via Zoom. The them Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy how Social Enterprises will be key to contributing towards Scotland’s transition towards Net Zero by 2045. We were joined by Vaso Makri, Circular Tayside Manager, Warren McIntyre from Zero Waste Scotland and Kim Wallace, SENScot. Details of our will be coming soon.
Angus Community Hub Group
This group is especially for organisations in Angus that either run a current community hub or facility or are working towards that. The group has met twice and is keen to involve more organisations across the county. The aim of the group is to share learning and experiences and support each other with running such an organisation. The group is currently being facilitated by Angus SEN. If you are part of a community hub and have not been involved, please come along to our next meeting!
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 10.30am-11.30am via zoom. We will have Fergus Storrier from Showcase the Street joining us to tell us of their exciting new project in Arbroath which is being supported by Princess Anne. Fergus also has a wealth of information around running a hub and around funding and is happy to answer questions. We are also hoping to have a member of the National Lottery funding team joining us. Please get in touch with me at Beverley@angussen.org.uk if you would like to come along to the event.
NATIONAL EVENTS & INFORMATION
P4P’s next ‘In Conversation With’ webinar features SENScot’s Mary Sinclair – discussing the Pockets & Prospects project which seeks to support community organisations to address mental health & wellbeing needs within their local community – through access to a small budget to purchase activities and services from local social enterprises. This takes place on Friday 12 March at 11am – 12pm – Sign up here:
Scottish Rural Parliament
Saturday – 6th March – marks the start of the Scottish Rural Parliament – a series of events (between 6th -18th March) that will bring together people who live and work in rural and island Scotland. Over five days, the Rural Parliament will address topics such as Young People Leading Change; Democracy and Local Governance; Advancing Equality; and Climate Change – amongst others. A couple of sessions that may be of particular interest to SEN members, and social enterprises in general, include a session on Community-Led Tourism, chaired by SENScot’s Sarah Cameron; Oliver Escober talking to his recent essay: Futures in common: Democratic life beyond the crisis; and the Rural SEN’s clutch of Community Learning Exchanges – that also run throughout the month of March. From a social enterprise perspective, going forward, the work of the Rural SEN and the Rural SE Hub, led by InspirAlba, will be of growing importance – with connections already having been made with social enterprises in the Scottish Borders; Highlands; Moray: Angus; Dumfries & Galloway and, of course, Argyll & Bute. SENScot will be looking to continue to support this work in helping to highlight the distinct needs of social enterprises operating in remote rural areas. See Rural Parliament Programme and registration form. It’s free to attend.