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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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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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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

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Connect & Create – A Smart Village for enterprising young people.

10th September 6pm to 7pm on Zoom

Smart Village Scotland, in collaboration, with the Rural Youth Project are excited to be designing their first Smart Village platform for enterprising, young people aged between 18 and 28 years who are based in our rural locations across Scotland. From our towns, coastal villages, islands and furthest reaches they want to bring together your ideas to build the best digital platform.

On the 10th of September, the need young people to join the chat and explore what this powerful resource can do. Whether developing your network, looking for support, or exploring a great business idea then the conversation starts here.

Fill your cup and dial in at 6 – 7pm to get your ideas heard, this exciting project needs the voices and opinions to help create a digital collective and platform to support bright young futures across Scotland.

  • Bring Your Chat
  • Explore your Ideas
  • Find Your Network

Sign up on Eventbrite now!

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Angus SEN Procurement Skills Accelerator – 18th, 25th August and 1st September
Collaboration, procurement and accessing tenders is something our members told us they are keen to learn more about.  We have organised, with P4P (Partnership for Procurement) to bring you the this programme.    The course consists of 3 x 2.5 hour zoom sessions, spread over a period of 3 weeks.

Sessions are as follows 
•     Introduction to Procurement and Collaboration (Tuesday 18th August, 10:00 – 12:30 am) – an on-line zoom session that covers the size and scale of the public sector procurement market, why it is worth investing your time and effort to become procurement ready, getting to grips with procurement language and understanding why and how you might collaborate to bid.  This interactive and informative session is a fantastic introduction to public sector procurement.

•    Quick Quotes, Quick Wins (Tuesday 25th of August, 10:00 – 12:30 am) – an interactive on-line zoom session that covers what a quick quote is, how to become visible to buyers for quick quote opportunities how to set up and make the most of your Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) registration, Supplier Finder Profiles and more.  A really practical session aimed at helping you become visible to public sector buyers for lower value contracts.  

•    Finding Opportunities & Engaging with Buyers (Tuesday 1st of September, 10:00 – 12:30 am) – an on-line zoom session covering how to analyse information within PCS to find potential opportunities for your social enterprise, how to establish in a structure way if you should bid or not. The session also covers why and how you should engage with buyers.  A really informative proactive training session equipping you with the skills to find and assess relevant public sector procurement opportunities for your social enterprise.

By the end of the sessions your social enterprise will be more knowledgeable and skilled in both finding and taking advantage of public sector procurement opportunities as well as understanding the power of collaboration.  Whilst each session covers different topics, it is recommended that you attend all 3 sessions to ensure maximum benefit.  

Although the course is aimed at organisations who have little or no experience of procurement or tendering, the Finding Opportunities & Engaging with Buyers session would also be of benefit to those with experience and that session will be opened up to more organisations and will be able to be booked separately. 

Numbers are limited. To find out more please email admin@angussen.org.uk.  Booking information will be sent out shortly. 


An Introduction to the basics of Evaluation Training – Wednesday 9th September 
Another area our members have expressed an interest receiving training in is impact measurement and reporting on the work carried out in an impactful way.   We have been working with Evaluation Support Scotland and we are offering a tailored training session open to our members.

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 (below). 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.

This is an ideal session to take part in before our Showcase, event at the end of September, to help you think about telling your stories and demonstrate the impact of your work! The sessions are limited to a maximum of 10 places.  Sessions take place on Wednesday 9th September at 14:00 and last 2.5 hours.  To find out more please email admin@angussen.org.uk.  Booking information will be sent out shortly. 

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Planning for Reopening

Join us at the first Angus SEN Virtual Network Event!
Tuesday 14th July 14:00 – 16:00

Book your free place here!

Book your free place here.

With lock-down now being eased and us all being faced with a sea of information, guidance and advice, we thought it would be good to come together to share ideas, experiences and to support each other to move towards re-opening.

We will be joined by a Health and Safety expert who has been assisting organisations with their reopening plans. We will also have a general presentation on what organisations need to consider as as well as input around well-being of staff.  

If you have any questions or concerns that you are keen for us to cover, please email them to Beverley@angussen.org.uk before the event.  We will also have space for questions and discussions on the day.  

Book your free place here!

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Local Networking Meeting

Save the Date! There have been several national and regional meetings that have addressed the COVID issues and this has proved to be able to bring you the most up to date guidance at this time. It is planned to restart our local networking meetings and the first one is on Tuesday 14th July at 2pm and the theme of the discussions will be around Re-opening.  More information and booking details for the event to follow.   

It is planned to hold a Showcasing Angus Third Sector event in September. This has been delayed due to COVID restrictions but there is a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work in Angus. More details to follow. Bev will be leading on this event. 


Rural Social Enterprise Digital Hub
This has been developed over the last few months and the website is now live and ready as a pilot. You will find it online here. This space is a focal point for connections, information, research and development activity on rural social enterprise in Scotland and further afield. The website is an online space for collaboration, peer to peer learning and knowledge exchange between all those committed to thriving rural social enterprise. It is also a space to showcase the contribution social enterprise makes to our rural communities.
As this is still the piloting phase, they need your help. There are two main ways to get involved: You can enter your Organisation into the directory and/or create an account that links up to your organisation. 
The Rural SEN are planning future networking events to follow on from the event during SE Reset week – so keep a look out for these. 

Angus Business Survey

It has been a challenging time for many businesses, and Angus Council want to hear from you about the impact Covid-19 has had on your business and how the council can support you as Scotland moves into recovery.

Please complete this survey here, which should take no more than 15 minutes, and tell us how your business has been affected, your key concerns, and what measures you’ve taken or will be taking to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.  

This valuable information will help to inform the economic recovery support Angus Council and its partners put in place to ensure we can provide what is needed now and in the future. 
The survey closes on 10 July 2020.   

Further advice and information for businesses impacted by COVID 19 is available on the Invest in Angus website

A new cultural strategy for Angus – can you help?

Culture Radar has been commissioned by ANGUSalive and the Angus Place Partnership to deliver the first Cultural Strategy for Angus to run 2021 – 2026.  The strategy will draw on the region’s unique strengths and assets and present an ambitious cultural vision for Angus.  This is an opportunity to think afresh about priorities for culture in Angus – how it develops its role in supporting communities, place and the economy, whilst sustaining and nurturing its organisations and practitioners.

We are keen to involve as many people, voices and groups engaged with cultural activity from across the region in this process.
 
This survey is one of the first tasks that we are undertaking towards creating the new Cultural Strategy, and by asking for information and your opinions we can better understand what is happening in the sector now and what you would like the future of culture in Angus to look like.
 
We are also undertaking a mapping exercise to collect brief information about cultural venues, events and organisations based in the Angus region.
 
If you work or volunteer in the Angus cultural sector, it would be great if you could complete both the survey and the mapping form.  Here are the links:
 
Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AngusSurveyMainLink
 
Link to mapping form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AngusMappingMain
 
We hope to involve as many people as possible, so we would be very grateful if you could forward this email on to colleagues, at your own organisation and beyond.
 
The survey should take around ten minutes to complete, and to thank you for your time we will invite you to enter a prize draw to win a £50 voucher to spend with Appetite for Angus Neighbourhood Market and Producers.

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Dundee and Angus Social Enterprise Networks have come together to carry out a survey in order to help us to feedback to the government and to help look at future needs of our members.  All information is anonymous, but if you would like some support then please get in contact. It is a short questionnaire on your experiences during COVID. 
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LTKCKRK

National feedback from Senscot will be shared, once it has all been collated, and Angus SEN will be holding a local event to share that with you and to continue the conversations.

Rural Social Enterprise Digital Hub – InspirAlba

This has been developed over the last few months and the website is now live and ready as a pilot. You will find it at https://www.ruralsehub.net. This space is a focal point for connections, information, research and development activity on rural social enterprise in Scotland and further afield. The website is an online space for collaboration, peer to peer learning and knowledge exchange between all those committed to thriving rural social enterprise. It is also a space to showcase the contribution social enterprise makes to our rural communities.

As this is still the piloting phase, they need your help. There are two main ways to get involved: You can enter your Organisation in to the directory and/or create an account that links up to your organisation.

The Rural SEN are planning future networking events to follow on from the event during SE Reset week – so keep a look out for these.

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Networking

Currently the Angus SEN committee are looking at ways to facilitate networking for the members. Many platforms have been developed through a variety of agencies.


Senscot, the national support body for social enterprise and SENs in Scotland, has been holding Zoom meetings on sector specific topics. Last week saw the Virtual SEN meetings on Health, Sport and Food SENs. The next one is on Wednesday (22nd April, 2-3pm) when Sarah is hosting a Virtual Cultural SEN session – contact sarah@senscot.net – to join and, on Friday 24th, Mary will host a Friday Afternoon Session for any/all thematic SEN members who wish to participate.

Contact mary@senscot.net for info and to book a place.
These are really valuable sessions to ask questions and to get support from others. Senscot has been holding SEN co-ordinator meetings and these have been invaluable in keeping us all up to date with information.

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Due to the current restrictions all our upcoming events have been postponed. We will post information for new events as soon as they are confirmed, so please check back regularly.

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