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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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Social Enterprise Reset Week SENSCOT
In May, SENSCOT in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and the local SENs hosted Social Enterprise Reset Week which was a week dedicated to connecting and engaging frontline, community based social enterprises across the country. The purpose was to gather information and share experiences throughout the Covid 19 pandemic period, as well as focusing on future funding needs for the sector.  Angus Sen jointly hosted with Dundee SEN, a regional network meeting with SENs from theTayside and North East area which we received positive feedback about and we are keen to do this again in due course.    The full report from SE reset week can be found here

Merger of Senscot and Social FirmsFrom Wednesday 1st July 2020, the merger of Senscot and Social Firms took place.  Both organisations will now be known as Social Enterprise Network Scotland.  Both organisations have worked over the past 20 years to support Scotland’s social enterprise community.  The new body will now act as the national representative body for social enterprise networks, individual social enterprises and social firms in Scotland, seeking to represent their interests and values at a national level.  More information around memberships will be available over the coming months. 

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Covid-19 Information

To stay up to date with the latest information and to find help you can visit the following pages.

SCVO – https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus
SenScot – https://senscot.net/covid-19-resources/
Business Angus – https://www.investinangus.com/covid-19/
Just Enterprise – https://justenterprise.org/covid-19/
Business Gateway – https://www.bgateway.com/coronavirus-business-support-across-scotland

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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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For further information on support available, see Senscot’s COVID 19 Resources Page – which is updated regularly and include legal information on Job Retention Scheme as well as template letters. It has been noted that those organisations whose staff are funded through Government finance should not be furloughing staff. It is worth checking with other funders if staff can be reallocated to COVID 19 work using existing funding rather than put them onto furlough. Currently those that are on furlough cannot be used as volunteers in their own organisation.


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