One of the most striking features of the 2019 SE Census – and previous ones – is the high percentage of social enterprises in rural areas. 33% of SEs in Scotland operate in rural areas which only account for 17% of our population. The evidence shows that rural SEs are more densely clustered and focus on solutions to unique rural challenges – that include community centres/halls; early learning/ childcare; property; energy; utilities; and land. InspirAlba, supported by a Scottish Govt grant, is now establishing the Rural Social Enterprise Hub – that will be a focal point for research and development activity on SE in the rural context and look to create opportunities for collaboration, peer to peer learning and knowledge exchange. Learning from the rural experience, the SE Hub will seek to inform policy and better understand opportunities to use digital tools to connect rural social enterprises. They are inviting as many rural SEs as possible to complete this short survey to help them assess what will bring most benefit to rural social enterprises.
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Confirmed speakers for our Conference in November include Cabinet Secretary, Aileen Campbell as well as Neil McInroy (CLES) and Joe Cullinane (North Ayrshire Council) – both exploring our theme of ‘Building Community Wealth and Wellbeing – the Role for Social and Community Enterprise’. See Draft Programme, to date. Around 50% of places taken up already so, to avoid missing out, see registration form.
Senscot pays tribute to Citizens Advice Scotland, celebrating 80 years of service to our communities ( five-minute video). No other national, frontline agency can compare with CAB’s record and reputation – for quality and values.
Frontline News: Media Co-op is running a mobile journalism training course for SEs in November. Discover Your Mojo aims to help SEs create quality content and videos for social media using your phone:
Social enterprises’ experiences with public procurement processes are varied. Glasgow Caley is currently researching the experience of social enterprises providing social care services. See short survey:
Glasgow SEN launches its Social Enterprise in Glasgow 2019 Report – on 31st October. The Report provides a comprehensive insight into the SE landscape and its economic impact in the city. See full details.
This week’s bulletin profiles a social enterprise in South Ayrshire that offers accessible community transport with the aim of combating all forms of social isolation. South Ayrshire Community Transport (SACT), set up in 2015, enables the elderly, disabled people, young people and those on a low-income better access to supermarkets, health and social care, leisure facilities as well as connections to onward public transport options. SACT also runs a three day per week scheduled bus service between the village of Barr and Girvan – Barr having been without a public transport service for over 10 years. SACT also works with local schools, community groups, church groups, the Health & Social Care partnership and South Ayrshire Council.