Dear members and friends,
Over the past few years, SEN members have increasingly referred to various forms of community café activity taking place within their social enterprise. Given this rise in the number of SEN members involved in operating community cafés, Senscot published a Social Enterprise and Community Café Briefing in August 2019. Building on this, Senscot and Social Firms Scotland are now launching a series of Information Sheets – informed by contributions from SEN members with direct experience of running community cafés. These Information Sheets are designed to facilitate peer-to- peer learning across the SENs, providing invaluable, hands-on advice – in the hope of smoothing out any bumps in the road ahead – and look at different scenarios. Scenario 1 – looks at using an external provider to operate the café; and Scenario 2 – looks at operating the café in-house both as a means of providing employability opportunities – as well as acting as a hub within the local community.
NOTICES: We can’t flag all notices here, but more jobs, events and tenders available on our website.
Late in November 2019, Community Energy Scotland, Scottish Community Alliance, DTA Scotland and Scottish Communities Climate Action Network hosted a Conference in Edinburgh on the theme of Community Action on Climate Emergency. One of the outcomes of the conference has been a ‘Communities Call for Climate Action’ – which not only calls for more action from both local and national govt, but also believes that community groups across Scotland have a key role to play in tackling the climate crisis. You can sign the pledge at the link above. In the same vein, CRNS recently produced this report as well as a series of videos on the work of their own members in this field.
Scottish Govt is consulting on the replacement of European Structural Funds (ESF) post EU-Exit and how any replacement funding vehicle could best meet the needs of citizens, businesses and communities. SFS/Senscot would like to consult with members on this, and if there is sufficient interest, run a short, focused feedback session. Please let us know if you would be interested in attending
With Scottish Govt gaining new powers for social security benefits, they are keen to promote and support the take up of these benefits. In doing so, they are aware of their reliance on the experience, expertise, and extensive networks of the many organisations currently providing benefit support and advice; their need for updated materials and training; and who will want to do their own work to promote the take-up of Scottish benefits. To assist, two new funds have been launched to support this activity.
Job of the Week: CFINE is now recruiting for a new Chief Executive – see job details – another one of the ‘old guard’, Dave Simmers stepping down at the end of March. Dave has been an outstanding champion for social enterprise not just in the North East – but throughout Scotland. We all wish him well in his retirement
Frontline News: Grassmarket Community Project celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Part of their celebrations include a Burns Night Dinner Dance Fundraiser on 31st Jan. See full details.
Good story about how the Scottish Land Fund is supporting an increasing number of local people in rural areas who are stepping up to run their local shop as a community venture.
Feeding the City is a fully funded programme supporting sustainable food start-ups across all of the UK. Impact Hub Inverness is hosting an ‘ideas generation’ event at the Melting Pot in Edinburgh on 30th Jan.
This week’s bulletin profiles a social enterprise, based in Dunblane, that supports individuals and organisations across Scotland more accessible and effective for people with hearing loss. Ideas for Ears takes a grass-roots approach and is run by people with hearing loss. They seek to help organisations to make their products, services and facilities more accessible, desirable and effective for people with hearing loss. In doing so, their activities help to remove barriers and to reduce the numbers of people experiencing communication disadvantage or discrimination. This enables greater equality, diversity and inclusion and promotes higher levels of participation, well-being and independence.