|The response to Social Enterprise Reset Week has surpassed all expectations – so much so that half a dozen sessions will be run again at the start of next week. So far, 19 ‘virtual’ sessions have taken place with community-based social enterprises and others from the wider sector – to determine support and funding requirements over the medium to longer-term. Once completed, these sessions will have attracted more than 800 bookings from over 300 organisations from across the country – as well as triggering interest from colleagues in Australia (see below). The intention is that these discussions will form the starting point for a wider recovery plan for the sector – as indicated in last week’s joint letter to the Cabinet Secretary, Aileen Campbell. Findings and key themes will be collated into a SE Reset Report – and will be shared with all participants as well as being made widely available across the sector and to Scottish Govt.
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|News this week that the £10k Small Business Grant Scheme has now been extended to charities. Many in the sector have been lobbying on this point over recent weeks. Michael Cook (CRNS) submitted this letter to Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes. Although there remain some points for clarification, it seems Govt was listening. Also – to remind folk – current round of the Wellbeing Fund remains open until 22nd May 2020.
————————————SE Reset Week caught the attention of colleagues in Australia. Further to connections made in recent years, we were delighted to hear of the progress being made in establishing social enterprise networks (SENs) in Australia – with SENs formed or forming in every state. These networks have now come together as the Alliance of Social Enterprise Networks Australia (ASENA) – with whom we look forward to forging closer ties with. Couple of their more prominent members include SENVIC (Victoria) and QSEC (Queensland).
————————————Jura Community Business Ltd (JDB) is the latest social enterprise to take advantage of the SEN Bridging Loan – allowing them to cover the cost over-runs during the building of their new Enterprise Units. Although fully rented, COVID 19 has meant the units have had to close. JDB has, in response, agreed to suspend all payment to support their existing tenants. With the expected collapse of the tourist season also hitting their petrol station – a short term bridging loan will help see them through until the recovery. The terms and conditions offered by SCF Ltd were those most suited to their current circumstances.
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|Continuing on our theme of spotlighting how our sector is responding to the Covid 19 crisis in their local communities, this week’s bulletin profiles the work of the community sector in Easterhouse in Glasgow with strong relationships already established in the area, local organisations were able to form the Easterhouse Covid-19 Response Partnership before the lockdown. The Partnership includes FARE Scotland, Connect Community Trust as well as a number of local housing associations and local schools. Already they have ensure that over 250,000 meals have been distributed across Easterhouse and the East End; 800 families have been able to access energy tops; 300 people are contacted weekly for a ‘community hello’; and over 400 activity packs have been delivered to local children.