Dear members and friends,
Over the last couple of years, Senscot has produced a series of Briefings – 16 so far – exploring the contribution that social enterprises are making in important policy areas and social issues affecting our communities. The final Briefing of this year (19/20) will be looking at SEN members and other social enterprises that are delivering health & well-being outcomes through creative and cultural activities. A number of discussions have been taking place on this topic over recent months and we are now looking to delve a bit deeper to gain a better understanding of the work you are doing and who you are working with. To do so, we have prepared this short survey. We promise you it won’t take long to fill out. Thanks for your co-operation.
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Next Wednesday sees a significant Conference taking place in Edinburgh – Wealth of Nations 2.0: Building the conditions of wellbeing. The Conference – which sold out weeks ago – will explore how Scotland can accelerate the change required to build a wellbeing economy – and aims to mobilise sections of the community – business, finance, place, youth and faith groups – in establishing sector-specific clusters to champion institutional and corporate change across Scotland. Keynote speakers include Katherine Trebeck (Wellbeing Economy Alliance) and First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. See full programme and attendee list.
The Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) was established as part of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Archive Centre back in 2010. The Collection of documents and oral histories relating to the development of social enterprise in Scotland, including the papers of community enterprise pioneer John Pearce, has been set up to ensure that the legacy of such forerunners to social enterprise is preserved for future generations. In developing and promoting its work, the SE Collection is hosting two workshops – first, on Tuesday 21st January – and then again, on Tuesday 28th January. Both Workshops are being held at Glasgow Caley. To book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It has often been stated that the success of many third sector and civil society organisations could be measured by the fact that their services were no longer needed. Without knowing all the background, here is one such story from Norway.
RBS Social and Community Capital has recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and, on the back of this , has published its 20th Anniversary Impact Report – including case studies on a couple of well-known Scottish social enterprises – Crisis Counselling and Campbeltown Picture House. Something else from RBS that may be of interest to a good number of social enterprises is their Sustainability across the Public Sector Conference – being held on 4th Feb at Gogarburn. The event is free to attend.
Frontline News: 2020 is Scotland’s year of Coasts and Waters – and Scottish Govt has announced a new Coasts and Waters Community Fund. In July 2019, Senscot published our own Coasts and Waters Briefing; SoSEP has announced funding of over £140k towards supporting an area-based approach to growing social enterprises in Dumfries and Galloway. The funding will see recruitment of four SE specialists in the area. Fife SEN is hosting a workshop, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, on 17th Feb in Glenrothes. The theme of ‘ Workplace innovation: people-centred change for social enterprise organisations’ – and is free.
This week’s bulletin profiles an organisation, based in Edinburgh that is delivering a wide range of projects designed to help local people help themselves. The Ripple acts as community hub for the communities of service of Lochend, Restalrig and Craigentinny. The Ripple, established in 1996, operates a series of projects that have been designed to address specific issues faced by the local community – which includes its own monthly community newspaper, The Speaker, delivered free to 6500 local homes. At the heart of The Ripple’s activities is the Hub Grub Café – which they run in partnership with Edinburgh Community Food and the Cyrenian’s Fareshare Programme.