Dear members and friends,
As the Senscot Bulletin reaches a significant milestone with its 1000th edition – it’s only right to point out that the SEN Weekly Review is still a relative ‘nipper’. Now in its fourth iteration, this ‘newsletter’ was set up to have a specific focus on the work and activity of local and, later, thematic SENs and their members. It began as ‘Network News’ in 2006 – as SEN activity was in the early stages – as an additional paragraph or two in our main bulletin. By 2007, it evolved into ‘Networks 1st’ and became distinct and separate from the Senscot Bulletin. In 2013, it underwent another revamp – emerging as ‘The SENs’. And, more recently, in 2018, merging back in again with the Senscot Bulletin – and taking on its current name. Not wandering off script as much as our main bulletin, it will continue to promote the invaluable work and contribution of local and thematic SENs and their members in communities across Scotland. See brief overview of Senscot’s Story – so far!
NOTICES: We can’t flag all notices here, but more jobs, events and tenders available on our website.
P4P has been running a series of blogs over recent months covering a range of topics relevant to social enterprises and third sector organisations. Their latest blog comes from Just Enterprise’s Zahra Hedges, who writes about the launch of the new Just Enterprise programme. You may also want to sign up here for P4P’s next workshop on collaboration and tendering – taking place in Elgin on 7th November. The event is being run in partnership with TSI Moray.
The Cultural SEN is a member of Culture Counts – the collective voice for the cultural sector in Scotland – which seeks to collaborate with the sector to provide guidance to decision-makers in Government and Parliament about how to achieve sustainable development goals through culture. Their Useful Facts page gives some insight into the significant contribution being made by our cultural sector to Scottish society.
We have recently been made aware of the work of Workforce Scotland – set up to develop and support people – from the public, private and third sectors – engaged in the delivery of public services across Scotland. Recognising the complexity involved in tackling these issues alone – the need for effective collaboration is greater than ever. Workforce Scotland is holding a ‘taster session’ in Edinburgh later this year – that may be of interest to many in our sector. Here’s their booklet on Collective Leadership.
Frontline News: Zero Waste Scotland is hosting a series of events across Highlands and Islands (through October and November) to present their Deposit Return Scheme to island communities – see full details;
SE Action Plan Consultation events over next week or so: – Wednesday 23rd Oct in Sanquhar; Thursday 24th Oct in Edinburgh; and Friday 1st Nov in Castle Douglas. See links to sign up. See Emerging Themes to date;
This week’s bulletin profiles a new social enterprise based in Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders. Sea the Change looks to encourages the wider community to adopt new behaviours and attitudes that can create a healthier and more sustainable world. Through a series of events, activities and campaigns, they seek to engage and educate and encourage both children and adults to make small, but positive changes to raise environmental awareness through engagement and protection of the natural environment. Sea the Change’s impact is already being acknowledged via their listing as finalists in this year’s Borders Business Awards in both the Community Impact and Social Enterprise of the Year categories.