The last SEN Weekly Review of this year picks out some highlights from 2019. We kick off with our Report from the recent Community Wealth Building Conference which attracted over 140 delegates attend. Recent months have included a series of local gatherings across Scotland – identifying the Key Themes from frontline SEs to help shape and inform the next SE Action Plan. 2019 has also seen the emergence of new SENs in North Lanarkshire; Highlands; Arran and Angus. Over 900 SEs are now members or engaged with local SENs. However, work still remains to be done to achieve a consistent funding model that will genuinely ‘extend and strengthen’ local SENs across Scotland. Other highlights include: an Impact Evaluation of SENs; Senscot Briefings – on Community Cafés and SE and Heritage; a new Pockets and Prospects Programme for 2019 – also see 2018 Report; new SE Action Plans in Glasgow and Angus; Community Enterprise’s Map of our SE eco-system; and, of course, the SE Census 2019;Closer to home, P4P has continued to produce a series of blogs – as well as this Impact Report. Around 120 social enterprises and third sector orgs have benefitted from the services of Senscot Legal – see their series of blogs. 2020 will be another important year for SENs and their members with the new SE Action Plan due out in April – including the outcome of the current SE Review and how it will impact on frontline social enterprises.
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This week has seen the launch of another SE Academy Hub – this time in Wales – taking the number of SE Academy Hubs to over a dozen across the globe – from Australia, China and Pakistan to Zambia, Rwanda and Canada. The new Welsh SE Academy will be operated by Creating Enterprise, a subsidiary of Cartrefi Conwy Housing Association, and will work in partnership with the Wales Co-operative Centre delivering programmes across South Wales.
The number of assets in Scotland coming under community ownership continues to grow – according to new statistics recently released by Scottish Govt. As of December 2018, 593 assets (land or buildings) were now owned by 429 community groups – with 37 assets coming into community ownership during 2018 itself – seeing an increase of seven per cent on 2017. See further details.
This week sees P4P’s final blog of 2019 – where Neil Young discusses his recent study visit to Daegu, South Korea. Neil attended the 1st Daegu x Glasgow Social Economy International Forum alongside Duncan Thorp (SES) and Gary Meek (Glasgow Council on Alcohol). Read Neil’s account of his visit.
Frontline News: December Sport SEN Newsletter out this week – covering Scottish Govt’s consultation on Youth Justice; Cricket tackling social inclusion; and Projekt42’s plans for a community sports hub in Leith:
Glasgow City Council’s Co-operative and Social Enterprise Fund is now open to co-ops and social enterprises in the city. The Fund offering awards up to £15k has a closing date of 31st January 2020:
WLSEN has produced this interesting infographic – showing the reach and contribution of their members.
This week’s bulletin profiles a Glasgow-based organisation, set up in 1998, to address the under-representation of black and minority ethnic communities working in housing and other professions in Scotland. PATH (Scotland) has been providing high quality training and opportunities which are tailored to the needs of individuals – and enabling participants, when experience is gained, to compete effectively for employment within housing and other professions. PATH’s core activities include three-year traineeships in collaboration with Registered Social Landlords or Local Authority Housing Departments – as well its popular Leadership Programme. In spite of some challenges with funding, PATH continues to provide an increasingly important service both to our BME community as well as to employers throughout Scotland
Best wishes and hope everyone enjoys the festive break,