Dear members and friends,
Our Conference takes place at the Westerwood Hotel on Monday and Tuesday. Over 140 delegates have signed up for the event that is jointly hosted by Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance. The theme of the Conference is ‘Community Wealth Building – the Role for Community and Social Enterprise’. In addition to looking specifically at the model of community wealth building, there will be a series of workshop; our usual Dragons’ Den – plus sessions on the Pockets and Prospects Programme and the new SE Action Plan – due out in April 2020. Over and above the specific content, this event is as much about bring together people engaged with frontline social enterprise to share their experiences and to build new connections. This is the 14th running of this event since its was first held at New Lanark back in 2005. The SE landscape in Scotland has clearly gone through considerable change since then and it’s great to welcome so many new faces but, equally important, to welcome back so many of the ‘old guard’.
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Over recent months, Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance have been facilitating, with local partners, a series of local consultations with a view to informing and shaping the next SE Action Plan. By the end of this month, 15 events will have taken place – involving over 500 participants. See some Emerging Themes. In addition to these local consultations, Social Value Lab, on behalf of Scottish Govt, has circulated this survey – seeking the views of our SE community. Closing date is next Friday – 29th Nov.
CommonHealth was a five-year research project – led by the Yunus Centre at Glasgow Caley – which sought to develop methods to evaluate new pathways to health creation and health inequalities reduction arising from community-based social enterprises in Scotland. This Study in Health Promotion International ,by Dr Fiona Henderson of Glasgow Caley, is part of CommonHealth’s ongoing work – and highlights the impact of numerous SEN members on older people’s health and wellbeing.
Last week’s Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) Conference saw the publication of their new report, “Local Solutions to the Global Climate Emergency”. The report highlights how CRNS members are providing important local responses to the urgent climate emergency – not just environmentally but also through social, economic and community benefits as well. They have also shared four videos spotlighting the work of their members.
CFINE – SE of the Year 2019 – yesterday launched its ‘Best Start and Smile Community Food Pantry’ -providing access to fresh and healthy food – with a particular focus on improving oral health;
This week’s bulletin profile one of the largest, award winning community arts organisations in Scotland based in North Lanarkshire. SoundSational Community Music was established in 2010 with the aim of bringing people together through music, creating community cohesion and keeping costs low, making music accessible to all. In addition to its award-winning choir, SoundSational also provides subsidised 1-2-1 music tuition and a specialised music and well- being programme delivered across education, the NHS and corporate fields. Whilst their door is open to anyone – they are also looking to perform to a high standard. This has been reflected in regular performances on radio and television.