We are now inviting applications for this year’s Dragons Den at our SE Conference (25th/26th Nov) – from social or community enterprises looking to develop new services or products – or amend existing ones. The format remains the same – with folk ‘pitching’ their idea – and highlighting its intended impact. Closing date for entries is Friday 15th Nov (5pm) – 5 ‘pitches’ being selected to go before the Dragons. Our Programme is just about there (Delegate Packs available soon) – with the theme being ‘Community Wealth Building – the role for social and community enterprise’. Keynote speakers include Aileen Campbell (Cab Secretary); Neil McInroy (CEO, CLES); and Joe Cullinane (Leader, North Ayrshire Council). See background info on Community Wealth Building. Places filling up fast so, if you’d like to join us – see Registration Form
NOTICES: We can’t flag all notices here, but more jobs, events and tenders available on our website.
Further SE Action Plan Consultation events took place this week – in Dumfries & Galloway and in Edinburgh; 8 have now taken place – with 5 to follow – and a final session at our November Conference (see above). Trends emerging are fairly consistent: greater emphasis on channelling resources to a local level; greater transparency and communications on what/who gets funded; introduction of a direct investment programme; and, increasingly, opportunities for more peer-to-peer learning/support. All feedback will be shared with Govt as they draft the new Action Plan as well as a list of ‘Guiding Principles’ – to reflect how frontline organisations see the manner in which the Action Plan is delivered. See Emerging Themes.
Earlier this year, InspirAlba hosted an event in Oban at which the idea of forming a Rural SEN was agreed. Since then, InspirAlba has set up its Rural SE Hub – officially launched by Aileen Campbell (Cab Sec) in August. As part of this work and to build connections with SEs in other rural areas, a Community Learning Exchange to the Scottish Borders has been organised – providing an opportunity to learn and share the experience of SEs operating in rural areas with a particular focus on their involvement and success in developing employment opportunities for local young people. If you’d like to participate – see full details.
This year’s Social Enterprise World Forum took place this week in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. This is the 12th SEWF – all starting back in 2008 in Edinburgh. This year’s event will see a couple of dozen delegates from Scotland join colleagues from around the globe. You can see 2019 Programme details on SEWF Website.
One early session shared the findings of this survey on the ‘best place’ to be a social entrepreneur – with this report giving a bit more insight into the UK situation – including an honourable mention for Scotland.
This week’s bulletin profiles a Glasgow-based social enterprise – operating as a ‘pop-up’ restaurant that aims to provide employability opportunities in catering and hospitality for female refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow. Rise:Glasgow seeks to equip women with the skills and confidence they need to enter the workplace; empower them by giving them ownership in the direction of their training and in the production of food and menus; and enable them to integrate into their communities and join the workforce to support themselves and their families. Rise:Glasgow aims to act as a community hub, where people from every ethnicity, culture and background can find friendship, belonging and ownership by sharing in the making and eating of food.