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Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the July newsletter.  
I hope you are enjoying the typically unreliable Scottish Summer!

Best wishes,

SE Sports Co-ordinator
Tel: 0141 332 8084
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Street Fit Scotland, one of our Sport SEN members have launched free fitness session for people experiencing homelessness. Held to dance music, Street Fit Scotland’s classes run in the Meadows in Edinburgh on Wednesday evenings, attracting up to 30 people to every session. Read more of this amazing story here News.

Stramash, Social enterprise Stramash offers children the chance to learn and have fun in the great outdoors Based in Argyll on the rural west coast, the Stramash team offers outdoor nurseries for two- to five-year-olds, and a wide range of outdoor learning courses for schools right across Scotland who have spent most of their education cooped up inside the classroom. Read the full article here Big issue news

Patrick Thistle Community Trust, well done to PTCT being awarded the Scottish FA & McDonald’s Regional Award Winner in the category of: Best Disability Project (Frame Football).

The Social Enterprise Code, SE Code has been accepted as the benchmark by which social enterprises in Scotland recognise each other. This being recognised in both the SE Strategy (2016-26) and as the core criteria for the SE Census 2017. Other ‘structures’, whilst not social enterprises, also make an important contribution within a ‘wider movement’. These ‘socially responsible businesses’ include some CICs Ltd by shares as well as other mission-led organisations.

Garioch Sports Centre hosted a fantastic Community Learning Exchange on 5th July in Inverurie. I went along with a few of our Sport SEN members to hear about their excellent community sports programmes, including walking football, footgolf and a host of activities for young people and families. The Garioch team also highlighted their ambitious plans for a building expansion, which would make the centre one of the biggest sports amenities in Scotland. Thanks to everyone who made it along and particular thanks to Kevin Bonarius, who facilitated the visit and provided an informative presentation on their plans for the future. Garioch Sports Centre.



Postcode Community Trust provides grants for charities, voluntary organisations, CICs, and social enterprises working on projects that benefit communities through grass-roots sports, arts and recreation programmes and healthy living initiatives that improve a community's physical and mental health. Grants of £500 to £20k are available. The fund opens on August 1st, and has a deadline of August 18th. Full details here Postcode Community Trust.

Funding for Indoor Tennis Courts. The initiative aims to increase the number of people playing tennis in Scotland by doubling the number of indoor tennis courts as a long-term goal and is the largest capital investment programme in the sport’s history in Scotland.

Communities who express interest should then collaborate with local partners to put together strong, joined up bids which demonstrate their plans to bring tennis to a wider local audience. Full article here Sportfirst.Sportscotland.

The Third Sector Investment Fund, re-launched this month, invests between £150,000 and £3 million in charities and social enterprises across the UK.  The Fund can support organisations across all social sectors, focused on improving the economic and social well-being of individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. More here Third Sector Investment Fund.

Scottish Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI) targets support at unemployed young people to enable them to obtain and remain in sustainable employment (including Modern Apprentices). It offers employers up to £4,000 when their company commits to a new job or new MA, as a contribution toward the additional costs of recruiting and sustaining a young person during their first 52 weeks of sustainable employment.  As a national minimum, it is expected that 25% of places will support young people who are care leavers, carers, an ex-offender or disabled. Full information here Scottish Employer Recruitment Incentive.


Community Learning Exchange

Community Learning Exchange Senscot and Social Firms Scotland  are holding a Sport and Employability CLE, hosted by Showcase The Street on 10th August in Dundee. The Community Learning Exchange is funded by Scottish Community Alliance.
A visit to Showcase The Street will provide participants with the opportunity to learn from their approach, apply this to their own activities and communicate this to a broader audience. Key learning for participants will include:
  • Improved knowledge of running physical activity programmes through a social enterprise model
  • Increased understanding of delivering and evidencing successful employability outcomes via sports and physical activity
  • Increased knowledge of developing a sustainable facility
Please register your interest here Showcase The Street Tickets

We are always looking to establish more learning exchanges;
  •  Is there an overarching theme or project you would like to visit?
  • Is there a local authority area that you’re interested in?
  • Is there a particular social enterprise that you would like to learn more from?
If so, please let me know and we can explore options. Contact Alan.



The Partnership for Procurement Hub (P4P) is hosting a dedicated Social Enterprise Zone at the 'Meet the Buyer' event in Glasgow on 28th September.  Meet the Buyer is the largest free procurement event in Scotland with public sector, private contractors and business support providers all exhibiting.  The event connects the supplier community with buyers across the public sector. For more information, Contact Senscot Yvonne or George.

The Festival of Social Enterprise a 2-day event from Edinburgh Social Enterprise, showcases high quality goods/ services from some of Edinburgh’s 260 social enterprises.  The exciting programme includes live music and performance events, art exhibition and installations, storytelling, book readings, kid’s activities and a family ceilidh each afternoon.  2nd/3rd August, Princes Street Gardens. More here Social in the Garden.

Joint Thematic Meeting Sport & Health. The Scottish Government is currently developing a National Diet & Obesity Strategy. This is an area that a number of social enterprises expressed an interest in earlier this year, either to share experience, learn or look at opportunities for joint working. The meeting will be held in Edinburgh 22nd Aug (Venue tbc). It would be great to have Sport SEN members come along. If you are interested please register here Joint Thematic.

Accessible Tennis, invites you to come along and try out tennis Mon 31st July at Knightswood Park Tennis Courts, Chaplet Avenue Glasgow. You can register in advance or just turn up on the day. All equipment provided. Organised in partnership with The Tennis Recovery Group and Phoenix Futures. Register here Summertime Slam Tickets.

DTAS Conference 2017, two-day annual Development Trust Association Scotland conference including site visits, speed networking, masterclasses and seminars. 3 & 4 Sep, Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld. Booking here Conference.



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