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ScrapAntics is creating a giant whale sculpture from recycled materials involving local school children, to raise awareness of plastic pollution and sustainability for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). As you can imagine we are really keen to raise awareness and build public interest, before the project culminates in a public reveal of the sculpture later in the year. ScrapAntics Press Release.pdf  

SENScot, last week, joined around 170 other delegates in participating in Scottish Govt’s 25th National Economic Forum (NEF) – which took place virtually. The NEF is an event at which senior figures from across business, the third sector, trade unions, government and the wider public sector meet to debate how to grow Scotland's economy. First Minster, Nicola Sturgeon, introduced the event – stressing the importance of a partnership approach to recovery – with a focus on working across Govt and with all stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors. John Swinney (Cabinet Secretary for the Covid Recovery) spoke of the key role the social economy and social enterprise, in particular, has to play - as critical partners in supporting our people and places and having a decisive impact on fair employment and the wellbeing of our citizens. SENScot Director, Pauline Gordon provides this short report.

Upshot Training Session

We recently had Lin Wilson of Upshot at a members meeting. Upshot is an online system which helps funders and deliverers across the third sector better manage their data, improve performance, track progress, and report against outcomes - all with the aim of evaluating their impact.  Upshot is run by a non-profit social enterprise - Upshot Systems CIC.

The system was initially launched in 2012 by The Football Foundation. The Foundation initially built the system based on their own needs and understanding of the sector and decided to make it available to other organisations around the world through a social enterprise model. After eight years of growth, they were big enough to branch out and become a wholly independent Community Interest Company.

You can view Lin's presentation here.

Investing in Enterprise Fund with Ian Knox

The Social Investment team were established in 2012 with a £15 million endowment from the Big Lottery to support social enterprise in Scotland covering 13 geographical areas.  (Dundee and Fife are covered but NOT Angus and Perthshire).

Over £11 million has already been invested to provide critical support in disadvantaged areas.

£10,000 to £500,000 is available in a blend of loan and grant.  Releasing funds can take up to 3 months so not generally a quick turnaround although the team will try to take circumstances into account.

If you are interested in applying for your Organisation make contact first to allow the team to check eligibility and then an application form will be sent onto you.

Ian Knox

You can view Ian's presentation here Social Investment Workshop

DSEN recently ran a virtual session with input from DSEN member Hillcrest Homes and Scottish Federation of Housing Association. The session covered the SFHA Social Value Toolkit and how it works. The attached report may be of interest to all the members who attended the session and demonstrates the impact that a £4000 award to DSEN from the Supporting Communities Fund (via Hillcrest) which was then distributed to four of our DSEN sports hub members and the amazing impact the project had on those participating, resulting in a value of over £220,000 back into the community.

The results speak for themselves and reflect the strength of the work carried out by the members involved – Dundee United Community Trust, Fairfield Sports Club, Dundee East Community Sports Club and Dundee West Sports Hub.

Thanks to all who participated and delivered the sessions and thanks again to Nick from Hillcrest and Michael from SFHA who took time out to speak to our members about the value of this measurement tool.

Read the full report here 

ScrapAntics are looking for staff for the community play they do. The closing date for the positions in Friday 18 June 2021.   See job specs below.

Community Engagement Play Worker

Sessional Play Worker

Great news this week that Community Learning Exchanges (CLEs) have been funded for another year. All SENs and their members can access these fully funded CLE visits via SENScot – last year they were only available virtually but this year opening back up to face to face visits – obviously following existing COVID restrictions.

All details including application forms and guidance can be found in this link, Scottish Community Alliance