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29 Apr 2016

            Funeral recently of old golfing friend from the 1970s – he was 84 – I’ll call him Bob.  When Bob was in his sixties – kids up and away – his wife died of cancer and he didn’t cope well.  Drank too much – let his clothes and appearance go – even walked with a stoop.  His children tried to get someone to tend the house – cook his meals – but he wasn’t interested.  Remember thinking that his life had lost any meaning – that he wouldn’t linger long.

            The next talk was that Bob had a new woman living with him – of whom the children disapproved; Alice was about 10 years younger with a grown family of her own.  It wasn’t until a trip to Spain – the coincidence of a week in the same hotel – that I got to know them as a couple; he was a property developer – she a teacher – I wondered how their two worlds connected.

            Their love for each other was immediately obvious that week – didn’t seem to mind me being around.  They both spoke of how Alice had introduced Bob to poetry; that of an evening at home, in front of the fire, she would read to him from the works of Philip Larkin, Norman McCaig and Shakespeare of course, the great soliloquies.  He had never read a poem before Alice – and now this whole new world.  That was my thought at the funeral – that not only did Bob find meaning to live another twenty years – but he did so as a quite different person.

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The SENs: Friday 29th April 2016

In July, the Homeless World Cup (HWC) will be taking place in George Square in Glasgow (10th-16th). Senscot is delighted to be working in partnership with HWC, to host a series of workshops showcasing sport social enterprises and other community-based sports organisations. The workshops will focus on the contribution they make to local communities – not just in the area of sport but also on their wider social impact they bring. This programme will run alongside a series of seminars hosted by HWC – both being held in Glasgow City Chambers – during the week of the tournament.  The series of workshops will include contributions from a number of Sport SEN members and other key stakeholders. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Mary (our Health SEN Co-ordinator) attended yesterday’s Scottish Community Alliance Members’ meeting in Edinburgh. Agenda items included the ‘Vision for a Stronger Community Sector’ – with a discussion that included Yvonne Strachan (Head of Third Sector Division at Scottish Govt). It was acknowledged that much of the content in the Community Vision document resonates with where Scottish Govt wishes to go with community empowerment. Yvonne also encouraged further linkage with the SE community and exploring the common ground that exists with the Community Vision and the SE Vision 2025 document with which Senscot has been involved. Hopefully,...Read more
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