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21 Apr 2017



Good Friday; this morning, Jet 2 alone has six full flights out of Edinburgh – security hall is bedlam. Our Malaga flight carries a dozen ‘gals’ – black tee shirts with gold lettering: “Mona’s Hen Do – Marbella 17”; party time. When I was that age, in the 1960s, Europe was still remote; I know we’re burnin’ the planet – but it’s great what the EU and cheapo flights have brought within reach of ordinary punters.

            Once again, I`m dazzled by the heat and light of April sunshine in Andalucia – life enhancing. It’s not surprising that 300,000 UK citizens now officially reside in Spain – over a third of them claiming the UK pension. It’s for the 'oldies' I feel most sympathy midst the Brexit turbulence – their looming healthcare uncertainty. At present, 75,000 seniors registered with Spanish doctors are paid for by the UK; but if we leave the European Economic Area – this reciprocal arrangement will cease; skint oldies heading home? I really hope we don’t abandon freedom of movement with continental Europe; like turning the clock back.

            Wednesday afternoon sunshine – ten of us in Pepe’s beach restaurant (chiringuito); joyful children scamper to and from the sea. This is a mixture of family and friends – all living here; I listen to their 'snap election' reactions - Brexit options. Colin, next to me, has been here eight years – he’s a graphic artist – smart; when I ask what brought him to Spain, he, wordless, points to the sky; we both look to the high, blue, shimmering heavens; ‘nuff said.

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The SENs is the name Senscot gives to our work with Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) - both thematic and geographical. SENs provide members with opportunities for peer support, collective action and market development. The vision is of a growing community of 500 frontline social enterprises across Scotland - connected and energised through a network of Networks.


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The SENs: Friday 28th April 2017

Wednesday evening saw a gathering at the Glad Café in Glasgow to celebrate the ‘incorporation’ of Glasgow SEN (GSEN) as an independent organisation. Supported by CEiS for several years, GSEN is now ‘flying solo’. Over 70 folk heard Betty Elliot (Chair), Will Tyler- Greig (Scottish Govt TSD) and Rachel Smillie (Glad Café) acknowledge the many contributions made in getting GSEN to this point as well as what the future holds for SE support in Glasgow. GSEN has already made a significant mark - attracting over 130 members; building links across the public, private and third sectors in the city; as well as promoting Glasgow social enterprises across a variety of local, national and international markets. Further exciting plans will be announced shortly. We’d like to pass on our congratulations from everyone at Senscot.

 

At Senscot, our ability to effectively communicate the work of SEN members is important to us, and we’re always looking for new ways in which to increase members’ visibility. Accordingly, we have introduced a series of thematic hashtags for Twitter that will help collate relevant tweets, news and media for members. #HealthSEN, #FoodSEN, #CultureSEN, #SportSEN and #EmploySEN can now be used to promote your activities in these thematic areas on Twitter. As the number of tweets with these hashtags builds up, they should become a valuable resource for members,...Read more
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