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24 Jun 2016

            Every day I leave stale bread on my bedroom windowsill – for several families of Jays, nurtured over the years; a ‘relationship’ has developed with the smallest, scrawniest one who stands and stares at me through the glass.  Sometimes, if there’s no bread, he taps on the window to tell me to get some – which I do because it’s so amazing.  Living alone, in the middle of nature, carries this risk of ‘going native’; as it gets warmer, my days increasingly respond to the needs of the garden – where I spend hours.

            Important for my pastoral tranquillity, is the absence of communication technology; I use email constantly, but no mobile, no texting – no connection with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.  I celebrate the existence of social media as a ‘commons’ – enabling the humblest to organise and challenge elite power; but it’s all too ‘agitated’ for me.  In a parallel world, last week, Microsoft paid 26 billion dollars for LinkedIn – giant corporations wrestling for control of all our data; but I don’t allow any of that into my head.

            In his poem ‘A Mistake’, Czeslaw Milosz reflects on how the inevitability of death can be seen to mock our daily lives; I like the hopeful ending: “But a paraplegic in my street whom they move together with his chair from shade into sunlight, sunlight into shade, looks at a cat, a leaf, the chrome steel of an auto, and mumbles to himself ‘Beau temps, beau temps’.”  I aspire to be like that blessed person – easily in touch with the wonders of the mundane.



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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 24th June 2016

Renfrewshire SEN is one of the most recently established SENs - on the go for a year now. Renfrewshire SEN and its members receive support from the local Third Sector Interface, Engage Renfrewshire that provides a range of one to one support and development as well as levering in support from national SE support providers including Just Enterprise, COSS, Firstport, Senscot and Senscot Legal.  The SEN now has 25 active members working across a wide range of issues including fuel poverty, education, community engagement and employability. This week it launched a short video produced by one of the members, Create Paisley, see the video here.


Great to see this new and almost unique fund from Comic Relief being launched this week. The Core Fund programme is for smaller organisations working across four programme areas  which are Investing in children and young people to be ready for the future; Empowering women and girls to be free to lead the lives they choose; Improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged people;  Building stronger communities in areas of disadvantage, deprivation and poverty. Grants will be up to £20,000 for each of two years (maximum grant of £40,000). Applications close midday on 27th July.


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