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15 Aug 2014

            The time has come around for my cataract op – the most common surgical procedure in the whole NHS – 95% success rate – yet I’m scared.  Apparently you’re awake throughout (45 minutes); an incision is made in the cornea – cataract removed – new lens inserted.  My rational brain tells me its routine – to calm down – but older deeper instincts are fearful.

            75 paces from my front door – overlooking an old graveyard – is a wee museum; it houses some early Christian sculptured stones found around here – my favourite a 14 foot standing cross (late 7th century).  The room is unlocked – I pop in from time to time – spend 5 minutes with these ancient silent fragments – listen to their stories – Pictish, Anglian, Norman, Viking; they tell me everything is always changing – yet there is nothing new under the sun.  When I reframe the present in the sweep of the centuries – I get a better sense of proportion.

            While this bulletin goes out today (15th August) I expect to be attending the NHS Golden Jubilee Hospital, Clydebank (Please be prepared to stay with us up to six hours from your admission time.  We would advise you not to make any other arrangements on the day of your surgery).   I’ve been informed that a nurse will hold my hand during the operation – which is something I feel good about; someone attentive – with a grip of me – to help contain my fear.  She can also alert the surgeon if I start to lose it; hope I don’t make a fool of myself.     


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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 15th August 2014

Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities is a £1m Fund established with £500k of Scottish Government 2014 Legacy Funds and £500k from The Robertson Trust.  The overarching goal of the Fund is to support more sports social enterprises to be able to own and/or manage facilities and deliver sustainable services which meet the needs of their communities. Strand 2 of the Fund, which opened for applications on 11th August, offers sports social enterprises the opportunity to apply for up to £30,000 of support towards the direct costs of employing a Business Development Officer,  or similar post, with the aim of developing the organisation, its services and its financial sustainability through the adoption of a social enterprise model. See more.


Ready for Business published a study this week that gathered evidence relating to procurement spend on the third sector by a sample of five of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. This was a major piece of research that included the analysis of Council records relating to over 20,000 individual suppliers (including 2,217 third sector suppliers) that accounted for procurement spending of over £1bn. The evidence shows that the third sector is now a major supplier of goods and services to Scotland’s local authorities. Based on the evidence from selected Councils, the research suggests that the third sector accounts for around £1 in every £5...Read more
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