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21 Nov 2014

            I suffer from a recurring urge to give myself a hard time; lately I’ve been feeling stupid and clumsy and increasingly despondent; it’s time to snap out of it so I’m down on the Costa del Sol for 10 days wilful pampering. It’s off-season – many of my usual haunts are closed – but have found internet deal for Gran Hotel Elba, Estepona – out of the way – but 5 star service for 4 star prices. My deal includes a room on the beach – with balcony facing the med. Eastward, the sun rises around 7.30; westward, the Rock of Gibraltar; the timeless soothing wash of surf. Everything around me is clean and cared for; the breakfast buffet would win prizes (14 types of fresh fruit); and most pleasing of all – the skeleton winter staff have beautiful manners and smiles - and so far service includes daily sunshine.

           In case I felt stranded, I hired a wee car but reading, scribbling and strolling the water’s edge keeps me close to basecamp. On the beach west of here – no one wears any clothes! (there should be a sign!). So I trudge east for 20 minutes – to a wee snack bar run by gorgeous young Gloria. She must have a granddad she loves – she treats me so kindly.

           The economy here is suffering – Gloria doesn’t do much business – but this remote backwater was just right for me this week. I feel slower and calmer – sleeping better and longer; beginning to catch glimpses again of that peace – beyond fear and hope – which old people reach for.        


 Very early in the life of Senscot – our board made an inspired decision, that we would never get big;...Read more

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 21st November 2014

Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) has now produced its second Impact Report on Scotland’s 32 Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs). To remind you - TSIs have four primary functions: Developing volunteering; Supporting and developing voluntary and community organisations; Building the third sector relationship with Community Planning; and Supporting social enterprise. The Report, in particular, highlights challenges faced by TSIs in being seen as equal partners within the community planning process. For many within the SE community, challenges also remain in getting informed and consistent support through TSIs via their ‘Supporting social enterprise’ function. As last week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh showed and the current consultation on a SE Strategy for Scotland is also showing, many SEs feel this issue still remains to be resolved. See more.


See presentations from the workshops at last week’s SE Conference and Ceilidh. You can also view a summary of tweets from the event on Storify.


A workshop for potential bidders for the Third Sector National Employability Challenge Fund has been arranged for next Wed - 26th November 2014. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together potential bidders and provide information on the background to this European Social Fund supported fund. Eligible target groups and activity will be supported in the process of  making applications. See more.


West Lothian SEN met this week at Almond Valley Heritage Centre. ...Read more
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