Engage Daily Update - 05 August
Engage Daily Update - 05 August

Engage Daily Update - 05 August


Social Enterprise Start-Up

Interested in starting your own Social Enterprise, check out the range of free courses on offer to assist you with the start of your Journey!

Online Learning – Start-Up Social Enterprises / Social Entrepreneurs

Social Enterprise Toolkit Sessions - Running a successful social enterprise means having the right ‘back-office’ structures and systems in place. The Social Enterprise Toolkit covers all the essentials you need to know. There are sessions taking place in August.  Full details can be found here.

If you’re unable to attend daytime workshops then the Just Enterprise Steps to Start-Up programme is ideal for you.  This online course is designed for new start social entrepreneurs.  There are eight modules for you to complete at your own pace (total time commitment is 8 hours).  Topics include how to: test your idea, design your business model, successfully launch your new social enterprise. Places on the course are fully funded (therefore no cost to participants).  There’s also a short video about the course on the Just Enterprise webpage.  Booking details can be found here.

  • The Engage Renfrewshire Training Calendar has links to other sources of training and support for new start social enterprises. 
  • Just Enterprise - Subscribe to Just Enterprise and be the first find out about Start-Up training and support.
  • Community Enterprise has produced The Social Enterprise Ecosystem Map which provides an overview of support available to social enterprises.  Scroll to end of document to view the full directory of support providers.

Looking to enhance, develop and sustain your SE? Then register on the free w/shops below to give you the best start!

Contact RenSEN

If you want to find out more about Renfrewshire Social Enterprise Network (RenSEN), please do not hesitate to contact us:

  • Iain Cunningham, Third Sector Development Officer, Engage Renfrewshire
  • Tania Morlan, Social Enterprise Officer, Renfrewshire Council.


Support for Organisations

Request for help to recruit interviewees for research on COVID-19 mutual aid groups in Scotland
The University of Glasgow is working on a research project on the role of COVID-19 mutual aid groups as a community response in mitigating everyday life challenges emerging under a pandemic situation. They are looking to speak to 3 or 4 people who have been involved in organising and/or volunteering with a COVID-19 mutual aid group. The group must have been set up, or significantly altered its focus and activities, in response to the pandemic, as opposed to a foodbank or similar worthy cause that continued normal operations following the onset of the pandemic.  Find out more and contact them here



Grants Available for Capital Projects Benefiting Disadvantaged People 
The Clothworkers Foundation awards grants to charities and other not for profit organisations (including special schools) to support capital projects that support disadvantaged sections of the community. This can include the purchase or renovation of buildings and the purchase of equipment and vehicles. To be eligible the projects must fit within one or more of the Foundation’s specified programme areas. This includes alcohol & substance misuse; disadvantaged minority communities; disadvantaged young people; domestic & sexual abuse; homelessness; domestic & sexual abuse; and older people. 

Foundation Scotland - Clubs in Crisis Fund
The Clubs in Crisis Fund from Made by Sport supports sports clubs and organisations delivering sport for development that have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a national fund being delivered locally by community foundations across the UK. Foundation Scotland is distributing all funding across Scotland. The fund aims to support sports clubs and youth organisations that deliver sport for development to recover from the pandemic's impact, and continue their work to achieve social outcomes through sport. Specifically, the fund is looking to support clubs and organisations that intentionally deliver wider social outcomes through sport. These outcomes must fall into one or more of the following categories: - Developing Life Skills - Improving Mental Health - Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour - Developing Employability Skills - Building Stronger Communities Funding is unrestricted but should clearly meet the criteria of delivering sport for development for young people. All funding must be spent by successful applicants between 1st October and 31st December 2021. Next deadline: 30th August 2021

The Fore Trust
The Fore offers development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. It makes unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. For example enabling your organisation to take a step forward in its development or giving you the chance to do something you couldn’t before. It will also match successful applicants with friendly professional support including ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance.

The Community Ownership Fund supports community and voluntary groups to protect and take over local assets, amenities and services that are of value to the community and are at risk of being lost.
The aims of the fund are to: save local assets through targeted investment,: strengthen the capacity of communities to shape places and develop sustainable community businesses; empower communities in ”left behind places” to “level up”; strengthen direct links between places and the UK government.  The total fund is £150 million over 2021-25 across the four UK nations.  A minimum of £12.3 million will be allocated to projects in Scotland.
The prospectus, full guidance document and forms for applicants can be found here



Would you like the opportunity to develop your experience in the community sector?

Can you support our Music Broth aims to build an inclusive musical community across Scotland?

We’re looking for new people to join our Music Broth Board of Trustees. For all details and application documents please visit:
Deadline 12 noon Mon 16th August 2021.

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