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RenSEN Newsletter - 23 January


Social Enterprise News

  • Social Shifters – has launched a new website.  You can now continue to access their range of business support resources without the need to log-in.  Take a look at their online learning tools here.
  • Scottish Third Sector Tracker – ‘The Scottish Third Sector Tracker is a growing research community made up of representatives from third sector organisations based across the whole of Scotland, who are willing to share their experiences, views and concerns as the sector faces both new and ongoing challenges… Those involved in the running of a third sector organisation operating in Scotland are invited to represent their organisation as a member of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker’ (extract from SCVO website).  Click on the hyperlink to find out more about the ‘state-of-the-sector’ in 2023.
  • Scottish Community Link Worker Network – Has produced a report on mapping Community Link Workers across Scotland.  For more information visit the Network’s website (see hyperlink).
  • Analysis on volunteering in the charity sector - Volunteer Scotland has analysed the volunteering questions from OSCR’s charity surveys in 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022 to provide new evidence on volunteering in the charity sector.  You can read their analysis here.

RenSEN – Renfrewshire’s Social Enterprise Network

We’re working on a programme of RenSEN events for 2024 and will share dates with you soon. 

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for content or guest speakers just let us know by emailing Iain Cunningham or Tania Morlan

 

Dates for your diary

Spotlight on…Fundraising skills

Social Enterprise Learning Webinars - For social enterprises at all stages

Enhancing Digital Skills

24 January – Planning and scheduling online content (online / Business Gateway)

31 January – Facebook for business (online / Business Gateway)

01 February – Introducing AI to your social enterprise (online / Just Enterprise)

07 February – Digital Marketing (online / Just Enterprise)

21 March – Effective use of social media (online / Business Gateway)

Online resources

Third Sector Lab – provide digital training to third sector organisations.  You can subscribe to receive their training updates here.

Social media for business (online tutorial / Business Gateway)

Producing engaging digital content (online tutorial / Business Gateway)

Digital marketing strategy (online tutorial / Business Gateway)

Digital Strategy – Watch-again webinar from Third Sector Lab

Cyber resilience and practical tips – online resource from ACOSVO

AI for charity communications – Watch-again video from Third Sector Lab

Choosing cloud services – A watch again video from Third Sector Lab

Cloud essentials 101 – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab

Google Ads for non-profits – A 3-part video from Third Sector Lab

A digital strategy – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab

Social Media strategy – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab

Getting the most out of Instagram – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab

An introduction to Looker Studio – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab

An introduction to Looker Studio (a free data visualisation tool) – Online guide from Business Gateway

Creating graphics using Canva – A watch-again video from Third Sector Lab

 

Governance & Leadership

30 January – Introduction to being a Board Member (online / Culture and Business Scotland)

08 May – Guide to good governance: Effective Board meetings (online / SCVO) Fees apply

22 May – Guide to good governance: Board and Staff Relationships (online / SCVO)  Fees apply

Online resources

 

Social Enterprise Essentials

31 January  – Writing a successful funding application (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply

06 and 07 February  – Getting started with fundraising (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply

07 February – Emergency first aid at work (in-person/Edinburgh / SCVO) Fees apply

22 February – Budgeting for your organisation (online / Just Enterprise)

27 February – Strategic planning for social enterprises (online / Just Enterprise)

28 February  – Introduction to Safeguarding (online / SCVO) Fees apply

05 and 06 March – Developing a fundraising strategy (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply

06 and 07 March – Introduction to equity diversity and inclusion within charities (online / SCVO) Fees apply

08 March – Build a customer focused business (online / Business Gateway)

12 March – Social enterprise legal structures (online / Just Enterprise)

13 March – Budgeting for your organisation (online / Just Enterprise)

14 March – Making a good grant application (online / Just Enterprise)

20 March – Writing a successful funding application (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply

28 March – Strategic planning for social enterprises (online / Just Enterprise)

Online resources

 

Volunteering - Online resources

 

Business Planning

05 February – How to write and develop your business plan

20 March – How to write and develop your business plan

Online resources

 

Monitoring and Evaluation

19 February  – Plan, measure and report social impact (online / SCVO) Fees apply

Online resources

Impact Measurement – A watch-again recording from Third Sector Lab

Monitoring Wellbeing – (PDF) A learning insight from The National Lottery Community Fund

 

Income Generation / Procurement

24 January  – Finding new customers and making more sales (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply

01 – 02 February– Building trading income (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply

07 February – How to generate and increase sales (online / Business Gateway)

08 February – Establishing a trading subsidiary (online / Just Enterprise)

27 February and 06 March  – How to win contracts and service level agreements (online / SCVO) Fees apply

27 February – Working with the Public Sector: All you need to know (online / Supplier Development Programme)

29 February – Introduction to e-commerce (online / Just Enterprise)

06 March– How to find and bid for opportunities using Public Contract Scotland (PCS) (online / Supplier Development Scotland)

14 and 21 March – How to win contracts and service level agreements (online / SCVO) Fees apply

15 March – How to generate and increase sales (online / Business Gateway)

20 March – Charitable Trading (online / Just Enterprise)

24 April  – Finding new customers and making more sales (online / School for Social Entrepreneurs) Fees apply

 

Business Finance

 

Social Enterprise – Online Learning

If you’re not available to attend workshops and webinars during the daytime, then the following e-learning opportunities may be of interest.  The following courses can be undertaken at your own pace and at a time to suit you!

  • E-learning for established social enterprises - Online learning at your own pace from Just Enterprise.  Complete at your own pace (over an 8-week period).  Programmes include: ‘Measuring Social Impact’ and ‘Tendering for Contracts’.  Full details can be found here.
  • E-learning for Leaders / Exploring My Leadership – The aim of this self-directed Just Enterprise programme is to support those in leadership roles within organisations to develop their leadership skills and better understand their leadership style.  The cost of the course is free to participants.
  • E-learning for Trustees / SCOPE – The SCOPE e-learning platform is designed specifically for trustees, volunteers and staff of voluntary organisations and aims to provide the ‘knowledge and skills you need to run your small voluntary organisation’.  The platform allows you to learn at your own pace.  There are five e-modules available with each module taking between 40 to 80minutes to complete.  Full details can be found on SCVO’s website
  • Developing leadership practice in voluntary organisations – This is a free self-directed learning course offered by the Open University.  Full details can be found here

 

Starting a social enterprise? – Learning webinars for Start-ups

30 January – Introduction to business planning (online / Just Enterprise)

22 February – Finance workshop for start-ups (in-person Glasgow / Just Enterprise)

22 February – Cashflow tutorial for start-ups (in-person Glasgow / Just Enterprise)

06 March – Start-up Tutorial: Identifying partners and stakeholders for your social enterprise (online / Just Enterprise)

12 March – Start-up Workshop: Legal structures for social enterprises (online / Just Enterprise)

20 March – Tutorial: Board skills audit (online / Just Enterprise)

Online resources

  • Firstport Start-up Support – Looking for advice to start your social enterprise? Check out Firstport support programmes or take the Firstport Impact Quiz to find out where to start.
  • E-learning for start-ups / Steps to Start-Up programme – This online Just Enterprise course is aimed at start-up 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.

Online resources…Staff development

 

Online resources…Carbon Reduction / Net Zero

Online resources…Greenspaces

 

Online resources - Working with Communities

 

Social Enterprise…Other sources of funding

  • Community Ownership Fund – To watch a webinar recording about the recent changes to the Community Ownership Fund, click here.
  • Community Heat Development Programme - This is Scottish Government funded initiative
  • Social Investment – Find out whether your organisation is ready for social investment via this online readiness checker from Social Investment Scotland
  • Accelerate – Launched by Community Enterprise, this programme provides ‘free business and organisational support targeted at third sector organisations and community groups who are not trading’.  Click on the hyperlink to submit an expression of interest 
  • Catalyst Fund – The Catalyst Fund is a joint venture between Firstport and Social Enterprise Scotland and offers loans starting at £50,000 to support ambitious social enterprises to start and scale their businesses through social investment.  You can find more information here
  • Growth Impact Fund – Partners Big Issue and Unltd have created this fund to support business and entrepreneurs to grow their impact and sales.
  • Inclusive Programme - CEIS and Interface have come together in a unique partnership to deliver their ‘Inclusive Programme’ to support societal and environmental change through third sector organisations.  You can find out more via the hyperlink
  • Interface – Connects organisations to academics.  Website also includes information on funding streams which support innovation
  • Investing in Enterprise Fund – This programme is delivered by Foundation Scotland and offers a blend of grant and loan investment 
  • Social Enterprise Net Zero Transition Fund – is designed to support social enterprises and the wider third sector to make the transition to carbon net zero.  Full details can be found via the above hyperlink
  • Social Investment Scotland – Offering social investment from £10k to £1.5m.
  • Social Investment Readiness Checker
  • Community Shares Scotland – Support to develop community business.  Find out how community members can buy shares in enterprises providing goods / services which meet their needs
  • Creative Scotland – Grant fund programmes
  • Social Enterprise Scotland’s – Check the Social Investment and Funding webpage
  • Funding Scotland – Search the database for current funding opportunities
  • Foundation Scotland – Search their  online funding hub
  • Let’s Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund – Grant funding up to 80% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £80,000 to help community organisations reduce their building energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Firstport – Funding for social enterprise start-ups.  Want to know more? Take a look at their FAQ

 

Social Enterprise…Sources of Support

  • Search this social enterprise support map to find support relevant to your needs or specific geographic area
  • 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
  • SCVO – The full training programme of free and fee-based webinars can be viewed here
  • 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
  • SCVO Good Governance Checklist – Want to improve your organisation’s governance? SCVO’s Good Governance Check-up will show you how.  Watch this webinar (recorded as part of Trustees Week 2021) to find out more 
  • SCOPE – The SCOPE e-learning platform is designed specifically for trustees, volunteers and staff of voluntary organisations and aims to provide the ‘knowledge and skills you need to run your small voluntary organisation’.  The platform allows you to learn at your own pace.  There are five e-modules available with each module taking between 40 to 80minutes to complete.  Full details can be found on SCVO’s website
  • Exploring My Leadership – This self-directed learning programme has been developed by Just Enterprise.  The aim of the programme is to support those in leadership roles within organisations to develop their leadership skills and better understand their leadership style.  The cost of the course is free to participants
  • OSCR – The OSCR website has a range of online resources such as this PDF on Guidance and Good Practice for Charity Trustees
  • Introductory Guides – Topics include Committees, holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM), Constitutions etc. can be found on the Engage Renfrewshire website under ‘Toolkits and Guides’.
  • Third Sector Lab – Provide digital training to third sector organisations. 

 

Social Enterprise…Thematic Networks and Forums

 

Business Essentials / Signposting

  • HR Support
  • Payroll, Accountancy and Bookkeeping – Engage Renfrewshire’s Finance Team provide financial support services.
  • Procurement Advice – Supplier Development Programme (SDP) support for social enterprises includes access to free learning webinars and online resources. 
  • Collaboration – Try this online resource - ‘Collaboration Toolkit’ - which is available to download here.
  • Governance - The recording of OSCR’s webinar on ‘Updating Your Governance’ is now available on YouTube
  • Looking for Premises? – If you are looking for meeting space or a regular hall let then check out this Premises Directory.  It details diverse and accessible voluntary sector venues available for hire / let across Renfrewshire.
  • Engage Renfrewshire TeamWho’s who in Engage Renfrewshire

 

Community Benefits

ENVA have awarded the Financial benefit of £1000 to Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company.


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