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ESE news  - 2nd February

Welcome to Edinburgh Social Enterprise news!

We're over the January hump and ready for a fun February in the world of social enterprise in Edinburgh!
Applications open for new Youth Work Participatory Budgeting process

Children and Families Commissioning at the City of Edinburgh Council will soon launch a new participatory budgeting grant programme to support delivery of open access youth work for young people aged 11 and over in 2017-18 locally or citywide.

Applications will be assessed by council officers and young people, before a voting process for young people. The total budget available is £60,000, with minimum awards of £500 and maximum award level of £10,000.

Applications packs will be available on the Edinburgh Compact website from the 6th of February, with the deadline for applications set at 3pm on the 24th of February.

Briefings for applications are being held at Waverley Court on:

Tuesday 7th February at 2pm
Tuesday 7th February at 5.30pm, and
Tuesday 14th February at 5.30pm

Book a place by contacting
Edinburgh Napier University seeks local entrepreneurs for their Enterprise Challenge programme

Bright Red Triangle are looking for local entrepreneurs to take part in their Enterprise Challenge programme from the 6th-10th of February 2017, led by the Centre for Entrepreneurship teaching team at Edinburgh Napier University.

It involves having a group of students look at your business, its future growth and potential barriers and present findings after a week of research for you – all for free!

They are looking for entrepreneurs that are reasonably well established and have been trading for upwards of a year. You must also be able to meet the students and offer an introduction and overview of your business on Monday 6th February, and desirable that you are able to attend the final presentations on Friday 10th February. You must additionally be able to be contacted by phone and e-mail throughout the week of the 6-10th.
To express your interest in participation, please contact Nick Fannin at
Edinburgh Social Enterprise 2017 launch, network meeting and mini market - Tuesday 7th February from 2.30pm-4.30pm at Greyfriars Charteris Centre

With the launch of Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy, 2017 is going to be a big year for Edinburgh Social Enterprise and our partners and supporters of the sector in and around the city.

Our first network event of the year is on 7th February from 2.30 – 4.30pm at Greyfriars Charteris Centre.

It is open to all with an interest in hearing about social enterprise in Edinburgh and the work and aspirations of Edinburgh Social Enterprise. At this event, we will be:
- Officially launching the new ESE logo and website and unveiling our new extended network membership. We are keen to work with all individuals and organisations who have an interest in supporting the growth of the social enterprise sector in Edinburgh and this is reflected in our new membership categories.

- Providing an overview of plans for Edinburgh Social Enterprise as the lead body for promotion, representation and engagement of the Social Enterprise Network in Edinburgh over the next 12 months.

To help us with numbers for catering, please register as an attendee at the event using
this Eventbrite link.
Social Enterprise update!

With so much going on across social enterprise in Edinburgh, here's what's going on from just a few of our members!

MHScot Workplace Wellbeing launches their "Shades of Blue" emoji series!

MHScot Workplace Wellbeing CIC have launched their own set of emoji stickers. Entitled “Shades of Blue”, they are designed to help people in the workplace articulate how they are truly feeling as they move through the January Blues. Led by MHScot, the associated campaign calls for the inclusion of Mental Health First Aid training to become a mandatory part of workplace health and safety.

Read more
Edinburgh Student Arts Festival 2017 programme launched! 9th Feb – 3rd March

Edinburgh Student Arts Festival have launched their new programme for 2017! Founder Briana Pedago says that she is excited to launch the festival’s third year and continue to “support the next generation of creatives that will influence society, challenge the norms around us and help us see the beauty in the mundanity of our everyday lives.”

For a link to the ESAF website and programme, please see

LinkLiving’s Big Lottery funding success!

LinkLiving has been awarded £50,000 from the Young Start Fund, run by the Big Lottery Fund.

This will enable LinkLiving’s SmartLiving employability service to work in partnership with Total Health, a specialist health and sports science company to provide a 9-week programme called “Steps to Resilience – Be What You Want To Be.” The project will address personal development needs of vulnerable young people who have experienced trauma. The project is due to start in Edinburgh and Fife in April 2017.

For more information, see

Edinburgh Tool Library's Awesome General Meeting was just that!

Edinburgh Tool Library are celebrating their recent yearly Awesome General Meeting. There was a fantastic attendance of over 50 people, all there to hear about ETL’s achievements from over the previous 12 months, including new spaces, 325 new Tool Library members, and £41,000 saved by members by borrowing instead of buying tools.

For more info, see

Beer for Good launched chef training programme

Beer For Good has unveiled its new chef training programme, which aims to give disadvantaged young people the qualifications for a career in catering. Founder Chris Thewlis says that the programme is the next step in the creation of an academy for catering and hospitality staff, and that the organisation are already looking to expand the programme into other venues throughout the country. Read more here.
Edinburgh Social Enterprise Go West! - Study Visit: Thursday 23rd February, 9am-5pm 

Edinburgh Social Enterprise are pleased to be taking our first study visit of 2017 across to our central belt neighbours in Glasgow.

Throughout the day, we will hear from inspiring social enterprise speakers such as Robbie Norval from Lingo Flamingo and Matt Lygate from the On The Corner community space, make visits to social enterprise locations such as Social Enterprise of the Year award winners Homes for Good, and tuck into some lunch at the Nae Such Thing As a Free Lunch café.

The activities of the day will begin at 10am and end at 4pm. Travel will be provided by Edinburgh Social Enterprise from and back to our offices on 15 Valleyfield Street, where we will meet at around 8.45am on the day.

register for this opportunity via Eventbrite, so we know numbers for travel. Please direct any questions you may have about the event towards Gordon or Lindsey.
A Soc Ent Approach to Health and Social Care? Event attendees think so!
An event celebrating and consolidating the achievements of Edinburgh Social Enterprise’s “An Enterprising Approach to Health and Social Care” project took place last Thursday at the Quaker Meeting House on Victoria Street.

Arranged by ESE Health Development Officer Lindsey Crawford, the event, “A Soc Ent Approach to Health and Social Care?” sought to bring together social enterprises who perform health-focused activity together with decision makers and practitioners in NHS and City of Edinburgh Council for a day of conversations, connections and learning.

Following presentations from the officer and opening remarks from NHS Lothian’s Shulah Allan and City of Edinburgh Council’s Wendy Dale, attendees took part in a social enterprise speed dating session (pictured right) before attending presentations and activity sessions. These included a service user Q&A with Mike Ellis and Tap Into IT, a look around WHALE Arts' SMARTCraft disability arts exhibition and a short sampling of chair yoga with Laura Wilson from Edinburgh Community Yoga Outreach.

Feedback from participants for this “energetic” and “effective” event on the day was overwhelmingly positive, and Edinburgh Social Enterprise look forward to making these links even stronger into the future!
Just Enterprise: Charitable Trading Seminar - Tuesday 7th February from 10am-1pm at The Hub, TSI Clackmannanshire, Alloa
With around 24,000 charities in Scotland, many of whom face ongoing financial pressures, charitable trading has never been more important. But how many know how to do this effectively and legitimately within the existing tax framework?
This half day seminar looks broadly at the legal framework for charitable trading and identifies the rules surrounding this in relation to tax. This is an event you should not miss if you are a social enterprise wanting to minimise your tax burden and maximise your trading income!
Click here to go to the Just Enterprise website and book.
Lord Provost's Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Awards 2017 - nominations now open!

Is there an individual or even a group within your organisation that deserves a reward for all of their hard work? Then why not consider nominating them for the Lord Provost’s Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Award!

The Lord Provost will honour some of the most dedicated volunteers for their time, energy and commitment to the people of Edinburgh at a special awards ceremony on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at the City Chambers.

Some lucky nominees will receive a certificate at the ceremony, others will receive it in the post but all nominees will receive a certificate.

Nominated volunteers should have served with your organisation for at least six months and not have been nominated for an Inspiring Volunteering award before.

Nominate your inspiring volunteer(s) here!

The University of Glasgow's Training and Employability Research Unit need YOUR good practice!

In work commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council, the Training and Employability Research Unit at the University of Glasgow has been asked to work with care-experienced young people in Edinburgh to co-produce more effective employability services for them.

They are keen to hear from you if you have any examples of good practice in this specific area.

Please contact
Alex McTier if you have learning to share and inform this valuable work.
Could you play host an accomplished South African Social Entrepreneur?

Edinburgh Social Enterprise was recently contacted by Carrie Leaver, a social entrepreneur from Cape Town, South Africa, where she currently runs a start-up support programme for Social Entrepreneurs called “Activate! Change Drivers” and a recently launched impact consulting enterprise “Social Agents.”

Carrie is a graduate of the Social Enterprise Academy, and following completion of her course is hoping to spend some time broadening her horizons working with a social enterprise here in the UK or in Europe.

She is looking for the opportunity to shadow an enterprise for 2/3 months, be part of the team, learn what she can and blog about the experience along the way. She is not expecting a wage and is funding her own travel, but may need some support with accommodation and food while here in Scotland. In turn, she suggests that the social enterprises she is involved with in South Africa may be able to support an exchange in return.

Find Carrie's LinkedIn page
here. If you are interested in seeing a full CV or hosting Carrie, get in touch with Gordon!
Desk space available in Canonmills!

The Old Mill at Canonmills has office space with car parking to rent from February 2017.

The space comprises of:
A large self-contained office with six desks, a separate but attached office for one person and a storage room.

Rental includes heating, lighting, cleaning, waste disposal, use of a kitchen, two large meeting rooms (capacity – 20 per rom) and two small meeting rooms (capacity – 5 per room), access to on-site parking.

Telephone/broadband and photocopying can be provided if required and is billable separately. Rental is available on an annual of six-monthly basis at a cost of £15000 per annum or pro-rata for six months.

All enquiries should be directed towards either by email:
Myrtle Vietch –
Chance McDonald –
Or telephone: 01312706053 or 01312706078
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