Social Enterprise Strategy Social enterprises are viewed as central to achieving the Scottish Government's shared vision of a fair society and an inclusive economy. The Scottish Government is committed to realising the full potential of social enterprise; a way of doing business that is great for the economy and great for the people of Scotland. For full details of their strategy for 2016 to 2026, visit their website. https://www.gov.scot/publications/scotlands-social-enterprise-strategy-2016-2026/pages/1/ This document was published in December 2016 and clearly a lot has changed on the landscape in 2020 due to Coronavirus. There is a clear call from social enterprises and the groups that represent and support them to revisit this strategy and update it to take account of current circumstances.
Scottish Government have defined the role of the TSI as follows:- "Within the Social Enterprise Strategy, TSIs (working alongside others) have an important role to play in: - stimulating local development (priority 1); - in enabling the development of stronger organisations (priority 2) - in helping realise market opportunities (priority 3)."
"TSIs play an important role in the third sector landscape. They are a key point of intelligence about local third sector organisations and volunteering. They understand the local landscape and how it effects the third sector’s ability to contribute to local outcomes and national strategies (such as health and social care, community empowerment). They are well positioned to identify support needs for local community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and around volunteering. TSIs can identify third sector issues and perspectives that can feed into both local and national policy."
"The TSI role is complex. They support people and the general sector as well as member organisations. They provide support across all policy areas and client groups. They must understand both the local and national context. The local sector itself is very diverse with different needs and different perspectives. Whilst this is challenging it does mean that TSIs occupy a unique and important place."
Argyll and Bute TSI is at the forefront of representing you at this challenging time.
Why are Social Enterprise vital to the community? Social enterprises trade for the common good. They address social needs, strengthen communities, improve people's life chances or protect the environment. While there is no single set of words that adequately define the diversity of organisations that can be described as a 'social enterprise', there is broad agreement within the social enterprise community on the benchmark criteria and values by which social enterprises can be identified and recognise each other. These are set out in a Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprises in Scotland (https://www.se-code.net/)
This document, published in September 2018, sets out clearly the strategic leadership role TSI’s have in their local communities and the activity that is funded by Scottish Government. There are 4 aspects to our role;
Being a central source of knowledge – 3rd sector, national and local policy.
Ensuring the local third sector has a strong voice at a strategic level – locally and nationally.
Builds the capacity of volunteering, voluntary and community organisations and social enterprise to achieve positive change.
Connection – providing leadership, vision and coordination to the local third sector, including through partnership and collaboration.
Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Scottish Government said in her foreword to this document "We want TSIs to be forces for change within Scotland's communities, supporting and driving a dynamic, flourishing third sector that has a vital role to play in progressing national outcomes and realising Ministers' ambitions for people and communities across Scotland."
Social Enterprise Network (SEN) Meetings TSIs were created in 2014 with the aim of establishing a network of TSIs providing a single structure for the support and representation of the Third Sector in each Local Authority area.
It is our mandated role to represent your voice at a local authority and national government level. In order to fulfil that mandate, we hold a twice yearly, face to face SEN meeting, open to all Social Enterprises in Argyll. During this meeting we update you on how the sector is progressing and gather information from you as to your challenges and desired solutions. We then share that data with the relevant authorities to bring about positive change in the sector.
We recognise the value in having face to face meetings with you when circumstances allow. In these challenging times, however, that is not currently possible. In order to facilitate the SEN, we have moved to virtual face to face meetings, using technology freely available, and to take account of your views on surveys and consultations that affect your sector by email. Your participation in these meetings is always appreciated.
SEN Conference 2019 In 2019, we held a 2 day conference in Oban and supported an event on community land ownership. Notable presentations from the 2019 conference were:- - How HIE engages with Social Enterprise and what social and economic impact they look for as a result of their supportby Claire McMurchy (Head of Strengthening Communities, HIE). - How Just Enterprise can provide support for Social Enterpriseby Ailsa Clark (Development Manager, Inspiralba). - How can Social Enterprise develop and grow within the context of the Rural Growth Deal by Fergus Murray (Head of Economic Development and Strategic Transportation, Argyll and Bute Council).
The spring 2020 event has been cancelled due to the onset of Coronavirus. We will be arranging a face to face gathering as soon as circumstances allow, so please keep an eye on your inbox for the details.
Of course, you can use this website, which is being constantly updated, to find out current information on policy, governance and sector specific information that will help you to not only survive the current conditions, but to thrive. We work in partnership with other local and national bodies to provide you with the widest possible range of current thinking and information. Please take some time to browse through our databanks of information and let us know if there is anything you'd like to see that is not currently there.
Social Enterprise Reset Week
SFS (Social Firms Scotland) and Senscot are launching Social Enterprise Reset Week! They will be using the social media hashtag #SocEntReset
Argyll TSI are proud to be supporting this initiative and will be attending many of the webinars scheduled to be able to keep you updated on current thoughts, consultations and funding streams becoming available.
SFS & Senscot will be connecting and engaging with frontline community-based social enterprises right across the country through a series of conversations to determine common experiences alongside the support and funding required over the medium to longer-term to secure their sustainable future.
The conversation kicked off on Friday 1st May with an all SEN Meeting and is being followed by a week-long series of SEN meetings and a twitter campaign encouraging all social enterprises across Scotland to engage – using the hashtag #SocEntReset
Social Enterprise Reset Week – beginning in earnest on the 11th May – will include opportunities for social enterprises to contribute via virtual local and thematic SEN meetings, focus groups and themed meetings where SEs can discuss challenges, issues and opportunities with peers. There are already some key themes emerging around preparing for continued social distancing measures and reconfiguring spaces and services.
There are a number of great sessions lined up including: Future funding and investment; The future of mental health & wellbeing needs; and Building on innovation developed during Covid 19. The calendar of events and booking details can be found here.
In particular, SFS invite you to take part in the following sessions
Employability SEN session: Wednesday 13th May @ 11.30m – 12.30pm General connect and catch up with SFS/Employability SEN members around their plans for the future and what support they will need
Adapting your business model in response to the impact of COVID19: Thursday 14th May @ 1.00 – 2.15pm
This session will consider how social enterprises are adapting their business model as a consequence of the pandemic. Scarf and Theatre Nemo will explain how they have evolved their model/services and P4P will explore the role collaboration and procurement can play as part of this process.