Monthly Round-Up – June 2021


Social Enterprise Academy – Steps to Sustainability – this is a National Lottery Heritage Fund Programme and is now open for round 2 applications. To find out more and to download an application pack, click here.

Social Enterprise Scotland & Firstport Catalyst Fund – is a new type of social investment, offering loans from £50,000, based on a patient, flexible repayment model. Sign up for the information webinar being held on the 24th June, here or take a look at their website for more information.

The Cultural & Business Fund Scotland – funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland, the CBFS provides pound for pound match funding. Have a look at their website for more information. 


SENScot – between the 21st and 25th June they will be hosting a social media campaign to celebrate community led tourism in Scotland and they would love for you to get involved!
Send any information on events or places people can visit, clips and photographs that can be used on social media, to Sarah.
You can also get involved in the conversations via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube – #CommunityTourism

Business Gateway – have an abundance of webinars scheduled throughout the rest of the year and they are all free to attend. Head over to their website and see if there is something that would be beneficial to you or your organisation and did I mention that they are FREE!

SENScot – is the umbrella body for Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) in Scotland; if you don’t know about them already, take a look at their website.
Over the first half of this year, they will have hosted 21 SEN sessions with over 800 frontline social enterprises participating, so it is well worth getting involved. Have a look at their dedicated webpage to see what SEN sessions are coming up and book a place.

Member News:

S.M.I.L.E Counselling – is running their third Mental Health & Wellbeing course from 30th July till 17th September 2021. When I participated in the first round of this course I found it to be extremely interesting, though provoking and invaluable. S.M.I.L.E do provide other training courses too, so have a look at their website for more information.


WLSEN – we are still looking for a new Volunteer Treasurer to join our Board. The financial responsibilities will be minimal. Also,if you are interested in joining without a specific role and have a couple of hours to spare each month and would like to become more involved with WLSEN then please contact Paul our Chairman. We would be thrilled to have you!

Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2021 – are back again this year! This is a great opportunity for your organisation to get the recognition it deserves. Have a look at the award categories here and for more information and to apply, click here.

Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland (WEALL) – in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Co-operative Development Scotland, have produced a report, Business and a Wellbeing Economy, that may be of interest to social and community social enterprises, working at local level.