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Connecting and Strengthening Social Enterprise in Glasgow

Welcome to our monthly e-newsletter! 

Inside this month:
  • GSEN - New Member
  • Congratulations to Glasgow Women's Library
  • Congratulations to Locavore
  • Hair & Beauty Pathways and Creative Pathways from YES
  • Making Wood Work now recruiting
  • Herland from Glasgow Women's Library
  • Recycling Heroes from Eco Drama
  • The Worm from Eco Drama
  • Investors in People Scotland
  • Economy Committee call for views on social enterprises and employee ownership
  • Report: Health and Social Care integration
  • New Big Lottery Scotland Fund
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Glasgow Social Enterprise Network
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GSEN is a membership network of Greater Glasgow social enterprise leaders who believe that social enterprise can transform the economic, environmental, social, and cultural life of Glasgow.

By supporting, promoting and developing social enterprise we aim to create an environment in Glasgow in which social enterprise is able to flourish.




GSEN - New Member

I'm delighted to welcome  Parent Network Scotland to GSEN, please check out their
website to find out more about them

Congratulations to Glasgow Women's Library

GWL has been awarded ‘Recognised Collections of National Significance’ status by Museum Galleries Scotland, joining Scotland’s elite list of must-see museum collections. This covers GWL’s entire collection of museum and archive holdings.

This further cements Glasgow Women’s Library’s status as the only accredited museum dedicated to women’s history in the whole of the UK.

Congratulations to Locavore

Locavore have exceeded their crowdfunding target to make their Big Plan a reality, find out more here.

Hair & Beauty Pathways and Creative Pathways from YES

These fully funded Programmes are the very first steps for young people to gain qualifications and secure a pathway into the industry – or as a pre-entry to College.

Key contact for any questions is Catriona Smith: or 07977 581 278

Find out more information at Young Enterprise Scotland

Making Wood Work now recruiting

GWR are currently recruiting for our next Making Wood Work programme starting on the 2nd February 2016.

The training will take place at their workshop at 739 South Street and will take place Tuesday to Friday. We do not pay training allowance to participants but do pay Travel expenses. Lunch and all PPE will be also provided.

If you are working with anyone who may be interested in the programme please contact or call Eileen Hamill on 07746121310 or 0141 237 8566 for more information. Informal interviews will start in January and then candidates will be offered a trail shift in the workshop to see if the course is for them.

Herland: Alter Native Burns, Friday 29th January, 7pm to 10pm at Glasgow Women's Library

Glasgow Women’s Library is launching a new programme, Herland, that will bring established and emerging talent of Scottish women to the fore.

The first Herland event will be compered by comedian Susan Calman and will be an alternative Burns Night, on Friday 29th January 2016. The night will take a wry, feminist take on all things Burns, and will aim to follow the model of the salons run by women in the 18thc combining education and pleasures.

To book and find out more, click here

Recycling Heroes

This workshop is focused on the principles of Reduce, Reuse & Recycle, and is a highly interactive and engaging experience for children.  Through a fun and informative drama workshop led by the fearless ‘Bag Girl’, pupils are encouraged to find their own inner recycling hero and rid the town of the menacing Rubbish Monsters!

The Worm

‘The Worm - An Underground Adventure’ is touring Scottish schools and nurseries, venues, communities and festivals in 2016.  The Worm is an enchanting, musical tale exciting children about the wonderful world of worms!

Suitable for Nurseries & P1-3, the production compliments the Curriculum for Excellence & Eco School topics such as Food & the Environment, Bio Diversity and School Grounds.

Dates Available

We are touring from early 2016. Please enquire for more specific dates and we will do our best to accommodate you. #

Watch trailer of The Worm:

“Fantastic. Children were captivated from the onset. Discussion afterwards highlighted their obvious enjoyment. I felt the need to compliment the 2 performers after the show and tell them that this was one of the best shows I had ever seen in a school.” Sharon Barclay, Aultmore Park Primary

Other News

Investors in People Scotland

Investors in People Scotland are working hard to promote youth employment within Scotland and are currently working with over 200 organisations, to assist them in their recruitment, retention and development of young people.

There is now an even greater reason to use Investors in Young People accreditation and advice. The Scottish Government has increased the funding available to employers of up to 250 people to a maximum of 100% - this is only available to organisations that use IIYP before March 2016. Investors in Young People assessment helps organisations to celebrate their employment of young people and evaluate the success of the activities they undertake. IIYP advice helps organisations plan and improve how they recruit, support and develop young people as part of future-proofing their business. Not only do you get high value support to help your business reap the benefits of engaging young talent, but you also get funding to help you achieve it!

For more details on how using IIYP can benefit your business take a look at our website or call us on 0131 625 0155.

Economy Committee call for views on social enterprises and employee ownership

The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee is seeking views on social enterprises and employee owned businesses, including cooperatives, in advance of hearing evidence in January/February 2016.

Following on from a roundtable on social enterprise in August 2014 and evidence heard during our Work, Wages and Wellbeing inquiry, the Committee have agreed to look again at social enterprises and alternative business ownership models in more detail. The theme of this short inquiry is ‘innovation’, one of the Scottish Government’s four economic priorities.

We’re hoping to hear from businesses, membership organisations and academics the extent to which social enterprises and employee owned businesses, by their very nature, encourage cultures of innovation.

Report: Health and social care integration

This week, Audit Scotland published a new report - Health and Social Care Integration - reviewing the progress made to establish new integration authorities (IAs), which will be responsible for planning joint health and social care services and managing budgets totalling over £8 billion from April 2016.

Download the report here: Health and Social Care Integration

New Big Lottery Scotland Fund

Big Lottery Scotland have £250M of life changing Lottery funds to commit in Scotland over the next five years.

For more information on the new plans, eligibility and how to apply
please go to the website or you can email

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