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SENSCOT & The SENs
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Health Social Enterprise Network 2013
 


"There is no one giant step that does it.  It's a lot of little steps." 
Peter A. Cohen



The Health SEN is a healthy 76 members strong.
If you missed this year's six Health SEN case studies, you can find them
here and here
The second edition of the Health & Social Enterprise Policy paper can be found here.
If you would like to know the named lead for your health board who is tasked with engaging with the third sector through the Engagement Matrix, please contact me
There has been a focus on the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill and self-directed support (SDS) for the health SEN. Here are some useful key facts about SDS.

The SCDC is conducting a survey about the Community Empowerment Bill, which closes on the 24th January. 
Next year will commence a new SDS working group for all SEs interested in providing support services as well as involvement with the Third Sector project working with children and families. 
The Scottish Government has published the latest statistics on social care services.  Key Findings:
•Over 152,000 people are in receipt of Social Care Services in Scotland - this includes home care, housing support, telecare, community alarm and meals services
•Around 80% of social care clients are aged over 65
•60,950  people receive Home Care Services in Scotland
•The number of people in receipt of Direct Payments has increased from 5,049 in 2012 to 5,403 in 2013.
Further SDS information from Providers & Personalisation's December bulletin. 
Check out this Ted Talk on "filter bubbles" in our digital lives. Do we really have choice? Also, how can we apply this learning self-directed support? Who are the gatekeepers and how can we really offer choice?

 
There are over 480,000 people in Scotland who provide unpaid care. The Coalition of Carers in Scotland has produced a Best Practice Standards for Carers Engagement. More information can be found here
The 9th SENSCOT conference and ceilidh was a success and the room was bursting with good people and good ideas. The full report can be found here

 
The first Joint Thematic Roundtable meeting was held in September this year. Great minds do think alike, notes can be found here

The National Third Sector GIRFEC Project is being delivered between Barnardo’s Scotland, Voluntary Action Scotland and the Improvement Service and has been funded by the Scottish Government to help improve links between the Third Sector and Community Planning Partnerships. More information here.

Derreck is a genius in the best kind of way. Worth a watch, extra feel good factor for social entrepreneurs. 
Global Soap Project

“The truth is, rarely can a response make something better — what makes something better is connection.”
This is where the Health SEN often excels and achieves more in terms of wellness than typical "healthcare" treating illness. This great video explains empathy vs. sympathy brilliantly. 

 
Here's to all of you social entrepreneurs. Have a happy Christmas and prosperous New Year!              
 
Best Wishes,

Dani
 
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