Kirsty Slater and her colleague Isobel MacNaughton from WEvolution http://www.wevolution.org.uk/ will berunning two sessions on SRG’s (Self Reliant Groups). These taster sessions (2hrs) will provide participants with an understanding of the SRG way of working so that you can consider the model within your own context and reveal your groups’ potential to be self-reliant.
If you or your staff work with groups, and you’d like to explore a different way of working, this fun, interactive session is for you!
These sessions prelude a more intensive two day course that WEvolution would like to offer in Dundee. It’s a great opportunity to learn a bit more about being alongside people in an SRG, how it can change the way we work across our community and how we support and challenge people to be resourceful and creative.
Session 1: Wednesday 21st February from 10am to 12pm
Session 2: Wednesday 21st February from 2pm to 4pm
Both sessions will run at Number Ten, 10 Constitution Road, Dundee, DD1 1LL
To book, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spotlight-on-self-reliant-groups-tickets-41491193276
Dundee Funeral Support Service are seeking Trustees for their new funeral advice and brokerage service. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved at the early stages of setting up a social enterprise that will reduce the cost of funerals for people at their most vulnerable.
After an initial phase of focused research and consultation DFSS, are ready to build a new funeral and brokerage advice service offering dedicated support at the time of bereavement.
Such support is hard to find but its absence creates real hardship and social injustice. For example:
• As an unexpected ‘purchase’ many grieving people seek a quick solution rather than shopping around.
• People in poverty are commonly required to make significantly large deposits which are not asked of wealthier people.
• People feel both pressure and desire to honour the deceased which makes choosing lower cost options difficult even when such options are made available.
• For most of us funerals are an unplanned expense.
• For people on low incomes the deceased often leaving no savings, life insurance or funeral plan.
This new advice and brokerage service is supported by key agencies – Discovery Credit Union, Dundee City Council Dundee Social Enterprise Network Faith in Community Dundee and the Dundee Pensioners Forum – working together under the banner of the Funeral Poverty Action Group.
DFSS are seeking Trustees who would catch the vision of this new service, have a strong vision for social justice and can bring their energy to work alongside others to take the initiative from this development stage into an effective sustainable operation.
Closing date is 31st January 2018.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jacky Close at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01382 825351.
As part of our resilient communities programme and new community offering.
Firestarter events that will ignite your creativity and spark your aptitude for innovation and enterprise.
January 29th – Feb 9th 2018 Firestarter Events
A series of free events that inspire, engage and facilitate communities or system shakers to take action with regards to opening conversation around public services, enterprising the change stakeholders want to make happen for Scotland.
Firestarter events are run under the banner of Scottish Government as part of their wider engagement strategy.
The Circle is working with various stakeholders to deliver an ongoing, “Resilient Communities” Programme in partnership with UnLtd* as part of enabling sustainable change and empowerment for action across communities of Dundee City.
For more information click The Circle’s Resilient Communities Programme
Dundee Social Enterprise Network (DSEN) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary by taking a stall at the Festive Market, which ran over a Friday and Saturday. Six DSEN members endured freezing temperatures to showcase their products, in the Slessor Gardens which is located beside the new V&A Museum.
This was the first time that DSEN had supported its members to take part in a city centre market. This was largely because the Social Enterprise Network in Dundee had been predominantly service based, with relatively few organisations producing or selling goods. There was also a view that some of the SE goods might not be of the same standard as those of experienced commercial organisations.
So it was with a wee bit of apprehension that we took our place on the stall as dusk fell on the Friday evening. We had no need to worry however, as the members had put a great deal of thought and effort into ensuring that their products were well produced and professionally branded and packaged. The SEs were also without doubt the most engaging stall holders, chatting with customers and letting them know about what their organisations were all about and the added value that their products offered.
We had a varied range of members present:
The Special Candles Trust design and make bespoke remembrance candles, which are given free to people who are experiencing loss or bereavement. They are produced by ex-service personnel who are facing a range of challenges, and being involved in this work has played a really important part in their recovery journey. SCT were however facing real challenges in terms of funding their work and so have embarked on creating a new commercialised arm, which will produce individualised candles for special occasions, such as retirements and christenings. This has involved working with DSEN to create new branding and packaging as well as creating a more engaging online presence.
Rock Solid is a youth club for young people in Douglas, some of whom are facing a range of challenges. RS run an entrepreneurial scheme, with the young people involved at every stage – from designing the products, to deciding how to distribute the profits. The young folk loved being involved in the market and were demon sales people.
How it Felt is a young social enterprise providing puppet building, drama and film making workshops, focusing mostly on mental and emotional well-being. This can include group workshops, one to one sessions and commissions. Debz and her puppet Little Debz proved really popular with young and old alike.
Dundee & Angus Wood Recycling take old pallets and other unused materials and turn them into a range of fantastic garden furniture, shop fittings and also offer a bespoke design service. They offer everyone the chance to learn new skills, but particularly for those with additional support needs. Richard and his colleagues have faced a lengthy development journey, but now have suitable premises, become incorporated (CIC), a burgeoning order book and an ever increasing range of volunteers wanting to take part. They have just been awarded a development grant from DSEN, which will enable them to buy a van and their next step is looking to finance their first paid member of staff.
Tin Roof is an organisation set up and run by artists in Dundee. They aim to support artists and the wider creative community by providing resources and a collaborative atmosphere. They have just overcome a major barrier this year when they lost their premises, but have co-located with other art initiatives and are back running fantastic pottery and ceramic sessions for the local community.
Uppertunity is a recently formed CIC that offers a skills development and self-determination service to people who might be considered vulnerable. Uppertunity looks at the individual’s strengths and possibilities, and then work with them to create long-term independence. DSEN has supported them with a feasibility grant that allowed them to run a series of trial sessions. Two of the people that take part in the Uppertunity programmes, were part of their sales team and clearly loved the experience.
DSEN has come along way since its inception in 2007, growing from a handful of enterprises, to a dynamic network with 76 members and offering a wide range of goods and services. This Festive Market felt like another step for the Network and it certainly was a success, with a collective sales total of over £1000, with additional orders still coming in. It also helped to spread the message and demonstrate to others what SE is all about.