Social Enterprise Week 16 March 2020

Social Enterprise Week (w/c 16th March 2020)

A new 5 year strategy has just been launched to take forward Social Enterprise in Dundee. Read the full document here SE Strategy

Despite Dundee having a thriving SE sector, one of the key objectives of the strategy is for social enterprise to become more widely known about and for it to become a much more common way to do business. So DSEN is supporting our members via a series of events (under the banner of SE Week) to shout out about the great work that they do and generally promote and celebrate the social and economic impact that social enterprise is having across the city.

The week kicks off on Monday 16th March with a session titled Tech for Good, which is aimed at social enterprises and other third sector organisations. This event will be facilitated by Abertay University and they will give a flavour of some of the projects that they have been involved in that have helped deliver social impact. There will then be an opportunity for delegates to talk with Master Degree Students to identify any issues they may be having and whether there may be a Tech/IT solution that they can jointly work on.
For further details of this session https://www.facebook.com/events/876347089483245/

Our second session is on Wednesday 18th March aimed at Third Sector organisations who are looking to grow and develop. It will be led by the highly experienced business coach Sandy McCurdy who will introduce delegates to several well proven processes and techniques which successful entrepreneurs and business leaders use to ensure strong foundations are laid to maximise the chance of strong, lasting growth in their organisations.

Using stories, exercises and discussion delegates will leave with resources which will help them produce effective action plans for their organisations future.  For further details and to book for this session https://www.facebook.com/events/199171361438678/

A number of our members are also Opening their Doors to offer people the chance to gain an insight into the work that they do.

Finally, the Overgate Centre has very kindly given us an area in their upstairs concourse which will allow our members to showcase their work. This will take place on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st March 2020. We have had a positive response for this, with many of our members attending – see programme of events here Programme of events


Carolina House Trust recruiting new foster carers

Scotland’s oldest children’s charity, Carolina House Trust, is currently recruiting new foster carers to support young people in Dundee, Angus, Fife, Clackmannanshire and Aberdeenshire. Their recruitment campaign runs from January to March and leads into ‘Skills To Foster’ training beginning on 8th March. The charity will be visiting shopping centres, supermarkets and large employers to raise awareness of their organisation and inspire potential carers.
From their headquarters in Dundee, Carolina House Trust place young people with foster carers, supported lodgings carers as well as offering residential care. More than 5,000 children across Scotland live with foster families and Carolina House Trust have many more referrals made to them than they have carers. Being a foster carer is a hugely rewarding, but demanding, role. Nurturing a young person in a safe environment and supporting them to reach their potential can transform their life.
The charity support foster carers with a supervising social worker, training, peer support, 24/7 on-call support and provide a remuneration package for approved carers. Young people placed with our foster carers can benefit from support from our placement support workers, therapeutic input and have access to a programme of events.
Foster carers must be over the age of 21 and have a spare bedroom. Foster caring is a full-time role and the main carer cannot have other employment. Applicants are assessed and provided with training as part of an approval process that can take up to six months. This ensures the individual is confident in their decision to be a foster carer and the charity can be certain that they can offer a safe and positive home environment for young people.
Carolina House Trust Foster Carer, Emma and her husband are the charity’s newest carers. Emma said, “We were lucky enough to spend the first year of married life travelling. We had some incredible experiences but also witnessed extreme poverty which had a big impact on us, especially its effects on young children. We agreed that family isn’t always blood and that if we could help give a home to a child who needs it, that would be more than enough for us. After I had two children, I was looking to return to work, but had no interest in returning to being a PA. I love being a stay at home mum and was upset at the idea of not being there for them as much. Our house has a spare room that is barely used, so I suggested to my husband that we become a foster family. He jumped at the idea and here we are providing a foster home to a child for the first time. There’s been lots of fun and quite a few tears as the children all adjust but it’s the best decision we’ve ever made.”


Health & Wellbeing Event

The NHS Tayside team invite you to a free health check event for anyone working in small businesses, social enterprises and voluntary sector.

Friday 31 January 2020, 10am-3pm at The Circle, Staffa Place, Dundee.

Healthy Productive Business 5


Dundee Museum of Transport

Dundee Museum of Transport have been fortunate enough to achieve ongoing funding for General Manager position and MGS funding for a new Museum Development Officer. Further details below –

Manager and Dev officer ads Dec 2019 rev A


Rise & Shine Mobile Creche

Rise and Shine mobile crèche has travelled far and wide in 2019 with lots of new children to look after and lots of events held!

This year we have provided crèche for:

Holyrood-Scottish Parliament
Angus Council
Dundee city council
Weddings at Fingask
University of Dundee
Abertay University
St Andrews University
Haemophilia Scotland
Dundee Women’s Aid
Scottish Refugee Council
Amina MWRC
Wow Conference Perth
Scottish STUC
Nilipul Dundee
Front Lounge Dundee
Glasgow Women’s Library
Happy Hours Out of School Club
Hilltown Out of School Club

Please see attached an information brochure of all services offered. Mobile creche Info Brochure 2019

More information can be found on at www.riseandshinechildcare.org