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Good to Go Drop-off service

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This is a pilot service for older and disabled passengers. This 15 seat bus, journeys from the city centre with departures from The Howff Bus Shelter at 4.15pm and 5.15pm and will drop passengers along the route shown above.  Passengers will need to join the Good to Go Travel Club before using the service (this is free to join). For more info click Good to Go drop-off service leaflet


A visit to local community services – Link up Whitfield


Kirsty Scott

Operations Manager

My role is to support the DSEN team, engage with current and new members to promote their business.

Kirsty Scott, DSEN’s Operations Manager, visited Link up Whitfield Community Service Complex, 101 Whitfield Drive, Dundee, (Inspiring Scotland project hosted by DSEN member, Volunteer Dundee) to meet Sandra Stewart, Community Development Worker for Volunteer Dundee as part of the TSI Outreach programme.  Sandra is on hand to provide information and support activities and groups in the Whtifield area every Wednesday 12-2pm and met at the Link Up Lunch Club which provides fresh home made food as part of the Dundee Healthy Living Initiative.


Joe Thompson


Busy in the kitchen!

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Reaching out to the local community

Local residents help run the Lunch Club led by Joe Thomson, Lunch Club Development Officer every Wednesday from 12pm – 1.30pm and it is proving very popular! They are looking for volunteers to help with their new community allotment project where they will be a gardening venture growing vegetables that they can use in the kitchen. If you don’t have green fingers there are other activities going on Monday to Friday that include Camera Club, Baking Group, Dance Group, Arts & Craft and a Cinema Club. They are looking for people to participate in these to get together and meet new people. If you live in the area, pop over and see whats on and if you have a group idea of your own, get in touch with Sandra –

For information on the Whitfield Community Service visit and the Outreach programme visit VG Outreach Programme Jan to Mar


Wise Group – First to deliver

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The Wise Group (DSEN member) has been successful in the procurement of two of the four regions for the new Work Able Scotland employability programme.  This is the initial one-year programme that will be the transition from the UK government Work Programme to a new Scottish approach to delivering employment support services.


Work Able Scotland is due to start on 1 April 2017 and aims to support customers into sustainable jobs through high quality employment support services delivered locally. It will be aimed at ESA and Universal Credit claimants who want to work and cannot be supported through other Job Centre Plus or DWP provision.


It is a voluntary programme and will be managed by Skills Development Scotland. Customers will work with coaches to develop individual action plans tailored to meet their needs. They will work with the same coach throughout their time on the programme and will be able to access support that will encourage them to find employment and to stay in work.


The Wise Group has set up a partnership of 21 third sector organisations, who will deliver end to end support and specialist services for up to 847 people across Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside, and, Glasgow, Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire. Eight end to end partners will provide coaching in specific geographical locations. Thirteen specialist support partners will provide specialist support for customers through appropriate local provision.


There will be a focus on working with local employers to source good quality job opportunities for customers and help employers find hidden talent among local people that are currently not in the labour market.


Laurie Russell, Chief Executive of the Wise Group, said:

“The Wise Group is delighted to be working with the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland to help deliver the new Scottish approach to supporting people into and sustaining work.  We have set up a consortium of third sector organisations that have a proven track record of success in matching the skills and talents of people with the needs of local employers.”

“We are combining proven methods of support with innovative ways of working so that we can reach those people who are most in need of support.”


For further information contact Chris Seely on 07710 250 189


Craigowl Hospitality Academy 16-24 year olds


Craigowl Communities part of Hillcrest Group of companies (DSEN Member

The end of January is in sight and Craigowl Communitites have already had a great group of learners through our training centre doors. They’ve learned lots of skills from gaining new qualifications to using their Barista machine to make delicious Lattes and Cappuccino’s to experiencing what excellent service looks like at a local restaurant.

Their next Hospitality Academy starts on Monday 20th February and are welcoming applications for this now.  Please find attached information flyer and application form.  The course is open to all 16-24 year olds who have an interest in learning more about what it takes to work in the Hospitality industry. See more and to apply click below:

Craigowl Hospitality Academy Flyer

Craigowl Hospitality Academy Application Form

Any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Jacqueline Gray
Academy Coach


Lindsays charity sector – Social enterprises – Jan 2017

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Kate Wyatt

Employment at RSB Lindsays


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Should charities ride the social enterprise wave?

 Charities and social enterprises have much to learn from each other, but the ride may not always be smooth, advises Kate Wyatt, Partner in RSB Lindsays’ Employment team and member of the firm’s charities group.


Social enterprises are an amazing success story for Scotland, with the number growing by over 200 a year, and their activities range from running community halls to making gin to providing social care. Their profile continues to rise, with the Scottish Government launching its long-term strategy for growing the sector over 2016-26. It therefore makes sense for charities of any size to consider whether the social enterprise boom could enhance their own activities and access to finance.


How can charities and social enterprises learn from each other?

Charities and social enterprises overlap in their aims and activities, and have much to learn from each other, but they are also very different entities, and may sometimes be better to stay that way.

Charities that want to consider riding the social enterprise wave have a range of options.


  1. Operate along the same lines as social enterprises, with a shift to raising more finance through trading and using a more commercial approach to marketing. This can open up new funding sources, as well as create opportunities for profile-raising.
  1. Collaborate with other organisations to set up a social enterprise, or to work with an existing social enterprise.
  1. Learn from social enterprises, looking at the sector to gain fresh ideas on mindset, marketing and revenue streams.


The learning can also go the other way and for social enterprises to become charities. Around 3500 of Scotland’s 5000+ social enterprises are registered as charities, and therefore have to meet OSCR’s reporting requirements. Whilst this raises their compliance workload and may restrict their possible activities, it builds transparency, public trust and recognition, which itself can help with raising finance. There are also tax benefits to taking the charity route.


What are the key aspects to consider?

For both social enterprises and charities, the decisions are not straightforward. Legal formalities to consider include:

  • The range of work they want to carry out (including political activities or types of trading)
  • Payment of directors and trustees
  • Whether the benefits provided by the organisation are public or private, and whether any private benefits for an individual or a group of people are intended or incidental
  • The consequences in terms of current revenue sources.


Organisations must also examine non-legal aspects, since the gap between charities and social enterprises is often cultural, around having a compliance mindset or a commercial mindset.

As ever, quick decisions can lead to problems. Far better is a slower exploration of the opportunities and issues, and also of possible partners. Be measured, be open-minded, and take advice.