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30 Sep 2016

Concern is being expressed in the media about an ‘epidemic of loneliness’ in the UK; among people over 65 who live alone, social isolation can cause physical and mental decline – ‘a 26% increase in mortality’.  In my own life I associate loneliness mostly with my youth (the teenage years the worst); as life progresses we get to know ourselves better – make adjustments (ongoing); a major adaptation for me was the realisation that I’m introverted.  In groups I find myself overstimulated, even overwhelmed – too affected by other people’s moods; I gradually lowered my expectations of what social occasions can offer; I now ‘allow’ myself more time alone; as I learned to savour solitude, feelings of loneliness receded.  This challenges the automatic association of loneliness with being alone.

            But humans are not designed to be solitary creatures – we evolved to survive in tribes; the need to interact is deeply ingrained in our genetic code.  Neuroscientists can now tell us that loneliness activates the same part of the brain as pain, hunger, thirst etc; like them it’s a primal alarm, alerting us to restore balance.  After a few days ‘home alone’ without company – the impulse comes to get myself among people.  I may meet someone – or visit a favourite bookshop or café – where I can observe and feel part of the thousand social interactions around me; part of the tribe. In that 2003 film, Hugh Grant tells us that if we look carefully at these routine connections we will see that most are about Love Actually.


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The SENs: Friday 30th September 2016

This week Senscot contributed to Voluntary Action Scotland’s TSI Practice Forum on social enterprise with a session on Procurement delivered by George (Senscot) and Charities and Trading Subsidiaries delivered by Helen (Senscot Legal). In addition to this George McConnachie, Partnership and Procurement Co-ordinator, delivered one to one surgery sessions in Elgin organised by tsiMORAY.  Please remember that one-to-one support is available, if you have an opportunity to work collaboratively or need assistance with tendering then get in touch!

Big congratulations to our friends at Crisis who we will be celebrating next week at its ‘40,000 Stories Event’ in Gogarburn, Edinburgh. Since established in 1996 Crisis have counselled over 40, 000 people to improved mental health - a fantastic achievement - well done to Jean and the team! 

Sport SEN member, Youth Football Scotland, has purchased an unlimited cloud data storage package with Dropbox, designed for large businesses, and are looking for other organisations to share with and split the cost. If your organisation is interested in unlimited cloud data storage at a modest cost, please contact Robbie.

Enquiries and applications are welcomed for the Dundee Futures Fund if you have an enterprising idea, and if you are, or plan to be, based in or trading in Dundee. Support will be provided for feasibility grants, support for start-ups, main grants, legal surgeries and more....Read more
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