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21 Apr 2017

Good Friday; this morning, Jet 2 alone has six full flights out of Edinburgh – security hall is bedlam. Our Malaga flight carries a dozen ‘gals’ – black tee shirts with gold lettering: “Mona’s Hen Do – Marbella 17”; party time. When I was that age, in the 1960s, Europe was still remote; I know we’re burnin’ the planet – but it’s great what the EU and cheapo flights have brought within reach of ordinary punters.

            Once again, I`m dazzled by the heat and light of April sunshine in Andalucia – life enhancing. It’s not surprising that 300,000 UK citizens now officially reside in Spain – over a third of them claiming the UK pension. It’s for the 'oldies' I feel most sympathy midst the Brexit turbulence – their looming healthcare uncertainty. At present, 75,000 seniors registered with Spanish doctors are paid for by the UK; but if we leave the European Economic Area – this reciprocal arrangement will cease; skint oldies heading home? I really hope we don’t abandon freedom of movement with continental Europe; like turning the clock back.

            Wednesday afternoon sunshine – ten of us in Pepe’s beach restaurant (chiringuito); joyful children scamper to and from the sea. This is a mixture of family and friends – all living here; I listen to their 'snap election' reactions - Brexit options. Colin, next to me, has been here eight years – he’s a graphic artist – smart; when I ask what brought him to Spain, he, wordless, points to the sky; we both look to the high, blue, shimmering heavens; ‘nuff said.



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The SENs is the name Senscot gives to our work with Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) - both thematic and geographical. SENs provide members with opportunities for peer support, collective action and market development. The vision is of a growing community of 500 frontline social enterprises across Scotland - connected and energised through a network of Networks.

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The SENs: Friday 21st April 2017

Last week’s launch of the Social Enterprise Action Plan includes a series of actions and activities that Scottish Govt will look to support over the next three years. Amongst these are some ‘early actions’ - two of which Senscot will be directly involved in. The Partnership and Procurement Hub will look to build on our existing work in supporting SEs and third sector organisations looking to form partnerships and consortia. We are pleased to announce that we have now appointed Yvonne McBride as our new P&P Hub Manager. Yvonne currently works with North Lanarkshire Council and will be taking up her post mid-May. We will also be carrying out a feasibility study on a consortia model for SENs that, we believe, could contribute to their important future growth, development and sustainability. An initial meeting with SEN reps takes place today in Perth. We’ll have a further update next week.


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