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20 Jan 2017

When you’re 76, the crisis in care services for the elderly gets more immediate; it’s frustrating because I’ve argued for years that the growing shortfall in resources is more than matched by untapped levels of goodwill in the population. Social change cannot be engineered – only cultivated; whether it’s moving or latent, the motivation for a new direction needs to be already there – to be read and worked-with. By my reading, the energy to create local networks, to care for the elderly, is inherent in the life and culture of our communities; just waiting to be mobilised.

            During the decade 1980-90, the Italian Govt carefully drafted legislation to create an ideal eco-system for the growth of social care co-operatives (SCCs) (good paper). The core ‘co-op purpose’ was re-orientated - from the mutual benefit of the workers - to local community benefit; membership extended beyond workers to include care recipients – volunteers and families – providers of social finance. Restricted in law to serving only one municipality, SCCs remain beautifully small (average workforce around 30) – benefits of scale are provided by membershipof the regional consortium. Scotland should take a serious look at this Italian model; thousands of small local organisations – owned and energised by the communities they serve – networked regionally and nationally for access to training, tendering, investment etc.

            In Bologna, over 85% of social services are provided through SCCs; it occurs to me that researching this project may require spending some time in Italy’s food capital. There’s no end to the sacrifices some of us are prepared to make for the common good

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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 20th January 2017

Yesterday, 12 members of the Cultural SEN participated in a Community Learning Exchange (CLE) for SEs within the tourism industry. The visit was hosted by the Grassmarket Community Project (GCP) in Edinburgh and participants heard presentations from Jonny Kinross (GCP) and Lynsey McLean (The Experience). On 7th Feb, another CLE takes place in Edinburgh with another 12 Cultural SEN members visiting Out of the Blue; Tribe Porty; Edinburgh Palette; and Codebase. The CLE Programme is run by Scottish Community Alliance and, this year, around 100 SEN members have participated in Exchanges in the likes of Elgin, Liverpool, Fife and Oban. Funds are still available for visits taking place up until the end of June 2017 - as long as applications are in by end of March. For info, contact Kim.

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