Current and Future Tendering Opportunities for Social Enterprise / SMEs

Posted in: Tenders

Below are some selected  future contract and tender opportunities that may be of interest to social enterprise / third sector organisations to apply for either individually or in partnership with each other or private sector organisations. Where possible we will include opportunities that contain a Community Benefits approach. You may be required to register at the linked to websites to view the full information or to register an interest.

Please note that tenders can be added to the Ready for Business site also by registered users. If you have any tenders that you wish to publicise email

Counselling & Therapy Framework – Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Substance Misuse Service (CSMS) is committed to making a difference and offering hope for the future. We are commissioning these services for the following reason: to provide a framework of recovery focussed counselling & therapy services to Aberdeenshire Service Users eligible to receive substance misuse services.

Currently, the Aberdeenshire Council purchases ad-hoc counselling and therapy services from a number of individuals and one contracted Service Provider in Oldmeldrum. The provision is offered in Inverurie and the central Aberdeenshire area. There is also some limited provision in the north of Aberdeenshire
The framework will include Service Providers who can offer one or more of the following services: Person-Centred Counselling, other styles of Counselling, Equine Therapy, 1:1 support, Art Therapy, a range of Alternative Therapies, Relationship Counselling, Bereavement Counselling, Sexual Abuse Counselling, Historical Childhood Abuse Counselling, Domestic Abuse Counselling, Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Counselling, and Substance Misuse Counselling. The aim is for Service Users and their significant others to be supported in their recovery journeys; be less dependent; and increase the individuals’ recovery capacity and improve resilience. We are looking to establish equity and fairness of access to provision across Aberdeenshire. The age range within the services is 16-65+years old. All the services will be delivered within Aberdeenshire and be responsive to the area’s increasingly diverse demographic. The services under the framework will reduce the dependency on statutory services and support those who have used statutory services. The framework will align to the ADP’s Service Delivery Plan and National Quality Outcomes for Substance Misuse.

Application Deadline: 07/12/2015
Deadline Date: 14/12/2015

Quality of Life in Later Years – Voices of Older People in Scotland Research Project

The Life Changes Trust, in partnership with Age Scotland, wishes to secure research services and support for a project that will give voice to older people in Scotland on the subject of quality of life in later years.
The project aims to:
• Hear, through a variety of approaches, from people aged 50 plus in Scotland about the kind of life they want to live in their later years, including if they were ever to have dementia or become an unpaid carer.
• Increase understanding of what older people in Scotland believe will help them secure that quality of life.
• Pull out common themes and threads for further discussion from a highly practical perspective.
• Reflect back to policy makers (in both Scotland and the UK), service providers (all sectors), communities (geographical and of interest), families and older people themselves what needs to be done by the State and by individuals to support quality of life in later years.

Deadline Date: 29/01/2016

Care at Home – East Renfrewshire Council

To provide support and care to persons identified by the Social Work Department as requiring assistance in their own home. Contract award will be offered under a Framework Agreement. The anticipated start date for the Framework is expected to be early January 2016. The Council may, however, confirm an alternative date in an official letter of acceptance.
The Framework Agreement will run for a period of 24 months with an optional extension period of 12 months.

Deadline Date: 08/01/2016

Employability Fund for 2016-17 – Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will contract on behalf of The Scottish Government for the Employability Fund (EF) Programme for 2016/17.

The interventions offered through EF continue to map to stages 2 to 4 of the strategic skills pipeline (SSP), and aim to assist unemployed individuals to progress towards and into employment.

Deadline Date: 14/12/2015

Open Space Maintenance 2016 – 2018 – Calvay Housing Association Ltd

The work comprises the upkeep and regular maintenance of open spaces and gardens located in the various sites listed in the bill of quantities and contract drawings, to keep them in a neat and tidy condition, to promote and control growth and to carry out such replacement and repair work as is deemed necessary by the Association to maintain the amenity of the sites.

Deadline Date: 23/12/2015