Networks 1st Update: Friday 15th April 2011

As we announced last week, the first Social Enterprise and Sport National Conference will be taking place on 1st June 2011 at the Stirling Management Centre. Our online Booking Form is now available, see As with most Senscot events, attendance is free for Sport SEN members, with subsidised rates also available should you require overnight accommodation prior to the conference due to distance travelled. The programme and flyer are also available – with a couple of speakers still to be confirmed. See, For any further queries, contact

Some staff changes to report within Networks 1st. This week, we welcome Tariq Ali to the team. Over the coming months, Tariq will be taking over responsibility for overseeing the ReadyforBusiness register on a weekly basis. Tariq will also be refining and updating the Networks 1st website – with special attention being given to developing the ‘Intra -Trading Place’.  We’ll also have further information on another new face (Anna’s replacement) next week. You can contact Tariq at

New SEN activity this week with the inaugural meeting of the Community Food SEN at Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh. A group of ten attended, representing social enterprises from Edinburgh, Fife and East Ayrshire. They have scheduled their next meeting to take place on 29th June in Fife with the venue yet to be decided. More details to follow.
Also, a couple of bits of news from Dumfries and Galloway. The SEN met on Thursday and has agreed to host a Procurement Event on 7th June in Dumfries – again, more details over the coming weeks. D&G SEN also agreed unanimously to constitute as a Community Benefit Company and will get the process in motion over the coming weeks. This takes the number of SENs adopting the CBC legal form to five – D&G joins Dundee, Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire and Aberdeen. For more on any of the above, contact

Attached is a message from the Social Enterprise Academy with regard to the tragic loss of their colleague and friend, Jayne Rowe. A celebration of Jayne’s life takes place on Tuesday 19 April, 2pm at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh and afterwards at Peebles Hydro. There will also be a book of condolences at S2S if people would like to leave messages. See,


TRAINING: The Journal of Neighbourhood Renewal is running a number of training courses across the UK and Ireland in 2011 aimed at promoting good practice in community development, neighbourhood renewal and community safety.  See here for more

VOTES NEEDED: Robyn Brophy from Assist Social Capital is moving back to Canada this summer to take what she has learnt to the Canadian Society.   Project Wildfire is a Toronto-based incubator that finds, sparks and supports youth business ideas that serve the greater good.  Robyn needs votes to win $25,000 to set up the social firm in Toronto.  See the idea and more here

STUDIOS AVAILABLE: Out of the Blue provide studio and production space for Edinburgh’s cultural community.  We generate opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts by fostering innovative and accessible creative projects.  See here for more details

LEARNING: The Collaborative Learning Network within Moray is now established and has run its first joint event.  This was positively evaluated and sets the platform for further joint initiatives.  One such initiative is the formation of a Joint Mentor Scheme.  Mentoring is widely recognised as an effective tool for sharing experiences and for supporting the development of communication skills, confidence, decision making and lateral thinking.  See more

Case Study: D&G SEN

Set up in 2006, Dumfries & Galloway Social Enterprise Network covers an extensive region in the South West of Scotland. Due to the large distances involved and the time it takes to travel around the Dumfries & Galloway SEN meets in the Town Hall in Castle Douglas, seen as the most central point for all.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Stirlingshire SEN, 18th April
Dundee SEN, 27th April
Borders SEN, 19th May
Social Enterprise & Sport Conference, 1st June
Ayrshire SEN, 8th June
Community & Food SEN, 29th June



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