Networks News: Friday 28th April 2011

Tomorrow (29th) is the closing date for submissions to deliver the ‘social enterprise support’ in Edinburgh on the part of the Single Interface. Edinburgh SEN, as one of three partners in the Edinburgh Single Interface along with EVOC and the Edinburgh Volunteer Centre, is looking for contractors to deliver distinct work packages over the next twelve months. The areas to be covered are: Co-ordination and administration; Line management and desk space; Business Support; and Marketing. This is a measure of the progress made by the Edinburgh SEN over the last year and credit is due to the management group for the work they have put in. Hopefully, this is the start of a good year for social enterprise in Edinburgh. See tenders,

We hear that a number of Third Sector Interface (TSI) are looking to develop proposals around the Change Fund/ Reshaping Care for Older People’s Services. These proposals would include the active participation of local social enterprises. The general aim of the funding is to develop ways to support more older people to stay in their homes and out of hospitals and care homes and proposals could involve: enabling older home owners to improve their housing conditions, safety, security and comfort; providing cost effective low level supports (moving home, handyman services, practical support, shopping, laundry); and exploring options for promoting Care and Repair. Timescales are tight (May) and may differ from area to area. If you are interested, we suggest you make direct contact with your local Interface. If we can be of any help, contact

Networks 1st have been developing a bespoke resource page for Sport SEN members. It’s a bit basic at present but we’ll be refining it over the coming weeks. See, . Also, a reminder that the online booking form for the Social Enterprise and Sport National Conference (1st June 2011 at the Stirling Management Centre) is now available. See,


EVENTS: A half-day conference and trade fair exploring local and national procurement policy and the opportunities and challenges for Social Enterprises in winning public sector contracts called Winning Business taking place 7th June 2011, 9.30- 2.00, Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries.  See here for more

SPORTS: Our ever active Sport SEN Members are involved in organising a myriad of sporting events this summer kicking off with Glencoe Mountain Resort’s crazy MacAvalanche mountain biking challenge on 30 April and Mallaig Swimming Pool’s Road to the Isles Half Marathon on 7th May.  Keep an eye out for more sporting challenges courtesy of the Sport SEN members.  See more details here

MEETING: You are invited to attend and participate in the first formal meeting of the recently formed Social Impact Group which will be held on 18th May at 9.30 to 12 noon at Friend’s Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL.  See here for more

TRAINING PROGRAMME:  The Measuring Social Impact training programme being delivered by Social Enterprise Academy on 29th June in Inverurie is for anyone interested in proving the value of their organisation. It is of particular benefit to organisations tendering for contracts as there is growing recognition of the “added value” of social impacts within both private and public sector contracts.  See more

SEMINAR: Due to the demand by attendees to reschedule our seminar as a result of Easter holidays, I am pleased to confirm that we will be running our free lunchtime seminar on 11th May now. This is aimed at Directors and Managers of small charitable organisations who are held accountable for employment related decisions.   See more

Case Study:  Sport SEN

The Sport Social Enterprise Network came into being in 2005, with the first meeting at the Bell’s Sport Centre in Perth. This led to two major events at Airth Castle by Falkirk, hosted by Senscot with the support of Penny Lochhead and the Bank of Scotland.

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

Dundee SEN, 18th May
Borders SEN, 19th May
Social Enterprise & Sport Conference, 1st June
D&G SEN, Procurement Event, 7th June
Ayrshire SEN, 8th June
Community & Food SEN, 29th June



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