We believe that Scotland’s social economy is at its strongest when people who share a vision work together. That’s why, since 2004, we have been directly involved in supporting and facilitating Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) across Scotland.
The SENs provide a forum for social enterprises to access peer support, share resources and develop effective solutions to shared challenges. They give social enterprises a collective voice with which to raise important issues at both a local and national level.
Regular SEN meetings are organised, where members ask advice or share best practice as well as exploring opportunities for joint working.
There are currently six thematic networks – Community Food, Cultural & Creative, Employability, Health, Sport and Tourism – and 17 local networks stretching from the Scottish Borders to Moray.
Over the course of 2018, four SENs – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Health – participated in an impact evaluation ‘pilot’ using the Unlocking Potential (UP) tool (facilitated by Assist Social Capital) – as part of the SE Action Plan.