Networks1st Update: 12th December 2008

The Scottish Government recognises that people have to be at the centre of all that is important in their lives and of the need to work together in order to deliver a healthier, safer, greener, smarter, wealthier and better connected Scotland. ‘Fit for Purpose 09’ will connect the ‘Enterprising Third Sector’ action plan and ‘Equally Well’. the Government’s strategy to reduce health inequalities in Scotland. This conference will be of interest to Chief Executive Officers and Development staff working in Community Health Partnerships, Local Authorities and the Third Sector. See http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/fitforpurpose09.phpFife SEN member Frankie Hodge, one of our `Audience With…` hosts at this year’s Ceilidh, writes to tell us about 10 new full time members of staff starting next week with Recycle Fife. They are also recruiting another 9 part time staff to do a back shift, which will take them to a grand total of 20 full time and 9 part time staff. Recycle Fife started 5 years ago, in Lochgelly, Fife, with one small recycling bin. Last month, November 2008, they moved into their own purpose built factory, and are now working with over 220 commercial organisations, over 1,000 households and have the contract from the Local Authority for the whole of Fife`s cans and plastics. http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/showorg.php?org=3002Coalfields SEN member Gail Prince (Loanhead Miners Welfare) has sent us a link to their new website. The Coalfield Social Enterprise Network members are organisations with close ties to the mining industry in Central Scotland, committed to working together to create sustainable wealth and social benefits for their communities. The Scottish Community Foundation provided the Network with 2 years funding to employ a part time Development Officer to assist members move their ideas and aspirations forward. http://www.coalfieldsen.netNetwork NoticesHere’s a link to information on the Fairer Scotland Fund which is allocated to Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) to help them achieve sustainable economic growth by: regenerating disadvantaged communities; tackling poverty by helping vulnerable people and groups; and overcoming barriers to employment. The fund totals £435m over three years. This highlights the importance the Scottish Government places on increasing economic participation for all, improving social cohesion and creating stronger communities. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/regeneration/fairer-scotland-fundDates for your Diaryhttp://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.phpTayside SEN, 16th December / Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 17th December / Clacks SEN Christmas Lunch, 18th December / West Lothian SEN, 8th Jan 09 / Edinburgh SEN, 13th January / LSEN Reps Meeting, 16th Jan / Midlothian SEN, 20th Jan / Aberdeen SEN, 22 Jan