Networks1st Update: 14th March 2008

Today saw the 2nd LSEN Reps meeting taking place in Glasgow. These events will take place on a quarterly basis and will be an opportunity for members of the different Networks to come together and look at some of the wider issues facing the Networks and their members. Last week, the Scottish Government confirmed that it would be funding Senscot over the next 3 years to continue to support the Networks. Today`s meeting isthe first opportunity to beginn discussions on how we intend to do this.The meeting is also looking at the role Networks could or should play at a local level, future co-operation between Networks and possible legal structures that would compatible with members and their existing services. We`ll have a report on the meeting next week.I attended the HISEZ Conference in at the Nairn yesterday (Thursday). The event was held in the town`s Newton Hotel and attracted around 150 delegates. Much of the talk was about growing the sector in the Highland and Islands and what does this mean. A bigger sector or a more robust sector? This is a discussion for us all. Geoff Pope (Scottish Government) told the gathering that the Third Sector Action Plan would be launched in April and that they would continue to invest in HISEZ to deliver support to the sector in the Highlands and Islands.Two events being run by Networks in the coming weeks. Dumfries and Galloway SEN are holding their first Conference and Trade Fair on 26th March at Browne House, Crichton Campus in Dumfries. Contact paulsmith@furnitureproject.org.uk for more info. See https://senscot.net/view_event.php?viewid=7063Also, next week (18th March) sees the official launch of the Network in East Lothian – Social Enterprise in East Lothian (SEEN). The event, held at the Town House in Haddington, includes a Dragon`s Den with £500 prize money. For more see, https://senscot.net/view_event.php?viewid=7064 For more info contact egale@postmaster.co.uk