Networks1st Update: 14th November 2008

This year`s Ceilidh sees a new activity – Online Networking. With the help of John Cant from The Melting Pot, we`re setting up an `online networking page` for people to use prior to the event – and also for those who can’t make it on the day. The idea is to connect with fellow social entrepreneurs before, during and after the event with a view to set up meetings, share ideas and information or to offer skills, opportunities , contracts etc. For more, see 3rd social enterprise ‘Fit for Purpose 09’ will build on the ‘Enterprising Third Sector’ Action Plan launched by Scottish Government this year. Social enterprise is now a key component in helping deliver services locally and in enabling active participation for all. At the same time, the Governemnt also launched ‘Equally Well’ which emphasises the task involved in closing the health gap between the poorest and those at most advantage in Scotland. Minister for Public Health, Shona Robison is the keynote speaker at the conference which seeks to connect both strategies and outline ways to move forward together.The Social Enterprise World Forum was seen as a great success and a feather in the cap of Scotland (and the CEiS Team). A good number of the Network members made it along and the Edinburgh SEN ( had a Stand at the event and their own table at the Gala Dinner. The Social Enterprise World Forum Report is now available on the CEiS website at the following location, SEWF Conference Report year the World Forum heads for Australia, but we are already in discussions about repeating Senscot`s Fringe Forum to run simultaneously ( but in Scotland, of course). You may remember this year`s request to petition for the Social Enterprise Mark – any LSENs would like to get involved and run an event of their own as part of the Social Enterprise Fringe Forum next September, let us know Notices the lead up to the Commonwealth games in Glasgow in 2014, Aidan Tyrell from CEiS has contacted us to issue a last call for their survey – DEADLINE is 5pm Friday, 21st of November. To ensure we are able to grasp this unique opportunity, Aidan is looking for feedback on what services or products could be offered. Does the Third Sector currently have the skills/knowledge/resources to deliver, or do they need developmental support to respond to tendering opportunities? The questionnaire results will form the basis of a report which will be fed back to Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council. The questionnaire only takes a few minute and responses will be kept strictly confidential. Deadline for responses 21st Nov. 2008 See’ve been told new Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) Guidance has been produced for Community Planning Partnerships for next year. This material updates the existing guidance . This link to the Improvement Service website, will provide a key source of information on SOAs in the coming months. See for Your Diary Enterprise Ceilidh, 20-21st November / Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 28th November / Health & Community Care SEN, 4 December / Tayside SEN, 16th December