Networks1st Update: 16th May 2008

Returned from the sunshine of the Italian Rivera to our mixed bag of weather on Sunday. What did I learn? Don’t worry, rather than bore you all with it, I’ll write something up and anyone interested can read it.This Tuesday, I attended a meeting about the £40 million to be released from dormant accounts (£4 mill per year after that), which will be Scotland’s share of the Unclaimed Assets money. Jim Mather wants the Third Sector to have a say on how it’s spent. The meeting seemed to settle on using it as investment or patient capital to make the money go further. Further consultations will be happening around the country over the next few months. This is something most LSEN members are likely to have an opinion on so look out for the consultation dates in the Senscot bulletin.Good news comes to us from Chick McKenna of Economic Development in Dumfries & Galloway Council. The Council has committed to providing £45, 000 over the next 3 years for the Dumfires & Galloway SEN to drive opportunity down to its member to allow the sector across the county to grow. The funding will ensure D&GSEN is able to maintain admin support, investigate and respond to the training needs of the members and their boards and run an annual conference in partnership with the LSEP.Edinburgh SEN member, Lubna Kerr, is setting up a Centre for Health and Wellbeing for patients with long term conditions. Lubna has been in touch this week looking for people interested in working with her on a voluntary basis during the start up phase.This could be admin work, fund raising or financial work. There’s plenty to do so all offers of support are welcome. For info`, contact lubnakerr@talk21.comDates for your DiaryEdinburgh SEN, 22 May, Thorn House, Rose Street – 3 pmClacks SEN, 23 May, Room 1 Kilncraigs, Alloa – 2pmGlasgow SEN, 27 June, Venue TBC, 10.30 am