Networks1st Update: 18th January 2008

Three bits of news from Aberdeen. Firstly, Aberdeen SEN’s new website is now live. The site – www.asen.org.uk – provides information on news and events as well an up-to-date list of members. Congratulations to Foyer Graphics and all Aberdeen SEN members for putting the site together and getting it up and running.Aberdeen also saw the launch this week of the city`s newest social enterprise – the Foyer at HMT www.foyerrestaurant.com/hmt.html – which opened on Tuesday (17th). If you`re in Aberdeen, get yourself along and try it out. We wish them luck with their new venture.Peacock Arts (Aberdeen SEN administrators) would like fellow social entrepreneurs to take a few moments to show their support for Aberdeen’s Centre for the Contemporary Arts. It could make all the difference to them getting the go ahead. http://www.makeaberdeenbetter.com/. The new Centre will help transform an underused part of town as well as providing Aberdeen with a magnificent facility for schools, families and people of all ages. The Centre’s galleries, cafes and workshop spaces will welcome over 100,000 visitors a year and bring more than £4 million annually into the local economy.Yesterday I was in Dunfermline at the venue of Fife SEN’s newest member Abbots House in Dunfermline www.abbothouse.co.uk/content/2/Home.asp. FSEN was the very first LSEN set up in 2004, www.socialenterprisesinfife.org. There was an excellent turnout of around 25 people – – heard Geoff Pope (Scottish Government) outline current government thinking on how the social enterprsie strategy 2008-2011 will pan out from April, focusing on Opening Markets and Better Business Support. The meeting also gave members their first chance to meet Carolynn Cruickshank-Gray, FSEN’s new part-time Network Facilitator.Meanwhile, Green Door Cafe, a member of Fife SEN, extends an invitation to their first event of 2008 – a Valentine`s Dinner. If you`re feeling lovey dovey, see attached for details. http://www.senscot.net/view_event.php?viewid=6916 Dumfries and Galloway SEN are planning to send some sending delegates to this year`s Voice 08 in Liverpool. They have received funding through their LSEP to cover travel and accommodation costs. This will be a great opportunity to get a grasp of the breadth and range of the sector from a UK perspective. For more info` on Voice 08, see http://www.senscot.net/view_event.php?viewid=6917