Networks1st Update: 22nd February 2008

Whilst the picture for social enterprise at a national level is looking positive, at a local level the picture is far more uncertain. A number of Network members have been in contact relaying stories that suggest difficulties may lie ahead. With Communities Scotland local offices being scrapped as of the end of March, nobody’s quite sure who will be taking responsibility for LSEPs, if they will have any money and if they do, will any of it reach the LSENs. Any `admin cover` they’ve been able to put in place with funding from the LSEPs will have run out. This is undoubtedly a time where working for collective benefit can be of real value. LSEN members can help each other by working together during what is likely to be a tough few months ahead. This is one of the issues that will be picked up at the LSEN Reps meeting to take place on 14th March at Community Central Halls in Glasgow (www.communitycentralhall.org.uk), 5 mins from Sauchiehall Street at 10.30 am. Diane Henderson from ACE Centre in Kelso (Borders SEN) sent us a great document this week called ‘Famous Last Words of Social Entrepreneurs’. It’s nice to know that the struggle is a common experience. http://www.senscot.net/docs/famous_last_words_of_failed_social_entrepreneurs.pdf Tuesday this week saw the second in the series of ‘Community of Business’ events. Around 50 people attended this event, the majority from the private sector. From the social enterprise scene we heard from Mark Shiperlee who works with Mel Young of the Homeless World Cup (http://06.streetsoccer.org/en/countries/scotland/) and Jan Emery of Space Solutions (www.spacesolutions.info) gave a great account of the benefits her company has gained by working with social enterpirses, including their involvement in the Inspire building (www.inspireonline.org.uk). The next in the series take place in Glasgow on March 5th. If you’d like to attend, get in touch with colin@senscot.net Edinburgh SEN member The Melting Pot is now circulating a monthly e-bulletin with their activities and events. This month`s edition gives more info on their campaign for rates relief form Edinburgh City Council http://www.senscot.net/docs/themeltingpotebulletinfebruary08.pdf Three LSENs held meetings in the last week – Clacks, Midlothian and Tayside. Up and coming events include East Lothian SEN`s open event on 18th March at the Town House Hotel in Haddington. For more, contact, Elaine Gale at egale@postmaster.co.uk Also, the Dumfries and Galloway SEN are holding a conference and trade fair at the Crichton campus in Dumfries on 28th March, see info` http://www.senscot.net/docs/flyer_for_social_enterprise_conference_trade_fair0208.pdf