Networks1st Update: 22nd May 2009

Developments continue around the Third Sector Single Interface with a confererence invite this week from Eleanor Logan. Eleanor, a one time member of ABSEN, is working with the Supporting Voluntary Action (SVA) Think Tanks project, who are hosting an event for intermediary, infrastructure, community and voluntary orgs and also social enterprises at Hampden Park, Glasgow next week. The Scottish Government expects the Third Sector Interface "to develop a coherent, fit for purpose infrastructure for the Third Sector which connects effectively with their public sector partners”. It`s free to sign up to

LSEN members will have received an invite to the new Networks 1st online forum. This is an opportunity for Networks to communicate outside of regular meetings and also to connect with other LSENs around the country. There’s a site for every SEN in the Networks 1st Ning website which can be administered locally. We eventually hope that over 200 social enterprises can support each other in developing business and delivering joint contracts across Scotland. If you`d like more info`, contact or sign up here at

Senscot is holding two more sessions on the Social Enterprise Mark in June. The first is in Glasgow at the Wise Group’s offices at 72 Charlotte Street, Glasgow G1 5DW from 2 pm – 4 pm(11th June). The second will be held at Aberdeen Foyer’s Marywell Training &Conference Centre, Marywell Street, Aberdeen AB11 6JF, from 2 pm – 4 pm(17th June). We’re also working with RISE to make sure that Scotland is kept in the loop in the run up to the national roll out in November this year. We believe the first cohort of Scottish social enterprises are likely to receive their SEM awards some time over the summer. To book a place at the Glasgow or Aberdeen events, contact

Case Study

Over the two years since it was formed, the Tayside Social Enterprise Network has engaged with 24 organisations. The majority of these have been from Dundee City area with a couple coming from Angus. This was an initial, natural grouping or organisations through established links and word of mouth.

Network Notices

Cultural SEN member The Out of the Blue is launching an exhibition of painting on Tues 26th May 7-9pm at the Drill Hall in Leith. The show consists of a collection of paintings of life figures and pop 80’s characters, among other themes. This solo exhibition includes 16 canvases of various sizes, many of them with surfaces and textures of fabric, beads and embroidery. Montserrat has studied fashion design at ECA graduating last year and has surprisingly found herself driven into painting and illustration, yet using her fashion design influences. See

2009 marks 150 years of Kibble Education and Care Centre and to celebrate this anniversary a number of events have been planned. A Lasting Legacy section has been added to the website with information covering the past 150 years of their history. This will include audio clips of interviews with former pupils and staff, an interactive timeline, gallery of images and a searchable database of former pupils. An exhibition will take place in Paisley Museum between Thursday 7th May and Sunday 7th June.

The following website should be of interest to those of you interested in learning more about Community Planning Partnerships and Single Outcome Agreements

Dates for your diary

27th May – Fife SEN
29th May – Glasgow
3rd June – Clacks SEN special – Single Interface
11th June – SEM Glasgow
17th June – SEM Aberdeen
17th June – Clacks SEN
18th June – Culture SEN
18th June – Sport, Recreation & Leisure
23rd June – Edinburgh SEN
25th June – Tayside SEN