Networks1st Update: 23rd May 2008

On Wednesday I attended a dinner hosted by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) in partnership with the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition (SSEC) to launch the publication of a Community of Business http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/publications.php. Around 50 folk from public, private and the third sector were invited to hear John Swinney talk about his thoughts on the opportunities for the three sectors to work together. He gave a great pitch on the Government’s vision for everyone in Scotland to be working for the benefit of Scotland’s communities, particularly the most disadvantaged. He almost gave the impression that he was a social entrepreneur working to bring about social change in the whole country!Yesterday was Anna Roscoe`s, our new Development Worker, first day on the job. We attended the Edinburgh SEN meeting hosted by the Social Enterprise Academy, who kicked off the meeting with an interactive workshop on the `Triple Bottom Line`. Today, we`re back on Anna’s home turf to attend the Clackmannanshire SEN meeting. Once of the topics on the agenda will be the arragements for the next meeting of the Network Reps taking place in the impressive Kilncraigs building in the centre of Alloa on 12th June. We’ll be in touch with the details about that meeting in due courseFollowiing on from last year’s successful `Fit for Purpose`Conference on social enterprise and health , we are working with the Scottish Forum for Publich Health (SFPH) and the Scottish Government to run a third conference in sping of 2009. This time, there will be a series of events building up to the conference including a meeting to feedback on the Health Indicator Evalution Tool, being developed by SFPH. This will be run in conjunction with the Health and Social Care Social Enterprise Network on 19th of June here at 54 Manor Place. Social Enterprise London have recently published an interesting document ‘Care Sector: A framework for social enterprise creation ‘ See report here http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/publications.php. While it’s focused on the scene down south, there will definitely be some areas that will ring true with how we might take things forward in Scotland.Dates for Your DiaryNetwork Reps, 12 June, 10.30 am, Kilncraigs, Alloa,Social Enterprise & Social Care SEN, 19 June, 1 pm-4 pm, Senscot’s meeting room, 54 Manor Place, EdinburghDTAS Conference 15th/16th June in St. Andrews. See details http://www.senscot.net/view_event.php?viewid=7200