Networks1st Update: 25th July 2008

In September, Scotland host’s the first Social Enterprise World Forum. Edinburgh SEN have received a massive boost in the form of sponsorship from Edinburgh Council which will see them have a stand at the event. CEiS have put together a fantastic 4 day programme that is tempting people from as far away as New Zealand and North and South America. This includes a tour of Edinburgh SEN members on the first day. A huge vote of thanks must go to Edinburgh SEN rep Emma Galloway of Bethany Christian Trust for all her hard work behind the scenes. Senscot hopes as many members of the LSENs as possible will take this chance to showcase their work on a world stage. For those who just can’t make it, we are organising a much smaller Fringe Forum on Thursday 4th September. There will be 3 events – at the Melting Pot (A Social Enterprise Trade Mark) – at Dancebase (in partnership with NIDOS) – and, in the evening, a big bash at the Bongo Club, when we will be joined my many of the main Forum delegates. Details to follow. This week we hear Dumfries & Galloway SEN have completed a series of highly successful social enterprise training sessions in partnership with Crichton University Campus. This bodes well for the social enterprise sector in south west Scotland as D&GSEN prepare for their 3 years funding package to kick in. Also, the LSEP has invited the Network to appoint 2 members to join the Partnership. CRNS have sent us a reminder of their 5th Annual Furniture Re- use Conference, ‘Bigger, Better, Bolder’ in Glasgow on 27 August 2008. The Keynote Speaker will be Eric Lombardi, Executive Director of Eco-cycle (Colorado), and Chair of the Grassroots Recycling Network. Eco-cycle is the largest community recycling organisation in the USA. This year the event will see CRNS introducing their new Chief Executive. Finally, we`d like to wish Iain Gulland all the best in his new post at WRAP and look forward to welcoming his successor. Dates for the Diary Thursday 31st July – Aberdeen SEN, 12-2pm, Aberdeen Foyer Tuesday 12th Aug – Clacks SEN, 2-4pm, Kilncraigs, Alloa Thursday 28th Aug – Edinburgh SEN, 3pm, With People, Thorn House, Rose Street- Glasgow SEN, 10.30am, Pearce Institute, Govan 2nd – 5th Sept – Social Enterprise World Forum Thursday 4th Sept – The Fringe (Details to follow)