Networks1st Update: 5th June 2009

Local People Leading(LPL) has recently been awarded a knowledge and skills fund through Scottish Govt. As a founding member of the LPL campaign, Senscot will be able to access some of these funds for any LSEN or LSEN members who wish to travel or need to incur other costs in order to learn or build their capacity or skills. Funds would also be available to cover costs for organisations hosting vistits. If you`re interested in arranging or participating in an exchange, contact colin@senscot.net

The new concept of the local Third Sector Single Interface is starting to move rapidly now.  We`re told that 7 areas already have an Interface in place and functioning with others closely following.  The Networks in East Lothian, Argyll & Bute, Clackmannanshire and Dumfries & Galloway are already involved in talks about the Single Interface in their area.  Social Enterprises have an opportunity to be involved if they want to, so we are working hard with each Network to help establish links with other interested parties.

At a recent Argyll & Bute SEN meeting in Dunoon, Fife SEN members BRAG (Benarty Regeneration Action Group) delivered a masterclass in Income Generation to around 16 local social enterprises. ABSEN members Argyll Training have joined forces with BRAG to deliver a business support contract, secured through Highlands & Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ), to social enterprises throughout Argyll and Bute. BRAG is  a leading social enterprise, which converted a run down primary school building into a thriving business and training hub in Central Fife and specialises in training and helping people into employment. We believe this is the first piece of inter-trading between separate local networks. Congratulations to all involved.

Network Notices

An exciting opportunity exists to set up a market garden social enterprise in Glasgow through CEiS`s Investing in Enterprise programme. CEiS is looking for a social enterprise to host a feasibility study. Notes of Interest to be in by 12^th June. See more, https://senscot.net/?viewid=8225

EKOS have contacted us re a piece of research on behalf of the Big Lottery/DInC Forum to take a sounding on the support available to the third sector. They are particularly keen to hear from LSENs SE network members to help ensure good representation from frontline social enterprises. Network members can register their views online by 15 June. Here`s a link – it takes about 10 mins to fill in http://www.senscot.net/view_news.php?viewid=8196

Dates for your Diary
http://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.php

11th June – Social Enterprise Mark Event, Glasgow
17th June – Social Enterprise Mark Event, Aberdeen
17th June – Clacks SEN
18th June – Culture SEN
18th June – Sport & Social Enterprise
23rd June – Edinburgh SEN
25th June – Tayside SEN