Networks1st Update: 6th March 2009

Tuesday saw a full house for ‘Fit for Purpose ’09’, where we were joined by the Minister for Public Health, Shona Robison. There was a real buzz at the event with a growing understanding of how social enterprises can deliver innovative, responsive services to local communities. It was also clear that there are still a number of significant barriers to overcome to maximse the benefits and the presentations on the Health Impact Toolkit , SROI and Public Social Partnerships and Community Benefit Clauses gave delegates ideas on how to take their plans forward. The Minister stressed that the Scottish Government was keen on a bottom up approach from the sector and she hoped to be able to work towards removing any unnecessary barriers. We also heard from Steve Bell (Healthy Working Lives) who presented social enterprises with significant opportunities to deliver on this Government agenda by working in partnership with him . See full list of presentations SEN is looking to pilot a `timebank`. With a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience amongst members of the network, Edinburgh SEN has decided to try and make the most of this by forming a very simple skills/timebank. Each member will offer up their skills and experiences to the other members in return for help in areas they need. Initial needs identified are around funding, procurement and writing tenders but it is anticipated that a whole variety of benefits will arise for members. More info from anna@senscot.netIn line with the Network Blueprint document produced last year, in conjunction with the LSEN’s, we are working with Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) to develop a working set of model rules which can be adopted by local networks. We hope to have a document prepared for the next Network Reps meeting in late spring for discussion. If you`d like further info` on the development of the model rules, please contact richard@senscot.netNetwork NoticesOn the 18th of March, Senscot will be hosting a discussion forum on the merits of the Social Enterprise Mark (SEM). We`ll be joined by Delphine Guillemotau from RISE. The event takes place at the Melting Pot, Rose Street, Edinburgh from 1.30-4pm. If you`d like come along, contact – we`re limited to 30 places. Melting Pot is launching a series of public events to inspire and support social innovators. These events kick off with Mel Young talking about his experiences in co-founding The Big Issue Scotland and creating the Homeless World Cup. See more, Senscot has secured 4 stalls for the Networks at this year`s S2S event at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on 23rd April. 3 have been booked with 1 still available. If you`d like to take advantage of this opportunity, contact anna@senscot.netClimate Change Conference, Comrie, Perthshire, 6-7 June 09: Communities across Scotland are rising to the challenges of the 21st century and developing innovative and inspirational approaches to tackling climate change at a local level. If you are interested in a low carbon future, renewable energy and building a resilient community this conference is for you. Download Conference Flier (PDF) for the diaryFor more detail of each event go to: SEN, 10th March / Fife Trade Fair and Dragons Den 18th March / Community of Business, Inverness, 17th March / Aberdeen SEN, 19th March / Fife SEN, 24th March / Clacks Development Day with the LSEP, 25th March / Community of Business, Renfrewshire, 25th March