Networks1st Update: 7th November 2008

Social Enterprise Ceilidh FULL! There might be the odd Day Delegate place left but you’ll need to contact Victoria ASAP if you haven’t booked yet ( Interest in this year’s event has been higher than ever and we would like to thank RBS and the Scottish Government for backing the event again. Eric Munro from RBS has been a great supporter of the Ceilidh which makes it possible for us to keep the cost to you – the social enterprises – way down low! This year we’re also very pleased to have a social enterprise as a sponsor in the shape of Unity Enterprise. Mags McCarthy from Unity has put up £2,000 to match the RBS prize fund for the Dragon’s Den and will join this year’s Dragon’s in the Den! SEN member, The Melting Pot is going from strength to strength. This week they’re celebrating significant core funding from the Tudor Trust for the next two years. Managing Director, Claire Carpenter, says “This is brilliant news for us and for the Third Sector in Scotland. We`re coming to the end of our first year of trading – a rather exciting if sometimes stressful piloting stage. People have been really positive about our events services, and we see benefits every day to our members through sharing workspace, ideas, skills and contacts. It’s really coming alive. Now we’re focusing on the next few years – on growing and building our community of social innovators, and adding value for them. It`s all about the magic and potential inside here that has inspired us and the Tudor Trust.If folks are interested in viewing or trying out The Melting Pot, come along to one of our twice monthly free Open Days – every 2nd Tuesday and last Thursday (9am-9pm) – Sept 9th and 25th.”’s back after enjoying a jaunt across the ‘big pond’; “In California last week I had the opportunity to visit a social enterprise and find out a bit about how it works over there. The Evergreen Lodge in stunning Yosemite National Park runs a16 week intern programme for young people from the San Francisco Bay area. The interns learn a trade, live in a supportive community, enjoy the outdoors and get one to one mentoring during their time there. Jim Schorr, who has developed a strong link with Scotland and recently spoke at the World Forum in Edinburgh (, is one of the founding directors of the lodge through Juma Ventures, who have invested in the Lodge and have worked to create strong partnerships between the Lodge and other organisations in California. I thought it was a brilliant example of a successful social enterprise operating in the tourism industry and something that can be learnt from. More information about the Youth Programme can be found under the ‘About Us’ section of their website ( NOTICES*Impact Arts Open Day* Friday 7th of November – view the company’s work, meet the people behind the scenes and and learn how you can get involved. Work on display will include project documentaries, films made by young people, digital projections, public art and Fab Pad’s Caring Christmas Trees.*The Melting Pot* are holding a public celebration and evening do to promote The Melting Pot’s unique and successful approach to creating space for social innovation – RSVPs required!If you’ve got any news that you’d like added to the Networks 1st Newsletter click here FOR YOUR DIARYEdinburgh SEN, 11th November / Midlothian SEN, 12th November / Aberdeen SEN, 13th November / Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 20-21st November / Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 28th November / Health & Community Care SEN, 4 December / Tayside SEN, 16th December