Networks1st Update: 9th April 2009

An increasingly important issue for LSENs over the next 12 months will be the emergence of the new ‘Interface’ between the Third Sector and Community Planning Partnerships. Scottish Govt has been clear that the functions of the ‘Interface’ will include support for social enterprise at a local level. Networks should give consideration to how they hope to relate to this new approach. It is anticipated that ‘pilot’ programmes will be run from 2010 with new funding arrangements coming into place in March 2011. We’ll keep you posted on what we hear. More here and Richard attended a Local People Leading (LPL) event in Stirling last Thursday along with representatives from Community Recycling Network Scotland, Community Woodland Association, EVH, Development Trust Association Scotland, Community Energy Scotland and Community Retail Network.The event was in response to the Scottish Government supported Scottish Community Empowerment Action Plan which was launched last month.The group discussed a joint response to the Action Plan and a discussion on the common banners all the organisations work under as we support the empowerment of our local communities. Further discussions are planned under the LPL banner in the futureThe final occupants of the flagship project – Kilncraigs Incubator Unit in Alloa – moved out this week. The Incubator Unit housed start-up Social Enterprises and was the first of its kind in the country. Similar models of Social Enterprise ‘Hubs’ have since sprung up around the country. The benefits of such units are significant financially, environmentally and socially. Unfortunately the European funding for Kilncraigs came to and end last year so the unit had to close. As the clients in Alloa h now take the next step towards self sufficiency and move onto new premises, they are looking to create a Hub of their own. We’ll keep you posted.A couple of pieces of news from the Coalfield SEN. Their Network Development Officer, Carol Bartholomew, is moving on after accepting an opportunity to return to the world of Scottish politics. We would all like to wish her the very best for the future. The job description is currently being amended and anybody interested should contact Douglas Westwater(Community Enterprise Ltd) at Community Enterprise Ltd has also completed a review of the members and the Coalfield SEN on behalf of the network detailing member and network development priorities and opportunities. Network Notices‘Aspire to Enterprise’ is a Scottish Government funded programme offering development support to ambitious social enterprises in Lowland Scotland. Aspire is currently offering a series of FREE half day seminars on crucial aspects of social enterprise activity. Strategic Business Planning / Costing Your Services / Marketing for Social Enterprises. See VIDEO CONFERENCING SERVICES WANTED! Emma Margrett, Carbon Challenge Officer at Comrie Development Trust is looking for a social enterprise to provide them with video conferencing services. Emma (previously with CRNS) is looking into setting up a live link up with Westray Development Trust at their conference in June. Anyone interested should contact Emma at for Your Diary For more detail of each event go to: Apr S2S, Edinburgh / 28 Apr Edinburgh SEN / 29th April Clacks SEN/ 30 Apr Tayside SEN / 6 May REPS Meeting Glasgow/ 27 May Fife SEN