Networks1st Update: 9th January 2009

Voice 09 is the main UK wide jamboree for the social enterprise sector and last year Senscot organised a delegation from the Networks down to Liverpool. This year the event will be held in Birmingham on 10th /11th February and, with the support of Scottish Government, we intend to organise a similar delegation from Scotland. Anna will be in touch with Network members re details. More here http://www.voice09.orgJohn Hancox is keen to get social entrepreneurs to support his idea of the Commonwealth Orchard to help develop Common Good/ Commonwealth/ Health and happiness while building community strength. This is a project developed by the Children’s Orchard – a small and blossoming social enterprise. John is looking for people’s ideas on how to make this really fulfil its potential – which is social, environmental and cultural. For more information check out http://www.commonwealthorchard.comNorth Lanarkshire Council is tendering a contract to apply a social return on investment (SROI) model to organisations involved in the health and employability field in four local authority areas, with the intention of producing four case studies and a bench marking framework which could be applied to other health and employability projects in other areas. The application deadline for this piece of work is 30/01/2009. Even if you’re not interested in tendering for this piece of work it’s worth checking out the Public Contracts Scotland website which was launched late last year. http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=DEC055357Dates for Diaryhttp://www.senscot.net/networks1st/diary.phpEdinburgh SEN, 13th Jan / Fife SEN 14th Jan / LSEN Reps Meeting, 16th Jan / Midlothian SEN, 20th Jan / Aberdeen SEN, 22 Jan / Glasgow SEN, 23 Jan / Dumfries and Galloway SEN 23rd Jan / East Lothian SEN 30th Jan