Networks1st Update: Friday 06th January 2012

Firstly, we’d like to offer our best wishes to all SEN members for the year ahead. It looks as if it is going to be a busy year with 8 SEN meetings already scheduled for January. On the 27th, the first Networks Reps meeting of 2012 will take place (11am – 1pm at 43 Bath Street, Glasgow). The Reps Meeting is, as always, an opportunity for SENs to meet up and share information and knowledge with one another. The meeting will also offer an opportunity for SENs to discuss their progress re negotiations with Third Sector Interfaces for funding in the year ahead. Other issues are also coming to the surface such as Milo and EFQM and what implications they will have for local SENs. An agenda will be circulated later next week. If you have any additional items that you feel should be included, please let me know. Contact

From 1st Jan 2012, charitable companies and charitable Industrial and Provident Societies will be able to apply to OSCR to convert their legal form to Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs). OSCR has been handling new applications for SCIO status and conversions from unincorporated charities & Trusts since April 2011. The SCIO legal form is unique to Scottish charities and provides a high degree of protection against personal liability for trustees. See, . Senscot Legal offers a very competitive package both to new and existing organisations and has already assisted numerous organisations with SCIO applications over the last nine months. If you are interested in becoming or converting to a SCIO, contact Alan or Karina at

Worldwide Jelly Week takes place later this month (16th-22nd Jan). A ‘Jelly’ is a casual co-working event where people can collaborate, share tips, swap ideas and simply get down to business.  62 ‘Jellies’ will be taking place in 22 different countries across the globe – with two in Scotland (on 19th Jan). One in Edinburgh, at the Melting Pot; and one in Glasgow in Govanhill. Both events will be offering support and advice to social entrepreneurs and social innovators. See more,

New legislation comes into force next week that will allow, for the first time, credit unions to offer services directly to social enterprises, charities and community groups. The new powers will allow credit unions to compete more effectively with banks and other lenders to provide fair and affordable financial services. It will also allow all of an organisation’s staff, members and service users to join one credit union. Another important aspect of this is that credit unions could also start doing business lending – and offering an alternative source of finance for start up and existing organisations and businesses.

Social Enterprise Scotland (formerly our Coalition) launched a short video at the recent Cross Party meeting on social enterprise in December. The video highlights the social and economic impact of social enterprises in Scotland. See,

Moray SEN member ReBOOT will be overseeing the recycling of up to 10,000 redundant computers from Highland Council to local community organisations. The initiative is a partnership between ReBOOT, Highland Council and Fujitsu. See more,

Social Innovation: Glasgow Caledonian University are hosting a free workshop, Social Innovation: New Pathways and Alternative Solutions on the 27th of Jan. For full details of the event view the flyer, and you can register at

Social Enterprise Training: Growing Communities in Scotland are providing training on Social Enterprises on the 22nd of Feb in Glasgow. There is a cost of £20 for members of Trellis or the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens and is higher for non-members. For full details of what is included in the training and cost download the information and booking form at

Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS): Volunteering Zone information sessions about the on-line method of registering volunteer roles across local authority areas to appear on the Volunteer Scotland website. In other words, you can now post your volunteering opportunities directly online and keep them up-to-date yourself. More info and booking here

Wave of Friendship: More news from VDS, this time about two volunteer programmes that promote and support volunteering. They are: A) London/Scotland: bursaries of up to £500 in expenses to encourage volunteering between Scotland and London: B)  Scotland only: bursaries of up to £100 in expenses to encourage volunteers in Scotland to take up a volunteering experience in another part of the country. For more info, contact Rebecca Dadge on 01786 – 479593 or email,

Case Study: Sport SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Fife SEN 18th January
Health SEN, 18th Jan
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd January
Ayrshire SEN, 24th January
Clackmannanshire SEN 24th January
Aberdeenshire, January
DGSEN, 26th January
Network Reps, 27th January
Cultural and Creative SEN, 1st Feb
Aberdeen, 23rd Feb



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