Networks1st Update: Friday 09th December 2011

Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), this week, has produced its ‘Funding Distribution Proposal’. See, The document is for consultation and sets out proposed funding levels for each Interface (TSIs). It is based on a number of key principles, the first of which is that “a review of the distribution can only take place in an environment where there is an increase in the total funding to support TSIs”  SENs who wish to give feedback/comments should do so asap to their local Interface. VAS’ deadline for comments is Friday 13th Jan 2012 – and they’re only accepting one response per Interface. VAS also refreshed their website last week. If you want to find out more about VAS, your local Interface contact and how they support social enterprise in your area, see

Edinburgh SEN held their first AGM as a constituted community benefit society on 6th Wednesday of this week (6th Dec). The event was held on the Re Union Canal Boat with reps from 20 different social enterprises taking part.  The existing management committee members were re-elected with two additional new members also being elected – Jonny Kinross (My Adventure) and Sophie Green (Streetwork). It been an eventful and successful year for Edinburgh SEN. Membership continues to grow and, as a partner in the local Interface, they are able to ensure the social enterprise community in the capital is being well supported. See their new website,

Dundee SEN is advertising for a Social Enterprise Development Officer. The post is part-time and for a fixed 12 month period. The vacancy has arisen as current postholder Frances Simpson has secured a full time post – congratulations, Frances. Closing date is Wed, 14th December at 12 noon. For details, see

Scotland’s first MSc in Social Enterprise gets underway in Feb 2012. The course, co-developed by the Social Enterprise Academy and Glasgow Caledonian University, is offering 6 bursaries (£500) to social entrepreneurs working with smaller, grassroots organisations – they are particularly keen to engage with social entrepreneurs who are setting up a social enterprise or leading one with limited financial resources. For more, see

Scotland’s Homeless World Cup winning team picked up the "Inspirational Performance Award" at the Scottish Sports Awards for their outstanding success at this summer’s event in Paris. Sport SEN member, Street Soccer Scotland selects and manages the team and was there in force to collect the award. To catch them collecting their award, see here

If you’re in Edinburgh over the next few weeks, try and visit Edinburgh Markets in the Community. It’s running from 8th – 24th Dec, Thursdays to Sundays from 11am – 7pm. This week, stallholders include Fife SEN member Recycle Fife who will be punting their new venture Barrel Crafted. See, For more on Edinburgh Markets, see

Remember that CARING CHRISTMAS TREES is up and running again this year. You can get your tree from the following sources: Glasgow – Impact Arts; Aberdeen, Fife and Edinburgh – Bethany; and Paisley – Kibble. All profits made from the tree sales go to support local charities working with local people. See,

TENDERS: There are 31 live tender opportunities on the Ready for Business website including The Black Watch Museum Redevelopment, Supply and installation of vinyl flooring, Environmental and Greenspace Activity and Provision of a Cafe, Plant & Gift Sales and Hospitality Services in Dundee. For more info see

OLYMPICS: Congratulations to Chris Thomson, MYDG/My Adventure who has been picked from tens of thousands of nominations to carry the Olympic Torch next year

ABERDEEN FOYER: Following Wood Group’s offer of office space some members of staff previously based at the Foyer’s Head Office, 18 Marywell Street have moved to John Wood House in Tullos. Full contact details available at

FURNITURE PLUS: Needing any office furniture? Furniture Plus have a fair quantity to shift. Full details of their special offers are available on their website

Case Study: Fife SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Youth SEN, 14th December
Health SEN, Fife SEN 18th January
DGSEN, 19th January (tbc)
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd January
Ayrshire SEN, 24th January
Clackmannanshire SEN 24th January



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