Networks1st Update: Friday 11th December 2009

Perth hasn’t been a hotbed of activity for Senscot up till now so it was great to receive an invite from Susan Scott of PlusPerth. They are actively exploring social enterprise opportunities for the site of the old Royal Murray Hospital. It’s a spectacular site, steeped in history with some amazing buildings. Ideas in the pipeline include a Backpackers Hostel, an Elderly Care Home, an artist works space plus a market garden.  The Steering Committee is also exploring establishing a Community Development Trust. I also had the opportunity to visit the Giraffe Trading Company – a thriving social enterprise in the heart of Perth (see today’s profile). It was great to meet Susan and James Alexander from Giraffe. We wish them and all the folk at PerthPlus success in their endeavours.

The newest Network the Angus SEN had a good write up to mark its launch in the local press this week, the Arbroath Herald.  The article profiles social enterprise as a model and welcomes the addition of a social enterprise locally to take a step forward meeting the needs of the members.  See

The Edinburgh SEN is appointing an administrator, due to start in the year.  This is through the contract with Forth Sector and Edinburgh Business Development to deliver the ‘Fitness to Tender’ Programme in the city over the next two years.  Members also plan to increase the amount of training opportunities available; continue to promote the group both locally and nationally as well as increasing the membership in line with the newly revised Social Enterprise Strategy for the city.  For more details about the Edinburgh Compact see


JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Cultural SEN members, Out of the Blue, are looking to recruit for what looks to be a very interesting post see  If you know of anyone RECAP in Cumbernauld are looking for a General Manager for their recycling business

MENTORING SUPPORT: The Realise Mentoring Programme in now open for applications. The aim of the government sponsored programme is to provide mentoring support to leaders of third sector organisations. Any organisation that has aspirations to grow, diversify income streams and become more sustainable can apply, irrespective of turnover, staffing levels, location or sector. See for more details.

HOT-DESKS: The Melting Pot has 10 Assisted Places available. The places, supported by the Third Sector Enterprise Fund will provide free Membership to selected individuals and their ‘More-than-Profit’ projects during their startup/emerging stage. See for more information or contact them:

FUNDING: Voluntary Action Fund – The Community Chest (CCP)

The CCP is a new grant programme launched in 2008 aimed at small community groups across Scotland. The Community Chest provides grants of up to £1,000 to help small community groups with an income of under £25,000 fund their activities.  The aim of the Community Chest is to help build the capacity of groups in Scotland to deliver their activities. Groups in receipt of a grant will also have the opportunity to attend a number of free workshops covering topics such as charity law, making successful funding applications and managing money.  More details

Case Study: Recycle Fife

Recycle Fife provide commercial and municipal kerbside recycling for a range of materials including cans, plastic bottles, glass, paper and cardboard.  Recycle Fife is one of the founding members of the Fife SEN and has recently become a Champion of the Social Enterprise Mark as one of the first 5 awardees in Scotland.


Dates for the diary

Health SEN, Wed 16th Dec
Angus SEN, Fri 18th Dec
Sports SEN, Mon 18th Jan
Glasgow SEN, Fri 29th Jan
Voice 2010, 1st & 2nd Feb