Networks1st Update: Friday 11th March 2011

Have you heard of the Change Fund? Scottish Govt has allocated £70m to NHS Boards for 2011/12. See,  The intention is that the Fund will be a catalyst for change in promoting more effective joint planning, commissioning and delivery of services across the health, social care and housing spectrum. Local Delivery Plans (Change Plans) have been developed with local Community Planning Partnerships and Interfaces and are due to be signed off over the next week. With many social enterprises active in the field of health and social care, their exclusion from the development and/or implementation of ‘Change Plans’ is a serious omission. Senscot, with others, will continue to lobby for full engagement of the social enterprise community in Third Sector Interfaces. Andrew Jackson from the Change Fund will be one of the panellists at next week’s ‘Fit for Purpose’ Conference. See Conference Booking Form,

A couple of weeks back, we mentioned that Networks 1st had purchased 20 tickets for SEN members who wished to attend this year’s S2S Trade Fair. We said we would distribute them on a ‘first come, first served’ basis (2 per SEN). So far 15 have been snapped up. If you’d like to come, contact If there’s no further uptake by Friday 18thMarch, we’ll allocate them to those SENs who’ve asked for a couple extra. For info’ on this year’s S2S, see, 

Members of the Sports SEN are just back from a very successful study visit to the famous Jesmond Swimming Pool in Newcastle – .  Atlantis Leisure, Mid Argyll Swimming Pool and North Coast Leisure (all community-owned and run as social enterprises) took the plunge thanks to support via LPL’s Knowledge and Skills Exchange Fund. Our group met up with and quizzed the Manager and Board of Jesmond Pool on all aspects of their success from plant room to volunteer retention. Diane will include some of her highlights in the next sports update.   


SPORT:  Diane has long promised to sample the many sports activities offered by Sport SEN members.  First up is a ski lesson at Glencoe Mountain Resort (see case study below). Could this be the beginnings of a “Challenge Di- Anneka” series?? Not having been on skis for almost 15 years, sadly a very slow snow plough was about all she could manage – to prove it, here’s the video footage.    Which sport will be next?

FREE WORKSHOP: Eco Design: Reduce Waste and Improve Sustainability on the 17th March 2011, 1 West Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, DD1 3JP, will give you the tools and practical information you need to increase your business profits through optimising your product design and to strive towards zero waste to landfill.  See more

EVENTS: Raising Awareness sessions – Enterprising Solutions. Interested in setting up a new social enterprise? Need to know the basics?  Come along and hear from individuals who’ve been through the process and are willing to share their knowledge!  See here for more details

We often see housing as something which is special and separate. We forget that we live in communities and that housing and communities are special! This event will challenge and inform anyone with an interest in housing and developing local communities – Landowners, contractors, community land trusts, councillors, tenants, community councillors, housing staff and people who live and work in rural communities.  See more

Case Study:  Glencoe Mountain Resort

Glencoe is Scotland’s Original Ski Centre, founded back in 1956 by Philip Rankin. Most of the original lifts were built by workers from the shipyards in Glasgow. Remnants of these original lifts still exist and are operational on the mountain today.  Over its history, the Centre has suffered from a serious lack of investment and has been in and out of bankruptcy.

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Dates for the Diary:

5th Annual ‘Fit for Purpose: Social Enterprise and Public Health Conference’, 18th March
Stirlingshire SEN, 21st March
Fife SEN, 23rd March
Voice 2011, 30th March
Aberdeenshire SEN, 30th March
East Lothian, 10th April
Ayrshire SEN, 13th April
D&G SEN, 14th April



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