Networks1st Update: Friday 11th May 2012

Interest is building in this year’s ‘Fit for Purpose: SE and Health’ event in Glasgow on 14th June. The day will include a Panel discussion on Measuring Impact. Our Panel includes Dr Esther Curnock (NHS Ayrshire & Arran); Prof Cam Donaldson (Yunus Centre for Business and Health); and Jonathan Coburn (Social Value Lab). The debate will explore interpretations of asset based approaches and its value in evidencing health outcomes; as well as asking what commissioners / procurers are looking for?  This session will kick off with a short presentation from Michael Roy – also from the Yunus Centre – who will present on the subject, ‘Developing a conceptual model of social enterprise as a public health intervention through the lens of the ‘assets-based’ approach to health and well-being’. To book your free place, see

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in partnership with the Lloyds Banking Group, is inviting applications for its new Social Entrepreneurs Programme. The Programme will support 150 social entrepreneurs each year, for five years, including grants of £4,000, £15,000 and an annual £25,000 award. The Scottish Programme will run in Edinburgh with 17 places available each year. Starting in October 2012, the Programme will last approximately 12 months and will include 12-14 direct contact days. Closing date for applications is Monday, 28th May. See details,

The Social Enterprise Academy is teaming up with the Scottish Family Business Association (SFBA) to host a new learning experience that will include a residential and three dinner engagements. The programme of events will run form 25th May through till 28th June – with the focus on common challenges such as viability, impact and achieving successful succession. 18 places are available with a closing date of Friday 18th May. See more,

Another chance to look at Firstport’s case studies of some of last year’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund Awardees. See,

Last year, Senscot complied a list of social enterprise venues offering meeting/conference facilities etc (See, ). We’re delighted to hear that Community Enterprise Ltd is taking this a step further with their new venture – SE Venues – Scotland’s only website dedicated to listing charitable and social enterprise venues. See,

The SE and Sport Conference is filling up. Keynote speakers include Glenn Armstrong from Jesmond Pool in Newcastle and Mark Sesnan from London based social enterprise, Greenwich Leisure. To book your place, see

Over the last few weeks, 4 constituted SENs have signed up as ‘supporters’ of the SE Code of Practice. These include Edinburgh, Dundee, Moray and Dumfries and Galloway. Invitations have now been sent to their members to sign up as ‘subscribers’. We’re also delighted to hear this week that Social Enterprise Scotland will be signing up as a ‘supporter’ and will be encouraging its members to register as ‘subscribers’. For more, see


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Direct Meal Service in Edinburgh, Furniture and Soft Furnishings for Care Home in Aberdeenshire and Scottish Central Government Occupational Health Services Framework. For more details, see  Join the Linked-In group at  and follow on Twitter

MARKET: Edinburgh Markets are offering new social enterprise traders 20% off stall fees for their Festival Market this year. Those selling food, gifts or raising awareness are welcome. Deadline for applications is 23rd June. The market will run every weekend in August. Contact Vicky on 07877834202 to discuss or email

TRAINING: REHIS & Cyrenians are running ‘GOOD FOOD GOOD HEALTH’ which is
a comprehensive course, training organisations to skill up people to implement and sustain their own cooking class programmes. Next course starts 29th & 30th May. See,

FURNITURE: Glasgow City Council is reducing the number of office buildings that their staff utilises and are now seeking to re-distribute some of the resultant furniture. See,

GALLERY ON THE CORNER: Visit the gallery on the 29th May 6pm – 8pm to celebrate the opening of another exciting show. WHALE Arts presents and exhibition by smART CRAFT exploring the art of giving. See,

Case Study: Broxburn Sports Centre Sport SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Stirlingshire SEN, 15th May
West Lothian SEN Conference, 17th May
Dundee SEN AGM, 30th May
Borders SEN Sports Meeting, 30th May
Borders SEN, 31st May
Fit for Purpose, 14th June
Sport Conference, 21st June



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