Networks1st Update: Friday 12th July 2013

The next Health SEN meeting on the 18th July will focus on The Public Bodies (Joint Working) Bill which was introduced by the Scottish Parliament on 28 May 2013. To help understand the bill and last year’s responses to the consultation by third sector organisations, we’ve invited Claire Stevens, Voluntary Health Scotland to lead the discussion on the transition of Health and Social Care Integration.  This is an opportunity for social enterprises to get a better understanding of where this legislation is leading us.  Social Enterprises, working in health, that are interested in attending the meeting should contact

Senscot Legal is now in its third year of trading – providing affordable and accessible legal services to social enterprises and third sector organisations. Karina MacRitchie (Senscot Legal) has attended Dundee SEN and Falkirk TSI, offering free legal surgeries to their members. These visits have been very well received with a number of organisations commissioning Senscot Legal to carry out work for them. If you are interested in finding about more about the legal surgeries or Senscot Legal’s services generally, contact For Client Testimonials, see

The Community Food Roundtable met for the first time on the 6th June at the meeting it was agreed that part of what would strengthen the community food sector, were better links and the ability to connect with one another. As a result, we have produced a resource and links guide see, We have also produced a useful list for food co-ops, see If you are a community garden, food co-op, community food social enterprise which is producing and/ or selling or buying produce, we would like to hear about it.  If you would like to be added to the Community Food SEN, please get in touch with Dani at

The Social Enterprise Academy is running a ‘Starting Your Social Enterprise’ Programme in Glasgow, 2 days in July and 2 days in August. This intensive business planning programme is an essential 4-module programme for individuals or third sector organisations looking to establish a sustainable and thriving social enterprise. With support from the Scottish Government places are available at the reduced rate of £40 (£10 a day) for social entrepreneurs and third sector organisations. See more

Social Enterprise Scotland has launched Scotland’s annual social enterprise awards. The annual awards for innovation and development in social enterprise are now open for nominations. Social Enterprise Scotland is calling on social enterprises and their supporters to come forward to demonstrate how they’re changing lives in our communities. For more information see

Building on Dundee’s successful Social Enterprise Strategy, Dundee City Council is hosting the city’s 1st Social Enterprise Conference, Preparing for Growth, on Tuesday 17th September 2013. Featuring a broad international panel of experts and enterprise showcases, this event will look to address key issues facing the sector, such as funding, creating employment and developing sustainable business models. See,


TENDERS: Govanhill Backcourt and Environmental Improvement Project in Glasgow and Supply of Befriending Services in Orkney. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

CONSULTATION: OSCR along with the Charity Commission have launched a consultation on the new Charity SORP which governs how charities should prepare accounts. Specialised modules are proposed to be introduced that certain charities may need to consider, for example, dedicated modules for charities that are also companies; social investments; and for charities  that make grants. See,

GROUP: Alliance Scotland are seeking members for its new Children, Young People and Families Group. In particular the Alliance is looking for young people who have a disability/long term condition or their parents/guardians/carers. The group will help to form a GIRFEC ‘Training for Trainers’ package. See,

NETWORK: Minority Ethnic Women in Scotland is a new network which will be launched in September at the Scottish Parliament. Engender will host the network and provide administrative support in the early stages of the network’s development. A community engagement event will take place in August which aims to raise awareness, recruit members and identify priorities for the first year after the launch. See,

RURAL EVENT: Scottish National Rural Network and Plunkett Scotland will be hosting a networking event about small rural community-based enterprise on 18th July in Balloch. The event will feature presentations from Plunkett Scotland, Big Lottery, InspirAlba and several successful community-based enterprises from across rural Scotland. The main emphasis of the day will be on networking and sharing knowledge and experience. Some limited travel expenses may be available. See,

EVENT: Glasgow Wood Recycling’s 4th Annual Wood/Stock Event takes place on Saturday 20th July and will be a great free day out for all the family. There will be fantastic live music, a delicious BBQ, raffle, loads of games, fun activities and a great sale on a range of our essential summer items. See,

Case Study: Halhill Sports Centre – Sports SEN

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Dates for the Diary
Health SEN, 18th July
Moray SEN, 7th August
Glasgow SEN, 7th August
Angus SEN, 8th August
Fife SEN, 20th August
Dundee SEN, 22nd August
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd August
Sport SEN East, 27th August
Aberdeen SEN Hot Seat Session, 29th August
DGSEN AGM, 12th September



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