Networks1st Update: Friday 12th March 2010

The LSEN Model Rules have now been approved by both OSCR and the Financial Services Authority (FSA). This means there is now a legal structure developed specifically for Local/Thematic SENs. By adopting the Model Rules, SENs become co-operatives and, at the same time, have charitable status! A couple of LSENs are already interested in adopting them. You can do so by downloading them from our site and paying £40 to register.

Senscot is developing a `Companion Document` which should be ready in the near future. If you have any queries, please contact

We’ve been working with sports based social enterprises for around 3 years now, with interest in this thematic area growing year on year. We are extremely pleased to report that, thanks to the support of sportscotland and The Robertson Trust, we have now appointed a Social Enterprise & Sports Co-ordinator. Diane Cameron, who currently works with Douglas Westwater at Community Enterprise Ltd, will join us sometime in April. We very much look forward to welcoming Diane to the Networks 1st team.

It’s been a busy week and we are delighted to announce that Mary Allison, Director of Programmes & Policy at NHS Health Scotland and Dr Lynne Friedli, Mental Health expert on Social Prescribing, have agreed to be our keynote speakers at this year’s annual Social Enterprise and Health conference: ‘Fit for Purpose 2010’ on 23rd April at Perth Concert Hall. Social Prescribing aims to strengthen the provision of and access to solutions to health problems by linking people with non-medical sources of support within the community. These include opportunities for social enterprises working in almost any field or geographic area as well as support with benefits e.g. housing, debt, employment, legal advice or parenting. To register FREE for the event email


CONTRACTS: Ready for Business – Here’s more information on contracts highlighted on Ready for Business, a public social partnership (psp) pilot involving Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and CEiS to support social enterprises increase their trading through delivery of tenders for goods and services.  For more see

EVENTS: The Supplier Development Programme delivers a range of specialist business support activities including the provision of advice, information, training and funding support with the aim of assisting businesses to become more capable of accessing and competing for public sector contracts. More details

The Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone are running a Meet the Buyer Events. The events will provide you with the rare opportunity of face-to-face meetings with procurement personnel from leading public sector organisations including: The Highland Council; The Scottish Government; Scottish Natural Heritage; Historic Scotland; Scotland Excel; Community Energy Scotland. More details

SUPPORT: Pilotlight Scotland brings together skilled professionals from the business community and harnesses their talents to create growth and sustainability in small to medium charities and social enterprises across the Central Belt, Fife, Tayside and Aberdeen. More details

In 2010, Equal Adventure launched its Mega Bundle Solutions, as a means of assisting you to work inclusively with disabled as well as non-disabled clients. With discounted pricing available, Mega Bundle Solutions provide a great opportunity for the purchase of equipment, information and training. More details

JOB: Social Firms Scotland is recruiting a Project Support Officer to work on the Acquiring Business 4 Good Pilot. They are looking for someone who has first class administration, research and ICT skills to provide support to the Acquisition Programme Coordinator. The successful candidate will have an interest and awareness of the social enterprise sector and a commitment to the social aims of the project. More details here

Case Study: Moray SEN

Set up in 2006, Moray Social Enterprise Network (MSEN) carries out networking, training, events and other support activities. More here

Dates for the Diary

Health SEN, 22nd March
Edinburgh SEN, 23rd March
Clacks SEN, 24th March
Fife SEN, 24th March
Coalfields SEN Conference, 26th March
Sport SEN, 29th March
Dundee SEN, 31st March
S2S, 21st April
Health SEN Conference, 23rd April