Networks1st Update: Friday 12th November 2010

 The first of three Govt contracts to support the Third Sector in Scotland was advertised this week. This first contract (worth up £3m over two years) is seeking a contractor to market and deliver business support and development services. They are looking for consortia bids with a closing date of 16th Dec 2010. Whilst best value is clearly a key criterion, it would have been good to have a similarly unequivocal commitment to the principle of community/social and environmental factors in the decision-making process. The awarding of this contract (along with the other two) will have a huge bearing on the sector’s ability to mature and grow over the coming years. See more, 
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The Ceilidh is less than a week away and all rooms are now taken – although’ we still have some spaces for Day Delegates. 110 folk have signed up, representing 18 different Social Enterprise Networks. The programme is also complete with the 5 entrants to the Dragons’ Den having now been agreed. We’d like to remind you that we will be actively encouraging financial contributions for the `Audience Prize` by way of a ‘pay-at-the-gate’ system. If you don’t happen to have cash on you, IOU Vouchers will be available. If you have any last minute queries, please contact  See full programme, http://www.senscot.net

We hear that Scottish Govt is currently assessing the first batch of ‘Delivery Frameworks’ submitted by Single Interfaces across the country – with the expectation that submissions will be in from just about every Interface by the end of November. Senscot will be trawling though our contacts to assess the level of involvement SENs and other social enterprises have had in this process. We are also looking to put together a ‘blueprint’ identifying the resource requirements needed for SENs to be able to run effectively. We’ll be consulting with all existing SENs and, once agreement is reached, will be circulating the blueprint to all Interfaces. See


EVENTS:  BRAG’s next Raising Awareness Session on Thursday 25th November, 11am – 2pm (Tea & Coffee available, light buffet for lunch) at The Scores Hotel, St. Andrews, KY16 9BB.  This is an excellent opportunity to kick start your idea.  For more see

ROOM HIRE: Minority Ethnic Carers charity Room Hire Facilities are conveniently located close to Edinburgh city centre on Leith Walk. The lower ground floor of this traditional Victorian building is dedicated to providing adaptable and flexible training and meeting rooms. For more see

OFFICE FURNITURE: Rocket Science are moving offices and likely to have some surplus office furniture going spare, which they’d be delighted to donate to a social enterprise in need.  It’s likely to include desks, bookshelves, tables, swivel chairs, see more

LAUNCH: This month Culture Enterprise Office reveal their new website with a new look eBulletin to keep you up-to-date. We hope you enjoy the new concise layout and just click on the titles.  See more

Case Study: Dundee International Women’s Centre

The Dundee International Women’s Centre has successfully engaged women from many different social, religious, cultural or other excluded backgrounds for the past 40 years. They provide a truly multicultural service to all women. This includes over 450 service users from 54 countries of origin, speaking over 20 different languages and representing 15 different belief systems.

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Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 17th November
Social Enterprise Ceilidh, 18-19th November
Sport SEN, 24th November
Borders SEN, 25th November
Perth SEN, 30th November
DSEN & Chamber Event, 30th November
Fife SEN, 2nd December
Aberdeen SEN, 7th December
Coalfields SEN, 7th December
Dundee SEN, 8th December
Edinburgh SEN, 14th December
Dumfries and Galloway SEN, 16th December


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