Networks1st Update: Friday 12th October 2012

Next week, a delegation of nine SEN members and three intermediaries travel to Northern Ireland to share our expertise and experiences around the development of social enterprise and social enterprise networks. Senscot has been invited (along with the Social Enterprise Academy) to act as ‘mentors’ for the establishment of a new umbrella body in Northern Ireland – Social Enterprise Northern Ireland (SENI) – over the next year.  The programme will include visits to local social enterprises and a seminar at the NI Parliament Building at Stormont – followed by a roundtable with government officials and elected representatives. As part of the exchange, our friends from NI will be over here in November to visit SEs in the Edinburgh area and, of course, to join us at our SE Conference and Ceilidh at New Lanark.

There are still a few spaces available for the Cultural Social Enterprise Network Conference, 31st October at the Birnam Institute, Dunkeld.  See programme,  and book your FREE place here

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s Dragons’ Den will again have a 1st prize of £5k. Our thanks go to RBS and Employers for Childcare for their support. Thanks also to the Social Enterprise Academy, Rocket Science and The Melting Pot for their contribution to the prizes as well – we’ll have details on their prizes next week. If you want to go for that £5k, see Closing date is 26th October.. For the programme, see  To book your place, see

Congratulations to SEN members, Out of the Blue and Edinburgh Community Food who have been awarded £15,000 and £50,000 respectively in Santander’s national Social Enterprise Development Awards, see
Resilient Scotland’s ‘Start & Grow’ Programme aims is to help community organisations looking for small investment solutions.  ‘Start & Grow’ will provide grant and loan packages of up to £60,000 to support development and growth in enterprising community organisations – focussing on 13 specific local authority areas.   Community organisations can use the funds to help finance capital or revenue costs, including fixed asset purchases, wages, refurbishment, set up and running costs.  See

Cultural SEN member, Theatre Nemo, is in the media this week. Established 12 years ago by Isabel McCue and her son Hugh, Theatre Nemo’s aim is to empower people affected by mental ill-health to tap into their creative side and in turn help them live more fulfilled lives.  Theatre Nemo began as a Sunday drama workshop with half a dozen members but six attendees was enough for Isabel and Hugh to see the difference they could make. See

Stirlingshire SEN has established a ‘working group’ recently to develop their action plan for the coming 18 months.  The group will be working closely with the local Third Sector Interface and hope to start developing closer working links with social enterprises in Clackmannanshire and Falkirk.  They hope to be able to host a series of events and training opportunities for social enterprises in the wider area and to work more closely with the local authority. For more, contact

Edinburgh SEN member, The Melting Pot, celebrated its 5th birthday last weekend – demonstrating their community values by involving people in ‘A Tree Day Out’ at nearby Vogrie Country Park. The ensemble planted the first 100 trees of a new Jubilee Woodland area and shared a beautiful Pot Luck Picnic in the autumn sunshine. See more,


TENDERS: This week’s tenders include Glasgow Addiction Services Employability Project, Feasibility and Business Appraisal for Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Garden Assistance Scheme in North Lanarkshire.  For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

TRAINING: The SROI (Social Return on Investment) Network is holding a two day training course in Edinburgh on the 8th / 9th of November. The training provides practitioner training to a level suitable for trainees seeking to become accredited practitioners. See,

EVENTS: Green Business Fife are holding a number of events and workshops over the coming weeks: Procurement Surgeries, Opening Doors to Innovation Industry Day, Fuel Efficiency Driver Training and Cash For Carbon Workshop. See,

GRANTS: The Bank of Scotland Foundation Small Grants Programme is open and Small Grants Programme accepts applications up to and including £20,000 from charities registered in Scotland. See,

CAPITAL FUNDING: Zero Waste Scotland are offering up to £50,000 of capital funding for reuse which must be spent by the 31st March 2012. See,

Case Study: – mediaco-op – Cultural & Creative SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Sport SEN (West), 17th October
Stirlingshire Policy Event, 24th October
Start-up SEN (Virtual), 31st October
Borders SEN, 30th October
Cultural Conference, 31st October
Dundee SEN, 31st October
Glasgow SEN, 1st November
Senscot Ceilidh, 15th & 16th November
DGSEN, 29th November



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